Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 2-25-17.
2-25-17 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists dating back to 2013. Links to reviews of songs from the countdown are featured at the bottom of the page.
#15 – “Let Down” – PALISADES
#14 – “Show Yourself” – MASTODON
#13 – “Eternally Yours” – MOTIONLESS IN WHITE
#12 – “Madness” – ALL THAT REMAINS
#11 – “Anti-Everything” – DED
#10 – “Take Me” – KORN
# 9 – “Hated” – BEARTOOTH
# 8 – “Love Falls” – HELLYEAH
# 7 – “Let You Down” – SEETHER
# 6 – “Help” – PAPA ROACH
# 5 – “The Bottom” – DEVOUR THE DAY
# 4 – “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)” – ADELITA’S WAY
# 3 – “Alone” – I PREVAIL
# 2 – “Breathe” – THROUGH FIRE
# 1 – “Monster” – STARSET
Blacklite District has just released “Cold As Ice” (the latest single from their upcoming album, Instant Gratification). Today on Hard Rock Daddy, we feature the world premiere of the video for the song, and share an exclusive look at the meaning behind the song from Blacklite District frontman, Kyle Pfeifer.
Blacklite District marches to the beat of their own drum, both musically (with a unique mixture of rock, rap and synthesizers) and in mindset. Getting attention these days is challenging enough for any band, much less one that is brave enough to shake things up with a sound that is disruptive to the norm. To their credit, the band has continued to build a loyal audience and fan base even when radio doesn’t jump on board right away.
There is an air of defiance to “Cold As Ice,” a track that throws caution to the wind with a frenetic mixture of rock and rap and their signature electronic sound. It’s not easy to make all of these elements work together, but Blacklite District makes it look like it is. We need more bands like this that dare to be different!
In a Hard Rock Daddy exclusive, Blacklite District frontman Kyle Pfeiffer discusses “Cold As Ice”…
“Cold As Ice” is straight-up and in-your-face. I talk about the real issues that are in this business, and artists getting told not to do things a certain way. The funny thing is, every time we’ve done something our way, we get the best result. We don’t believe in following the trends, because there are no trends. Rock radio has gotten very boring, and I think we all know that on a certain level. It’s an open playing field and we’re gonna scratch and claw our way to the top. We’ve gotten 5 million plays on YouTube over the last couple of months, and we have a large online following (in terms of sales & streams). It’s only up from here! We encourage anyone looking for a show that has something new and real, to come see us on this upcoming tour. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Blacklite District is the REAL DEAL!”
Check out the video for “Cold As Ice” below…
HRD RADIO REPORT
The HRD Radio Report showcases the weekly Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by AllAccess.com), and appears every Tuesday on HardRockDaddy.com. The HRD Radio Report digs deeper into the weekly Active Rock charts, providing commentary, reviews, recommendations and predictions. It also features opinion pieces on chart action and the music business in general.
Many of the artists featured on the Active Rock charts have already been reviewed on HardRockDaddy.com.
The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 2/18/17. All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:
|THIS WEEK||LAST WEEK||THIS WEEK|
|1||3||SHINEDOWN||“How Did You Love”||2181|
|3||2||GREEN DAY||“Still Breathing”||1821|
|4||7||PRETTY RECKLESS||“Oh My God”||1338|
|5||6||BREAKING BENJAMIN||“Never Again”||1309|
|7||5||HIGHLY SUSPECT||“My Name Is Human”||1214|
|11||12||CHEVELLE||“Door To Door Cannibals”||987|
|12||13||SIXX:A.M.||“We Will Not Go Quietly”||962|
|13||15||POP EVIL||“If Only For Now”||915|
|15||21||NICKELBACK||“Feed The Machine”||685|
|16||16||IN FLAMES||“The Truth”||553|
|17||19||SKILLET||“Back From The Dead’||543|
|19||17||AVENGED SEVENFOLD||“The Stage”||502|
|20||22||K.FLAY||“Blood In The Cut”||486|
|21||24||ADELITA’S WAY||“Ready For War (Pray For Peace)”||423|
|22||25||HALESTORM||“Still Of The Night”||412|
|23||20||DEVOUR THE DAY||“The Bottom”||410|
|24||26||BLINK-182||“She’s Out Of Her Mind”||393|
|25||23||SICK PUPPIES||“Where Do I Begin”||387|
|26||27||ALTER BRIDGE||“My Champion”||386|
|27||28||ART OF ANARCHY||“The Madness”||350|
|30||32||TWENTY ONE PILOTS||“Heavydirtysoul”||287|
|31||36||ALL THAT REMIANS||“Madness”||281|
|32||30||GOODBYE JUNE||“Oh No”||273|
|34||37||LETTERS FROM THE FIRE||“Worth The Pain”||217|
|35||38||CITIZEN ZERO||“Lure And Persuade”||204|
