Deafheaven Announce 'Sunbather' 10th Anniversary Reissue

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BY Allie GregoryPublished Jul 26, 2023

Yes, it's been 10 years (and about a month and a half, but who's counting?) since Deafheaven Barbie'd black metal with their seminal 2013 album Sunbather. That iconic hot pink record is up for some renewed attention with a reissue, which is due to arrive on November 17 via Deathwish Inc.

The band have enlisted original producer Jack Shirley to remix and remaster the album, which will be available in Spacial Audio. The 10th anniversary edition will arrive with updated packaging and a re-release of the original typeface from designer Nick Steinhardt.

"Honestly, Sunbather gave us a career," founding guitarist Kerry McCoy said about the 2013 release. "Before then we were working jobs and had these grandiose dreams, but that was the record that turned us into a real band. Because of that record, we ended up meeting a lot of people around the world that changed our lives and set us on the path we're on now."

He added of the album's critical response at the time (it was mainly positive, but a vocal minority of metal fans hated it): "The easy answer was it was totally positive and overwhelming. But in actuality it was also kind of frustrating. We were grateful for the positive notes, but there were people who thought we were the worst thing to ever happen to metal and others who thought that we claimed to invent the genre. Neither were true."

Deafheaven will celebrate the album with a run of anniversary shows in November and December with Touché Amoré, following their supporting run with Coheed and Cambria. The anniversary shows don't include any performances in Canada, but you can still catch them when they open for Claudio and co. in Calgary and Vancouver this fall.

Hear a new version of "Vertigo" below, and pre-order the remixed and remastered reissue of Sunbather here


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