The Dillinger Escape Plan Bassist Liam Wilson Reviews Chelsea Wolfe’s “Abyss”


The Dillinger Escape Plan bassist Liam Wilson has reviewed Chelsea Wolfe‘s new release “Abyss” for An excerpt from his take on the album can be found below:

“The French have a term, jolie laide, which translates to something like “attractive despite having ugly features.” I can’t think of a more appropriate way to describe Abyss, Chelsea Wolfe’s fifth and latest album.

Compared to anything else she’s released, the overt heaviness of this record is undeniable. Wolfe’s sound has evolved rather quickly from the one-woman home-recorded neo-folk of her 2010 debut for Sargent House, The Grime and the Glow (the first time most of us took notice of her) into the post-rock full-band ensembles on 2011’s Apokalypsis. The critically acclaimed Pain Is Beauty (2013) wasn’t a complete departure from previous releases, but the focus seemed to be on a surprisingly modern and studio-polished sound with Wendy Carlos-y synths and throbbing EDM-ish fervor, resulting in a fleshy, more seductive and certainly more danceable record (in that slow, languorous-movements-with-no-apparent-effort-whatsoever kind of way).

If Pain Is Beauty left off with Wolfe turning up the lush and more gothic qualities of her music, Abyss sees her shedding her more sheepish standards, opting instead to bare some teeth and dime the “crush” knob for a release that’s at times as dark and brooding as anything in many of metal’s slower-paced subgenres.”

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