“Stagnant strangers romance on crowded pathways below admiring the stage’s glistening coat. The reflection on the sill giving the cheekbones their due. Praising the worth of porcelain skin. My shades of blonde dancing in the high sun. I gave labor to the grief. To the squinting spectator who drank in the despair as I tiptoed off the plane of existence and drifted listlessly through the velvet blackness of oblivion. I am what I always was. Gleaming and empty.”
Converge and Loma Prieta will be heading out on a short tour together. Bands such as Burning Love and Pianos Become The Teeth will provide support on select dates.
4/1 Providence, RI @ The Met w/ Deafheaven, Morne 4/2 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar w/ Regents 4/3 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon w/ Burning Love 4/4 Ottawa, ON @ Ritual w/ Burning Love 4/5 Montreal, QC @ Tuiple w/ Burning Love 4/6 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club w/ Burning Love 4/7 Lansing, MI @ The Loft w/ The Armed 4/8 Chicago, IL @ Reggies w/ Weekend Nachos 4/9 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ Ringworm 4/11 Richmond, VA @ Kingdom w/ Pygmy Lush, Pianos Become The Teeth 4/12 Washington DC @ DC9 w/ Pygmy Lush 4/13 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer w/ Pianos Become The Teeth 4/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Music Hall w/ Pianos Become The Teeth (no Loma Prieta)
The fact that reviewers are supposedly calling this album ‘the greatest or most significant or most influential black metal band ever’ tells you that this is album is their flavour of the month, and that those reviewers probably know fuck all about black metal, 'cause you’re right when you say that this is black metal for people who don’t like black metal. Still, as an avid black metal listener, I’m at least partially happy with what this so-called third-wave of black metal is doing with the genre, as all the usual satan/odin shit has been stale for at least ten years now. In a sense Deafheaven are emblematic of the status of black metal criticism as a whole: too much attention to commercial phenomena (be it Dimmu Borgir or Lithurgy) and too little attention to the merits of real artists. If somebody composes the most divine music but no major label picks him up and sells him around the world, a lot of Pitchfork/Spin/Tumblr drones will ignore him. If a major label picks up a musician who is as stereotyped as one can be but launches her or him worldwide, your average Pitchfork drone will waste countless reposts on tumblr on her or him.
Hopefully, one not-too-distant day, there will be a clear demarcation between a great black metal artists like Old Man Gloom, who never sold much, and commercial products like Deafheaven. And Tumblr drones will get off their Huffington Post apps on their Ipads study more of black metal history and realize who invented what and who simply exploited it commercially.