The opening of Still of the Night proves yet again that Lzzy Hale’s voice was absolutely made for rock music. The Whitesnake classic has got a vocal verse with no real instrumentation that Hale has used to show off the grit in her voice, and the band breaking in with the hair metal-influenced hard rock proves their versatility while keeping their own style. Layered vocals and similar instrumental parts keep the sound close enough to the original to be easily recognisable, but there are subtle differences like guitar tones that make it sound very Halestorm. An interesting take on Sophie B Hawkins‘ Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover follows, which keeps its pop feel more than most of the ReAniMate series yet the distorted guitar and cymbal-heavy drums leave it with an expected rock touch to it too.
Joan Jett classic I Hate Myself For Loving You is third, which is kept perhaps the closest stylistically to the original with the female-fronted rock act holding a similar place in the market to Halestorm in the modern day. The tom/snare/clap beats are reminiscent of the original as are even the guitar tones, and the confidence of Lzzy soulfully over the top gives a real flashback. They’ve even managed to put more energy into Twenty One Pilots‘ smash hit Heathens from Suicide Squad. With no electronic sounds unlike the original, the track turns into a fairly slow rock powerhouse which is almost unrecognisable without the vocals. Penultimately, a cover of Soundgarden‘s Fell On Black Days plays out which by its original would be the least showy of the EP. This does prove to be so. While not disappointing, the track is very simple and would act perhaps as a better final track, though that was definitely saved for the best to go out with a blast.
The release then brings itself to a close with a rendition of Metallica hit Ride The Lightning which works fantastically. The solo is a thing of wonder and the chugging rhythm guitar coupled with bass and drums keeping the punching rhythm ticking over. Anyone that doubts Lzzy Hale before hearing this most certainly will not afterwards – her voice shines as the central powerhouse in the mix with left-right panned guitars and directional drums. The gruffness in her voice would challenge any male vocalist performing the track and her style on the lyrics just fits superbly. A fitting finish to a fantastic EP.
Overall, ReAniMate 3.0 shows again that Halestorm aren’t limited to putting their original style into their tracks to sound unlike any other band but that they can do it to other artists’ tracks too.