[Photos by: Nick Raskulinecz/Instagram, Jake Giles Netter]

Halestorm's new album is expected later this year, and the longstanding rock band say the anticipated follow-up to 2015's Into The Wild Life will contain some of the heaviest material they've ever recorded—check it out:

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Halestorm's Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger recently spoke to Eddie Trunk on his Trunk Nation show, as reported by Blabbermouth, and the band members reveal they're nearly finished recording their fourth full-length and first release since last year's covers collection, ReAniMate 3.0.

“We only have, like, two weeks left on it,” guitarist Hottinger explains. “Just some vocals and candy stuff. It rocks. It's the heaviest stuff we've ever done.” Hale further elaborates on Halestorm's new direction, citing the long length of album cycles as their impetus to explore new dynamics.

“We just don't like staying in the same lane,” singer-guitarist Hale says. “Album cycles for rock right now—it's, like, three years is one album cycle. And you're a whole different person than you were in the beginning of it. So, it's really hard for us to go back…we just keep moving forward.”

The band's recording the new album with Nick Raskulinecz, known for his work with Foo Fighters, Stone Sour, Deftones and more. Holed up in a studio in Nashville, Tennessee, the Halestorm vocalist says the producer is bringing the best out of the band's drummer and her brother, Arejay Hale.

“Nick is like the drum whisperer,” Hale says. “He's such a drum nerd. He did the last two Rush records, and he just brought some stuff out of Arejay that we were all in the control room, like, 'How did you get him to do that?' It takes a lot to surprise us with little bro, 'cause we know him so well.”

The frontwoman adds that Raskulinecz's sonics bring a greater clarity to the material: “I think it's going to be the first time that you can actually hear what everybody brings to the table, instead of it just being kind of, like, 'Oh, OK, Lzzy sings, and there's something going on in the background.'”

Halestorm's new album should drop sometime in 2018.

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