Deafheaven will be embarking on a US tour in 2020 to celebrate their 10th anniversary as a band and will be playing material spanning all of their release. Joining them on select dates will be Inter Arma, Greet Death, and All Your Sisters. Tickets on sale Friday, Dec 13 at deafheaven.com
Deafheaven may liberally work in moments of overt beauty and shoegaze into their brand of black metal, but it's clear the members all have deep love for the genre's grimmest musical aspects. A leftover cut from the Ordinary Corrupt Human Love sessions, the single "Black Brick" sort of sounds like a mix between their early material and New Bermuda, but taken to a considerably heavier, darker place. Drums thunder while more traditional swarming black-metal riffs back them up, propelling the song ever forward without letting a moment of light leak in.
Consequence Of Sound interviewed George from Deafheaven about the past 10 years in Metal, read the entire interview HERE.
In many ways, the story of metal in the past decade is the story of Deafheaven. Vocalist George Clarke and guitarist Kerry McCoy formed the band in their San Francisco apartment in 2010, when they were barely legal drinking age, and leveraged the internet to spread their blend of black metal and post-rock.
In 2013, Deafheaven released their breakout sophomore album, Sunbather, which may be the most popular metal album of the decade among critics. It precipitated a renaissance in atmospheric black metal that defined the decade. Many perpetually contrarian black metal diehards hated it, but their admonition didn’t stop Deafheaven from growing into a must-see live act and crossover musical success.
"During Amplifest 2019, we sat down with George Clarke and Shiv Mehra to talk about the last 10 years of Deafheaven: the progression between "Roads to Judah", "Sunbather", "New Bermuda" and "Ordinary Corrupt Human Love", Grammy Awards, underground music and the new album the band is working on."
It is an honor for us to announce that we are publishing the first two books written and photographed by George L. Clarke of Deafheaven.
“Westlake and Evergreen are stories dealing with identity, aloneness, fear and the idea of willful anonymity in which characters are purposefully a mystery to themselves and others. Inspired by The Sweet Flypaper of Life by Langston Hughes and Ray DeCarava, I aim to guide and contextualize these stories with photography. I have also added in bits of prose, dh related lyrics, etc. Each is 80 pages. I made a few and they’ll be signed and mailed out when I’m back from tour mid October. Thank you to Chelsea, Nick, and Cathy for their help with this. “ - George L. Clarke
When Slipknot dropped their self-titled debut album in 1999, it sent shock waves through the rock and metal world. It was so ferocious and yet so catchy, so maniacal and yet so meticulous — from the industrial menace of "742617000027" all the way through to the raw, spasmodic grind of "hidden" track "Eeyore." Then there was the band themselves: the masks, the jumpsuits, the "fuck you all" attitude of their interviews, the "fuck you all even harder" attitude of their live shows. Below, on the eve of the album's 20th anniversary, Deafheaven frontman George Clarke looks back on the first time Slipknot blew his mind and the impact the album has had on him ever since.