Halo - Remembrance
Track Listing -
01: My Compromise
04: Full Speed
05: Darkness Alone
07: Simon Says
08: Just One of Many
09: Knowitall (Acoustic Intro Mix)
10: My Appeal To Reason
Though it's not a follow up to "Nights And Days", "Remembrance" is a very satisfying musical experience. The songs may not be quite as polished as the debut EP, but the tunes sound great, and are every bit as good as the songs from the disc.
Made up of unreleased material, and released as a tribute to former lead guitarist Robert "Furi" Furman who sadly passed away in November of 2013, the songs on the disc are very well crafted and full of emotion.
The disc kicks off with "My Compromise", a very crunchy song with an excellent vocal performance from front-man Simon Talbot. "Blamer", the second track, starts off with a simple, and beautiful, guitar melody, before the band settle into a nice hard rock groove, very characteristic of the bands material.
"Knowitall" starts off the same way as the previous track, very beautiful and melodically, building upon a simple guitar riff and a driving bass line. A dark and moody sort of song, the vocals are just dripping emotion. When the full band kick in with an all out rocker (and a very cool synth part!), it's clear that these musicians have a lot of skilled songwriting in their past.
"Full Speed" begins as a beautiful ballad, before kicking in full force with an all out rocker. Some killer guitar riffs, a driving rhythm section, and amazing vocals. It's hard not to get your head pounding to this killer song! "Darkness Alone" is another melodic rocker, as only Halo can perform. As usual, the guitars are the real start of this show, and they sound phenomenal. Simon turns in a great performance, singing the words written by Angela Buchanan.
"Dictator" kicks off with a sort of old school Black Sabbath vibe to it, before settling in to the sound Halo is known for, melodically beautiful guitars, a rhythm section all about propelling the song forward with all of their little nuances, and some beautiful vocal melodies to top it all off.
"Simon Says" is my personal favorite track on the disc. The music is just perfect, with the driving guitars, pounding rhythm section, and the sweet sounds of Simon's vocal performance. Lyrically, the tracks is based on the children's nursery rhyme of the same name. "Just One of Many" is much like the rest of the album, very melodic at times, and very heavy during others.
Rounding out the disc are a beautiful acoustic intro mix version of "Knowitall", and a vocal only performance of "My Appeal To Reason" from the EP. While the albums release was done under sad conditions, it's a great way to say good-bye to an amazing musician.