Artists of the Week: Deafheaven
Deafheaven (2010) is a San Francisco-based American band formed by vocalist George Clarke and guitarist Kerry McCoy and a rotating set of other musicians who performs during their tours and occasionally records with the duo.
The band’s rise to success has been staggering: after recording an untitled demo in 2010 that combined an intriguing take on screamo, black metal, shoegazing and post-rock, the duo signed to Deathwish (the label founded by Converge’s vocalist Jacob Bannon) and quickly released their highly praised debut (2011’s Roads to Judah), which prompted comparisons to Emperor’s blend of furious and melodic metal, Explosions in the Sky dynamics and West Coast black metal bands typical hardcore sensibility.
Their highly anticipated sophomore effort, Dream House, adds a lush production and an undeniable pop sensibility to their brutal sound that brings to mind My Bloody Valentine’s production values. Even though the record has already proven its ability to infuriate some black metal purists, the truth is that it keeps capturing the attention and triggering the awe people who usually do not listen to heavy music. Kudos to that.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.