A boundary-pushing Danish-Swedish progressive rock group, VOLA stands boldly at the nexus of art-metal, electronica, rock, and djent. Emerging in 2008, the band issued a pair of EPs before unveiling their metal-forward full-length debut, Inmazes, in 2015. They began incorporating more electronic elements on 2018’s Applause of a Distant Crowd and continued to expand their sonic palette on 2021’s dynamic Witness.
Founded in 2006 by vocalist and guitarist Asger Mygind, VOLA eventually coalesced into a five-piece featuring Mygind, guitarist Niels Dreijer, bassist Jeppe Bloch, keyboardist Martin Werner, and drummer Niklas Scherfig. That lineup was responsible for the band’s 2008 debut EP, Homesick Machinery. Personnel was retooled for 2011’s Monsters EP, which saw Bloch and Scherfig depart, making way for Nicolai Mogensen and Felix Ewert. Dreijer left the fold shortly after that, making Vola a four-piece.
By this time, the group had adopted a more progressive rock-minded approach. Citing influences like Porcupine Tree, Meshuggah, Opeth, and Mew, they self-released their debut full-length effort, Inmazes, in 2015. The album caught the attention of Warner imprint Mascot Label Group, which reissued Inmazes the following year. The band supported the re-release with a European tour in support of Katatonia. In 2018, VOLA issued their sophomore long-player, the more electronics-forward Applause of a Distant Crowd, which marked the studio debut for new drummer Adam Janzi, and was followed by their first headlining tour. 2020 saw the arrival of the single “Head Mounted Sideways,” ahead of the release of the band’s third album, Witness, which appeared in 2021.