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.

Their single "Love Bites (So Do I)" (from The Strange Case of...) earned the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, making Halestorm the first female-fronted group to win the category.

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


Lzzy Hale also provided vocals for Lindsey Stirling's single "Shatter Me" as well as Stone Sour's cover of The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter".

The band has examples of the following tropes:

  • All Drummers Are Animals: Arejay usually plays the drums bare-chested, and in many live performances he'll do a long drum solo number, e.g. "Boom City" on the 2010 Live In Philly album. In one concert he 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. And then there was the drum duet he did with Lita Ford's drummer Joe Rock at a 2016 concert in Raleigh, NC.
  • 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".
  • Bi the Way: Lzzy. Though most the band's sex songs are about boys, in an interview with Corey Taylor, Lzzy said she has a grand appreciation for boobs and that they are great. She has also said in a Playboy interview that her biggest turn on are boobs. She later officially came out as bi on Twitter.
  • Break-Up Song: "Apocalyptic", which is about a couple that's breaking up because they've reached the point where they can't stand each other.
  • 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
    • Now three with 2016's Reanimate 3.0.
  • Destructo-Nookie: Also "Apocalyptic", it's the last thing the couple is going to do before they split- the title refers to the kind of sex the singer wants.
  • Ethical Slut: Lzzy portrays this in a few songs.
  • Female Gaze: "American Boys" is all about the speaker eyeing various kinds of young men, when it's not name-dropping famous rock and metal bands.
  • Heavy Meta:
    • "Rock Show" is a rock song about rock fans rocking out at a rock concert, depicting the "little girl" singing along, moshing and crowd-surfing.
    • "I Like It Heavy" is about Lzzy's enjoyment of Heavy Metal (name-dropping Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Lemmy), though oddly is composed as a Rock & Roll song for the most part.
  • Intercourse with You: A lot of their songs, but they also covered Heart's "All I Wanna Do Is to Make Love to You".
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!":
    • Lzzy's reaction to their Grammy win, considering they beat out several established artists who had inspired the band members to begin with.
      Lzzy: Iron Maiden, my God!
    • Arejay getting to do a drum duet with Lita Ford's drummer Joe Rock at a 2016 concert in Raleigh, NC. Arejay explained beforehand that Joe Rock hosted the how-to video series he learned to play drums from.
  • 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.
    • "Mz. Hyde" also has lyrics that refer to bondage and domination.
  • 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.
  • May–December Romance: The romance part is perhaps debatable, but the sex-metaphor song "Dirty Work" gives us the following lines:
    "I need someone young, willing and able / you need someone old enough to know better."
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: On average, they are a 5-7. Though, they do have a number of songs that are as low as a 2 or 3.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Lzzy Hale. Invoked as well, during an interview with Corey Taylor:
    Lzzy: "You are now in the hot seat... and it's the hot seat because my ass was in 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.
  • Punny Name: "Halestorm". Get it? "Hailstorm"?
  • Up to Eleven: "I Like It Heavy" from Into The Wild Life invokes this trope with a line about cranking the speaker up louder than ten.
  • Russian Reversal: A close variant in "Daughters of Darkness" with the line, "We can turn you on / Or we can turn on you".
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: "I Get Off" is about the exhibitionist female speaker showing off for a peeping tom.
  • 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.
  • 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...