Deafheaven Essentials

Deafheaven Essentials

From a glance at the gauzy pink cover of their 2013 breakout LP, Sunbather, it's clear that Deafheaven have left black metal's typical stomping grounds far behind. George Clarke and Kerry McCoy's avant-garde outfit began upending genre conventions in San Francisco in 2010; layering post-rock structure and shoegaze texture over blast beats and guttural screams, they won acclaim from a wide swath of listeners you'd never normally find headbanging. Suffused in church bells, hardcore chug, and heart-stopping beauty, 2015's New Bermuda set a new course for the outer limits of metal's outer limits.

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