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Halestorm – ReAniMate 3.0

Halestorm – ReAniMate 3.0

Genre: Hard Rock
Label: Atlantic Records
Released: January 6, 2017

Pennsylvania-born rock group Halestorm released ReAniMate 3.0 on Friday, January 6th. ReAniMate 3.0 continues the Halestorm tradition of releasing an EP of cover songs between studio albums. This particular EP offers Lzzy’s powerful vocal spirit to the likes of Whitesnake, Metallica, twenty one pilots, Joan Jett and more.

ReAniMate 3.0 kicks off with a shortened and modernized rendition of Whitesnake’s 1987 hit ‘Still of the Night.’ Hale’s unique, resounding vocals do David Coverdale justice while narrowing and simplifying the vocal range. The band successfully polishes the song in a way that is interesting with a unique twist, yet does not take anything away from the original.

The second track is a cover of the 90’s synth-based ‘Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover.’ Halestorm brings dynamic edge and aggressiveness to the softer, pop-style track. The ambient guitar riffs add an element of hair-metal, which helps tie in the heavier drums and vocals that are present in the track and throughout the entire EP.

Sure to be a fan-favorite, the third track is a Joan Jett cover ‘I Hate Myself For Loving You.’ Unlike the previous track, this song is a perfect match for Halestorm’s style. Lzzy’s vocals already seem to have some girl-powered Jett inspiration, while the band’s technique picked up right where the Blackhearts left off.

The EP takes on a modern metal punk-rock feel until the fourth track – ‘Heathens.’ Originally by twenty one pilots, the song is ambient and mournful. The band’s contentious instrumental style was an odd fit while Lzzy’s fierce vocals misaligned with the morose elegance that defines the original. The punctuating drums were key to the flow and atmosphere of the pioneer track. In Halestorm’s rendition, however, they are counteracted and de-emphasized by guitar wails that replaced the haunting electronics in the parent track.

The last two tracks on the EP are notably well done, but not overly exciting. The instrumentals are tight and polished, and Hale’s vocal style meshes well with them.

Overall ReAniMate 3.0 was a solid EP. The song choices were a given natural fit for Halestorm for the most part. The few songs that branched out of the genre should be commended, despite their mediocrity. In total, the album is a fun collection of noteworthy covers – polished instrumentals, powerful vocals and steady energy from beginning to end.

Pop D gives this album 3 out of 5 stars.