Annabel Lee (Epic Version)

by Valentine Wolfe

Released 2017
Released 2017
Two classically trained musicians combining ambient solo bass, brutal distortion, electronica, and 18th century opera to tell a story of the macabre.
NOTES
Re-composing Annabel Lee

“Sure, we’ll do it!”

This is a phrase that, in the years we’ve been performing as Valentine Wolfe, have gotten us into no end of trouble. But more often than not, fun trouble.

Which was our mindset when we opened the old Logic files from 2012-2013 (Annabel Lee was the first song written for Once Upon A Midnight), and started trying to figure out how we were going to accept …
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Krampusnacht

by Valentine Wolfe

Released 2016
Released 2016
Two classically trained musicians combining ambient solo bass, brutal distortion, electronica, and 18th century opera to tell a story of the macabre.
NOTES
Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight. Having dubbed their music "Victorian Chamber metal", the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe.



The ethereal soprano vocals of Sarah Black--which call to mind not …
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A Child's Bestiary

by Valentine Wolfe

Released 2016
Released 2016
We've created a musical Cabinet of Curiosities, featuring all manner of beasts, creatures, fiends, and oddities.
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A Child's Bestiary: Nine tracks of macabre oddities from the imagination, an exploration of a grotesque menagerie, lurking under the guise of a child's innocent rhymes.

Enter the Bestiary with A Taxidermist's Toybox, a track inspired by surreal horror of the television show Hannibal. My Black Hen is a witches scene, our very own version of a Hexensabbat. Wynken Blynken and Nod are here, the beautiful lullaby taking on a tragic and ghostly interpretation, inspired …
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The Ghosts of Christmas Past

by Valentine Wolfe

Released 2015
Released 2015
The Victorians had a tradition of gathering round to tell each other ghost stories and we've tried to capture that atmosphere using just voice and electric upright bass as our medium with which to commune with those Christmas spirits!
NOTES
“Marley was dead, to begin with.”

This is the opening to my favorite Christmas Story, Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. When I was a child, the fact that it is a ghost story wasn’t immediately obvious to me. But I loved it. I had storybook and record of the tale, and I generally would listen to side one (the ones with all the scary bits in it) over and over instead of turning …
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The Nightingale: A Gothic Fairytale

by Valentine Wolfe

Released 2015
Released 2015
This story is based loosely on The Emperor and the Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen and is set in a Poison Garden. The soundscape of music features haunting, ethereal female vocals and virtuosic bass layers.
NOTES
Braxton Ballew and Sarah Black have been composing and performing music together as Valentine Wolfe since 2006. Their scores have been heard in productions of The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest (Warehouse Theater), The Winter’s Tale (Furman University), and Twelfth Night (The Distracted Globe). Both hold graduate degrees from the University of Georgia, where they studied electronic composition with Dr. Leonard V. Ball. In addition, Sarah completed her Masters degree in composition studying with Dr. …
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Once Upon a Midnight

by Valentine Wolfe

Released 2013
Released 2013
In the mists of a past both forgotten and imagined, the life and work of Edgar Allan Poe is our guide though this world of forgotten and forbidden knowledge, echoes through time, and a simple yet horrible secret.
NOTES
A multimedia creation from Victorian Chamber Metal duo Valentine Wolfe, Once Upon a Midnight features all new music for voice, double bass, and electronics, along with original artwork and an original narrative, all based on the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe. The story is a re-imagining of Poe's work, and re-interprets his imaginative fiction as if it were an actual account of his day-to-day reality. A companion graphic novel is also available!

Musick Most Dark

by Valentine Wolfe

Released 2012
Released 2012
13 tales from the steampunk macabre, featuring sultry soprano vocals and solo electric upright bass (there are no guitars in our music). Add in a dash of electronica and love of heavy metal, and you have a potent musical concoction!
NOTES
Ever find yourself yearning to hear some Victorian Chamber Metal? No? Ever find yourself wondering what Victorian Chamber Metal is? Yeah? Your search is over! We present Valentine Wolfe: Purveyors, Performers, and Composers of the finest Macabre Melodies for Voice, Double Bass, and Electronics. Proudly Providing Elegant Decadence for all: Living, Dead, and Otherwise.

Goth? Oh yes. Steampunk? Oh, DEFINITELY yes, despite a lack of brown clothing. Reviews containing the phrase "milkshake of the macabre"? …
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The Crimson Masquerade

by Valentine Wolfe

Released 2010
Released 2010
Nine macabre songs forming a song cycle about Vampires featuring sultry and operatic female vocals, electronically manipulated solo double bass, Gothic atmospheres and EBM/Industrial dance beats.
NOTES
Lady Sarah Black always knew her destiny was to become more than this vale of tears offered: she was to be the sultry singing siren of the most Gothic and grievously macabre performing ensemble and to compose musical masterpieces about the detestable, deviant, and disturbing (and dare one say, delectable) deeds of the wicked and undead.

With her destiny clear, the Lady Black set about becoming the accomplished composer and chanteuse we have all come …
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