Roads to Judah

Deathwish Inc.
Release date
22 Mar 2011
Running length
4 tracks
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Recorded by Jack Shirley (guitarist of Comadre), “Roads to Judah”, is a hypnotic thirty eight minute plunge into hazy musical darkness. A dizzying hybrid of shimmer, vulnerability, and intensity.

From the opening drone of the album it’s as if we are are peering through a dream into the private world that is Deafheaven’s “Roads to Judah”. Layers and layers of instrumentation build, tangle and swirl before the real onslaught begins. A ferocious drum fill then thrusts us from the serene into a free fall, as if the ground below suddenly gave way. From there we plummet through one awe inducing sonic fog into the next, blurring the traditional lines of song. Hyper blasts of speed rage and pulse while lush guitars bellow, roar and whine with unorthodox melody. And just as we feel we’ve departed from reality from the aural overload, tortured vocals cry out from afar. Serving as a stark reminder that there is something very human about “Roads to Judah” and Deafheaven themselves.

Though the title could suggest something otherworldly, the “Judah” referenced is in fact the “N Judah” train, the busiest line of the San Francisco transit system. A relatable landmark to compliment the haunting ambiguity that surrounds Deafheaven and the music that they collectively create. On it, much of the lyrical writing and personal reflection for this album took place.

With that said, “Roads to Judah” isn’t Heavy Metal role play, but a beautifully blackened artistic exploration of the issues and self loathing that can cloud every day life. A stunning a achievement emotionally and musically that will surely shape aggressive music for years to come.

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  • Poisonnation

    Atmospheric black metal is a pretty redundant term if you ask me. I think Black metal is atmospheric by nature. If I had to categorize this band I guess it would have to be post-black metal. They have the ferociousness of black metal, with the essence and progressions of post-rock.

    11 Jun 8:36pm Reply
  • dalekslayer96

    What the fuck is this post-black metal or is it atmospheric black metal?

    4 Jun 12:05pm Reply
  • Baianolucas


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  • forfrosne

    It's a real shame how much Sunbather has overshadowed this release because I'm increasingly coming to feel that this is still the better album

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • bruno_avilar

    "music to have anal sex to" well why not

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • NoisesINSPACE

    I hate how Sunbather just clouds over this release. Honestly IMO, this is still their best release.

    13 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Pestwolke


    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • etherealbondage

    perfect music for gay bars

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Derek-H

    Coming from someone who has ETID as his top artist, that's pretty ironic.

    30 Jun 2013 Reply
  • HungLikeBuffalo

    I feel dirty after listening to this... I think I need to go listen to some better music

    2 Jun 2013 Reply

    This album just gets better with every listen. [4] i'm on ~20-th listening now and it works

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • valerus

    it's been in rotation in my car...I have to agree with you guys. it's a grower, for sure. I am loving it.

    30 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Pheneks

    This album just gets better with every listen. [3]

    10 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Coretax

    Killer record!

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • Mercenarion

    This album just gets better with every listen. [2]

    10 Feb 2012 Reply
  • DarkAndOminous

    This album just gets better with every listen.

    9 Dec 2011 Reply
  • 0hDeer

    love how you can feel, but not necessarily hear, the influences stated in their biography.

    28 Oct 2011 Reply
  • antonella93

    fan fatale <3

    17 Oct 2011 Reply
  • HansVon

    Beautiful and Emotionally Powerful Black Metal !! This is on my top cds list for this year \m/

    29 Jun 2011 Reply
  • musadeorfeo

    This is just mind-blowing. A+

    17 Jun 2011 Reply
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