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Swedish Depressive Black Metallers VANHELGA have explained the concept behind their upcoming tour in their home country later this month which they will undertake along with KALL and HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY.  “It is”, says founder and bassist J Ottoson, ” a rather unique event in which we use music to portray the grey, and on occasion, somewhat miserable everyday existence of the average Swede.  Having said that, we can assure the fans that the shows themselves will be far from being grey experiences, but  we have always found it interesting that other nationalities believe that the Swedish people are gloomier and more reclusive than others, and we thought that it would be interesting to explore this phenomenon further in front of Swedish audiences.  We have called the tour ‘Svensk Uppgivenhet’, which is a classic phrase meaning “Swedish Melancholy”, or as some prefer to call it “Swedish Resignation”.

More information about the individual tour dates can be found in the Events section of VANHELGA’s Facebook page at Routing for the ‘Svensk Uppgivenhet’ tour as follows:

19 May: Göta Källare, Stockholm (with local supports)
21 May: Club Medusa, Stockholm
22 May: L’Orient, Linköping
23 May: Göta Hof, Gothenburg
24 May: Kulturhuset, Norrköping

VANHELGA’s third full-length album “Längtan”  was released at the end of last month in digipack format by the German label Art of Propaganda, and the 12″ vinyl version is set to appear on Sweden’s Carnal Records on a date to be announced shortly.  “Längtan”, which translated means “Longing”, and,  in the case of the album, explores the longing for death in order to attain a truly free existence, is currently being streamed in its entirety by Terrorizer Magazine and can be heard at

VANHELGA is a band that fits just as well in the Black Metal genre as it does in what is described as DSBM both in sound and subject matter.  Something that they ably illustrated in the recently released video for the track “Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig” from the new album.   Formed in Linköping, Sweden, in 2001, today’s lineup includes founder J. Ottosson, aka 145188 (former live session musician for LIFELOVER and ex-SKOGSTRON) on Bass, Guitars and Vocals, J. Gabrielson (ESKAPI, ex-LIFELOVER) on Vocals, J. Ejnarsson (TAKETH) and Wadström (ex-SKOGSTRON) on guitars and D. Franzén on drums.   The video for “Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig” can be seen on VANHELGA’s YouTube channel at

In October VANHELGA will once again team up with HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY for a series of 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

More information about VANHELGA can be found at

The official video for the track ” Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig “, from VANHELGA’s 2004 full-length album  “Längtan “,  can be seen below and at


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