Hailing from the Swedish hinterlands of Dalarna and Halifax, West Yorkshire, HELGA amalgamated in 2019 in York, North Yorkshire. United by singer, Helga Gabriel, the quintet delve into a musical alchemy on their pursuit of darker manifestations.
Today, ahead of its release on Friday this week, the ensemble stream their album in its entirety. A plethora of layers and genre present themselves on this enchanting, multi-faceted album, with tracks such as “Skogen mumlar” portraying the band’s progressive & folk capabilities, or its more introspective qualities laid bare in “Alive Again“.
“As the vibrant hues of autumn give way to the crisp embrace of winter, the music world eagerly awaits the emergence of a unique musical entity, HELGA.” Writes Female Fronted Power.
As the harshness of winter settles in, HELGA‘s debut album is made available as a source of warmth. You can stream the full album now on our Youtube channel.
Listen here: https://youtu.be/xvAeCCLOzKE
Wrapped In Mist comes out November 24.
The album’s opening track & lead single, “Skogen mumlar” (The Forest Murmurs), transcends forthwith into emotive dreamscapes that leave hairs trembling on goose-pimpled skin. Ennio Morricone echoing as the intro’s muse.
The band then shifts around playfully, with the second single “Burden”, recounting a tale of relinquishment and its complexity – introspective and intricate musical passages culminate in a reassuring mélange of emotions, as Helga recognizes having finally found her place in this world.
It is with songs such as “Farväl” & “Som en trumma” that HELGA shows it’s more abrasive black metal sensibilities, truly showcasing the ensemble’s mastery over the plethora of layers they present on their debut album. It is ultimately an album which transcends the boundaries of genre – showcasing ethereal vocal melodies interlaced in limitless, captivating instrumentation.
Here’s what HELGA have to say, releasing the album into the world:
“‘Wrapped in Mist’ is the most collaborative HELGA record to date and marks a new chapter for the band. The first with this lineup, it’s a product of each of our personalities and influences. We hope you enjoy this album half as much as we enjoyed the journey of creating it!”
1. Skogen mumlar (4:23) [WATCH]
2. Burden (4:57) [WATCH]
3. Water (3:55)
4. If Death Comes Now (3:58)
5. Farväl (4:34)
6. Alive Again (3:35) [WATCH]
7. Vast and Wild (4:04)
8. Som en trumma (4:26)
9. Mountain Song (5:34)
10. Wrapped in Mist (6:41)
Total runtime: 44:07
Style: Haunted Ethereal Progressive Metal
FFO: Opeth, Anna Von Hasswolff, Alcest, The Gathering, Mt. Zion, Myrkur, King Crimson
Hailing from the Swedish hinterlands of Dalarna and
Halifax, West Yorkshire, HELGA amalgamated in 2019 in
York, North Yorkshire. United by singer, Helga Gabriel, the
quintet delve into a musical alchemy on their pursuit of
“We draw on many different influences from Swedish folk
to progressive metal to post-rock to black metal to pop.
Distilling this into a single style is a challenge.” -Cai S.
Summoning this plethora of layers and genre, HELGA
culminate their premier album Wrapped in Mist into
dirgeful lamentations of mortality and mental health,
punctuated by formidable drumming, spectral strings and
The album’s opening track, Skogen mumlar (The Forest
Murmurs), transcends forthwith into emotive dreamscapes
that leave hairs trembling, Ennio Morricone echoing as the
But as the journey through Wrapped in
Mist transpires, songs such as Farväl (Farewell) reveal
HELGA’s black metal and darker sensibilities. Bewitching
through this myriad range, the album’s waltzing coda flirts
with a melodic baroque that crescendos with Opeth-esque
The inception of Wrapped in Mist promises to plunge
HELGA deep into the spotlight of mesmerising live
performances following release. From the hills and forests
of rural dwelling, this is a band destined for a journey worth
Helga Gabriel – Vocals
Cai Sumption – Guitar
Cameron Gledhill – Guitar
Ryan Fairclough – Bass
Sami Javed – Drums
Guitars and vocals recorded by Tom Peters at Trapdoor Studios
Drums recorded by Bob Cooper at Chairworks Studios
Produced and mixed by Luiz Felipe Netto
Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege
Damian Bolotin – Violin on “Skogen mumlar”, “Vast and Wild” and “Wrapped in Mist”.
Antonio Guerra – Grand piano on “Mountain Song” and “Vast and Wild”.
Mafram do Maracanã – Percussion on “Skogen mumlar” and “Wrapped in Mist”
Bruno Migliari – Double bass on “Mountain Song”, “Skogen mumlar” and “Wrapped in Mist”
Luiz Felipe Netto – Acoustic guitar on “If Death Comes Now” & “Wrapped in Mist”, as well as additional electric guitars, keyboards and string arrangements.
Ayran Nicodemo – Violin on “Mountain Song”, “Skogen mumlar”, “Vast and Wild” and “Wrapped in Mist”
Bruno Serroni – Cello on “Farväl” and “Vast and Wild”
Joe Zeitlin – Cello on “Farväl”, “Mountain Song”, “Skogen mumlar”, “Vast and Wild” & “Wrapped in Mist”
Cover art by David Thiérrée
Album layout by Per Wiberg
Photos by Ester Segarra
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