The year of the corona-pandemic, when the world was forced into a standstill, five old friends finally put an old idea in motion. The result is a brand new band, THE HALO EFFECT, who recently inked a contract with Nuclear Blast.
The members of THE HALO EFFECT are not only masters of their domain, but also pioneers of the Gothenburg melodeath scene, who, at some point, have all been members of fellow Gothenburg icons IN FLAMES: Lead guitarists Niclas Engelin (ENGEL) and Jesper Strömblad (CYHRA), lead singer and lyricist Mikael Stanne (DARK TRANQUILLITY), bassist Peter Iwers, and drummer Daniel Svensson.
Today, the band are giving metal fans all over the world a taste of their sound with debut single ‘Shadowminds’, that comes together with a music video. Its brooding atmosphere, melodic riffs and harsh vocals provide a perfect example of what THE HALO EFFECT is about.
Watch the music video for ‘Shadowminds’:
The band comments: “We are incredibly excited to unveil this new band with one of the first songs that we wrote together. We felt strongly that this was the right direction for the band. Finding identity, finding a drive and passion is what the song is about and also what this band is about. What drove us to do this in the first place, what obstacles have we overcome in order to fully commit to this lifestyle? It’s about how easy it is to get lost if you lose focus and passion for what you do.
With the video we wanted to convey the emptiness of the city in the early stages of the pandemic and what we saw outside of the studio as we were writing but we also love the cool dystopic imagery so we made the city look even more barren and destroyed. Enjoy!”
The initial thought behind THE HALO EFFECT was to go back to the roots and explore the classic Gothenburg Sound, and the band manage just that. Their new take on the iconic sound is sure to appeal to fans of the classic melodeath sound.
The band have also announced their first ever tour, accompanying Swedish death metal berserkers AMON AMARTH and US thrashers MACHINE HEAD on 31 dates throughout Europe and the UK.
The band comments: “We could not be more excited to partner with Cobra Agency for our first tour of Europe together with metal giants AMON AMARTH and MACHINE HEAD. Working together with people who are passionate about the road, the crews, the bands and the fans means a lot to us and doing this together is something we very much look forward to. See you in Sept/Oct!“
European Tour 2022
AMON AMARTH, MACHINE HEAD /w THE HALO EFFECT
08.09. UK Nottingham – Arena
09.09. UK Cardiff – Arena
10.09. UK London – Wembley Arena
12.09. UK Manchester – Arena
13.09. IE Dublin – 3 Arena
16.09. CH Zurich – Hallenstadion
17.09. AT Vienna – Stadthalle
18.09. PL Krakow – Tauron Arena
20.09. EST Tallinn – Saku Arena
21.09. FIN Helsinki – Ice Hall
23.09. N Oslo – Spektrum
24.09. S Stockholm – Hovet
26.09. DK Copenhagen – Forum Black Box
27.09. DE Hamburg – Barclays Arena
28.09. DE Frankfurt – Festhalle
30.09. DE Oberhausen – König Pilsener Arena
01.10. DE Berlin – Velodrom
02.10. NL Amsterdam – Afas Live
04.10. IT Milano – Lorenzini District
06.10. ES Barcelona – Sant Jordi
07.10. ES Madrid – Vistalegre
08.10. ES La Coruna – Coliseum
09.10. P Lisbon – Campo Pequeno
12.10. FR Paris – Zenith
14.10. DE Munich – Olympiahalle
15.10. DE Leipzig – Arena
16.10. CZ Prague – Tipsport Arena
18.10. HU Budapest – Barba Negra
20.10. LUX Esch zur Alzette – Rockhal
21.10. BE Brussels – Forest National
22.10. DE Stuttgart – Schleyerhalle
THE HALO EFFECT is:
Niclas Engelin | guitar
Jesper Strömblad | guitar
Mikael Stanne | vocals
Peter Iwers | bass
Daniel Svensson | drums