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Sweden’s  VANHELGA have today revealed a video of the track “Utan Mening” from their latest album “Ode & Elegy”.    Directed by J. Ejnarsson,  the video features  A. Rohtsalu in the role of a depressed young woman who is slipping further and further into darkness and despair,  from which she is unable to escape.  It is streaming on a number of webzines and can be seen at any of the sites below:

Friedhof Magazine




Shoot Me Again

Terra  Relicta

Global Metal Apocalypse

Ave Noctum (with review)

Nordic Metal


Sweden’s VANHELGA, whose music falls between Black Metal and DSBM, and who use deceptively melodic pieces to create disturbing scenarios,  describe “Ode & Elegy” as being an album in two parts:   ” Ode” or “Old Diary Entries” is about the deteriorating mental state of a young woman, slipping further and further into depression and darkness. Her recorded voice is intertwined with the music.  “Elegy” is the continuation.  It’s about looking back and reflecting on those dark situations in life: the hopelessness, drugs, abuse, depression and death.  In summary, to understand and accept that life is without meaning”.


Artwork for “Ode & Elegy” is by Gedeminas Kiauné of Manum Diaboli Art and is out on Talheim Records.

Trackllisting as follows:

01. Utan Mening
02. Det Som Aldrig Fans
03. Förstörd
04. Du Finns Dȃr För Mig
05. Jag Återkommer
06. Abstinensens Dystra Tongång
07. Dödförklarad – Ånstad
08. Disharmoni
09. Status – Handlinsförlamad
10. Harmonisk Reflektion
11. Introspektion

Vanhelga Ode PR

VANHELGA is currently lining up a series of shows in support of “Ode & Elegy”.  So far, the following have been scheduled.

25 Nov:  November’s Doom Festival, Live & Loud, Sofia, Bulgaria
02 Dec:  St Petersburg, Russia (with Psychonaut 4)
03 Dec:  Moscow, Russia (with Psychonaut 4)
04 Dec: Minsk, Belarus (with Psychonaut 4)
06 Jan:  United We Stand Festival, Graz, Austria
07 Jan: Verona Nera Atto X, San Giovanni Lupatoto, Italy

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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 below and on VANHELGA’s BandCamp page at


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

More information about VANHELGA can be found at

The official video for the track “Välkommen In”, from VANHELGA’s 2003 EP “Sommar”,  can be seen below and at


Tracks from all of VANHELGA’s releases can be heard below and at


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