Feedback-Drowned Sonic Eviscerations – Helen Money album out 2/5/13 on Profound Lore Records

By on February 2, 2013


The new Helen Money album, Arriving Angels (Profound Lore Records) streets on February 5th, 2013. Early response to the album has been overwhelmingly positive.  With enthusiastic reviews pouring in from all over the U.S. and blogosphere.

“The average metal head probably doesn’t look toward the cello as a purveyor of brutality…maybe they should.”
– Brooklyn Vegan

“…a startling amount of raw emotion…”
– Alarm Magazine

“Helen Money’s Alison Chesley wields her cello in a way that quietly crushes the boundaries of genre.”
– Steel for Brains  

“…mix of classical, ambient, drone, and doom…”
– Meat Mead Metal

Helen Money Tour Itinerary (all dates may be subject to change):
Saturday, March 2nd at Permanent Records (in-store) in Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, March 14th TBA in Chicago, IL
Friday, March 15th TBA in Louisville, KY
Saturday, March 16th TBA in Pittsburgh, PA
Sunday, March 17th TBA
Monday, March 18th TBA
Tuesday, March 19th at TT the Bear’s in Boston, MA
Wednesday, March 20th at BAR in New Haven, CT
Thursday, March 21st at TBA
Friday, March 22nd at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, March 23rd TBA
Sunday, March 24th TBA


Arriving Angels, was recorded and mixed in May and September 2012 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 current labelmates, 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) and experimental, avant-garde label, Table of the Elements, who released the album in 2009.  

“Arriving Angels means a lot to me for so many reasons,” Chesley explains.  “It’s a culmination of two years of continuing to explore ideas with my instrument and effects – expressing a lot of changes in my life. Being able to work with Steve — someone I’ve toured with repeatedly over the past few years, and who was able to help me fully realize what I wanted to achieve with my music on this record — was very gratifying.”

The eight tracks on Arriving Angels are: 1. “Rift,” 2. “Upsetter,” 3. “Beautiful Friends,” 4. “Radio Recorders,” 5. “Midwestern Nights Dream (Metheny),” 6. “Arriving Angels,” 7. “Shrapnel” and 8. “Runout.” The music is performed by Alison Chesley on cello.  In addition Jason Roeder (Neurosis, Sleep) plays drums on tracks 3, 4, 7 and 8; Dennis Luxion plays piano on tracks 3 and 8; Michael Friedman programmed drum loops for tracks 3, 4, and 8.  Tour dates are pending and Chesley will perform most shows solo, but hopes to do some dates with a pianist and/or drummer.

Asked to cite her influences Chesley’s list of artists include The Who, Bob Mould, Steve Reich, Glenn Branca, Roger Williams (Mission of Burma), Neurosis, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, adding “anything dark, powerful, beautiful, with lots of heart.”

In 2011 Helen Money was chosen by Portishead to perform at the ATP ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’ and toured with Joe Lally (FUGAZI) as both support and performing in his band nightly. In addition to supporting Shellac on tour in 2012, Helen Money has shared bills with Earth, Nina Nastasia, The Bad Plus, KTL and Hunn Huur Tu.  With her previous band, Verbow, she opened for Frank Black, Bob Mould, Counting Crows, Live, Morrissey, Liz Phair and Brad with Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam. Verbow toured nationally for seven years.

Visit Helen Money online at or facebook/ Outsight Radio interview airs Sunday March 21st. 


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.