WEEKLY BAND LIST

  • Week 172 – May 27 – Baest – Classic Death Metal – Aarhus, Denmark
  • Week 171 – May 20 – Darkest Oath – Symphonic Black Metal – Greece
  • Week 170 – May 13 – The Halo Effect – Melodic Death/Heavy Metal – Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Week 169 – May 6 –  Kalmah –  Melodic Death/Power Metal, Oulu, Finland
  • Week 168 – Apr 29 – Wind Rose – Power/Folk Metal – Pisa, Tuscany, Italy
  • Week 167 – Apr 22 – Northlane – Metalcore – Sydney, Australia
  • Week 166 – Apr 15 – 2 Shadows – Metalcore/Altmetal – Vancouver, Canada
  • Week 165 – Apr 8  –  Bury Tomorrow – Metalcore – Southampton, England
  • Week 164 – Apr 1  –  The Failsafe – Hard Rock – Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Week 163 – Mar 25 – Rhapsody of Fire – Symphonic Power Metal – Trieste, Italy
  • Week 162 – Mar 18 – Diablo – Melodic Death Metal – Kalajoki, Finland
  • Week 161 – Mar 11 – Evergrey – Progressive Power Metal – Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Week 160 – Mar 4  – Analepsy – Slamming Brutal Death Metal – Lisbon, Portugal
  • Week 159 – Feb 25 – Insomnium – Melodic Death Metal – Joensuu, Finland
  • Week 158 – Feb 18 – Shady Glimpse – Thrash – Shizuoka, Japan
  • Week 157 – Feb 11 – Nailed To Obscurity – Melancholic Melodic Death Metal – Esens, Germany
  • Week 156 – Feb 4 –  Beyond The Styx – Metallic Hardcore Metal – Tours, France
  • Week 155 – Jan 28 – Mors Principium Est – Melodic Death Metal – Pori, Finland
  • Week 154 – Jan 21 – Becoming – Inspirational Metal – San Jose, California
  • Week 153 – Jan 14 – Affection – Modern Rock/Alternative Metal – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 152 – Jan 7 – Wythersake – Symphonic Black/Death Metal, Washington, DC
  • Week 151 – Dec 31  – Wrap up of 2021
  • Week 150 – Nov 12 – The Raven Age – Heavy Metal – London, England
  • Week 149 – Nov 5 – Penny Billionaires – Hard Rock/Electronica – Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • Week 148 – Oct 29 – Blood Red Throne – Death Metal – Kristiansand, Norway
  • Week 147 – Oct 22 – Shepherds Reign – Metal/Hard Rock – South Auckland, New Zealand
  • Week 146 – Oct 15 – Shadow of Intent – Deathcore – Hartford, Connecticut
  • Week 145 – Oct 8  –  Darzamat – Atmospheric Black Metal – Katowice, Poland
  • Week 144 – Oct 1  –  Jungle Rot – Thrash/Death Metal – Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
  • Week 143 – Sep 24 – Lifechanger – Melodic Rock – Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Week 142 – Sep 17 – Testament – Thrash Metal – Berkeley, California
  • Week 141 – Sep 10 – Bleed From Within – Heavy Metal – Glasgow, Scotland
  • Week 140 – Sept 3  – At The Gates – Death Metal & More – Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Week 139 – Aug 27 – The Soul Of Bushido – Thrash Metalcore – Lorraine, France
  • Week 138 – Aug 20 – WoR – Aggressive Groove Metal – North Carolina, USA
  • Week 137 – July 3 – Wolves In The Throne Room – Atmospheric Black Metal – Olympia, Washington
  • Week 136 -June  26 – Deathbale – Postapocalyptic Viking Death Metal  – Germany
  • Week 135 – June 19 – Repaid in Blood – Pure Fking Geek Metal Revisited – San Jose, Calif
  • Week 134 –  June 5 – Wardruna – Dark Folk Metal – Bergen, Norway
  • Week 133 – May 28 – Rotting Christ – Black Metal – Athens, Greece
  • Week 132 – May 21 – Carmilla – Metal – Sverige, Sweden
