The Halo Effect, featuring five former members of the Swedish metal band In Flames, has inked a contract with Nuclear Blast. The band’s debut single, “Shadowminds,” will arrive on November 9th.
In Flames founder Jesper Strömblad, is joined in The Halo Effect by drummer Daniel Svensson, bassist Peter Iwers, Guitarist Niclas Engelin and vocalist Mikael Stanne.
The band had this to say in a statement,
“Having grown up alongside Nuclear Blast in the early days of extreme metal, it just makes perfect sense for The Halo Effect to partner with this prestigious label. Our music holds true to our roots and what made us who we are today while trusting our shared experiences to move forward. Joining our old and new friends at Nuclear Blast Records is an honour and a privilege and we look forward to to releasing this labor of love for metal together!”
Jens Prueter, head of A&R 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 Halo Effect has also announced its first-ever tour, accompanying the Swedish death metal monsters, Amon Amarth along with Machine Head as they trek through throughout Europe playing 31 dates.
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!”