Chelsea Wolfe
Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs


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by PleasureToast USER (1 Reviews)
January 25th, 2013 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dark, haunting, and strangely beautiful, Chelsea Wolfe shifts from her focus from eerie folk metal to just plain folk. Not surprisingly, it still works tremedously

We all have those albums that completely fly under our radars. Last year, that was Chelsea Wolfe's Ἀποκάλυψις (pronounced Apokalypsis). I don't at all remember how I came about finding her, but I do remember the chilling sense I got from listening to the single "Mer"; dark but ultimately beautiful in every way. Released under Sargent House -- home to bands like Russian Circles and Daughters -- I had no clue what I was in for. I tagged her as some singer/songwriter that somehow must have snuck her way onto a metal label. But I was blown away with what I got. That amazement continued when I actually saw her open for Russian Circles at the Middle East in Boston this past summer. I was floored. To this day, I still consider her one of the top 5 acts I have ever seen live.
Now, as 2012 comes to an end, Chelsea Wolfe has released Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs, a record that has been on my must listen list for months since its announcement. One thing that makes Chelsea so appealing is her pairing of vocal style with her unique style of music: some have called it "acoustic doom metal," which i think is very funny every time I see it. For me, Chelsea Wolfe is a blend of drone-metal and folk. In other words, think of Sunn o))) but with an actual melody, an acoustic guitar, and a pretty girl singing. None of this sounds bad, right?

Unknown Rooms is an excellent album, one that lived up to my expectations. The main reason being her ability to transition her plugged-in performance to a stripped-down acoustic guitar and strings arrangement. With Apokalypsis, many of her songs are lined with reverb and vocal effects that actually work in her favor (unlike some singers *COUGH* BEACH HOUSE *COUGH*). Instead of flattened vocals, Chelsea Wolfe treats her listener to something that has depth. It's haunting and dark, but again, one of the most beautiful female voices I've ever heard. This is what I believe sailors heard before crashing into a mess of rocks, leading to their ultimate death.

The album opens with "Flat Lands", the first single off the LP. It's simple, yet very effective, starting with just an acoustic guitar, then slowly building to more strings. You're soon treated to "Appalachia", a song closely resembling something you could hear on a Damien Rice release. Overall though, this release feels a bit short, running less than twenty-five minutes. One other thing that bothered me was Wolfe's choice to leave two extra tracks off, and leave them as bonus downloads. Both "Virginia Woolf Underwater" and "Gold" serve as the best tracks on the album, even though they don't really exists unless you buy them from iTunes. If you can, I highly recommend spending the $1.98 on both tracks- totally worth it.

Chelsea Wolfe has been described as gothic, as well as servery melancholy. As depressing as this may seem, from the darkness comes something beautiful; something where the term short but sweet actually exemplifies itself. And as annoying as it is that she left two of the best tracks off the album, the small amount it takes to listen to them is worth the asking price.


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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2013


29121 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

wow shut the fuck up snoxall

RosaParks
January 24th 2013


16013 Comments


he is such an annoying buzzkill

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2013


29121 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

yea seriously...



BUT APOKALYPSIS WAS RELEASED IN 2011!!!

RosaParks
January 24th 2013


16013 Comments


did you neg >: (

RosaParks
January 24th 2013


16013 Comments


i hate you

RosaParks
January 24th 2013


16013 Comments


you should pos. i mean this is a lot better than your reviews so idk why you negged

RosaParks
January 24th 2013


16013 Comments


see my avatar

PleasureToast
January 25th 2013


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sorry for all the confusion everyone. I wrote this review back in October, when the album was first released, so if anything seems a bit outdated, that's the reason.



Also, music criticism is all relative. Good or bad, it's just a way to reinforce why should like/dislike something. I'm just trying to practice some writing, but I appreciate all your feedback.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2013


29121 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

yeah i think any person who isn't an idiot could have figured that out by "as 2012 comes to an end" but i mean were talking snoxall.



do yourself a favor and neg all his reviews it'll feel great

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2013


29121 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

doom folk

PleasureToast
January 25th 2013


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Doom folk is one way to describe it, but after thinking about it, I would venture to say she has a low-fi ambience to her music. She's difficult to peg, but I think that's what makes her so I interesting and enjoyable to listen to.

zulop
October 31st 2013


166 Comments


Let Snoxall point out poor work. Fucking hate dickheads who think only nice things should be said. I'm
sure the Nazis hated those buzzkillers to their ideas just as much. Strangely enough I thought
comments on reviews were not restricted merely to sucking the reviewer's e-cock and reinforcing bad
writing habits in the meantime.

Dis_Con_Nec_Ted
June 4th 2015


4189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow.. Turns out that 2/3 of my favorites are actually bonus tracks.



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