NICLAS ENGELIN of THE HALO EFFECT: Streaming has made music more disposable
In a new interview with Metalleriumancient IN FIRE and current THE HALO EFFECT guitarist Nicolas Engelin lamented that physical copies of music are disappearing, making music more disposable.
“I remember back in the 80s when I started embracing heavy metal and everything heavy metal, DIO released the album ‘Sacred Heart’ [in 1985] and I was maybe sixth grade or something,” he recalled (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “And they released this single, “Hungry for Paradise” – an amazing single. I bought the physical single with the bonus track on the B side. And we had to wait until September for the album to come out. That was the magic behind it all, because you played the single back to back all summer, and then the album came out the same day when we went back to school. I remember this. And then the same day, we saw a big poster, ‘DIO is coming to Gothenburg in November. ‘My God. We have to buy the tickets. And that was the magic about it. And you can only read it in magazines, maybe hear snippets of some songs on the radio, and maybe interviews with [singer] Ronnie [James Dio] Where [guitarist] Viviane Campbell or a member of the group. And that was the magic behind it. You had to think about it, ‘Maybe they live like that.’ “Yeah, he lives in a castle. “He’s a knight. We make up stories in your mind and between your friends, and we’ve been waiting for it. And that created a special magic, a special moment, because when the album hit the shelves, you were there, day one buyer, buying the album and going home and just listening ‘Sacred Heart’. … It is magic. And today’s society is totally different. I can watch my children when they play music. “Yes, I love this artist.” ‘What’s the name of the song?’ ‘Euh, I do not know. Number five is good. And number seven. They don’t know. They do not care. “Give me the song.” It’s something else these days. … You don’t take the time to dive into the music. I mean, buying your favorite album, walking out of the store, holding it in your hand — whether it’s CD or vinyl — you were, like, ‘I gotta get home right now.'”
As stated earlier, THE HALO EFFECTit is “Days of the Lost” recently entered the official chart in Sweden at position #1. It was believed to be the first time that a debut album by a metal band topped the chart in Sweden in its first week of release . “Days of the Lost” also landed at No. 6 in Germany.
In addition to Engelin, THE HALO EFFECT features four other former members of IN FIRE — Jesper Strömblad (guitar),Daniel Svensson (drums),Pierre Iwers (low) and Mikael Stanne (singing).
“Days of the Lost” was released on August 12 via Nuclear explosion.
THE HALO EFFECTThe very first tour will be the opening act for the Swedish death metal giants AMON AMARTH and American steelworkers MACHINE HEAD on 31 dates across Europe in the summer and fall of 2022.
Engelin was seated IN FIRE‘ has been touring for three and a half years but has never officially confirmed his departure from the group. Engelinis the replacement for IN FIRE‘ shows since then has been old MEGADETH and current ACT OF CHALLENGE guitarist Chris Broderick.
Svenssonwho joined IN FIRE in 1998, announced in 2015 that he was leaving the band to focus on his family life.
A member of IN FIRE since 1997, Iwers released a statement in November 2016 saying he was leaving the group “to pursue other projects”.
A founding member of IN FIRE, Strömblad left the band in February 2010 in order to continue receiving treatment for his alcohol addiction.