In today’s day and age, the world struggles to place a label on everything it can; as though every tangible creation can be placed into a category and catalogued accordingly.
Label: (noun) a word or phrase indicating that what follows belongs in a particular category or classification.
From inception, Hallows Die has always forged a repertoire of songs exemplifying the belief that no label should be placed on musical expression. The result: Odd melodies intertwined with bizarre time changes and unpredictable song structures, forcing the band to stand out among the rest. Considered by listeners to be a melting pot of genres, Hallows Die strives to play uncanny and original material that continues to evoke interest while evolving into a musical entity that cannot be classified under any one specific genre.
Hallows Die followed up their debut EP with the release of their first full-length studio album World of Ruin, which was collaborated on with Dan Swanö (Bloodbath, Opeth, Katatonia). The album quickly received critical acclaim and lead to Hallows Die hitting the road nationally along such acts as The Black Dahlia Murder, Dark Tranquility, Woods of Ypres, Arsis, Aborted, Cryptopsy, Municipal Waste, Napalm Death, Krisiun, and Atheist.
In 2013, several years after relentlessly touring throughout Canada, Hallows Die took a hiatus from the road to write and record their sophomore release: Masks. The band took the initiative to hit the studio to start recording on their own, ensuring the music stayed true to what they have always envisioned. Soon after, they took their sonic shrapnel to Jurekk Whipple (Kobra And The Lotus) at The Edge of Attack Studio in Grande Prairie, Alberta, who polished it up with a tremendous mix job! Upon its return from western Canada, Masks’ final mix journeyed to the far reaches of Scandinavia where the highly acclaimed Dan Swanö would again lend his mastering talents to bring Masks to completion; weaving everyone’s hard work together into a sonic array of brutally clever riffs and twisting passages that one would have difficulty putting a label on.
While working diligently on the release of Masks, Hallows Die achieved some milestones that would continue to earn support of their craft: in 2013, the band was nominated for the Mississauga Arts Council best emerging act, and in 2014 they were the winners of the Toronto independent Music Awards for best metal category.
A twisted world requires a twisted soundtrack; such is the goal of Hallows Die.