Swedish astral plane surfing progressive hard rock band, Hällas, will soon make their descent to the Northern Hemisphere, landing at Nemix in Newcastle this month.
Hällas’ latest album, ‘Excerpts from a Future Past’, released in 2017, fully captures the rock tendencies of the 1970s. The band’s sound is an amalgamation of hard rock, proto-heavy metal and progressive, all of which are generated and composed without sounding remotely exhausted or banal.
‘The Golden City of Semyra’ and ‘Shadow of the Templar’ are perfect examples of their reimagining of the 1970s rock and metal aestheticism in both musical production and execution of sound, with the clarity of composition in these songs giving clear way to hearing their touch of progressive rock. Additionally, the coherent production decision of having the band play their instruments simultaneously and organically generates a playing together dynamic that creates music that is cohesive in ways that intensively technical modern bands that use electronic effects just fail to replicate.
Regarded as the band’s most prolific solo due to its opening riff causing sensational auditory addiction, ‘Star Rider’ has seen a great rise in popularity from nostalgic 70s rock and metal listeners. The Sign Records ( Hällas’ record producer ) uploaded the official video to ‘Star Rider’ on YouTube in September 2017 and it has now gained almost 90,000 views in total.
With such a profound and evocative aesthetic of fantasy fiction with a digital avant-garde overlay, it is unquestionable how Hällas’ astral sounds captivate the many.
Hällas, along with local progressive rock band Kylver and Snakes Don’t Belong in Alaska, will play at Nemix in Newcastle on Friday 20th April. Advanced tickets, priced at £12, are available from bykergrave.gigcartlel.com. Tickets on the door are priced at £15.00.