Chelsea Wolfe Shares New Song, “Grey Days”; Abyss Out August 7th on Sargent House, North American Tour Starts Next Month‏

July 24, 2015
Kristin Cofer

Kristin Cofer


  Chelsea Wolfe’s highly anticipated fifth album, Abyss, will be released August 7th on Sargent House, and today she shares a new song with fans.

One of the record’s celebrated tracks, “Carrion Flowers,” can be heard in the Comic-Con premiered trailer for Fear The Walking Dead, as well as in the upcoming film Dark Places, adapted from Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s book starring Charlize Theron, Nicolas Hoult and more. Fans can watch the original video for “Carrion Flowers,” directed by Chelsea Wolfe and bandmate/producer Ben Chisholm, as they explore visuals related to the drought in California, shot in a stark black and white motif.
  Influenced by Wolfe’s sleep paralysis and the strange intersection of the conscious and the unconscious, Abyss explores the underlying tension that has been present in her previous albums and brings it to the fore. She’s crafted an album that she describes as the “hazy afterlife . . . .an inverted thunderstorm . . . the dark backward . . . the abyss of time,” and she notes that “Abyss is meant to have the feeling of when you’re dreaming, and you briefly wake up, but then fall back asleep into the same dream, diving quickly into your own subconscious.”  To conjure this in-between world, Wolfe continued her ongoing collaboration with multi-instrumentalist and co-writer Ben Chisholm and drummer Dylan Fujioka, with Ezra Buchla brought on board to play viola and Mike Sullivan (Russian Circles) enlisted to contribute guitar. The ensemble traveled to Dallas, TX to record with producer John Congleton (Swans, St. Vincent). In the back of her mind burned the words of designer Yohji Yamamoto: “Perfection is ugly. Somewhere in the things humans make, I want to see scars, failure, disorder, distortion.” The resulting eleven songs reflect that philosophy as they smolder with human frailty, intimacy, quiet passion, anxiety, and deep longing.
  Wolfe will embark on an extensive North American tour in support of Abyss that kicks off at the end of August, with additional European dates to be announced.
Chelsea Wolfe North American Tour
Aug 27 – Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar +
Aug 28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge +
Aug 29 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater #
Aug 31 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club #
Sep 1 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall #
Sep 2 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop #
Sep 3 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
Sep 4 – Montreal, QC @ Theater Fairmont
Sep 5 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair #
Sep 9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg #
Sep 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts #
Sep 11 – Washington DC @ U Street Music Hall #
Sep 12 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival #
Sep 14 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5 #
Sep 15 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge #
Sep 17 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks #
Sep 18 – Houston, TX @ Rudyards #
Sep 19 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk #
Sep 20 – Dallas, TX @ The Kessler #
Sep 22 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls #
Sep 23 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad #
Sep 24 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar #
Sep 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater #
Sep 26 – San Francisco, CA @ Grand Ballroom at Regency Center #
Sep 28 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater #
Sep 29 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s *
Sep 30 – Vancouver, BC @  The Rickshaw *Oct 2 – Bellingham, WA @ Shakedown
+ with Upsilon Acrux
# with Wovenhand
* with Mamiffer
(Album artwork: Henrik Uldalen)
Abyss Tracklisting
(August 7th, 2015 | Sargent House)
1. Carrion Flowers
2. Iron Moon
3. Dragged Out
4. Maw
5. Grey Days
6. After the Fall
7. Crazy Love
8. Simple Death
9. Survive
10. Color of Blood
11. The Abyss
A blend of metal and electronica that gives unnerving and powerful voice to her recent struggles with sleep paralysis . . . beautiful and terrifying.”  – NPR
“Her most intense and dynamic [album] yet . . . Wolfe strings gossamer vocals over metal-on-metal scraping and piston-pumping percussion on Abyss’ unnerving yet strangely seductive opener ‘Carrion Flowers.” – Rolling Stone [10 Artists You Need To Know]
“She’s been dropping bitter, excellent tastes of an album that wallows even further in the darkness.”  – SPIN
“Wolfe’s ironclad approach to folk-inflected post-goth comes in grievous blows that strike like falling anvils.”  – Noisey
“It’s the perfect soundtrack for drifting into a pleasant nightmare.”  – NYLON
“It’s clear Wolfe has quietly assembled one of the most visceral and exciting records of the year.”  – REVOLT
“The alt-princess of darkness.” – V Magazine
“With vocals ablaze and baying, and harsh, devilish riffs raining down all around her, Wolfe sounds like a true goddess of the afterlife.” – Consequence of Sound


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