Current Biography

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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 only the aforementioned Brightman, but also Dianne van Giersbergen of Xandria and Tarja Turunen--are buttressed by the thunderous growl of Braxton's electric upright bass, and the two coalesce over pounding rock and electronic grooves punctuated by a maelstrom of synthesizers, keyboards, samples and sound design.

In addition to their gothic metal stylings, their post-graduate backgrounds in music (Sarah has an MM in Composition, and Braxton a DMA in Double Bass) has afforded them multiple opportunities to broaden their musical horizons in recent years, having been contracted to lend their unique 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), and Twelfth Night (The Distracted Globe), the voice of The Angel in the Warehouse Theater's production of Angels in America, silent films and short horror films (most notably, Your Cold Black Heart).

Drawing inspiration from all things Victorian, including literature, poetry, and history, and blending them with their musical proclivities and sensibilities and new media (such as Game of Thrones-- which they recorded several songs based on the source material--and Penny Dreadful), their music has found particular favor amongst the Steampunk set.  

 But in a genre dominated by airships and gearwork, tophats and goggles, they follow the back alleys of streets lit with yellowed gaslamps, casting shadows long against the walls; where Jack the Ripper stalked his victims, where Dracula walked with Mina.  Together they've provided the drama and the grandeur of the gothic at conventions all up and down the East Coast; rocking con raves with Industrial metal for a pre-industrial age, where the glowsticks are filled with absinthe.

 

Upcoming Manifestations

Previous events

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!

Valentine Wolfe with the Silkworm Smugglers: Music inspired by history

Red Light Cafe, 553-1 Amsterdam Ave, Atlanta

Two bands inspired by history, oddities, and costuming. With live silkworms! And throat singing!

Valentine Wolfe is a Victorian goth band. They are death positive and play eery electronica using old poems for lyrics.

The Silkworm Smugglers are a Silk Road folk band that literally smuggles silkworms. They are pro-ethical lawlessness and play acoustic tunes from Asia to Europe and can tell you more than you ever wanted to know about silkworms. You'll hear throat singing, flute, mandolin, violin, and cello.

This show will have metal music inspired by the Victorian period, and pre-Victorian music inspired by silkworms.

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