Lzzy Hale On New Halestorm Record: “This Album Is Absolutely A Banger”

During a recent interview with 105.7 The Point, Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale confirmed that the band have finished their new album. According to her, the effort will be a “banger.”

Hale said the following:

“We have it done. We literally finished the album three days before we left for tour. There were two new songs that kind of came together right at the end when we thought everything was wrapped. And we were, like, ‘Now we have to do this, but we’ve gotta go.’ It’s just so beautiful.”

“This album is absolutely a banger. It’s on eleven. We have really just kind of exceeded all of the energy that has come before on these albums, both technically, music-wise, vocally, drum, lyric-wise. I think because of the roller-coaster ride when we were making this record, and just through the pandemic and all the different phases of that, we just kind of looked at each other, like, if the future is unknown and we don’t know whether we’re actually going to be out and playing these things, everything has to be, like I said, at eleven. It’s HALESTORM elevated.

It was kind of funny. My bass player, Josh [Smith], he was showing some new songs to his parents. And his dad is, like, ‘Wow. You really just grabbed on to your sound.’ And I’m, like, ‘We have a sound?’ [Laughs] I didn’t really think about it that way before. But, yeah, it’s very us.”

She went on to discuss the recording process:

“This is the first time that we’ve ever had dual producers. We went back with Nick Raskulinecz [who helmed ‘Vicious’]. And then I ended up doing my vocals with Scott Stevens from THE EXIES. He’s like a brother from another mother with me. We’ve written together before, and we’ve known each other for probably just shy of a decade now. He and I, we produced and did all the vocals for ‘Back From The Dead’ with each other, because I went out to L.A. And then we ended up sending it to Nick, and Nick’s, like, ‘This is just absolutely amazing. We have to do every song this way.’ So we kind of did it differently. We ended up with the bare bones of a demo. I ended up finishing all of my vocals — like dunzo — before we ended up building the track musically. So it’s kind of like building a pyramid upside down. But it ended up really just having this different energy, because what we were able to do with the lyrics and melody and all the vocals being done would really accentuary all of that — matching the theme to whatever I was singing about, but also just kind of really supporting the vocals musically when we went in to do the guitars and drums and bass. It’s so crazy — it definitely has this very forward, very aggressive nature to it because of the way that we did that.”

Hale also added the following about release plans:

“We don’t have a date yet. We’re literally talking about that this week, ’cause there are still some things that need to be mixed and mastered. But we’ll get a date soon. But before we even release it, we’re definitely gonna plan on, sooner than that, releasing another song. We’re just trying to figure out which one, because they’re all great.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Evanescence Cover Linkin Park’s “Heavy” With Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale

During their November 5 show in Portland, OR, Evanescence were joined onstage by Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale for a cover of Linkin Park’s “Heavy.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below. The remaining dates for Evanescence and Halestorm’s co-headlining tour can be found HERE.

Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale Partners With Strung For Guitar String Jewelry Line

Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale has joined forces with Strung for a new jewelry line featuring her used guitar strings. The collection includes necklaces and bracelets, which can be purchased HERE. Each piece will include an authenticity card signed by Hale and a portion of the proceeds will go towards MusiCares. Hale commented:

“I am so excited to announce my partnership with Get Strung. It is a company, they are so beautiful and wonderful people, and they have actually taken my guitar strings that I’ve used on tour, and made them into beautiful jewelry.”

Blameshift’s Jenny Mann, who co-owns Strung, added:

“I’ve always looked up to and respected Lzzy. She is one of the most down to earth people in the industry aside from being an insanely talented female vocalist. We are so grateful to have her on board and can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale Joins Small Town Titans Onstage For Cover Of Temple Of The Dog’s “Hunger Strike” In York, PA

During their July 30 set at the York State Fair in York, PA, Small Town Titans were joined onstage by Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale for a cover of Temple Of The Dog’s “Hunger Strike.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

Judas Priest, Halestorm, Etc. Members Added To Virtual Ronnie James Dio Birthday Fundraiser

More artists have been added to the “Stand Up And Shout For Ronnie James Dio’s Birthday” virtual fundraiser. That event will take place on July 10 and tickets can be purchased at rollinglivestudios.com.

Here’s the newly announced guests: Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen), Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass, Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), John Bush (Armored Saint), Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake), Lena Hall (“Hedwig And The Angry Inch”), Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs, etc.), Derek St, Holmes (Vanilla Fudge, Michael Schenker Group), Scott Travis (Judas Priest), Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders), and The Warning,

Here’s the previously announced guests: Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Vinny Appice (ex-Black Sabbath), Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro, Holland, Shout), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Aynsley Dunbar (ex-Journey), Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses), Lita Ford, Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple), Terry Ilous (ex-Great White), Liliac, Sean McNabb (ex-Quiet Riot), Jeff Pilson (Foreigner), Rudy Sarzo (ex-Quiet Riot), Paul Shortino (ex-Rough Cutt), Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper), Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach, Wildside), Wyn Davis, and Ronnie’s widow Wendy Dio.

