Metalcore fans may still be nursing their wounds over the 2007 break up of Eighteen Visions, who were one of the genre's forebearers. But hot-to-trot former vocalist, the eternally well-coiffed and infinitely stylish James Hart is back in the saddle with a new band, dubbed Burn Halo. But for those expecting 18V, Part Deux, proceed with caution. The band's self-titled debut is more influenced by Motley Crue than Throwdown and it turns out that's very good thing.

Hart told Noisecreep that "Burn Halo is exactly what I've been waiting all these years to do, with no compromises. I've got a great group of guys that know what it means to put on a real rock show with attitude and swagger...guys that want to win. Musically, this is who I am. This is my vision of rock n roll."

This particular 'vision' is not that much of a departure for Hart, who displayed glammy chops and knack for melodic strut on Eighteen Visions' final, self-titled album. "I was always trying to push Eighteen Visions in a more rock direction," Hart continues. "So this brand of rock 'n roll is really nothing new for me." The singer understands that his musical shift, so to speak, may be confounding to some 18V fans, saying "They may not understand why I made this type of record or even like it, but it is me and it is real. I had a great time and learned a lot with 18V, but for me, it was only the beginning."

Burn Halo initially signed a deal with Island, who eventually elected not to release the album. Instead, the self-titled debut is in stores via Rawkhead Recordings on March 31 and the single 'Dirty Little Girl' features Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates. Burn, baby, burn.