THE SECOND TO LAST PLAGUE (K7, Le Petit Mignon, 2014)
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"New addition to the unpurposely growing list of Le Petit Mignon releases featuring contemporary defunct projects, this time presenting “The Second To Last Plague” by Helaas, a quartet originally founded in Berlin in 2011 by Ratbag (electric guitar), Bex (electroacoustic bass guitar, vocals), Niedowierzanie (cello) and Yvan Volochine (computer).
The release offers two long thrilling pieces, a lava of subtle distorted guitar swells, progressive noise, deep and haunting string sounds and captivating voices. The music of Helaas is here both fierce and calming, a bipolar composition clash between fear and relief. Breathtaking.
Edition of 100 pro-duplicated black cassettes with black imprint, housed in a double-sided fold out A3 poster, hand-stamped and numbered, sealed by a strip of Kumihimo cord. Recorded at N.K, Berlin. Mixed by Bex. Artwork by Insultor. Total duration: 26min. Includes free download code."

buy it at: staalplaat

FIRST DEMON (CDr, Self-released, 2011)


The newly formed HELAAS project is the sonic encounter of the four Berlin-based artists BEX (soon on RuR), NIEDOWIERZANIE, RATBAG (also in Last Dominion Lost) and YVAN VOLOCHINE. A psychedelic noise-drone mamouth where each of the four protagonists leaves his mark, yet achieving coherence in a first album which is at the same time harsh and subtle, grating and warm, and at times highly lyrical. Somewhere between NWW and Troum, with a post-rock touch and cool packaging. TuT/RuR Shop

Assuntaa by Helaas_

Pratap by Helaas_


-Dec 11, Café Central, Bruxelles (Be)
-Dec 9, Shakirail, Paris (Fr)
-Dec 8, L'Excelsior, Le Mans (Fr)
-Dec 7, L'élaboratoire, Rennes (Fr)
-Nov 16, Alte Feuerwache, Dresden (De)
-Nov 10, NK, Berlin (De)
-Ap 21, Su cantareddu Monte S.Antonio, Macomer (It)
-Apr 20, Squola Serale Sassari (It)

-Oct 7, Kalyug Festival, NK, Berlin (De)
-May 27, NK, Berlin (De)
-Feb 4, Raum 20, Berlin (De)

Live at Kalyug Festival II

LIVE @ NK Berlin, 27.05.2011

photo: Laura Fu