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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the San Francisco black metal band was produced by Jack Shirley
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
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  1. Jul 16, 2018
    100
    Ordinary Corrupt Human Love sets itself apart from previous Deafheaven releases by connecting the listener to the kind of core-of-your-soul burn that can only come from the pain of failed connection with another human being.
  2. Jul 13, 2018
    100
    Clarke, McCoy and co have made one of 2018’s most ambitious and urgent albums.
  3. 91
    Ordinary Corrupt Human Love has moving, emotional pieces and sharp performances bolstered by a band clearly stretching out of its comfort zone successfully. The album is a refreshing new shade of their sound without abandoning the band’s core mechanics.
  4. Q Magazine
    Jul 5, 2018
    80
    The San Francisco five-piece remain unforgiving epic, vocals mostly descendant from that same raspy wraith lineage. [Aug 2018, p.108]
  5. Jul 13, 2018
    80
    On just seven songs that run a little over an hour, Deafheaven have finally achieved what they’ve been striving towards for the better part of a decade: true post-metal fusion.
  6. Jul 10, 2018
    80
    Yet another excellent album from the Bay Area metallers, and long may it continue.
  7. Jul 16, 2018
    70
    At times, the band's genre-bending excursions sometimes result in slightly deformed arrangements that are impressive in scope but not in efficiency. But that shouldn't deter one from Deafheaven's wondrous and impressionistic creation. It is, like most of their polarizing body of work, equal parts off-putting and fiercely inclusive.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  1. Jul 16, 2018
    10
    Such an impressively well balanced and paced album from start to finish.
    Both captivating and immersive it's hard to stop listening to.
  2. Jul 15, 2018
    10
    Utterly captivating and immensely beautiful. This is going to be on my end of year top ten for sure.
  3. Jul 13, 2018
    10
    Again, OCHL pushed forward a band that already was one of the most inventive bands of its genre, but this time they found new ways ofAgain, OCHL pushed forward a band that already was one of the most inventive bands of its genre, but this time they found new ways of experimentation with their original melodic take on black metal, creating one of the most original experiences I've ever had in the genre, delivering maybe their best record yet (difficult to say because Sunbather is the classic of the decade at this point). Expand
  4. Jul 13, 2018
    10
    Whilst 'Ordinary Corrupt Human Love' doesn't quite exceed the sheer brilliance and genius of the bands past two albums (Sunbather & NewWhilst 'Ordinary Corrupt Human Love' doesn't quite exceed the sheer brilliance and genius of the bands past two albums (Sunbather & New Bermuda), it is certainly the bands most experimental and somewhat progressive release to date. Deafheaven still bleed their emotions into every note of each song on the album and whilst some elements and ideas do feel as if they could be developed on more (such as the song 'Night People'), it is definitely another step in the right direction for this incredible band that refuses to settle on one sound. Expand
  5. Jul 14, 2018
    10
    The fourth album from Deafheaven is another step into legendary status. More of the superb awesome music but with several twists, offering aThe fourth album from Deafheaven is another step into legendary status. More of the superb awesome music but with several twists, offering a fresh experience with vibrant, deep and moving sounds. Love them or hate them, your choice, but this band is here to make history. Expand
  6. Jul 13, 2018
    10
    From the opening track onward, this album feels epic. Sunbather was my favorite album of 2013 and still one of my very favorites today, but inFrom the opening track onward, this album feels epic. Sunbather was my favorite album of 2013 and still one of my very favorites today, but in a sense I feel it sort've set them up to make the wonky album that was New Bermuda since they inherited the black label genre tag. It sort've forced them to make a more by-the-numbers black metal album, which later because New Bermuda. Fast forward 3 years later, and from the first couple singles released here, I knew this would be a hit. Sure it still has the black metal backbone, but really and truly this album goes and does whatever it wants. It shows they stopped caring about the genre tag and just started being themselves.

    "You Without End" is a spectacular opener in the realm of post-rock field recordings which experiments with ideas they had previously not really worked with, but it pays off and is a fantastic song. "Canary Yellow" shows just how far they have come, showcasing their extreme elegance and grace while still flaunting their dark and heavy roots at times. "Glint" may be their greatest song ever, definitely pulling inspiration from Sunbather, but a little more confident. "Near" is just absolutely compelling and gorgeous. "Worthless Animal" is an insane and beautiful conclusion. I could probably go more in depth, but that'll probably be a little later whenever I have more time. Every song here is wonderful and showcases beautiful, engrossing atmospheres without sacrificing any of the heaviness that many have expected from them. This is probably their prettiest album yet, though I still think Sunbather is their crowning achievement.
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