Chelsea Wolfe

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No individual thread, I think? Anyway, just announced her new album later this year, Abyss

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 8 January 2015 16:49 (five years ago) link

Great news.

Dinsdale, Thursday, 8 January 2015 17:31 (five years ago) link

she's great! her debut was reissued on vinyl just a few weeks ago too.

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Thursday, 8 January 2015 17:31 (five years ago) link

three months pass...

Album trailer

moans and feedback (Dinsdale), Thursday, 23 April 2015 21:50 (four years ago) link

Sounds great.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 24 April 2015 00:46 (four years ago) link


nose, Friday, 24 April 2015 01:08 (four years ago) link

gf is super into her. Definitely becoming a fan. Wish she would tour more!

octobeard, Friday, 24 April 2015 20:04 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

new album is really good

not sure if I slept on her old stuff or if this is much more to my taste (wrt the psych doom guitars especially), or somewhere between those two possibilities

and she's baconing like she's never baconed before (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 7 July 2015 20:03 (four years ago) link

this and the last album are a cut above the earlier ones to me.

akm, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 13:18 (four years ago) link

abyss is sounding like a heavier burn your fire for no witness

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 10 July 2015 18:17 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

And it's streaming:

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 30 July 2015 14:29 (four years ago) link

was listening to that earlier until it crashed on me - what i heard sounded great

feargal czukay (NickB), Thursday, 30 July 2015 14:30 (four years ago) link

This is the best album ever

Tim F, Wednesday, 12 August 2015 21:22 (four years ago) link

I have seen some inklings of metal press on this album - Terrorizer gave it a good review and Lars Gotrich - who penned the article in the streaming link Ned posted above - is NPR's metal dude and he mentioned that those of us in league would enjoy it.

I think it's great! And metal... But sometimes my metal definition is more hyper-inclusive than might be helpful to others.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 13 August 2015 06:01 (four years ago) link

This album is wonderful

I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Thursday, 20 August 2015 18:23 (four years ago) link

Interviewing her soon -- she specifically prefers email interviews, an interesting but understandable choice.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 20 August 2015 18:29 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I'm hearing AR Kane and Heather Nova as much as I am Sunn O))) and Angel Olson in this. I love the way this album sounds so engulfingly massive but also so stark and isolated.

After one day listening to it it's already in consideration for my favourite of the year. It's like the Marriages album from a few months back but just a little bit more.

boxedjoy, Sunday, 13 September 2015 22:43 (four years ago) link

First album Heather Nova I assume.

Tim F, Sunday, 13 September 2015 23:10 (four years ago) link

And hey! Here's my interview with her!

Ned Raggett, Monday, 14 September 2015 22:41 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

Chelsea Wolfe is one of the few artists who seems to get better with each album. "Abyss" is her masterwork - it may be heavier and more dense with sonic details than other releases, but she still retains her penchant of fluctuating from serene vocals to grief stricken screams . She doesn't forget what draws her fans to her work while still pushing her sound forward.

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Monday, 20 February 2017 20:29 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

new song is terrific

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 16 July 2017 15:58 (two years ago) link


Paisley Window Pane (Ross), Sunday, 16 July 2017 18:42 (two years ago) link

underrated artist on ILX

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 28 July 2017 18:49 (two years ago) link

four weeks pass...

"Offering" is gorgeous.

jmm, Friday, 25 August 2017 13:48 (two years ago) link

Interviewed her earlier this week for the second time -- great, thoughtful chat. Story to run at NPR next month.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 25 August 2017 14:00 (two years ago) link

I really like the new album but I don't think it's as good as the last. It veers a little towards Evanescence territory.

boxedjoy, Friday, 25 August 2017 14:09 (two years ago) link

Abyss is hard to beat. I find it funny that people speculate that this will be her first straight doom metal album. She always has softer songs, she's not the type of artist to jump on one genre

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 26 August 2017 03:09 (two years ago) link

Yeah, straight doom metal this isn't. But it's not Evanescence either!

