May 21, 2013

Hear New Sound: Deafheaven's "Sunbather"

Every time I hear Deafheaven, the only word that I find myself being able to use to describe the experience is "beautiful," which is an absurd double entendre considering how massive the wall of noise produced by guitarist Kerry McCoy becomes throughout their oft-lengthy listens as they progress into smashed euphoria. That's not even taking into account George Clarke's harrowing vocal strain is barely intelligible, but it doesn't matter because the emotional weight behind them is too real to be denied any lesser value. On June 11th, the San Francisco black metal revisionists will release their sophomore effort Sunbather through Deathwish Inc. (pre-orders went up today, which come with an instant download.) We've already been introduced to one preview in the widescreen onslaught of sky-high post-everything bliss that is "Dream House," and now its title track extends the intricately laid connective tissue of the band's eruptive reverb, wretched sonance and omnipresent rhythm (as performed by new recruit for this effort Daniel Tracy) beyond the stratosphere where it breathes in a dynamic metallic metamorphosis and exhales a dreamy headrush of soul-baring guaze. Soak in Deafheaven's "Sunbather" below...

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