Vanhelga is one of the last bands that its music really touches me, completely connects with my feelings, thoughts and despair over some situations of the lives we all have to live. I can not explain how this works and I also believe that the experience and interpretation over this release is individual, it’s something so personal that a review would not be really useful, in my humble opinion, of course. Some might love it, some might hate it, but I really believe this is all a matter of either you connecting with the message on LPT or not. The music itself is, again in my modest view, stunning, but the most important is if you can relate to what’s going on here or not. If you do, LPT is very powerful.
To give you an idea of what this EP is about, here’s what the band has to say about it: “This creation is the result of a long period of time being hospitalized under the Swedish law called “LPT”. I had no freedom at all and the only thing present was total misery and silence. All lyrics, music and artwork was created during this time of isolation because I was lucky and had access to a laptop. The conclusion of this is; if you want to get a feeling of the anxiety, misery, depression and pain that being locked inside of a psychiatric ward provides – listen to this piece of art.”
I obviously can not explain the art better than the artist and yes, I have to agree, the album feels extremely sad, down, depressing, painful and miserable. At the same time, the elegant feeling of decadence that is known when it comes to Vanhelga’s release is still here. This EP, of course, features the beautiful and yet melancholic atmospheric Black Metal that the band is known about, desperate whispers, spoken vocals, melancholic guitars, piano. It reminds me of some of Lifelover songs, but this is not, at all, a clone of the mentioned band. And, if you ever experienced what 145188 has been through when recording LPT, you’ll feel how powerful, as I’ve stated before, this release is. Another masterpiece by Vanhelga, sadly at a high cost, that is, depression, anxiety and agony.
You can buy LPT digital release at Vanhelga’s Bandcamp for a very, very low price, just like I did and I kindly ask you all to support this band. This is such an outstanding album that, I’m not embarrassed at all to say, that brought me to tears. It’s moving, real, honest and relatable. Please, I urge you all to support this band and let’s hope that they will be able to release more and more masterpieces.
Album: LPT (EP – 2014)
1. Dag 1
2. Dag 2
3. Dag 3
5. Descending into Darkness
Vanhelga is (LPT):
145188 – Vocals, Guitars, Lyrics
D. Franzén – Drums
Official Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/officialvanhelga
Official Bandcamp: http://vanhelga.bandcamp.com/
All photos belong to their rightful owners.August 16, 2014