  • Week 131 – May 14 – Wake Up Frankie – Thrash/Rock/Metal – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 130 – May 7  – Disquiet – Melodic Death/Thrash – Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Week 129 – Apr 30 – Thanatos – Extreme Thrash/Death Metal – Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Week 128 – Apr 23  – Arched Fire – Heavy Speed Metal – Lapland, Finland
  • Week 127 – Apr 16 – The Haunted – Heavy/Melodic Death Metal – Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Week 126 – Apr 9 –  Updates 
  • Week 125 – Apr 2  –  All Taken – Hard Rock with a little Grunge – Los Angeles, California
  • Week 124 – Mar 26 – Aeon Of Awareness – Melodic Death Metal – Germany (Song Review)
  • Week 124 – Mar 25 – Scythian Fate – Dark Prog Thrash – Sydney/Melbourne – Australia
  • Week 124 – Mar 24 – Hate & Deceit – Danish Melodic Death Metal – Slagelse, Denmark
  • Week 123 – Mar 21 – Beyond the Pale – Dutch Metal – Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Week 122 – Mar 12 – Thy Kingdom Will Burn – Melodic Death Metal – Kouvola, Suomi
  • Week 121 – Mar 5 –  H.E.A.T. –  Hard Rock/Heavy Metal – Uppsland Väsby, Sweden              
  • Week 120 – Feb 26 – Temple Balls – Hard Rock – Finland
  • Week 119 – Feb 19 – Aeon of Awareness – Melodic Death Metal – Germany
  • Week 118 – Feb 12 – Vreid – Black Metal / Black n Roll – Sogndal, Norway
  • Week 117 – Feb 5 – Artilharia – Heavy/Melodic/Speed/Thrash Metal – Brazil
  • Week 116 – Jan 29 – This week was for Alexi, COB, Rip my dear HeadBanger
  • Week 115 – Jan 22 – Paradise Lost – Death/Doom/Gothic Metal – Halifax, West Yorkshire
  • Week 114 – Jan 15 – Wintersun – Power/Folk/Melodic Death Metal – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 113 – Jan 1 – Dark Tranquillity – Melodic Death Metal – Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Week 112 – Dec 25 – SepticFlesh – Greek Symphonic Metal – Athens, Greece
  • Week 111 – Dec 18 – Die From Sorrow – Melodic Death Metal – Beijing, China
  • Week 110 – Dec 11 – Fireproven – Progressive Metal – Finland
  • Week 109 – Dec 4 – Wolfheart – Winter Metal – Myrskylä, Finland
  • Week 108 – Nov 27 – Angelus Apatrida – Thrash – Albacete, Spain
  • Week 107 – Nov 20 – Gojira – Heavy Metal – Bayonne, France
  • Week 106 – Nov 13 – Enslaved – Prog/Black/Viking Metal – Sveio, Norway
  • Week 105 – Nov 6 –  Like A Storm – Metal – Auckland, New Zealand
  • Week 104 – Oct 30 – Firewind – Power/Heavy Metal – Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Week 103 – Oct 23 – Shiraz Lane – Rock – Vantaa, Finland
  • Week 102 – Oct 16 – The Agonist – Metal – Montreal, Canada
  • Week 101 – Oct 9 – Butcher Babies – Heavy Metal – Los Angeles, CA
  • Week 100 – Oct 3 – BaYaT – Alternative Rock – Novi Sad, Serbia 
  • Week 98 –  Sept 25 – Dirt – Rock – Heksinki, Finland
  • Week 98 –  Sept 18 – Unearth – MetalCore – Boston, Massachusetts
  • Week 97 –  Sept 11 – Stratovarius – Power Metal – Finland
  • Week 96 –  Sept 4 – SynlakrosS – Mel Death Metal – Valencia, Spain
  • Week 95 – Aug 28 – Striker – New Wave Heavy Metal , Canada
  • Week 94 – Aug 21 – Turisas – Metal –  Hämeenlinna, Finland
  • Week 93 – Aug 14 – Tyr – Metal – Faroe Islands (Part of Denmark)
  • Week 92 – Aug 7 –  After Release of EP – Interview with WuF, Kasperi Merilainen
  • Week 91 – July 24 – Review of EP – Wake Up Frankie – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 90 – July 17 –  SPECIAL ON THRASH METAL BANDS
