'Cinematic mainstream-friendly metal' – The Guardian
Courting acclaim and controversy in equal measure since their hour-long opus Sunbather, Deafheaven dig deeper with the darkly cinematic New Bermuda – drawing upon the colossal force of black metal, post-rock and shoegaze for a fiery performance at Vivid LIVE.
Formed out of desperation and frustration in San Francisco five years ago, co-founders George Clarke (vocals) and Kerry McCoy (guitar) have defied genre expectations to become the best-reviewed band in the world in 2013. Treading the tightrope between harrowing metal screams and the celestial beauty found in Sigur Rós and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the duo have solidified the band with drummer Daniel Tracy, Stephen Lee Clark (bass) and Shiv Mehra (guitar). Exploring the full breadth of what a guitar-driven group can do, Deafheaven's extreme dynamics translate into a revelatory live behemoth.
Now returning in only their second Sydney appearance, Deafheaven continue down an unparalleled path as one of the heaviest bands yet to take the stage at Vivid LIVE – a fittingly epic performance on the ballet and opera-made stage in the Joan Sutherland Theatre.