Big stonery acid metal chug… twice! This split release pairs tracks by Windhand and Satan’s Satyrs, both experts in the art of pushing distorted guitar signals through big juicy amps. Windhand are a bit more doomy, and Satan’s Satyrs are a bit more punkish, but the two certainly complement each other extremely well. CD and vinyl from Relapse.
7/10 Robin Staff review, 14 February 2018
So stoned they forgot to blow the candles out, these Virginia mates of metal threw together a split, demonstrating their slow in a celebration of local scene gruel. Were it a buddy cop show, it’d be easy enough: Windhand are the doom ones… Satan’s Satyrs are kinda thrashy? How will it ever work out?
It works out fine, as they both stick to their own remit and make good on it. United by a clear-vox, rung-out riffs style metal that feels more trad than ever, their brands of crushing are quite accessible indeed. Windhand’s “Three Sisters” has the amp crunch of many a good doom band, swaying with both discordane and melodic introspection -- the long, unrelenting “Three Sisters” is almost proggy in practice, pushing doom into different suites of song while the riffs stay halted.
Sillier and fuzzier, Satan’s Satyrs create some of the most thrilling riffs you’ll hear this side of Q1 2018, letting them squeak and wind up as the drums splatter onto the wall -- in spite of how tight they are, “Succubus” comes across like a freewheeling jam they put together in their mind’s eye.
Fans of Electric Wizard, Black Sabbath, Reverend Wizard -- plus any band names you'd like to make up and pretend belong to some stoned m/ folks -- take note now.
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