Heaven In Her Arms - White Halo album review

Atmospheric Tokyo crew lose their bearings in the post

Cover art for Heaven In Her Arms - White Halo album

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Proponents of post-hardcore and post-metal, Heaven In Her Arms have now moved on to post-black metal. Drawing from the same well as Deafheaven and the Americanised extreme metal style, the five-piece stop short of creating anything truly inspiring. Surrounded by a cold and mournful atmosphere, the calmer moments lack the spaciousness and ambition of Alcest, despite the subgenre lending itself to shimmering soundscapes. The BM barrages hit hardest, with Kent’s glassgargling vocals exploding with power and hostility on Abyss Of The Moonbow, but the ‘post’ elements struggle to connect in a meaningful way. Many ideas are thrown around, but the clean guitar lines feel bolted on – even the electronics on epic closer Turbid Fog feel half-arsed. In a scene that relies on experimentation, it’s a mistake to tread water while your peers are already swimming to new and fruitful shores.

Luke Morton joined Metal Hammer as Online Editor in 2014, having previously worked as News Editor at popular (but now sadly defunct) alternative lifestyle magazine, Front. As well as helming the Metal Hammer website for the four years that followed, Luke also helped relaunch the Metal Hammer podcast in early 2018, producing, scripting and presenting the relaunched show during its early days. He also wrote regular features for the magazine, including a 2018 cover feature for his very favourite band in the world, Slipknot, discussing their turbulent 2008 album, All Hope Is Gone.