HALESTORM recently entered the Dark Horse Recording studios just outside Nashville to begin recording its fourth album for an early 2018 release. Helming the sessions is Nick Raskulinecz, an acclaimed producer who has previously worked with RUSH, KORN, ALICE IN CHAINS and DEFTONES, in addition to having produced HALESTORM's third covers EP, "ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP", which came out in January.
Speaking to 97.1 The Eagle's Cindy Scull at the 2017 Freakers' Ball, which was held on Sunday, October 15 at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas, HALESTORM drummer Arejay Hale said about the follow-up to 2015's "Into The Wild Life": "It's more organic, a little more raw, a little less processed, which a lot of modern rock is. So I think it's kind of throwing it back to the roots of it."
According to HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale, Raskulinecz "inspired" the band "a lot, because when we got off the road, we didn't really know what we wanted to do with the record, so we kind of came in with absolutely nothing, the four of us in a room. And he just kind of turned to us, and he was, like, 'When was the last time the four of you were just kind of in a room writing together and not afraid to be yourselves?'" she said. "And I'm, like, 'Man, that's been a long time, I think.' So he really gave us this renewed trust in ourselves and what we enjoy in the music that we like and not being afraid to wear our influences on our sleeves, that kind of thing. And he's also… he's just so energetic. Arejay will tell you; he's bouncing around with a drum stick. He's, like, 'Coach Nick' right now."
Added Arejay: "He's, I think, more of kind of a fifth member… He almost kind of has an authorative voice over the record. 'Cause I think that if it was left to just the four of us, we would overthink the hell out of it, but having him kind of direct it and guide us along has been a great way, I think, to bring the best out of us."
HALESTORM's next album is tentatively due in the spring of 2018.
"ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP" featured an eclectic mix of songs from artists like METALLICA, SOUNDGARDEN, JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS, SOPHIE B. HAWKINS, TWENTY ONE PILOTS and WHITESNAKE.
"Into The Wild Life" was criticized by some fans for veering too far into pop music territory.