Halestorm On udiscovermusic.com:
The band’s Ramblin’ Man debut comes just weeks ahead of the release of their fourth studio album, Vicious, which is due out on 27 July through Atlantic Records, and the group’s siblings Lzzy Hale (vocals/guitar) and Arejay Hale (drums) dropped by the uDiscover Music barn to fill Kylie Olsson in with all the details.
“We think it’s the most aggressive, “Halestorm”-sounding record yet, and a lot of the way it sounds is down to [producer] Nick Raskulinecz (of Alice In Chains and Black Star Riders fame),” Arejay Hale says.
“Not only are we big fans of his work, but he’s the first producer we’ve had who’s also a massive fan of ours and of our live show. Obviously, when we’re in the studio it can be a tamer environment, but [Nick] cracks the whip, he gets us to play stuff with the same energy and intensity we can achieve playing live.”
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“He’s like our fifth member, our cheerleader…he’s very hands-on,” Lzzy Hale adds. “Having seen us live so many times, he knows just how to capture us. Also, despite all the technology now available, just about everything we do on Vicious went down as live performance, with the whole band in the studio. It’s an approach that challenges us, but we’ve enough experience as a band to do that at this stage – we’ve been in this band for longer than we haven’t been and we always like a challenge!”
Halestorm on loudwire.com
Hale’s swagger is befitting of someone who grew up in a town that named itself after its own tavern—Red Lion, PA—and is best known for rolling cigars. Even when it seems like she’s handing off her power on “Conflicted” (“Come over, make up my mind”), she’s always in control. “I like to take the knife and twist it” she snarls on the title track. “Uncomfortable,” with its shredding intro, could be aversion therapy for the socially awkward, as Hale revels in making others (most likely ex-significant others) squirm by doing as she pleases.
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With Raskulinecz at the helm, Vicious sounds bigger and louder than Halestorm’s previous studio work, yet he also elevates the band’s nuances: Josh Smith’s skulking basslines, Joe Hottinger’s arpeggiated guitar riffs, and Arejay Hale’s scissor-like cymbal play. The album’s yearning acoustic closer, though, turns the spotlight back on Lzzy Hale, creating a minimal showcase for her voice, cracked and strained at the edges, but ultimately resilient.