The difficult to define or pigeonhole Chelsea Wolfe is one of the most intriguing artists of recent years. Her sound threads together the most esoteric, harrowing and cathartic aspects of drone metal, folk, goth and occasionally electronic music. She's done this across records such as 2013's 'Pain Is Beauty' and 2015's 'Abyss' by fussing dark, menacing soundscapes with bare, vulnerable sensibility. It makes for enticing listening and as she hits Manchester's Gorilla tonight, it proves it makes for mesmerizing viewing as well.
To kickstart tonight's ghostly atmosphere is doom metal outfit King Woman, who will either play it stampede heavy or hazily serene, but will at all times have guitars at the most distorted, the vocals wraithlike and have you in a chokehold.
True Widow are also fuzzy, but a lot more gentle. With the guitars drifting more and the vocals being more human, it makes for a more coma-inducing effect. You'll find yourself swaying and nodding along, but feeling like you're being put to sleep for an operation at the same time.
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