You should probably stop what you’re doing for the next 49 minutes. In July it was announced that Deafheaven would release album New Bermuda on October 2nd via Anti-. They had teased us with snippets and a couple of tracks, and today they have released the full album stream via NPR. They have been a divisive band from day one, and this album will probably perpetuate this trend. Fusing Black Metal, Shoegaze and ambient Post-Rock, Deafheaven are a band that have lovers and haters in equal, extremely vocal, measure.
While it is not a complete departure from 2013’s Sunbather, there is definitely a more in-depth, grown up quality to New Bermuda. More theatrics, more crunch, more heaviness, and ultimately more musicianship. This is backed up by some fantastic studio work by producer Jack Shirley, ‘Luna’ being a fine early example with a crunchy intro riff and some rumbling blast beat drumming that both definitely benefit from this beefed up production. The slow middle section to ‘Baby Blue’ has definitely taken some influences from tour mates Russian Circles, which is always a good thing. And closer ‘Gifts For The Earth’, while starting with a slower pace, then teases us with a big, theatrical, epic, Black Metal sounding false finale before changing gears one last time to a more stripped down, almost Oasis (yes, that Oasis) sounding ending, complete with piano and a tambourine!
You can stream the full album below, while UK/European pre-orders are available here