Category: Dark Folk

Kinit Her – The Blooming World

Were a slum to be found just outside the gates of heaven, the disturbed undertones, medieval acoustic guitars, and agonized voices so prevalent in the music of Kinit Her would make an adequate representation of the contrasts presented in that image. After a string of EPs, Wisconsin’s Kinit Her have returned with The Blooming World—to continue with their unique sound, this time conjuring a more heavenly and mystical journey, while still retaining their signature disturbing atmosphere. (more…)

Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss

Now with her fourth full-length album—depending on how you count them—Chelsea Wolfe has cemented herself as the queen of dark atmospheric music in recent years. This argument is further strengthened by her newest release entitled Abyss—another broodingly atmospheric and compelling journey through a sonically nightmarish realm. Each of her albums have been unique, spanning a scope from Apokalypsis’ cinematic horror-movie-feel to the 80s-influenced Pain is Beauty and (more…)

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King Dude – Songs of Flesh & Blood – In the Key of Light

One should not judge an album by its cover—even one as cheap as King Dude’s Songs of Flesh & Blood – In the Key of Light, the successor to the lackluster Fear. King Dude’s sound has changed significantly over the years and this new release is far from its raw, occultist, black metal/neo-folk-influenced beginnings, while the American rockabilly and (more…)

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King Dude – Burning Daylight

Imagine what it would be like had the southern United States during the 1950s and the birth of rock’n roll embraced occult Satanism rather than Protestant Christianity? The answer might resemble King Dude. King Dude, the project of T.J. Cowgill, also of Book of Black Earth, plays an interesting blend of rockabilly and vintage rock’n roll with the low-quality production aesthetics of black metal. (more…)

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Rome – A Passage to Rhodesia

Luxembourg’s Jerome Reuter continues to seamlessly blend history, art, and music into a cohesive whole with Rome and the new album A Passage to Rhodesia. This album examines the Rhodesian Bush War, or the Zimbabwe War of Liberation from 1964 to 1979. Much of this conflict had to do with the elimination of white minority rule that had resulted from European imperialism and colonialism in Africa, with repercussions continuing to plague that continent to this day. It is interesting to see a European musician examine this conflict. A Passage to Rhodesia is an album teeming with sensations of guilt, regret, shame, and conversely, optimism. (more…)

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Rome – Nos Chants Perdus

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Rome’s 2009 album, Flowers From Exile marked a significant shift away from the martial industrial sound that predominated early Rome albums. That shift continued on Nos Chants Perdus as Rome has basically abandoned what had been its core martial industrial sound to a dark-noir neofolk sound. Nos Chants Perdus is set with the French resistance as its backdrop—revolving around the French underground that resisted the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. The music is almost exclusively acoustic guitar accompanied by drums and occasional violin. Jerome Reuter’s deep voice is the main instrument and this album has shown how good of a vocalist he has become. His (more…)

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Chelsea Wolfe – Pain is Beauty

Chelsea Wolfe is a rising figure in whatever genre she is a part of. Is she gothic, or is she dark folk, or maybe a dark singer-songwriter? I am not sure, but she was a very great accidental discovery. A friend of mine wanted to go see atmospheric black metal band Wolves in the Throne Room, so I decided to look into the openers, thus was how I discovered Chelsea Wolfe. Her previous album, Apokalypsis, was a very dark album, that is similarly difficult to describe, and one that definitely warrants attention. Her third–or forth, depending on what you consider the first–album, Pain is Beauty, is slightly different in sound and also among my favorites of 2013. Pain is Beauty has a (more…)

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