Windhand's Dorthia Cottrell on Weed, Grief's Infernal Flower and Touring

Prepare to have your brain rearranged by the soul-crushing doom of Windhand, Monolord and Danava, all playing at the Bluebird on November 4. This tour has been getting a lot of attention because of the unusual lineup: Windhand is signed to Relapse Records, and instead of playing with other bands from that label's roster, the bandmembers chose Monolord and Danava, two bands signed to RidingEasy Records, to be their tour mates. "We kind of picked them to come with us, so we're excited," explains Dorthia Cottrell, Windhand's vocalist. "Everyone is really cool and chill and getting along."

Cottrell is speaking from a venue in Mesa, Arizona, two nights before the Denver date. The elation of being on the road combined with the frazzled confusion of metal shows and travel is evident from our short exchange. "Danava are not here yet tonight," she confides. "Everyone is running really late today. L.A. last night was incredible – really fun, maybe too fun."  

Each band on the bill packs an incredibly heavy doom punch — but in a different manner. Danava plays doomy hard rock that almost borders on prog, while Windhand flirts with hard rock, but in a more straightforward fashion that more directly courts classic Sabbath or Electric Wizard than anything progressive and technical. Monolord is not as catchy and rock-influenced as the other two; it offers straight-up, backbreaking, unapologetic doom. The diverse sounds are what make this lineup so good: The bands are different enough to create a varied experience, but similar enough to draw a solid crowd. 

"The tour has been going really well so far," Cottrell reports. "Lots of the shows are sold out, which is great to see. Sometimes I wish the drives between venues were a little bit shorter, but all in all I think this has been our best tour so far."

Windhand is touring in support of its latest record, Grief's Infernal Flower, which came out in July. "This is our first run actually playing Grief's Infernal Flower songs live, so we're focusing on that," she says. "We'll probably record something in the fall of next year, and we have months and months of touring on this record ahead of us, so we're just focusing on touring right now, before we make any plans to write a new record. I'm still a little insecure about playing the new songs, since this is our first time out with them, but It's been going smoothly. I think people are a little more divided with this record, but I feel like since we have been playing the songs out so much, I'm getting more and more comfortable with them."

The musicians have enjoyed touring the West, and they're looking forward to returning to Denver. "So far, we have gotten a lot of weed shit on this tour," Cottrell says, laughing. "Weed candy, weed chocolate, weed taffy, sparkly hard candy with weed — it's all been really great. And last time we were in Denver, we went to Trve Brewing, and that place was awesome, and they were really nice guys and hooked us up. It was fun – we got there late last time, too, so we didn’t get to see too much of the town — but it was a great show experience." 

Windhand, Monolord and Danava are playing Wednesday, November 4, at the Bluebird. Doors open at 7 a.m., and the show starts at 8. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door, and can be purchased at Tickets are also available through AXS; for more information, call 888-929-7849.

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Addison is a Denver-based writer specializing in metal, dubstep, cannabis and LGBTQ issues. She also contributes to OUT FRONT, CULTURE and New Noise magazines. Addison is author of Wicked Woman: Women in Metal from the1960s to Now.