  • Week 89 – July 13 – SPECIAL ON MELODIC DEATH METAL BANDS
  • Week 88 – July 10 –  Hinayana Band – Melodic Death/Doom – Austin, Texas
  • Week 87 –  July 3 –   Viikate – Rock/Metal – Kouvola, Finland
  • Week 86 – June 26 – Lumberhead – Metal – Leipzig, Saxony (Germany)
  • Week 85 – June 19 – Nidhoeggr – Pagan Death Metal – Bern, Switzerland
  • Week 84 – June 12 – Aetherian – Dark Melodic Death Metal – Athens, Greece
  • Week 83 – June 5 – Frosttide – Epic Dark Folk Metal – Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Week 82 – May 29 – Amthrya – Advantgarde Death Black Metal – Italy
  • Week 81 – May 22 – Suicidal Angels – Trash – Athens, Greece
  • Week 80 – May 15 – Heart of Jordan – Alter Metal – Lansing, Michigan
  • Week 79 – May 8 – Parasite, Inc. – Melodic Death Metal – Aalen, Germany
  • Week 78 – May 1 – Wake Up Frankie – Grove/Trash/Rock – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 77 – Apr 24 – Abbath – Black Metal – Bergen, Norway
  • Week 76 – Apr 17 – Entombed – Dark/Rock Death/Metal – Stockholm, Sweden
  • Week 75 – Apr 10 – Cruish-Nir – Gothic/Doom – Romania
  • Week 74 – Apr 3 – [Amatory] – MetalCore – St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Week 73 – Mar 27 – Njord – Viking Rock – Sandviken, Sweden
  • Week 72 – Mar 20 – Mystic Prophecy – Metal – Dortmund, Germany
  • Week 71 – Mar 13 – Astralborne  – Melodic Death Metal – Toledo, Ohio
  • Week 70 – Mar 6 –  Shakra – HardRock/Metal – Trub, Switzerland
  • Week 69 – Feb 28 –  The Browning – Metal – Kansas City, Missouri
  • Week 68 – Feb 21 –  Tempting Fate – Hard Rock/Metal – Los Angeles, California
  • Week 67 – Feb 14 –  Dynazty – Hard Rock/Metal – Stockholm, Sweden
  • Week 66 – Feb 7  –  Dreyelands – Melodic Progressive Metal – Budapest, Hungary
  • Week 65 – Jan 31 – HoundWolf – Heavy Metal – Witten, Germany
  • Week 64 – Jan 24 – Shadecrown – Melodic Death/Doom/Thrash Metal – Finland
  • Week 63 – Jan 17 – Sea of Treachery – Heavy Metal – Cincinnati, OH
  • Week 62 – Dec 21 – Immersed in Darkness – Black Metal – Brownsville, Texas
  • Week 61 – Dec 14 – Skälmöld – Metal – Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Week 60 – Dec 7  –  The Local Band – Rock – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 59 – Nov 30 – Re-Armed – Melodic Death/Thrash Metal – Kerava, Finland
  • Week 58 – Nov 23 – Ashen Crown – Metal – West Midlands, UK
  • Week 57 – Nov 16 – FEJD –  Swedish Folk – Trollhattan, Sweden
  • Week 56 – Nov 9 – Forever Still – Hard Rock/Metal – Copenhagen, Denmark – This is where it all started.  ONE YEAR AGO, THEY WERE THE FIRST LET’S REVISIT
  • Week 55 – Nov 2  –  Krigere Wolf – Black Death Metal – Catania, Sicily
  • Week 54 – Oct 26 – Aephanemer – Melodic Death Metal – Toulouse, France
  • Week 53 – Oct 19 – Infected Rain – Nu Metal/Nu Metalcore – Chișinău, Moldova
  • Week 52 – Oct 12 – The Veer Union – Hard Rock/NuMetal – Vancouver, BC
  • Week 51 – Oct 5 – Ligature Marks – Metal – Portland, Oregon
  • Week 50 – Sept 28 – AEolian – Metal – Palma, Spain
  • Week 49 – Sept 21 – Smorrah – Thrash/Death Metal – Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • Week 48 – Sept 14 – Beyond the Styx – Hardcore Metal – Tours, France
  • Week 47 – Sept 7 – Brackish Tide –  Metal – Somerset County, MD
  • Week 46 –  August 31 – Kryptos – Old School Heavy Metal – Bangalore, India
  • Week 45 – August 24 – Spyder Volt – Alternative Rock – Laredo, Texas
