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De(a)finitive Deafheaven Ranking

Getting the opportunity to see these guys in November with Carcass, and I am already fanboying. Since 2013 I've gone from being a fan of Sunbather, to being a fan of Deafheaven. Nowadays they a group I listen to on a very consistent basis, and have developed an extreme love for. This list is every song by them (excluding interludes) ranked and rated. Controversial opinions ahead (maybe?). I know I don't need to ask since you're all opinionated assholes, but let me know how close or far off the mark I am from your ranking.
1Deafheaven
Sunbather


The Pecan Tree - The way this song begins always leaves me floored. The melodies are beautiful, and almost "weightless" for lack of a better term, anchored only by the blastbeats. It's such an energetic way to open and the song really doesn't relent from there. Even the slower, gazier parts are still very intense, and the overall build to climax of the song is the best on the album in my opinion. Rating: 11/5
2Deafheaven
Sunbather


Sunbather - This song can be oddly laid back at times, and I can totally see why they decided to name it Sunbather. For me, there are parts of this song that are the most intense on the album and feel very traditionally black metal, which is why I love it so much. One of the more even-keeled mixtures of the two. Rating: 8/5
3Deafheaven
Sunbather


Dream House - The "quintessential" Deafheaven track I suppose. I really feel that whichever song was released from Sunbather first would take this spot, because clearly I disagree with it being the "best" song from them. I still fucking love it though. It's probably their most shoegaze-y from Sunbather, and it's hard to deny that after one listen I didn't have it stuck in my head for hours afterwords. The drumming in particular has always stood out for me, lending the track a sense of youthfulness and energy. Rating 5/5
4Deafheaven
Sunbather


Vertigo - The post-rock build of the intro is easily one of my favorite sequences on the album. It's perfectly written, with enough pause to build tension and excitement, but not enough for it to become boring or tedious. The rest of the song kinda dispenses with the subtlety except for a few brief moments, and rages all the way the through to the end, culminating and slow and epic finale. The heavier parts remind me a lot of Roads to Judah. Rating 5/5
5Deafheaven
Roads to Judah


Violet - Another song with a great intro build-up. I can't help but think of wandering alongside the beach on an overcast day when I hear it. The melodies strewn throughout this track are gorgeous, and it may actually be the most "epic" song in the group's discography. Rating 5/5
6Deafheaven
New Bermuda


Brought to the Water - Love, love, love ,love, love this song. It's the best implementation of the heavier sound they were trying to achieve on this record, without sacrificing the dynamic songwriting that made them a household name in the first place. Easily my favorite song off this album. Rating 5/5
7Deafheaven
Libertine Dissolves/Daedalus


Daedalus - One of the most succinct tracks in their discography, love the bouncy, post-punk/screamo feel this track has about it. A more lighthearted than what they became. Rating 5/5
8Deafheaven
New Bermuda


Luna - Rating 4/5
9Adult Swim
Adult Swim Singles 2014


From the Kettle onto the Coil - Rating 4/5
10Deafheaven
Roads to Judah


Language Games - Rating 4/5
11Deafheaven
New Bermuda


Gifts of the Earth - Rating 4/5
12Deafheaven
Roads to Judah


Tunnel of Trees - Rating 3.5/5
13Deafheaven
Roads to Judah


Unrequited - Rating 3.5/5
14Deafheaven
Libertine Dissolves/Daedalus


LIbertine Dissolves - Rating 3.5/5
15Deafheaven/Bosse-de-Nage
Split


Punk Rock Cody - Rating 3/5
16Deafheaven
2010 Demo


Exit Denied - Rating 3/5
17Deafheaven
New Bermuda


Baby Blue - Rating 2.5/5
18Deafheaven
New Bermuda


Come Back - Rating 2.5/5
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