is a solo project from Sweden, writing and recording melancholic and
raw black metal more in keeping with the early 90's Norwegian scene
with the occasional Dissection-ism here and there, rather than the current
day pop-star satanists of the genre. The solo project of the musician
who goes by the numerological number of '218' decided
to throw his weight behind the most anti-commercial metal label in existence
- Death To Music - with Vanhelga's debut release
'Enslaved by God'.
Here are a few questions we asked this strange charectar who gave the
briefest of answers...
us about the history of Vanhelga ? What does the name mean ?
I got tired of playing
in bands, being limited and dependent on other people. Vanhelga is my
gift to Satan. To make Vanhelga into the Satanic tool that I want it to
be, I need to do it alone. Anything that stands in the way of my infernal
work will must be punished without mercy. The name is a Swedish word meaning
The guitar is, in parts, reminiscent of Burzum and the whole sound
is very much like early Black Metal - how do you describe your style ?
The style of the "Enslaved By God" tape is very influenced by
early old school black metal such as Burzum, Mayhem and Darkthrone. I
don't wish to put my music into any specific type of genre. My music will
be ever evolving and dynamic, not stagnant and limited to what others
think is the correct style of Black Metal. Fuck that shit!
Your demo cover is
covered in satanic imagery and symbols - are you a serious occultist ?
Yes I am, my black flame is burning strong and the goal is freedom beyond
The 'Vanhelga' logo is apparently designed by Kobold of Old Forest
- how did this come about ?
Kobold is a old friend of mine and one day he showed me this logo he had
done for vanhelga. I am not good when it comes to painting things and
I think the logo he did was cool so I decided to go with it for this release.
Why did you decide to release your demo through Death To Music
? Is it because there is a synergy between the aesthetic of anti-commercial
black metal and DTM’s philosophy ?
Because DTM gives me total artistic freedom which is something that is
essential for Vanhelga. Also today's music-scene is pathetic,it's mainly
about making money. The true essence of being a creative musician is lost.
The modern commercial music-scene is nothing for Vanhelga.
you think of modern black metal ? Is it at all relevant to what Black Metal
is about ?
To me everything that is created musically by genuine Satanists is black
metal. That's the essence of black metal according to me. It's about being
the world’s enemy number one. Unfortunately that is not the situation
nowadays. Mostly weak, blind and enslaved sheep are part of today's black
metal scene! It's shameful that they call themselves "satanists"
without understanding what it's all about. Their music can still be enjoyable
but they should not call it "black metal".
What is in the future for Vanhelga ? Are you continuing to record
Yes, I have already finished the recordings for an upcomming EP that will
be released when time is right. In the future of Vanhelga lies eternal victory..
Hell Loki! Hell Ragnarök!