The Dio band, Oni Logan, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Rowan Robertson, and Bjorn Englen, will perform as well. Eddie Trunk and Matt Pinfield will also be on hand conducting interviews.

Lzzy Hale Says Halestorm Are “At The Tail End” Of Making Their New Album

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation Virtual Invasion,” Lzzy Hale offered an update on the new Halestorm album. According to her, the band are “at the tail end of it.”

Hale said the following [via Blabbermouth]:

“It’s going great. We’re actually kind of in the eleventh hour. Everything is starting to really congeal and just reveal itself. So we’re at the tail end of it. We already have a first single picked; that just happened. So you’re definitely going to be hearing music sooner than later. As far as the release date of the record, I don’t have that yet.”

She also discussed creating music during the coronavirus pandemic:

“I think a lot of us [artists] were questioning, over the past year and change, about why am I still doing this? Who am I without touring? Who am I without all of the normal things that make my life normal? And we took, or at least I — I can’t speak for the guys — but I took writing when there was no real schedules, ’cause we didn’t know what was gonna open up, I took to writing to kind of have that be my escape, have that be my stage. So what you’re going to hear on this record is a lot of that, a lot of me placing myself in this spot, in this communion of people that I feel most comfortable, and just surrounded by everyone that loves the same music that I do.”

Hale also added the following about working with producer Nick Raskulinecz again:

“He’s so passionate and he’s just a fan of music. And I know that sounds surprising — oh, yeah, a music producer that isn’t a fan of music. There are a lot of those; there are a lot of those types of producers that are not fans of your music, let alone really listening to your genre. So it’s just great to be working with a producer that just loves the same kind of music and knows what we can do.

We’ve written so much material for this record, and a lot of it we end up throwing out and then rewriting and whatever. What people don’t understand is you have to be willing to work so hard just to throw it all away and do it again and make sure it’s right, ’cause it has to be right. ‘Cause you don’t wanna look back and be, like, ‘Oh, I should have said something about that.'”

The Picturebooks Premiere Video For New Song “Rebel” Featuring Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)

The Picturebooks have teamed up with Lzzy Hale (Halestorm) for a new song titled “Rebel.” You can find an official video for that below. The track will appear on the band’s upcoming album “The Major Minor Collective.”

The Picturebooks commented:

“‘Rebel‘ started out as an idea with Lzzy in mind and quickly surpassed everybody´s expectations. Lzzy tapped into something really special with both lyrics and vocal performance and when we heard her voice on the track for the first time we were totally blown away! Give this one a listen at full volume and be ready to be floored.”

Hale added:

“This project came into my life at a time when I really needed it. The pandemic stole a huge part of my life, and my identity. I was forced to look myself in the mirror and figure out who I am without that missing piece.

I had to remind myself that no matter what is happening outside…the flame that burns inside of me is still alive. Writing these lyrics was like drawing a road map to guide myself back to who I am. No one can do it for me, no one can save me but myself. In order to do that, I have to start a revolution inside my soul, and be a rebel from the inside out. This song is my war cry.

The instrumental music was so inspiring that by the third listen the melody naturally spilled out like some alien hybrid of all my influences.

I am so grateful to The Picturebooks for bringing me into their world and giving me the freedom to express my personal journey of rediscovering myself. And I know that, in times like these, this song will bring the listener hope for the future and the confidence to survive whatever that future becomes.”

The Picturebooks Announce European/UK Tour, Plan To Release New Song With Lzzy Hale (Halestorm) This Month

The Picturebooks have announced a 2022 European/UK tour. You can find the dates for that run below. In other news the band will also be releasing a new song titled “Rebel” on May 14. That track features Lzzy Hale (Halestorm) and the band had the following to say about it:

“‘Rebel‘ started out as an idea with Lzzy in mind and quickly surpassed everybody´s expectations. Lzzy tapped into something really special with both lyrics and vocal performance and when we heard her voice on the track for the first time we were totally blown away! Give this one a listen at full volume and be ready to be floored.”

Tour Dates:

03/13 Hamburg, GER – Nochtspeicher
03/15 Gothenburg, SWE – Pustervik
03/16 Stockholm, SWE – Slaktkyrkan
03/17 Copenhagen, DEN – Hotel Cecil
03/19 Antwerp, BEL – Kavka
03/20 Zwolle, NET – Hedon
03/22 Cologne, GER – Artheater
03/23 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
03/25 Berlin, GER – SO36
03/26 Leipzig, GER – Moritzbastei
03/28 Prague, CZE – Futurum
03/29 Krakow, POL – Kwadrat
03/31 Budapest, HUN – Robot
04/01 Vienna, AUT – B72
04/02 Zurich, SWI – Werk 21
04/07 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 3
04/09 Madrid, SPA – Caracol
04/10 Bilbao, SPA – Stage Live
04/12 Stuttgart, GER – Universum
04/13 Munich, GER – Strom
04/14 Bielefeld, GER – Forum
04/17 Paris, FRA – La Maroquinerie
04/19 Manchester, UK – Rebellion
04/20 Dublin, IRE – Grand Social
04/21 Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
04/23 London, UK – The Dome
04/24 Bristol, UK – Exchange
04/27 Sheffield, UK – Corporation
04/28 Birmingham, UK – Mama Roux´s

