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Chelsea Wolfe has always been a conduit for a powerful energy, and while she has demonstrated a capacity to channel that somber beauty into a variety of forms, her gift as a songwriter is never more apparent than when she strips her songs down to a few key elements. As a result, her solemn majesty and ominous elegance are more potent than ever on her new album, Birth of Violence which sees its release today via Sargent House.
Birth of Violence is a return to the reclusive nature of her earlier recordings where we see her withdraw into her own world of enigmatic and elusive autobiography. But the album also exists in the present; she examines navigating the world as a woman and addresses modern tragedies such as school shootings and the poisoning of the planet.
Wolfe will be embarking on a major North American tour this Autumn, stripping back the live show to perform new and old songs in a more intimate light. All dates are listed below. We’re hoping for news on European touring in the near future.
Praise for Birth Of Violence
“A masterwork of Gothic Americana, a record of glass-like fragility and honesty, and wood-hard resolve that’s as beautiful as it is dark and confessional…this is the work of a brilliant artist who is singular in both talent and vision.” – 4K Lead review Kerrang!
“A haunting sound of otherworldly, ethereal beauty that few others manage to evoke.” – 9/10 review Metal Hammer
“Wolfe might have dialled down the industrial leanings on her sixth LP, but her heavy, heady sound is no less dramatic…Wolfe layers the sorrow with a compelling sense of urgency.”
– 4* Q magazine
“The result is an album that displays Wolfe’s versatility and ability to stir power from whispers as easily as she does howls.” – Uncut
“Chelsea Wolfe has become one of the most influential artists of this century…Throughout it all, though much more subtly, the horrors and anxieties of Abyss or Pain Is Beauty are also here, ever-present monsters lurking in the shadows, an integral part of the human condition that Chelsea Wolfe is able to turn into aching, timeless musical beauty.” – Zero Tolerance
“Chelsea Wolfe is a singer-songwriter as distinctive as she is compelling — her sound is folk music that carries the stench of sulfur, like it was written on a guitar made from the wood of a tree struck by lightning.” – The FADER
“…Wolfe has composed a masterpiece. “ – LA Weekly
“Sounding like she’s been sequestered on a mountain top with nothing but books on witchcraft and a handful of Joni Mitchell records (reflecting her actual retreat into the woods to work on new material), the singer/songwriter flexes her emotional and musical growth on this gorgeous, introspective cut.” – Revolver
“Ominous…this only goes to prove that Wolfe is still very much evolving as an artist and nailing it every step of the way.” – Metal Injection
“While the music technically errs on the acoustic side, there’s nothing soft about Wolfe’s terrible and awe-inspiring invocation.” – A.V. Club