THE HALO EFFECT with Former IN FLAMES members release single and video 'Shadowminds'
Announce tour dates with Machine Head & Amon Amarth
Five former members of the Swedish metal band IN FLAMES — Jesper Strömblad (guitar), Daniel Svensson (drums), Peter Iwers (bass), Niclas Engelin (guitar) and Mikael Stanne (vocals) — have launched a new project called THE HALO EFFECT. The band now released its first ever single and accompanying video for ‘Shadowminds’.
Watch ‘Shadowminds’ below.
Get the single digitally, AT THIS LOCATION.
The band comments: “We are incredibly excited to unveil this new band with one of the first songs that we wrote together. We felt strongly that this was the right direction for the band. Finding identity, finding a drive and passion is what the song is about and also what this band is about. What drove us to do this in the first place, what obstacles have we overcome in order to fully commit to this lifestyle? It’s about how easy it is to get lost if you lose focus and passion for what you do.
With the video we wanted to convey the emptiness of the city in the early stages of the pandemic and what we saw outside of the studio as we were writing but we also love the cool dystopic imagery so we made the city look even more barren and destroyed. Enjoy!”
Strömblad quit the band in February 2010 in order to continue receiving treatment for his alcohol addiction.
Five years ago, Jesper slammed his former bandmates, calling the group a “sinking ship” and saying IN FLAMES singer Anders Fridén has “never been a songwriter.”
Svensson, who joined IN FLAMES in 1998, announced in 2015 that he was leaving the group to focus on his family life.
A member of IN FLAMES since 1997, Iwers issued a statement in November 2016 saying that he was exiting the band “to pursue other endeavors.”
Engelin has been sitting out IN FLAMES‘ tour dates for the past two and a half years but has never officially confirmed his departure from the band. Engelin’s replacement for IN FLAMES‘ live shows for most of 2019 and early 2020 has been former MEGADETH and current ACT OF DEFIANCE guitarist Chris Broderick.
When Engelin was asked in an August 2020 interview with the “MetalBreak” podcast what his “future” with IN FLAMES was, he responded, “I choose to pass on that question,” before quickly adding, “I’m still in the band.”
As of last year, Engelin was not listed as a member of IN FLAMES on the band’s Facebook page (Broderick was), and he is not featured in any of IN FLAMES‘ current promotional photos from the group’s record label, Nuclear Blast.
IN FLAMES recruited American drummer Tanner Wayne, best known for his work with UNDERMINDED, SCARY KIDS SCARING KIDS and CHIODOS, to sit behind the kit for the band for its 2018, 2019 and 2020 live appearances. Wayne stepped into IN FLAMES following the departure of Joe Rickard, who played on the band’s “I, The Mask” and “Battles” albums.
Shortly after leaving IN FLAMES, Iwers joined CYHRA, the band featuring vocalist Jake E (ex-AMARANTHE) and Strömblad. He announced his departure from that band in May 2018.
The band have also announced their first ever tour, accompanying Swedish death metal berserkers AMON AMARTH and US thrashers MACHINE HEAD on 31 dates throughout Europe and the UK.
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 Sept/Oct!“
European Tour 2022
AMON AMARTH, MACHINE HEAD /w THE HALO EFFECT
08.09. UK Nottingham – Arena
09.09. UK Cardiff – Arena
10.09. UK London – Wembley Arena
12.09. UK Manchester – Arena
13.09. IE Dublin – 3 Arena
16.09. CH Zurich – Hallenstadion
17.09. AT Vienna – Stadthalle
18.09. PL Krakow – Tauron Arena
20.09. EST Tallinn – Saku Arena
21.09. FIN Helsinki – Ice Hall
23.09. N Oslo – Spektrum
24.09. S Stockholm – Hovet
26.09. DK Copenhagen – Forum Black Box
27.09. DE Hamburg – Barclays Arena
28.09. DE Frankfurt – Festhalle
30.09. DE Oberhausen – König Pilsener Arena
01.10. DE Berlin – Velodrom
02.10. NL Amsterdam – Afas Live
04.10. IT Milano – Lorenzini District
06.10. ES Barcelona – Sant Jordi
07.10. ES Madrid – Vistalegre
08.10. ES La Coruna – Coliseum
09.10. P Lisbon – Campo Pequeno
12.10. FR Paris – Zenith
14.10. DE Munich – Olympiahalle
15.10. DE Leipzig – Arena
16.10. CZ Prague – Tipsport Arena
18.10. HU Budapest – Barba Negra
20.10. LUX Esch zur Alzette – Rockhal
21.10. BE Brussels – Forest National
22.10. DE Stuttgart – Schleyerhalle
THE HALO EFFECT is:
Niclas Engelin | guitar
Jesper Strömblad | guitar
Mikael Stanne | vocals
Peter Iwers | bass
Daniel Svensson | drums