Friday, December 13, 2013


Halestorm – ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP
Atlantic, 2013

This is an entirely disposable release that has little worth for all but the most devout Halestorm fans. As the title suggests, this EP contains six cover songs, so I won’t spend a lot of time thinking about creative ways to bash this. “Dissident Aggressor” opens the EP on a decent note, but Slayer’s version crushes both this and the original by Judas Priest. I’m glad I didn’t know who Daft Punk was until I googled it, but “Get Lucky” is the only other decent song here. “Shoot To Thrill” is downright weak; the guitars and drums lack punch, and the effort sounds phoned in. Pat Benatar’s “Hell Is For Children” is the song I was most looking forward to on the EP, however, there’s none of the emotion found on the original. Things only get worse with Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman” and “1996” by Marilyn Manson. Generally I’ve found covers releases to be pretty lame—Garage Days Re-Revisited and Attack Of The Killers B’s are the only great ones that spring to mind. If you’re a Halestorm fan you may want to check this out, but don’t expect anything great.

Halestorm performs tonight, Friday, December 13 at Myth in St. Paul with support from Stars In Stereo and Redlight King.

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