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Play Me: “Two Urns (Radio Edit)” by Windhand

How in hell's infernal blazes to they get all that heft to fit on those blasted bits? It's a fair question to ask when pondering Virginia heavies, Windhand. Sunn O))) rivals Windhand in heavy, but Sunn O))) are slow and heavy, working with overwhelmingly black canvases, getting the most out of small variations in black, from total black to blackest ever black. Windhand actually, move, slowly, with measured, purposeful steps. And, not only do they move, vocalist Dorthia Cottrell does wonders with her voice that is one part enchantress (think psychedelic folk artist, Jesse Sykes), and one part cursed (here, your comparison would be long-passed grunge icon Layne Stayley). Time and again, I ask myself how do Windhand do it? You hear echoes of their work in grunge, metal and modern doom, but no one is quite like Windhind. So instead of contemplating physics and the bounds of modern electronics, I just sit and listen and take it all in. What a beautiful heavy!
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Play Me: “Minions” by Torche

As much as I liked borrowing conservative pundit, Mike Huckabee's description of Florida heavies, Torche, as the heavy metal Foo Fighters, the ...
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The Rockometer: Primitive and Deadly by Earth

Since Earth's resurrection in 2005, the Seattle doom and drone pioneers led by guitarist Dylan Carson have etched out a respected career out of one very long, and very deliberate note. Their brand of drone, or apocalyptic folk, established on 2005's Hex; Or Printing in the Infernal Method, and later perfected on 2008's The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull and the two volume Angels of Darkness,
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The Rockometer: Celestial Lineage by Wolves in the Throne Room

Wolves in the Throne Room Celestial Lineage Southern Lord Similar in scope to Sunn O)))'s masterpiece, Monoliths and Dimensions, and even ...
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“Riot Sugar” by Boris

During their long career, the Japanese heavy band, Boris, have taken on doom, drone, metal, blues, and psych and rocked them all.  For their ...
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The Rockometer: Boris with Ian Astbury by BXI

BXI Boris with Ian Astbury Southern Lord The funny thing about this collaboration between the mightily respected, Japanese hard rock band, ...
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2009 Pitchfork Music Festival Day 2: The Late Afternoon Cynic Takes in Ponytail and Wavves

Considering Fucked Up's blazing, early afternoon performance on the Aluminum Stage, it shouldn't be all that surprising that I went through a late ...
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The Rockometer feat. Sunn O))), The Horrors, British Sea Power, and Many, Many More

Who knew being unemployed and having loads of free time could be such an impediment to writing? Many of these reviews were scheduled to be ...
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