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, among others, Psychonaut 4, Forgotten Tomb, Harakiri for the sky and Kall.
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.
145188 – Vocals and guitars
Ejnarsson – Lead guitars and backing vocals
Jönsson – Bass
Franzén – Drums