Halestorm – Vicious (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Halestorm - Vicious - Album Cover Halestorm rulez, they said. The band will continue to deliver, they said. And truly, after former premium releases like The Strange Case of… or the more lackluster Into the Wild Life, expectations for anything coming from Lzzy Hale‘s corner were high. 

Sky high.

The awfully long waiting time for new material to come out added to the angst that Halestorm could be headed towards loony road. Not to forget the somewhat rosy direction Halestorm took in their last record. Kind of exposing Lzzy‘s soft side at every turn of the road. Would we get some politically correct, [...] Click to raid more!

Halestorm – Into the Wild Life (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Halestorm - Into The Wild - Album CoverThis one took me some time to digest, I admit. Sniveling rage gone and replaced by what? Lzzy Hale growing old, going pop and full blues rock on me? For sure this isn’t what we expected from Halestorm for their newest, lengthily announced 2015 magic potion Into the Wild Life.

Methinks Halestorm tries to jump on to the mainstream train this time. Which would of course be much more alluring money-wise than anything else that the band could generate screaming about outside, off the beaten track. But then, they do this mainstream thing Halestorm[...] Click to raid more!

Halestorm – Halestorm (2009) – Review

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RockmusicRaider review - Halestorm - Halestorm - Album Cover I had never heard of Lzzy Hale before and for sure nothing of a US band called Halestorm. Wassatt? A spelling mistake? Well, folks, joking stopped like right away when I started to listen to their first track on their album named after themselves. Where did this rock-hard bundle of energy come from, roaring out of my headphones with this take-no-prisoners attitude. Holy. Shit.

Since then they have my undivided attention and I have Lzzy Hale and her band in highest esteem. Halestorm produce high quality Rock of a kind that you will have [...] Click to raid more!

Van Halst – World of Make Believe (2016) – Review

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I can tell you what they are not. Van Halst are not some sort of an Evanescence clone, as was suggested by some.

Their debut World of Make Believe features some pretty strong similarities for sure. But they don’t imitate the typical sound of the latter, nor should they. If there has been a typical style left, that is, after the unhappy departure of the old band around Ben Moody.

Van Halst deploy a much fresher and – I daresay – a more thoughtful brand of their own music. Too tough and more varied than the one of their alleged [...] Click to raid more!