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

International Edgar Allan Poe Festival and Awards

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Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum, 203 N. Amity Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

Valentine Wolfe gets to play our dream house concert (well, outside the house). We're performing on Saturday at 3:30...and the festival admission is FREE!

Poe Baltimore invites you to darken Poe’s chamber door at the fourth annual International Edgar Allan Poe Festival and Awards, October 8 & 9 2022. This FREE, two-day outdoor event will feature Poe-themed performances, art, vendors and food, celebrating Poe’s life, works and his influence in the arts.

Oct21

HP-NYC Presents: The Wizard Retreat Weekend!

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Guest House Retreat Center, 318 W Main St , Chester, CT

The Wizard Retreat Weekend (WRW) is a magic-filled, all inclusive retreat designed to celebrate the community and connections of Harry Potter fans. Limited to approximately 100 guests, this intimate experience will provide you with a chance to connect, create and party with your fellow witches and wizards.

We can't wait. The Dark Arts need music, too. Hands down one of the best crowds we've EVER played for was a Slytherin party...so you other houses need to BRING IT!

100 Years of the Symphony in Gray: Nosferatu

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Hughes Main Library, 25 Heritage Green Place, Greenville, SC

OK, Greenville. This is your chance to see one of the greatest horror films of all time and hear our live film score. And it's free. FREE. We'll be doing a bit of a Q/A, and we'll have the limited Nosferatu poster and a few other things for sale. Let's throw a Halloween bash worth of the 1920s and one of the undisputed masterpieces, Nosferatu. Suitable for all ages.

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