Chelsea Wolfe, Apokalypsis

Stacey Anderson

By Stacey Anderson

on 12.21.11 in Reviews


Chelsea Wolfe
Avant-garde performance roots with the arch, punishing rhythms of metal

This year, Los Angeles received a welcome antithesis to the glossed starlets parading its streets: doom-folk maven Chelsea Wolfe, a sepulchral singer-songwriter who brilliantly united her avant-garde performance roots with the arch, punishing rhythms of metal. Her second album, Ἀποκάλ�…ψις (“apokalypsis”), explored end-days scenarios with nuanced melodies reminiscent of PJ Harvey; the goth stomper “Demons” ripped along with untoward destruction, while the standout ballad “Tracks (Tall Bodies)” dared to show her vulnerable side with sighs of, “We could be two straight lines/ In a crooked world.” The artfully macabre surf-guitar of lead single “Mer” was a perfect summation of the dark undercurrents of her sunny homeland, as only she could capture them.