Last night, the Summit Music Hall in Denver was transformed into an eerily serene place, and left haunted long after Emma Ruth Rundle, This Will Destroy You, and Deafheaven commanded the stage, each awing the crowd in their own unique and individual ways. Over the course of the night, deep emotions and intense thoughts rang out throughout the venue; An audible catharsis that you could feel deep in your core. This is a tour that will move you with its heartbreaking beauty and stun you with its spine-chilling intensity. Dark hues and somber tones may have been played and sung, but the light was still piercing through like a moon shining through the night, providing an ultimately uplifting experience. Peel back each layer of this eclectic ticket, and witness their stellar and awakening performances.
Emma Ruth Rundle
Thoughts and emotions were lifted to the surface as Emma Ruth Rundle sang last night in her gothic-tinged and beautifully melancholic tone, touching us all with her fragile-yet-powerful delivery. Around her, the band is filling your atmosphere with their dark hues and grief-stricken sorrow that is twanging and breaking off every pluck of the guitar and beat of the drum. Emma Ruth Rundle will invade your mind with her intellectual and profound lyricism, and delve into your soul with her emotive and poignant presence. Tranquility will wash over you as she ethereally stands in front of you baring her heart for all to see. She is not just heard in the live setting, she is felt. Witness her timeless and expressive performance below.
This Will Destroy You
This Will Destroy You were possessed by the music, playing with their eyes closed, allowing emotion to take full control of their instruments. It gave you this comforting feeling, almost like it was reaching out and wrapping its arms around you. There’s just something that’s so calming about what they do, and their stage presence only further amplifies that. In addition to being extremely emotive, their set had this uncanny ability to fill and encapsulate the room. Each song building flawlessly, and ending triumphantly. There was a potent power there that really translated through, and that made their time on stage that much more memorable. Check out their atmospheric and mood-filled performance.
Deafheaven don’t fit within a box, and that needs to be celebrated in a world that is so bloodthirsty for conformity. Some are polarized by these genre-bending pioneers while others blindly turn their nose up at them because it’s not what they expected to hear. The majority of people, however, just get them for who they are without placing them in any sort of label. And once you see them live it’s impossible not to fall even deeper under their spell as they lead you down their path along with their hypnotic hymns never to return again. Over the course of the night, Deafheaven would guide us all through the darkness, like the light at the end of a tunnel, to an extremely artful and beautiful place where we’d all come together to mosh along to and raise our devil horns up to their uniquely crafted and avant-garde metal.
Opening up their set was “Brought to the Water”, which crashed down upon us like a powerful wave, breaking and leaving us to tide through some pretty dark and turbulent waters. One of Deafheaven’s strong suits is their ability to encase you in the emotion of a record, and right in this moment, we were all feeling the weight behind George Clarke’s words as he strutted across stage like a hellbent maestro, seemingly commanding the notes around him and crashing them down upon us with great strength. Behind him, Daniel Tracy is making himself known, each hit more thunderous than the next. Something just had to be said about his drumming, because he is absolutely insane. Soon after, the tides calm and we find ourselves wading gently as the song trembles down into a glowing melody, taking all of that soul-crushing sorrow that drives the song and turning into something utterly beautiful.
New Bermuda made up a good chunk of the set with songs like “Baby Blue” and “Come Back”, which followed “Brought to the Water”, providing the very same progression in the set as in the record. Three songs to set the tone for the night and give us a solid look into Deafheaven as it currently stands by highlighting a record that has further enhanced the trajectory of their already successful career. Sunbather and Roads to Judah, however, didn’t go unnoticed with “Dream House”, “Sunbather”, “The Pecan Tree”, and “Language Games” all being played. Each showing a new dimension of Deafheaven, and providing more and more proof to the fact that they are one of today’s most important and profound metal bands.
Deafheaven are irresistible. There’s no denying that. By the end of the night, we all left feeling renewed, and with the undying reminder of Deafheaven’s uncanny ability to hit you deep in your core. Not feeling polarized at all, but 110% clear that Deafheaven are going to leave a lasting impression not just on those in attendance at the show in Denver last night, but also the world.
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