More than half a decade ago Boise’s Half the World put together its first incarnation and recorded a debut self-titled album that turned a few heads but the sound was more a nod toward the 90s.
The next album, “Bigger Than You“, really set things rolling, landing at #12 on the CMJ’s Top 200 most added charts and had airplay on over 112 college radio stations across the US and Canada.
Shortly after the first record the band lost its original vocalist and quickly replaced him with Holland native, Mary Magill. Half the World was born in an era when female-fronted metal bands were frowned upon and few and far between outside of symphonic sun-genres in Europe. But the band, which included founders drummer Pete Weaver, bassist Mat Hansen and guitarists Brett Pedersen and Jim McCrostie forged on to record album number three, ‘The Death Defying Years“. The title, a nod to defying the odds of success as a female-fronted hard rock act.
The album was packed with powerful riffs and strong melodies all brought to life by Magill’s memorable and edgy vocal presence. The opening track, “Heavy Crowns” hits like a collision between Sevendust and In This Moment, while “Supermegalithic” might be one of the best songs Lacuna Coil never wrote. The entire album is packed with heavy rhythms and dark, electric energy.
Over the course of the band’s history Pedersen would take a brief hiatus to handle a personal mission in Costa Rica and guitarist Sean Thompson would take his spot. Eventually Pederson returned as McCrostie was set to make his exit. The band has remained Magill, Thompson, Pedersen, Hansen, and Weaver ever since.
Half the World took all of the first part of 2013 off from live performances to focus on recording its upcoming, as yet untitled, fourth studio album. The quintet broke the surface for a special performance this month, and Metalholic sat down with the group prior to the show to get an inside look at the band’s journey, influences, and the making of the new record.