Cover Art – Manfish Inc.
Swedish death/doom bringer VANHA’s sophomore album, Melancholia, is available on digipak CD and digitally via Black Lion Records from December 30, 2018. METAL VAULT YouTube Channel Premiered the full album a day prior to its release date. STREAM IT AT THIS LOCATION.
VANHA – Melancholia (2018) Black Lion Records – album stream
VANHA was brought into existence as a side-project of the Swedish multi-instrumentalist Jan Johansson (from the band Frostvang). Jan’s purpose was to explore the bleakest, darkest and heaviest of sounds in the field of doom/death that was pioneered by seminal acts like Anathema, My Dying Bride and Katatonia. Jan was soon joined by the drummer Jesse Oinas and the duo soon recorded the debut, Within the Mist of Sorrow, which came out in the year 2016 via Black Lion Records. Ever since the departure of Jesse in 2017, Jan has been solely sailing the ship of VANHA. He alone took care of all the tasks related to compositions and vocals for the second album, Melancholia. The title “Melancholia” itself is an apt indicator of the subject-matter and the audial-features of this six-track opus; each profusely illustrated with a twister of melody driven mournful sections, led by both deep guttural growls and clean vocals. The music ranges over the unfathomable part of the human beings, where one starts to harbor darkness, melancholy and mystery upon losing a companion or a close one. The songs speak about the fantasy of an eternal rest, a time without worries.
“Melancholia” saw its worldwide release on digipak CD and digitally on December 30, 2018 via BLACK LION RECORDS.