A Dark Halo
Catalyst


2.0
poor

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
September 23rd, 2009 | 13 replies | 5,995 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A Dark Halo is a band that brings to mind many memories. Memories of the time I drove a horse-drawn carriage with square wheels over a road made of glass that was also covered in screaming cockroaches.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Let me take you back to a time when industrial bands roamed the Earth; now, let me take you back to 2006 where absolutely nothing changed for A Dark Halo. Shamelessly borrowing overused sound effects from 90’s industrial bands, A Dark Halo slithered in with their debut album Catalyst. Boy did they get attention. The Nintendo GameCube video game, ‘WWE Day of Reckoning 2’, featured two of their songs with one of them (‘Burn It All’) being the game’s theme song. A Dark Halo had it all: the attention of two big names (Nintendo and WWE), they were featured in a video game, and anyone who bought the video game would know the band. What could cause a band, with such a promising start, to be virtually unknown in the music scene? Blame the band.

Although A Dark Halo claims to be unique - they are the exact opposite. Everything from the predictable guitar riffs to the mercilessly boring vocals say that this band is nothing special. For every good moment in the album, an equally worse one shatters it into oblivion. Synthesizers that could theoretically be used effectively are instead cheesy, excessive, and unforgivably annoying. Don’t like the synthesizers? No sweat. Dave Lowmiller’s vocals give the album what only a half-brained stooge would want: pathethic, boring, uninspired, emotionless vocals. Listening to ‘Indestructible’ for any extended period of time carries with it the sort of horror one could previously only experience by stepping into a shower and then realizing Cthulhu is already inside.

Everything that A Dark Halo does wrong is thanks to Lowmiller. Don’t like the typical cold atmosphere with typical strings (that many bands do) and horrible synthesizers? Blame Lowmiller. Tired of the kind of vocals that could initiate murderous impulses for the listener? Blame Lowmiller. The decision to keep Lowmiller was an idiot’s move, because the rest of the band does their job. The guitars are decent enough, the screams are decent (if not over-produced), and the drums are solid. If A Dark Halo replaced their singer, and their entire supposedly unique genre, something good might come from this atrocity. As it is, A Dark Halo is still the genre-abusing, forgettable band that no one listens to because no one cares.



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pizzamachine
September 24th 2009



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Negative reviews are fun! Seriously though... don't listen to the album.

MentalityOfA
September 24th 2009



1213 Comments


A Dark Halo is a band that brings to mind many memories. Memories of the time I drove a horse-drawn carriage with square wheels over a road made of glass that was also covered in screaming cockroaches.



Great summary.

pizzamachine
September 24th 2009



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

My eye-catching summary worked! Glad you noticed it.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2009



8318 Comments


ok review. I don't think you justify your one though as you say that the rest of the band excluding Lowmiller is actually capable. From your final paragraph, it reads like it should be about 2 at least.

HOLYCRAP5OUTOF5
September 24th 2009



43 Comments


YOU JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND THEIR MUSICAL DEPTH OR INTEGRITY D:

pizzamachine
September 24th 2009



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Alright, I changed it to a 2.

HOLYCRAP5OUTOF5
September 24th 2009



43 Comments


YOU'RE 60% AWAY FORM UNDERSTANINDG

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2009



8318 Comments


well, i'll be honest, this isn't the best review I have ever read, but it is ok, so i guess i'll still pos as the line is "was this review well-written" not "was this review perfectly-written?".

pizzamachine
September 24th 2009



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Haha thanks, this was a difficult review (as you noticed). I'm not used to slamming albums.

HOLYCRAP5OUTOF5
September 24th 2009



43 Comments


YO IF YOU WANT TO WRITE A GOOD REVIEW WRITE A GOOD REVIEW EASY AS THAT SON BUT DON'T TAKE ADVICE FROM FAILKULA HE FAILS

pizzamachine
September 24th 2009



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeesh.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2009



8318 Comments


yaawn crapster, please, do at least try when you decide to insult me, ok.

ASnideReturns
February 12th 2014



3299 Comments


Five year bump.
Burn It All is a catchy as hell track.



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