|36||34||FROM ASHES TO NEW||“Breaking Now”||202|
|37||35||AMITY AFFLICTION||“All Messed Up”||178|
|39||42||RADKEY||“Dark Black Makeup”||139|
|40||40||CROWN THE EMPIRE||“Weight Of The World”||125|
|41||43||SEPTEMBER MOURNING||“20 Below”||120|
|44||49||LIKE A STORM||“Pure Evil”||89|
|45||47||CAGE THE ELEPHANT||“Cold Cold Cold”||87|
|46||48||THE REVIVALISTS||“Wish I Knew You”||83|
|48||57||FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES||“Lullaby”||77|
|50||53||YOU ME AT SIX||“Give”||77|
PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK (By Adam Waldman)
INCUBUS – “Nimble Bastard”
The evolution of Incubus is the culmination of a journey that began over two decades ago. Bands like this, who unapologetically blur the lines between genres sometimes find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to radio play. However, Incubus has managed to garner radio attention even when it felt like the songs weren’t necessarily a great fit, particularly on Active Rock radio. This time around, these “nimble bastards” from California have landed right in the sweet spot of the format with their latest single, “Nimble Bastard” (from their forthcoming album, 8). Vacillating between slower, more moody moments and uptempo melodic moments with a heaviness that hasn’t been associated with Incubus in recent times, this song is a perfect fit for Active Rock. It’s no surprise that it has already cracked the Top 50 this week. This song should have legs and make a meaningful climb if early spins are any indication of what’s to come.
PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)
Last week, I predicted that Shinedown was a virtual lock to unseat Metallica and take over the #1 position this week. Brent Smith and company easily made that prediction come true, gaining nearly 200 spins as their closet competition lost significant spins. They now hold a lead of 800+ spins over The Pretty Reckless, who, as predicted several weeks ago, is making their move towards the top. Even if Shinedown plateaus, they should still hold the top spot for at least a month. With no other artists in reasonable striking distance, “How Did You Love” can coast to a lengthy stay at the top. Of course, there is always the possibility that they suffer the same fate as Metallica and Green Day in recent weeks and starting trending down as soon as next week. Time will tell…
HRD SPIN CONTROL (by Adam Waldman and Jon Loveless)
Each week, we will share the songs that we think should be added to rotations, alongside the songs that we feel should be dropped from rotations, either because they are a bad fit for the format, or because they have run their course and it’s time for a new single from the artist.
BLACKLITE DISTRICT – “Living In A Nightmare”
AS LIONS – “Aftermath”
MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA – “Right Here And Now”
AMERICAN GRIM – “Idols”
EVE TO ADAM – “Tongue Tied”
NEVER SAY DIE – “Like A Nightmare”
I PREVAIL – “Alone”
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE – “Eternally Yours”
Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul”
K-Flay – “Blood In The Cut”
Cage The Elephant – “Cold Cold Cold”
Blink 182 – “She’s Out Of Her Mind”
The Revivalists – “Wish I Knew”
You Me At Six – “Give”
Highly Suspect – “My Name Is Human”
Green Day – “Still Breathing”
THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless
KING OF THE HILL
As expected, Shinedown roars into the #1 position on the new Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart. Metallica and Green Day both slip back one notch as their airplay takes a heavy hit. However, the momentum was so strong for new “King Of The Hill” that they would have claimed the lead without any slippage involved.
NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT
Starset breaks into the Top 10 with nice spin gains of more than 10%…
New to the Top 20 this week is the latest from Nickelback and the debut of K.Flay…
Mastodon has the high debut in the Top 30 this week…
Missio leads a pair of newcomers in the Top 40….
Veterans Incubus have the highest charting song among three new entries (and one re-entry).
THREE UP & THREE DOWN
Shinedown – “How Did I Love”
Starset – “Monster”
Nickelback – “Feed The Machine”
Ghost – “Square Hammer”
In Flames – “The Truth”
Avenged Sevenfold – “The Stage”
TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS
Radio can be (and sometimes is) pretty fickle, and the fortunes of a song can reverse on a dime, but at the moment, it looks like the top spot on the chart could be in the same hands for the next month easily enough.
