Give or take a Floor Jansen, Lzzy Hale owns the best voice in modern rock – but even she’s never sounded quite this enflamed. On the throat-busting Wicked Ways and Psycho Crazy, her envelope-pushing performance is like that of a woman running from – or maybe towards – an avalanche. It’s full blaze catharsis. Then there’s the unity songs. The emotive, piano-led Raise Your Horns is a decent closer, but if your skin doesn’t prickle when Lzzy sings the opening lines of The Steeple – a song made for crowds, the stage, the very things we’ve missed – then you should probably check a few of your other vital signs.
Only time and legacy will reveal if this is Halestorm’s best album. It’s up against 2012’s breakthrough sophomore release The Strange Case Of… for that accolade, but if context is taken into consideration, it’s a contender. Either way, Back From The Dead is the best 38 minutes of pure rock you’ve heard this year.
For fans of: Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Five Finger Death Punch
Back From The Dead is released on May 6 via Atlantic