Formed in Linköping, Sweden, in 2001 by 145188, Vanhelga, which translated from Swedish means “Profane”, explores through music and lyrics the darker side of humanity. The one that few will admit exists, but which nevertheless is a huge part of every individual’s existence.

Vanhelga’s music can doubtlessly be classed as black metal, but that would be too restrictive a definition. Their music is cold and sinister but with melodies and melancholic moments that can draw you in and lull you into a false sense of security before you realize, too late, that you have been caught in an ominous web of sound that sends shivers down your spine.

They are known for their atmospheric and captivating live performances, sharing the stage with, among others, Psychonaut 4, Forgotten Tomb, Harakiri for the sky and Kall. Since then Vanhelga have become one of the most appreciated, unique and popular acts within the scene.


  • 145188 – All Instruments and Vocals
  • J. Ejnarsson – Guitars


  • “Mortem Illuminate Mea” (2010)
  • Höst” (2012)
  • “Längtan” (2014)
  • “Ode & Elegy” (2016)
  • “Fredagsmys” (2018)
  • “Enfin Morte” (2021)