This fall Chelsea Wolfe brought her cinematic, haunting doom to stages across North America with support from industrial-hardcore duo Youth Code.
Photographer and videographer Nick Fancher joined the bands for a couple of stops on the trek, including their shows at El Club in Detroit and The Metro in Chicago, and captured candid moments with the musicians onstage and off.
"Shooting in unconventional locations is my thing, so improvising 'studios' to shoot backstage at the El Club and The Metro was nothing new," says Fancher, who is known for creating compelling, surreal studio-quality portraits in any location. "I try to cater each portrait session I do to the artist sitting in front of me. In Chelsea's case, her music has had a great impact on my life and makes me feel big feelings, so I really immersed myself in her work, letting it dictate the colors and techniques I used in the shoot. I ended up going a more psychedelic route, using a lot of red and green."
Scroll through the gallery below for Fancher's searing portraits of these two compelling heavy-music acts. You can watch his documentary, Grey Days, on his time on the tour above.