10 of the best independent American metal records of the 21st century
Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun (Sargent House, 2017)
Named after the historic downtown Los Angeles building in which its offices sit, Sargent House was set up by seasoned industry veteran Cathy Pellow as a sort-of record label/management company hybrid, and has become the launching-pad for some of the most interesting records in modern heavy music; from acts like The Armed and Mutoid Man to Russian Circles and Emma Ruth Rundle. The dark jewel in their crown, however, is surely Californian singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe. Produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballouand featuring Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen and Isis frontman Aaron Turner, Ms. Wolfe’s breakthrough fifth LP Hiss Spun is a work of singular, haunting class.