The self-titled debut solo album by Dorthia Cottrell.
Released March 2015 on LP / CD / digital courtesy of Forcefield Records.
Recorded and mixed by Daniel Deckelman at Snake Oil Recording Studio.
Kevin Inge on Lap Steel and Sitar.
Mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering.
Apart from fans of Windhand, the Virginia-based doom-metal band she anchors as singer and lyricist, Dorthia Cottrell is an unknown pleasure. Criminally so, but her new debut solo album will change that. “Dorthia Cottrell” is a work of savage beauty, a collection of folk-blues songs as lustrous as they are foreboding…. An artist of Cottrell’s caliber was bound to step into the light, even as darkness surrounds her.
— James Reed, Boston Globe
Dorthia Cottrell channels the lonelier and darker side of Americana…. Her voice resides somewhere between Mark Lanegan's husky howl and Lucinda Williams' desperate heartache, with a breathier heft that gives me the vapors.
— Lars Gotrich, NPR
Dorthia Cottrell, the album, is spare in structure — all built around an acoustic guitar and that timeless, miraculous voice — but massive in sound. Cottrell makes every breath count…. She’s always sounded great, but she’s never sounded better than this.
— Michael Nelson, Stereogum
Richmond doomers Windhand's success is 100% due to not only the bowel-quaking riffs, but also the heartbreaking voice of one Dorthia Cottrell. And while the dichotomy between the two forces is what makes Windhand such an important band in the doom metal realm, Cottrell has broken out on her own to record her own self-titled effort for Forcefield Records. With a voice akin to Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks, Emmylou Harris, and more modern heartbreakers like Angel Olsen….
Truly one of the great metal vocalists of our time, at heart, she’s a troubadour in a timeless folk tradition, with a gift for telling stories and her gaze fixed toward the darkness.
— Jeff Terich, Treble Zine
The singer of the uber doom metal act Windhand has offered transcending vocal deliveries in all the releases from the band, from their self-titled full-length, to the insane split with fellow doomsters Cough, to the unbelievable Soma. With her debut solo album, Cottrell steps away from the doom of Windhand, and travels towards an acoustic folk compilation of songs with a psychedelic twist, which showcases her voice in the most incredible way conceivable.
— Spyros, Cvlt Nation
Review Summary: Folk music in the moonlight, in front of a camp fire, sang by a witch.