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The Halo Effect: New Band Reunites Five Former Members of In Flames


In an announcement sure to pique fan curiosity, five former members of In Flames have teamed up to launch a new band, The Halo Effect. Specifically…

  • Mikael Stanne (vocals)
  • Jesper Strömblad (guitar)
  • Niclas Engelin (guitar)
  • Peter Iwers (bass)
  • Daniel Svensson (drums)

Stanne was only a member of In Flames for a brief time in the early ’90s. He appears on their album Lunar Strain, and went on, of course, to front Dark Tranquillity, a band of which he is still a member today.

Strömblad left in In Flames in 2010, and appears on all of their releases up to and including 2008’s A Sense of Purpose. He has been openly critical of In Flames since leaving the band, calling it “a sinking ship” and suggesting that the remaining members should change the name given their new creative direction and how few founding members are left in the line-up.

Iwers left In Flames in 2016 after nearly two decades with the group to “pursue other endeavors.” He started a new band, Cyhra, with Strömblad the following year.

Svensson left In Flames in 2015 after 17 years “to take care and spend more time with the most important people in my life – my wife and my three daughters.”

Engelin, meanwhile, replaced Strömblad in In Flames… but has been sitting out touring with the band since 2019 “due to strong medical advisement.” Chris Broderick (ex-Megadeth, Act of Defiance) has been filling in ever since. It’s not clear if Engelin will ever return to In Flames or not.

As of this writing, The Halo Effect have released a promo photo (above), but no new music yet.

Stay tuned for more…

[via The PRP]

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