Melodeath supergroup The Halo Effect (ex-In Flames, Dark Tranquillity) announce headline UK and Europe tour

The Halo Effect in 2021
(Image credit: Lucas Englund)

Swedish melodic death metal collective The Halo Effect have announced a headline tour of the UK and Europe for 2025.

The band, composed of former In Flames members including current Dark Tranquillity vocalist Mikael Stanne, will hit the road in January with support from Peter Tägtren’s industrial project Pain and melodeath up-and-comers Bloodred Hourglass.

See the full list of dates below.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday (May 8) at 9am UK time / 10am CEST.

The Halo Effect formed in 2020 and released their debut album, Days Of The Lost, the following year via Nuclear Blast.

The band started in Gothenburg as a joint venture between five of the city’s veteran melodeath musicians, who’d long known each other through performing and touring together.

Stanne told Metal Hammer in 2021: “We started talking, like, ‘Hey, we should do something together,’ like you do after a few beers.

“Then you realise that, of course, you don’t have time for anything like that, but it still sounds fun. But I was in, because I was really in writing mode. I was just finishing all the lyrics for the latest DT album [2020’s Moment].

“I was sitting here writing anyway and screaming into a microphone, so I was like, ‘Yeah, send me some stuff and I’ll see what I can do.’”

Metal Hammer journalist Rich Hobson gave Days Of The Lost an 8/10 review upon release.

Hobson wrote: “It’s testament to just how enduring Gothenburg’s influence is that Days Of The Lost doesn’t sound dated – if anything, the album is a marvellous display of the same elements that have seen everyone from Arch Enemy to Amon Amarth conquer massive crowds over the past 20 years.”

The Halo Effect have put out three standalone singles – Path Of Fierce Resistance, The Defiant One and Become Surrender – in the past year.

Their second studio album is expected to be released in 2024.

The band have previously toured with the likes of Machine Head, Amon Amarth and Meshuggah.

Stanne’s band Dark Tranquillity will release their next album, Endtime Signals, on August 16 via Century Media.

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The Halo Effect – Halos Over Europe 2025 tour dates:

Jan 16: Amager Bio, Copenhagen
Jan 17: Hamburg Markthalle, Germany
Jan 18: Cologne Essigfabrik, Germany
Jan 19: Haarlem Patronaat, Netherlands
Jan 21: Bristol The Fleece, UK
Jan 22: Glasgow Slay, UK
Jan 23: Wolverhampton KK’s Steel Mill, UK
Jan 24: Manchester Club Academy, UK
Jan 25: London Electric Ballroom, UK
Jan 26: Antwerp Trix, UK
Jan 28: Paris Bataclan, France
Jan 29: Frankfurt Batschkapp, Germany
Jan 31: Stuttgart LKA Longhorn, Germany
Feb 01: Munich Backstage, Germany
Feb 02: Solothurn Kulturfabrik Kofmehl, Switzerland
Feb 04: Berlin Kulturbrauerei Kesselhaus, Germany
Feb 05: Leipzig Hellraiser, Germany
Feb 06: Vienna Arena Wien, Austria
Feb 07: Budapest Barba Negra Blue Stage, Hungary
Feb 08: Brno Sono Centrum, Czech Republic
Feb 09: Warsaw Progresja, Poland

Matt Mills
Contributing Editor, Metal Hammer

Louder’s resident Gojira obsessive was still at uni when he joined the team in 2017. Since then, Matt’s become a regular in Prog and Metal Hammer, at his happiest when interviewing the most forward-thinking artists heavy music can muster. He’s got bylines in The Guardian, The Telegraph, NME, Guitar and many others, too. When he’s not writing, you’ll probably find him skydiving, scuba diving or coasteering.