There is laying your soul bare. And there is laying your soul bare. From start to finish Vicious is admirably honest and addictively frank. Nothing is off limits (even if it should be) as frontwoman Lzzy Hale gambles on integrity and intensity to propel a game changing record into rock and roll’s big leagues.
This is ferocious, feisty and fabulously dark. Hale’s affecting vocals intermittently erupt into sheer vitriol as she oversees an outpouring of intensely raw emotion. And it makes for one of the edgiest and exciting albums of 2018.
Halestorm have always had a knack for producing anthemic hard rock and Hale has never shied away from what’s right in front of her. But an intoxicating combination of barbed wire riffs and razor sharp lyrics make Vicious the band’s best record yet.
From the angst-laden opener Black Vultures thru the aptly named Uncomfortable towards set closer The Silence, every note counts and every theme resonates. The bold juxtaposition of Do Not Disturb alongside Conflicted is not for the faint hearted as Hale takes her fans to places that have, hitherto, remained deeply private.
Perhaps Hale has revealed too much. Perhaps Vicious is an artistic leap too far. But it takes guts to go this far. The challenge facing Hale is where to go from here.
*Look out for an exclusive interview with Lzzy Hale in the brand new issue of HRH Mag – out next month!