Writing about Chelsea Wolfe is just about the only context where I can imagine using “doom queen” as a compliment.
The Los Angeles based songstress established a devoted following the release of her 2010 debut, The Grime and The Glow, and 2011’s critically acclaimed Apokalypsis. Her eclectic blend of goth-rock, metal, European folk and gloomy ambience is one of the most distinctive sounds on the indie circuit today, and Wolfe prides herself on her inability to play the same thing for too long. 2012 saw the release of Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs, which, as you probably gathered, focused on more acoustic instrumentation and a folkier vibe.
Wolfe’s new record, Pain Is Beauty, will be out on September 3rd via Sargent House. “The Warden” is one of the premier tracks from the album, and it represents yet another stylistic shift for Wolfe, this time toward a more electronic, Depeche Mode inspired variety of doom.
Revel in it: