Let’s all listen to Deafheaven’s new record New Bermuda

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Welcome to Thursday morning. One of the most talked-about metal records of the year is here for your listening pleasure.

Buttholes are like people with opinions about Deafheaven. Everyone has a butthole and an opinion about Deafheaven, and it’s generally not a very good or original butthole/Deafheaven opinion and maybe they should quit being such a stangry person with a butthole and an opinion about Deafheaven. Or something like that. Sunbather, the band’s second LP, caused a massive schism in the already venomous and hatred-filled Internet metalsphere. Will New Bermuda cause an even bigger shitstorm?

Based on what little I’ve heard, New Bermuda will eclipse Sunbather in every possible way. The first single “Brought to the Water” won me a Riff ov the Week victory and may have caused a co-editor to kill himself. Second single “Come Back” burns and gyrates until it stops on a dime for a sweet fuckin’ breakdown, then dives into a deep pool of crystal blue guitar lines. And next? Well, there are only three songs left on the album. Let’s listen to it together and try not to get irrationally angry at a band for making music. Especially when that band is fronted by the world’s most powerful wizard, Acclaimed Metal Vocalist George Clarke.

Courtesy of NPR (and their jank-ass proprietary media player), New Bermuda is streaming in full.

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If you’re hungry for more reading material, check out this Pitchfork interview with the band for an enlightening look at their struggles with poverty and new-found success. It’s a damn fine read.

Clarke describes his predominant mindset back then thusly: “I’m a loser and I hate everyone.”

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  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

  • CyberneticOrganism

    I listened to Sunbather in full when everyone was going nuts over it. Wasn’t my thing, but I didn’t loathe it as much as others. I’ll have to give this a shot today.

  • i shall listen to this with an open mind, considering the first couple of tracks were p good. but the most important question is: what will Herr Schmitty think of it?

  • KJM, Doom Hunter General

    Have fun with that.

  • Maik Beninton™

    I will see everyone’s Deafheaven opinions like this: http://media.giphy.com/media/1WERA8RN4vEFa/giphy.gif

  • DCLXVI

    fush it

  • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

    Yay, it’s finally being streamed!

  • This is a good.

    • Based Pingu

      Goddammit, that was my line!

      • Your line is now his… by way of our actions.

        • Based Pingu

          You guys stole from me. I’mma sue you. “This is a good” and all of its variations are owned by me!

          • Maik Beninton™

            Your line should be “This is a noot”.

          • Based Pingu

            That’s racist!

          • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth

            Noot Suit Riot.

        • KJM, Doom Hunter General

          The penguins shall suffer…bigtime.

    • Fine Sexy Ladies

      It tickles me and makes me vocalize inappropriately in groups.

  • KJM, Doom Hunter General

    Okay, I’ll actually pause Dopethrone to listen to this. I’ll pay lip service to having an “open mind”.

  • KJM, Doom Hunter General

    Well, they seem to have lost the Cocteau Twins-esque production. That can only be a good thing, but it’s still fairly unremarkable, ordinary stuff.

  • KJM, Doom Hunter General

    Welp, back to Dopethrone.

  • KJM, Doom Hunter General

    BTW I actually like Cocteau Twins, but that’s not where I go when I want Metal.

    • xengineofdeathx

      Dude I love me some fuckin CT

      • KJM, Doom Hunter General

        Yeah, it’s great stuff.

  • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

    Listened to it. Can I say that this is literally the worst sound (not just music) I’ve heard in a while now?

    • DCLXVI

      yes

    • Maik Beninton™

      That’s your butthole.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        “shrimp in a pizza box” is certainly the weirdest name for a butthole I’ve heard in awhile

        • Maik Beninton™

          What about “shrimp in a butthole”, sounds like some weird hentai shit that someone would try.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            NO ANIME

    • Sure. That’s a dumb thing to say, but you’ve earned that right.

      • KJM, Doom Hunter General

        It’s better than Bobby Blotzer’s Ratt Experience Featuring Bobby Blotzer!

        • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

          It appears Bobby Blotzer owns the Ratt name and is calling this new band Ratt.

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            He has sole ownership of the name? Somebody must’ve needed drug money.

    • Based Pingu

      notkvltenuff4u

      • KJM, Doom Hunter General

        3trendy5me

    • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth

      Not as bad as Paul Di’anno’s new DVD!!!!

  • Dagon

    The only thing that bothered me in Sunbather was that the vocal delivery was too monotonous, comparable to Liturgy’s Aesthetica.

    This time, they sound much better to my shot and untrained ears.

    • The vocals sound way more interesting but I think the variation in riffs is what’s really doing it for me here.

      • Dagon

        Also true, in “Brought To a The Water” the end sees many note variations that are p cute.

        I like the music in New Bermuda better than Sunbather already, but I did like sunbather a bit with the exception of the vocals. That’s why they stood out so much.

