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Halestorm - 2011 Reanimate [The Covers EP]

ARTIST: Halestorm
ALBUM: Reanimate [The Covers EP]
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 527205-2
YEAR: 2011


LINEUP: Lizzy Hale - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Arejay Hale - drums, percussion, backing vocals * Joe Hottinger - guitars, backing vocals * Josh Smith - bass, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Slave To The Grind * 02 Bad Romance * 03 Hunger Strike * 04 Out Ta Get You * 05 All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You * 06 I Want You (She's So Heavy)



In 2009, the Pennsylania band Halestorm broke onto the scene, backed by the big-time resources of Atlantic Records. Since then, the band have been gigging non-stop, apparently upward of 250 shows per year. That's some serious gig-time! This year we were supposed to see the second Halestorm album, but it's been deferred until 2012. In the meantime, Lizzy and Arejay Hale have seen fit to release a fantastic and groovy covers CD/EP called 'Reanimate'. It's only a six-tracker, but it will tide us over until the new full-release album is released. And what a surprising good selection of tunes that have been covered here.

The Songs
First off the rank, is Skid Row's 'Slave To The Grind', which is pretty damned heavy for this lot. Sebastian Bach should be rapt as to how well Halestorm have churned out their version. Awesome start. Next up is Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance', which is given a hard rock twist in among the pop-oriented melodies. I'm liking this too. Following this is 'Hunger Strike' which was originally performed by Temple Of The Dog. I've not heard the original, but Halestorm's version does it justice I'm sure. Guns N Roses get a mention, with a cover of 'Out Ta Get Me' being given a blistering update - Lizzy in fine form, with a raucous performance which must place her in the top echelon of female vocalists in the hard rock genre. She really is good! Changing pace slightly, is a cover of Heart's 'All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You'. It's similarly paced and equal in energy, the harmony vocals a standout. Finishing up with The Beatles 'I Want You (She's So Heavy)', this rendition is a smoky 70's flavoured sound with the angst and drama of Janis Joplin and Ruby Starr in the vocal department. Pretty impressive version this, I'm sure even Sir Paul and Ringo maybe swayed to give this a listen.

In Summary
So there we have it. Six groovy covers, and while I don't normally get my rocks off on cover albums, I'll make an exception for this one. In the meantime, I'm surely looking forward to the new album in 2012. Bring it on!

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#1 | Eric on November 27 2011 12:35:42
My wife's into this band. She saw 'em open for Theory of a Deadman a couple years ago and brought back a T-shirt. I dunno, not really my thing since everything I've heard recalls a metally Pat Benatar.
#2 | gdazegod on November 27 2011 12:41:08
Lizzy Hale is one cool chick.. that fact that she can sing.. well.. I'm sure many pre-pubescent males will gladly like to be acquainted.. lol!
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