That’s all for this week. Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report. \m/
Music Discovery Monday – 2/20/17
Music Discovery Monday shines a light on artists that are not getting the radio attention that they deserve, while also showcasing new singles by established bands that are likely to get airplay in the future.
In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlist below, all songs featured on Music Discovery Monday can be listened to individually by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles above each review.
ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher/Editor, Hard Rock Daddy)
GRUMPYNATORS – “Take The Last Dance With Me”
“Danish Motorbilly” – now there’s a genre that you don’t hear much about (because it was most likely coined by Denmark’s Grumpynators). When you listen to “Take The Last Dance With Me,” you’ll understand why the band needed to create their own sub-genre of rock.
Although their sound is vastly different, you can hear the influence of the most well-known band coming out of Denmark these days – Volbeat. The band features former members and crew from Taggy Jones and Volbeat. They also supported Michael Poulsen and company on tour.
Grumpynators cite a number of artists spanning a wide spectrum as their influences on their Facebook page: Motorhead, Metallica, Twisted Sister, Social Distortion, Megadeth, Volbeat, Ramones and ‘40s/’50s Country and Rockabilly. A handful of these jump out at you on “Take The Last Dance With Me,” making for a unique, entertaining, high-energy mix that leaves you tapping your feet and moving your head along to the beat.
PRIDE OF LIONS – “All I See Is You”
You may not know Jim Peterik by name, but it’s almost impossible not to be familiar with his work. In addition to being responsible for Survivor’s greatest hits during his time as the band’s guitarist/songwriter, he also penned classics such as Sammy Hagar’s “Heavy Metal,” .38 Special’s “Hold On Loosely” and a number of other songs from well-known artists.
In 2003, Peterik formed Pride Of Lions with Toby Hitchcock. According to Peterik, Pride Of Lions is…“my vision of the best elements of the great melodic rock era of the ‘80s updated with more modern production sounds.” That is exactly what Pride Of Lions delivers with “All I See Is You,” from their latest album, Fearless. If you are a fan of feel-good ‘80s hard rock, this track will take you back to a time when the world felt like a happier place.
ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout
OVERKILL – “Goddamn Trouble”
From their latest release, The Grinding Wheel, this classic thrash metal band from New Jersey is back. “Goddamn Trouble” is legendary Overkill…speed punk and thrash metal roots. Bobby Blitz screams with wild abandon just as well now as he did 30 years ago. Being one of the oldest thrash bands around – even before the “Big Four” – Overkill remains one of the most legendary and influential thrash bands in history. Even after all these years, the band’s sound has remained true.
KREATOR – “Fallen Brother”
Kreator is another old school thrash metal band that has been around since the ‘80s. One of the pioneering bands of the death metal and black metal genres, the band has evolved and changed over the years. Their latest album, Gods of Violence, retains the speed and heaviness from their early days. Even with their dark, evil messages and lyrical content, “Fallen Brother” pays homage to departed musicians and artists who were big influences of the band. Watch the video and see how many faces you recognize. Thrash metal is alive and well in 2017!
ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout
BLOODBOUND – “Battle In The Sky”
Swedish power metal giants Bloodbound return with their seventh studio album, War of Dragons, (due out at the end of this week). It’s another fine entry into the genre, with blazing twin guitars, some amazing choral arrangements and powerful vocals by Patrik J. Selleby.
CRYSTAL VIPER – “When The Sun Goes Down”
Crystal Viper is a female-fronted Polish metal band that delivers some heavy (but always melodic) music. They were formed in 2003 by vocalist Marta Gabriel and released their debut album in 2007. They have just released Queen of the Witches, their ninth album in only ten years.
To be considered for Music Discovery Monday, please e-mail a link to the song being submitted on YouTube and an artist bio to – submissions@MusicDiscoveryMonday.com
Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 2-18-17.
2-18-17 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists dating back to 2013. Links to reviews of songs from the countdown are featured at the bottom of the page.
#15 – “Help” – PAPA ROACH
#14 – “Show Yourself” – MASTODON
#13 – “Like A Nightmare” – NEVER SAY DIE
#12 – “Lullaby” – FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES
#11 – “Madness” – ALL THAT REMAINS
#10 – “Eternally Yours” – MOTIONLESS IN WHITE
# 9 – “Lifeline” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH
# 8 – “Anti-Everything” – DED
# 7 – “Hated” – BEARTOOTH
# 6 – “The Bottom” – DEVOUR THE DAY
# 5 – “Love Falls” – HELLYEAH
# 4 – “Alone” – I PREVAIL
# 3 – “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)” – ADELITA’S WAY
# 2 – “Monster” – STARSET
# 1 – “Breathe” – THROUGH FIRE
Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 2/16/17
Each Thursday, Hard Rock Music Time Machine takes a journey back in time to feature a variety of songs that date back as far as the ’70s.
