Friday, November 6, 2015

Culture: Deafheaven @ Webster Hall, New York 2015

(Drivebycuriosity) - Yesterday I saw the quintessence of rock music. My wife and I attended a gig by Deafheaven @ New York`s Webster Hall. This was our 6th gig by the Californian black metal band after Bowery Ballroom, Manhattan 2011; Bottom Lounge & Pitchfork Festival, Chicago July 2014 and 2 concerts @ Music Hall of Williamsburg last fall.

George Clark, the front man of the band, is spectacular. He enjoys orchestrating the masses and almost creates a symbiotic relationship with his audience, amplified by frequent stage dives. Over the whole concert he was communicating with fluid gestures and in this way he intensified the impression of his performance. Clarke`s voice is unique. His high pitched hissing screams are a defining element of the "Deafheaven experience".

Clark and his band (lead guitarist and founding member Kerry McCoy, guitarist Shiv Mehra,  bassist Stephen Clark & drummer Daniel Tracy  deafheaven) played mostly their new album "New Bermuda", which is more focused on heavy metal traditions than the album "Sunbather", maybe a tribute to the fact that they are playing for growing audiences (you can see more pictures and the setlist here brooklynvegan).

Once again the group created tsunami waves of sound on which Clarke´s voice could surf. The result was an unique melange of grace and sheer power. I hope this sun won´t burn out any time soon.

Thanks a lot to Deafheaven for this marvelous experience.


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