Monday, 16 April 2012
Review: Halestorm - The Strange Case Of...
However, the band deliver more than just speedy rock music and the performance of tracks like Mz. Hyde and Rock Show have a much greater sense of atmospheric depth gleaming across the performances making them even more captivating as the textured lead guitar skill of Joe Hottinger remain bedazzling and captivating.
More captivating throughout the album is the incredible and adaptable performance of frontwoman Lzzy Hale. Indeed, it seems a cliche now for female fronted rock bands to have their frontwoman totally analysed and dissected with not much room to consider other band members, however, in the case of Lzzy Hale, such a thing must be done. Her voice is perfect for the range of songs across the album changing from a twisted and deranged rocker performance on the likes of I Miss the Misery and Daughters of Darkness to having the sense of wild insanity elevated to more epic gothic levels for Freak Like Me. More importantly, it is in the shining ballads of The Strange Case Of... where the true beauty of Hale's vocals are revealed as Beautiful With You and Break In both manage to be captivating and touching in their emotional impact. Reading this paragraph back, I realise I was being creepily complementary. But I really couldn't think of any other way to explain the voice of Lzzy Hale. I guess I seem like a creep now.
Really, The Strange Case Of... is hard rock perfection. Halestorm manage to nail down all the perfect ingredients to make a perfect rock hit and make it their own thing entirely. And if they do become the biggest band in the world, I will not be in protest of such a thing at all.
Halestorm's The Strange Case Of... is out now via Atlantic. The band will play at the Download Festival at Donnington Park, Derby on the 9th of June.