We’ve only been up and running a few days, and already the gloves are off within Noise Project HQ. We’re already fighting like fat kids over the last doughnut… the reason: Halestorm – ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP! Or rather, one particular track. Before we get into that, some build up blurb…
ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP, is the next installation in the now ‘expected’ stop gap covers ep from these loveable rock peddlars. It’s a prod, and a reminder to make sure that no-one forgets Halestorm are out there. A physical release just to give the fans their “freak” fix. The 3.0 is a catchy way of letting us know it’s the third in the series, and like its two predecessors, its polished, professional… and bloody good.
On to the tracks then. Whitesnake’s “Still Of The Night”; just wow! Snappy, in your face, true or close enough to the original, and a full Lzzy Hale showcase. That woman has one hell of a set of pipes, and she can stand toe to toe easily with David Coverdale. Bang on the money. “Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover” holds firm, as Halestorm give the Sophie B Hawkins pop tune a lick of paint, and some well placed oomph. Joan Jett gets the homage treatment with “I Hate Myself For Loving You”. It is Lzzy snarling and punching her way through the vocals, with the rest of the gang keeping the simplicity and power. Actually a pretty safe bet for a cover for Halestorm.
“Heathens” is up next, I hit skip. This song just gets my goat and right on my tits. Overplayed, insipid and annoying… that’s my opinion on the Twenty One Pilots original, so I was completely dismayed when I saw this one was on the record. Sorry. It’s probably a really good cover, but its a really wet song, and I hit skip.
Next up… the Noise Project argument causer: Soundgarden’s “Fell On Black Days”. For me, this is the absolute badgers nadgers, and is everything you want in a cover version. It takes the original, and turns it into a track that belongs to Halestorm. This track is a complete package, the Halestorm musicianship, the spine tingling vocals and chilling undertones. It is an emotional ball of sound that resonates from within. For me, the best on the album… but, to be fair to the other Noise Project scribblers, I have to express their opinions. They believe it lacks the raw emotion that Chris Cornell gave it, and as a result becomes insipid and uninspiring… They of course, are wrong.
Finishing off with “Ride The Lightning”, it’s ok, but I tend to always hit repeat on “Fell On Black Days” before I get to it, so I am perhaps not always in the mood. A good cover, decent engine room guitar work topped off with a shouty Lzzy.
Its a great little record from the music machine that is Halestorm. They’re a bloody talented bunch arent they!