>>61519736 If you have never heard her before, go listen to Apokalypsis first. Or Pain is Beauty. Those are some amazing records. Her latest album Abyss while fantastic (to me at least) it is definitely her least inspired album. That being said, songs like Iron Moon, The Abyss, or After the Fall are great.
>>61520252 Apokalypsis seems to me at least more her natural style. Pain is Beauty as well to an extent. The reason Abyss came out different is because if you look, she didnt have as big of a hand in the music as usual. Most songs heavily feature other members of her band, or the dude from Russian Circles. She mentioned it was more collaborative. Hopefully she'll return to those styles, but i'm convinced she can do no real wrong. Even if it wasnt as good, Abyss is pretty damn good.
>>61520374 Eh i dont hear that at all. I just think she got pushed in the heavy direction by John Cogleton. >>61520442 It works for the album imo, but that doesn't make it good. I'm a huge CW fanboy, not gonna lie, and I definitely enjoyed Abyss, but I definitely will kill myself if she pursues this direction. She's never stayed in the same spot twice, and i hope she doesnt start now.
>>61520602 She's always done her own producing/mixing, and the way the instruments/vocals blend fuzzily instead of standing out on her earlier records would have worked much better on Abyss, her whole style is built on it.
>>61520725 Yes, she always did. Until the new album of course. Before it was always her and Ben Chisolm, which worked so much better in my opinion. I'd also love to see her do more acoustic stuff. But a return to her roots is definitely something i hope for.
>>61520829 Ah I see. I never really considered that acoustic, but i definitely know what you mean. Yeah i agree, The Grime and The Glow is a masterpiece. Halfsleeper is definitely my favorite song from her.
>>61520881 I totally agree with you man. Apokalypsis is my all time favorite album (if i had to pick one that is). I'm actually wearing the Apokalypsis album art shirts she printed right now. She is maximum QT and i want to be dominated by her desu. Also, i feel its worth mentioning, its actually an oil painting of her face.
>>61519736 Her whole discography is - go chronologically, though, she has a really obvious progression that's fun to listen to. Her best albums are probably Apokalypsis and Unknown Rooms in terms of pure songwriting, but she really got bigger and more ambitious with every album.
>>61520881 I thought Abyss had way more waifu-friendly lyrics. Dragged Out, After the Fall, Crazy Love and Maw, for example.
>>61520442 It had to be compressed hard to get that sound. It still holds a lot of dynamics within those walls, so I wouldn't really call it brick-walled (because it's not pushing everything to hard, just a lot of things). The mastering compliments her mixing well on this one.
I really dig what she has done with this album. Yes it's different. I feel she needed to do something a little different this time. I love everything she has done, but before now - I don't feel she had grown that much. We will probably get another similar album to this next, then see another progression in her sound.
I am all for this. I feel like she is beginning to grow in the same manner as Katatonia have. I dig it.
>>61521354 She did an acoustic tour not too long ago. She stated she originally wanted Abyss to be acoustic, so i'd imagine she will be back to acoustic stuff fairly soon. Plus shes posted photos of her with her acoustic on instagram, so i think shes writing stuff acoustic right now. >>61521375 I fuckin love listening to all her albums in order. She improved as a songwriter and artist with each album pretty clearly, which is really cool. Apokalypsis will always be my favorite but i love everything shes done. >>61521383 I did the directions shes going in. All her albums are damn near flawless imo, and i really want to see where she will go next. Abyss is definitely what she needed to do next. It makes total sense she went with what she did, and it totally works imo. I hope we see more electronic as well as acoustic, probably blended with her new heavy sound. Good to see a positive Chelsea Wolfe thread on here for once.
>>61521472 Definitely. It's such a fun listen with high quality headphones. Lots of hidden noises and layers in it that normal speakers don't show as well. Her previous records have this as well. Abyss has it more prevalent tho
>>61521472 Yeah, there is a heavily compressed wall, with a fuck-tonne of points-of-interest, articulations etc going on in between. Listen to it in a studio or a properly treated room and it's fucking amazing.
>>61521553 The wall creates a really unique effect, in my opinion. Theres this huge wall of sound, and her beautiful vocals just cut straight through it in an incredible way. >>61521575 I fucking love their new guitar player. I hated their last guy, Kevin Dokter. He always found a way to ruin her songs live, by adding lead parts that never quite fit. The new chick knows exactly what to do.
>>61521654 they use a POG2 pretty often, as well as a Death By Audio Apocalypse fuzz pedal, which was also used in the studio. I have both of these pedals, and they are fucking life. Both shift octaves.
>>61521904 I've done stuff like that with tape too, but I used it for marking settings or remembering, I also have red electrical tape on one of my live wire cables, which I used to remember which end I plugged into my guitar, funny.
>>61522030 >>>61522081 this. It's just an easy way to tune quickly and accurately on stage. >>61522041 I have tape on my POG2 detailing my presets so i know which is which. Plus i like how it looks desu. Makes me look like i know what im doing.
>>61520881 I just thought Apokalypsis had much better songwriting and was wholly a more unique experience. Pain is Beauty just made her sound like darkwave with some folky callbacks. I really hated the production, too. Whatever reverb they used on her voice is so bad sounding and they just slathered it all over the fucking album.
>>61522197 Eh to each their own. I loved Pain, however Apokalypsis was more unique. She's god so she can do nothing wrong anyway. I agree the reverb was a bit jarring at times on Pain is Beauty, but i still love it.
I really hate it when an artist who makes great music gets really into the idea of "muh instrumentation". She sounds like so many generic 'doom tinged' artists these days, her sparse use of electronics on Apokalypsis was really what made it for me. Not to sound like a rockist, but it really is just too electric for me these days.
>>61522249 I actually really like her synth on songs like Boyfriend or house of metal. It adds a kind of, for lack of better words, a castle kind of gothic feel to the music. >>61522284 I can agree to an extent. I do prefer her original sounding Apokalypsis stuff, but I still dig the later stuff. It's unique in its own rights and holds up imo.
I dunno about most of you but abyss was my favorite album of her's so far, followed by unknown rooms. her other albums, while good, feel to me like they're struggling to mesh the heaviness with the folksiness without giving either aspect the attention it deserved. it should be noted that the angelic process is my favorite band so the sad, heavy, e-bowed guitars + industrial inspired drumming + relatively non-harsh vocals is right up my alley. I am aware that her lyrics took something of a dive on abyss but I have a high tolerance for melodrama so it didn't really bother me all that much.
>>61522317 Those are some god tier songs. They are so empty and dreamy but so full at the same time. Though they arent exactly rock-y like the other guys were saying they preferred. The wasteland is like all synth or something lol.
>>61522804 Yeah she has such a beautiful voice. It sounds amazing singled out with an acoustic guitar. I love this adaption of Heavenly Grass she did a few months back https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20jDXnZqYWE
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