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Brought to the Water
Where has my passion gone? Has it been carried off By some lonely driver In a line of fluorescent light? Has it been blurred together In ribboned... See the rest of the song lyrics

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  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Taking their sound into a much darker (and riffier) realm comes as a bit of a surprise, but the band pulls it off with such excellence and grace that the shift isn't even jarring.
  2. 91
    Its audacity and stylistic shifts may have resulted in an album that’s not quite as much like coming home as Sunbather, but it shows a genuine and fascinating maturation in a band that deserves to remain in the spotlight for all the right reasons.
  3. Oct 1, 2015
    90
    New Bermuda, if anything, is more overwhelming than Sunbather.
  4. Sep 30, 2015
    80
    New Bermuda finds Deafheaven continuing to effortlessly traverse genre borders and create transcendent music.
  5. Oct 7, 2015
    80
    Deafheaven have managed to craft a lengthy, complex offering that could be considered the antithesis of their lauded second album, but also proves to their doubters that they're here to stay.
  6. Oct 1, 2015
    80
    While claims they’ve got a “pop-like accessibility” feel overstated, those who like the loud bits of Mogwai and the more melodic moments of Dillinger Escape Plan will have found the metal band for them.
  7. Oct 2, 2015
    60
    New Bermuda's few epiphanies are surrounded by waters too rough for most listeners.

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Score distribution:
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  1. Oct 2, 2015
    10
    If you dissect each song on this album, and listen to each part separately, you could argue that many of them are rather standard in theirIf you dissect each song on this album, and listen to each part separately, you could argue that many of them are rather standard in their genre. The post rock parts are not absolutely unique or groundbreaking. Neither are the black metal parts, nor the more thrash metal-influenced parts. Neither the poppier parts. At some times during the first listen I found myself thinking that some parts are rather tame, run-of-the-mill or even at times rather cheesy.

    But then they always manage to segue into something else that completely blows me away and I realize that the effect is masterfully created. What I'm saying is, all the parts or influences are not extraordinary on their own, but together they become something much, much greater and powerful. Sure, they could have made some parts more subtle, or advanced, or groundbreaking and unique. But then you realize they're part of a larger picture that is just flawless, and changing something wouldn't make it any better. Every second is exactly what is needed to fill the larger picture.

    After a few listens front to back, I realize that there's really nothing that needs changing. They pull all their influences together perfectly. The composition is flawless. This is a perfect album for what it is.
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  2. Feb 6, 2016
    10
    5 tracks that are all solid and captivating on their own, but make a fantastic album as a whole. A great follow-up to Sunbather, in that it5 tracks that are all solid and captivating on their own, but make a fantastic album as a whole. A great follow-up to Sunbather, in that it isn't a follow-up at all. It is definitely its own experience, and I think it is a more visceral and creative one that its predecessor. Expand
  3. Dec 18, 2016
    10
    Was it possible for Deafheaven to make an album as good -or better- than Sunbather ? The answer is yes. New Bermuda is very different on itsWas it possible for Deafheaven to make an album as good -or better- than Sunbather ? The answer is yes. New Bermuda is very different on its own, since it has more black metal riffs than its predecessor. But there's still those melodic parts that blow me away everytime. Deafheaven really is one of the best metal/post-rock/post-metal/blackgaze/anythingyouwant band right now. Expand
  4. Sep 11, 2018
    9
    It's impressive how Deafheaven's creativity looks there's no end. Each band's album are different of each other. And you can feel theIt's impressive how Deafheaven's creativity looks there's no end. Each band's album are different of each other. And you can feel the difference for this one to the previously. If Sunbather is more delicate, New Bermuda has much more weight, aggressiveness and darkness. Expand
  5. Oct 2, 2015
    9
    If you loved Sunbather then you'll love New Bermuda. My only complaint being that at just five tracks running to 45 mins it feels a littleIf you loved Sunbather then you'll love New Bermuda. My only complaint being that at just five tracks running to 45 mins it feels a little short: one more track would have made this perfect! Expand
  6. Oct 2, 2015
    9
    A truly wonderful album that has a real sense of trajectory and cohesion. They didn't just make a follow up to Sunbather but rather built onA truly wonderful album that has a real sense of trajectory and cohesion. They didn't just make a follow up to Sunbather but rather built on it. Luna is the stand out track, providing the lynch pin a a seriously good piece of work Expand
  7. Dec 29, 2015
    7
    Yeah its really good, definitely a lot more black depressing in tone opposed to sunbather*in fact i would say this is a brilliant entry levelYeah its really good, definitely a lot more black depressing in tone opposed to sunbather*in fact i would say this is a brilliant entry level black metal album* but I really enjoyed Sunbather a lot more to New Bermuda. It lacks color and personality and it doesn't really push or add anything new blackgaze genre *which i personally find rather disappointing*, Like id definitely go out of my way to buy it *cause it is really good* but like I ain't gonna call it AOTY material. Expand

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