Vanhelgd are a band from Sweden that plays a very old school form of melodic death metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Relics Of Sulphur Salvation" which will be released by Pulverised Records.
From the early beginnings of the album the music goes back to the mid 90's with some heavy old school death metal riffs, melodic leads and deep growls along with some blast beats and there is also a mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the band seems to be heavily influenced by both the Stockholm and Gothenburg scenes while staying away from t he happier parts of the later.
The album really shows off a true old school death metal sound with their music sounding like it could easily be recorded in the 90's and the band also have melodies that remind me of early Dismember and Hypocrisy, while the slower sections also bring in a very dark atmosphere to the recording and after awhile screams are added to the recording along with a brief use of spoken word parts, and at times the music also has a ritualistic and occult feeling to it in certain parts and at times you can hear small traces of black metal being utilized in the guitar riffing.
Vanhelgd go back to the beginnings of melodic death metal with their music focusing more on the dark, raw and heavy sounds of that genre and staying away from the happier and more mainstream elements that style utilizes these days along with a very heavy and old school production as well as having lyrics written in both Swedish and English that cover anti religion, death and horror themes.
In my opinion Vanhelgd are a very great sounding old school melodic death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Salt In My Hands" "Relics Of Sulphur Salvation" and "Cure us From Life". 8 out of 10.