Untitled Deafheaven demo EP

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Demo (Untitled)
Deafheaven - Demo original.jpg
Original 2010 artwork
EP (demo) by
ReleasedJune 1, 2010 (2010-06-01)
RecordedApril 2010[1]
GenreBlack metal, post-rock
Deafheaven chronology
Demo (Untitled)
Roads to Judah
Singles from Demo
  1. "Libertine Dissolves / Daedalus"
    Released: January 2011
Alternate cover
Remaster 2012 artwork
Remaster 2012 artwork
Professional ratings
Review scores
MetalSucks3.5/5 stars[2]

The untitled demo extended play by the American black metal band Deafheaven was self-released by the band on June 1, 2010. A remastered edition was released in 2012 through Sargent House.


The album was initially only available in cassette and digital download formats and distributed to a few of the band's favorite blogs. It was written and recorded solely by the two founding members, George Clarke and Kerry McCoy, who later recruited three new band members to tour in support of the demo.

After its release, several record labels began courting Deafheaven to give the demo a proper, wide release. Deathwish Inc., co-founded by Jacob Bannon of Converge, was one of these labels who reached out to the band. Deafheaven was interested in working with Deathwish, but wanted to release some newer material they had been working on at the time instead of their demo.[3] As a result, Deathwish released a 7" single featuring "Libertine Dissolves" and "Daedalus" in January 2011[4] and a full-length album with all-new material titled Roads to Judah in April 2011.

In late 2012, Sargent House released a limited-edition, remastered vinyl edition of the demo with new artwork.[5] This version is also available on the band's Bandcamp page.


The metal blog MetalSucks gave the album a rating of (3.5/5) in 2010 and stated: "While Deafheaven's music shares surface characteristics with the classic black metal sound, this demo is so distanced from Mayhem and Immortal as to be another kind of music entirely. It engulfs rather than tramples, shimmers where so much black metal rattles."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All music written and recorded by Deafheaven.[1]

  1. "Libertine Dissolves" – 5:13
  2. "Bedrooms" – 2:06
  3. "Daedalus" – 5:54
  4. "Exit:Denied" – 11:30


Album personnel adapted from remastered vinyl liner notes.[1]

  • Deafheaven – recording, production
  • Jack Shirley – production, engineering, mastering
  • Nick Steinhardt – logo design
  • Karlynn Holland – logo design


  1. ^ a b c Demo (Media notes). Deafheaven. Sargent House. 2012. Vinyl back cover. SH092.
  2. ^ a b Rosenbloom, Satan (October 8, 2010). "Freeloader: Deafheaven's Demo". MetalSucks. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  3. ^ Pessaro, Fred (February 24, 2011). "an interview w/ Deafheaven ++ a song premiere & dates too". Brooklyn Vegan. Spin Media. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  4. ^ Yancey, Bryne (January 10, 2011). "Deafheaven to release 'Libertine Dissolves b/w Daedalus' EP". Punknews.org. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  5. ^ "Deafheaven - To Release Demo On Limited Vinyl, Writing New Album". Metal Storm. July 23, 2012. Retrieved June 12, 2013.

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