Vicious (Halestorm album)

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Vicious
Album cover for Halestorm’s 2018 studio album, Vicious.jpeg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 27, 2018
StudioRock Falcon[1]
Genre
Length43:26
LabelAtlantic
ProducerNick Raskulinecz
Halestorm chronology
Reanimate 3.0: The Covers EP
(2017)
Vicious
(2018)
Singles from Vicious
  1. "Uncomfortable"
    Released: May 30, 2018[5]
  2. "Do Not Disturb"
    Released: July 20, 2018[6][7]

Vicious is the fourth studio album by American rock band Halestorm. The album was released on July 27, 2018 through Atlantic Records. Three singles were released, and a video for the lead single "Uncomfortable", directed by Evan Brace.[8][9]

Background[edit]

Lzzy Hale commented to Blabbermouth.net:

"In my opinion, this is gonna be the first record… And we always say this, we hope we get better as musicians as we go on, with each record. But this is gonna be the first record where you can really hear all four corners of Halestorm and what makes us a band. And if any of you have ever seen us live, I think this is the closest to what you see when you see us live. In a lot of these records that we put out, 'Okay, we have a catchy song, and I sing on it,' and then that's about it. So there's so many different layers to this record that I'm so proud to show everybody."[10]

When discussing the album artwork with Sound Vapors, Joe Hottinger said:

“We wanted to create some sort of imagery that maybe spoke to somebody. Is it a woman, like struggling through the gauntlet of the industry or is it a woman enjoying all these hands on her? Or is it commentary on current events? There’s no answer. It’s an image to create questions.”[11]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic81/100[12]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Classic Rock4/5 stars[13]
Daily Express4/5 stars[4]
Metal Hammer3/5 stars[14]
Metal Injection7/10[15]
The Times3/5 stars[16]
Stereoboard4/5 stars[17]

Vicious has received a score of 81 on Metacritic based on four reviews indicating "universal acclaim", making it the band's highest scoring album on the site.[12] James Christopher Monger at AllMusic wrote that "The holy hard rock trinity of sex, drugs, and rock & roll is alive and well -- but it connects on such a visceral and familiar level that listeners will likely be unable to resist the urge to turn things up to 11."[2] Stephen Dalton of Classic Rock wrote, "Sounding at times like a fire-breathing she-dragon, Hale has a flair for lyrically deft rebel-girl songs that wear their feminist credentials lightly."[13] Paul Davies of the Daily Express wrote, "There are more hooks, delicious vocals and musicianship here to reel in both avid fans and casual listeners.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Black Vultures"
4:10
2."Skulls"
  • L. Hale
  • Josh Smith
  • Hottinger
  • Arejay Hale
3:19
3."Uncomfortable"
  • L. Hale
  • Smith
  • Hottinger
  • A. Hale
3:40
4."Buzz"
  • L. Hale
  • Smith
  • Hottinger
  • A. Hale
3:22
5."Do Not Disturb"
  • L. Hale
  • Smith
  • Hottinger
  • A. Hale
3:23
6."Conflicted"
  • L. Hale
  • Hottinger
  • Ingrid Andress
  • Andre Davidson
  • Michael Pollock
  • Stephen Puth[19][20]
3:29
7."Killing Ourselves to Live"
  • L. Hale
  • Smith
  • Hottinger
  • A. Hale
4:00
8."Heart of Novocaine"
  • L. Hale
  • Smith
  • Hottinger
  • A. Hale
3:33
9."Painkiller"
3:13
10."White Dress"
3:29
11."Vicious"3:01
12."The Silence"
  • L. Hale
  • Hottinger
4:47
Total length:43:26

Notes

Personnel[edit]

Halestorm[edit]

  • Lzzy Hale – vocals, guitar, piano, synths, talk-box on “Buzz”
  • Arejay Hale – drums, vocals
  • Joe Hottinger – lead guitar, vocals, synths
  • Josh Smith – bass guitar, piano, vocals, synths

Additional credits[edit]

  • Suzi Akyuz – product manager
  • David Brown – guitar technician
  • Rock Falcon – drum technician
  • Jimmy Fontaine – photography
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Nik Karpen – mixing assistance
  • Alex Kirzhner – creative direction and design
  • Jordan Logue – assistance
  • Chris Lord-Alge – mixing
  • Brian Ranney – packaging manager
  • Nick Raskulinecz – producer
  • Scott Stevens – additional production
  • Nathan Yarborough – engineering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[26] 16
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[27] 34
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[28] 26
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[29] 88
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[30] 14
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[31] 53
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[32] 27
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[33] 80
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[34] 32
Scottish Albums (OCC)[35] 6
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[36] 63
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[37] 10
UK Albums (OCC)[38] 8
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[39] 1
US Billboard 200[40] 8
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[41] 1
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[42] 1

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