A reckoning force of pure Hard Rock fury.

2018’s ‘Vicious‘ marks the fourth release for the hardest working Rock band in America, Pennsylvania’s HALESTORM. And its a consistently strong piece of Hard/Alt Rock that will please all fans of melodic hooks, rebellious attitude, and fuzz guitar.

Out front is vocalist/guitarist Lzzy Hale. Defiantly demonstrating her riot girl anti-bubble gum pop mentality. A deceptively playful voice that confidently 180s Rock’s expected gender roles with a traditional mix of shameless sex, drugs, and rock and roll lyrics.

Strong production from Nick Raskulinecz and a crisp mix from Chris Lord-Alge invite these ear-worms and delicious choruses to all comers. A grand example of 21st century radio-friendly Hard Rock.

Emotions run the gamut from the Alt rage of opener “Black Vultures” through the smooth acoustic cry of “Heart of Novocaine” and proud Rock anthems “Conflicted” and “Killing Ourselves to Live“. While the frisky femme power Pop Rock of “Do Not Disturb” and “White Dress” best exemplify HALESTORM’s mainstream breakthrough war cry.

As many contemporary female fronted bands comfortably tread in angst and feminist rage it’s refreshing to find this unapologetically sexual force of nature. After all, few of the countless male Rock voices even attempt to hide their rampant libidos or scandalous misogyny.

And the best is left until the very last with haunting closer “The Silence“–installing the memorizing Lzzy over stripped-bare acoustics and a beautiful string melody.

HALESTORM’s ‘Vicious‘ is pure Hard Rock in every deep melody, anguished wail, defiant soar, and glorious riff. A grand, repeat listen album that deserves respect and your immediate attention.


Unfiltered talent, potency, and passion overflow into one of the best albums of the year. A celebration of everything that’s “bad” about Rock and Roll.

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Chad Schulz