"Halo" (Self-released; 2021)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

It seems there's been a lot more progressive metal out there these days and I don't know if that's just me discovering it or if maybe there's a resurgence. Regardless, you can count Eastern High and their second release, "Halo," among them.

"Halo" is a big sounding record with a universal atmosphere throughout. Its drum and bass are huge, driving most of the tunes with their sheer force. Vocalist Ola Svensson's sound fits the music like a glove. He just sings and adjusts his voice to the task at hand. There's not a lot of screaming or growling vocals on "Halo" (although they do make an occasional appearance) but Ola—like Cheap Trick's Robin Zander—is a man of a thousand voices. Especially on tracks like "Morning Star." And most of the tracks are surprisingly heavy. Sometimes you expect progressive metal to be a little ... I dunno ... thinned down, maybe? That's not the case with "Halo."

My favorite track is the head-banging "Notorious Enemy" but there's not a bad track to be found here. Things wind down nicely with the closing track, "Ashes to Ashes," which leaves things on a quieter note. Ola really shines here and, when the "heavier" kicks in at the three minute mark, it's the perfect cap for an excellent album.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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