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Album of the day: Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss

Posted on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: When people talk about Chelsea Wolfe, they’ll often mention that the Los Angeles musician covered the controversial Norwegian black metal artist Burzum‘s ‘Black Spell of Destruction’ a few years ago, and that though she plays folk music she counts plenty of metalheads among her fans, including Sunn O)))‘s Stephen O’Malley, who regularly retweets her “Grow old and let your hair grow” adage.

That line, about sticking to your given path as a lifer, shows up on Wolfe‘s fifth full-length, Abyss, during the smeary, intense late-album standout ‘Color of Blood’, and it’s a fitting sentiment for her heaviest (and best) collection to date.

Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss

Wolfe has incorporated metallic elements into her music since the beginning—especially on 2013‘s Pain Is Beauty—but she’s never really gone full-on metal. And, honestly, she still hasn’t, but on Abyss she comes closer than ever, externalizing those tendencies. She’s thrown in moments of distortion, animal-like growling, or hiss on her other records, but it could come off like an affectation or add-on; here, it’s built into, and integral to, the music, which frequently booms with distorted doom-metal guitar.

Recorded in Dallas by John Congleton, Abyss features Wolfe‘s longtime collaborator, multi-instrumentalist and co-writer Ben Chisholm, plus regular drummer Dylan Fujioka and viola player Ezra Buchla.

The real difference is Mike Sullivan, guitarist for mostly instrumental Chicago post-rock band, Russian Circles. Wolfe sang on the sole vocal track on Russian Circles‘ excellent 2013 album, Memorial; he returns the favor here, adding an anthemic dimension to a handful of the tracks that you won’t find in her other work. Overall, this is the first time you feel like the music consistently lives up to the power of her voice.

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Album of the Day: Ecstatic Vision – Sonic Praise

Posted on Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Ecstatic Vision want to get you high. On the band’s five-song and very fun debut LP, Sonic Praise, the three Philadelphia bros holler about an “astral plane where our herb will suffice,” urge their audience to forego homes and bosses for a trip “through the astral […]

Album of the Day: Tribulation – The Children of the Night

Posted on Friday, May 29th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: The Children of the Night, the glorious third album from Swedish metal charmers Tribulation, begins with an invitation. A backdrop of cello, church organ and piano gives way to a midtempo full-band rumble, and then Johannes Andersson grunts like a mad old man curling a finger […]

Album of the Day: Crypt Sermon – Out of the Garden

Posted on Monday, March 9th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: If you’re a newer band playing a classic form of metal, you need to be concerned with songwriting. With such a strong history behind you, putting together songs worth playing twice is more important than preserving vibes. Philadelphia doom quintet Crypt Sermon prove they’ve got plenty […]

Album of the day: The Body / Thou – You, Whom I Have Always Hated

Posted on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: The Body and Thou must get bored easily. During the last decade, both of these delirious doom metal squads have issued records at startling clips, the pace sometimes so speedy it’s as if they’re desperate to outrun the doomsdays of which they so often yell. Apart […]

Album of the Day: Ascension – The Dead of the World

Posted on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: When I saw the German black metal band Ascension at Maryland Deathfest in 2013, they were among the most memorable acts, largely because it was hard to know what to make of them. After being battered with a weekend of booze and an especially pulverizing set […]

Album of the Day: Anatomy of Habit – Ciphers + Axioms

Posted on Monday, January 12th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: For the noise musician Mark Solotroff, Ciphers + Axioms ends in very familiar territory. For eight minutes, amplifiers and instruments scream the sort of feedback, static, and clipped tones that are endemic both to his caterwauling power-electronics band Bloodyminded and his long-running extreme experimental imprint, Bloodlust! […]

Album of the day: Teitanblood – Death

Posted on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Spanish duo Teitanblood have never cared much for niceties, preferring to lambast their hapless listeners with walls of horrific noise. Death, their second full-length is a bitter pill to swallow. Their sound is ugly and intense; it’s not all black metal, and though some of the […]

Album of the Day: Swans – To Be Kind

Posted on Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Swans were hardly the first 1980s underground-rock fixtures to resurface in the new millennium, and they’re not the only ones who’ve resisted the nostalgic trappings of reunion tours to make a respectable showing as a rebooted recording act. But they are the rare band of their […]

Album of the Day: Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O’Malley and Randall Dunn – Shade Themes From Kairos

Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Yes, indeed, Shade Themes from Kairos includes a gorgeous metal-plated drone, the sort of 21-minute electric yogic saga you might expect from the triumvirate responsible for this five-track album. Though Stephen O’ Malley, Randall Dunn, and Oren Ambarchi have exhausting rosters of collaborations and contributions, their […]

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