"Vicious" is the fourth studio album by American rock band Halestorm. The album was released on July 27, 2018 through Atlantic Records.
The lead single from Vicious, “Uncomfortable,” has already cracked the top ten, and there are several more potential hits. Perhaps the catchiest song on the album is the ballad “Killing Myself To Live.” It's followed by “Heart Of Novocaine,” another ballad, albeit a mellower, acoustic one. When putting together track listings, most bands avoid back to back ballads, but Halestorm has done this before, with “Familiar Taste Of Poison” and “I'm Not An Angel” on their 2009 debut as well as “Beautiful With You” and “In Your Room” on The Strange Case Of…
It's a very catchy collection of hard rock/pop metal songs. They don't stray far from the path they've blazed on previous albums, but it's a formula that has worked extremely well for them. Lzzy utilizes some different vocal patterns on tracks like “Skulls” and “Conflicted” that add some variety without straying too far from their trademark style. Vicious is not a quantum leap, but it is a step forward for Halestorm as they continue to refine and hone their songwriting with another batch of well crafted and memorable songs. Even without many risks, there are plenty of rewards as they continue to establish themselves as one of hard rock's elite.
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