The 24th February sees Sweden's VANHELGA release a digital single "Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig", ahead of the release of the band's sophomore full-length album "Längtan". "Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig", which translated from the Swedish means "Where Eternity Awaits Me", sets the tone for "Längtan", which is scheduled for release in Europe on the 28th of April in CD format on the Art of Propaganda label, and in vinyl format on Carnal Records on a date as yet to be confirmed. “Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig" is available direct from VANHELGA on Bandcamp.
VANHELGA was formed in Linköping, Sweden in 2001 by J. Ottosson, aka 145188 (ex-LIFELOVER (live session musician), ex-SKOGSTRON), who, unable to create the kind of music he really wanted to, found a group of like-minded musicians and together they set about bringing their vision to life. Aside from Ottosson on Bass, Guitars and Vocals, VANHELGA's lineup consists of J. Gabrielson (ESKAPI, ex-LIVELOVER) on Vocals, J. Ejnarsson (TAKETH) and Wadström (ex-SKOGSTRON) on guitars and D. Franzén on drums.
Whilst it would be easy to classify VANHELGA as a Black Metal band, in reality that would be too restrictive a definition. It's true that lyrically the band explores the darker side of humanity, a subject much loved by the genre, indeed, the band's name itself means "Profane", but within VANHELGA's cold and sinister music can be found distinctive melodies and melancholic moments that lull you into a false sense of security and drag you into a dark reality.
VANHELGA have been confirmed to play a series of live dates in Germany in October alongside AGRYPNIE and HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY. Routing as follows.
Wed 22: Steinbruch Theater, Darmstadt
Fri 24: From Hell, Erfurt
Sat 25: K17, Berlin
Sun 26: Bambi Galore, Hamburg
The official video for the track "Välkommen In", from VANHELGA's 2003 EP "Sommar", can be seen below.
More information about VANHELGA can be found here.