Halestorm review – middle ground between rock fire and pop sugar

Sheffield Academy
The Pennsylvanian rockers veer from melody to industrial pummelling – all topped with Lzzy Hale’s lung-collapsing vocals

Pop music and hard rock may seem like mortal enemies, but from the opening guitar thunder and soaring melodic chorus of Black Vultures it’s clear that the Grammy-winning Pennsylvanian four-piece Halestorm can bring them together.

The band exist happily in this middle ground, in fact, merging the clatter and smack of heavy riffs with sugary choruses, all helped along by Lzzy Hale’s seemingly endless vocal range. Tracks such as I Am the Fire and Vicious perfectly exemplify this fusion – the latter opening with a crunchy industrially charged thump reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails before bursting into a singalong chorus.

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