6 Songs, 20 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

If you like hearing live rock recordings but could do without the audience interrupting your favorite songs, Halestorm’s In the Live Room is ideal. First of all, these songs were recorded at Sear Sound Studios in NYC, so it’s a guarantee you’ll hear no crowd chatter. Secondly, the sound is really good—like audiophile good. If you close your eyes and crank the volume, it’s as if you’re getting a private Halestorm concert. Thirdly, these recordings let you hear how amazingly the band performs in a live setting. In the opening cut, “Love Bites (So Do I),” singer Lzzy Hale’s venomous snarl sounds as vicious as guitarist Joe Hottinger’s overdriven leads. The mellower, acoustic-based “Empire State of Mind” reveals an intimately vulnerable side of the band that leans less on the Evanescence template and more toward early-'90s 4 Non Blondes, especially with Hale’s soulful, Linda Perry-esque wailing. The band returns to its post-grunge growling with the sinister and sultry “I Get Off” before closing with the drinking ballad “Here’s to Us.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

If you like hearing live rock recordings but could do without the audience interrupting your favorite songs, Halestorm’s In the Live Room is ideal. First of all, these songs were recorded at Sear Sound Studios in NYC, so it’s a guarantee you’ll hear no crowd chatter. Secondly, the sound is really good—like audiophile good. If you close your eyes and crank the volume, it’s as if you’re getting a private Halestorm concert. Thirdly, these recordings let you hear how amazingly the band performs in a live setting. In the opening cut, “Love Bites (So Do I),” singer Lzzy Hale’s venomous snarl sounds as vicious as guitarist Joe Hottinger’s overdriven leads. The mellower, acoustic-based “Empire State of Mind” reveals an intimately vulnerable side of the band that leans less on the Evanescence template and more toward early-'90s 4 Non Blondes, especially with Hale’s soulful, Linda Perry-esque wailing. The band returns to its post-grunge growling with the sinister and sultry “I Get Off” before closing with the drinking ballad “Here’s to Us.”

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About Halestorm

Siblings Elizabeth and Arejay Hale, the core members of the hard rock band Halestorm, formed the group in late 1997 near York, Pennsylvania, with Arejay on drums and Elizabeth on vocals and keyboard. Wanting to expand their sound, the duo invited their father, Roger, to play bass with the band. Soon after their first professional gig in 1998 at the Blue Mountain Coffee House in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Halestorm added various guitar players and released an EP, 1999's (Don't Mess with The) Time Man. More lineup changes occurred, but Halestorm finally solidified with Elizabeth (who was by then going by Lzzy) on vocals and guitar, Josh Smith on bass, Arejay on drums, and Joe Hottinger on guitar. The band caught the attention of producer David Ivory as well as Atlantic Records -- both were involved in the band's major-label debut, 2006's One and Done, a five-song EP recorded live at a show in Philadelphia. They would finally make their full-length studio debut in 2009 with the eponymous Halestorm, all the while maintaining a rigorous touring schedule that would see them playing upwards of 250 shows a year.

The following year, Halestorm released the concert recording Live in Philly 2010, and Reanimate: The Covers EP appeared in 2011, featuring the band's takes on songs by Heart, Guns N' Roses, and Lady Gaga. Their sophomore album, The Strange Case Of..., followed in 2012, and the single "Love Bites (So Do I)" earned the group a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance. Reanimate 2.0 was released in 2013, this time finding the band tackling Fleetwood Mac, Daft Punk, and Marilyn Manson. The band's eclectic third studio long-player, the Jay Joyce-produced Into the Wild Life, was released in April 2015, and was preceded by the single "Apocalyptic." The live EP Into the Wild Live: Chicago arrived in 2016, followed in early 2017 by their third covers set, Reanimate 3.0, which featured songs by Whitesnake, Metallica, and Soundgarden. Recording for their next effort, Vicious, began in early 2018. The set included the single "Uncomfortable." ~ Marisa Brown

ORIGIN
Red Lion, PA
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
1997

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