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 26 August 2017 04:12 (two years ago) link

Don't really hear the Evanescence...

new album is really great, about as heavy as Abyss with seemingly less gentle moments but the electronics are integrated more seamlessly this time.

Chelsea's vocal hooks are really melodic on this too, she's truly one of the best and most consistent songwriters today.

Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 29 August 2017 22:54 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

The new LP just arrived today and It's excellent.

starving street dogs of punk rock (Odysseus), Friday, 22 September 2017 19:30 (two years ago) link

It's bloody amazing imo, like instant EOY list material

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 22 September 2017 19:32 (two years ago) link

yeah it's great. this and the new zola jesus = all the goth love I need for the fall

akm, Friday, 22 September 2017 19:46 (two years ago) link

Today I have definitely heard my first and second fave albums of the year so far.

starving street dogs of punk rock (Odysseus), Friday, 22 September 2017 19:49 (two years ago) link

this and Zola Jesus and King Woman

nomar, Friday, 22 September 2017 19:49 (two years ago) link

I have never heard any Zola Jesus or King Woman. Maybe I should?

starving street dogs of punk rock (Odysseus), Friday, 22 September 2017 19:52 (two years ago) link

Last week I got the Myrkur album and Chelsea Wolfe is on that. It's a really good album too.

starving street dogs of punk rock (Odysseus), Friday, 22 September 2017 19:53 (two years ago) link

I have never heard any Zola Jesus or King Woman. Maybe I should?

Yes you should.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 22 September 2017 20:22 (two years ago) link

top 5 of year for sure for me

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 22 September 2017 20:24 (two years ago) link

Should add: story with her still in the works but planned to appear next month instead.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 22 September 2017 20:25 (two years ago) link

Re: ZJ, just start with the current bassy Okovi or the early muddy EPs like Stridulum and Valusia. Consensus seems to be the Foetus arranged string Versions and the more poppy Taiga were missteps, with Okovi being a return to form.

Special Egyptian Guest Star (Sanpaku), Friday, 22 September 2017 23:43 (two years ago) link

Shall do San!

starving street dogs of punk rock (Odysseus), Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:02 (two years ago) link

this is good!! some sick guitar tone, the phazed out distortion on 16 psyche and vex in particular

just another (diamonddave85), Saturday, 23 September 2017 21:49 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Damn, just discovering her/this record. So good!

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Monday, 23 October 2017 03:10 (two years ago) link

yeah she's playing halloween here, stoked

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 23 October 2017 03:11 (two years ago) link

Saw her live last week and it was wonderful. Hiss Spun is my favourite of her records so far. As much as I love the others, they strike me as hit or miss, Abyss included.

pomenitul, Monday, 23 October 2017 19:13 (two years ago) link

Hiss Spun feels like she nailed the aesthetic she was chasing with Abyss and EPs like prayer for the unborn

Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 24 October 2017 00:58 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

New album, Birth of Violence, out in September. First single, 'The Mother Road', is already available on Spotify and Apple Music.

Looks like the emphasis will fall on dark folk. Those Jonny Greenwood-esque strings and the climactic outro are wonderful.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 18 June 2019 13:52 (eight months ago) link

two months pass...

doomy, 'down by the river' vibes.

normal fucking rockman (voodoo chili), Monday, 9 September 2019 20:26 (five months ago) link

Well, this is wonderful. Not that I was expecting anything else.

pomenitul, Friday, 13 September 2019 08:55 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

For some strange reason the reception to this very good album has been very low key and no buzz anywhere.

I can see why the more metal press aren't covering it as much but I thought the traditional media might have.

Did it get a pitchfork review?

Vote (with a bullet) (Oor Neechy), Tuesday, 29 October 2019 22:54 (three months ago) link

The second half sags a wee bit and overall it's not as impressive as Hiss Spun (my favourite of her albums). None of which explains the neglect – there are some incredible songs in there, starting with the obvious singles ('The Mother Road' and 'Deranged for Rock & Roll'). I'm a fanboy so make of this what you will but it'll certainly make my EOY list.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 09:05 (three months ago) link

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