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Hault - Single Review: Into The Light

30 May 2018 // A review by River Tucker
Wellington band Hault is getting ever closer to the quintessential Dunedin sound with their latest single release, Into the Light. There’s a bit less grunge inspired psychedelic influence going on, but essentially this three-piece has retained their core sound first captured on a debut self-titled EP released last year to favourable reviews.

Mike Cole’s vocals once again provide a detached tension that demands your attention. This cuts straight through the mix like a knife through hot butter. It’s a vocal style somewhat reminiscent of Chris Knox’s whereby the tonal quality is a bit shocking at first, but this soon gives way to the musical quality of the performance. Audio engineers love good separation in the mix and that’s exactly what Cole’s voice naturally provides.

Into The Light starts out with Sean Fitzpatrick’s clean bass line galloping along at a fare pace. He efficiently walks the band into a powerful chorus line, which essentially showcases Hault’s alt rock edginess! Swapping between 4/4 and 2/4 Grant Lister’s straightforward drumming is interspersed with a double bass technique before the snare strokes. As well as the guitar solo this could do with some tightening up.

There’s a sense of déjà vu with this release that’s also echoed by the accompanying video and its tribute to digital history. Perhaps stylized on Max Headroom and interspersed with colourful shots of the band performing the song in a live setting, it’s a great piece of digital artwork and addition to New Zealand’s musical database.

Into The Light is a finely crafted single well worth checking out.

★★★ (3 stars)


Review written by River Tucker
 

About Hault

Hailing from the underground rock scene in Wellington, Hault has recorded the first album of their career, combining metal, heavy rock and psychedelic influences into a pummeling sound that has rocked the Wellington region.

Taking inspiration from the biggest names in rock; Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Tool, Kings X and many more, Hault have spent the past two years perfecting and developing their sound, crushing it into an ensemble of heavy grunge rock guaranteed to destroy stereotypes of standard rock.

Whether in the studio working on new material or on the stage of Wellingtons best venues, Hault have remained devoted to delivering a performance not presently heard from original rock line ups.

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Hault
Year: 2017
Type: EP

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