Thursday, October 15, 2015

Glorious Ladies of Rocktober Song #11: "Love Bites (So Do I)" by Halestorm

"But GMYH, what about females in contemporary metal?"  I hear you, fair reader, which brings us to today's band, Halestorm.  Fronted by Lzzy Hale, Halestorm has put out three relatively successful metal albums in the last few years.  The band's 2009 self-titled debut album got up to #40 on the Billboard album charts and #4 on the Billboard Hard Rock Album charts, while their next two albums -- 2012's The Strange Case Of . . . and 2015's Into the Wild Life -- climbed up to #15 and #5, respectively, on the Billboard album charts and both hit #1 on the Billboard Hard Rock album charts.

I have the band's first two albums (and should probably just go ahead and get the third), and it's pretty much a whole lot of ball-busting metal.  Hale has a soaring voice, perfectly suited for the genre, and the rest of the band lays down a solid metal groove.  The song I decided to go with is "Love Bites (So Do I)," not only because I'm a Def Leppard fan and the song title appears to reference "Love Bites," but also because the song won the 2013 Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, beating out Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Anthrax, Marilyn Manson, and Lamb of God.  Not too shabby!  The song reached #2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts, and it's pretty indicative of the band's badass sound that has made them so successful in the metal world.

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