THE HALO EFFECT Days Of The LostHot
The Halo Effect was founded in 2020 by five former members of In Flames; Jesper Stömblad (guitars), Mikael Stanne (vocals), Niclas, Englin (guitars), Peter Iwers (bass) and Daniel Svensoson (drums). Their intention with this band was to make a return to the roots of melodic death metal, or the Gothenburg sound if you like, and that is exactly what they have done. With Days Of The Lost they have not only created an album that remains true to the roots of the genre, but also one that will go into the history books as one of the greatest melodic death metal releases of all time. The songs are riff oriented with beautiful guitar harmonies, catchy melody lines and vocal hooks, and the band sounds refreshingly vital and energic. Mikael Stanne deserves huge credit for his vocal performance as well, while the magic touch of Jens Bogren has provided the album with an excellent production. I was planning to go through the tracks one by one, but I would probably just have ended up repeating myself since the quality is so impressively consistent from start to end. To pick personal favorites among these tracks are therefore more or less impossible, but the amazing Days Of The Lost is certainly one that alongside The Needless End, Gateways and A Truth Worth Lying For deserves to be mentioned. This is the album of the year – end of discussion!
Days Of The Lost (2022)