What keeps Roads to Judah from being really great is definitely no shortcoming in the capacities for talent any of Deafheaven's band members might have, but really in the somewhat messy production and a sound that is big but could be so much bigger.
I fail to see the apparent originality in this because if I want "pretty" black metal I think I'll stick to Alcest which as oppose to this puts weight on writing nice passages that truly complement each other instead of wowing melodic tremolo picking into flat guitar based soundscapes that backfires the original intention anyway. Nothing really leads anywhere and it feels as if there's no real substance to be found amidst frankly quite boring structures and passages and those vocals tend to get quite annoying after a while because everything just sound the same. I never even remember what I just listened to after listening to this.
God if it continue like that, when someone wil review it, it will be featured in BNM, and people tend to diss records who are BNM here. An excellent record who remember me of weakling's dead as dream and WITTR in general.