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Genre: Rock / Artist: Halestorm / CD / Audio CD released 2012-04-09 at ROADRUNNER UK

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      13.09.2013 19:28
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      **Introduction**

      I listen to all kinds of Music and pretty much every week I find a few new artists I like from often very different genres. Halestorm are a band that I came across fairly recently and I was impressed after listening to a few of their songs on Spotify. I downloaded this album and have also listened to some of their other material, which I was also impressed with.

      The Band have been going since 1998 and consist of brother and sister Lzzy Hale on lead vocals, rhythm and lead guitar & keyboards, Arejay Hale on drums, percussion & backing vocals along with Joe Hottinger -who joined in 2003 on lead guitar & backing vocals and finally Josh Smith who joined the band in 2004 and plays the bass guitar & performs backing vocals. Despite not releasing a studio album until 2009 the band have a number of EPs. Lzzy Hale has collaborated with a few well known bands most notably Black Stone Cherry and Bullet for My Valentine.

      **The Strange Case Of**

      This was released on 10th April 2012 and received a reissue on 16th April 2013. The musical content of the album is a mix of Hard rock, alternative metal, post-grunge & heavy metal, The former and latter genres being most to my taste served up on this album. The album was recorded in 2011 and was released on Atlantic. Production comes courtesy of Howard Benson who has worked with a diverse range of artists including Kelly Clarkson, Black Stone Cherry, Orianthi & Motorhead.

      1.) Love Bites (So Do I)

      This track kicks off the album with a fast paced heavy metal style. The vocals from both Hales are well performed and the musical backing is well judged and equally well performed. The drums crash in, backing up Lzzy's vocals well and the crunching guitars add the heavy metal touch. This is a well crafted track which gives you an example of the heavier side of Halestorm but the breakdowns will impress as will the guitar work throughout which ends with a particularly well crafted solo. Good start.

      2 Mz. Hyde

      This track has a dark repetitive sound which again has elements of Heavy Metal but with more of a pop element than the opener. Lzzy's vocals are well performed and showcases a decent vocal range. The track is developed well and this is an all round decent effort. I like the flowing nature of her vocals which are backed well by the dark backing vocals. There's a nice breakdown towards the end where Lzzy showcases her lighter side. Another strong track.

      3.) I Miss The Misery

      This is a fantastic belter of a track. It has a Rock sound with Pink and Kelly Clarkson mixed in for good measure. Lzzy's vocals are impassioned and well performed and the musical backing is amongst the best on the album. I love the way this track develops then slows and then builds again, The guitar work is terrific and really tops off the song wonderfully well. That chorus will have huge appeal to fans of Halestorm as it's so catchy. Great track and a fantastic second single.

      4.) Freak Like Me

      Now we're back to the heavier riffs with a catchy slice of heavy metal rock. It's another one with a memorable chorus and the various guitar hooks and riffs are well performed and go along well with the crashing Metal drumming and Lzzy's vocals. This was the third single from the album. The track slows and then builds again with an even heavier sound which features some interesting guitar work which is well performed.

      5.) Beautiful With You

      A slower track here and this is a really lovely chilled ballad which again brings comparisons to Kelly Clarkson and Pink, It's a lovely moment on the album and showcases the beauty in Lzzy's vocals. Showing that she doesn't just have power but great subtlety too. This has a very good chorus and I love the way the track breaks down as you really get a sense of her vocal ability. This is an excellent ballad that deserves it's place alongside the heavier material.

      6.) In Your Room

      Another slice of the chilled here but an even more emotive vocal from Lzzy. This track is about showing someone they can trust you and for them to open up to you. Another excellent track which has a nice chorus. This is certainly up there with the best ballad style tracks on the album and it certainly showcases the range of talent of the band. Very good stuff indeed.

      7.) Break In

      Another gentle moment here which brings comparisons to Evanescence as well as Pink & Kelly Clarkson this time. The simple piano tones are wonderfully simple yet effective and Lzzy passionate vocals are well worth listening to. I love the way this track builds and it has a very radio friendly sound. It's up there with the best songs on the album. A memorable chorus and a truly emotive ballad which is superbly performed by Lzzy and the rest of the band. Great stuff.

      8.) Rock Show

      This is a catchy track with crashing percussion which reminds me a little of up tempo Savage Garden and as the music develops, Lzzy's vocals develop too. After nearly a minute the song has reached it's full flow. There's an excellent guitar solo that takes things to another level and there's even a rap tinged vocal from Lzzy which works rather well. That guitar melody is the key though. A great end to a great track.

      9.) Daughters Of Darkness

      Lzzy's vocals come in In what seems like abandon with an aggressive vocal and then as the music develop it's melody you notice the toe tapping sound of the song. It's another excellent melody driven track with some great vocals and some excellent musicianship. This track was one of four songs from the album to be released on an EP. The guitar solo towards the end tops things off really well. It's an excellent song all round.

      10.) You Call Me A Bitch Like It's A Bad Thing

      As the drums crash in with the hectic melodies which remind me a little of Velvet Revolver's classic riff based gem "Slither" although not quite as dynamic. The chorus is another well performed part of the song and there's some terrific guitar work on show in this one too. That riff is big and it's clever! Some great parts to this one. Great stuff.

      11.) American Boys

      This track has elements of Aerosmith like Blues Rock and has a swagger about it. The vocals are combined well. This is another catchy track which has some great hooks and shelves it hasn't believed yet.Some excellent musicianship all round but

      12.) Here'S To Us

      This is a very nice ballad to end with, The expressive vocals afrom Lzzy Hale are well performed on this ballad about trying to remember the good times you had together from a relationship that has ended. This is another Halestrom track to. Lzzy's vocals are passionate and well peformed as this song ends the album pretty well. A very strong second album, At just under three minutes it's one of the shortest track on the album. The chours is well performed and your kni

      **Overall**

      This is an excellent album , It was week rota that massed up. This is an excellent mix between two different styles. The comparisons to the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Pink are valid and This album really showcases the best of the two siblings.

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    • Product Details

      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Love Bites (So Do I)
      2 Mz. Hyde
      3 I Miss The Misery
      4 Freak Like Me
      5 Beautiful With You
      6 In Your Room
      7 Break In
      8 Rock Show
      9 Daughters Of Darkness
      10 You Call Me A Bitch Like It'S A Bad Thing
      11 American Boys
      12 Here'S To Us