record label: Osmose Productions
date of release: 2018-06-29
Vanhelga are constantly expanding their creativity without losing the classic melancholic sound from Sweden that makes them unique. The last few years, they've written and recorded 11 tracks that fully live up to their artistic vision. Fredagsmys is the most elaborate album from Vanhelga so far.
True to their own words, their fifth full-length - and first for Osmose - is the continuing exploration of the darker sides of reality and another experiment in how to find its purest expression: using sarcasm combined with overall schizophrenic mood changes between pitch-black hopelessness and cheerful euphoria, but still keeping a level of seriousness Vanhelga has come to be a force to be reckoned with.
Vanhelga was formed in Linköping, Sweden, in 2001 by 145188, who got together with likeminded musicians in order to finally breathe life into his vision, something he had not been able to do with any previous bands and musicians he had worked with. Since then, they are known for their atmospheric and captivating live performances, sharing the stage with, Psychonaut 4, Forgotten Tomb, Harakiri for the Sky, and Kall, among others.
Through music and lyrics, Vanhelga - which, translated from Swedish, means “Profane” - explores the darker side of humanity: the one that few will admit exists, but which nevertheless is a huge part of every individual's existence.
Vanhelga's music can doubtlessly be classed as black metal, but that would be too restrictive a definition. Their music is cold and sinister, but with melodies and melancholic moments that can draw you in and lull you into a false sense of security before you realize, too late, that you have been caught in an ominous web of sound that sends shivers down your spine.
A statement from the band reads: "Working with an iconic label such as Osmose feels like a natural step in the right direction for Vanhelga. We are proud to release our fifth full-length Fredagsmys together with them."
VANHELGA lineup 2018
145188 - vocals and guitars
J. Ejnarsson - lead guitars and backing vocals
R. Jönsson - bass
D. Franzén - drums
Jest old school, bo nie zagraliśmy ani jednego oryginalnego dźwięku, kawałki są krótkie, jest w nich mnóstwo thrashu i punka, szczypta death metalu – to dla wielu będzie właśnie przepisem na grindcore, zmieniają się tylko proporcje. Nie boli nas ta łata, nie chce nam się też szukać innej.
Może dzięki uwielbieniu Dissection jest na Heading Below więcej melodii? Może za sprawą Testimony of Ancients znalazły się klawiszowe podkłady? Być może dlatego, że kochamy Autopsy jest więcej tłustych zwolnień? Jakoś tak to wszystko naturalnie przyszło.
Granie w pojedynkę, miksowanie, itp. to trochę wymóg sytuacji w jakiej jestem kiedy trudno jest znaleźć kogoś nadającego na podobnych falach, ale są plusy: gram kiedy chcę, muzyka ma spójną wizję i nie idę na żadne kompromisy.