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Posted Aug 19th, 2015 (11:15 am) by Addison Herron-Wheeler
Deafheaven New Bermuda

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7/10
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New Deafheaven track "Brought to Water" combines blisteringly heavy sounds with sobering introspective.

A single from the upcoming album New Bermuda was released today, and the internet is buzzing about all the heaviness that has been unleashed upon us. Say what you want about Deafheaven, but even if you're a metal purist who wouldn't touch them with a ten foot pole or someone who can't handle the heavy, this new track is damn catchy.

I've always had mixed feelings about Deafheaven - not because I am such a metal purist that I don't think metal should ever experiment, and not because I don't like shoe-gaze influenced black metal. I love both of those things, and I think that done well, avant-garde metal can be even stronger than straightforward blasting. What's always bugged me about Deafheaven's popularity, is that they get so much credit in the metal scene when a lot of other bands who are less liked by sites like Pitchfork etc. are doing similar things. I still have some reservations about the direction this song takes, but it makes for a fun listen.

The song starts out with church bells, and then goes into a straightforward, thrashy riff that's almost a little too obvious for their style. It keeps up the pummeling thrash and aggression for a little while, before gracefully dipping into a melodic, shoegaze-esque guitar interlude that transitions the rest of the song into more traditional Deafheaven waters, similar to the material on their last album, Sunbather. Things plug on for a little while and then they crash into a crescendo of sonic riffing and ambient sound that rap things up perfectly and bring the track to a close.

Overall, this has all the proper trappings of a metal song - it makes you head-bang, it's catchy and fun, and it brings in enough of their classic structure and shoe-gaze influence to sound distinctly theirs. I still have a few issues with the track overall, such as the disjointed nature of the heavy riffing parts and melodic interludes - the transitions are done well, but it almost sounds like two different tracks, and the contrast is jarring. Still, this seems to bode well for their new release, and will undoubtedly have a whole new crop of fans jumping on the bandwagon.

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