  • Week 44 –  August 17 – Descent of The ArchAngel – Underground Metalcore – US
  • Week 43 –  August 10 – Dark Messiah – Heavy Metal – Winnipeg, Canada
  • Week 42 –   August 3 – Arcsin -Modern Melodic Progressive Metal – Miami, FL 
  • Week 41 –  July 27 –  Methane Metal – Southern Thrash Metal – Sweden/Jersey
  • Week 40 –  July 20 –  Bloodred Hourglass – Melodic Death/Thrash – Mikkeli, FI
  • Week 39 –  July 13 –  Atarka – Metal – Birmingham, UK. 
  • Week 38 –  July 6   –  Silverbullet Band – Symp Heavy Metal – Riihimaki, Suomi
  • Week 37 –  June 29 –  Hammer Down Hard – New Age Hard Rock/Metal
  • Week 36 – June 22 –  Syth Glasgow – Old School Metal – Glasgow, Scotland
  • Week 35 –  June 15  – Virtues – Metalcore – Brisbane, Australia
  • Week 34 –  June 8  –  Vovkulaka  – Dark Angry Evil Metal – Odessa, Ukraine
  • Week 33 –  June 1  –  Executioner  – Hardcore Thrash – San Antonio, Texas
  • Week 32 – May 25 – Night Shadow – Power/Speed Metal – San Diego, California
  • Week 31 – May 18 – Primitive Machine – Rock, Dublin City, Ireland
  • Week 30 – May 11 – Daggerplay – Punk, R&R, Power Pop, Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 29 – May 4 –  Kalmo – Finnish Doom Metal – Kerava, Finland
  • Week 28 – April 27 – Repaid in Blood – Pure Fucking Geek Metal – San Jose, CA     
  • Week 27 – April 20 – Arch Enemy – Melodic Death Metal – Halmstad, Sweden 
  • Week 26 – April 13 – Falling Into Red – Hard Alter Rock – Pittsburg, PA
  • Week 25 – April 6 – Tulsadoom – Evil Barbaric Heavy Thrash – Vienna, Austria 
  • Week 24 – March 30 – Dream Troll – Old School Rock – Leeds, England
  • Week 23 – March 23 – The 69 Eyes – Goth & Roll – Helsinki Finland
  • Week 22 – March 16 – Ghost Season – Alternative Metal – Athens, Greece
  • Week 21 – March 9 – Vane – Pirate Melodeath Metal – Poland
  • Week 20 – March 2 – Ravenscroft – Rock – Orange, California
  • Week 19 – Feb 23 –  Love Machine – Heavy Rock – Milano, Italy
  • Week 18 – Feb 16 – Children of Bodom – Melodic Death Metal – Espoo, Finland
  • Week 17 – Feb 9 – 10 Gauge – Hard Rock – England, UK
  • Week 16 – Feb 2 – Everlit – Hard Rock – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Week 15 – Jan 26 – Victim of Illusion – Progressive Rock – Turin, Italy
  • Week 14 – Jan 19 – September Sky – Alternative Metal – Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Week 13 – Jan 12 – The Edge of Reason – Post Hardcore – Regensburg, Germany
  • Week 12 – January 1, 2019 New Years Day – The HU BAND – MONGOLIA
  • Week 11 – Dec 29 – Apocalyptica – Rock/Metal – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 10 – Dec 22 – Hidden Scars – Prog/Indus Metal – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Week  9 –  Dec 15 – In Hell – Black Death Metal – Lille, France
  • Week  8 –  Dec 08 – Fireproven – Prog Death Metal – Tampere, Finland
  • Week  7 – Nov 30 – Amon Amarth – Death Metal – Tumba, Sweden
  • Week  6 – Nov 23 – Chernobyls Uterus – Grindcore Metal – Pripyat, Ukraine
  • Week  5 – Nov 17 – Five Finger Death Punch – Metal – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Week  4 – Nov 10 – Universal Theory – Gothic Metal – Madrid, Spain
  • Week  3 – Nov 03 – Mawcore – Hard Rock/Metal – Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
  • Week  2 – Oct 27 – Sin7 Band – Heavy Metal – Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Week  1 – Oct 20 – Forever Still – Hard Rock/Metal – Copenhagen, Denmark

