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Haunted dark folk dark/progressive metal act Helga sign with Season Of Mist!

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Haunted dark folk dark/progressive metal act Helga has signed with Season Of Mist for the release of their debut album »Wrapped In Mist«.

The band comments: “We’ve been silent and have been holding this in for a while – very delighted to announce that my band and I have signed to Season of Mist! It’s been an arduous journey and we’re tremendously thrilled to finally share this dream with you. 💫🌌

Keep your ears to the ground; new music is on its way. 🍁🎵💿
Also, hope you’re all doing well. Thanks for staying put. Tack. 💚”

Courtesy of Season Of Mist:

Season Of Mist is proud to welcome Helga!

Hailing from both the Swedish hinterlands of Dalarna and the old Viking county of North Yorkshire, Helga draw on many different influences: Swedish folk, progressive metal, post-rock, pop, black metal.

United by vocalist Helga Gabriel, the band spin their unique genre alchemy into dark manifestations. Their debut album, »Wrapped In Mist«, summons formidable drumming, spectral strings and chugging riffs into lamentations on mortality and mental health.

“A few years ago, I sent a demo to Season Of Mist but to no avail,” says Helga. “Years later, I received an e-mail from Michael Berberian expressing that the label wished to work with me – I felt elated! My band and I are beyond thrilled to plunge into this new adventure with Season of Mist.”

Another announcement about »Wrapped In Mist« is coming soon!

Once, sequestered away in the far reaches of Swedish hinterland, a shrouded girl wandered alone through interminable forest. Chanting psalms amidst birch and pine, her choral voice drifted like birds through an evening mist. The chapel choir she sang with had gifted and honed her voice, but woodland and lake would always be her church. Her name – Helga.

Alas, despite her reverence for fjäll and forest, a beckoning had begun to stir deep within Helga’s heart. A longing, yearning to be heard and to share the majesty of song. Gathering books and belongings, Helga bid farewell and emerged from the wilderness that had nurtured her since she was a child.

“Singing in small local bands I’d experimented with songs in both English and Swedish, but sometimes English just felt misplaced, you know? Like a betrayal of where the song is coming from, where I am from. I love languages, exploring the meaning of that which I don’t know.” – Helga

Journeying west in 2019, Helga settled across the North Sea in the old Viking town of York, North Yorkshire. Surrounded by pub-filled streets of cobblestone and restored Roman walls, York was host to droves of camera-laden tourists and scholars of two thriving universities.

These strange anachronistic surroundings would pave the foundation for a myriad of rueful reflections and musings, a far cry to the world Helga had left behind.

Previously, Helga had joined forces with Icons Creating Evil Art and released two solo EPs, »Nebulous« (2018) and »The Autumn Lament« (2019). Inviting tribal drums, ominous strings and throat singing in accompaniment on songs such as »Mörker« and »Haunted«, it was evident that her artistic transition was compelled to darker pursuits.


Not far away, three childhood friends (Cai, Cameron and Ryan) stared across a table at one another spellbound. Playing together in various bands, such as People as Places as People, since 2009, they knew they had found something special.

“One day Cameron stumbled upon Helga’s advertisement saying she was looking to put a band together. As soon as we heard that ethereal voice, we knew we had to move mountains to somehow be a part of this project.” – Cai

Following several brief stints with different drummers, the band soon found its final element in the form of precocious poly-instrumentalist, Sami Javed. Teaming up with producer Luiz Felipe Netto, the quintet was complete. The rest – as they say – was history. Helga was born.

Summoning a plethora of layers and genre, Helga culminated their premier album »Wrapped In Mist« into dirgeful lamentations of mortality and mental health, punctuated by formidable drums, spectral strings and chugging riffs.

The album’s opening track, »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.

“We draw on many different influences, from Swedish folk to progressive metal, post-rock to black metal to pop. Distilling this into a single genre is a challenge.” – Cai

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 climax.

The inception of »Wrapped In Mist« promises to plunge Helga deep into the spotlight of mesmerizing live performances following release. From the hills and forests of rural dwelling, this is a band destined for a future worth following.

Helga Gabriel – Vocals
Cai Sumption – Guitar
Cameron Gledhill – Guitar
Ryan Fairclough – Bass
Sami Javed – Drums

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

One thought on “Haunted dark folk dark/progressive metal act Helga sign with Season Of Mist!

  1. Wow! She has such an angelic voice that even angels or God himself must be smiling at the beauty and power of her notes. she reminds me of the vocalist of trees of eternity that passed away several years ago. I am so impressed! Oh yeah the guitar players aren’t to shabby either.

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