Are You Listening To Halestorm? Why not?

Posted: June 18, 2010 in music
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If there’s one thing I love, it’s music. It’s one of the few things that binds all races. Each genre of music may have its roots in a particular culture, but they are not confined to just that culture.

Hip-hop has its roots in the African culture, yet one of the most famous rappers is white (Eminem). There are also successful latin rappers, and in a predominately male genre, female rappers.

Speaking of female artists, very rarely is there one that grabs my attention with their vocals in the rock/metal genre. Only a few come to mind at the moment.

1. The first has to be Janis Joplin. She paved the way and set the standard for all future female rockers.

2. Pat Benatar. Not only can she rock, but she has a beautiful ballad voice.

3. Amy Lee (Evanescence). For someone whose only training was singing in a church choir when she was young, she has an amazing range. The only drawback, and this is by no means meant to demean her ability, is that the music is what gives her voice a rock sound.

4. Lacey Mosley (Flyleaf). Lacey proved she has metal in her blood with the release of the single “I’m So Sick”. With that one song she proved that not only can she showcase a melodic voice, but a metal voice that could, if developed, rival Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour).

5. And my most recent discovery: Lzzy Hale from Halestorm. Her voice reminds me of the old school ladies (Joplin & Benetar). She has such an amazing vocal range, I get chills when listening to her.

The best way I can describe Lzzy’s voice for those unfamiliar with her is she sounds like a female Brent Smith. Anyone familiar with Shinedown knows the amazing range Brent has. Remember their cover of “Simple Man”? He showcased his range there, while offering up his metal chops on songs like “Devour” and “Sound Of Madness”. Lzzy does the same on the adult-themed “I Get Off”.

If you call yourself a rock/metal fan yet haven’t had the pleasure of hearing Lzzy’s voice, what are you waiting for? Get off your butt and check out Halestorm.

*The 5 ladies I listed are by no means my definitive ‘ladies of rock’ list. If you have any to add, please feel free to do so.*

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Comments
  1. kauli says:

    Excellent!

  2. HANNAH says:

    Amy Lee is okay… GO LZZY!

    • Mike says:

      I agree. When Evanescence first came out I was a huge fan. I still think Amy has a beautiful voice, she’s just not as versatile as Lzzy.

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