Sweden, Trollhättan based doom metal act VANHA has teamed up with METAL SHOCK FINLAND to premiere – exclusively for Europe – their full-length debut album, entitled “Within The Mist of Sorrow”, out today December 28th via Black Lion Records. To celebrate the release, the band has unleashed the album also for streaming, below:
Comments Tarja Virmakari, Metal Shock Finland’s CEO/Former/President:
“This debut album “Within The Mist of Sorrow” of VANHA takes you to a journey into the land of darkess and slow death and agony, capturing your attention from the first tunes! Great album and worth listening to!”
The album artwork was created by Nadine Segschneider (Fleur De Glace Photography). Buy the album at this location.
VANHA – meaning “Old” in Finnish – came to existence on one summer evening this year in Trollhättan, Sweden. The band was initially formed by Jan Johansson as a side project to his other band Frostvang, in order to explore dark and depressive sounds around a palette of melancholic yet heavy doom. As a 2-song demo entitled “Read the Scars” was prepared, Jesse Oinas joined on drums, completing the band’s current lineup.
It did not take long for VANHA to get a deal with Black Lion Records, and as a result the full-length album was created. “Within The Mist of Sorrow” contains seven tracks of death, agony, heartbreaking darkness & depression. Heavy and hard-hitting drums, roaring bass & colossal guitar riffs soak up the atmosphere of the album, amplified by a tasteful use of guitar solos – yet the band does not shy away from utilizing other instruments as well. Piano, various strings & pipe-organs are combined with a mixture of deep guttural growls and clean vocals to create a truly mournful atmosphere.
VANHA’s debut full length will appeal to fans of melancholic death/doom, the likes of which My Dying Bride and Katatonia had mastered in the early 90s. As a debut release it shows both immense promise, as well as a disciplined approach towards crafting songs.
“Within The Mist of Sorrow” Track-List:
1. Old Heart Fails
2. Into the Cold Light
3. The Curse
4. Reaching the End
5. Dark Heart
7. The Curse (Instrumental)
Total Timing: 44.52
Jan Johannson: Vocals, Guitars, Keys
Jesse Oinas: Drums
More information at https://www.facebook.com/officialvanha