New Bermuda
Deafheaven - New Bermuda
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2015 Ratings: #107 / 767
Year End Rank: #23
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Based on 275 ratings
2015 Ratings: #25
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.

Oct 28, 2015
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
Oct 8, 2015*
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
Jul 12, 2018
pouls
69
The blackgaze influences that made Deafheaven polarizing and well-known in the first place have distanced slightly; as a result, we have songs that are mostly atmospheric black metal. The post-rock and ambient influences that the band carried with the 'Sunbather' interludes appears here, giving a breathing moment to some of these songs.

The first three tracks make for some of Deafheaven's best material to date. "Brought to the Water" is a visceral and sun-burnt opener that is ... read more
Oct 28, 2016
tha138
66
Deafhaven took the alternative streets of post-metal nightmares with melodic aggression and suddenly found themselves, being praised, in the boulevards of epic blackgaze.
Nov 4, 2015
92
An epic record with chilling vocals, ambient walls of sound.
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Added on: July 28, 2015