Saturday, November 17, 2012

Artist Of The Day: Halestorm

In an alt-metal world that has practically stood still for the past 10 years or so, any sort of innovation is welcomed. Even if that innovation isn't much - more melodic guitars, a lead singer that doesn't sound like the lead singer of Seether/Nickelback/Theory Of A Deadman, anything - fans almost always appreciate something new. And while Halestorm aren't exactly reinventing the wheel so far, there's still something about their sound that's refreshing. Lead singer and guitarist LZZY captures the essence of classic hard rock artists like Joan Jett & The Blackhearts with a voice that, instead of being growly and annoying, stays clear and raw. It's probably the most distinctive feature of the band, although the instrumentation is also surprisingly good for a hard rock band like Halestorm are. The other major positive about the band is that their songs are surprisingly catchy - tracks like "I Miss The Misery" and "I Get Off" are good indicators of the band's style, with the power chords and hooks needed with modern hard rock and vocals separating the songs from the rest of the pack. Listening to their material, it's easy to see why such a young band has been signed to a major label already, and so far they've managed to prove their position there.


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