As Lzzy Hale goes from screaming in the opening track to quieter melodies, she creates an almost schizophrenic approach to storytelling that feels wonderfully maddening
Review by Danielle Boise
Fast, loud, raw, and animalistic are all words to describe Halstrom’s first track, “Love Bites (So Do I),” off its second full-length album The Strange Case Of… and I loved every second of it. Lzzy Hale’s voice is a power to be reckoned with; as she goes from screaming in the opening track to quieter melodies, she creates an almost schizophrenic approach to storytelling that feels wonderfully maddening.
Taking the listener from one extreme to the other in quick succession, songs with the soft subtleness of “In Your Room” to the split-personality of songs like “Mz. Hyde” all come together to create a wild and pulsating ride.
The Strange Case Of… is what music really should sound like; it stays vastly diverse from the fast, hardcore push of “Love Bits (So Do I)” through the melodic verses of “Beautiful With You” to the recognition of the shadowy components that live inside all women with “Daughter’s of Darkness” to the sarcastic wit of “You Call Me a Bitch Like It’s a Bad Thing.” Halestorm pushes past its comfort level and digs deeper into itself to create an almost bi-polar approach to crafting a musical narrative.
Regardless of what genera you want to label Halestorm – from hard rock, alternative metal, or heavy metal – the band makes great music combining gritty songs with swelling tempos only to be matched by raw energy.
For more information on Halestorm or tour dates check out http://www.halestormrocks.com/ or their Facebook page for updates. Their new album, The Strange Case Of…, arrives April 10th on Atlantic Records.