Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss

In 2015, there have been a number of great progressive rock albums. Among these releases, none has been more remarkable than Chelsea Wolfe’s Abyss. Abyss, her fifth studio album, dropped in August on the Sargent House label. Abyss is her strongest body of work to date, blending elements of folk, doom metal and electronic music into divinely ethereal concoctions. In an era where irony and kitsch still reign supreme, Chelsea Wolfe offers material that is refreshingly sincere. The sound composures on Abyss range from being delicate to overwhelming. Chelsea Wolfe displays mastery of her craft as Abyss flows from the devastating and haunting to the lush and awe inspiring. Abyss is remarkable from start to finish.     

Although contemporary pop culture can often be characterized as being shallow and self-indulgent, Abyss shows that powerful works of art are still being created in 2015. While the tendency for many rock fans is to look back into the past and attempt to relive the glory of long lost eras, Chelsea Wolfe is a musician who makes 2015 her own.  If you haven’t yet given Abyss a listen (see player below), you are missing out on one of this year’s most precious gems.