Neptune Theatre University District
Fri Aug 10, 9 pm All Ages
Recommended by Brian Cook
Deafheaven’s melding of shoegaze’s wall-of-sound with black-metal’s machine-gun tempos proved to be a surprise crossover hit with their intensely melodic sophomore album Sunbather, much to the ire of kvlt-metal bros. Their darker, grittier follow-up, New Bermuda, felt like an attempt to appeal to their initial audience, but their latest record, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, finds the pendulum swinging back into more melodic territory. As if to confirm the middle finger to the metal underground’s self-appointed gatekeepers, Deafheaven enlisted excellent darkwave performance artist Drab Majesty and New York’s caustic industrial outfit Uniform to round out the evening.