Though the band got off to a strong start on their 2011 Deathwish debut full-length Roads To Judah, the best was yet to come for Bay Area metal band Deafheaven. Specifically, their sophomore album, Sunbather. The album merges shoegaze, post-rock, and black metal influences in a way that is surprisingly accessible, yet no less heavy and emotional. While it’s true that similar albums and bands existed before Deafheaven ever did (specifically, Wolves In The Throne Room and Alcest), Deafheaven’s brand of post-black metal managed to garner critical acclaim – in fact, it’s still one of the top 10 highest-rated metal albums on Metacritic.
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:
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.
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.