Review: Halestorm, Sheffield O2 Academy

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It’s Halestorm’s first time in Sheffield, and I doubt it will be their last.

Greeted with screams and thunderous clapping, Halestorm launch straight into the bitter I Miss The Misery.

A bit of a stop-start opener, it doesn’t pack quite the punch that has come to be expected from the Grammy award winners.

By the second song, Love Bites (So Do I), front woman, Lzzy Hale has the crowd eating out of the palm of her hand. The formula of tonight’s show is simple – clap your hands, stomp your feet, sing-a-long.

Lzzy Hale is a confident, charismatic front woman with an impressive vocal range.

Freak Like Me gets fists in the air, and crowd-pleaser Rock Show gets everyone in the Academy singing along.

Things are slowed down with back-to-back ballads as Lzzy takes to a keyboard for a solo rendition of Break In, getting the boys back for Familiar Taste of Poison.

The evening showcases most of the best songs from Halestorm’s two albums, as well as promoting their latest covers EP, Reanimate 2.0.

Daft Punk’s Get Lucky is full of grooving guitar riffs and Judas Priest’s Dissident Aggressor sounds huge.

Gratuitous drum solos and one too many cover songs aside, Halestorm have worked hard to get to this point in their career. Tonight’s show was a mixed bag, but by the time Here’s To Us rounds off proceedings, even the most cynical are won over.