In the second and final installment of “Corrupt Love Across America,” our exclusive on-the-road doc on Deafheaven, Revolver joins the genre-defying band for the last leg of their recent headlining tour, which hit the West Coast —…
Listening to Ordinary Corrupt Human Love on a packed light rail car, scraping along through the wreckage of the workweek under the full weight of afternoon midsummer heat, in close quarters with inscrutable humanity—anonymous lives in the thick of their separate mortal coils—might be the ideal context in which to slip into the most recent offering by Deafheaven. Eschewing the frozen wastes and infernal abysses of metal hyperbole, and mostly foregoing the introspective dread and purgation of the band’s previous albums Sunbather and New Bermuda, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love allows breathing room in which to enjoy Deafheaven’s ever more sophisticated sonics and passages of understated beauty in between the cinematic, pulse-pounding peaks. Such moments still abound, but a new focus on earthbound visions and the beauty in day-to-day existence has altered the emotional timbre this time around.
With ‘Ordinary Corrupt Human Love’, California’s Deafheaven have released one of the most acclaimed albums of the year, a record that makes non-metal fans sit back and think, ‘Wait, do I like metal?’ Tom Connick finds them – surfing, no less – on the day of the album’s release.
Setting The Stage: It takes a lot to get folks in New York City out to a concert, with the myriad of things to do any given night and dozens of competing shows across the city. So packing an 1,800 cap venue like Brooklyn Steel is a feat in and of itself, but that’s exactly what Deafheaven did on Tuesday night.
DEAFHEAVEN’S NEW ALBUM ‘ORDINARY CORRUPT HUMAN LOVE’: OUT NOW
"Rife with twinkling, twisting guitars that build into a head-banging crunch." – Rolling Stone
“Deafheaven's most confounding record and necessarily its most emotionally impressionistic, free to be interpreted in whatever way the listener needs.” – NPR
"Human Love thrives in the moments where the extraordinary and the commonplace collide and become indistinguishable. In search of something quietly universal, Deafheaven can’t help but notice the tiny miracle in each breath." – Pitchfork (8.5/10, Best New Music)
“A beautiful, epic piece.” – Decibel (8/10)
“Sublime atmospheric beauty lingers over everything like a haze.” – Stereogum (Album of the Week)