Video footage of HALESTORM performing an acoustic version of the song “Apocalyptic” live at Atlantic Records‘ recording studio in New York City this past April can be seen below. The track was released as the first single from the band’s third studio album, “Into The Wild Life”, which came out in April.
HALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale told The Pulse Of Radio that “Apocalyptic” strikes a middle ground between the band’s older material and the new directions it’s exploring on its latest record. “I didn’t want to scare you guys too much with the first single [laughs], so we decided to go with this one. But there’s a lot on this record that… I don’t know, you just kind of throw caution to the wind, and there’s a certain freedom that comes with that. But then there’s also this kind of, there’s a nervousness. But, you know, bottom line is that we came out with a record that we’re really proud of.”
HALESTORM drummer Arejay Hale told Backseat Mafia: “In my opinion, I think ‘Apocalyptic’ is a little bit closer to where we left off on the last record. It seems like every time we put out a record it gets more and more diverse. The first record was very in the middle, then the next record was a little heavier and more intimate and this next record, it’s so extreme and so all over the place. I think it was smart going with ‘Apocalyptic’ first because it kind of eases everybody into this new record.”
“Into The Wild Life” debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 album chart, selling 56,000 copies in its first week of release — more than double the first week haul of the band’s previous effort, 2012’s Grammy-winning “The Strange Case Of…”