Purveyors of doom reminiscent of greats like Electric Wizard, Richmond, Virginia's Windhand were formed in 2009 by members Aschiah Bogdan, Parker Chandler, Dorthia Cottrell, Garrett Morris, and Ryan Wolfe. Blending shuddering low-end fuzz and pounding rhythms with Cottrell's ethereal vocals, the band recalls the sound of classic doom while adding a new dimension to one of metal's heaviest subgenres. In March of 2012, Windhand released their self-titled debut, eventually gaining the attention of Relapse Records. The label signed the band in 2013, and in the spring released Reflection of the Negative, a split recording with fellow Virginia doom sludgers Cough. It was followed in September by group's second album, Soma.
Through the rest of that year and most of 2014, Windhand toured relentlessly, playing both support and headlining tours across North America, Europe, and Australia. On Halloween, they issued a split single alongside Swedish doom metal band Salem's Pot on Riding Easy Records. In March of 2015, Cottrell issued her mostly acoustic, self-titled solo album of what can only be called "doom Americana." Then Windhand entered Seattle's Soundhouse Studio with producer/engineer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden, High on Fire) that spring to record their third full-length. Grief's Infernal Flower was released by Relapse in September. ~ Gregory Heaney & Thom Jurek