  • nbm02ss

    I have a hard time remembering the last time there was a band that elicited such a strong response from listeners, both good and bad, as Deafhaven; they’re doing something right in that regard. In regards to New Bermuda: I find myself not really loathing it, nor loving it for the same reasons I can’t get into bands like Opeth, or Alcest: one moment the music is going hard as fuck and I’m totally on board; the next it’s drifting off into La-La land and I’ve completely lost interest. For me, the shoegaze bits mixed with piano outtros are total cheese, and kill the boner I had at the beginning of the song.

    • Dagon

      That’s fair criticism.

      • nbm02ss

        I intended it to be a lot more elegant when I started typing, but I’m sick as a dog, so fuck it.

        • Nah, but that’s valid criticism. “The shoegazy bits are a boner killer” is way more understandable than “Trendy hipster haircut, etc.”

          • Dagon

            Specially when you rock a similar haircut.

            (Guilty af)

          • I look like Urban Outfitters trash. No care.

          • Dagon

            i bought a lot of shit in that store when I lived in America.

          • come back!

          • Dagon

            I really want to but it’s gonna take some time now. BRLs are less than 0.25 USDs

          • nbm02ss

            Heh, I’m right there with you; undercut and all, though I’m growing mine out long again and trying to look somewhat respectable at the same time. :/

          • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

            It’s more of a “even Pallbearer writes more interesting riffs than this” thing for me.

        • Dagon

          It came out fine. I think it’s definitely a risk that the band takes when combining such different segments. If the transition feels too forced it can ruin the whole song.

    • KJM brought this to my attention: Ghost is pretty divisive too.

    • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth

      I dunno, they just sound like another My Bloody Valentine ripoff but with black metal vocals. Not as big of a MBV ripoff as Smashing Pumpkins, but pretty fucking close if it weren’t for the vocals.

  • Guacamole Jim

    As a certified Poseur© [Copyright 2014, Toilet ov Hell, All Rights Reserved], I find this to be super enjoyable. The piece of fucking garbage NPR music player is driving me up the wall, though.

    • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

      I love it too.

    • Based Pingu

      I challenge you to a poser off! We’ll see who’s the biggest poser.

      • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

        I already won.

      • Guacamole Jim

        I like this idea. I’ll start.

        I wrote an article praising Charli XCX on a metal website.

        • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

          I still hate you for that.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Your hate feeds me. I was born in hate, molded by it.

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          At least you did it on a metal site.

        • Based Pingu

          Well shit…
          I don’t think I can top that.

          • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

            He’s forgetting I wrote an article about Sly And The Family Stone here. They’re much less troo than Charli XCX.

          • Based Pingu

            Really? Are you serious?

          • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

            I haven’t even been here since the start, and I have seen the worst. Only thing missing now is Babymetal.

          • Based Pingu

            SHUT UP! You’re giving Guac Jim ideas!

          • Guacamole Jim

            Fuck off m8. I’m not that bad.

          • Based Pingu

            I wouldn’t put it past you.

          • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

            I’m still the winner because I consider Charli XCX more troo than FFDP and Attila.

          • Based Pingu

            Tbh, I can see you liking FFDP

          • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

            I don’t. I do like Attila though.

          • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth

            Egads, that’s even worse! As if that were humanly possible!

          • Guacamole Jim

            Is this what you truly think of me? </3

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            If by “you” you mean all of us, then possibly.

          • Guacamole Jim
          • Based Pingu

            Fucking weeb.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Adding insult to injury. You’re a cruel penguin.

          • Based Pingu

            That’s what happens when you grow up in Finland.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Finland is a harsh mistress. Her milk is ice, her love is distant.

          • Based Pingu

            I wouldn’t call the love distant. It implies that there at least is love. Btw, I applaud the use of “her” since Finland is personified as Finnish Maiden.

          • Guacamole Jim

            I actually didn’t know that. She seems kinda like a bitch tho

          • Based Pingu

            Well yeah. She drives many people to suicide each year. She’s a mega cunt.

          • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth

            I’ve always wondered why the suicide rates are so high there. I can sorta understand Japan’s rates, since it’s so high pressure there, but Finland seems pretty laid back.

          • Based Pingu

            I’m guessing it’s the booze. Or the darkness and sadness. Or the god dang immigants ruining the pure white Finland!

          • Guacamole Jim

            You Finns are an unhappy people. I though Edmonton was bad.

          • Based Pingu

            I’m happy to be unhappy.

          • Óðinn

            Nah. Alberta, Canada is pretty much the worst place on Earth.

          • Guacamole Jim

            You’re not wrong.. that’s my old stomping grounds. Born and raised Alberta boy. Not around the tar sands, though I did work in the oilfield for close to three years.

