I gradually became a Post Black Metal ardent fan and Deafheaven is among the bands that helped to conquer my affection and satiate the thirst for odd, unusual and surprising songs with an avant garde touch and beautiful compositions.
Deafheaven is an American Post-Black Metal band formed in 2010. Originally based in San Francisco.
The group began as a two-piece with singer George Clarke and guitarist Kerry McCoy, who recorded and self-released a demo album together. Following its release, Deafheaven recruited three new members and began to tour.
Before the end of 2010, the band signed to Deathwish Inc. and later released their debut album “Roads to Judah”, in April 2011. They popularized a unique style blending Black Metal, Shoegaze, and Post-Rock, among other influences, later called ” Blackgaze” by reviewers.
Deafheaven’s second album, “Sunbather”, was released in 2013 to wide critical acclaim, becoming one of the best-reviewed albums of the year in the US. In 2015, the band followed up with “New Bermuda” and in 2018 with “Ordinary Corrupt Human Love”. Their 2021 fifth album, “Infinite Granite”, drastically reduced the presence of screamed vocals.
Black Metal, Blackgaze, Post-Metal, Screamo, Shoegaze, Post-Black Metal, and Art Metal have all been used to define Deafheaven’s sound. A “boundary-pushing blend of Black Metal, Shoegaze, and Post-Rock” is how Rolling Stone described Deafheaven’s musical genre. Alternative rock and early Thrash Metal are only some other influences McCoy has listed for the band’s sound. Despite being influenced by Black Metal, he claims the group does not have “the ethos, the aesthetic, or really the sound of one.”
Burzum, ColdWorld, Leviathan, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Pantera, Morbid Angel, and Weakling are among the artists George Clarke lists as influences.