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The Halo Effect – ‘Days of the Lost’

Publisher
Nuclear Blast
FFO
In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Omnium Gatherum, At the Gates, Nightrage, Soilwork
Release Date
August 12, 2022
Publisher
Nuclear Blast
Genre
Melodic Death Metal

Forming during the COVID-19 pandemic and featuring ex-members In Flames; Peter Iwers, Daniel Svensson, Niclas Engelin and Jesper Strömblad alongside Dark Tranquillity vocalist Mikael Stanne, The Halo Effect (THE) have made a lot of noise and are now ready to release their debut album ‘Days of the Lost’.

                For those of you who have been disappointed with everything In Flames have done since ‘Clayman’, then with ‘Days of the Lost’ is like the last 20 years of In Flames have never happened with THE. This is a fantastic album of melodic death metal done perfectly, delivered with a veteran expertise which blows every pretender to the melodic death throne out of the water. Tracks such as ‘Shadowminds’, ‘Feel What I Believe’ and the title track show a band with everything aligning to create one of the best melodic death metal albums in recent years as crushing riffs mix across clean melodic passages as Stanne’s vocals show just why he is one of the masters of the genre. However, it is the song craftsmanship brought to ‘Days of the Lost’ by Strömblad which really makes this album standout with performances reaching towards the standard of ‘The Jester Race’, ‘Colony’ and ‘Whoracle’.

                THE have got some real power behind them and ‘Days of the Lost’ is a strong album indeed. With this under their belt, THE have the potential to go and reclaim the titles lost by In Flames with an album which might just be one of the best of the year.

"arguably better than anything In Flames have released in 20 years"
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