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Live Review & Video: Deafheaven At The El Rey Theater - June 29th 2012
With the San Francisco band Deafheaven, it is all about announcing the Apocalypse, I mean, I am not sure of the meaning of the songs, as I couldn’t understand a word of what singer George Clarke was yelling in endless agonies, but they were installing a sort of atmosphere predicting that something terribly bleak was about to happen.
I remember seeing them at Vacation Vinyl, and I got to get very close to the singer who was screaming his lungs out, just under my nose, but here they were again, this time touring with Russian Circles and playing their unique mix of black metal grindcore, hardcore – can we even talk about a genre for this kind of music? – in front of the large public of the El Rey theater, last Friday night.
Their long, slow-burn songs often installed a hypnotic and throbbing shoegazing, before escalating or falling (depending on how you feel it) in hell, thanks to Clarke’s theatrical moves and tortured-beast howls, able to horrify the hell out of anybody. Holding his fantastic and triumphant pauses like an olympic Greek athlete, while grasping the mic stand with both hands, he was fighting against some invisible fury inside himself, or channeling some unearthly elements.
The spectacle was all around him, as the four other musicians were rather providing the momentum for his overwhelming despair and never-ending auto-crucifixion. Ruminating some wrath, he was staying still for long periods of time, looking at the crowd before exploding with a rare rawness and an endless torture. I am not exactly sure, they may have only played 3 or 4 songs, with the same violent intensity, the same thick sonic wall, indecipherable curious voices between the songs, and enough climatic assaults to keep you on the edge during the whole set.
Holloweyed Photos from LA Show // March 9, 2012
Bay Area atmosphere-heavy black metal act Deaheaven tour a LOT. After the release of their staggeringly fantastic Roads to Judah issue, a slew of North American dates and a jaunt to Europe, the band has spent a hearty amount of 2012 back on the road. Their current US tour wraps late next week at a show alongside labelmates Converge after which the band will again cross the pond for a heavy two months supporting Russian Circles through Europe. Dates here.
Photos by:Matt Draper