About a month ago we reported that Halestorm were pushing ahead of schedule and planning to drop their sophomore effort much earlier than planned. Now comes word from front-lady Lzzy Hale that the album won't be out this year, but she reassures fans that it's for the best.

Halestorm made quite a name for themselves on the strength of singles like 'I Get Off' and 'It's Not You' from their self-titled debut album. They added to their reputation by touring exhaustively yet still blowing people away at live shows. The band has been in the studio working to finish the batch of songs that will become the next album before year's end, but have hit a bump in the road:  inspiration. Lzzy explains:

"We completed 8 songs top to bottom (in addition to the two that we had previously recorded in the middle of tour), then something clicked! We started thinking outside the box, experimenting with more sounds, and I sat down and wrote some of the most revealing and personal songs I’ve ever put to paper. In the week following, our Label called, thrilled with everything! We discussed the magic going on in the studio and the “rock forward” thinking going into these recordings. Given this new surge of excitement we felt that it’d be best to ride this out and see how far to the edge we can take this new body of work! So, we decided to re-think releasing this record in September, and now plan on putting it out the 1st quarter (beginning of 2012)."

Lzzy also revealed that the two tracks they recorded on the road were called 'Love Bites...but so do I' and 'American Boys'. If you caught Halestorm on the Avalanche tour, you may have already heard them. The band also co-wrote a tune with Weezer mastermind Rivers Cuomo, but there is no word if that or any of the previously mentioned tunes will make the album's final cut. For Lzzy's full statement, head to the blog section of the Halestorm website.

Check out the new tracks 'American Boys' and 'Love Bites...but so do I'