 

WEEK 171 – DARKEST OATH

My HeadBangers welcome the Symphonic Black Metal Band, from Athens, Greece:

DARKEST OATH

“Erebus Awakes”

Darkest Oath

Listen to this one, I’m hearing some speed/power metal in there.  I love this sound.  Let’s take a look at some background on this band.  I couldn’t find much but I’ll give you what I did find.

You might know they were formed in 1992-1993 when their name was Ceremony.  In 1993 they became Darkest Oath and are still going today.  I looked everywhere for a bio, but maybe that’s how they want it, mysterious.  

Ok my HEADBANGERS, the NecroChrist sent me some bio, it’s a lot so I will only put the highlights, so here we go:

With a history reaching back to the early-1990s, DARKEST OATH belongs to the primordial protagonists of the traditional Hellenic Black Metal sound. While DARKEST OATH has mainly functioned as a creative outlet of multi-instrumentalist Dimitris/Jim “Necrochrist” Angelinas (vocals, guitars bass, drum programming – CEREMONY, MEDIEVAL DEMON).

Come autumn 1993, DARKEST OATH entered the iconic Storm Studios to record their premiere composition “Ceremonial Whispers of the Ancient Goat”, realized with the support of Chris (guitars) and George “Morbid” Zacharopoulos (keyboards – NECROMANTIA, etc.) While boasting all of the qualitative aspects of the classic Greek Black Metal sound, Necrochrist also managed to add his own distinctive touch through his gift for writing long, soaring melodies backed up by throbbing, almost hypnosis-inducing beats. Having finished studio work and issuing the song as a single-track promo tape, Necrochrist got in touch with fellow Greek atmospheric Death Metal act INVOCATION to put out a shared split 7” – presumably to be issued by the most important local label at the time: Molon Lave. However, for some reason the DARKEST OATH/INVOCATION split was only distributed as a promotional tape, and George Osmak of Molon Lave instead suggested that Necrochrist should record a second track at Storm Studios, which would then be issued along with “Ceremonial Whispers…” on 7” vinyl. The result was the “Paradise of the Infernal Torment” (1994) EP/single, which arguably remains as the band’s best known and most widely distributed work to this day.

Following the release of this classic piece of blackened Hellenic steel, DARKEST OATH went into a period of hibernation, as Necrochrist were obliged to fulfilled his duties in the Greek army. When activities were resumed in 1996, DARKEST OATH had been extended to a quartet with guitarists Akis and Nektarios joining, along with Margaret (keyboards) – although the trio appears to have been recruited on a session basis rather than as full-fledged members.  With Molon Lave as well as Storm Studios on the wane (or ceasing to exist), the band entered another well-known Athenian studio (Studio 5) for the recording of a promotional release with the concise title “Promo Tape 1996”. Despite showing a promising and rather natural progression towards a lusher and more atmospheric sonic panorama, “Promo Tape 1996” didn’t manage to gain much attention at the time, except for a feature on Metal Invader’s “Warzone” compilation series – perhaps as a result of minimized promotion and distribution.

