We don’t receive too much in the way of progressive metal, instrumental metal or, indeed, instrumental music generally. But when we do, it tends to be pretty epic listening. And that is exactly the case with Spanish duo HALOGRAM.
Formed of a guitarist and a bassist (more on them in the interview below), the duo have used collaborations to form a huge sound that has hints of futurism and a load of electronica. And, when you consider they’ve had Periphery producer Ermin Hamidovic involved in their first two tracks and Born Of Osiris’ Buster Odeholm mixing the latest, the intrigue deepens.
The band released their third single Obsolete Future today, which has been a bit of a while coming having released their first two back in 2018. But the wait has been well worth it, as it sounds pretty damn epic.
It opens up with intriguing synth sounds that are joined by stabbing strings then explodes into a mass of heavy guitars over synth. It develops into a beautiful delicious rocky section then a funky darting guitar lick gives way to huge booming guitars that are joined by drawn-out vocals. Check it out below!
You can also get a taste for what the band have to offer with their second single Symphony of Regret. It starts off with slow piano that’s soon joined by dramatic guitars then a big lively flowing riff. Wild electronic sounds join the party before more delicious guitars take control once more. It’s truly superb, and you can check out in the guitar playthrough video below:
We had a chat with bassist Dani Mourinho to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are Halogram?
DM: “HALOGRAM is a project of the Spanish guitarist Javier Iglesias and myself, the bassist. We met in 2001 and played together touring with different bands all around Spain for two years.
“Later on, I moved to London to broaden my musical experiences within the British music scene while Javier continued his career as a professional touring musician in Spain. Despite the distance, we maintained contact.
In 2017 we decided to came back together to give shape to some musical ideas. This is how the project HALOGRAM was born.
“After the release of the first singles, we approached Periphery’s producer Ermin Hamidovic who gladly accepted to mix our next two tracks The Falling Man and Symphony Of Regret. For our upcoming single we got Buster Odeholm, producer of Born Of Osiris, in charge of the mix.”
GR: You just released Obsolete Future today! What should people be expecting from the song?
DM: “People familiar with our music they shouldn’t expect anything too different from our previous songs, just play the song and let be moved by the music!”
GR: Sounds good! What inspired you to write it?
DM: “It’s a bit complicated to answer that. We got inspired on a mixture of many things and sensations. For each new song, we want to write a soundtrack of our own problems and happiness. We go with the flow of the current sensation/feelings that we get during the writing process.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
DM: “Instrumental songs with energetic guitar melodies, new and fresh!”
GR: And are there any key themes or topics that you write about?
DM: “Our writing is based on any theme related to the modern world; our latest two singles were about the New York terrorist attacks and war crimes.
“The fun thing about HALOGRAM is that the listener can have their own understanding or meaning of the song. For this new single we went for a futuristic theme and we really want to leave the listeners to decide what Obsolete Future means to them.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
DM: WLoads of the new actual bands; Intervals, Plini, Periphery, Animals as Leaders, Polyphia…. and of course classic bands like Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Metallica, Megadeth, Deep Purple.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
DM: “We are planning to keep writing and release new songs during the year.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
DM: “For each song, we get the collaboration of Pablo Outeiral, an amazing artist that designs each cover artwork. Also, we had some music collaborations. For Obsolete Future we had Andre Moreiras on the keys and Pablo Somoza on vocals and we really want to thank them for their time and talent.
“We also would like to thank all our followers that have been supporting us during the last years. For 2020, apart from releasing new songs; another of our targets is to grow our fanbase and be more involved with them. So, If you haven’t subscribed to our Youtube Channel and Instagram yet… this is a good time to do it! It will make a big difference for us and we are always happy to chat and answer all comments from the subscribers of all our social media sites.”