Van­helga

TEMPERAMENTAL SWEDISH BLACK MET­ALLERS LOSE SIGHT OF THE PLOT

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Reviews - CH­ERYL CARTER

Some bands can get away with ex­per­i­ment­ing a lit­tle or chang­ing things up, but black met­allers Van­helga live dan­ger­ously close to chaos. Fredagsmys starts off well with Söm­n­paralys charg­ing out of the gate and vo­cal­ist 145188 spit­ting bile over churn­ing gui­tars, but fol­low­ing track Psyko­tisk Självin­sikt changes everything. Weirdly strummed gui­tars channel an al­most acous­tic feel but it’s the out-of­place whistling and clean singing that jars the mind. Van­helga seem like the kind of band that thrive on such dis­cor­dant clashes and they swing from the fu­ri­ous, fast-paced and raw black metal of För­pas­sad Till Misär – and its gor­geous gui­tar solo – to bizarre folk-lean­ing odes like En­sam Mot Alla with no warn­ing. As an ex­er­cise in ex­plor­ing the dif­fer­ent sides of one per­son­al­ity Fredagsmys works very well, but oth­er­wise the lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence falls flat.

FOR FANS OF: LIFELOVER, SHIN­ING, HY­POTHER­MIA

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