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 +2Posted on Jul 15th, 2011 | re: Under The Influence: Deafheaven Roads To Judah (10 comments)

This is my favorite album of the year. I found it by dumb luck. Then by happenstance they came to sleepy little Richmond VA and played at Strange Matter. There were about 25 people there for the show.

What I love about this band is how emotive they are. Its not in a Titus Andro-watzitzfk kind of way, but like Alcest. They get compared more often to Wolves In The Throne Room, but frankly, that’s lazy. You hear past that after the third spin.

Black metal especially is prone to putting on airs. I like that too. Its fun and all, but Deafheaven is blisteringly honest, transparent stuff. Album opener, Violet, begins with is achingly sad march only to be overtaken without warning by their black metal assult. Under it, you still hear those mournful tones from the start.

To all those would-be minions of ‘E-Veel’, this is what it is to be artistically fearless.