Peter Iwers from THE HALO EFFECT talks Lagerfest, new music and beer!

Get ready to rock and roll at LAGERFEST 2023, the ultimate fusion of heavy metal and Oktoberfest revelry! Presented by Kegstand Productions, Music Management Inc., and Wall of Sound, this extraordinary music festival is set to take Australia by storm. Prepare yourself for a mind-blowing experience as we bring you world-class bands, delicious beers, and an electrifying community atmosphere like never before.

The lineup is nothing short of legendary, featuring THE HALO EFFECT, a powerhouse composed of past members of In Flames and Dark Tranquillity. This will be their first-ever performance in Australia and New Zealand, making it an absolute must-see event! Their raw yet melodic performance will leave you breathless and craving for more. Joining them are BEYOND THE BLACK, the German symphonic metal shooting stars who have taken the world by storm with their chart-topping albums and awe-inspiring live performances. And let’s not forget DEVILSKIN, hailing from New Zealand, and featuring the incredible vocal prowess of Jennie Skulander, whose unerring gift for melody will captivate you from the first note.

But that’s just the beginning of the epic lineup! Prepare to be blown away by LAGERSTEIN, the Australian party pirates who have taken their unique and fun stage show to an astounding 22 countries. With a reputation for delivering an explosively energetic and debaucherous live performance, this will be the 6th time they host LAGERSTEIN, and it promises to be the wildest and most unforgettable yet!

The Everblack Podcast spoke to Peter Iwers (The Halo Effect/ ex-In Flames) about their tour down under for Lagerfest and Froth & Fury Fest, being part of the Gothenburg metal genre movement and it’s global impact, his Rush inspired 2112 restaurant and Odd Island brewery and more!

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The members of THE HALO EFFECT are masters of their domain, pioneers of the Gothenburg melodeath scene. Lead guitarists and melodic death-slingers Niclas Engelin and Jesper Strömblad, lead singer and lyricist Mikael Stanne, supported by the solid backbone and foundation of bassist Peter Iwers, and his partner in crime for twenty plus years, hard-hitting drummer Daniel Svensson.

Having known each other from an early age back in the late 80’s, the members started playing together in various projects during the 90’s, before forming In Flames and Dark Tranquility, two truly iconic bands who would go on to dominate the Gothenburg scene. Both bands were notably major forces behind the melodeath monicker: The Gothenburg Sound. A sound that would echo far and wide across the world and influence countless metal bands during the 90’s and early 2000’s.

This was also the initial thought behind THE HALO EFFECT – to go back to the roots and explore what groundbreaking metal sounded like then, before adding the experience and skill of what the members could bring to the table now. The result is areal tour de force to fans of melodeath where the echoes of the Gothenburg Sound is evident. THE HALO EFFECT delivers the goods in a brutally efficient display of heart pounding beats, melodic mayhem and furious growling at its best. Raw, yet melodic, and in your melted face.

Mark your calendars for the following dates:

11/11/2023 – Auckland – The Powerstation

12/11/2023 – Christchurch – The Ngaio Marsh Theatre

15/11/2023 – Brisbane – The Triffid

16/11/2023 – Sydney – the Manning Bar

18/11/2023 – Adelaide – Froth & Fury Festival

19/11/2023 – Melbourne – The Northcote Theatre

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