Deafheaven’s success story, driven by the landmark release of Sunbather, is not just an example of artistic achievement, but also of the way they were able to break boundaries and reshape the face of heavy music. Sunbather pushed against the genre’s conventions, expanding the perception of what black metal could be.

With the unique blending of sounds and aesthetics that was out of step with the traditional expectations of the genre, Deafheaven was able to capture the attention of the broader music world, which helped them to reach new audiences that might not have been interested in their music otherwise.

This radical departure from the norms is a testament to their creativity and willingness to take risks, and has undoubtedly influenced many bands that came after them, expanding the possibilities of what can be achieved within the confines of heavy music.

It’s fascinating to hear how Deafheaven was not initially accepted by all within the metal community. However, as time went on, it appears they gained respect and admiration not just from the critics but from a broad cross-section of fans around the world. Their willingness to stand their ground in the face of criticism likely solidified their position as a band that was not afraid to challenge the status quo.

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Looking ahead, the band seems poised to continue their journey of musical exploration. With the upcoming anniversary tour and the remastered release of Sunbather, they are not only celebrating the past but also embracing the future. As Deafheaven continues to create and perform, it will be interesting to see what new heights they can reach and how their sound will evolve. Their story is a clear example of how pushing boundaries and exploring new ideas can lead to incredible success and lasting impact.

Deafheaven, on tour:

August 19  Bristol, UK @ ArcTanGent
August 20  Glasgow, UK @ Core Festival 2023
August 21  Edinburgh, UK @ Summerhall
August 22  Belfast, UK @ Limelight
August 23  Dublin, IE @ The Button Factory
August 24  Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
August 25  London, UK @ O2 Academy Islington

September 6  Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore Charlotte *
September 8  Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle *
September 9  Birmingham, AL @ Avondale Brewing Co. *
September 10  New Orleans, LA @ Fillmore New Orleans *
September 11  San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre *
September 13  Omaha, NE @ The Admiral Theater *
September 14  Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s *
September 15  St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theater *
September 16  Madison, WI @ The Sylvee *
September 18  Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre *
September 19  Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre *
September 20  Grand Rapids, MI @ Elevation 
September 21  Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life 2023
September 23  Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom *
September 24  Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union Event Center *
September 26  Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House *
September 27  Missoula, MT @ The Wilma *
September 29  Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House *
September 30  Calgary, AB @ The Palace Theatre *
October 2  Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre *
October 3  Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo *
October 4  Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater *
October 6  Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock 2023
October 7  Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium *

November 26  Chicago, IL @ House of Blues ^
November 27  Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrews Hall ^
November 29  Philadelphia, PA @ TLA ^
November 30  Boston, MA @ Royale ^
December 2  Washington, DC @ Howard ^
December 3  New York, NY @ Knockdown Center ^
December 7  San Francisco, CA @ Regency ^
December 8  Los Angeles, CA @ Novo ^
December 13  Denver, CO @ Summit ^
December 16  Austin, TX @ Stubb’s ^

* with Coheed and Cambria
 ^ with Touché Amoré 

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