100% self-made – with this principle, Halocene from Phoenix have built up a worldwide fanbase via YouTube. Over 850,000 YouTube subscribers celebrate the band not only for their high-quality metal covers of well-known songs, but also for their own tracks. T
o date, Halocene have generated almost 200 million views on YouTube and are undoubtedly one of the most successful metal cover bands in the world. Over 500,000 monthly Spotify listeners and more than 18 million streams on a joint cover collab with Our Last Night to Selena Gomez’s hit „Back To You“ add to the band’s list of successes, which has been rewarded by over 1.6 million TikTok followers with over 24.4 million likes – and counting. If you add up all the follower numbers, over 3 million people already follow the band from Arizona.
But Halocene also know how to impress far away from the online world. From Britney Spears to Nine Inch Nails and Linkin Park, the band’s reinterpretations succeed regardless of the genre of the original and, in addition to Halocene’s own tracks, always ensure bright eyes and euphoria at their live shows. After a first headline European tour in late fall 2022, the band from Arizona will return to Germany for three concerts in November.
Founded in 2008, the band led by husband and wife team Addie Nicole and Bradley Amick relied early on on their own interpretations of well-known songs. Shortly after the release of „Can You Hear Us Now“ in 2011, Halocene revealed rock & metal covers of well-known songs on their YouTube channel for the first time. Their second album, „Refraction“, was released in 2018 and, like its predecessor, can be categorized as alternative rock. It wasn’t until 2020 that the band finally made their breakthrough with a cover of the System Of A Down classic „Chop Suey“ (12 million views). Since then, in addition to two tribute albums, the band has released a total of eight cover albums and four albums of their own.
Following the release of „Vita Nova“ (2022), the current album „Maleficent“ was released in May 2023, which includes covers as well as original tracks.
On „Maleficent“, Halocene seductively reveal a sound somewhere between progressive alternative metal, blistering metalcore and dark industrial, reminiscent in places of acts such as SKYND, Jinjer and Spiritbox. Two-part vocals combine catchy choruses with melodic metalcore, intricate trap beats and nu metal elements in a cover of Sam Smith & Kim Petra’s hit „Unholy“. With this unique sound and the symbiosis of their own and new interpretations, Halocene are right in tune with the times and know how to inspire their fans again and again.
For the upcoming shows in November, nothing but a bombastic live show can be expected, which will thrill fans and promises plenty of newly interpreted hits.
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