The Metal Box is a weekly web series posted each Friday where we discuss all things hard rock and heavy metal: news, videos, interviews, live concerts and more.

This week we are talking to guitarist Joe Hottinger from Halestorm about hte band's new album Vicious, current tour which plays Albany Capital Center on Aug. 3, plus Joe tells us his 'Dream Tour' for Halestorm.

Halestorm formed out of Red Lion, Pennsylvania featuring lead singer and guitarist Lzzy Hale, her brother Arejay Hale on drums, Joe Hottinger on guitar, and Josh Smith on bass. The band’s self -titled debut album was released on Atlantic Records in 2009. Their second album The Strange Case Of … was released in 2012 and featured the single “Love Bites (So Do I)" and the single earned the band a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance in 2013. They released their third album Into the Wild Life in 2015 and the band had their highest charting release. It peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart.