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Deafheaven already released a track from their new album “New Bermuda” due 2nd October via ANTI-RECORDS and now they just put out another. It’s called “Come Back” and it’s another colossal ripper. Like the last single, it proves Deafheaven aren’t letting a little fame or a little “hipster cred” get to them, they’re in fact sounding heavier this time. It’s not all attack though. It goes into clean post-rocky territory for a large chunk of its 9+ minute run time too. At its most emotional peak, “Come Back” sounds an awful lot like My Chemical Romance’s “Ghost of You” (at least to me). This is not to discredit New Bermuda or “Come Back” in any way; it actually makes the song all the more effective. Deafheaven’s will to integrate striking melody into their cacophony is perfectly represented, allowing the song to also serve as an example of why Deafheaven is black metal’s best black sheep.

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Since the previous album “Sunbather”, Deafheaven have frequently been tagged as purveyors of a sub-subgenre called “blackgaze,” i.e., a style of music that blends black metal with shoegaze. “Blackgaze” is such a dumb term in general, but notably, it is absent the word “metal” — and coincidentally, many blackgaze bands seem to reflect that absence in their own sounds. But “Brought To The Water,” the first single from Deafheaven’s forthcoming third LP, New Bermuda”, manages to stay on the path blazed by Sunbather  and the Deafheaven’s 2011 debut, Roads To Judah ” also incorporating elements of old-school, horn-throwing METAL that feel both invigorating and timeless. “Brought To The Water” is immediately more rugged and organic than anything on Sunbather; where that album achieved soaring heights, “Brought To The Water” suggests unexpected depths.