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Chicken_Dance



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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 9:13 pm    Post subject: Windham Hell Reply with quote

I never hear this band being mentioned. I first listened to it when I was just a kid and never really got over the atmosphere and great mix of influences.

I have the '86 (or 88?) demo and the 1992 demos. I even have the 7" and the split cassette with Nothing, so I know this band back-to-front.

Windham started playing death/thrash with shred/classical influence. He moved onto straight-forward death metal and then during the 90's, when Eric Friesen came on board, started making metal music that's hard for me to describe...

Does anybody else love this truly obscure band??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdeN1Ks4xhQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c7rSsnDIAs&feature=related
http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Windham_Hell/994
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never heard of them, but sounds bad (in a bad ass kind of way). Shits all rare or what, the first album was great
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

unholy_ejakulator wrote:
Never heard of them, but sounds bad (in a bad ass kind of way). Shits all rare or what, the first album was great

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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've known Leland and Eric since '80. I was even in a completely unknown band with Leland in 86 or so called Nodrums, named as such because "there wasn't a drummer fast enough to keep up."

Big fan of Windham Hell since the completely unknown to anyone vbut you "Have no Fear, Hell is Here" 88 demo sans Eric Friesen with Gary Ferguson on vox. When Leland called to tell me Eric died he was pretty crushed. He's not really doing music any more (or so it seems), just doing the family thing and rock climbing. Anyway they were a pretty great band. Friesen Hell was pretty good too. Supposedly Moribund is going to reissue some of their stuff some time in the near future. I don't have the split tape but have the rest.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great!! Thanks for the info.

I got the tape through a collector in the USA somewhere about 5 years ago. Nice guy, he was... Mine has a yellow cover and the production quality is definitely the product of a 4-track.

I've heard that some Windham Hell tracks are included on Rock Climbing DVDs that Leland has been involved with. That's really cool.

Considering the CDs were released through a somewhat well known label, I'm surprised more people don't know about this band.

Nodrums, hahah, that's great. R.I.P Eric.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found the only promo photo ever of Nodrums recently and cropped everyone else out. Here is 17 year old Leland Windham.



And one of the many great Windham Hell tracks. The dudes were pioneers!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oLwRnmVaMs
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't thought of this band in years, surely a good time to rediscover some of their tunes. Thanks for the reminder.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only got Window Of Souls. Hard to say much about this project because it's obviously very creative and talented work tragically trapped in the confinement of piss poor home production which makes no justice to the music at all. I wonder why they didn't get a band together. Could have been great.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a couple of cds I have not listened to in years. But they were avantgarde stuff, bordering on genius at times. I definitely should get back to those albums and get some more albums I guess.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great stuff. One of my good friends growing up is Leland's cousin, and we turned each other on to a lot of black and death metal stuff. Lost touch with him unfortunately.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never paid any attention to this band after reading some bad reviews.
Thes samples sounded cool. I'll have to search for their stuff.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mortado Smile

Good luck finding the full lengths. Windham Hell reminds me how much I used to do business with Moribund. Totally appreciated and if you ever come to Portland I'll show you where/which record store has two releases in their used section. Two releases that have been sitting there for years now.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Windham Hell's CDs can frequently be found for reasonable prices on Ebay. As they have remained largely unknown they don't attempt to get the kvlt $$$ Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it possible to get Eric Friesen's solo albums at all, or no chance now that he's dead?

I really need to get some of Windham Hell's albums. Not really into instrumental metal normally, but this stuff is just so cool.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aeonblade wrote:
Is it possible to get Eric Friesen's solo albums at all, or no chance now that he's dead?

I really need to get some of Windham Hell's albums. Not really into instrumental metal normally, but this stuff is just so cool.


Only via the normal used sources, when Eric died so did his distribution.
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