Heavy metal has predominately been a male dominated genre, but frontwoman and guitarist Lzzy Hale would have something to say about that.
The force behind Pennsylvanian rock band Halestorm, has been immersing herself in the world of rock riffs since her early teens.
Performing on the likes of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and alongside heavy rock pioneers such as Amy Lee and Myles Kennedy, it didn’t take long before metal chick Lzzy Hale was a name on everyone’s lips.
Elizabeth ‘Lzzy’ Hale was born on October 10th, 1983 in Red Lion, Pennsylvania. Both Hale and her younger brother, Arejay Hale, started learning piano at the age of 5, but Lzzy later progressed to guitar at age 16, and Arejay to the drums. The teen siblings released an EP titled Don’t Mess With the Time Man in 1999, marking Hale’s first appearance as a recording artist and lead vocalist.
Her group Halestorm – consisting of Lzzy on lead vocals and guitars, her brother and co-founder Arejay on drums, Josh Smith on bass and Joe Hottinger on guitar – signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in June, 2005, and their self-titled debut album was released in April, 2009. Halestorm is well known for their near non-stop touring, often performing as many as 250 shows a year. Since 2006 they have toured with many hard rock and heavy metal acts including Papa Roach, Avenged Sevenfold, Evanescence, The Pretty Reckless and Bullet For My Valentine. Halestorm appeared on the first annual Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, and in October 2010, the band traveled to Japan to participate in the Loud Park Festival. They have also appeared on the 2010 Taste of Chaos tour.
Hale has since enjoyed significant success as not only Halestorm’s lead singer, but also with guest appearances alongside artists such as Shinedown, Black Stone Cherry, Seether and Adrenaline Mob. Hale has also written the advice column “Ask Lzzy” for Revolver magazine.
Lzzy Hale’s individuality and attitude demanded a guitar that made an equally bold statement, and the Gibson Explorer delivers that and more in spades.
The Gibson Guitar Corporation announced the release of a Limited Edition Lzzy Hale Signature Gibson Guitar in September 2014. From its iconic angular, asymmetrical and rebellious body shape, to its stunning Alpine White finish, gold appointments and pearl tone knobs, the Hale Explorer stands out wherever it’s played.
The super-fast neck and unparalleled Gibson set-up can accommodate some serious shredding as easily as it can lay down fat, chunky rhythms. It’s a classy metal axe for a classy metal lady!
Hale describes her sound as “a kiss in the face and a kick in the teeth”. Fond of a chunky, full sound, Hale likes her fans to be able to hear her fingers moving in her riffs and licks.
Inspired by the icons of heavy rock such as Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Deep Purple, Metallica and the Scorpions, Hale credits her greasy-hair metal sound to a love of her parents generation of glam rock gods.
Vocally, Hale’s voice is an intense, velvety scream, so sonically, her guitar complements that. From bouncy barre chords to pinch harmonic riffage and drop D tunings, Hale’s guitar style is aggressive, distorted, loud and unapologetically bitchin’.
The burning barre chords of ‘I Miss the Misery’, the metal mania of ‘Amen’, the stuttering strums of ‘Apocalyptic’, the build up to ‘Freak Like Me’, the frenetic intro to ‘Love Bites’, the futuristic electronica beats of ‘Mz. Hyde’, the plectrum picking of ‘Here’s To Us’, the piano-guitar combo of ‘Dead Daughter’ and the heavy metal cover of Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’.
So far, Halestorm have only one live DVD to their name.
On November 16, 2010 they released a live CD/DVD entitled Live in Philly 2010, which was recorded at The TLA in Philadelphia in early 2010.
Their music videos, live performances and TV spots can be viewed on YouTube.
Below, check out Lzzy Hale running through her guitars and gear: