Album Review: Windhand / Satan’s Satyrs Split

The new split LP by two of Virginia’s heaviest doom/stoner metal acts, Windhand and Satan’s Satyrs, features 5 tracks of oozing, psychedelic goodness. Two tracks from ultra-doom outfit Windhand and three from the grunge addled metal/punk act Satan’s Satyrs make up this phenomenal release.

Windhand kicks off this feature with a classic, timeless style of doom metal. Very straightforward, no holds barred doom action form the first 30 minutes of this album; the track ‘Three Sisters’ by Windhand pushes 14 minutes with a driving tempo comparable to the marches of the netherworlds themselves. There’s a powerful atmosphere within the makings of Windhand’s two-track, demonic assault, the sounds of trilled keyboard work crafting a palpable dungeon-esque atmosphere. The easiest way to describe the atmosphere of the album’s first half is “Castlevania”- esque.

Windhand

Now, on to the Satan’s Satyrs half of the album. This is the perfect anti-thesis to the Windhand half; where Windhand introduces a creeping, oozing sense of doom and despair, Satan’s Satyrs brings out an explosive, high-energy groove to the mix. This split perfectly formulates two distinct halves, giving an even greater sense of purpose to the dual acts within this record. It’s a tale of two hard-hitting, distinctly powerful moods.

Satan’s Satyrs

The juxtaposition of intense doom metal and fast-paced metal/punk adds a great depth to the album and allows each band to prop up the other. The slow, atmospheric pace of Windhand brings a greater sense of energy to the Satan’s Satyrs half, likewise the Satan’s Satyrs half deepens the powerful doom riffage and near-demonic atmosphere of Windhand.

This release deserves every ounce of your attention, two phenomenal bands in Windhand and Satan’s Satyrs come together to deliver a fantastic piece of work with this split. If you’re a fan of either act, or you simply want a quick delivery of fresh new tunes from young bands, this one is a must-listen. Plus, isn’t two-for-one the best kind of deal?

– by Ryan Falla

Rating: 8.5/10

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Record Label: Relapse
Release Date: February 16 2018

Track Listing:
1. Windhand – Old Evil (6:08)
2. Windhand – Three Sisters (13:59)
3. Satan’s Satyrs – Alucard AD 2018 (3:50)
4. Satan’s Satyrs – Succubus (3:40)
5. Satan’s Satyrs – Ain’t That Lovin’ You, Baby (3:37)

Total Duration: 31:14

Windhand links: website | facebook | twitter | instagram

Satan’s Satyrs links: facebook | instagram

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