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Agalloch and Helen Money Book June West Coast Tour

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Agalloch and Helen Money will be teaming up for an upcoming tour dubbed Serpens In Cvlmination Western Hemisphere Tour MMXV. Dates are posted below. They are supporting The Serpent & The Sphere opus, released last year via Profound Lore.

Jun 05: WOW Hall – Eugene, OR (w/ Yob, Ufomammut – No Helen Money)
Jun 06: Midtown Barfly – Sacramento, CA
Jun 07: Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
Jun 08: SLO Brew – San Luis Obispo, CA
Jun 09: Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
Jun 10: Casbah – San Diego, CA
Jun 11: The Rebel – Phoenix, AZ
Jun 12: Hotel Congress – Tucson, AZ
Jun 13: Sister – Albuquerque, NM
Jun 14: Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
Jun 15: Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 16: Neurolux – Boise, ID
Jun 17: The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
Jun 18: Venue – Vancouver, BC
Jun 19: Victoria Event Center – Victoria, BC
Jun 20: Star Theater – Portland, OR

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Helen Money Supporting Agalloch On June North American Tour

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Helen Money will be supporting Agalloch on their forthcoming North American tour in June. She is supporting her current release Arriving Angels, out via Profound Lore, which was recorded and mixed by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio and features drummer Jason Roeder (Neurosis, Sleep). Cellist/composer Alison Chesley, a.k.a. Helen Money, merges her classical training with a lifelong affinity for punk rock and a taste for heavy metal. In addition to her own material Chesley has also performed and/or directed string arrangements for artists like Anthrax (Worship Music), Russian Circles (Geneva), Broken Social Scene (Forgiveness Rock Record) and Yakuza.

Helen Money Tour Itinerary (all dates may be subject to change):
Jun 06: Midtown Barfly – Sacramento, CA
Jun 07: Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
Jun 08: SLO Brew – San Luis Obispo, CA
Jun 09: Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
Jun 10: Casbah – San Diego, CA
Jun 11: The Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
Jun 12: Hotel Congress – Tucson, AZ
Jun 13: Sister – Albuquerque, NM
Jun 14: Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
Jun 15: Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 16: Neurolux – Boise, ID
Jun 17: Crocodile – Seattle, WA
Jun 18: Venue – Vancouver, BC
Jun 19: Victoria Event Center – Victoria, BC
Jun 20: Star Theater – Portland, OR

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Helen Money Announces Upcoming Tour Dates

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Helen Money’s new album Arriving Angels is now out via Profound Lore, and was recorded and mixed by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio. The record features Jason Roeder (Neurosis, Sleep). Cellist/composer Alison Chesley, a.k.a. Helen Money, merges her classical training with a lifelong affinity for punk rock and a taste for heavy metal. In addition to her own material Chesley has also performed and/or directed string arrangements for artists like Anthrax (Worship Music), Russian Circles (Geneva), Broken Social Scene (Forgiveness Rock Record) and Yakuza. For her previous album, In Tune, she worked with Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian Circles, Neurosis), Sanford Parker (Pelican, Chris Connelly, Yakuza, Buried at Sea).

Tour: MONO/Helen Money Fall Tour
Nov 26: Debaser Slussen – Stockholm
Nov 27: John Dee – Oslo
Nov 29: Loppen – Copenhagen
Nov 30: Studenterhuset – Aalborg
Dec 01: Hafenklang – Hamburg
Dec 02: Vera – Groningen
Dec 03: MAZ – Brugge
Dec 04: Patronaat – Haarlem
Dec 05: DRILL Festival – Brighton
Dec 06: Leeds University Social Club – Leeds
Dec 07: Stereo – Glasgow
Dec 08: Whelans – Dublin
Dec 10: Islington Assembly Hall – London
Dec 11: Trabendo – Paris
Dec 14: Gebaeude9 – Koln
Dec 15: Jubez – Karlsruhe
Dec 16: Feierwerk – Munich
Dec 17: Podnick – Prague
Dec 18: Beatpol – Dresden

Tour: Jarboe/Helen Money
Feb 13: Cafe Oto – London
Feb 14: De Kreun – Kortnijk
Feb 15: Slow Club – Verein Für Notwendige – Freiburg
Feb 16: ARENA WIEN – Vienna
Feb 18: Muffatwerk – Munich
Feb 20: MS Stubnitz – Hamburg
Feb 22: Blitz – Oslo
Feb 22: Blitz – Oslo
Feb 24: Truckstop Alaska – Goteburg
Feb 24: Truckstop Alaska – Goteburg
Feb 25: Andreaskyrkan – Stockholm
Feb 25: Andreaskyrkan – Stockholm
Feb 26: Klubi – Tampere
Feb 27: Nabaklav Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica – Riga
Feb 28: Świętego – Gdynia
Mar 01: Fabryka – Krakow
Mar 04: KC Grad – Beograd
Mar 05: Klub Močvara Udruženje za razvoj kulture “URK” – Zagreb
Mar 06: Control Club – Bucharest
Mar 07: Teatr Club – Moscow
Mar 08: DaDa Club – St. Petersburg

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Helen Money – Arriving Angels

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Arriving Angels (Profound Lore) is one of those albums where awarding a mark at the end seems arbitrary, that sits at the point of aggravation of trying not to impose what the listener/reviewer wants it to do versus what the artist, in this instance cellist Alison Chesley, a.k.a Helen Money, wants it to do.

For the uninitiated Helen Money is the solo output of cellist Chesley, whose catalogue includes work with Neurosis, Shellac, Anthrax and MONO. Purely instrumental, except for the occasional (and it has to be said distracting) appearance of drum patterns, Chesley switches between distorted and more traditional cello sounds, digging out cello’d riffs during the distorted sections.

Calling to mind Amber Asylum (particularly their intriguing Frozen In Amber debut), Beyond Dawn (on Revelry), Blood Axis (I didn’t realise all 3 of these were on the excellent and much missed Misanthropy label until now) and the more neo-folk end of Cold Meat Industry, the contrast between deep, moving dark mood pieces and discordant stabs of electric riffs is jarring, at times working like hearing a bang in the still of night, at others frustrating as a delicate mood and build is (deliberately) shattered. For example, following the haunting and fragile plucked melodies of ‘Midwestern Night’s Dream’ is the album centre-piece and title track, as ‘…Dream’ seamlessly segues into a gorgeous shuddering piece until GAK! 3 minutes in a distorted “riff” appears from out of nowhere. I’m all for juxtaposition, but it sounds like a teenager learning Sabbath riffs on a cheap Epiphone through a 10 watt beginner amp. And then a minute later we’re back into a beautiful soundtrack to an indie film of stark isolation, not to dissimilar to Ulver’s Lyckantropen Themes.

When the electric tone works best is on ending track ‘Runout’, when it doesn’t try to be disruptive, and this is also when Arriving Angels is at its’ best, when Chesley plays, rather than experiments. As an album it lacks flow and doesn’t quite get there as no mood is allowed to build for long enough to have an emotional pull, but its difference stands out, as do several cautious melancholy passages.

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7/10

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