Music / Halestorm

Halestorm is a four-person hard rock band from Red Lion, Pennsylvania consisting of Lzzy Hale (vocals, keyboard, rhythm and lead guitar) Arejay Hale (percussion) Joe Hottinger (lead guitar) and Josh Smith (bass guitar). They started to take off after the song "Here's to Us" was featured on Glee.

Not to be confused with Alestorm, or literal hail storms.

  • Halestorm (2009)
  • The Strange Case of... (2012)
  • Into the Wild Life (2015)

Lzzy Hale also provided vocals for Lindsey Stirling's single "Shatter Me".

The band has examples of the following tropes:

  • All Drummers Are Animals: Arejay once was rocking out, kicked his cymbal into the crowd and had to ask for it back. In the music video for "Love Bites" he is shown kicking his cymbals as part of the performance.
  • Badass Boast: "Freak Like Me" is an anthem for people who have to write their own rules.
    • The chorus of "The Reckoning" has Lzzy referring to herself as "the reaper outside your door".
  • Careful with That Axe: Appears on the songs "Amen" and "Freak Like Me".
  • Country Matters: "You Call Me a Bitch Like It's a Bad Thing":
    But you call me up and had the nerve to say
    "See you next Tuesday"
  • Cover Album: Two cover EP's, actually. Reanimate: The Covers EP and Reanimate 2.0: The Covers EP
  • Ethical Slut: Lzzy portrays this in a few songs.
  • Female Gaze: "American Boys" is all about this.
  • Intercourse with You: A lot of their songs, but they also covered Heart's "All I Wanna Do Is to Make Love to You".
  • Obligatory Bondage Song: "Dirty Work" is a straight up sex song, but lines like "Get on your knees and let the games begin" certainly paint it in a different light.
    • The line "I miss the rough sex" in "I Miss the Misery" doesn't necessarily refer to bondage, but certainly could.
    • "Apocalyptic" describes spanking, impact play, and Lzzy dressing like a dominatrix.
  • The Lad-ette: Not for nothing is Lzzy Hale one of the most lusted-after women in metal.
    • "I Like It Heavy" is this trope personified.
  • Literary Allusion Title: Their second album, to The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of course. There's even a song called "Mz. Hyde" on it.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • "Here's to Us", although that might be more of a Lady Swears-A-Lot).
    • "I'm doing this thing called whatever the fuck I want" from "Sick Individual" on Into the Wild Life.
    • While a different F, Lzzy said "faggot" in their cover on a Marilyn Manson song (1996).
    • "You Call Me a Bitch Like It's a Bad Thing" should be pretty obvious, although it also drops a few S-bombs along the way.
  • Shout-Out: "American Boys" and "I Like It Heavy" name-drop a number of older rock and metal songs/bands.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: A few, notably "Break In" and "Dear Daughter".
  • Textless Album Cover: The Strange Case of...; the cover is just a photograph of the band with a black background and the band in black clothes and makeup.
  • Visual Pun: "Halestorm". Get it? "Hailstorm"?
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz:
    • "Lzzy" without the usual "I". The band's name averts this as two of its founders are siblings with the surname Hale.
    • "Mz. Hyde".
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Lzzy has a grade A on the cover for The Strange Case of...