This fall Chelsea Wolfe and Wovenhand will each deliver versions of their own brooding and personal gospels across North America. Both artists are releasing the heaviest and darkest music of their careers, both roughly spanning a combined 30 years and coming together for the first time for a full US tour.
Chelsea Wolfe's upcoming Abyss is a conceptual take on sleep paralysis and the subconscious self and is on track to be her darkest release to date. According to NPR's write up and premiere of new track Carrion Flowers, she "has made several fascinating transitions in her career and has a knack for blending genres as she crosses between them. But she's been able to maintain a distinct artistic integrity, which makes each of her new projects especially exciting. She's worked in atmospheric folk, rock/electropop/gothic hybrids, and now a blend of metal and electronica that gives unnerving and powerful voice."
Wovenhand's latest, 2014's Refractory Obdurate, was an electric divebomb head first into scriptural interpretations and soul searching with singer/songwriter David Eugene Edward's signature fire-and-brimstone storytelling sound filtered through post-punk.
They're both career musicians who continue to refine and redefine their sounds at the peak of their careers, all while dealing with the consequences of living under the threat of two very different afterlifes.
As Pitchfork said in their review of Refractory Obdurate, "David Eugene Edwards has never been an easy fit for many record labels... He’s bounced among various American imprints—from the majors in the mid-’90s to weirdo outposts", so it's fitting that Wovenhand recently joined Chelsea Wolfe and the rest of the Sargent House family earlier this year, the label and management company with open arms to honest and hardworking artists without any rules pertaining to a specific sound.
* tour dates without Wovenhand