Vanhelga are a Swedish Black Metal who have been going for around 15 years and have just unleashed their fourth opus 'Ode & Elegy'. In support of their new album, the deep-thinking quartet have unveiled their latest music video for the first track taken from the new album. "Utan Mening" explores the endlessly repeating cycle of aridity that passes for life. The video is directed by J. Ejnarsson and features A. Rohtsalu in the role of a depressed young woman slipping further and further into darkness and despair from which she is unable to escape. Footage of the band is also included in the video.
Sweden's Vanhelga straddle themselves across the general Black and Depressive Suicidal Black Metal styles, all whilst they use deceptively melodic pieces to create disturbing scenarios, therefore not for the faint of heart or emotionally unstable. The album artwork was designed by Gedeminas Kiauné of Manum Diaboli Art.
Vanhelga have a backdrop behind the album title and explain it as thus:-
"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".
01. Utan Mening
02. Det Som Aldrig Fans
04. Du Finns Dȃr För Mig
05. Jag Återkommer
06. Abstinensens Dystra Tongång
07. Dödförklarad - Ånstad
09. Status - Handlinsförlamad
10. Harmonisk Reflektion
Moreover if that satisfies you or are not completely convinced, then you can sell your soul (joking)... lend your eyes and ears to the four-piece at any of the dates and venues below:-
2016 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)
*Psychonaut 4 are a Black Metal band from Georgia
2017 06 Jan: United We Stand Festival, Graz, Austria
07 Jan: Verona Nera Atto X, San Giovanni Lupatoto, Italy