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    Mon, 27 Jul 2009 10:43:50

    Playlist: Burn Halo - Frontman James Hart shows us what's on his playlist in this exclusive feature

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    James Hart has always had rock n' roll pumping through his veins.

    Even while fronting metalcore mavens Eighteen Visions, Hart had a whole lot of swagger that distinguished 18V from their peers. Burn Halo gives him a chance to fully realize all of those rock inclinations. On its self-titled debut, Hart's new band hearkens back to '80s arena bombast while nodding to grunge simultaneously. However, it's a potent concoction all its own.

    Hart shared his very rawk playlist with us in this exclusive feature. Check it out below.

    James Hart's Playlist:

    1. Guns N' Roses

    This is probably the obvious choice for any fan of pure rock n' roll. This band had danger written all over them. My favorite rock vocalist and guitarist of all time are in GNR. Their solos are timeless. Their rock songs are dirty, and their ballads are epic. The danger element finally caught up to them as they ended up imploding. Damn shame since they could've ruled the world for decades.

    2. Stone Temple Pilots

    I love the attitude and swagger that came along with this band. They wrote great rock songs and ballads that were just as good, if not better. What I love most about this band is their musical progression from album to album. They weren't afraid to try new things. Their fan base may have decreased because of it over the years, but it's definitely something I can appreciate.

    3. Alice In Chains

    They're my favorite early '90s grunge-era band. I absolutely love the vibe they created and stuck with throughout their career. I can't think of another band with two vocalists that complimented each other as well as Layne and Jerry did. Great riffs and very deep, painful lyrics..this band just felt more real to me than the others that sprouted up at the same time.

    4. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

    Great songwriter. I love how simple his song arrangements are. Good, pure rock and to the point. I think he has a different, but very cool sounding voice. It's super laid back, and I really like how he builds his melodies and harmonies.

    5. U2

    Musically and lyrically, U2 is inspiring. There is so much depth and meaning behind their songs. I think they do a better job than anyone of building a song from a tiny vocal and guitar then adding to until it becomes this wall of beautiful music.

    —Rick Florino

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