Vanhelga have returned with a new ep that continue s their mixture of atmospheric black metal and depressive rock but also brings in avant garde elements this time around and this is a review of their 2015 ep "Happiness" which was released by Metal Scrap Records.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the ep before speeding up and adding in a great mixture of blast beats and melodic leads and riffs along with a raw heavy and the music also adds in spoken word parts which are used on later songs as well and after the intro clean playing is added onto the recording before making a return back to a heavier direction.
When the music is in mid paced mode the depressive rock element s really show while the leads also bring in a touch of post rock and some of the alter tracks also see keyboards being added onto the recording and they also give the songs more of an avant garde feeling when they are utilized and as the ep progresses grim black metal screams can be heard briefly while the spoken word parts sill dominate the recording and they close the ep with an electronic music instrumental.
Vanhelga continue the atmospheric post black metal and depressive rock sound of previous recording s but change things around a bit by adding in more spoken word parts and avant garde elements, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics are written in Swedish and cover dark and melancholic themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding from Vanhelga and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Lyrica" and "Jag Hatar Did". 8 out of 10.