Sweden's Vanhelga have returned with a new album that continues their mixture of atmospheric post black metal, avant garde and depressive rock and this is a review of their 2015 album "Angest" which will be released on May 29th by Folter Records.
Whispers start off the album and a few seconds later the music goes into a heavier direction and also adds grim yet high pitched black metal screams onto the recording and the music can also get very raw, and melodic as well as utilizing a decent amount of blast beats as well as addign clean playing into certain sections of the recording.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they bring a very melodic post black metal sound to the recording and all of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and when keyboards are added into the recording they bring in more elements of avant garde and depressive rock and a good portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length along with the songs also being very diverse in sound and as the album progresses spoken word parts can be heard in certain sections of the recording and the songs also stick to mostly a slow or mid paced musical direction while there are also some fast parts being used at times..
Vanhelga brings back a lot of the depressive black metal style of their earlier recordings showing a more grim style this time around while you can still hear elements of avant garde and post rock, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics cover depressive and suicidal themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Vangela and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Pessimist" and "Suicide". 8 out of 10.