Current Biography

Valentine Wolfe 

Sarah Black: Vocals and Keyboards, Sound Design

Braxton Ballew: 5 String Double Bass, Sound Design

"...an eerie, pitch-black hybrid of gothic rock, heavy metal and classical music"

-Vincent Harris, Greenville Journal

A Symphony of Darkness, Valentine Wolfe performs gothic metal inspired by seances, 19th century gothic literature, and classical music. Combining the haunting soprano of Sarah Black and the bleak maelstrom of Braxton Ballew’s solo double bass, the only muse they follow is their own.  

In addition to their gothic metal offerings, their insatiable musical curiosity has afforded them multiple opportunities to bring their signature sound to theatre productions; composing and performing the scores for Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest (Warehouse Theater), The Winter’s Tale (Furman University), Twelfth Night (The Distracted Globe), and the voice of The Angel in Warehouse Theater's production of Angels in America. Most recently, they have been creating live scores to silent horror classics, most notably Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

Their most recent release is 2020’s Only Gossamer My Gown, a celebration of the macabre works of Emily Dickinson. Supported by grants from Greenville SC’s Metropolitan Arts Council and South Carolina Humanities, Only Gossamer My Gown continues Valentine Wolfe’s tradition of creating works equally suitable for metal concerts and libraries, joining 2018’s The Haunting of Mary Shelley and 2017’s death positive, grief-inspired The Elegiac Repose. 

Ideal for fans of Nightwish and Paradise Lost. 

(Do not use earlier biographies. Current as of June 25, 2021)

 

Upcoming Manifestations

The Goblin Market 2022 - Le Cirque des Lutins

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I.A.M local 709, 1032 South Marietta Pkwy SE, Marietta, GA

The Goblin Market returns for 2022! The Goblin Market is more than just a vendor event... it's an immersive experience into the Otherworldly. A mix of exhibitors, vendors, and performers and this time... they want to bring you into the French circus. Welcome to Le Cirque des Lutins They're calling you.... will you open that door? The veil is thin for one night only - opening the world to goblin dealers, artisans, craftmakers, and wish-takers. Once again... these goblins want more than just your money. What will they have in store for you this year? We're providing an experience. We have real vendors, but we have goblins (our people) who have trinkets that don't want your money. They may ask for your worst nightmare, your biggest wish when you were 10, what type of secret talent you have.. who knows.. and then if you comply.. you get the item. Join us in a place outside of time and reality, dress up and get lost in yourself.

Located in the IAM 709 Union Hall in Marietta.. we open the doors for only a few hours in an immersive, otherworldly experience. Due to the nature of this event, attendees must be over the age of 16. No exceptions.

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