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Deafheaven is a two-man black metal project featuring vocalist George Clarke and guitarist Kerry McCoy. The group uses extra members for live shows. Deafheaven plays ambient black metal with shoegaze elements.
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My biggest issue with metal in the 2010s is that in contrast to the past three decades, there's just a lack of creativity. Newer metalcore is being increasingly influenced by nu-metal and post-hardcore as the new musicians who are in their 20s and 30s are now playing music that's entirely an amalgam of what they grew up with as teens rather than creating anything new.
Blackgaze was novel for the first few years but now feels like the light beer version of black metal at this point that doesn't have the same edge that metal is supposed to have. I'm not sure if I want black metal to have a kinder, gentler, dare I say, “cuddlier” face when compared to the antisocial behavior that defined the second wave. When I hear a band like Alcest or Deafheaven, I don't feel like these are maniacs with serious mental issues precisely because it sounds way too calculated and professional for my aging ears.
Djent is nice but often feels too monotonous to really do justice to how technical it is. For, “progressive metal” the songwriting lacks the same level of unexpected changes in direction that make progressive rock acts like Rush and Yes so appealing. Yeah, Djent is heavy but it's also often predicable when unconventional songwriting is half of what separates metal and makes it so special and unique. Blackened sludge on the othe rhand is only going to appeal to people who want extremely raw production... who will never be great enough in number to establish a trend rather than a fad. More...
Richmond, Virginia’s Lamb of God is one of the hardest working, best bands in metal. When I first caught the group open for Gwar on the “New American Gospel” sixteen years ago, I knew this band was destined for greatness. They were like a combination of Meshuggah and Pantera. I saw them as the next Pantera. Today, they really are continuing the tradition set down by Pantera and their rough grooves. Randy Blythe has a monstrous voice that, after tonight’s show, doesn’t seem to be losing any power.
In 2009, Lamb of God once again toured with Gwar. Even though this was a co-headliner tour, Gwar played before Lamb of God. Also this is not their first rodeo with Anthrax. Anthrax brought LOG on the road with them in 2001 . The wheel went full circle with the current tour with Anthrax. LOG toured with Anthrax early in their career as a support act. Now Anthrax supports them.
LOG has always brought a great package with them. I caught them in ‘2004 when they toured with Children of Bodom and headliner, Fear Factor. The best package, though, was opening for Cannibal Corpse, Dimmu Borgir and The Haunted. Of course, tonight’s package was nothing to complain about, other than Deafheaven. This was one of the most thrashing tours LOG has partaken in. Warming up the band were Big 4 thrashers, Anthrax (should have headlined) with a great, young thrash band, Dallas thrashers Power Trip. More...
Black metal warriors of Deafheaven premiere the brand new track titled "Come Back", taken from their upcoming new album "New Bermuda", out in stores October 02nd via Antirecords.
Check out now "Come Back" below.
This October/November, Sweden's Tribulation will return to North America for a first stateside run in support of new album "The Children Of The Night" (reviewed here). Deafheaven will also join the trek (plus Envy on select dates) - see full dates below.
Tribulation comments: "We are very much looking forward to our third tour in North America. Together with Deafheaven, who are bringing something unique to the genre, we will explore the darkest corners of our inner, but also where it is as most beautiful. Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. Come and meet us at the doorstep to the Other." More...
Deafheaven has revealed the band's upcoming album will be titled "New Bermuda" and is due for release via Anti-Records on October 2nd, 2015.
"New Bermuda" features cover art by Allison Schulnik, art direction and design by Nick Steinhardt, and was recorded in April 2015 by Jack Shirley. A teaser trailer can be seen at the Deafheaven Facebook profile here.
Fun Fun Fun Fest (FFF Fest) is excited to announce the music lineup of the 9th annual festival to be held November 7-9 at Auditorium Shores and Butler Park in Austin. Weekend passes and Ultimate Smooth Passes are on sale today at 10 a.m. CST at funfunfunfest.com.
For the first time in 25 years, Austin will welcome English heavy metal royalty Judas Priest as a FFF headliner. Recognized as one of the greatest and most influential metal bands of all time, Judas Priest is known for their twin lead guitars, original vocal style and for introducing the S&M leather look to metal. Their performance will follow the release of their seventeenth studio album, Redeemer of Souls, which marks 40 years since their debut recording.
