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Roads to Judah

Deafheaven - Roads to Judah
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Based on 68 ratings
2011 Ratings: #98
April 26, 2011 / Release Date
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Deathwish / Label
Black Metal / Genres
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On their first studio outing, Deafheaven are still trying to find their feet, but they set up their signature sound with these 4 tracks, that draw influences from metal and shoegaze. This album is very rough around the edges, and is a far cry from their later work, but it sets the foundation for that later work. My biggest problem with this album is the mixing, the guitars are way too loud and drown out everything else, and the vocals are very very low in the mix, you can barley hear them ... read more
Deafheaven, on their first record, perfectly establish and craft their sound to being completely off the wall and experimental (at lest for metal). A much more moody, atmospheric, slow building record, but a record that doesn't forget about the payoff. At only 4 tracks, this band both bends and breaks metal conventions and produces something uniquely theirs, which makes some of the most dynamic metal releases this decade.

Favorite Jams: Violet, Unrequited, Tunnel Of Trees

Lest Favorite: ... read more
Cool to hear them just kinda establishing their sound on this album yknow, not on the level of what would come after this of course but still has some gems, I'd actually argue Violet & Language Games are both pretty essential Deafheaven cuts, good debut.
Top Favorite: Violet
Other Favorites: Language Games, Tunnel Of Trees
Least Favorite: Unrequited
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Track List

  1. Violet
  2. Language Games
  3. Unrequited 
  4. Tunnel Of Trees
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