AOTY 2021
Deafheaven - New Bermuda
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2015 Ratings: #101 / 977
Year End Rank: #23
User Score
Based on 520 ratings
2015 Ratings: #60
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Consequence of Sound

Its audacity and stylistic shifts may have resulted in an album that’s not quite as much like coming home as Sunbather, but it shows a genuine and fascinating maturation in a band that deserves to remain in the spotlight for all the right reasons.

91
A.V. Club

It’s hard to predict whether New Bermuda will be as divisive to certain pockets of the music world as its predecessor, but the one thing that is certain is that it’s the second masterwork entered into the band’s oeuvre.

90
Spin

New Bermuda both expands their range and sees them coming further into their own.

90
Pitchfork

At a moment when guitar-centric music feels less central to the conversation, and great indie-rock bands have retreated into hardy local scenes, Deafheaven play like a beautiful, abstracted dream of guitar music's transportive power.

85
The Line of Best Fit

New Bermuda doesn't quite tear up the script put in place by its predecesser but it does signal a changing Deafhaven.

80
The Skinny

New Bermuda emotionally overloads the listener like a mixed-state manic episode; it's a darker autobiographical account than its predecessor, but equally gorgeous sonically.

80
Exclaim!

On New Bermuda, Deafheaven's myriad ideas are expertly, logically organized across five tracks. 

80
AllMusic

The group's scope is astonishing, the production by longtime associate Jack Shirley is immaculate, and the entire album is simply a powerful, enrapturing experience.

80
Drowned in Sound

New Bermuda is overflowing with more ideas than either of Deafheaven’s records to date.

80
The Guardian

Those who like the loud bits of Mogwai and the more melodic moments of Dillinger Escape Plan will have found the metal band for them.

80
Clash

Deafheaven have managed to craft a lengthy, complex offering that could be considered the antithesis of their lauded second album, but also proves to their doubters that they're here to stay.

60
DIY
There’s a clarity to their doomy offerings that sees them stand out amongst the crowd. It’s a skill they may have only practiced with ‘Sunbather’, but have well and truly honed with their newest record.
60
Rolling Stone

New Bermuda's few epiphanies are surrounded by waters too rough for most listeners.

50
Tiny Mix Tapes

Black metal recontextualized as indie/pop rock and repackaged with a more relatable image.

FritoRio
87
Could use a lot more screaming, but overall it’s really good
DarthSenate66
70
While nowhere near the quality of Sunbather, New Bermuda still has a lot to like for black gaze fans.
Tielur
87
A more cerebral and raw Deafheaven experience opposed to 2013s Sunbather. There is no denying the band were branching out and deepening themselves into pockets of blatant post-rock, but what came out what something immaculate and devastating.
GRNHLL
87
I've seen a lot of people saying that New Bermuda feels like a watered down (Or just plain worse, even if it's not a bad record) version of their previous album, but I think it's more of a "dark" and immersive twist to an already interesting sound. I can't compare it to Sunbather, even if the sound hasn't changed drastically.
JayCrackers
88
Finally getting around to another deafheaven record because I am such a Pepega that i just randomly choose album to add onto my never ending list of ratings. New Bermuda was my first introduction to Deafheaven back in 2015 and I was impressed and thoroughly enjoyed it and i still enjoy it 5 years later. Now the comparison to their well known album Sunbather is apparent simply because it is very similar in natural it being an atmospheric black metal / post-rock experience and i feel some people ... read more
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Added on: July 28, 2015