American goth-rock virtuoso Chelsea Wolfe has released her latest single, the apocalyptic drama-filled ‘Diana’.
The song appears on the companion piece soundtrack to DC Comics’ Dark Nights: Death Metal graphic novel series. The comics take place in an alternate universe where Batman and the Joker are fused together as a hybrid villain called The Batman Who Laughs, which sounded absurd the first time I heard it but now actually sounds awesome.
“I really love the story and artwork of this Dark Nights: Death Metal series, and felt really drawn to Diana’s part in the story – her strength and perspective,” Wolfe extolls. “There’s this moment in the first comic book issue where she meets with Wally West and he’s so drained from his travels and all he’s had to do.”
There are plenty of disparate elements that prevent Wolfe from easily falling into that “goth rock” tag I just slapped on her, and ‘Diana’ is a great case study to illustrate this. With explosive instrumentation that sounds closer to heavy metal than the doom-and-gloom dirge of traditional goth rock, Wolfe also mixes in a delicate vocal melody to juxtapose the more intense elements like the sealing guitar lines and thunderous drums.
Wolfe is the kinds of artist who is just as likely to pull out an acoustic guitar as she is to let loose a vicious scream straight into your eardrums, so it’s safe to say that she’s a versatile musician who likes to keep listeners on their heels.
Last year saw the release of Wolfe’s first collaborative studio album with drummer Jess Gowrie, under the hilariously named moniker of Mrs Piss. The album cover for that release is… not for those with conservative sensibilities. Wolf herself hasn’t had a solo release since 2019’s Birth of Violence, but hopefully ‘Diana’ kick starts the recording process for a seventh album soon enough.
Check out the audio for ‘Diana’ down below.