Deafheaven/Drab Majesty at the Wiltern
Every time I see Deafheaven, the band has seemingly achieved another level of excellence. This is easily my fifth time seeing the Bay Area band and again they outdid themselves--incorporating a softer, even more warm performance style to go with their equally soft, welcoming black metal sound of Ordinary Corrupt Human Love. This is perhaps best evidenced by vocalist George Clarke's lace fingerless gloves. When I first saw them open for Russian Circles after the release of Roads to Judah, Clarke had stiff, militaristic movements and tight black leather gloves to accentuate this jerkiness to his motion. As the years have passed and Deafheaven's sound has softened, so too has Clarke's mobility, bringing in a prowling sensuousness that is at once dangerous and vulnerable. Backed by the nigh-alien Drab Majesty, Deafheaven ruled the night.