I just recently discovered Deafheaven and for I-don’t-know-what-reason I became a huge fan of them. It just clicked in me and they are pretty much on the repeat for the past few days. Maybe because so much people are going crazy in the comment sections under their videos, reviews, etc.? Maybe because their look is so not metal and is more hipster-ish? No, I am not a hipster, but I do like people and bands choosing a complete opposite way. Maybe because there are tons of people out there discussing what kind of music Deafheaven is playing? Black metal? Atmospheric black metal? Post rock inspired by black metal? The list goes on and on. I don’t know them for a long time, so I can not act smart here, but in a comment to what I saw to date, I can say is a complete chaos.
In my opinion I say they are an amazing atmospheric black metal band with touches of post rock/metal. Oh man, where is good old black metal, death metal, doom metal? Why are there so many sub genres out there, that in the past were not even known? And it seems every day there is a new one discovered. It’s just silly.
Anyway, back to the band now. Deafheaven is a five-headed band based in San Francsisco, that was formed back in 2010. One year later they released their debut album “Roads To Judah” under the Deathwish Inc. roof.
Current Deafhheaven members are George Clarke on vocals, Kerry McCoy on guitar, Daniel Tracy on drums, Stephen Clark on bass and Shiv Mehra on guitar.
Last year they released their second album “Sunbather” which was widely criticized in both, good and bad way. After the release they made quite a name for themselves and became really popular. I will not go into deep details here because 1) I am fresh to the Deafheaven scene and 2) I am not such a crazy music geek. For a great review of the “Sunbather” record check the video below by The Needle Drop.
I am not convincing anyone into anything, but go, give them a listen. You may end up in the same situation as myself, or maybe they just aren’t your thing and you’ll move on like nothing happened.
Noisey spent a cruise through San Francisco with the band to find out a little more about them and to drink plenty of cold ones.
Check out Deafheaven’s “Sunbather” record review.
Don’t forget to give them a follow on Twitter and like their Facebook page.