If I mention the term 'Black Metal', most folk tend to think of a bunch of corpse-painted Norwegians standing in a snowy forest grasping invisible oranges. While this is definitely true of the genre's formulative years, much has changed over the past few decades. While there will always be a place for trve cvlt warriors like Mayhem, Burzum etc., many new bands have appeared over the past few few years that have ditched the make-up and expanded on the black metal sonic template to incorporate all kinds of different influences and sounds. Bands such as Liturgy, Wolves In The Throne Room and Deafheaven have lead the charge on this new direction for the genre.
Deafheaven's 'Sunbather' is the latest release from the San Franciso-based band and my is it a belter. Having set out their stall early on with the 2011 LP 'Road to Judah', 'Sunbather' sees them use that promising debut as a springboard onto a whole new level. Seriosuly – you've got My Bloody Valentine-esque shoegaze-y elements in there, epic post-rock song structures, pummeling drums and above all else a really keen sense of melody. From the bright pink cover onwards, this definitely isn't your bog-standard black metal release. I wholeheartedly recommend you check this record out. 'Sunbather' is released on June 11th 2013 and is available to preorder from Deathwish on double LP and CD: HERE