Whenever possible, it will also contain interviews from featured artists discussing the inspiration and meaning behind their songs. On the last Thursday of each month, we will be doing special themes that feature songs based on specific categories or years.
In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlist below, all songs featured on Hard Rock Music Time Machine can be listened to individually by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles above each review.
ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)
CINDERELLA – “Long Cold Winter” (1988)
Cinderella’s “Long Cold Winter” is actually a song about a love lost. The song has nothing to do with the temperature; it’s just poetic license. However, living in a cold climate that has already been pummeled with snow (and still only half way through the season), this song has been running through my head in recent weeks.
If you look at the photo featured above, it’s plain to see why Cinderella has always been looked at as a “hair band.” Aesthetics aside, their music has always been more in the realm of blues-based hard rock bands like AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. Had they arrived on the scene a decade earlier with a different look, there’s an excellent chance that they would have been looked at as one of the great bands of the generation.
“Long Cold Winter” is a brooding, slow-tempo blues rock song that, if not for Tom Keifer’s distinct vocals, may leave you thinking that it was Led Zeppelin as you listen. Although it is about lost love, the song captures the melancholic feeling that you get from the winter blues. If “hair band” is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Cinderella mentioned, I strongly suggest listening to “Long Cold Winter” to see that they are being unfairly categorized.
SAVATAGE – “Dead Winter Dead” (1995)
If ever there was a band that comes to mind during the winter, it is Savatage. Well…sort of. While this underrated band flies below the radar of many, Savatage spawned the tremendously popular Trans-Siberian Orchestra (a band whose music transcends genre preference). The Savatage name and perception as a metal band ended up creating a barrier to the masses. Founder Jon Oliva admitted to being frustrated that the success of “Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/4” (originally featured on the Dead Winter Dead concept album) came under the TSO moniker.
Dead Winter Dead was the first Savatage album after the tragic passing of Oliva’s brother (Criss), who was killed by a drunk driver in 1993. Criss was the original lead guitarist for the band. This album featured Al Pitrelli on guitars.
The title track off of the album is a gritty rocker that chugs along underneath theatrical vocals. Like sun breaking through dark, ominous clouds, Pitrelli’s guitar work shines like a beacon of light.
If you’re only familiar with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and have yet to discover what Savatage has to offer, this is a good place to start, before working your way backwards through their catalog.
ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout
MACHINE HEAD – “Davidian” (1994)
In 1994, a little heavy metal band from California released an album called Burn My Eyes. Combining groove-laden Pantera-esque riffs with the thrash metal speed of Slayer and Exodus, Machine Head rose to the top of the metal genre in the mid-‘90s. One of the more socially aware bands during that time period, the band screamed and tore their way through topics such as the L.A. riots, abuse, urban decay and disillusion for society. Although their sound has changed a bit in recent times, “Davidian” is a great song that provides a snapshot of life in the mid-‘90s.
SOULFLY – “Back to the Primitive” (2000)
Upon leaving Sepultura in 1996, Max Cavalera immediately went to work and started his new band, Soulfly. Taking the Brazilian tribal influences evident in Sepultura’s roots, Soulfly continued on its course by mixing Brazilian tribal drumming and world music with thrash metal, resulting in a groove-heavy eclectic sound. The debut of Soulfly boasted a plethora of top-named musician contributions such as Roy Mayorga on drums, Tom Araya from Slayer, Burton C. Bell and Dino Cazares from Fear Factory and Chino Moreno from Deftones. The band is still going strong, with an album recently released in 2015.
ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout
LORDI – “It Snows In Hell” (2006)
They wear monster masks and litter the stage with horror props, but despite the showmanship, ultimately it’s about the music. Layered and pounding, at times playful, at times chilling, this is some powerful melodic metal. This one comes from the band’s 2006 breakout album, The Arockalypse, and is likely to be performed when the band comes all the way from Finland for their much-anticipated American tour.
DAVID READMAN – “Evil Combination” (2007)
When he’s not fronting for Pink Cream 69, Voodoo Circle or Almanac, this busy vocalist can be found putting out some amazing solo material. This melodic metal piece comes from his 2007 self-titled album. He is currently reforming that project, bringing on some Dutch musicians and changing the name, slightly, to The David Readman Band. New music is expected soon!