Halestorm are back for a moment with their second covers EP and sixth EP overall. “ReAniMate 2.0” sees songs from of AC/DC, Judas Priest, Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar, Marilyn Manson and Daft Punk. Whilst covers are generally never the band’s best songs it’s good to have a quick listen to their current mind set as well as hear their take on popular songs.
The best songs are likely “Dissident Agressor” and “Get Lucky”, the latter of which has already been publicised heavily by the band. The classic rock tracks are still good, previously mentioned “Dissident Aggressor” being the most memorable for the sheer intensity of Lzzy Hale‘s voice that carries with it echoes of Priest vocalist Rob Halford. The cover of “Shoot for Thrill” is a little ‘dull’ however in respect to what could have been done. It’s prevalent throughout the EP in that some parts just sound too identical, literally being a cover as opposed to being Halestorm‘s take on a classic. The only discernible difference being the gender of the vocalist (in four out of six cases). “Gold Dust Woman” is also a song that would benefit from seeing the light more often live, the band meed to play their own song but this cover is a definite success.
The ambition could have been greater with the adaptation but the addition of modern pop songs makes the lack of ingenuity forgiveable. If these six artists are anything to go on then a culmination of them all would mean the next album should be something quite interesting. After winning a Grammy it is unlikely Halestorm would have stormed too far out of their depth but thanks to Lzzy‘s voice there’s always something totally ‘un-pop’ to their sound and provides plenty of “Oh Yes!” moments.
If the gap between their two albums is too long, or you’re a fan of any of these artists then this EP is a definite listen. It’s quick and easy to listen to and Halestorm‘s modern metal sound makes the songs that little bit warmer.