Finnish melodic metal band Blackstar Halo have released their second full length album. Siren is a ambitious album packed with melodic metal and groovy riffs.
Band comments on the new album:
“It took about eight years of hard work, sweat, tears and pain to create “Siren” , but now as it is released, we surely feel reliefed that it is now out of our hands and got its chances. The world has changed radically during the process, both generally and what comes to consuming music. Yet we feel that the album is not a relic from the past, but a relevant piece of work also to today’s music lovers.”
The sound of the “Siren” could be described as a combination of Gothenburg metal (In Flames) and a hint of contemporary low tuned riffwork (Stam1na) with swedish production magic from Fascination Street Studios: Johan Örnborg mixing & Jens Bogren mastering. Album was partly crowdfunded and produced by the band independently. The theme of the album is temptation in many of its forms. Lyrics are not woven together thematically but most of the stories involve temptations in one way or the other, hence the name “Siren”. Musically “Siren” flirts with many periods, synths from the 80’s, power metal of the 90’s and riffs from present day, hopefully creating an enjoyable 47 minutes of relevant music for metal consumer in 2019.
Blackstar Halo was originally formed in 1998. At the time the band was called Downfall. In 2009 Downfall’s path came to an end and the band transformed to ”Blackstar Halo” – with a new lineup and direction.
Blackstar Halo released it’s debut album “Illuminated” in 2010. The album was pre-released nationwide in then prominent film rental chain ”Filmtown”. Along the album, a music video was released from the title song “Illuminated” made by Energia productions and Obscure entertainment (the makers of Star Wreck and Iron Sky).
Blackstar Halo presented their live skills in winter 2010 with Lacuna Coil and toured Finland with Scar Symmetry. The first time the band performed at international stages with current line-up, was at Copenhagen Live festival in Denmark with Rammstein, Bullet for my valentine, Slash and others.
Other notable gigs:
Headlining at Tavastia 2010, opening for Amorphis at Pakkahuone 2012, Club aurora St. Petersburg 2012.
“Blackstar Halo’s Illuminated is one of the most solid debuts of 2010”
-Jone Nikula, Radio Rock