The Halo Effect has announced a handful of North American tour dates leading up to their appearance at the Milwaukee Metal Fest this May.
"Friends! We're extremely excited to let you know that our first ever US tour will take place this May! The week leading up to the Milwaukee Metal Fest will see us bringing some massive riffage and thunder to the cities/venues shown below," said The Halo Effect in a statement. "Tickets go on sale this Friday, so make sure not to miss out!"
5/20 Hardford, CT The Webster
5/21 Brooklyn, NY Monarch
5/22 Philadelphia, PA Brooklyn Bowl
5/23 Worcester, MA The Palladium Upstairs
5/24 Quebec City, QC Imperial Bell
5/25 Montreal, QC Fairmount Theatre
5/26 Toronto, ON Horseshoe
5/27 Detroid, MI Crofoot
5/28 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Metal Fest
Despite just releasing their debut album in 2022, The Halo Effect already has new material in the pipeline. The band premiered two new songs – "The Defiant One" and "Become Surrender" – during recent shows in both Gothenburg and Malmö, Sweden, and you can watch footage of both here.
For those unaware, is Dark Tranquility vocalist Mikael Stanne alongside former In Flames members Jesper Strömblad, Peter Iwers, Daniel Svensson, and Niclas Engelin. In a 2022 interview with Metal Injection, Stanne said he sees The Halo Effect as an enduring project and not just a one-off thing.
"I really see this as being an enduring project. We wrote way more songs for the album than what ended up [using], so we're already halfway through the next album in terms of songwriting. So we've got that covered. I mean, it's great.
"It's been difficult, of course, to kind of launch a new band, figuring out how things got to look, what an album's going to look like, logos, pictures, all that kind of stuff. But that's been fascinating to kind of start from nothing, but of course using all of our experience and contacts. So once we kind of get this going we're going to keep doing it, and everybody's super busy, obviously, with everything. So maybe it's going to be like whenever we play it's going to be more exclusive, I like to think.
"But no, we're going to keep doing it. We had a blast recording the album. We started rehearsing just before I went on this tour and it felt fantastic just to be in a room together and just going to play these songs. And so yeah, I think we have a good shot at continuing this. The reception so far has been fantastic. It's a fun thing but yeah, of course during the pandemic it's very easy to say yes to everything. And it's not that I regret it, but I realize that I'm in over my head here because I'm never going to be home again [laughs]. But it's all good."