Let me get this out of the way right at the top: I don't hate Deafheaven. They are a perfectly decent band that make solid music, and I have no real disdain for their fans either. My primary beef with them has everything to do with level of exposure. In my time writing music recommendations, I have come across DOZENS of bands in the post-black genre that I consider far more impressive and deserving of the spotlight. And yet when the genre comes up, these guys continue to be the first, and sometimes only, name that comes to mind for most people. With that context, I felt like sharing a few groups that I believe to be releasing superior material. My goal is to broaden horizons, not stamp out a fandom. I can already hear some readers arguing about whether some of these groups fit the moniker, but my list, my rules.
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