“He even put a +100dB switch on it. It blew out the speakers in the practice room and we’ve never used it again”: HAAL are turning UK post-hardcore upside-down with anti-breakdowns, eight-minute songs and amp-exploding fuzz pedals

(Image credit: Amia Watling)

Formed by two schoolmates from a picturesque but lifeless town in Devon, UK, HAAL came to life in Bristol while the pair studied at university, and they blame the city for accentuating their weirdness.

Guitarist/vocalist Alfie Hay’s dad has since called their music “menacing” and his friend says she always “feels weird” after their shows. But it didn’t use to be like that. 

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.