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ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP
Type: CD
Company: Atlantic
Release: 2017
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Frank Hill
Diverse mix of hard rock, metal, and whatever pop
Third in the Halestorm series of cover EPs which are always a diverse mix of hard rock, metal, and whatever pop they want to throw in the bucket. "Still of the Night" (Whitesnake) snarls and showcases Lzzy' immense lungs. "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" (Sophie B. Hawkins) keeps the longing of the original. "Heathens" (Twenty One Pilots) should hit the younger fans. "Fell On Black Days" (Soundgarden) felt underwhelming without the treble of Chris Cornell. Anchor song "Ride the Lightning" (Metallica) has the vocal power, especially on the choruses, which only Lzzy has. Production is a bit heavy with the bass giving the rock songs more beef, but the metal tunes lose some of their guitar bite. Lzzy needs to be up closer in the mix. At less than 30 minutes, you can't really find a central heart in 3.0. It was probably knocked out in a day and an indulgent tribute to their own favorites. Hardcore fans will buy it and casuals will pick out singles. Personally, I liked it better than 2.0, but less than 1.0. The cover is an odd one. It looks like a Cubist version of Metallica's new Hardwired... release.

About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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