“Thunder Force” Soundtrack Featuring Anthrax, Ex-Slayer, Etc. Members Now Available

The new Netflix film “Thunder Force” and its soundtrack were officially released today (April 9). Composer Fil Eisler worked on the soundtrack with Scott Ian (Anthrax) and Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer) and its title track features several guests including Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), and electric cellist Tina Guo.

“Thunder Force” Soundtrack Track Listing:

01. “Thunder Force” (feat. Corey Taylor, Lzzy Hale, Scott Ian, Dave Lombardo & Tina Guo)
02. “Thunder Force Suite” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
03. “This Town’s Gonna Get What It Deserves” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
04. “Angel Wings”
05. “History Of The Miscreants” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
06. “Lydia Goes Apeshit” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
07. “What Does This Button Do” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
08. “Enter Laser ” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
09. “Super Person”
10. “The Stanton Building”
11. “Training Begins” (feat. Scott Ian)
12. “Seems Like Overkill” (feat. Scott Ian)
13. “Social Visit”
14. “6am Day Two” (feat. Scott Ian)
15. “Cooked”
16. “Go Time”
17. “Super Suits” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
18. “Purple Lambo”
19. “The Diner Attack” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
20. “The Special One”
21. “Training Complete” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
22. “Like Thunder”
23. “I Like ‘Em Thick”
24. “Hold It Calamari” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
25. “Boom”
26. “In The Public Eye” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
27. “It Feels Like I Need To Kill Them”
28. “Dumpster Fight” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
29. “What Brings You By”
30. “The Crab”
31. “Boss Battle” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
32. “Thought This One Through”
33. “Thunder Force Out” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)

Eisler commented:

“When Ben and I first talked about what the score should be, it was more of a conversation about how much Ben didn’t want it to be a comedy score and how it had to feel like a legitimate superhero movie. The comedy had to work so there’s always this fine line between writing something that’s going to elevate the story but also have fun and not take itself too seriously.

So when I saw that Melissa’s character was a metal fan and even mentioned Slayer in the film, I just thought ‘This is it. This is how we can make a kick arse score and have some fun at the same time.’ After that, there was no question – if you’re going to work in a genre, especially metal, you can’t dabble. You have to have the real thing. Choosing the right musicians for a score is no different to casting actors in a movie really. I was just lucky enough to be able to cast Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo, both metal legends who brought more to the project than I could have ever hoped for.”

Slipknot, Halestorm, Anthrax, Etc. Members Contribute To New Song “Thunder Force” From Upcoming Netflix Film

Milan Records have released the title track of the soundtrack to Netflix’s new superhero comedy “Thunder Force,” which is set to be released on April 9. The song, which was co-written by composer Fil Eisler, Scott Ian (Anthrax) and Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), features Lzzy Hale (Halestrom), Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer), and electric cellist Tina Guo.

All of the artists involved commented:

Eisler

“One of the great things about scoring movies is that I get to play in a lot of different musical sandboxes and occasionally the opportunity comes up to invite in some special guests. Anthrax and Slayer played a huge part in my childhood and I’ve been a fan of both Corey [Taylor] and Lzzy [Hale] for years, so when the idea of doing an orchestral metal score came up, it was a perfect excuse to go straight to the source. Why fake it when you can work with the real originals! It was honestly one of the most outright fun experiences of my scoring career so far.”

Ian:

“’Thunder Force’ kicks fucking ass.”

Taylor:

“It was awesome to work on this track with Lzzy and be a part of the film Thunder Force. It is always nice to be creative and work with other artists in the community, especially during this extended time at home. I’m excited for everyone to hear the song and see the film!”

Hale:

“I’m beyond excited to be included on the Thunder Force soundtrack, surrounded by friends, representing the genres I love so much, Rock and Metal! You won’t know what hit you! Remember, LIGHTNING NEVER STRIKES IF YOU CAN’T FORCE THE THUNDER!”

Lombardo:

“I have had the privilege of working in the music industry for over 35 years. There is something incredibly exhilarating about performing on stage, specifically the edge that comes with the off the rails style of music I play. Working with Fil Eisler on Thunder Force somehow captured that same feeling. This score is a powerful musical engine. It was a pleasure to be a part of the team that helped this come to life.”

Guo:

“Working with living legends on this soundtrack for a film that features two ordinary women turned superheroes has been incredible. I feel the same way whenever I pick up my electric cello and feel my own transformation from causal nerd to screaming banshee. I cannot wait for everyone to hear it!”