This Day In Music History: June 11th, 2013 – Deafheaven release the ambitious, groundbreaking ‘Sunbather’

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.

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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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