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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 11, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deathwish Inc
  • ASIN: B00CCEHX5W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,887 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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'Sunbather' is the highly anticipated new album from Deafheaven.

Recorded and engineered by Jack Shirley (Funeral Diner, Comadre) and designed by Nick Steinhardt (Touche Amore) 'Sunbather' deals with the profound sadness found in the quest for one's personal perfection. Serving as an artistic lucid dream of warmth despite the stinging pain of life's cruel idealism.

With opener 'Dream house' George Clarke's tortured vocals familiarly intertwine with Kerry McCoy's hypnotic guitar work before crashing into a wash of post-everything melody. This leads to the moving instrumental 'Irresistible' a track that carries a twisted indie-like sensibility buried beneath glittery layers of guitar and piano. However it is in the title track and beyond where the maturation and growth of Deafheaven brightly shines. In 'Sunbather' they explore sonic peaks and valleys created by superb percussionist Daniel Tracy (new to the band for this recording). His inclusion brings new dynamics to light as an urgent pulse to the swirling musical chaos. Pushing bleak epic 'Vertigo' and the dark emotional closer 'The Pecan Tree' to new, awe-inducing heights.

Without question 'Sunbather' is Deafheaven at the peak of their creative strength and vision of their young existence. A masterfully crafted work of art that will be renowned for years to come.

Customer Reviews

The contrast between monotonous loud anger and some dreamy guitar work.
Trezonator
This is very much like a hybrid between the ebb and flow of post-rock instrumental albums and the "wall of sound" texture of black metal.
J F Wilson
Now I know that you really need to sit down and listen to this from start to finish.
Jigsore

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60 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Scott Fisher on August 5, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Learning how to drink martinis takes time. It is possible that the first sip will be spit out as it overwhelms your senses. It is harsh. It is intense. It burns. Gradually, you learn (with eyes closed), to choke down a gulp or two. It is strong. It makes you strong. The taste and immediate effects become warm and familiar. Eventually, you begin to savor every drop...and crave the next one.

I love martinis. Buy this album.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. Hubner on June 14, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Deafheaven's Sunbather is one of those anomalies that happens every so often in metal music where you're moved to your core listening to the aural violence. Singer George Clark sounds like Deftones' Chino Moreno having some sort of attack as songwriter/guitarist Kerry McCoy creates transcendent -albeit bludgeoning- music that sweeps you up in the drama of life and existence. Sunbather sounds like what would happen if Explosions In The Sky dabbled in black metal. It's a record that comes around every so often, and when it does all you can do is let it wash over you.

"Dream House" is a wall of guitars. And ebb and flow of dramatic sweeps and moods. This is what happens when post rock goes through primal scream therapy. I imagine Mogwai was brought up once or twice in the studio while recording this epic opening track. A barrage of guitars bash against each other as if waves pummeling the lone schooner in a black ocean. Clark screams orders till the storm calms as the piano and echoed guitar of "Irresistible" steps in during a moment of solace, quietly taking us into the ten minute title track. Deftones haunt the sound of this song, not only in the shredded vocal cords but McCoy's exquisite guitar. His guitar is a sound filled with both guttural pain and heavenly scope. You feel as you listen to Deafheaven that you're listening to a great epic tale -much like Homer's Odyssey- put to music. This is a journey record(and not that "Don't Stop Believin' junk). "Please Remember" starts as noise and increases in intensity climaxing to a buzzsaw screech before dissipating into a quietly strummed guitar. Ebb and flow.

This album isn't for the weak of heart or ear. It's a trip filled with good and bad. It's a journey filled with as much pain as pleasure.
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"Black metal for people who don't like black metal." The album thrashes around like mad, but throughout maintains a cinematic scope and strange sense of melody that helps push it into the stratosphere as far as I'm concerned. Get it.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Smith on June 11, 2013
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Black metal that has the melody and structure of a Godspeed album. Excellent. Deafheaven will get flak for playing a more 'artsy' version of a mostly hardcore genre, but who cares? Its the music that matters, and Sunbather never feels compromising: it feels revolutionary.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jigsore on July 22, 2013
Format: Audio CD
First of all I must give you a little back story. When Deafheaven came out with Roads to Judah I found a rare vinyl copy, and purchased it having never heard the band before. That LP has gotten one rotation on my turntable,and never since. I was not impressed by that record at all. It was just more of the same old hipster USBM. When Sunbather was announced, the press was all over it. Everywhere you looked in magazines, the internet, record stores, people were talking about this record coming out, and I could not have cared less. Well, it's been out for a little while now, and due to the constant barrage of positive reviews, I decided to give it a shot. Based on my opinion of Roads to Judah, I thought this would be a total waste of money. That was where I was dead wrong. This album immediately captivates you with a swirling guitar and drum sound that says this ride will be different. As I listened to Sunbather for the first time I couldn't help but to think what a great name for an album this is. If Black Metal usually reminds you of icy forests, corpse paint, and nails pushed through leather armbands, these songs will send you a new direction. This is like "summer metal", or "beach metal" to me. Not in a campy sense, but in the sense that it makes me visualize waves crashing, bright sun shining, and sitting in the sand alone while reflecting on your past, and enjoying the solitude. The songs are very melodic, but more like a soundtrack than an actual song. It is easy to get absorbed in this music, and it is really quite captivating. Before I bought this, I listened to some samples of it and was not impressed. Now I know that you really need to sit down and listen to this from start to finish. The hour goes by in fifteen minutes.Read more ›
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Josiah on February 9, 2014
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
What was the last social mistake you made?

I don't really go out or talk to anyone, but when I do I count the number of times I actually do interact with someone and I rate rather if that interaction went badly or not.

I went out today and interacted with 6 people.

5 out of 6 interactions were bad.
1 out of 6 interactions were neutral.

Interaction #1 :
-Buying something at store. Girl at register asks if I want a bag. I tell her yes, but she didn't understand me. Then I said 'yes' too loudly.

Interaction #2:
-Using crosswalk. Light signals for me to walk. Walk into crosswalk but intermediately stop because cars are blocking path. Apparently there's traffic due to some bus departing, causing some cars to be stuck outside of lane. Walk inbetween the cars that are blocking my path. I signal to a driver that I will be walking in front of his car, he looks at me in anger.

Interaction #3:
-Guy asks me what time it is, I look at my watch to find out that my watch is dead. I look at my cellphone and still end up telling that person the wrong time.

Interaction #4:
-Went to go buy watch batteries and have someone install them for me. I couldn't understand anything he was saying, there was a lot of awkward silences. I was supposed to say something, but I didn't know what he saying .

Interaction #5:
-Walking in crowded area. Girl who I don't know says 'hi" to me and opens her arms for a hug. I end up hugging her when she was trying to hug the person behind me.
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