Halestorm, ‘ReAniMate 3.0: The Covers EP’ Review
It has become a Halestorm tradition to release a covers EP between studio albums. The first ReAniMate was released in 2011, followed by ReAniMate 2.0 in 2013 and now the latest edition, ReAniMate 3.0.
The first two EPs covered a variety of styles and eras from '80s hair metal to '90s grunge to current pop songs. ReAniMate 3.0 follows that template pretty closely with three tracks from the '80s, two from the '90s and one current hit.
The EP kicks off with Whitesnake's “Still of the Night.” Halestorm's version is more streamlined than the 6-and-a-half minute original, with Lzzy Hale having no problem emulating David Coverdale's bluesy style. The guitars are a bit less polished and more modern sounding than the original, but it's a pretty faithful rendition.
They stray from the original a little more with the Sophie B. Hawkins song “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover.” The 1992 Top 5 single was synth based, used a sample from Led Zeppelin's “When the Levee Breaks” and was fairly subdued. This one beefs up the guitars and Hale's delivery is more exuberant than Hawkins' was.
The Joan Jett song “I Hate Myself for Loving You” is right in Halestorm's wheelhouse. Hale's vocals are spot on, the guitar work from Lzzy and Joe Hottinger is similar to the original, and drummer Arejay Hale's bombastic style fits the song perfectly.
The current song they chose to cover this time around is “Heathens” from Twenty One Pilots. The electronic beats are replaced by guitar, giving it an arena rock vibe with just a hint of alternative rock. Soundgarden's “Fell on Black Days” is the second Chris Cornell song Halestorm have covered. They did Temple of the Dog's “Hunger Strike” on the first ReAniMate. Their rendition of “Fell on Black Days” has more groove and less grunge.
The EP's closing track is perhaps the most surprising choice, Metallica's “Ride the Lightning” from their 1984 album of the same name. Musically, it follows the original pretty closely, with Lzzy's vocals using a different style than James Hetfield, but one that works well.
ReAniMate 3.0 is another fun and enjoyable stopgap EP as fans await Halestorm's next studio album.
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