Into the Wild Life is the third studio album by American rock band Halestorm. It was scheduled for release on April 3, 2015 via Atlantic Records but due to unforeseen circumstances, it was pushed back by a week worldwide. The album was released in Europe on April 10, 2015, in the UK on April 13, in North America on April 14, and in Japan on April 15. The album peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it their highest charting release to date in the US.
Into the Wild Life received generally favorable reviews from music critics. According to Metacritic, the album received an average score of 67/100 based on five reviews.
James Christopher Monger at AllMusic regarded "I Am the Fire", "Gonna Get Mine", "Dear Daughter", and "Mayhem" as some of Halestorm's best songs, adding, "the band is undeniably tight and flush with ideas, and Hale is such a force of nature that the occasional foray into AOR snooze-ville can be forgiven." Kory Grow from Rolling Stone gave Into The Wild Life a positive review of 3/5 stars, stating, "While Hale has packed Into the Wild Life with similarly themed tunes, like the anti-boredom anthem "Mayhem", what makes it interesting are the risks Halestorm took this time, especially the country influences seeping into the Tennessee studio where they recorded."
Dom Lawson, reporting for The Guardian, wrote a more negative review of the album, giving it 2 stars and saying: "Joyce’s heavy-handed production has transformed a likable hard rock band into a slick, mainstream pop act, albeit one with a penchant for power chords and blazing guitar solos. Hale’s voice is still impressive, but from Scream’s incongruous electronic pulse to Amen’s leaden Nickelback-isms, Into the Wild Life is as plastic and cynical as it gets."
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