Music Mondays: Deafheaven and Between The Buried And Me
This week’s Music Mondays post is gearing up for \mnnm/ metal mayhem as we listen to Deafheaven and Between the Buried and Me. There were other offerings that deserve honorable mention like Dirty Projectors’ Lamp Lit Prose, The Ophelias’ Almost, Rayland Baxter’s Wide Awake, and Wilder Maker’s Zion. They just didn’t capture my ear like the first two.
Deafheaven: Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
Ordinary Corrupt Human Love is the fourth studio album by San Francisco’s Deafheaven. Before you say to yourself, Ew, metal, give them a chance. While both bands in this week’s post employ screaming/growling vocals, they don’t use them as you might expect. Deafheaven’s scream vocals take on a different dimension as they are used more as a backdrop than a focal point. With the other instruments taking center stage, I find myself trying to hone in on the vocals to see what lead singer George Clarke is saying. It’s an interesting twist rather than making your ears bleed from the screams. Just when you think you’ve got a track sussed out, the band alters the dynamics to keep things fresh for your ears and brain. That’s especially nice when you consider that five of the seven tracks are over seven minutes long.
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Between The Buried And Me: Automata II
Fresh off their March 2018 release of Automata I, Between the Buried and Me return with Automata II. Why release what is essentially a double album four months apart? Your guess is as good as mine. Since I haven’t perfected time travel (yet), I can’t go back and undo my mistake of not checking out Automata I when it was released. Like any studious music fan, I devoured the first album before checking out the second. Who watches a sequel before watching the first movie, right? Both albums could certainly stand on their own, but excel as a gestalt. Automata II serves to solidify the entire work like a winding drive through the mountains. There are breathtaking highs, grounding lows, and plenty of exhilarating turns. I want to discuss each track in depth, but I also don’t want to spoil the surprise. Check it out and let’s talk.
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