Halo : London W1 100 Club
...from the frankly plain insipid to the (almost) inspiring...
On 'Still Here' and 'Sanctimonious', the tumbling guitars and freestyle falsetto vocals of Graeme Moncrieff (could the poor lad have a less rock n' roll name?) are spectacular, nudging Halo on a path towards Muse-style greatness complete with squalling feedback and heroic rock postures. It's just when they try and reign in their sound to deliver something with smoother edges and a more definite chorus, it all falls flat. Then the Bristol quartet sound like a band hedging their bets, refusing to commit to all-out metal pomposity for fear of alienating more delicate ears. It may make them more radio-friendly but the best thing Halo could do now is learn the art of no compromise. Then things should get really interesting.
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