THE HALO EFFECT, the brand new challenge that includes 5 former members of the Swedish steel band IN FLAMES — Jesper Strömblad (guitar),Daniel Svensson (drums),Peter Iwers (bass),Niclas Engelin (guitar) and Mikael Stanne (vocals) — will launch its debut album, “Days Of The Misplaced”, on August 12 by way of Nuclear Blast.
Requested in a brand new interview with “The Again Lounge” podcast about some followers’ notion that THE HALO EFFECT was fashioned primarily with the intention of “sticking it” to IN FLAMES, Peter mentioned (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “No, no, no. It could not be farther from the reality. Someone mentioned it to me completely… Whenever you get that query, properly, it is like speaking about your ex-wife. You had it, it was nice on the time, however then you definitely moved on. So THE HALO EFFECT began out of affection for music — under no circumstances to spite anyone or to create some rivalry; nothing like that in any respect. And it must be mentioned, and it most likely will likely be mentioned a bunch of instances. The love for music and the love for one another is 100% what it is all about.”
Peter went on to say that forming a band with the intention of competing with another person “could be completely the improper motive” to do it. “All the things I do I base upon how I really feel,” he defined. “I attempt to do all the things with a great vibe and all the things that makes me really feel good, really feel nice. And that is what it is all about with all the things that I do. So if I’d ever begin one thing to piss any person else off, then it would not make me really feel good, and I could not carry on doing it. It is actual easy in my world, however I perceive how individuals suppose that and the way some individuals would like to suppose that. However there isn’t any rivalry. IN FLAMES, I used to be a member for 20 years. And it’s what it’s. It is an excellent band they usually at all times will likely be.”
THE HALO EFFECT made its reside debut on June 11 on the Sweden Rock Competition in Sölvesborg, Sweden. Fan-filmed video of the efficiency will be seen under.
Earlier within the month, Iwers was requested in an interview with Australia’s “Scars And Guitars” podcast if he would agree that “Days Of The Misplaced” is, in some methods, a “religious successor” to “Reroute To Stay”, IN FLAMES‘ sixth album, which got here out in 2022. Peter mentioned: “Ooh, attention-grabbing. I have never actually considered it. Whenever you make music, like we do, you have a tendency to not overthink stuff — you simply go in and also you write music and form of know that what comes out will sound a sure manner due to the model that we’re taking part in and the way we’re taking part in and performing our music. So I have never actually considered it, however possibly — possibly. It was undoubtedly nothing intentional. We simply went in. We had a bunch of concepts and we got here out with a bunch of songs that occur to sound a sure manner. However none of us actually overthought it and it was by no means meant to ‘it is gonna sound like this’ or ‘it is gonna sound like that.’ We simply [went], ‘Let’s write this music and see what occurs.’ And due to, like I mentioned, how we’re taking part in, it will sound a sure manner.”
Added Daniel: “Lots of people like to investigate music, and, in fact, it sounds Gothenburg metal-ish as a result of all of us are from that style and we’re among the folks that form of created it. So, in fact, it’ll sound Gothenburg metal-ish, IN FLAMES-ish. After which which period, I do not know. And as Peter mentioned, we do not actually take into consideration the way it ought to sound. That is how we sound right now, and with our legacy that is inevitable, that we sound as we do.”
Continued Peter: “Clearly, individuals love to do a variety of evaluating between us… It is a tough subject to debate as a result of none of us have — although we have all been in IN FLAMES sooner or later, none of us have actually considered this as what you are saying. However then lots of people that we communicate to say it. So it is a little bit laborious to soak up, as we have been very thorough in simply writing music. However I would say it is a little bit flattering to listen to it.”
Svensson, who joined IN FLAMES in 1998, introduced in 2015 that he was leaving the group to deal with his household life.
A member of IN FLAMES since 1997, Iwers issued an announcement in November 2016 saying that he was exiting the band “to pursue different endeavors.”
A founding member of IN FLAMES, Strömblad give up the band in February 2010 to be able to proceed receiving remedy for his alcohol habit.
Engelin has been sitting out IN FLAMES‘ tour dates for the previous three years however has by no means formally confirmed his departure from the band. Engelin‘s substitute for IN FLAMES‘ reside reveals since then has been former MEGADETH and present ACT OF DEFIANCE guitarist Chris Broderick.
Stanne not too long ago informed the “Heavy Hops” podcast about THE HALO EFFECT‘s musical course: “Niclas began writing just a few songs, simply primarily based on what he has and what he form of digs. And I instantly felt, like, ‘Oh, that is tremendous cool. We’re on to one thing right here.’ It is tremendous heavy, it is melodic — it is all these issues that we form of grew up making an attempt to do. Then Jesper received concerned and he began altering a little bit little bit of that or including stuff to it. And we have been, like, ‘Okay, that is superior.’ It does not really feel new in any respect, it does not really feel tremendous totally different, however on the similar time, why ought to we? Let’s deal with the issues that we all know finest and attempt to form of recapture that feeling that we had once we have been youngsters, once we needed to play collectively and that form of playful ambiance. As a result of the longer you play collectively together with your major band or what have you ever, you attempt to always reinvent your self, and a lot power goes into making an attempt to be totally different from what you will have achieved earlier than. Whereas beginning one thing new like this with a really acquainted style of music meant that you might be very free about it. It does not need to be something particularly, it does not have to adapt to any guidelines — it simply must fucking kick ass and really feel good.”
Shortly after leaving IN FLAMES, Iwers joined CYHRA, the band that includes vocalist Jake E (ex-AMARANTHE) and Strömblad. He introduced his departure from that band in Might 2018.
THE HALO EFFECT‘s first-ever tour will likely be because the help act for Swedish loss of life steel giants AMON AMARTH and U.S. metallers MACHINE HEAD on 31 dates all through Europe in the summertime and fall of 2022.
Picture credit score: Markus Esselmark