Deafheaven: How an S.F. Duo Made the Breakthrough Metal Album of the Year

Six months ago, no one would’ve pegged San Francisco’s Deafheaven as a likely juggernaut on the national heavy-music scene. Though its 2011 debut Roads to Judah was powerful, Deafheaven’s blend of scabrous black metal and morose post-rock was definitely an acquired taste. It seemed like a band that, with some luck, might one day fill a small club like Hemlock Tavern.
But in 2013, all the right elements lined up.

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