Deafheaven announce world tour including co-headlining dates with Chelsea Wolfe, every show to be opened with two dudes arguing about whether Deafheaven are black metal

Deafheaven announce world tour including co-headlining dates with Chelsea Wolfe, every show to be opened with two dudes arguing about whether Deafheaven are black metal

As we all know, black metal was invented in 1965, when an extremely intoxicated Miles Davis, at a private party, kept punching a speaker and yelling “I AM THE DEMON’S SON.” But people have been debating the exact qualities of black metal ever since! It’s an exhausting argument that reached an apex last year with the spike in popularity of San Francisco’s Deafheaven. “They are definitely a black metal band,” said one side. “No, they’re not,” retorted the other. Somewhere in the midst, Varg Vikernes was mentioned but the surrounding argument made no coherent sense. Anyway, Deafheaven are playing approximately one thousand shows around the world this summer, all of which will be opened with a 20-minute argument between two forum-dwellers about the black metal qualities of Deafheaven.

In terms of more musical openers with a greater amount of actuality, Deafheaven are teaming with a number of tourmates of varying degrees of metal. Many of their US dates will find the group joined by the likes of Pallbearer (definitely metal), Wreck & Reference (probably metal but debatable), and Destruction Unit (not really metal). For their European dates, Deafheaven will co-headline with Chelsea Wolfe, who is almost incontrovertibly not metal, but I bet someone’s cooked up an argument otherwise. She’s certainly spooky enough and black metal is spooky, but sometimes spooky things don’t have to be black metal. Sometimes spooky things are just spooky.

Deafheaven dates:

04.25.14 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
05.02.14 - Taipei, Taiwan - The Wall
05.03.14 - Singapore - Beep Studios
05.06.14 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - ALT + HQ Fahrenheit 88
05.08.14 - Jakarta, Indonesia - The Basement Cafe, Kemang Raya
05.09.14 - Beijing, China - Yugong Yishan
05.11.14 - Shanghai, China - Yuyintang
05.13.14 - Tokyo, Japan - Earthdom
05.14.14 - Osaka, Japan - Conpass
05.15 14 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Upset
05.16.14 - Tokyo, Japan - Eggman
05.23-25.14 - Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Festival
05.28.14 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205
05.30.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera
05.31.14 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Fortarock
06.01.14 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Jubez
06.02.14 - Milan, Italy - Magnolia
06.03.14 - Padova, Italy - Radar Festival
06.04.14 - Rome, Italy - Traffic Live Club
06.07.14 - New York, NY - Governor’s Ball
06.08.14 - Boston, MA - Sinclair *
06.09.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Barbary *
06.10.14 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel *
06.11.14 - Richmond, VA - Canal Club *
06.13.14 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06.15.14 - Miami, FL - Churchill’s *
06.16.14 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth *
06.17.14 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar *
06.18.14 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s *
06.20.14 - St. Louis MO - Firebird *
06.21.14 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
06.22.14 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon *
06.23.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock *
06.24.14 - Lawrence, KS - Granada *
06.26.14 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s *
06.27.14 - Austin, TX - Red 7 *
06.28.14 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
06.30.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent &
07.01.14 - San Diego, CA - Casbah ^
07.02.14 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
07.03.14 - Dresden, Germany - Beatpol $
07.04.14 - Vienna, Austria - Arena $
07.05.14 - Prague, Czech Republic - Klub 007
07.07.14 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out Festival
07.08.14 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
07.10.14 - Aarhaus, Denmark - Voxhall
07.11.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Dirty Days of Summer
07.13.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafeklang
07.14.14 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
07.15.14 - London, UK - Jabberwocky $
07.16.14 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla $
07.17.14 - Belfast, Ireland - Mandela Hall #
07.18.14 - Galway, Ireland - Roisin Dubh #
07.19.14 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelans #

* Pallbearer, Wreck & Reference
& Destruction Unit, Wreck & Reference
^ Wreck & Reference
$ Chelsea Wolfe
# No Spill Blood

• Deafheaven: http://deafheaven.com
• Chelsea Wolfe: http://www.chelseawolfe.net

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