Exclusive Premiere: Burn Halo’s New Song “Dakota”

Photo by Phill Mamula

Burn Halo, the SoCal hard-rock outfit led by former Eighteen Visions frontman James Hart, drop their sophomore album, Up From the Ashes (Rawkhead), on June 28. But they’re giving us a special sneak peek, with this exclusive debut of new song, “Dakota.” So crank up the volume, hit play, and read below to see what Hart and guitarist Brandon Lynn have to say about the track.

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REVOLVER What’s this song about?
JAMES HART “Dakota” is a song of despair. It tells the tale of a person that lives in a black hole. Their emptiness is eating them from the inside out. They’re so consumed by hatred and addiction that they neglect the idea of hope and faith in those that love them.

Which part of it did you come up with first? And what was the inspiration?
BRANDON LYNN I came up with the music bed first. I was inspired by A Perfect Circle, Muse, and Loudermilk. It’s a song I had written a couple of years ago and felt it would be a great fit for what we wanted to do on the new Burn Halo album.

Was this an easy song to write?
LYNN Writing the music bed came pretty easy. It sounds like a song we sat down and wrote together.
HART Most of the vocal arrangements came pretty easy as well. I just sat down with an acoustic guitar strumming out all of the chords and was able to come up with the chorus melody in minutes. Lyrically, the song wrote itself. It’s a dark and aggressive song. I just had to put myself there mentally. Visualizing the things I see in people I know on a daily basis.

What sort of feedback have you gotten on this song so far?
HART It’s all been amazing. It’s songs like this that I think a lot of our fans have been wanting to hear. I know my old Eighteen Visions fan base will come to love it. This is the album I think they wanted from me as a vocalist and I’m glad we could deliver.

 

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  • Julie

    It says file not found? :(

  • Julie

    It says file not found? :(

  • http://twitter.com/LuDiCRouS_70 andrea (=

    If this tune is any indication of how this album is gonna be, I am gonna be one happy camper when it comes out. Didn’t know how they could top their debut album, but I think they have succeeded. Freaking awesome as hell.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.tylicki Mary Tylicki

    :)  rock out!

  • http://twitter.com/JackSleaze Jack Grolli

    Fodaaaaaaa pra caralho!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1364762118 Jacob W. Gillaspie

    Not bad! I liked the first BURN HALO album, and I’m lovin’ what I’m hearing on “Dakota”, it’s a nice line between Eighteen Visions’ sound with Burn Halo’s, and it’s nice to hear him going back to that style for even just a bit. 

  • http://twitter.com/mojosarmy Mojo

    Good sh*t guys! Can’t wait to see you back in the Bay Area again!

  • Resistance_fan

    Beast of a song. It needs to be up on youtube soon so others can have eargasms

  • Resistance_fan

    Beast of a song. It needs to be up on youtube soon so others can have eargasms

  • Peter21215

    There’s a way for Israel?

  • ShanimalIHaveBecome

    Great song! I love the direction Burn Halo is taking in their music

  • david

    nice

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jose-Juan-Escamilla-Ramos/1309555969 Jose Juan Escamilla Ramos

    this is a voice that i do not know that hart had is good 

  • Elreis4128

    just keeps getting better and better!!! You guys better have intentions on being around for a while!

  • MUZAKIZMYLYFE

    Lovin’ It!!!! Can’t wait for June 28th!!!! Just waiting for Y’all to tour here in upstate NY!!! Saw 18V several times and James just keeps getting better!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/xXAceman69Xx Austin Cole Foster

    First time listening to this band. Love the song and now a fan of Burn Halo! Great song.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xXAceman69Xx Austin Cole Foster

    First time listening to this band. Love the song and now a fan of Burn Halo! Great song.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xXAceman69Xx Austin Cole Foster

    First time listening to this band. Love the song and now a fan of Burn Halo! Great song.

  • xx_emohunter_xx

    Such a good song :3

  • Shadoline1010

    sounds like shit to me trying to be like scott wyland 

    • Shadoline1010

      but I’m a critical prick that grew up listening to Tool & Deftones and stuff. It may just not be my style.