Live review: Chelsea Wolfe at Aisle 5 in Atlanta Sept. 14

California based artist Chelsea Wolfe brought her Abyss tour to Aisle 5 in Little Five Points in Atlanta Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. On her latest release Abyss, Wolfe plunges to darker musical and lyrical depths than on her previous four albums. Although metal influences have always found a place in her music and she has garnered a large fan base from the metal faithful, she has never ventured into heavy as deeply as on her current release.

Denver’s Wovenhand opened the show playing mostly songs off their lastest album Refractory Obdurate. Although often referred to as an Americana or an alternative country band, the volume, aggressivesness of the playing, and urgency of their delivery brought to mind Sonic Youth, the Cult, and even the Smithereens much more than the Civil Wars or Cowboy Junkies.  Charismatic frontman David Eugene Edwards seems to channel a shaman in his performance reminiscent of some of the great British goth vocalists from the 80s such as Ian Astbury and Peter Murphy.  Wovenhand’s sound and energetic live show could easily have them playing large theatres for thousands.

From a dark, backlit stage immersed in soft blue and purple lights, the pulsating bass intro of “Carrion Flowers” began Chelsea Wolfe’s set. The crushing riffs of “Dragged Out” and “Iron Moon” followed.  Much of the electronic sound from her previous record remains, but far heavier this time.  The density of the guitars and sluggish tempo of these first three songs take her far from her folk roots and closer to the post metal sounds of Neurosis, Jucifer, or Sunn O))).  The set was composed mostly of songs off the new album, but also included more delicate songs such “We Hit a Wall” and “House of Metal” from the Pain is Beauty album, and “Mer” and “Pale on Pale” from Apokalysis.

Whether playing the dark folk style that she has perfected or approaching the heavy drone of doom metal on the new album, the consistent elements throughout Wolfe’s work is great songwriting and dreamlike vocals that drape over the music like fog clinging to the night.  Her haunting vocals add a sense of fragility and vulnerability not often present in music this heavy. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Abyss then go see one of the 21st century’s most unique artists.

The American tour continues through Oct. 2, with a European tour beginning on Oct. 30.

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Bear’s Den Opened for Daughter at Variety Playhouse September 20

09-20-13 Daughter @ Variety Playhouse, ATL 361 tag

 

 

Live Review & Photography by Danielle Boise

 

Daughter

Daughter

 

 

 

“We are thankful for Daughter taking us out on this tour.” – Andrew Davie

 

Bear's Den

Bear’s Den

 

The London based trio, Bear’s Den, opened for Daughter at Variety Playhouse in the heart of Little Five Points in Atlanta on Friday, Sept. 20 for a night full of indie infused music. With a unique blend of folk and rock, Bear’s Den performed songs off of their 2013 Agape, like “Mother,” along with newer material, like “Sahara.” Some of the crowd favorites were “The Waters,” “Pompeii” and “Don’t Let The Sun Steal You Away.”

 

Bear's Den

Bear’s Den

 

“This is such a cool place. Thank you.” – Andrew Davie

 

Daughter

Daughter

 

There is something magical, almost ethereal-like about not only listening to Daughter’s music, but soaking up a live performance feels like returning home. There is something about being in a room full of fans that are intently absorbing every nuance of their music. By collectively being part of the swell of utter silence during each song, only to spontaneously erupt into applause at the end of the last note was all but an eviscerating experience.

 

Daughter

Daughter

 

That’s how it was Friday night when Daughter took the stage at Variety Playhouse and made you feel as if you were drifting on a cloud, unattached from your body as Daughter performed songs off If You Leave, like “Landfill,” “Candles,” “Shadows,” “Human,” “Smother,” “Youth” and “Home.” The song that stole the night away was actually the encore, where Daughter performed a cover of Daft Punk’s mega-hit “Get Lucky.” Making it more of a moody piece, stripping it down to the bare essentials and less of a dance vibe to it, but utterly stunning as if Elena Tonra’s voice gave life to the song.

 

Daughter

Daughter

 

I have never seen a crowd so engorged on a live performance before. It was as everyone was under a an unconscious spell, holding their breath in fear it would all end at any moment and not wanting to miss one second of it. At the end of each song, Tonra would delicately thank the crowd with a quiet smile.

 

Daughter

Daughter

 

As fantastic as Daughter’s recorded music is, and it is, they blow away the listener with a live performance that supersedes If You Leave with a moody, somber note that shreds your soul and stitches it back together again.

Daughter

Daughter

 

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