Monthly Archives: March 2013

Aranda – “Satisfied” (Acoustic Version)

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Aranda’s third single off of their Stop The World album – “One More Lie” – has been getting a lot of airplay recently.  The single is the follow-up to “Undone” and the raw, emotional fan favorite “Satisfied.”  An exclusive acoustic version of “Satisfied” has just been released on GuitarWorld.com (see video below).

The video features Oklahoma brothers Daemon and Gabe Aranda sitting on bar stools atop a rooftop with the New York City skyline as the backdrop.  The performance will leave you mesmerized by Daemon’s incredible, tortured vocals as he taps into the pain and sadness of an emotional breakup.  Gabe’s vocal harmonies create moments of beauty that serve as a temporary distraction from the pure anguish of the song.  The story painted by the lyrics of “Satisfied” makes you inclined to loathe the person responsible for causing so much pain, but thankful in an odd way for inspiring such a brilliant song.  It’s no wonder that “Satisfied” was included in the Top 12 Hard Rock Songs of 2012.

It takes a special kind of talent to bring so much energy to a song with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and vocals.  Based on their songwriting and this performance, hard rock music fans will undoubtedly agree that the sky is the limit for the Aranda brothers who continually leave their fans…“Satisfied.”

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 4/6/13

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart - 4/6/13

Here are the Top 15 albums on the Billboard Hard Rock Album chart.  The albums are ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

 

  1. ClutchEarth Rocker
  2. Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell And Angels
  3. Soundtrack – Sound City – Real To Reel
  4. AnthraxAnthems (EP)
  5. Red – Release The Panic
  6. Bullet For My Valentine – Temper, Temper
  7. Shinedown – Amaryllis
  8. SoundtrackRock Of Ages
  9. Volbeat – Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
  10. Black Veil Brides – Wretched And Divine:  The Story Of The Wild Ones
  11. Halestorm – The Strange Case Of…
  12. Three Days Grace – Transit Of Venus
  13. Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day
  14. IntronautHabitual Levitations:  Instilling Words With Tones
  15. In This Moment – Blood

 

NEW ENTRIES TO THE TOP 15 THIS WEEK:

  • Clutch
  • Anthrax
  • Soundtrack – Rock Of Ages
  • Intronaut

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 3-30-13

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Each week, Hard Rock Daddy will post a video playlist of Octane’s Big ‘Uns  Countdown featuring the top 15 hard rock songs of the week.  The playlist can also be found on http://www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel).

The top 15 songs on this week’s Octane’s Big ‘Uns Countdown are listed below the videos

#15 – “Riot” – BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

#14 – “Trenches” – POP EVIL

#13 – “Diamonds” – FAREWELL 2 FEAR

#12 – “Warrior” – EVANS BLUE

#11 – “Open Letter” – THE AMITY AFFLICTION

#10 – “In The End” – BLACK VEIL BRIDES

# 9 – “Hangman’s Body Count” – VOLBEAT

# 8 – “Fly On The Wall” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

# 7 – “In Due Time” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

# 6 – “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown” – ROB ZOMBIE

# 5 – “Decay” – SEVENDUST

# 4 – “Vilify” – DEVICE

# 3 – “Drunk Enough” – ANGELS FALL

# 2 – “Smells Like a Freakshow” – AVATAR

# 1 – “Do Me A Favor” – STONE SOUR

HARD ROCK DADDY NOTES:

***Sevendust drops down to #5 after several weeks at #1, replaced by Stone Sour

***Big move by Angels Fall going from #12 to #3

***New entries this week:  Bullet For My Valentine, Pop Evil, Evans Blue, Volbeat***

***Check out the Sing with Black Veil Brides contest***

***Check out Hard Rock Daddy’s Farewell 2 Fear Review***

Alter Bridge – “In Loving Memory” (Live From Amsterdam)

Alter Bridge Live From Amsterdam

What do you get when you cross one of the greatest hard rock singers of the modern era, heartfelt emotional lyrics and a European audience filled with diehard fans?  Chills running up and down your spine!  Alter Bridge’s “In Loving Memory” was written by guitarist Mark Tremonti to honor his mother after she passed away.  When a singer delivers a song as perfectly as Myles Kennedy does in concert, you normally hate to hear the crowd take over, but hearing the people of Amsterdam singing in unison only adds to the magic and emotion of the song.

