On previous efforts, Windhand let loose glorious moments of crushing gloom and fuzz that made it clear that the band had all of the pieces necessary to make a Sleep-esque record…they just couldn’t quite keep your attention. It’s hard to explain. You know that moment, when you’re ALL IN for the first three tracks of an album and then you gradually zone out? That’s every Windhand record to date.
With Eternal Return, it seems that Windhand has settled on a sound that crushes less and settles into the smoke of psychedelic rock. Unlike the all-out assaults that the band unleashed in previous efforts, Halcyon and Grey Garden are more reserved and plodding low-end fuzz that allow vocalist, Dorthia Cottrell’s vocals to shine through.
Despite the promise of these tracks, Windhand then falls into a two song lull before finding their groove again with Red Cloud and the instrumental prelude Light into Dark. It’s on these tracks, that we finally get a taste of the soaring psychedelic guitars we’ve been waiting for. Eyeshine probably the biggest surprise on the album. Clocking in at 11 minutes, this monster of sludge is what I was waiting for. Diablerie closes out the album and although it’s one of the singles off the album, it didn’t do much for me.
All in all, there are a handful of tracks that will stick with you and are worthy of repeated plays but this album is pretty standard for Windhand. A handful of stellar tracks and a handful worth skipping. Maybe one day the band will put it all together.