5 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Deafheaven’s sublime 2013 album Sunbather was an alloy of black metal aggression and shoegaze melodicism as beautiful as it was punishing. Opening with a murmur of ambience before giving way to the sound of church bells and Slayer-like thrash, New Bermuda pushes the band’s formula even further, juxtaposing twinkling guitars with searing growls (“Baby Blue”) and lurching, hardcore-style breakdowns with chord progressions that could’ve come from a moody English alt-rock record circa 1988 (“Gifts from the Earth”). It’s an adventurous blend from an extraordinary band.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Deafheaven’s sublime 2013 album Sunbather was an alloy of black metal aggression and shoegaze melodicism as beautiful as it was punishing. Opening with a murmur of ambience before giving way to the sound of church bells and Slayer-like thrash, New Bermuda pushes the band’s formula even further, juxtaposing twinkling guitars with searing growls (“Baby Blue”) and lurching, hardcore-style breakdowns with chord progressions that could’ve come from a moody English alt-rock record circa 1988 (“Gifts from the Earth”). It’s an adventurous blend from an extraordinary band.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
81 Ratings
81 Ratings
Why so late boy ,

Winner

They won the hearts of critics and fans with the best album of 2013. There's no reason to believe why it wouldn't happen again, this time 2015. Looking forward to October 2nd!

sheracoke ,

guys

we all know this is gonna be AH MAZ ING or whatevs but just a friendly reminder: please don’t just review on the single, because it’s way cooler and more helpful to say how much the album works as a whole and if it’s ALL good or bad or what have you.
so yeah, when the album comes out ima change this review to be an actual review. stay tuned fam.

Shibby_Dude :D ,

AOTY 2015

The album has been streamed now. It. Is. Wonderful. To start off, I'll say this is not like Sunbather. It's a whole other monster. Sunbather (my favorite album of 2013) relied upon shimmery shoegaze guitars with black metal vocals, but as a whole, it wasn't much of a metal album. It was more along the lines of heavy shoegaze. New Bermuda is much more black metal in its sound. Each song goes through several movements and even though much of the shimmery shoegaze guitar is lost, the album is still very gorgeous. The song "Luna" shows the way this album goes about this. It's heavy, but it's ridiculously beautiful.

The aforementioned "Luna" is probably the greatest song this band has put together. If unsure of this album, I heavily recommend you at least try that song. This year, I have seen myself let down by many releases I've heavily anticipated. I figured this album would be good but I was also prepared to be let down. Thankfully this album didn't follow that pattern, in fact, I was floored by the end of the album. Make sure to not miss out on this album this year. Album of the year.

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