Deafheaven - Sunbather

Despite whatever I may have said about post-black metal’s sense of homogeneity (oooh, tremolo picking and blast beats!), the sound can be extremely heart wrenching if done with sincerity, confidence, and just the right amount of affect. Deafheaven manage to do this adequately, and if you’ve ever seen the band live, you know the kind of passion these guys put into performing their beautifully haunting black metal compositions, especially frontman George Clarke, whose intensity truly sells the show.

Sunbather,’ the band’s new single, is now available for streaming, and as if the previously debuted track ‘Dream House’ wasn’t enough, it paints the upcoming record in an impressive light. The band must be looking to top their debut Roads to Judah, because these two new tracks blow the previous album away. The track is available at The Fader. While you’re listening, follow along with the lyrics:


I held my breath and drove through a maze of wealthy homes. I watched how green the trees were. I watched the steep walkways and the white fences. I gripped the wheel. I sweated against the leather. I watched the dogs twist through the wealthy garden. I watched you lay on a towel in grass that exceeded the height of your legs. I gazed into reflective eyes. I cried against an ocean of light.

Crippled by the cushion, I sank into sheets frozen by rose pedal toes. My back shivered for your pressed granite nails. Dishonest and ugly through the space in my teeth. Break bones down to yellow and crush gums into blood. The hardest part for the weak was stroking your fingers with rings full of teeth..

It’s 5 A.M…and my heart flourishes at each passing moment.

Always and forever.


Sunbather will be available June 11th on Deathwish Inc. Come on already with the pre-orders!

– JR


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