STONENROW: Droney riffs, with early EARTH influences, blackened vocals, slow punishing drumming…Strictly for fans of noise and slooow stuff. Actually, taming the noise is not an easy thing to accomplish and their material is quite raw and unprocessed but it has parts of brilliance. They are not there yet but I think they are on the right path.
WINDHAND: In my book their not-so-traditional version of bonecrashing dark Rock was responsible for two all-time-classic Doom gems. It’s hard to believe that the band is able to reproduce the same feeling, with the same brain-melting amounts of fuzz, on stage but I hope that the expression “wall of sound” will do all the hard work explaining how they sounded Wednesday night. The stage proved too small to fit the surprisingly overkinetic 5-piece, and the venue was too narrow to restrict their massive riffs. As expected Dorthia’s vocals were kept low in the mix approaching the cold magic of the studio version. I wasn’t particularly excited about how she added a more jazzy feeling to her singing but that’s a minor detail. Unfortunately, the equipment gave them a hard time, to a point where they had to cut the last verse of “Woodbine”. At points the distortion was so high that their well-known and deliberate flirt with noise became an all-hell-breaks-loose kind of thing.
Bottom line: If you are remotely interested in heavy music ,watching WINDHAND live should be placed high on your priority list. Yet, you have to keep in mind that this band is heavily depended on its sound thus the equipment. So make yourself a favor and prefer to catch them at a venue with pretty solid equipment. Anything less is just unfair for this band.