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April 30, 2015

New Albums from Sigh & Chelsea Wolfe

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Chelsea Wolfe abyss

A couple of music-related bits today.

Chelsea Wolfe releases “Iron Moon” from her upcoming album, Abyss

Chelsea Wolfe abyss

Singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe is releasing her highly-anticipated 4th album, Abyss. The teaser song for the album, “Iron Moon”,  is a haunting clash of evocative soundscape and intense emotional dynamics – if the rest of the album is anything like this track, it’s shaping up to be her darkest, most intense release yet.

Wolfe says of the track, “Lyrically, this song was inspired after reading the poetry of a Foxconn worker who took his own life – his frustration and desperation. There’s a blurry confusion throughout the lyrics on the album, as it sometimes is in dreams, like you’re new to the afterlife and things are slightly different, more hazy and fluid. I imagine the quiet parts of the song sung from a small, dorm-style room, and the loud parts as a scene out of a musical, where the worker sings and dances through the factory lines with total freedom and abandon.”

Check out “Iron Moon” below, or follow Chelsea on her official website or Facebook.

Sigh’s new album, Graveward.

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I find Sigh a bit difficult sometimes. The music is fun and odd and unpredictable, but they’re not very consistent. There are good albums and crap albums, fantastic songs sandwiches between choppy lacklustre tracks. I loved Scenes From Hell and Hangman’s Hymn, but I found In Somniphobia a bit too strange to really get into – to me, it didn’t have any overarching theme to cling to. It was a bit to “hey, we’re throwing everything we’ve got at the studio wall and seeing what sticks.”

So I wasn’t expecting much, but I actually really enjoyed Graveward. It’s closer in style and tone to Scenes from Hell, with the quirky, theatrical take on power-influenced black-metal, hippy-triply oddness. You’re either going to love it or hate it – personally, I can’t help but adore Mirai Kawashima’s cheesy, soaring vocals, the strange, drawn out solos, and the inspired incorporation of the saxophone. The tracks “Tombfiller”, “The Casketburner” and “Molesters of My Soul” are my favourites.

Follow Sigh on Facebook or check ’em out on Twitter.

I’m also getting excited about the upcoming Korpiklaani album. What other albums coming out this year are you looking forward to?

The Sunken, my dark fantasy novel, is now available on Amazon.

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4 Comments on “New Albums from Sigh & Chelsea Wolfe

KD
May 3, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Ensiferum’s new album? I thought “One Man Army” came out in February… Or is there an album I don’t know about yet?

steff
May 3, 2015 at 3:20 pm

@KD – you thought correctly. I clearly had a brain fart, as I was thinking of Korpiklaani, but wrote Ensiferum. Thanks for noticing. Also, what did you think of One Man Army?

KD
May 9, 2015 at 5:44 pm

I liked “Heathen Horde” and “Two of Spades”, but for the most part the album was too orchestra-driven for my liking.

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