Released March 31, 2009 (Rawkhead Rekords/ILG)
01. Dirty Little Girl
02. Save Me
03. Here With Me
04. Too Late To Tell You Now
05. So Addicted
06. Dead End Roads & Lost Highways
07. Saloon Song
08. Our House
09. Fallin’ Faster
11. Back To The Start
James Hart – lead vocals
Joey Cunha – lead guitar
Allen Wheeler – rhythm guitar
Aaron Boehler – bass
Ryan Folden – drums
Neal Tiemann – all guitars
Chris Chaney – all bass
Daniel Adair – all drums
Synyster Gates – lead guitar (1 & 10)
Zak Maloy – guitar, percussion and vocals
Keith Barney – strings (9)
Stevie Blacke – strings (4 & 11))
Brian LeBarton – piano (4)
Produced by Zak Maloy.
I often pop on a new CD, and, if not immediately impressed by the first track, I move on to the second track and proceed with this process until I can find something that grabs my attention. More times than not the CD gets tossed aside, into a pile of rejects – musical snob I guess. Burn Halo, the self-titled debut from former 18 Visions vocalist James Hart, however, drew me in immediately, a rarity in my book.
“Dirty Little Girl” kicks things off, with the ever elusive catchy-chorus and ability to get your feet tapping. “Save Me,” the second song, keeps the rock driving and doesn’t let up. Things slow down by track four with “Too Late To Tell You Now,” which could easily be on VH-1’s Top 20 Countdown alongside bands like Nickleback.
I kept expecting this debut to start to falter halfway through, but surprisingly the consistency remains, and there really isn’t a bad track to be found. This is definitely a CD you can pop on, and leave on, without ‘skipping around’.
Whether Burn Halo‘s debut CD will catch on with today’s younger, attention deficit audiences, remains to be seen – and whether older audiences will give it a chance, who knows? It definitely has a very commercial sound, and the beauty of Burn Halo is they have that vintage mid-80’s sound, but still sound fresh. They could easily appeal to today’s audiences, but also the older rock fans. It is no easy feat keeping both age brackets happy.
There are some well-crafted songs here, and if you like your rock and roll with that dirty R & B vibe, ala Guns N’ Roses, with Bon Jovi pop thrown in for good balance, I highly recommend Burn Halo.
www.myspace.com/burnhalo – www.ilgpress.com
Reviewed by Bruce Forrest for Sleaze Roxx, March 2009.