Deafheaven’s Roads To Judah came up a few times in the comments of my Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far. With reason. The San Francisco group’s gorgeous 4-song, 38-minute full-length debut blends pretty Godspeed shoegaze and urban West Coast black metal shredding into epic dispatches of cascading romantic agonizing bolstered by hardcore fist pumps and floor punches. (Right, another great example of the new black metal…) I was curious what the guys are listening to recently, and perhaps what they had in mind when putting together Judah, so like I did with Servile Sect last week, I asked them to compile a mixtape. Vocalist George Clarke was up to the task putting together a 10-track mix that includes Chelsea Wolfe, the Microphones, and SF indie-poppers Courtship alongside Finnish death trio Vorum, one-man Seattle BM/MBV imploder Westering, recommended Bay Area funeral sludge crew Lycus, etc. He had this to say about it:
These are a collection of songs that continuously inspire my personal creativity as well as Deafheaven as a whole. Some songs are newer, some are older. Some musicians of which I have a personal relationship with, some of which I don’t. All are important to me. Support these artists and enjoy.
Roads To Judah is out via Deathwish Inc.. Here’s the closing track, “Tunnel Of Trees.”