Other FFF Fest 2014 headliners include Neutral Milk Hotel, Death Cab For Cutie, Nas, King Diamond, Wiz Khalifa, Alt-J, Death From Above 1979, and Girl Talk. The roster will also feature performances from The New Pornographers, Dinosaur Jr., 2 Chainz, Rocket From The Crypt, First Aid Kid, Death Grips, Atmosphere, Guided by Voices, Blood Brothers, City and Colour, Yo La Tengo, Dum Dum Girls, Foxygen, Sun Kil Moon, Flying Lotus, Yelle, and Ginuwine. Additional musical acts may also be announced later this summer.
Festival producers Transmission Events will offer a sound for everyone, with a mix of new music, long-awaited reunions, and fan favorites. The music lifting from the park will include indie, hip-hop, punk, electronic, metal, folk and more. This year will also feature an expanded comedy and action sports experience, with a fresh lineup of comedians and riders to be announced this summer.
“Each year, we try to bring Fun Fun Fun fans a unique and exciting lineup to top the year before,” says Bobby Garza, general manager at Transmission Events. “And this year we feel we went above and beyond to give you an experience you can’t find anywhere else.” More...
Between The Buried and Me will be returning to the road in 2014 with a headlining tour of North America.
Joining BTBAM on this trek will be Deafheaven, Intronaut, and The Kindred. In anticipation of the journey, the band recently released a short video recorded during its most recent North American excursion at the end of 2013.
The video, as the band describes is, "The process. The preparation. A small glimpse into the beginnings of a BTBAM show. Let's switch off together." The video was produced, filmed and directed by Raymond McCrea Jones and Wes Richardson, with editing by Raymond McCrea Jones, and visual effects by Wes Richardson. Check it out below, with full dates on the tour available after the jump. More...
Between the Buried and Me (BTBAM) will be returning to the road in 2014 with a headlining tour of North America. Joining BTBAM on this trek will be Deafheaven, Intronaut, and The Kindred. Dates are as follows:
02/20 West Springfield, VA Empire
02/21 Huntington, NY Paramount Theater
02/22 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
02/23 Boston, MA Royale Nightclub
02/24 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
02/26 Montreal, QC Corona Theater
02/27 Quebec City, QC Imperial De Quebec
02/28 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
03/01 London, ON London Music Hall
03/02 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
03/04 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
03/05 Palatine, IL Durty Nellie's
03/06 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
03/07 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
03/08 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
03/10 Reno, NV The Knitting Factory
03/11 Oakland, CA Oakland Metro
03/12 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
03/14 Lubbock, TX Jake's Sports Café
03/15 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
03/16 Grand Prairie, TX South By So What?! Festival
03/18 Sauget, IL Pop's
03/20 Ybor City, FL The Ritz Ybor
03/21 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
03/22 Athens, GA 40 Watt
03/23 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall More...
Each week we check in with fans and bands from around the world to get their mosh pit stories from live shows. This week our Pit Story comes courtesy of Metalunderground.com reader Gorecunt about experiencing a hipster mosh:
The show I went to was primarily for fans of post-metal, which is the first scene where hipsters and metalheads have a common interest. Both subcultures go together like water and oil (sometimes a match - Cynic said this in his article "Black Metal: The Shoegaze Wave"). And so me and a small handful of metalheads were in a crowd of hipsters. Deafheaven was playing and they were the only ones with music heavy enough to mosh to. Not expecting hipsters to *try* starting a pit, we remained reserved. Then the pit started. Me and the guys initially laughed at them as they were slamming about awkwardly in their skinny jeans outside their natural habitat and trying to hold on to their thick-rimmed glasses.
Then one of Deafheaven's heavier songs came on ("Unrequited"). Three of us took places where the pit would be as we waited for the soft intro to give way to the heavy riff. I took center position, two metalheads were at my left and right. The heavy tremolo chords blasted and I pushed the two off, starting the pit. We showed the hipsters how its done. Some got hurt but they brushed it off and resumed moshing. They learned well. The next decent song played and they got the hang of it. It was a proud moment, kind of like old school teaching the new school. It was a surprisingly awesome bonding moment.
Now here's what makes hipster pits fun for me: They're so small and frail by comparison so starting a pit is so easy. I easily pushed 3-5 of them at once and next thing you know half the room is a pit. Its so lulzy.