With diminished prospects, DARKEST OATH once again entered a period of inactivity. In fact, it would take ten years before the band showed any signs of life. At last, in 2006, Necrochrist decided to resurrect DARKEST OATH together with the assistance of Vasilis (guitars) and Panagiotis (bass). This time the band chose to handle the recordings themselves at Necrochrist’s home studio. The end product was a demo CDr entitled “De Occulta Philosophia” (2006), which included six tracks of a different nature than the band’s previous works. The style has changed quite dramatically and could best described as Heavy Metal-ized symphonic Black Metal with a strong keyboard presence.

Several apocryphal songs were recorded by Necrochrist alone in the wake of “De Occulta…”, yet remained hidden from the light for many years until brothers Alexandros and Kostas Karras of MEDIEVAL DEMON / Bowel of Noise Records proposed to put out a compilation of all previous DARKEST OATH material. This project was eventually realized as a CD release bearing the title “Libations to the Ancient Goat” (2013) – a very informative and comprehensive offering that compiles the total discography of DARKEST OATH along with a bunch of unreleased tracks recorded in the previously mentioned interim period.

According to the band’s official outlet, DARKEST OATH appears to once again have risen from the grave with an eyebrow-raising lineup consisting of Jim Necrochrist (vocals, guitars), Uncanny (guitars – MEDIEVAL DEMON), Jim Mutilator (bass – ROTTING CHRIST, VARATHRON, YOTH IRIA, etc.), George Kollias (EXTREMITY OBSESSION, NIGHTFALL, NILE, etc.), Achilles A (keyboards – SILENT WINTER) and Anastasia (vocals). A full-length album (the band’s first actually) is currently in the making under the working title “Daemon Pyre ov Gnosis”.

This is the best pic of all of them together that I could find.  I usually can find anything on a band, but like I said mysterious.  There are more pics on FB.  You know I like finding out everything I can about a band, I have searched the web, been everywhere and still I’m at a lost.  All I know is I really like their sound and those growl vocals are killer.  If anyone has anything else to add just let me know and it shall be done.  In the meantime check them out on FB like I said and Instagram.  That’s about all I have right now.  But the music is a killer, seriously.

Now if he doesn’t get to you I don’t know what will.

Here are the members of the band:

NecroChrist – Vox-Guitars

George Kollias – Drums (Session)

Jim Mutilator – Bass

Achilles A. – Key’s Orchestration

Uncanny – Lead Guitars

Anastasia – Vox, Choirs

That’s all I have my HeadBangers, I’m disappointed that this is all I could find, that music grabbed me and I had to go with it.  If I can find anything else I will do an update.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..
 

HUMP DAY – WE’RE ALMOST THERE…

My HeadBangers you know sometime I just stumble upon a band that really grabs me, and you know as I always say what speaks to me may not speak to you, nothing wrong with that, but this band I just had to bring, they fkin grabbed me…..

UNTIL I WAKE

“Inside My Head”

These guys are from Buffalo, New York.  I am discovering so many great bands right in my own backyard.  Sing it for me guys…

SOILWORK

“ÖVERGIVENHETEN”

PERKELE!!!!!!  SCREAM IT OMFG,  no one can keep me from my nordic bands.  They are the best growl vocalist in the world.  YESSSSSSS….  Swedish Melodic Death Metal since 1996..  ok I gotta breathe…

Now for the final band, seriously if you headbangers can’t survive till Friday after these 3 bands, wth and I supposed to do to you lmao…..

WITHIN DESTRUCTION

“Nightmare”

This band is from Slovenia, Europe.  Do you hear those growl vocals?  This is what I’m talking about.  Those are so deep down pull it out of you soul growl vocals.  I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep tonite.

OK my HeadBangers enjoy and be back Friday for the weekly band, and this one, well I heard one song and that was it, be here, later….

