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EDITORS’ NOTES

The word tends to get abused, but the California metal innovators’ fourth album exists largely to make sure “epic” won’t lose its proper meaning—and not just because four of the seven tracks clock in at over 10 minutes, although that doesn’t hurt. It’s the familiar squall of guitars, rapid-fire drums, and George Clarke’s curdled screaming, combined with more mannered flourishes like piano, spoken word, and Chelsea Wolfe’s guest vocals (“Night People”) that feels huge and relentless and wholly unique, surpassing the scope of even 2013’s instant classic Sunbather.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The word tends to get abused, but the California metal innovators’ fourth album exists largely to make sure “epic” won’t lose its proper meaning—and not just because four of the seven tracks clock in at over 10 minutes, although that doesn’t hurt. It’s the familiar squall of guitars, rapid-fire drums, and George Clarke’s curdled screaming, combined with more mannered flourishes like piano, spoken word, and Chelsea Wolfe’s guest vocals (“Night People”) that feels huge and relentless and wholly unique, surpassing the scope of even 2013’s instant classic Sunbather.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5

39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Never disappointed

ZaoFan

If this whole album sounds like honeycomb!! It is no doubt going to be a crusher.. Did not think sunbather could be outdone. Then they released New Bermuda which had my head spinning!!! These guys are totally misunderstood, their talent is beyond reproach.. Just can’t say enough about the vibe and energy the collaborations put forth... See you in Orlando on the 17th of July!!!!

Transcendent

Shibby_Dude :D

This streamed on npr today and I’m completely floored. This is gorgeous and exceeded my expectations in every way possible. It’s too early to say if this is better than Sunbather, but I feel it is possible for me to think that way in the future. The musicianship here is to tight and confident. Not a single dull moment on the whole album. Masterpiece.

A beautiful journey in between soundscapes

Bastion786

I heard the full record on NPR and I have been obsessed since. While very different from all of there previous records this stands toe to toe with Sunbather. Incredibly wracked with deep metaphors and absolutely tragic stories and lessons, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love is a testament to a new stage in this particular genre. Whether authentic black metal or not, this band is here to stay.

About Deafheaven

Originally formed as a duo in 2010, Deafheaven are an experimental black metal band from San Francisco, California. Initially made up of George Clarke (vocals) and Kerry McCoy (guitars), the band has a sound that blends black metal with elements of shoegaze, adding a layer of warmth to the genre's typically icy sound while expanding the emotional range outside of the typical themes of death, despair, and hopelessness. As a duo, Clarke and McCoy wrote and recorded a demo on their own that would get the attention of Converge frontman Jacob Bannon's label, Deathwish Inc., which released the untitled EP in 2010. The pair expanded the lineup to include guitarist Nick Bassett, bassist Derek Prine, and drummer Trevor Deschryver, who appeared on Deafheaven's 2011 full-length debut, Roads to Judah, before parting ways with the band the following year. Looking to get back to their roots a bit, McCoy and Clarke worked on the writing for their follow-up album as a duo again, though they would recruit drummer Daniel Tracy to join them in the studio for the recording process. The result was their sophomore effort, Sunbather, which was released to critical acclaim in the summer of 2013. Recruiting new bassist Stephen Clark and guitarist Shiv Mehra, Deafheaven toured across the globe extensively as a quintet, including gigs with Between the Buried and Me, Pallbearer, No Joy, and many others. In 2015, Deafheaven signed to Anti- for the release of their highly anticipated third album, New Bermuda. Produced by frequent collaborator Jack Shirley, the album arrived in early October. The set reached number 16 on the Top Rock Albums charts, and was supported by lengthy international tours. Its critical and commercial success brought it to the ears of listeners not normally enamored of heavy metal.

In late 2017, Deafheaven de-camped to 25th St. Recording in Oakland with Shirley again listed as producer. By their own admission, they expanded their heavy, kinetic sound by adding psychedelia-inspired vocals, jazzy percussion, and intricate organic piano melodies to juxtapose against their trademark black metal-inspired and post-hardcore trademark sonics. Entitled Ordinary Corrupt Human Love -- the album took its title from Graham Greene's novel The End of the Affair, reflecting a theme of yearning romanticism. The set's first single and video, "Honeycomb" was issued in April of 2018, and clocked in at nearly 12 minutes. While the video images showed glimpses of Deafheaven in the studio and wandering around San Francisco, the song's lyrics actually referenced the work of Argentine novelist Julio Cortázar. The full-length was released in May. ~ Gregory Heaney

ORIGIN
San Francisco, CA
GENRE
Metal
FORMED
2010

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