South By Southwest 2012 maintained its tradition of billing a long list of heavy bands from an assortment of styles. Attendees began pouring in from every corner of the globe on the previous Friday to experience the interactive and film portion of the city-wide festival. Traditionally, at least during the last few years, the music segment starts five days later on Wednesday. Even though I attended a free show at Emo’s East featuring High on Fire, our coverage begins with Wednesday’s usual sonic circus.
Torn between the Thrasher/Converse Death Match Day Party at Scoot Inn and Pitchfork’s Show No Mercy show at ND, I opted for the Pitchfork show. The Thrasher show included legendary hardcore punk acts Fear and Cro-Mags as well as Nachtmystium, but I chose the doomed tones of Rwake, Pallbearer and Pilgrim at the Pitchfork.com show. More...
As Deafheaven's current, consistently sold-out European tour with Heirophant comes to a close, the band is excited to announce another European jaunt for later this Spring, this time supporting post-rock/experimental trio Russian Circles. The 5+ week tour will bring Deafheaven all across Europe and the UK, hitting almost every nook and cranny on the continent, and will span fro April 5th through May 15th.
Later this month, upon Deafheaven's return to the United States, the band will gear up for a batch of West Coast shows with Whirr and Marriages, taking the act down to Austin's legendary SXSW Music Conference, and then out East with black metal/shoegaze masters Alcest. A full list of tour dates can be found below, with more exciting performances to be announced for SXSW very soon.
Dates are as follows: More...
BrooklynVegan, Power of the Riff and Southern Lord Records play host to a free SXSW showcase on March 16th, 2012 at Scoot Inn (1308 e4th St) in Austin, Texas.
The free daytime portion runs in conjunction with a four-day Thrasher/Converse "Death Match," featuring a skate ramp with skaters and an assortment of bands that runs all day long. Starting at noon, the free event will feature eleven bands on two stages. More...
San Francisco, CA's Deafheaven is gearing up to start the band's first European headlining tour on February 3rd with Hierophant. The tour is set to run through February 25th, and will hit Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Belgium, France, the UK, and more.
Upon returning home, Deafheaven will head out on tour in North America, starting in L.A. on a string of dates with Whirr and Marriages (feat. members of Red Sparrowes), making its way down to play at this year's SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. Deafheaven will then meet up with black metal/shoegaze masters Alcest. Dates are as follows: More...
San Francisco’s Deafheaven has announced the band will be touring Europe for the first time in February of 2012. The tour is set to run from February 2nd through February 25th, and will hit Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Belgium, the UK, and more. Dates are below, with more European shows to be announced soon.
Currently, Deafheaven is out on tour in North America with post rock/experimental trio Russian Circles and is running through the midwest up to Canada, and will hit the East Coast next week. Upcoming Deafheaven tour dates are as follows: More...
San Francisco’s Deafheaven has announced upcoming tour dates in support of the band's Deathwish debut "Roads to Judah." This September, Deafheaven will tour the West Coast with Lake of Blood and DNF.
Details on the tour dates are as follows:
9/14 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall w/ Kylesa
9/20 - San Francisco, CA - Submission Art Gallery w/ Lake of Blood, DNF
9/21 - Santa Cruz, CA - 150 Pioneer w/ Lake of Blood, DNF
9/22 - Los Angeles, CA - Bow and Sparrow w/ Lake of Blood, DNF, ACXDC
9/24 - Mesa, AZ - Nile Theatre w/ Trap Them, Gaza, Touche Amore
9/25 - San Luis Obispo, CA - 2007 Broad St. w/ White Summer
Deathwish Music has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a free live recording from Deafheaven:
"The Deathwish Live Series is a series of free live recordings of Deathwish affiliated artists. These recordings are from a variety of sources: radio shows, official and non-official live recordings, bootlegs, and more. We are giving these recordings away as a thank you to the listeners who continue to support independent music.
"If you dig what you hear, please support these artists by seeing them live and by purchasing their releases and apparel in the DW Estore this location.
"On January 15th, 2011, Deafheaven played a stunning set on a loading dock turned venue called 'The Blacktop' in Bell Gardens, California. Also on the show was Low Places, Joyce Manor, and label mates Touche Amore.
"Deafheaven's performance that night left attendees in awe, serving as the flash point for a whirlwind year for the genre bending band. This is a recording of their entire set from that show. Click here to download."
