With the release of “Brought to the Water” and “Come Back” in recent weeks, you can now hear Deafheaven’s New Bermuda entire album via NPR’s First Listen. This is their first new studio album since their critically acclaimed Sunbather which came out in 2013, and the band has said in several interviews that classic heavy metal bands were a big influence on the new material.
Said vocalist George Clarke on the direction of New Bermuda:
“The songs are less airy and more riff-focused. More concise. There’s a lot more packed into each song than there was on Sunbather, which is more of an open-sounding record. This is more urgent and tight. We decided to go back and start listening to the stuff that got us into metal in the first place: early Metallica, Slayer, Testament, Vio-lence and all that Bay Area thrash stuff. We took a lot of that and threw it back into the record, utilising it in a way that was appropriate for Deafheaven.”
Can you hear the influences? Listen for yourself over at NPR, and be sure to pick up a copy of New Bermuda when it comes out on October 2nd on ANTI-. Then catch the band on their North American tour in mid-October with Sweden’s Tribulation and Envy on select dates.