Halestorm keeps their rock evolving
Brother-and-sister duo Arejay and Lzzy Hale may not have officially launched their career with Halestorm until signing to Atlantic Records in 2005, but they’ve been playing music together since they were barely old enough to hold instruments. Since Halestorm released its self-titled debut full-length album in 2009, the band has been on tour pretty much nonstop, cementing a position as one of the top acts in modern hard rock.
Thanks to hits including “I Get Off,” “Love Bites (So Do I),” “Amen” and “Apocalyptic,” Halestorm has been a constant presence on rock radio, which continues with lead single “Uncomfortable” from the band’s just-released fourth album Vicious.
“Hale and company are as adept with hooks as they are with decibels,” All Music said of Vicious, and Classic Rock Magazine called the album “punchy and catchy and generally excellent.”
In a time when so-called rock bands are increasingly downplaying guitars in favor of dance-oriented synths, Halestorm manages to make pop-friendly, hook-filled music without sacrificing heaviness or musicianship, no small feat these days. “You can’t make everyone happy and we’re not going to,” guitarist Joe Hottinger told the Associated Press before the release of Vicious. Judging by their ever-growing fan following, though, the people they’re making happy are the ones who count.
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