Ken Mode Mode just wrapped up a two month string of tour dates across North America in support of the release of "Venerable" by Profound Lore Records this March. Now the band has its eyes on the summer and is gearing up for a tour alongside Deafheaven. However, Ken Mode is now excited to announce their participation in this year’s Hellfest in France. The band has been officially added to the bill and will play the fest on Sunday, June 19th. Ken Mode's performance will take place in the Terrorizer Tent, which is scheduled to feature performances from Kyuss, Hawkwind, Electric Wizard, Goatsnake, Kylesa, The Black Dahlia Murder, Ghost, and more. Other performers for Sunday include Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Mr. Big, Cavalera Conspiracy, Opeth, Cradle of Filth and more.
Due to the festival appearance, Ken Mode will miss the following dates of the tour with Deafheaven (Deafheaven will still be performing these dates! The shows are NOT cancelled):
Wed June 15 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Thur June 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Fri June 17 - NYC, NY @ Cake Shop
Sat June 18 - New Haven, CT @ Lily's Pad
Sun June 19 - Boston, MA @ Obriens Pub
Mon June 20 - Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
Frontman Jesse Matthewson comments, “We’re sorry to everyone who wanted to see us in June on the east coast portion of our tour, and we will definitely make it up to you later this year, however we are extremely honored and excited to be a part of Hellfest 2011; we couldn't pass up this amazing opportunity!” More...
U.S. ambient black metal act Deafheaven has revealed the dates for its upcoming tour of the United States. Support on the trek will come from Ken Mode. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.
06/01 Seattle, WA – The Funhouse
06/02 Portland, OR – The Tube
06/04 San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room
06/05 Los Angeles, CA – The Blvd
06/06 San Diego, CA – Che Cafe
06/07 Mesa, AZ – Nile Underground
06/08 Midland, TX – Pine Box
06/09 Dallas, TX – Bryan St. Tavern
06/10 San Antonio, TX – The Ten Eleven
06/11 New Orleans, LA – The Circle Bar
06/12 Atlanta, GA – Archive Gallery
06/13 Columbia, SC – 719 N. Beltline
06/14 Raleigh, NC – The Brewery
06/15 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
06/16 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
06/18 New Haven, CT – Lillys Pad
06/19 Boston, MA – O’Briens
06/20 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
06/21 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
The lineups have been announced for the upcoming SXSW music showcases that will be occurring between March 16th - March 19th. Details are as follows:
Wednesday, March 16th
Brooklyn Vegan Day Party
12:20 The Roller
1:55 The Secret
2:40 Ken Mode
3:30 Dax Riggs
4:20 Trash Talk
Thursday, March 17th
Thrasher/Impose Day Party
Venue: Scoot Inn [Outside Stage]
5:00pm - Trash Talk
4:00pm - Weedeater
3:00pm - Zoroaster
2:00pm - Liturgy
1:00pm - The Body
Full Metal Texas / BrooklynVegan Stage
Venue: Emo's [Inside Stage]
5:00pm - YOB
4:05pm - Trap Them
3:10pm - Hull
2:20pm - Kverlertak
1:35pm - Rwake
12:50pm - All Pigs Must Die
12:05pm - Goes Cube More...
BrooklynVegan has announced four free shows over two venues with 32 bands in total. The details are as follows:
3/16 Emo's (603 Red River Street Austin, TX 78701)
BROOKLYNVEGAN DAY PARTY
12:20 The Roller
1:55 The Secret
2:40 KEN Mode
3:30 Dax Riggs
4:20 Trash Talk
3/17 Emo's (603 Red River Street Austin, TX 78701)
BROOKLYNVEGAN/1000KNIVES STAGE at FULL METAL TEXAS
12:05 Goes Cube
12:50 All Pigs Must Die
4:05 Trap Them
3/18 Lovejoys (604 Neches St, btw 6th & 7th, Austin, TX 78701)
BROOKLYNVEGAN/1000KNIVES DAY PARTY
12:15 Owen Hart
1:45 Kill The Client
2:30 KEN Mode
3/19 Lovejoys (604 Neches St, btw 6th & 7th, Austin, TX 78701)
BROOKLYNVEGAN/1000KNIVES DAY PARTY
4:45 The Body
5:30 Dark Castle