Review: CHELSEA WOLFE’s “Ἀποκάλυψις”

By Lane Oliver

I had heard the name “Chelsea Wolfe” buzzing around on the infinite amount of music blogs on the internet, but I never took the time to actually listen to it. But after hearing a friend of mine rave about and watching the review on The Needle Drop’s Youtube channel, I finally sat down and gave it a listen. Now I wish I had listened to it sooner. Chelsea Wolfe’s second full length album, Ἀποκάλυψις (which is Greek for “Apocalypse” as well as “Revelation”), completely blew me away.

The introductory track, “Primal//Carnal”, opens up the album with Wolfe’s beastly, tortured black metal like screams that are simply unsettling. That strange little number gives way into the haunting, “Mer”. The reverb drowned guitar is accompanied by Wolfe’s beautiful yet haunting voice as well as eerie, ghost like voices in the background. If “Mer” didn’t catch your attention, have no fear. The album is a shape-shifting entity that takes on many forms throughout its duration. There are some songs that draw influence from doom bands such as Earth (“Moses’, “Pale on Pale”) that feature repetitive, droning guitar riffs completely saturated in reverb that give off an almost psychedelic vibe that draws you in and will not let go. Wolfe also has a tendency on a number of

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