The Halo Effect
Days of the Lost


3.7
great

Review

by Trey STAFF
August 12th, 2022 | 279 replies


Release Date: 08/12/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Modern Dark Tranquillity combined with Colony-era In Flames... what's not to love?

It’s impossible to discuss The Halo Effect’s debut album, Days of the Lost, without referencing Dark Tranquillity and In Flames. From the guitar melodies to the moody atmospheres, the inspiration comes directly from those two bands – and why shouldn’t it? The Halo Effect features Mikael Stanne of Dark Tranquillity on vocals and is rounded out entirely by ex-In Flames members including Jesper Stromblad and Niclas Engelin on guitars, Peter Iwers on bass, and Daniel Svensson on Drums. Even if you didn’t know about The Halo Effect’s members, it wouldn’t be hard to figure it out once the music starts because Days of the Lost proudly displays its influences on every song. From the In Flames camp, you get the energy and melodies that dominated the Colony era, and from Dark Tranquillity you get the moody, dense, song writing of the band’s modern sound.

Other than an In Flames-style guitar solo near the end, opening track “Shadowminds” sounds like it could have come from just about any Dark Tranquillity album post-Character. It opens with some fleeting electronics, a standard Dark Tranquillity guitar melody, a mid-tempo delivery, and Mikael Stanne’s easily recognizable vocals. Unfortunately, it was also the pre-release single and led some fans to believe Days of the Lost was going to be a Dark Tranquillity clone; it’s not – well, not entirely. Days of the Lost features songs such as the opening track, “The Needless End”, “In Broken Trust”, and “The Most Alone” that sound like a guitar-driven version of modern Dark Tranquillity. It’s no exaggeration to say that without any track data I would absolutely believe those songs were from a future Dark Tranquillity release – one where they let Christopher Amott and Johan Reinholdz contribute – but there’s more to the album than that. Days of the Lost is also a portal back to Colony-era In Flames. Songs such as “Days of the Lost”, “Conditional”, and “Feel What I Believe” all feature quick energetic tempos, prominent dual guitar melodies, and plenty of bouncy riffs but mixed with the superior vocals of Mikael Stanne.

If Days of the Lost was just a thinly veiled split release where Mikael Stanne dabbled in guitar-driven Dark Tranquillity, and ex-In Flames members got to relive the glory days of their classic era the album would still be good, but it wouldn’t feel cohesive. The songs that glue the album together are the ones where the band blends their influences into a single track. Songs such as “Gateways” are what I imagined Dark Tranquillity was going to sound like when they brought on Christopher Amott and Johan Reinholdz. These songs that blend the varying influences are dominated by quick tempos, solid guitar riffs, harmonies, and solos but they’re also still atmospheric and moody. Later in the album, the band even step slightly outside their comfort zone when they feature some hardcore shouts from Trivium’s Matt Heafy over a melancholic guitar harmony and pounding percussion culminating in Heafy singing over a Mikael Stanne growl.

Like many others, when “Shadowminds” was released, I thought it sounded like a decent Dark Tranquillity song, but nothing more. The significant Dark Tranquillity influence was also a surprise because The Halo Effect is almost entirely comprised of ex-In Flames members. Fortunately, though, Days of the Lost isn’t just a guitar-driven Dark Tranquillity clone. While there are songs that would fit comfortably in that band’s discography, there’s also a welcome throwback to Colony-era In Flames as well as a handful of songs that blend all the influences together. At the end of the day, The Halo Effect’s Days of the Lost is an excellent combination of modern-day Dark Tranquillity and Colony-era In Flames blended to varying degrees to deliver an album that should be a welcome addition to any fan of either band.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
zaruyache
August 12th 2022


25530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

opening lick of Days of the Lost came in and I went nuts



zaruyache
August 12th 2022


25530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

the rhythm riffs could go harder but the melodies whippp

Kusangii
August 12th 2022


4261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not expecting much from this but I'll give it a go

zaruyache
August 12th 2022


25530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

it rules from what i've heard!

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 12th 2022


9773 Comments


Album stream:
http://thehaloeffectse.bandcamp.com/album/days-of-the-lost

Will (try to) read and listen later in the day.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
August 12th 2022


28872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Great review Willie, some real nostalgia kicking in.

Dizchu
August 12th 2022


424 Comments


Days of the Lost should have been the opening track imo. Such a killer opening lead.

Will listen to the rest of the album soon, review convinced me to give it a shot.

Flugmorph
August 12th 2022


28259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not very impressed with this, feels like very melancholic Dark Tranquillity era stuff. Very mid-tempo, not a lot of energy or forward momentum.

Flugmorph
August 12th 2022


28259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not gonna be head over heals for this just because its jesper and the boys

Pikazilla
August 12th 2022


24558 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Aside from Come Clarity, this is better than anything In Flames have put out since Clayman. Colour me surprised.

Dizchu
August 12th 2022


424 Comments


It's pretty dece but aggressively safe. I know that's kind of the point since In Flames have gone off the rails and they wanted to return to their roots, but this could be any gothic-tinged melodeath band.

Dizchu
August 12th 2022


424 Comments


It's odd that most of the tracks are moody and mid-tempo while a couple are Colony-style bangers. I'd prefer it if the ratio was reversed.

Flugmorph
August 12th 2022


28259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this is yawn inducing stuff. As much as I want to like this based on the band members, this just feels like a lukewarm retreat of old ideas done better 20 years ago.

lucazade22
August 12th 2022


710 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is so so up my street. Sounds like Character era DT with some In Flames riffs thrown in.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
August 12th 2022


28872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

"Days of the Lost should have been the opening track imo."



Naah Shadowminds is perfect for an opener.

NordicNorth
August 12th 2022


40 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This sound is what I grew up on, I live for this shit. It isn't groundbreaking by any means but I know they didn't intend it to be. This is just a fun record made by good mates wanting to ode back to their early days. Long live this outfit man, can't wait for more.

Kusangii
August 12th 2022


4261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Mid-life crisis: the album

TheSpirit
August 12th 2022


30247 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I’ve been listening to a lot of melodeath lately so I am hype for this

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
August 12th 2022


18116 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Good to see you back in business. I'll be jamming this over the weekend.

StormChaser
August 12th 2022


1371 Comments


only a handful of bands can successfuly revisit their roots 20+ years after the fact

I have a feeling this won't be one such example

also stuff like this just makes me appreciate and love Paradise Lost so much more, since they went back to their early sound and IMPROVED on it substantially



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