Belgium’s Alfa Matrix record company has always shown an interest in the eclectic side with the selection of artists signed to the label. The USA act HALO IN REVERSE is living proof of this and above all a very promising surprise. This one-man American band fits into the electro / industrial rock genre that mixes trashy guitar with depressive piano rolls, and aggressive intricate electronics all fused together with Joshua Steffen’s raging sexuality, and high energy synthesizers. All these elements all bundled up collide with personal demons and powerful attitude.
Drawing from influences as diverse as DEPECHE MODE, Peter Gabriel, MINISTRY or yet Rob Zombie, it is with NINE INCH NAILS’ early and more aggressive days that HALO IN REVERSE’s music is the most easily compared to. Or as a journalist correctly said: “HALO IN REVERSE starts where NINE INCH NAILS’ best material stopped!”
“Trials and Tribulations” offers production work and a degree of musicianship seldom seen around these parts.
This CD is also available as an extended bonus tracks download – see the player below.