HALESTORM – INTO THE WILD LIFE
Release Date: 10th April 2015
℗ 2015 Atlantic Recording Corporation
- I Am The Fire
- Sick Individual
- Dear Daughter
- New Modern Love
- Bad Girls World
- Gonna Get Mine
- The Reckoning
- What Sober Couldn’t Say
- I Like It Heavy
- Jump The Gun (Deluxe Edition)
- Unapologetic ( Deluxe Edition)
A most apt title indeed for the third, and latest album from hard rocking HALESTORM as they explore their musical prowess and stray form their staple. But magnificently so on this tremendous album of empowerment and a progressive representation of maturing, whist retaining their unique, successful brand.
AreJay opens the Wild beautifully with primal percussive beckoning in Scream. A true track of empowerment with Lzzy Hale less at full force and more guiding listeners into the album in magnificent voice. A truly fantastic piece encouraging listeners to break free of their own shackles and realise their power. All with peppering’s of 80’sesque musical accompaniment.
A beautiful foreboding introduction of I Am The Fire brings Lzzy’s strength of voice to the fore, all to the more restrained talent of the entire band realising their musical mastery. So passionate but resisting the temptation to release off the leash into the full force typical of HALESTORM. Lzzy is vocally brilliant and demonstrates her diversity so well, whilst still showcasing her gargantuan voice.
Sick Individual takes us further into the ‘Freak’ persona, harder again with tremendous AreJay intro. Lzzy lets fly as only she can, all to magical guitar riffs throughout.
Amen is tremendously catchy and brilliantly typical of HALESTORM without ‘typecasting’ themselves, bringing balance to humanity and the physical state in the contemporary world. Again Halestom bring together the troops in tremendous camaraderie, marching forward through adversity, with brilliant riffs a plenty.
Dear Daughter immediately brings dreams of Pink accompanying Lzzy in this charming ode to child through parenting promises. A wonderful ballad with Lzzy releasing her softer side, happily all to her unique voice we adore so very much. A humbling track of bonding, promises to child, promises to self, and all to beautify guitar and keyboard accompaniment and a retrained Arejay.
Then we are immediately led into New Modern Love. A true ‘Dave Grollesque’ refusal to stick to their popular and traditionally acclaimed sound and explore their tremendous musical prowess even further. The band collectively demonstrate their skill magnificently, and all to unmistakeable and talented voice of our beautiful Lzzy. Truly superb lead guitar accompaniment.
Mayhem is most aptly titled as our queen of malevolence launches into powerful lyrics. A strangely sweet homogenisation of drums, vocals, guitars in magnificent musical mayhem. Lzzy leads the charge in resisting conformance in such a powerful fashion. Utterly brilliant.
Bad Girls World is a lovely ballad for those daring to be different, bringing the listeners inner rebel to the fore, but in a lyrical and musical fashion previously seldom explored. The perfect track to include on an album of exploration all to superlative guitar solos peppered throughout. And then…
Arejay guides us with his percussive perfection into Gonna Get Mine as we grit our teeth and mosh forward in celebration of the bands progress. The malevolent melodies and lyrics brings us into the typical HALESTORM brilliance. Grungy, gritty and gutsy in every way possible.
The Reckoning is a beautiful ballad from Lzzy which manages to cause us physical refrain in causing Lzzy any malice, as the track is representative of her potential for poisonously plotting our demise should we wrong her heart. So calmly it’s scary. Tremendous.
Apocolyptic is a marvellous rock masterpiece and my personal favourite from the album. Musically as catchy as possible but also gritty, grungy, confronting, raunchy and satisfying…I need a cigarette.
What Sober Couldn’t Say again highlights HALESTORM’s versatility and musical development, with a track which is certain to launch HALESTORM further into mainstream success. Musically tremendous, wistful and captivating.
I like It Heavy gives Lzzy the opportunity to identify with us all loyal to HALESTORM’s legacy as were probable all “since I was 13 years old I’ve had my fist to the sky” or “moshing in the pit and throwing my horns”. A resounding country rock meets R&B sound, but with that rock edge that HALESTORM execute so well. The album is a must for all lovers of rock for this track alone. Brilliant. And the ode at the end will have you at ‘church’ regularly with this mammoth album.
Congratulations HALESTORM. You will take many by surprise with this courageous progression, but it is sure to be a success.