Halestorm drummer Arejay Hale said in a new interview with United Rock Nations at France’s Hellfest that he was surprised by the success of the band’s third studio album, 2015’s Into The Wild Life. Hale explained, “To see that much of a great reaction, we really didn’t expect it, ’cause we felt with this last record, we were kind of doing something very different from our last record; we were kind of playing a little bit more alternative, a little bit more experimental.”

Hale added, “So when the record came out, I really didn’t know what kind of reaction it was gonna get. I was hoping it would do well, but I felt like our hardcore fans that liked our first two records would have hated it. But they actually liked it. So I was really excited.”

  • Hale told us a while back that the group set out to make an adventurous record: [“Going into this record, we weren’t thinking about the last record. We weren’t thinking about recreating the old or even trying to top it. We were just chasing what gets us excited. A lot of people ask us, they’re like, ‘Hey, you guys won a Grammy, so was there a lot more pressure on you guys?’ And we’re like, ‘No,’ ’cause, you know, that’s kind of just how we are. I think that the best way to evolve and move forward is just to not look back.”] SOUNDCUE (:21 OC: . . . not look back.)
  • Into The Wild Life debuted at Number Five on the Billboard 200 album chart when it came out last year, selling 56,000 copies in its first week of release — more than double the first-week haul of their previous CD.
  • Halestorm is currently out with Shinedown on the Carnival Of Madness tour, which pulls into Tulsa, Oklahoma on Wednesday (July 27th) and winds down on August 18th in Detroit. Halestorm will headline more shows in October.
  • While the band is also starting to prep its fourth studio effort, it also plans to continue its tradition of recording a covers EP between full albums, following 2011’sReAniMate and 2013’s ReAniMate 2.0.

FAST FACTS:

  • The band’s first two albums, 2009’s Halestorm and 2012’s The Strange Case Of…, were both officially certified gold in March by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales of more than 500,000 copies. Into The Wild Life has not reached gold yet.
  • Into The Wild Life features the singles “Mayhem,” “I Am The Fire” and the chart-topping “Amen.”

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?

Matthew Morgan wrote: “I dig Into the Wild Life. Solid album and Halestorm more than delivers live. The new stuff sounds great.”

Cameron Fraser wrote: “He means the lack of success right? This thing just felt dead on arrival, barely existed once it was released.”

Lester Jameson wrote: “very poppy. wouldnt be surprised if lzzy left the band…speaking of lzzy, she’s f**king hot!”

Brandon King wrote: “I liked their first two albums, and I thought Into The Wild Life was terrible.”