It's always impressive when a band's debut full-length album lands on the Billboard Album Chart's Top 40. That happened to the Pennsylvania band Halestorm. But Halestorm had been issuing self-released EPs for a number of years before "One And Done," a five-track live CD, was released on Atlantic in '06.
Halestorm also logged a lot of road time. There was the '06 Winterfresh Sno-Core Tour with Seether, Shinedown and Flyleaf. That was followed by the Equinox Tour headlined by Shinedown (again) and Trapt. The Shinedown connection led to a Lzzy Hale/Shinedown version "Shed Some Light" (originally on the group's "Us & Them"). But the effort was shelved though it was played on a few Pennsylvania radio stations.
The work paid off. Featuring the lead single, "I Get Off," Halestorm's self-titled debut arrived in '09 and out of the box took possession of the #40 slot of the album chart.
An east coast show was recorded (on 04/30/10) and released as "Live In Philly 2010." That was followed by the "ReAniMate:The CoVeRs" EP. The genre bending collection featured covers of "Out Ta Get Me" (Guns N' Roses) "Bad Romance" (Lady Gaga) and "Slave To The Grind" (Skid Row).
The '12 EP "Hello, It's Mz. Hyde," was a four song preview of the group's full-length effort, "The Strange Case Of…" which dropped later in the year. The album yielded the single "Freak Like Me," Halestorm's first song to reach the top of the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
"ReAniMate 2.0," with covers of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Stevie Nicks' "Gold Dust Woman," came a year later. After also covering the Dio song "Straight Through the Heart" for the "Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life" tribute album, Halestorm rolled out "Into The Wild Life." "This album is not a departure, it is an invitation to all things Halestorm," stated Hale.
The '15 LP's lead single was "Apocalyptic."
Another EP arrived in '17. "ReAniMate 3.0" included a cover of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' "I Hate Myself For Loving You," Whitesnake's "Still Of The Night," Soundgarden's "Fell On Black Days" and Metallica's "Ride The Lightning."
2012 The Strange Case Of...
2015 Into The Wild Life
2006 One And Done
2011 ReAniMate:The CoVeRs
2012 Hello, It's Mz Hyde
2013 ReAniMate 2.0
2017 ReAniMate 3.0
"As a kid, when a lot of my friends were into Backstreet Boys, I attached myself to Alice Cooper, Cinderella, and Van Halen," Lzzy Hale said in an interview. Halestorm, essentially a melodic Metal outfit, displays those influences regularly.