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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.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12] The album peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, making it their highest charting release to date in the US.[13]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
411Mania8.5/10 stars7px7px7px7px7px7px7px7px7px[14]
AllMusic3.5/5 stars11px11px11px11px[15]
aNewRisingMusic3.5/5 stars11px11px11px11px[16]
AXS8.8/10 stars7px7px7px7px7px7px7px7px7px[17]
The Guardian2/5 stars11px11px11px11px[18]
lsureveille4/5 stars11px11px11px11px[19]
Melodic Rock(90/100)[20]
Rocksins7/10 stars7px7px7px7px7px7px7px7px7px[21]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars11px11px11px11px[22]
Stereoboard3.5/5 stars11px11px11px11px[2]

Upon release, 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 5 reviews.[23]

James Christopher Monger at AllMusic regarded "I Am the Fire," "Gonna Get Mine," "Dear Daughter," and "Mayhem" as some of Halestorms 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."[15] 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."[22]

Dom Lawson, reporting for The Guardian gave a more negative review of the album giving 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."[18]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Scream"Lzzy Hale, Joe Hottinger, Dave Bassett4:01
2."I Am the Fire"Hale, Hottinger, Scott Stevens3:37
3."Sick Individual"Hale, Hottinger, Stevens3:27
4."Amen"Hale, Hottinger, Stevens2:58
5."Dear Daughter"Hale, Hottinger, Bassett4:46
6."New Modern Love"Hale, Hottinger, Bassett3:38
7."Mayhem"Hale, Hottinger, Bassett3:38
8."Bad Girl's World"Hale, Hottinger, John Joseph Joyce5:08
9."Gonna Get Mine"Hale, Hottinger, Josh Smith2:57
10."The Reckoning"Hale, Stevens3:44
11."Apocalyptic"Hale, Nate Campany, Stevens3:17
12."What Sober Couldn't Say"Hale, Hottinger, Natalie Hemby, Stevens3:33
13."I Like It Heavy"Hale, Hottinger, Stevens, Zach Malloy4:53
Total length:49:31

[24]

Personnel

  • Dave Bassett – Composer
  • Nate Campany – Composer
  • Anne Declemente – A&R
  • Anthony Delia – Marketing
  • Richard Dodd – Mastering
  • Pete Ganbarg – A&R
  • Arejay Hale – Composer, Drums, Group Member, Vocals
  • Lzzy Hale – Composer, Group Member, Rhythm Guitar, Piano, Lead Vocals
  • Halestorm – Primary Artist
  • Jason Hall – Engineer, Mixing
  • Natalie Hemby – Composer
  • Joe Hottinger – Composer, Group Member, Lead Guitar, Vocals
  • Jay Joyce – Composer, Engineer, Mixing, Producer
  • Alex Kirzhner – Art Direction, Design
  • Dylan Lancaster – Assistant Engineer
  • Richard Madenfort – Composer, Engineer, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals
  • Zachary Malloy – Composer
  • Rick Marty – Guitar
  • Jake Giles Netter – Photography
  • Daniel O'Neil – Guitar Technician
  • Brian Ranney – Package Production
  • Paul Simmons – Drum Technician
  • Josh Smith – Composer, Group Member, Guitar (Bass), Piano, Vocals
  • Scott Christopher Stevens – Composer
  • Caleb VanBuskirk – Assistant Engineer


Charts

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Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[25] 51
Austria Albums [26] 33
Belgium Albums(Vl) [26] 73
Belgium Albums(Wa) [26] 149
Canadian Albums [27] 7
Germany Albums [26] 24
Ireland Albums (IRMA) [28] 24
Italian Albums (FIMI)[29] 81
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[30] 55
Netherlands Albums [26] 59
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[31] 28
Sweden Albums [26] 50
Switzerland Albums [26] 20
UK Album Charts [32] 10
UK Rock Charts [33] 1
US Billboard 200 [34] 5
US Rock Albums [35] 1
US Alternative Albums [36] 1
US Hard Rock Albums [37] 1

References

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  3. "Classic Rock's 25 albums of the year so far". TeamRock. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
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  18. 18.0 18.1 Dom Lawson. "Halestorm: Into the Wild Life review – radio-friendly rockers scrubbed clean". the Guardian. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
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  20. "Halestorm - Into the wild life Review". http://www.melodicrock.com.  External link in |publisher= (help)
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  22. 22.0 22.1 "Halestorm - Into the wild life Review". http://www.rollingstone.com.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  23. "Reviews for Into the Wild Life by Halestorm - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  24. "Halestorm Announces New Album, "Into the Wild Life"; 2015 Headlining Tour - News - Q106 Rock On! - WJXQ - Jackson, Battle Creek & Lansing". Q106fm.com. 2015-01-12. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  25. Ryan, Gavin (April 18, 2015). "ARIA Albums: Spirit Of The Anzacs Spends 4th Week At No 1". Noise11. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 26.5 26.6 Steffen Hung. "Halestorm - Into The Wild Life". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  27. ["http://www.billboard.com/charts/canadian-albums/2015-05-02 "CANADIAN ALBUMS (week of May 2, 2015"] Check |url= value (help). 
  28. "Irleand Albums:". April 18, 2015. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
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  32. "Official Albums Chart Top 100 | 19-04-2015 - 25-04-2015 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. 2015-04-19. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  33. "Official Rock & Metal Albums Chart Top 40 | 19-04-2015 - 25-04-2015 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. 2015-04-19. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  34. "Top 200 Albums (week of May 2, 2015)". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  35. "Top Rock Albums (week of May 2, 2015)". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  36. "Alternative Music: Top Alternative Albums Chart (week of May 2, 2015)". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  37. "Hard Rock Music: Top Hard Rock Albums (week of May 2, 2015)". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 


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