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, they refuse to follow any muse except 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)