          • Óðinn

            Years ago, I was contacted by a recruiter for a job in Fort McMurray out of the blue. The money was huge. Once I looked into it and found out what the Tar Sands were about, I just couldn’t do it.

          • Guacamole Jim

            The money is awesome.. but you’re spot on about the meaning of the sands. I’m not against development, but having worked in the industry I can tell you it’s all based on greed, exploitation, and carelessness. If it were managed properly, it’d be a great asset and could have minimal environmental impact. As is….

          • Óðinn

            I agree that it’s greedy and careless. Not to mention that the extraction fees paid to the people of Alberta are relatively low, that Harper’s government has let all other industries suffer in favor of oil (all eggs in one basket), and that “free trade” prevents any responsible Canadian government in the future from backing out of bad oil agreements. And that doesn’t even take into account the health risks and environmental damage. Quite honestly, I think Canada would be better off in the long run with a more diversified economy anyway, less reliant on just the oil industry.

          • Based Pingu

            I’m just saying that if you were to write a positive article about Babymetal, I wouldn’t be surprised.

          • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth
          • Based Pingu

            Oh yeah, I forgot you existed. I want to forget!

          • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth
          • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

            That was pretty funny, Tay Tay is still the best one though.

          • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth
          • JJD Misses Witch Ripper
          • Based Pingu

            No, I mean that are you seriously saying that Charli XCX is more trve. You can’t be!

          • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

            I just did.

          • Based Pingu

            You’re cray cray.

          • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

            I’m not just cray cray, I’m the original madman.

          • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth
        • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

          I only listen to hair metal, nu metal and dad rock.

          • Guacamole Jim

            And Nu-Metal. Come on now!

          • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

            I forgot about that. Just added it.

          • Based Pingu

            Yes, but Jim likes Charli XCX. Have you heard Charli XCX? Jesus Christ how horrible!

          • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

            I like much worse things.

          • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

            Speaking of people that like horrible things, where has GL gone?

          • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

            I don’t know.

          • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth

            He was on here yesterday, I think. He pops up here and there.

        • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth

          That article was got me into her music, actually.

  • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

    The vinyl will look good next to my Sunbathering vinyl.

  • KJM, Doom Hunter General

    But hey, the trve tryhards talk the same kind of smack about Ghost so, whatever.

    • Dagon

      I can’t stand the Papa vocals… 🙁

      I really wish I liked them though.

      • KJM, Doom Hunter General

        I have no problem with his vocals. In fact, I like them.

  • Dagon

    How nice is the wah solo in track 3? Real fucking nice.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    It’s alright. I can see myself giving it a few spins. Nothing else as good as Brought To The Water came up though.

  • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth
  • Stockhausen

    Did not like Sunbather. Listened to a couple songs off N00ber Mooda, and I was pleasantly surprised.

  • Waynecro

    It’s not bad. For me, there’s a time and a place for this type of music: during my postworkout showers. Tunes for trying to cool off and mellow down easy.

  • Max

    Well, I’ve been listening to black metal since ’94 and tended to go for the rawer stuff, but I’m basically sold on Deafheaven. They don’t always write good songs, but when they do, I find them really emotive – Just as I did with “Brought to the Water” even if one of the riffs does remind me of that hit single by Sixpence None the Richer.

    I couldn’t care less about the hipster vs. tr00 dichotomy. Admittedly, if the music sucked, I’d pile onto that. But it doesn’t. So on that basis, I do intend to check out the entirety of the new one.

  • xengineofdeathx

    This seems like an improvement over Sunbather. I don’t hate this band, or anything but there are others who have done this style more to my liking. Not talking about Alcest though. Side note, those dudes are assholes.

    • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth

      Haven’t heard anything about them being assholes, but I’m more than sure if you spill ice cream on their freshly ironed black shirts or ruffled their manicured hair, they’d fall to the ground and start kicking and screaming like 4 year olds.

      • xengineofdeathx

        I read an interview with them on Invisible Oranges, and I don’t think I’d wanna hang out with them after that.

        • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth

          I’d get drunk with them, just to shave off that precious hipster Hitler Youth haircut when the singer is passed out.

  • Boss the Ross

    While i am looking forward to purchasing this when it comes out and giving it a few good spins it comes out the same day the new clutch album drops. And THAT will be taking up all of my music listening for at least a week and a half.

  • Óðinn

    Thanks Joe. I haven’t listened to the new Deafheaven yet. I’ve heard a few songs that sound good. I’ll eventually sit down and listen to the whole thing. I’ve been busy with bunch of different things of late. I don’t really care about their haircuts and the circumference of their pant legs, etc. My life (outside of being a Metal fan) revolves around around highly creative industries as well as academia. I’m completely comfortable with progressives, artists, intellectuals, hipsters and nerds. So, I just don’t think there needs to be a controversy about Deafheaven’s jeans, which aren’t really that unusual at all. The music, irrespective of their look, passes the test .