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, 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)

 

Upcoming Manifestations

Previous events

Dragon*Con: Valentine Wolfe Returns to the Stage!

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Dragon*Con: downtown Atlanta, GA, Atlanta, GA

Dragon Con is an annual multi-media and pop culture event held on the Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. Five Hotels. Thousands of your closest friends. We know we'll have a Main Stage Show Thursday Night, a Silent Film Score performance on the Horror Track, and we'll be accompanying Ghost Stories on the Urban Fantasy Track. Full Schedule is in the works!

Winternight Whisperings Online

Online

Immerse yourself in this semi-live event of dark ambient Victorian ghost stories and music, followed by a live Q&A session! Session is live on Zoom, registration link is in the description.

Online Release Party for Only Gossamer My Gown

Valentine Wolfe's Official YouTube Channel

We're making our Halloween even more haunting AND socially distanced! Join us for a FREE online event this Halloween-though you will be able to buy digital and physical copies of our new album-and listen to our newest work, see lyric videos for all 11 tracks, and chat with us on our YouTube channel!

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