WEEK 170 – THE HALO EFFECT

My Headbangers welcome from Gothenburg, Sweden, and new band with seasoned members:

THE HALO EFFECT

“Days Of The Lost”

“Feel What I Believe”

Well my HeadBangers do they look and sound familiar?  Just listening to their sound, and you can’t miss the vocalist can you????  I hope the hell not.  Well let’s look at some info on this band and maybe you’ll remember…..

The Halo Effect is a Swedish heavy metal band formed by former members of IN FLAMES. They are signed to the Nuclear Blast label, and released their debut single, “Shadowminds” on November 9, 2021, ahead of a planned debut album in 2022. The band’s name comes from the song off Rush’s album Clockwork Angels.  

Do your recognize them now??

The Halo Effect was founded by five friends whose careers had intersected at different times in the band In Flames. Jesper Strömblad was a founding member of In Flames in 1990, and in 1993 Mikael Stanne (who founded the band Dark Tranquility and remains its sole founding member today) worked as a session vocalist on In Flames’ demo tape and debut album. Niclas Engelin and Peter Iwers joined In Flames in 1997, and Daniel Svensson joined In Flames in 1998 after Niclas Engelin quit. Subsequently, Strömblad, Iwers, and Svensson played together in In Flames for over 20 years by the time Strömblad quit that band in 2010.

The Halo Effect coalesced in 2020 during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and according to press releases, the motivating idea behind the band was to return to the roots of the 1990s “Gothenburg sound” that pioneered the melodic death metal genre.

Their debut album is due to be released August 12, 2022, after which the band will be touring Europe and the UK throughout September and October.

“Shadowminds”

Let’s meet the band just for those who don’t know…

Niclas Engelin – Lead Guitar (2021-present)

Peter Iwers – Bass Guitar (2021-present)

Mikael Stanne – Lead Vocals (2021-present)

Jesper Strömblad – Rhythm Guitar (2021-present)

Daniel Svensson – Drums (2021-present)

My Thoughts:

I’m still trying to figure out why Gothenburg has been on my mind a lot lately.  Well with me I’ll keep searching till it comes to me.  I love these guys, you know I’m a sucker for a good growl vocalist, and Mikael is one of the best.  It’s like his voice is harsh and rough and it comes out right into your face, I love it.  Check out Dark Tranquillity, Week 113, they were on the blog then.  I think this bunch getting together was fate.  They just meld together, but then they are seasoned musicians.  The music is great what else can anyone say about them.  Oh yeah the hair, do I need to mention it lmao.  Check them out on FB and all your social medias they are there.  Sorry for the shortness, I’ve been working almost 10 hours a day,  but just for this week.

That’s it for this week, join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

HUMP DAY – WE’RE ALMOST THERE…

Well my HeadBangers we’re almost through another week so here are 3 bands to help you make it the rest of the way….. FYI I’m going to start posting this at 2AM my time so my HeadBangers over the ocean will get it early, see I love you guys.

BAEST

“Creature”

WTAF is this that I have just found.  I don’t know where they are from but damn those growl vocals.  I’m going to be right back, I have to find out…   JESUS I always am drawn to these Nordic METALHEADS lmao!   Baest is a Danish death metal band formed in 2015 in Aarhus. Their name was initially spelled Bæst, the Danish word for “beast” or “brute”.  You know they have to be on a Friday one of these weeks.  Listen to that voice, it kills me.

BLOODRED HOURGLASS

“leaves”

These guys are from Finland, and I am telling you if you can see them live DO IT!!!  This bands puts on the best show and the growl vocals coming ripping right out of his heart.  I’m not kidding, I’ve seen them and have been hooked ever since.  And something for my dark HeadBangers, just heard it today, was released May 7th so here you go…

CULTUS BLACK

“Killing The Beautiful”

Let me know what you think, I like it, it’s not my usual but hey music is the spice of our lives.  See you back Friday for the weekly band.  Don’t miss it.

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