Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Culture: Deafheaven @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, New York 2014

(Drivebycuriosity) - Are you seeking the essence of rock music? Then you should attend a concert by Deafheaven.  Last Sunday my wife and I visited their gig @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York City. This was already the 4th show of the Californian death metal group - after Bowery Ballroom (New York 2011) and Bottom Lounge & Pitchfork Festival (both Chicago last July  pitchfork).

Again, the show was breathtaking. The band provided delicately structured melodies, sometimes like baroque compositions by Händel ("Music for the Royal Fireworks") and Vivaldi ("The Four Seasons"), but delivered them with a furious power. They created massive walls of sound which lead to an unique melange of grace and sheer power.


                                                          Master Of Celebration

Frontman George Clarke`s performance was unique. As at the former concerts his show was exalted and feverish.  The frenetic energy of Clarke´s screams perfectly harmonized with the sound of the band (3 guitars and drums).

Clarke is also a master of celebration. During his shows he orchestrates the crowd before the stage like a great conductor. As a part of the show he let himself fall into the crowd while continuing his screams. He literally sought "das Bad in der Menge" (as we would say in German), loosely translated with "takes a bath in the crowd." The combination of band, voice and show mingled together into a very intense concert experience.

Thanks a lot to George Clarke and Deafheaven. Hope to see you soon again in New York.

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