THE HALO EFFECT Featuring Former IN FLAMES Members Reveal First Single ‘Shadowminds’

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THE HALO EFFECT, the new project featuring five former members of the Swedish metal band IN FLAMESJesper Strömblad (guitar), Daniel Svensson (drums), Peter Iwers (bass), Niclas Engelin (guitar) and Mikael Stanne (vocals) — has released its debut single, “Shadowminds”. The track, the official music video for which can be seen below, will appear on THE HALO EFFECT‘s first album, due in 2022 via Nuclear Blast. Watch it below.

THE HALO EFFECT 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!”

Jens Prüter, head of A&R at Nuclear Blast Europe, adds: “In 2009, I was going to Gothenburg to produce the ‘Where Death Is Most Alive’ documentary for a DARK TRANQUILLITY DVD. Getting deeper into the Gothenburg scene, going through hours of archive footage and listening to all the interviews, I though it was a jungle of incest. In the early ’90s, a bunch of guys moved between IN FLAMES, DARK TRANQUILLITY, CEREMONIAL OATH, HAMMERFALL and many more. We shouldn’t forget that most of the protagonists were still teenagers when they released their first ‘Desecrator’ or ‘Septic Broiler’ demo tapes. What looked like incest was just a group of friends who shared a deep passion for metal. You could call it an all-star band but it’s basically just an all-family band. Listening to THE HALO EFFECT is like going to a New Year’s dinner enjoying the best food and drinks of the year. And it’s a pleasure to be invited and share the joy with the rest of the world. Cheers!”

The initial thought behind THE HALO EFFECT was to go back to the roots and explore the classic Gothenburg Sound. The band delivers the goods in a brutally efficient display of heart pounding beats, melodic mayhem and furious growling at its best and the result is an exceptional sound to fans of melo-death, where the echoes of the Gothenburg Sound are evident.

To celebrate the signing, THE HALO EFFECT has also announced its first-ever tour, accompanying the Swedish death metal giants AMON AMARTH and U.S. metallers MACHINE HEAD on 31 dates throughout Europe.

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 September/October!”

THE HALO EFFECT 2022 European tour supporting AMON AMARTH and MACHINE HEAD:

Sep. 08 – UK – Nottingham – Arena
Sep. 09 – UK – Cardiff – Arena
Sep. 10 – UK – London – Wembley Arena
Sep. 12 – UK – Manchester – Arena
Sep. 13 – IE – Dublin – 3 Arena –
Sep. 16 – CH – Zurich – Hallenstadion
Sep. 17 – AT – Vienna – Stadthalle
Sep. 18 – PL – Krakow – Tauron Arena
Sep. 20 – EST – Tallinn – Saku Arena
Sep. 21 – FIN – Helsinki – Ice Hall
Sep. 23 – N – Oslo – Spektrum
Sep. 24 – S – Stockholm – Hovet
Sep. 26 – DK – Copenhagen – Forum Black Box
Sep. 27 – DE – Hamburg – Barclays Arena
Sep. 28 – DE – Frankfurt – Festhalle
Sep. 30 – DE – Oberhausen – König Pilsener Arena
Oct. 01 – DE – Berlin – Velodrom
Oct. 02 – NL – Amsterdam – Afas Live
Oct. 04 – IT – Milano – Lorenzini District
Oct. 06 – ES – Barcelona – Sant Jordi
Oct. 07 – ES – Madrid – Vistalegre
Oct. 08 – ES – La Coruna – Coliseum
Oct. 09 – P – Lisbon – Campo Pequeno
Oct. 12 – FR – Paris – Zenith
Oct. 14 – DE – Munich – Olympiahalle
Oct. 15 – DE – Leipzig – Arena
Oct. 16 – CZ – Prague – Tipsport Arena
Oct. 18 – HU – Budapest – Barba Negra
Oct. 20 – LUX – Esch zur Alzette – Rockhal
Oct. 21 – BE – Brussels – Forest National
Oct. 22 – DE – Stuttgart – Schleyerhalle


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