Chelsea Wolfe – ‘Pain Is Beauty’

Darker than dark

In her pursuit of a darker darkness, Sacramento’s Chelsea Wolfe has gone so far as to cover Burzum, the Norwegian black metal act fronted by convicted murderer Varg Vikernes. She also performed early tours from under a black veil (as much to deflect from her crippling shyness). Along with PJ Harvey and Zola Jesus references, ‘The Warden’ finds her playing the Giorgio Moroder ice queen, while ‘They’ll Clap When You’re Gone’ heads deep into the noir-country of Chris Isaak. If Christopher Nolan ever does one of his gritty makeovers on Twilight, the soundtrack’s as good as sewn up.

Gavin Haynes