BLACK HALOS, THE: …How the Darkness Doubled: LP

May 15, 2023

The more things change, the more they stay the same. If that isn’t already a Black Halos lyric, it should be. They were a pretty big deal to us folks on the Canadian West Coast in the late-’90s/early-’00s, and then they kind of went away, only popping up here and there for next couple of decades. For the uninitiated, The Black Halos throw down punk rock’n’roll with a heavy Dead Boys and New York Dolls influence with big riffs and even bigger anthemic choruses. Now back to the first line I wrote. After a good fifteen or so years since their last album, they’re back and they’re sounding like they never left. Mostly. We all age up a bit over time (what’s the alternative?), and thankfully it works in their case. The Halos were always about the mid-tempo rockers, and they prove they’ve still got it. I can’t get over how good the overall sound of this record is. Now shoehorn yourself into those leather pants and take this for a spin. –Ty Stranglehold (Stomp)