Helium Vola is a German "Electro-Medieval" band founded in 2001 by Ernst Horn, who was also one of the founding members of Qntal. In the contract with Chrom Records Horn insisted on Helium Vola not being seen as a successor of Qntal nor being marketed as such. The band's name is Latin meaning "Fly, Helium" - a reference to the noble gas Helium which is used to fill balloons.
Helium Vola interpret medieval lyrics in Old High German, Middle High German, Latin, Provençal, Middle French language and Italian language in a modern, electronic soundscape. Thereby danceable songs like "In Lichter Farbe Steht Der Wald" as well as pieces that are strongly based on samples (e.g. "Funerali" and "Iuvenes" on Helium Vola) are created.
The project's main vocalist is Sabine Lutzenberger, though the project has utilised a number of guest singers and musicians.
- Ernst Horn, (instruments, composer)
- Sabine Lutzenberger, vocals
All albums published by Helium Vola are meant to be concept albums with a general theme.
The album Liod (Old High German: song) broaches the issue of a medieval woman's biography.
Für Euch, die Ihr liebt is a double album. The first CD consists of love songs from various eras while the second CD features lyrics on darker themes such as death, greed and homophobia. It contains a version of "Die Moorsoldaten".
Wohin? is a double album that represents a musical search for direction. The trend toward more complex ensemble pieces present on the previous albums continues and reaches a climax with the last piece in the style of ars subtilior. This album contains the first composition by Sabine Lutzenberger.
- Helium Vola (Chrom Records: 2001), studio album (some versions released with 'Omnis Mundi Creatura' as bonus disc)
- Liod (Chrom Records: 2004), studio album
- Für Euch, die Ihr liebt (Indigo: 2009), studio album
- Wohin? (Chrom Records: 2013), studio album
- "Omnis Mundi Creatura" (Chrom Records: 2001)
- "Veni Veni" (Chrom Records: 2004)
- "In lichter Farbe steht der Wald" (Chrom Records: 2004) EP
- Etymology of the name on the band's official Homepage Archived 2008-01-21 at the Wayback Machine.
- "HELIUM VOLA, Für euch, die ihr liebt". Helium Vola (in German). Ernst Horn, Chrom Records. Archived from the original on 2010-02-12.
- Letter Ernst Horn to Colour-Ize on colour-ize.de (German, visited 20.12.2014)
- Helium Vola official website
- Helium Vola at laut.de (in German)
- Helium Vola discography at MusicBrainz
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