Kris Barras Band announce new album and first single, new album partner

One of modern hard rock’s most exciting breakouts in recent years, Kris Barras Band are bringing all-new, arena-sized grit to 2024 with their new album Halo Effect, set for release on April 12, 2024.

Newly signed to legendary independent label Earache Records, Kris Barras Band harness the twilight-lit melodies and stampeding force beloved by fans of Architects, Shinedown, and Alter Bridge. The album title refers to the cognitive bias whereby you judge someone favourably in a situation, based upon a previous, unrelated, positive idea of them.

Amplifying the heavier sound from their last album Death Valley Paradise (which landed a Top 30 spot in the UK Album Chart and saw four tracks added to Planet Rock Radio‘s A-list playlist), Halo Effect delivers hard-hitting riffs, captivating choruses that soar, and fuse-lighting technical solos.

Frontman Kris Barras elaborates:

There is a strong rock and metal influence throughout the album and there’s also some progressive elements with some odd time riffs and experimental midsections. There are even some melodies and production ideas not dissimilar to what a lot of the modern metalcore bands are doing. Musically, this album is a lot more riff- and groove-based. Halo Effect still keeps the essence of what Kris Barras Band is: big riffs and even bigger choruses. It’s just that, this time, we’ve turned everything up to 11 and beefed it up!

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The album’s lead single “Unbreakable” is out now. Get the track here and watch its official video below.

Kris comments: ”

For me, “Unbreakable” was always the clear frontrunner for the first single. I feel like it shows where we are heading with the new album sound-wise, whilst bridging the gap between Death Valley Paradise and Halo Effect. It’s got the big riffs, hard-hitting grooves, and a chorus that you can easily singalong to. Lyrically, the song is about being kicked down, held back, told you’re not good enough. Using that negative energy in a “what doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger” kinda way, you turn around and say that nothing you do will stop me. I’m “Unbreakable”. This track has one of my favourite guitar solos on the album. I think it’s got a nice balance of melody and flashiness, whilst using a variety of different techniques like string skipping, legato and alternate picking. This is a track that I can’t wait to play live. I think it’s got great energy and a riff that you can’t help but head bang to!

Halo Effect was recorded at Vada Recording Studios in Worcestershire and co-produced by Kris Barras with long-term collaborator Josiah J. Manning. Kris explains:

As we were writing the album, the production ideas were very much at the forefront. We were constantly thinking about the soundscape, tones, additional synth parts etc. Josiah mixed the album at his studio in Plympton, Momentum Studios and he absolutely nailed the modern sound that we were aiming for. It’s easily his best work to date.”

The album also features co-writes with Zac Maloy and Blair Daly (Shinedown, Halestorm, Lynyrd Skynyrd).

Halo Effect is available to pre-order now on colour vinyl, signed CD, digital and more.

Kris Barras Band coincide the release of Halo Effect with their upcoming UK headline tour in April 2024. Native sons of Devon, the band kick off the tour with a launch party at The Foundry in Barras’ hometown of Torquay. Special guests will be announced in due course. Tickets are on sale for the following dates:

  • Sat 6th Apr – TORQUAY The Foundry
  • Fri 12th Apr – SOUTHAMPTON Engine Rooms
  • Sat 13th Apr – WOLVERHAMPTON KK’S Steel Mill
  • Sun14th Apr – MANCHESTER Academy
  • Wed 17th Apr – GLASGOW The Garage
  • Thu 18th Apr – NEWCASTLE Boiler Shop
  • Fri 19th Apr – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
  • Sat 20th Apr – LONDON Islington Assembly Hall

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