By: Ralka Skjerseth |
Deafheaven is a band hailing from San Francisco that incorporates elements of black metal, shoegaze, and post-rock. They were previously associated with the label Deathwish Inc. and now ANTI- Records. The band started off as a two piece consisting of singer George Clarke and guitarist Kerry McCoy; they started from recording a self-released demo album. They now have four studio albums; namely Roads to Judah, Sunbather, New Bermuda, and Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, as well as two EPs; the previously said self-titled demo and a split with fellow blackgaze act Bosse-de-Nage. They have cited diverse influences on their sounds, such as alternative rock and early thrash metal. Despite possessing some elements of black metal, they don’t consider themselves a black metal band because they feel that they “do not have the ethos, the aesthetic, or really the sound of one”, according to an interview with Musicradar on 2016. The sound they have stays true to their own niche, pushes boundaries, and doesn’t really belong to any certain stereotypes, but they could be called blackgaze, which is a fusion genre combining elements of black metal and shoegaze. In this article, contributor Ralka Skjerseth writes a review of her best picks of Deafheaven songs.
It’s an almost 15-minute song; goes from slow-paced sounds to soaring vocals, ferocious riffs, and fast-paced resonances— as vocalist George Clarke sings about regrets over past actions. The lyrics are like an art; poetic and subliminal.
Presents god tier blast beats wrapped up in intricate lyrics. A chaotic one but the chaos sure brings greater good in its own way.
The song starts off with poignant acoustic guitar lines and before clashing distortion starts kicking in. The kind of tune that would drive you into contemplations.
This one doesn’t sound like Deafheaven’s usual songs, yet it’s still good. It’s an unplugged tune that comes off as tranquil, like an enigmatic light in the midst of shadows. A brave take on trying something different.
It just seems as if this tune brings out the best of resurrection— it’s full of powerful forces that transpierces through time and space. The upbeat sounds are nicely done.
Brought to the Water
The track, that happens to be the opener of the album “New Bermuda”, is atmospherical, loud, and abrasive— the rhythms are solid gold.
This comes off with chugging riffs that sound enrapturing, and would remind you of Young and in the Way.
A tune that possesses shoegaze elements in a vibrant color, just like a representation of vague dreams. Their sounds have matured a lot in this one, presenting a whole new kind of diversity.