The two distinguished black steel albums launched just lately by American bands Deafheaven and Skeletonwitch spotlight how a lot the style has moved from its darkish European roots.
Deafheaven, already one among steel’s most divisive bands for straying away from the style’s ideologies and aesthetics, hunker down on their “blackgaze” sound of their fourth LP, a mix of black steel’s heavy screechiness and the plush, expansive soundscape of shoegaze and post-rock.
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