The end of the year is here. Pretty much everything that’s going to be released is now out, and barring any late breaking oh-my-God-is-that-actually-happening style news stories, 2013 is done and dusted. And with the convenient if entirely arbitrary transition from one year to the next a mere 48 hours away, we’re dedicating the final Sunday Spotify Slaylist of 2013 to the records that we loved the most this year.
Deafheaven is an American post-black metal band that formed in San Francisco, California on February, 2010. The group began as a two-piece project with George Clarke and Kerry McCoy, who recorded and self-released a demo together. After a warm reception, Deafheaven recruited three new members and began to tour. Before the close of 2010, the band had signed to the Deathwish, Inc. label and later released their debut album Roads to Judah in April, 2011. Read more on Last.fm
Deafheaven on Thrash Hits
December 12th, 2013
Like any artform, music is not a competition. There is only good and bad music and that categorisation in itself is all down to subjective taste. However, in a bid for scientific rigour; some quantitative analysis to fortify the qualitative spiels, we’ve asked all the Thrash Hits contributors to list their favourite albums of 2013. Yeah, it’s here to boost our egos by claiming what we say is best and it’ll surely get some good clicks and you may (rightly) point out that it’s just another list but, at the very least, you might see an album that you’ve never heard of and think about buying it. That would be cool.
December 12th, 2013
Part and parcel of being opinionated music lovers is that we go and experience lots of music in its natural habitat – on a stage – and then we decide how good it was. Some spectacles are so powerful that they evoke emotions strong enough to form memories through the drunkenness. It’s a rarity but that’s why some here have to name several before deciding upon their Favourite Gig of 2013. There is zero reason for you to be reading this but if you’ve read this far, you’ll get at least halfway down before clicking the cross.
December 11th, 2013
As much as it’s The Right Thing to say that music isn’t a competition, it’s also fair and correct to point out that music is not your children. You’re allowed to have a favourite and you usually do. That’s why we like to focus on our favourites. here are some brief explanations as to why our contributors’ favourite albums are their favourite albums.
Of course, all of these favourite albums were compiled and democratised into an overall Thrash Hits Album of 2013. If you’d like to read TH Editors, Raziq Rauf and Hugh Platt‘s Top 3 albums of 2013, you should click here. They’re special and one of them is writing about himself in third person right now.
December 11th, 2013
Due to the fact Raz and Hugh run things at Thrash Hits, their opinions are the most important. Yes there’s an overall TH Top 20 Albums of 2013 and there’s a list of the individual contributors’ favourite albums, but their opinions are also the most correct. That’s why they’ve got their own post where they can explain their own favourite albums of 2013 without being sullied by democracy.
December 10th, 2013
If you’re on this page, you really should have seen the Thrash Hits Albums of the Year 2013 list already. If you haven’t, you should click that link or this link and sort that out. This piece will attempt to delve into some vague statistical analysis of the results. This is really only interesting if you care deeply about either the Thrash Hits Top 20, any old statistical analysis or both, so the chances are you’ll have clicked through to something else by now. Anyway…
October 31st, 2013
Earlier this year, Deafheaven released their second album, Sunbather. It received top marks on this site – something not many albums get. This gig in a basement in Dalston is the first time they’ve played in the capital since its release. Thrash Hits were there in force.
Pre-gig meal: Psychic Burger at the venue. Of course we’ll eat a hipster burger before we watch a hipster metal band in east London. It’s delicious and recommended. Hipsters know what they’re doing. Sierra Nevada in the fridges as well. Well done, Birthdays.
6 things we learnt watching Deafheaven in Dalston…
July 8th, 2013
This week Raz and Hugh got together to talk about their favourite albums of 2013 so far, but rather than do it as a podcast where we can only talk about the music and not actually play any (because, y’know, licensing laws and all that), we figured we’d put our choices out there via Mixcloud, where we can mix our talk with loud music as much as we damn well please.
June 10th, 2013
We reviewed Sunbather a few weeks ago and gave it 6/6. Here’s the punchline, but you should read the rest of the review.
“In amongst the torturous noise that makes up Sunbather, you will find the most beautiful of albums… Suffer through it and you’ll be rewarded for a long time after.”
May 22nd, 2013
10 June 2013
by Raziq Rauf
Do you ever get the feeling that you’re being made fun of? That unease where some obnoxious prick knows something that you don’t and you don’t really know what to do because you’re not sure. They’re being too subtle, but you know it’s not quite right – it’s too unfamiliar. You don’t know quite how to fight back because you know that if you say the wrong thing, they’ll just laugh at you.
Those obnoxious pricks are Deafheaven. Their weapon of torment is Sunbather. It’s bloody great.