Deafheaven
New Bermuda


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nick Mongiardo USER (135 Reviews)
September 30th, 2015 | 1089 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The band refrains from creating Sunbather 2.0 here and the results find them showcasing a darker, more black metal driven sound.

It’s no secret why Sunbather was considered one of the best records of 2013. Due to its effective innovation and soaring emotion, the album really captured the attention of critics and fans alike for good reason. Anyone expecting a mere repeat of Sunbather could either rest easy or riot depending on one’s desire from the band. However, one aspect of Deafheaven’s third outing that could collectively be agreed upon proves to be how the originality carries over in a different light. Even though it may not embody the fresh new take on black metal, their approach to it here still manifests brilliantly. Instead of an overall uplifting mood, the band drops all of that altogether in favor of a more bombastic, Wolves in The Throne Room inspired sound. Essentially, New Bermuda continues the consistency of a band that has yet to stagnate.

Right off the bat, the record gives off a more black metal driven vibe, with “Brought to the Water” displaying impressive amounts of blast beats and high pitched shrieks. Aside from the questionably out-of-tune guitar break in the middle, the shoegazing guitar riffs all add to the more brutal atmosphere. It’s proof that their exemplary spin on the black metal/shoegaze/post rock amalgam has taken a more ominous yet excellent turn here. Their genre-bending skills are revealed even more in “Gifts for the Earth,” with the band showcasing a more heavy metal, riff driven piece in the middle. “Baby Blue” also impresses in this regard with an overwhelmingly brooding vibe and powerful drumming. Their efforts to create more dynamics on this album certainly shines through beautifully with these songs as well and the other songs are no exception. In addition to the more black metal guided sound, the dynamics truly manifest in the fantastic way the songs slow down.

As soon as “Come Back” commences, texture immediately becomes prioritized over everything as the stunning guitar work really moves the listener. Once the well-rounded buildup gives way to the more typical metal sections, the listener happens to be graced with a terrific guitar solo to top it all off. However, it’s these quieter moments that often prove to be highlights due to everyone in the band getting a chance to shine. Amongst the loud and violent instrumentation, the bass more often than not gets swallowed in the mix. The more subtle moments let every player have their say. The same can easily be said in regards to “Luna” as well. After all of the expertly delivered guitar work and intense drumming, the entire collective breathlessly slows down to let the atmospheric guitar melody run its course along with effective bass riffs. These more sensitive sections are without a doubt highlights, but the metal segments are the juicy meat of the album.

New Bermuda near instantly places itself among the best records of this year within its first week. Literally everything about this album confirms how over the past two years they’ve clearly been improving their craft. Their passion glistens through with astounding results, as well as their willingness to refrain from creating the same album over and over again. Those who are looking for Sunbather 2.0 simply won’t find that here. Instead, the listener will get a healthy dose of expertly crafted, atmospheric black metal. The band is still quite inventive with their genre-bending which should still induce enjoyment for new fans and old alike. Keep it up Deafheaven.



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Mongi123
September 30th 2015


21053 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And so it begins haha



I find both this and Sunbather to be about equal actually. You guys know the drill

guitarded_chuck
September 30th 2015


18068 Comments


sunbather was better, neither were very good

their appeal was in their uniqueness and they lost some of that on this record, making it totally forgettable

Mongi123
September 30th 2015


21053 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fair enough, I love them both. This is not as original agreed but it still has a bit of it.

Tunaboy45
September 30th 2015


17645 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not sure if this will be for me but great review as always Mongi.

JS19
September 30th 2015


7754 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I don't feel this is darker than Sunbather at all. Just worse

Digging: Sugar Horse - The Live Long After

brainmelter
September 30th 2015


7566 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah worse, Luna is great tho. Sunbather is the better album because i loved the dreamyness and shoegaze, this is missing both

im actually surprised at how miserably shitty Baby Blue is. like fuq

why

Digging: Occulsed - Crepitation of Phlegethon

Mongi123
September 30th 2015


21053 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

With the exception of Vertigo, which felt a tad out of place on that record even though it was brilliant, all of the main songs boasted such an uplifting aesthetic contrary to normal bm, so gonna have to disagree.

Jots
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2015


7393 Comments


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Mongi123
September 30th 2015


21053 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man I'll re word some stuff.

Tunaboy45
September 30th 2015


17645 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

When bands have this much hype I guess I'm just naturally cautious.

FadedSun
September 30th 2015


2727 Comments


"New Bermuda near instantly places itself among the best records of this year within its first week"

Has it? The overall consensus seems to be that this isn't as good as Sunbather. The hype feels less pronounced compared to Sunbather, as well. At least it seems that way to me

JS19
September 30th 2015


7754 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The hype WAS real, then everyone heard it and was like 'oh'

oltnabrick
September 30th 2015


40343 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

uhhh..

Digging: Trha - Endlhtong

BrushedRed
September 30th 2015


3481 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"The hype WAS real, then everyone heard it and was like 'oh'"



This is my album of the year. I actually expected to move my rating down from a 5 after first listen but it really gets better and better. It's been my addiction this past week.



I do think Sunbather is better but Sunbather is one of my favorite albums of the decade

IHateRadiohead
September 30th 2015


342 Comments


Everybody heard it and was like "I WANT SUNBATHER 2 NOT DIFFERENT MUSIC"

BrushedRed
September 30th 2015


3481 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^that too

brainmelter
September 30th 2015


7566 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

naw sunbather 2 would have been lame, just the more black metal aimed sounding parts are pretty weak (random chugging).



BandNewbac
September 30th 2015


2462 Comments


random chugging is not the black metal aimed parts

brainmelter
September 30th 2015


7566 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah ok, but the chugging is terrible

ShrillYell
September 30th 2015


269 Comments


This is much better than Sunbather, but I didn't like Sunbather much.



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