It’s finally that time! Yesterday, Halestorm’s new album finally became available through Spotify for me to listen too and review. Honestly I’ve been waiting pretty patiently for a chance to review this album so I don’t want to waste too much time on preamble.
“Scream” starts us off with a quick build and a quick drop to a more rasping sound as the energy of the song continues to build. It’s actually a pretty easy entry into the album and doesn’t overwhelm the listener. It moves at a pretty steady pace, and keeps the energy pretty capped off. It’s an easy song to settle in and listen to, and it easily introduces the various aspects of Halestorm’s sounds. It really opens up the rest of the album to the listener, and certainly left me waiting for the rest of the album. “I Am the Fire” has been previously reviewed, and quite recently so. “Sick Individual” opens with a quick building of drums into an explosion of drums and guitars. The vocals start in quickly, and fall in with the rhythm set by the drums and guitars. The energy builds quickly and pulls the listener along with it. The song holds the attentionwith ease, and never seems to loosen up the reigns that it’s pulling tight. “Amen” begins with with a lot of energy, marked by a mix of vocals and guitars. It’s slightly slower at first, in comparison to the other songs on the album, but the energy never gives out. It’s a great song and easily compliments the first three songs while providing a slight reprieve from them. “Dear Daughter” starts with a soft piano melody and strong, evocative vocals that hold the attention with ease. It’s a beautiul song from the very start, and shows the full range of the band’s talents. The first third of the album doesn’t drop the ball at all, and I’ve managed to love each consecutive song so far.
“New Modern Love” starts with an audible but softer percussion presence that easily leads into the guitars and vocals. The vocals match the pacing with percission, and the song slowly steps up the music on the album again, changing the pace away from the slower “Dear Daughter” and taking it back up to the levels of “Amen”. The album’s arrangement easily flows from one song to the next with such ease that that the songs never seem to suddenly change. “Mayhem” opens with a lot more noise than any other song on the album, but cuts it out so that the vocals aren’t strained when they enter. The song holds a lot of energy, and quickly gets to the point where the vocals easily match the loud and disonant guitars.The energy stays high throughout the song, and the noise is easily balanced out by the clearer parts of the song. “Bad Girls World” begins with slightly more melody than the previous song, seeming to slow it down again after the incredibly intense “Mayhem”. The song still holds the energy up despite this, and keeps the album flowing smoothly. The vocals carry the song a fair bit, but the instruments don’t leave the listener desiring for more in the song. it’s another nice little breath after a particularly intense song. “Gonna Get Mine” starts with a strong mix of guitar and drums. From the very start there’s a promise of high energy, and when the vocals come in matching the heavy aura of the song they do their best to add to the energy. The song doesn’t let up at all, and holds the energy up with ease. “The Reckoning” opens with a more melody based guitar, and a hum of energy that heralds the vocals entry into the song. The song progresses at an easy pace, and meets the energy without ever rising into the intensity of the other songs on the album. The build from soft and melodic to a much stronger sound is gradual, and pulled off flawlessly.
“Apocalyptic” begins with a loud mix of guitars that lead into the equally strong vocals. The energy is high from the very start and doesn’t let up at all throughout the entire song. It’s a subtly intense song that holds the attention and paints a very clear picture at the same time. “What Sober Couldn’t Say” opens with an intense about face from the previous track. It’s a lot softer and slower than “Apocalyptic” but the change fits with the song wonderfully. It’s dusted lightly with strong emotions and really flows well with the subjects addressed in the previous track. The two songs fit together with ease subject wise, but are practically polar opposites from a musical stand point. “I Like It Heavy” is the final track on the regular version, and begins with clapping and distant guitars that lead into the vocals. The song has a strong grind that catches the attention with ease, and easily amps it up when the chorus hits. The song balances the quieter parts of the song with the louder and heavier parts with great skill. It wraps up with vocals against a silent background. It’s a great song to wrap up the regular version of the album on, and leaves you waiting for the next song on the deluxe version. “Jump the Gun” starts with intense guitars and backing vocals that lead into quieter main vocals that continue to carry the energy of the song, and hold the attention with ease. The song moves at a quick but steady pace that really holds the attention. “Unapologetic” is the final track on the deluxe version, and opens with vocals strong and stark over quieter instruments in the background. The vocals easily lead the way to a point where the vocals start to have more of a presence, mere seconds before the song explodes into a mix of noise that capture all the energy promised by the vocals. The chorus leaves off with the verses having a bit more noise to them, never letting things feel too sparse. The song really commands the attention, and wraps up the album with ease and lets it stay ringing in your ears.
Not once during the fifteen track album did I feel my attention waning or find myself thinking about how a track could have a bit more going on for it. I continue to be impressed by Halestorm and will probably be that way for quite some time. Despite it being a lengthy album, i definitely reccommend finding the time to listen to it because it is worth the hour that it will take.