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Second album from the San Francisco post-metal band who combine elements of black metal, shoegaze and post-rock

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  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    Deafheaven's songwriting talents have improved in a big way here; each track more consciously built around the bigger picture, making for a consistently gripping, emotionally cleansing whole
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  2. 10.0 |   A.V. Club

    Whenever there’s a pause in the pandemonium, it’s impossible to know if the sonic trajectory is about to rise to the heavens or hit the ground, shattering everywhere
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  3. 9.4 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    A wondrous celebration of boundless ambition and pure artistic vision
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  4. 9.2 |   Beats Per Minute

    Sunbather is a future classic, no matter where you pigeonhole it, and that’s the mark of a true sonic masterpiece
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  5. 9.0 |   All Music

    Many bands go through their entire career without making an album as well crafted, fully realized, and downright gorgeous as Sunbather, and somehow, Deafheaven have managed to nail it on their second outing
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  6. 9.0 |   The 405

    One of the most thrilling records you'll hear from any genre this year
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  7. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    Sunbather is an emotionally overwhelming but truly absorbing listen. But best of all, it’s cleansing. By the end, you feel drained but also at ease, a calmness bestowed upon you
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  8. 9.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Sunbather is a developed, mature, and, above all, an original statement that truly lives up to the unbelievable amount of hype it has earned
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  9. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    An absolutely massive, all-encompassing experience, one that’s both frighteningly intense and indescribably beautiful – often simultaneously
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  10. 9.0 |   Clash

    A record everyone with half an experimental ear should experience, even if they run from it, screaming
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  11. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    An essential listen, and one of 2013’s boldest works of art
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  12. 8.9 |   Pitchfork

    Deafheaven have made one of the biggest albums of the year, one that impresses you with its scale, the way Swans' The Seer did last year
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  13. 8.0 |   Spin

    If you want a "black metal album" that serves dually as make-out music and a loneliness weapon, this is as emo and earnest as it gets
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  14. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Shoegazer metal that does its dark work in the background but refuses to stay in one place
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