Monday, March 24, 2014

Vanhelga Reveals Details and Artwork For Upcoming Album

With their new  album "Längtan" due for release on the 28th of April, Sweden's VANHELGA have today revealed more information on what will be their third full-length release.  Taking longing and death as its theme, "Längtan" explores the idea that death is not an ending, but the beginning of a life free from all the strictures imposed on us by society, and that death should be something to be longed for, rather than feared.  The album will be released in CD format on the Art of Propaganda label on the 28th April, and in vinyl format on Carnal Records on a date as yet to be confirmed.  Artwork for "Längtan" is by the Spanish artist Juanjo Castellano. 

Tracklisting as follows:

1. Svartsint ömhet
2. Där evigheten inväntar mig
3. Evig förändring
4. Med mina andetag
5. Joyless
6. Låt snön falla
7. Kärleksförklaring
8. Vansinnesvardag
9. Narkotisk uppgivenhet
10. Eternal night
11. Förbarma
12. Exploderande känslostorm


The track "Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig", which  means "Where Eternity Awaits Me", was released last month as a digital single and can be heard via VANHELGA's BandCamp page.

Formed in Linköping, Sweden, in 2001, VANHELGA's lineup consists of founder J. Ottosson, aka 145188 (ex-LIFELOVER (live session musician), ex-SKOGSTRON) on Bass, Guitars and Vocals, J. Gabrielson (ESKAPI, ex-LIVELOVER) on Vocals, J. Ejnarsson (TAKETH) and Wadström (ex-SKOGSTRON) on guitars and D. Franzén on drums.   The word "vanhelga" means "profane" and is a clear indication of the type of music the band plays.  To define their style as "Black Metal" would be too simplistic because VANHELGA is a band that can be cold and sinister and at the same time produce distinctive melodies and moments of melancholia, all melded together in the perfect musical expression of the dark thoughts that inhabit the minds and souls of its creators.

VANHELGA are set to play a series of dates in their native Sweden in May along with HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY and KALL. Routing as follows:

21 May:   Club Medusa, Stockholm
22 May:   L'Orient,  Linköping
23 May:  Göta Hof, Gothenburg
24 May:  Bryggeriet, Motala

Whilst in October they will once again team up with HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY for some shows in Germany alongside AGRYPNIE. Routing as follows:

22 Oct:  Steinbruch Theater, Darmstadt
24 Oct:  From Hell, Erfurt
25 Oct:  K17, Berlin
26 Oct:  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.

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