Kennedy has become a household name amongst hard rock music fans ever since touring and recording with Slash, but long before he was on everyone’s radar, Alter Bridge fans the world over were in awe of his incredible vocals.  The live performance of “In Loving Memory” was recorded in Amsterdam in December of 2008 at the Heineken Music Hall, and it continues to touch the hearts of fans to this day.  The YouTube video of the performance (below) was posted this week on the Alter Bridge Bangladesh Facebook page by a fan who wrote…“In Loving Memory” – only song that helps me survive when I am down!!!”

Fans of hard rock and metal around the world are incredibly loyal and passionate about the bands that they love, and Alter Bridge’s worldwide fans are no exception.  The concert going experience in America is something to look forward to, but having been to hundreds of shows over the years, it’s hard to recall ever being a part of an audience quite like the one in Amsterdam who took “In Loving Memory” to another level.

Towards the end of the song, Kennedy says to the crowd…“Let this go out to everybody that we’ve loved and lost ladies and gentlemen – sing it for ‘em!”  As the crowd erupts and belts out the lyrics, you have to believe that Tremonti was uplifted and that somewhere his mom was smiling down on Amsterdam.

If you’ve ever lost a loved one, you can’t help but be moved by “In Loving Memory” (lyrics listed below the video).

Thanks for all you’ve done
I’ve missed you for so long
I can’t believe you’re gone
You still live in me
I feel you in the wind
You guide me constantly

I never knew what it was to be alone, no
Cause you were always there for me
You were always there waiting
But now I come home and I miss your face so
Smiling down on me
I close my eyes to see

And I know, you’re a part of me
And it’s your song that sets me free
I sing it while I feel I can’t hold on
I sing tonight cause it comforts me…ooooo ooooo ooooo

I carry the things that remind me of you
In loving memory of
The one that was so true
You were as kind as you could be
And even though you’re gone
You still mean the world to me

I never knew what it was to be alone, no
Cause you were always there for me
You were always waiting
But now I come home and it’s not the same, no
It feels empty and alone
I can’t believe you’re gone

And I know, you’re a part of me
And it’s your song that sets me free
I sing it while I feel I can’t hold on
I sing tonight cause it comforts me

I’m glad He set you free from sorrow
I’ll still love you more tomorrow
And you will be here with me still

And what you did you did with feeling
And you always found the meaning
And you always will
Yeah you always will
Yeah you always will…ooooo ooooo ooooo

And I know, you’re a part of me
And it’s your song that sets me free
I sing it while I feel I can’t hold on
I sing tonight cause it comforts me

Three for Thursday – Hard Rock Songs: Breaking Benjamin, L.A. Guns, Craaft

Three For Thursday - 3/27/13

Every Thursday, Hard Rock Daddy features three hard rock songs with a common theme.  This week’s  Three for Thursday” lineup consists of Breaking Benjamin, L.A. Guns and Craaft.

 

This week’s “Three for Thursday” songs:

 

ARTIST:             Breaking Benjamin

SONG:              “The Diary of Jane”

ALBUM:             Phobia

RELEASED:        August 8, 2006

WEBSITE:          www.BreakingBenjamin.com

 

 

 

ARTIST:               L.A. Guns

SONG:                “The Ballad of Jayne”

ALBUM:               Cocked and Loaded

RELEASED:          August 22, 1989

WEBSITE:            www.LAGuns.net

 

 

 

ARTIST:               Craaft

SONG:                “Jane”

ALBUM:               Craaft

RELEASED:          February 28, 1999

WEBSITE:            http://www.myspace.com/craaftrock

 

Jackyl – “Favorite Sin”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

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In 1992, when Jackyl frontman, Jesse James Dupree, brandished a chainsaw during the band’s performance of “The Lumberjack,” some may have looked at them as a novelty act, but those who did are still being proven wrong to this day.  Over 20 years later, Jackyl continues to put out great hard rock music.  The band’s new single “Favorite Sin” off of their Best In Show album is the latest reminder of Jackyl’s staying power.

