Blackgaze 101: An Interview with Avast

Hailing from Norway, Avast is a very difficult band to place in any specific genre. While they might simply seem to be blackgaze/black metal on the surface, their roots are deep in the punk and hardcore genres. Regardless of which genre you place them in, there is no doubting the immense skill that is present on their upcoming album ‘Mother Culture’. Releasing on October 26th via Dark Essence Records, the debut album is a concept album that examines the myths upon which modern civilization is based, based on the philosophical novel Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. ‘Mother Culture’ is first class post-black metal, with a touch of Norwegian black metal in the vein of Deafheaven, Alcest, or Red Apollo. I had the chance to chat with the band about the upcoming album, the concept of their album and many other topics which you can read below. Be sure to support the guys by giving them a like on Facebook and preordering ‘Mother Culture’ using one of the following links:

Bandcamp or Physicals

Going into this record, one might expect to hear straightforward blackgaze, but when you fully dive into the album, you discover how its concept and execution are what separate Avast from their contemporaries. This truly is one of the best debut albums that I have heard in years, and I truly urge you to experience this album and appreciate the insane amount of hard work these guys have put into it.

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Deafheaven release scintillating new song, “Honeycomb”, announce new album “Ordinary Corrupt Human Love”

Where could acclaimed post-black metal band Deafheaven go on their 4th full-length, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love? The final answer won’t come for another couple months until the album’s release on Anti- Records, but the opening salvo comes in the form of the breathtaking new single, “Honeycomb”. It continues the band’s dedication to melodic, shoegaze-influenced atmospheric black metal that Deafheaven is famous for, with emotional heft that most bands can’t match. Stream the new single below, along with the tasty album art as well.

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This Day In Music History: April 26, 2011 – Deafheaven releases debut record, “Roads To Judah”

“Deafheaven performs at Summit Music Hall on Oct. 24, 2015. Photos by Vy Pham, heyreverb.com.”

“Deafheaven performs at Summit Music Hall on Oct. 24, 2015. Photos by Vy Pham, heyreverb.com.”

There’s nothing better than seeing one of your favorite bands as they ascend from an unknown entity to one of the most talked about metal bands of the last 5-10 years. I’m referring to acclaimed metal band Deafheaven, who experienced critical praise and adoration when 2013’s Sunbather was released, and even more when 2015’s New Bermuda vaulted them into the stratosphere. I was lucky enough to catch Deafheaven back in 2014 at a small bar, the Crowbar in Tampa, Florida. It’s a venue that fits maybe 300 people, and it was one hell of an experience.

Before there was Sunbather, however, there was their 2011 debut album Roads To Judah. The album, which was released on this day in 2011, packs a wallopping post-black metal punch. While it’s only 4 tracks long, it packs some of their best material together, and it truly set the tone for the future success. Stream the album below, and revisit Roads To Judah. The best track on here? Probably “Language Games”, but it’s best experienced in full.

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