When: Fri., June 14, 9 p.m. 2013
Windhand sound like they record their music in a damp basement littered with bongs, lava lamps, and black-light posters of dragons. This five-piece doom band is based in Richmond, Virginia, and there must be something in the water in that part of the country—Washington, D.C., is about an hour north, and it’s spawned more than its share of famous doom- and sludge-metal musicians, including Bobby Liebling (Pentagram) and Scott “Wino” Weinrich (Saint Vitus, the Obsessed). Windhand’s 70s-influenced doom would’ve been right at home in the early scene in “Washington, Doom City,” with songs built from lumbering grooves the size of redwood trunks; the purple-and-black cover art of last year’s Windhand (Forcefield) even looks like Black Sabbath fan art. On the group’s recent split with fellow Richmond doom outfit Cough, Reflection of the Negative (Relapse), front woman Dorthia Cottrell moans and groans like a troll waking up from a six-month hibernation, and the hazy, hypnotizing riffs on the nearly 11-minute “Shepherd’s Crook” make it pretty much impossible for me to judge the passage of time—it’s probably the closest I’ll ever get to being stoned. —Leor Galil Witchbanger headlines; Mount Salem, Windhand, and Lord open.