Chelsea Wolfe

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Hiss Spun (Sar­gent House) ★★★ The Cal­i­for­nian gothic rock queen of­fers what’s most prob­a­bly her heav­i­est record to date. Hiss Spun borders on pure sludge metal with a doomy and dis­torted aes­thetic. Recorded by Con­verge gui­tarist and heavy mu­sic pro­duc­tion king Kurt Bal­lou, Chelsea’s eerie and cathar­tic voice climbs and crawls through a wall of gritty goth ma­nia. While there’s no short­age of gloomy song­writ­ers in the al­ter­na­tive mu­sic world, Wolfe takes her mood to an­other realm with a range of stun­ning gui­tar tones and harsh noise. De­spite be­ing from one of the sun­nier parts of the world this is no al­bum for your sum­mer road trip. Yet the haunt­ing mood of Hiss Spun will surely leave you crav­ing a darker kind of weather. – Hugh Collins

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