The sophomore album by BURN HALO, UP FROM THE ASHES, was released on Tuesday on Rawkhead Rekords (through Warner Music Groupâ€™s Independent Label Group) and can be heard in its entirety on AOL (http://aol.it/eQCe0l) and Rockaccess.net (http://bit.ly/j4CaMd).
Produced by Colby Wedgeworth, this new collection confirms BURN HALOâ€™s evolution from being essentially a solo project by former 18 Visions singer/songwriter James Hart to a full-blown, collaborative band. The music has grown too, and now marries the anthemic, radio-ready hard rock of their 2009 self-titled debut to metalcore flourishes reminiscent of 18 Visions.
The band—-James Hart (vocals), Joey Roxx (guitar), Brandon Lynn (guitar), Aaron Boehler (bass), Dillon Ray (drums)â€”is receiving steady radio support for the first single, â€œTear It Down,â€ from stations such as SiriusXMâ€™s â€œOctane,â€ WIIL (Chicago), KHTQ (Spokane), WCCC (Hartford) and WJJO (Madison). A video for the song will be hitting the TV and Internet airwaves soon, but fans can check out a behind-the-scenes teaser clip on the bandâ€™s YouTube page here: http://bit.ly/iOriSG.
UP FROM THE ASHES has been garnering rave reviews before its official release:
â€œâ€¦Burn Halo have taken a giant step forward on this new release with the maturity of the music and lyrics. The album’s lead-single “Tear It Down”â€¦is a pure blast of energy that is missing from a lot of today’s rock radio hits.â€ — Record Journal (CT)
â€œEpic. The term is over-used and inappropriately applied these days. It means heroic; majestic; impressively great. I think it applies to the second album from Burn Halo. UP FROM THE ASHES is their first album written as a band, and the results are impressive. The songs are ambitious, dramatic and heavy. They don’t sound exactly like any other band, but they feel like a cross between A7X and early G’n’R. Each song sounds like it could be the soundtrack to a Stallone, Statham, Vin Diesel or Van Damme movie…I really love this album, right from the first listen, and I am positive it will end up in my top 10 for 2011.â€ –Shockwavemagazine.com
â€œâ€¦Burn Halo is a rock and roll band that combines the best of the rock/metal genre and throws them in a spinner. The result is a hard hitting combination of the old and the new with a fresh spin that will appease the most seasoned rockerâ€¦a mix of great harmony, anthem style rock and roll chorusâ€™ that could have been plucked from decades passedâ€¦Basically if you tossed, Maiden, Disturbed, Alice In Chains, and whatever else you can pick up with your own ears while listening you get a taste of what Burn Halo has to offer while still giving you something new. A- rating.â€
â€œWith UP FROM THE ASHESâ€¦they lay down a thick, scourging foundation of chunky guitars, bass and drums while still keeping the filthy rock sensibilities of their last effortâ€¦Fusing the muscle and dark grit of Eighteen Visions, uber-melodic elements of Avenged Sevenfold and the middle finger to the world mentality of Velvet Revolver, this release has a little something for everybodyâ€¦If youâ€™re looking for a solid rock album from top to bottom then look no further than UP FROM THE ASHES. This time around Burn Halo have streamlined their sound to create a rich, rebellious record that fails to disappoint and turns out to be one hell of a ride.â€
â€œâ€¦dirty rock swing littered with a smattering of metal and even a little countryâ€¦James Hartâ€™s vocals are as bluesy/gritty as ever which only adds to the bands sound, as it should. The band itself are tightâ€¦Thereâ€™s so much talent and belief in these songs that you canâ€™t help but to like it. Itâ€™s full of that rock and roll arrogance and pulsing thunder that thereâ€™s no reason BURN HALO shouldnâ€™t be a rock/metal band for a very long timeâ€¦James Hart delivers possibly some of his greatest and most poignant lyrics ever. Perhaps the album, a rebirth if you will, should have been called Phoenix, but UP FROM THE ASHES delivers some damn fine Rockâ€™n’Roll.â€
In touring news, the band is hitting the road next month for shows with label mates Egypt Central, as well as an appearance at the WJJO Band Camp show in Madison, WI on July 30, with more shows to be announced in the coming weeks. Check them out at any of the following stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
Fri 7/15 Joliet, IL Mojoeâ€™s
Sat 7/16 Cedar Falls, IA The Wheelhouse
Sat 7/23 Tempe, AZ 910 Live
Sun 7/24 Las Vegas, NV Cheyenne Saloon
Mon 7/25 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
Tue 7/26 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
Wed 7/27 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
Sat 7/30 Madison, WI WJJO Band Camp