Album Reviews

Halestorm – Back from the Dead Review

Label: Atlantic

Genre: Hard Rock

Release Date EU: May 6th, 2022

 

Line Up:

Lzzy Hale
Arejay Hale
Joe Hottinger
Josh Smith

 

Tracklist:

Back From the Dead
Wicked Ways
Strange Girl
Brightside
The Steeple
Terrible Things
My Redemption
Bombshell
I Come First
Psycho Crazy
Rise Your Horns

 

The Hale’s are back. Lzzy and Arejay Hale are the driving forces of Halestorm since the late ‘90s when the band was founded. Together with guitarist Joe Hottinger and bassist Josh Smith, the band premiered in 2009 with the self-titled first album, the springboard for a deal with Atlantic Records. What followed until today is an impressive career with records entering charts on a regular base.

Four years after ‘Vicious’ hit the shelves the next album is available. ‘Back From the Dead’ is the title of Halestorm’s fifth effort and it is the anticipated next longplayer. ‘Back From the Dead’ features eleven songs and no weak spot.

The title track kicks things off. It’s a powerful rock song that includes all Halestorm trademarks. No doubt, it is the voice of Lzzy Hale that has a strong impact on the musical signature of the band. Hale can combine wild screams, a raspy voice, and tangible moments, all reflected in the title track. Together with the filigree guitar play by Hottinger the starting point of the album is a great experience for fans of high-octane rock.

‘Back From Dead’ is an album that gives the idea of being a help to process the times of isolation during the pandemic. Halestorm is a band that loves to play live and not being able to do their favorite thing was tough. At the same time, giving up isn’t an option either and the longplayer reflects all the emotional ups and downs. There are hard-hitting tracks like ‘Wicked Ways’ and ‘Brightside’. The counterpart to these furious riff attacks are songs like the fragile and emotional ‘The Steeple’. ‘Bombshell’ is another soulful moment on the album. Both tunes also show the width of Hale’s voice. Regardless of if it is the loud tones or the moving parts, Lzzy Hale generates a lot of emotional impact with her voice which makes the songs and album a passionate musical journey.

Halestorm’s newest effort showcases the band in great shape. There is a lot of variation that is captured on ‘Back From the Dead’ and we can already excitedly look forward to the tour with Alter Bridge. Halestorm for sure will bring this energy to stage and hereby might be a challenge for the main act. However, ‘Back From the Dead’ is a bold statement of Halestorm being back and didn’t lose anything of their strength.

 

Written by: Markus Wiedenmann

Ratings:  (9/10)

 

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