Albums Of The Week

Straying from black metal's dark roots

American bands Deafheaven and Skeletonwitch are bolder and more experimental with their music

American band Deafheaven are made up of (from left) Chris Johnson, Daniel Tracy, Kerry McCoy, George Clarke and Shiv Mehra.
American band Deafheaven are made up of (from left) Chris Johnson, Daniel Tracy, Kerry McCoy, George Clarke and Shiv Mehra.PHOTO: ANTI-

The two prominent black metal albums released recently by American bands Deafheaven and Skeletonwitch highlight how much the genre has moved from its dark European roots.

Deafheaven, already one of metal's most divisive bands for straying away from the genre's ideologies and aesthetics, hunker down on their "blackgaze" sound in their fourth LP, a blend of black metal's heavy screechiness and the lush, expansive soundscape of shoegaze and post-rock.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 02, 2018, with the headline 'Straying from black metal's dark roots'. Subscribe