Review: Into The Wild Life (Deluxe)

Halestorm’s third full length album was released today in the UK.  It’s about time a new rock/alt-rock/punk/hardcore album was released, as I haven’t been able to get stuck into some new music for a long time!

In all honesty, I haven’t been a fan of Halestorm for long.  They were one of those bands that I’d heard of but never got round to listening to until very recently, when a good friend spammed me with links to their music videos.  Since then, I’ve been hooked.  There’s a lack of strong female voices in the world or rock and alternative music, but Lzzy Hale is one of them.

Anyway, back to Into The Wild Life.  I’m listening to the deluxe version on Spotify, which contains 15 songs and almost an entire hour’s worth of triumphant, unapologetic rock ‘n’ roll.  I knew I’d enjoy this album on first listen to the singles Apocalyptic, Mayhem and Amen, which are anthems in their own right.

The percussion-fuelled intro to Sick Individual is incredible, and a testament to the talents of drummer Arejay Hale.  Even in the band’s music videos, Arejay’s enthusiasm and energy is infectious, and the percussion has always been on-point throughout Halestorm’s previous albums.

Lzzy’s vocals perfect, as is to be expected.  To steal a quote from A Game Of Thrones, her voice is “honey poured over thunder“: beautiful and pitch-perfect in the verses, only just disguising her ferocity and raw power.  This is demonstrated in Dear Daughter, an inspirational piano-led ballad.

Dear Daughter represents a shift in Into The Wild Life’s pace: here the album slows down a little, with more focus on Lzzy’s voice. It picks up again thanks to Mayhem, but slows once more for Bad Girl’s World.  This just goes to show how the album varies stylistically from track to track, which makes for a refreshing and unpredictable listening experience.  It’s always good to hear bands experimenting and dipping their toe into new genres.

Overall, Into The Wild Life is an excellent effort by Halestorm, and if you were a fan of their previous two albums, you’ll definitely enjoy this one.

Highlights: I Am The Fire, Gonna Get Mine, I Like It Heavy, Unapologetic

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