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Halcion Halo / Press

“It's hard to separate the music of Halcion Halo from the commanding voice that presides over it. Lead singer Jenson Charnell's voice can sometimes resemble the more mumbling, beat-poet-aspirations of Lou Reed - he never provides any release for the plodding, heavy alt-rock guitars, just ever-rising tension and downtrodden declarations. Musically, Halcion Halo sounds similar to other hard-to-pin-down fixtures of those odd '90s negotiations between alternative rock and heavy metal. Bands like the Afghan Whigs and Queens of the Stone Age can't help but come to mind. But there is a minimalism that reigns at the heart of Halcion Halo - a minimalism that allows for creepy, little, stomping fuzz-bombs like "Someday I'll Learn to Put You Down." It's here where Halcion Halos weird ticks and affectations are most effectively put into sharp focus. - Rev AM”

"Personally, I think you have to love any band that cites as its three major influences "rock & roll, scotch whiskey, and donuts with names like prostitutes." That last part is a lyric from the Tom Waits piece "9th and Hennepin," and the music of local outfit Halcion Halo frequently bears the mark of that skewed troubadour in its clattering, stumble-drunk percussion, carnival-of-the-doomed melodies, and the sporadic odd mumbles and grunts of its vocalist. More often, though, the singing is a croon indebted to both Jim Morrison and Robert Smith (a combination that may be hard to imagine, but once you hear it you'll know what I mean); and most scraps of ramshackle, junkyard blues are eventually hammered by overdriven garage-rock and trash-metal stomp. If all goes well tonight, these guys just might whittle you into kindling." MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .

Michael Alan Goldberg - The Seattle Weekly