Deafheaven - New Bermuda
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Based on 20 reviews
2015 Ratings: #85 / 770
Year End Rank: #23
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Based on 306 ratings
2015 Ratings: #38
October 2, 2015 / Release Date
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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.

tinymusiccritic
91
As a jaded 21st-century consumer of far too much music, it is actually depressingly rare to find an album that affects in an inexplicably visceral way. 'Sunbather' was such an album. As a post-rock-infatuated teenager, I found so much to love in Deafheaven's heavy "post-metal" sound. I even enjoyed the vocals! 'New Bermuda' was easily one of my most anticipated albums of this year. And it was a thrill to listen to in those first weeks following release. My reaction to it has muted ... read more
snarekickblues
84
Still a blend of black metal and post-rock, but way less effective than on Sunbather. The post-rock on here is surprisingly dry and the transitioning from one musical theme to another is conspicuously sloppy at times. I love Deafheaven's approach to black metal, but they could have done much better on this. 74

Best Track: Brought to the Water or Luna
Worst Track: Gifts for the Earth

EDIT: Yeah, fuck 2015 me
choice_kingdom
79
Shockingly impressive. Let me just get the negatives out of the way first: some transitions in the songs do feel kind of rushed and too simplified - they can get repetitive too. With that said, this album is a complete success. My god. I'm not a metal fan per say, however, this album completely conquered me. What does this record get right? Its perfectly achieved metal and progressive sound, the, at first, uninviting vocals that blend in so well with the guitar, the shoegaze influenced and ... read more
Lananana
93
Baby Blue is orgasmic. Most of the album is.
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Track List

  1. Brought to the Water
  2. Luna
  3. Baby Blue
  4. Come Back
  5. Gifts for the Earth
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