Hälberwolf is an independent rock band out of St. Johnsbury VT, founded in 2015. The band consists of Russ Hayes (guitar and vocals), Duane Berry (bass), and Chris Allin (drums), and took its name from members' last names H(ayes)-Al(lin)-Ber(ry)-wolf, which translates roughly to "half wolf" in German.
The band got its start playing at restaurants, house parties, and bars in Northeastern Vermont in the summer of 2015. Hälberwolf's musical direction was self-described as "all kinds of rock music," which fans enjoyed as a variety of styles, and critics described as unfocused.
The band's first single, "Reflection," released independently in 2015 failed to chart, although it was featured on a few Vermont and New Hampshire radio programs, and the band's first album Hälberwolf, which was released on March 5th, 2016, was critically panned for its lack of consistent style, and sold fewer than 50 copies.
As of Winter of 2017, after Hälberwolf had played for years in bars and clubs in Vermont and New Hampshire, the band decided to go on an indefinite hiatus, as band members became involved in many side projects (Bostjan Zupancic: MicroMetal, Naegleria Fowleri, Thirteen Years, Let It Burn), and had lost a great deal of momentum after the commercial failure of their first album, and feeling stymied with their lead single off of the incomplete second album, which had garnered a lot of praise in live sets, but received mostly negative reviews for the studio version.