Chelsea Wolfe - Birth of Violence
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2019 Ratings: #128 / 632
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Based on 265 ratings
2019 Ratings: #426
September 13, 2019 / Release Date
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Sargent House / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Consequence of Sound

With Birth of Violence, Chelsea Wolfe offers a compelling work brimming with emotion and dreamy wonder.

82
Sputnikmusic

Birth of Violence marks as a regressive, but still enjoyable, chapter in Chelsea Wolfe’s career.

80
PopMatters

Chelsea Wolfe's creative versatility is on full and fearless display here once more, her music both invigorating and intoxicating on Birth of Violence.

80
Exclaim!

Birth of Violence is a work of art that will please old fans and draw in new listeners too.

80
The Skinny

Wolfe re-creates a sparseness (albeit with modern production methods) that shows off her best assets, doing more with less.

80
AllMusic

Another triumph, Birth of Violence is a potent -- if hushed -- reminder that Wolfe's intensity never wavers, no matter how she expresses it.

80
Kerrang!

What’s come from this period of regrouping is a masterwork of gothic Americana, a record of glass-like fragility and honesty, and wood-hard resolve that’s as beautiful as it is dark and confessional.

80
Spectrum Culture

Captivating, ethereal, contemplative and cinematic, Birth of Violence is yet another testament to Chelsea Wolfe’s versatility, sonic scope and artistic vision.

75
Under The Radar

With mercury in her reach, Wolfe recoiled to find freedom, Birth of Violence's folk and country comfortability hitting her resourcefulness in a tornado.

73
Northern Transmissions

Her solemn majesty and ominous elegance are more potent than ever on her newest LP, Birth of Violence.

67
A.V. Club

With melodies that are stretched thin and simplistic lyrics that feel even more so next to the sophisticated arrangements, Birth Of Violence’s dark beauty is like standing outside watching the stars in winter: stark, beautiful, and a little numbing.

50
The Needle Drop

Birth of Violence's stripped back presentation, despite its bewitchingly dark vibe, mostly exacerbates the relatively weak songwriting.

Beeyyaahh
70
On Birth of Violence, Chelsea not only moves about the expectations set upon by her previous work, but also demonstrates the true power of a talented artist doing the most with the smallest amount of sound necessary.

Unlike many other albums written in this vein, Chelsea showcases an album that is progressive and emotionally engaging. Dark and confessional, and much like the cover, depicts someone in the midst of a dark time. Almost armageddon-like, this album doesn’t deal with death in ... read more
WhatTheFunk
64
The High Priestess is back for the delight of Gothic rock disciples. The singer-songwriter has built her work with rigor and patience. Today, Chelsea Wolfe has become a venerated reference of this musical genre.

After the tribal electro-folk "Pain is Beauty" - and two rather heavy records with doom metal accents "("Abyss" and "Hiss Spun") - Wolfe released a new album entitled "Birth of Violence". Recorded in her studio with the help of her faithful ... read more
JoaoSantos
48
I have nothing to say about this album. Like, absolutely nothing. Outside of "Deranged for Rock & Roll", every song here falls flat. It's such a bland, forgettable album and it might be the biggest disappointment of the year.
JohnLouisHoward
90
this is Chelsea's lost highway, a noir travelogue of the dark corners of existence on the road. touring can be lonely and disorienting and many thoughtful artists end up with songs or albums like this that document those feelings that emerge at 3 am in some town whose name you can't remember or never knew, when it's just you and your acoustic alone in the dark, and you sing songs to yourself that you didn't even know were in you. she is 35 now. she was not going to be that manic apocalyptic ... read more
morningsbell
77
This wouldn't be her best album but it still has some of her best songs. My first listen really tested my patience, but it got better and better with relistens. Not the Chelsea album for when you're depressed and angsty, but more for when you're numb, confused and tired.
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Track List

  1. The Mother Road
  2. American Darkness
  3. Birth of Violence
  4. Deranged for Rock & Roll
  5. Be All Things
  6. Erde
  7. When Anger Turns to Honey
  8. Dirt Universe
  9. Little Grave
  10. Preface to a Dream Play
  11. Highway
  12. The Storm
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