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Fallen

by Halo's Grace

Modern & progressive psychedelia, exploring the extremes of loud and soft...Imagine Tony Iommi and Billy Corgan meeting Robert Fripp at David Gilmour's Bar-B-Q.
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1. Rain's Reason
6:17 album only
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2. Neverland
5:56 album only
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3. Fallen
4:50 album only
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4. More than you...Less than me / Chloroformal
17:19 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
HALO'S GRACE, a strange batch of musicians hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The band formed in the afterbirth of a previous musical "project" aptly named LOVEPOONANNYBADD.

Officially beginning in late 1995, the band has quietly become one of the most interesting and eclectic combinations of neo-psychedelia and modern rock both in and outside their place of origin.

Their music seamlessly combines long, spacey jams with heavy and melodic hooks. Some cited influences include Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, King Crimson, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead and Jeff Buckley. Other influences stretch deeply into Jazz and Classical.

The band's sound can be described as deeply "musical", wildly dynamic, and convincingly atmospheric. Attention is drawn heavily towards the instrumental arrangement of the songs, without heavy reliance on the vocals. Many of the bands' songs contain heavy handed guitar hooks that dwell off into lush strings and delay drenched soundscapes.

Vintage instrumentation utilizing Rhodes and Hammond organ, Mellotron, and Ebow can be heard alongside space-age synth patches and sonic-fuzz guitar riffs on the latest (and limited) release, the FALLEN E.P. While only containing 5 songs, the disc spans a near 40 minutes long. It covers a broad spectrum of sound from the sonically dissonant "Rain's Reason" to the hidden rainy day soundtrack of "Chloroformal". Each tune embodies an entirely new feeling, making this EP a wholistic and interesting listen every time.

Sadly, the band's "pumpkinesque" first LP (their self-titled debut) was released in very limited quantity due to an independant record label mishap. Released in 1998, only about 250 copies are in existence.

In June of 2001, the band went through the first major change in its 6 year history. Original guitarist Brian Bernadowski amicably left the band pursuing other life interests. He was replaced by former frontman Alex Domian of the band SUGARNOVA. Strangely enough, they were a band that shared the stage many times in the beginning with HALO'S GRACE. The original lineup of Halo's Grace, along with Alex, plan to record the remainder of songs completing the FALLEN ep this Fall.




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David Sallinger - Daily News

Ominous, urgent, aural. Very listenable, like music from the heart of space.
RAIN'S REASON opens the package ominously before thrashing it up a few notches. A rumbly tune, like Black Sabbath. It proceeds to pull back to a more lyrical level like the calmness after the titular storm. Again, it pulls back even farther to a sense of open sea once the storm has passed. Very suite. NEVERLAND quickly strikes the ear as a new millenial version of a 1960's hot rod theme. The title track, FALLEN, is a favorite entry. It opens urgently with a great aural burst that's mysterious, almost Celtic. What really works is the urgent chording at the end of the song. The call and response riffing resembles Morse Code...A good hook. The opening bars of the anthemic MORE THAN YOU...LESS THAN ME leads into flower-powered vocals that turn insistent, even threatening. After an epic orchestral interlude, the song lifts in altitude suggesting the listener to join in a world defined by music. The song ends into an unusual stretch of "silence" which may fool some people into swiching off their CD player before hearing the keeper CHLOROFORMAL. As its name suggests, the song is dreamlike, as if being adrift on ocean swells or lazing on a rainy day. Very listenable, like music from the heart of space
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