Wolfhand’s debut album The Devil Arrives is out now.
Who: Dave Mahan (guitar), Adam Wolinsky (drums/guitar on track 7), Ben Chussid (lap steel and pedal steel), Mike Fried (keys and synths) and Nick Wood (bass).
What: Doom metal/post metal/post rock.
Where: Burlington, Vermont.
Why: What would happen if Clint Eastwood, as ‘The Man With No Name’ from The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, played guitar in Pink Floyd? Well, they’d probably sound a good bit like this Burlington, Vermont based sextet called Wolfhand. The group just released their debut album The Devil Arrives this past April and it is a piece of glorious desertified doomy post-rock/metal.
The title track is a solid marker for the general sound of the band. It is a deliberately slow, trudging track that sounds eerily oppressive, dank and sweltering. Leading the music through the dark is a lap steel that conjures images of Remington rifles and and prairie dogs.
Meanwhile, ‘Canyon Wizard’ explores the outfit’s more traditionally doomy tendencies. Albeit, without shedding the lap steel from the title track which again meanders and winds through this track like a river trying to find the ocean.
Closing out proceedings on the album is the acoustic dirge ‘Gallows’, which indeed, true to it’s name, does sound pretty much like the last song a cowboy in the Old West would hear on his way to the short drop.
At the end of this record, it comes as a beautiful surprise just how perfectly the worlds of the Old West and doom/post metal meld. Who would have known they were such happy bedfellows?
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