U.S. Hard Rock icons Halestorm are soon releasing their long-awaited fifth studio album titled “Back From The Dead”. After the extremely successful release of the band’s previous album “Vicious” back in the summer of 2018, which earned them a Grammy nomination might I add, the bar was set high for all of Halestorm’s future releases. They have so far dropped two absolutely kick-ass, critically-acclaimed singles – “The Steeple” and the album’s title track “Back From The Dead”. Once I heard these two singles, I knew this album would not disappoint.
Starting off with a strong, heavy title track, you’re immediately on the ride of Halestorm’s latest creation. The rebel girl style of Lzzy Hale is ever-present throughout each and every track. “Don’t call me an angel, I’ll always be sinful” she proclaims in the song ‘Wicked Ways’. She seems to know how much she inspires young women like myself when she unashamedly claims her identity as the “Strange Girl”. The album maintains steam through the absolutely scorching drums, and riff-filled lead guitars complimented by simplistic yet fitting basslines all topped off with unique, incomparable vocals.
Something Halestorm has maintained throughout their career is their ability to produce hard-hitting heavy metal songs while also balancing their discography with beautiful, heartfelt ballads. “Back From The Dead” continues this identity the band has established with slower melodic tracks including ‘Terrible Things’ and ‘Raise Your Horns’. Throughout her many years in the music industry, Lzzy Hale has consistently been a source of hope and light for people who struggle with mental illness. She describes this upcoming release as “the story of how [she] carved [her]self out of [the] darkness” and “a journey of navigating [her] mental health, debauchery, survival, redemption, [and] rediscovery of [her] power.”
These four Pennsylvania natives – Lzzy Hale, Josh Smith, Joe Hottinger, and Arejay Hale – have something unlike any other band in the modern rock scene. There is tangible chemistry throughout the entirety of Halestorm’s fiery upcoming release “Back From The Dead”. Something that is lacking in the music industry these days is the attention span for full albums. Despite this hurdle, Halestorm continues to put out albums that leave you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire 11-song masterpiece of an album. Lzzy herself said it best, “scream every anthem and follow your reckless desires”.
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Halestorm – Back from the Dead:
1. Back From The Dead
2. Wicked Ways
3. Strange Girl
5. The Steeple
6. Terrible Things
7. My Redemption
9. I Come First
10. Psycho Crazy
11. Raise Your Horns
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