With a career that spans over two decades, Jackyl has overcome the odds that every artist faces, hard rock or otherwise, but what is most impressive about the band is the fact that they have always remained true to their sound, never once trying to follow the trends of the genre.  While every successful artist has to overcome hurdles, Jackyl had the added challenge of launching their career amidst the grunge frenzy created by Nirvana’s Nevermind album.

This week, Jackyl announced to their nearly 53,000 Facebook followers that “Favorite Sin” was being shipped to radio next week.  Within 24 hours, the video (see below) was viewed over 3000 times.  The song features Jesse’s trademark vocal style, an edgy southern guitar sound and a catchy chorus that gets stuck in your head (in a good way).

If you are a lifelong Jackyl fan, a Full Throttle Saloon fan or just a fan of great hard rock music, you should definitely check out “Favorite Sin” – and make sure to listen to it…MIGHTY LOUD – PUH POW!

 

Sing With Black Veil Brides

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Black Veil Brides is taking the hard rock world by storm.  Their album Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones has spent 10 weeks on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart, and their hit single, “In The End” has become a mainstay on the Octane Big ‘Uns CountdownAs the band prepares to embark on the European leg of their Church Of The Wild Ones Tour, they announced an interesting contest – Sing With Black Veil Brides – designed to interact with their nearly 2.5 million Facebook followers.

The concept of the contest is as simple as karaoke.  Black Veil Brides fans can either sing or lipsync the words to “In The End” using a webcam, iPhone or Android mobile device. Fans then follow simple step-by-step instructions, and a video mashup is created by a company called Audish to be shared via social media.

This simple marketing idea gives fans the chance to see themselves in a music video with their favorite band, but more importantly, it creates an interactive worldwide community of people who share a common interest.  Fans spend hours watching, rating and commenting on each other’s video mashups, and Black Veil Brides reaps the benefit of having an engaged community.

Check out the Black Veil Brides page on Facebook.

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 1980: The Passing of John Bonham

John Bonham

May 1, 1948 – September 25, 1980

If you read the first installment of Hard Rock Music Time Machine, you know that, growing up, virtually every inch of my bedroom walls was covered with posters and magazine clippings of my favorite hard rock artists.  One of my favorite posters was a Led Zeppelin blacklight poster featuring the classic swan song logo.  The year was 1980, and I was playing In Through The Out Door so often, that I practically wore away the grooves on the record.  I dreamed of the day that I would be old enough to go see my favorite band in concert, but that day never came. On September 25, 1980, at the age of 32, John Bonham passed away, and Led Zeppelin would never be the same again.

Suddenly, the blacklight swan song poster wasn’t enough.  I needed a poster that showed the entire band, more specifically, I needed to have John Bonham hanging on my wall.  The day after his passing, I had my parents take me to the local record store to buy an enormous Led Zeppelin poster.  The larger-than-life poster of the larger-than-life band that featured my favorite drummer was hung on the wall opposite my bed, and it remained there until I moved out of the house after college over ten years later.

Led Zeppelin’s music continues to be as relevant today to an entire generation as it was over 30 years ago, so it should come as no surprise that their most recent live album Celebration Day reached #1 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart.  Sadly, many people who grew up during Led Zeppelin’s heyday (including me) never got the chance to see them in concert.  If there actually was such a thing as a Hard Rock Music Time Machine, and I could use it to go back in time to see one band in concert, Led Zeppelin would be the clear choice.

Through the years, I have had the opportunity to witness quality live performances of Led Zeppelin’s music by bands like Zebra and Great White, but it just isn’t the same as seeing the original band.  My closest Led Zeppelin concert experience was in 1985 when I saw Virginia Wolf (featuring Jason Bonham) open for The Firm (featuring Jimmy Page) at the Nassau Coliseum.

John Bonham has now been gone for as long as he lived, but his legend lives on as one of the greatest rock and roll drummers of all time.   This summer, John will be honored by his son (Jason) on the Heartbreaker Tour when Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience opens for Heart.

If you’re like me, and you remember the exact moment that you heard of John Bonham’s passing, this is a show that is not to be missed!

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 3-23-13

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Each week, Hard Rock Daddy will post a video playlist of Octane’s Big ‘Uns  Countdown featuring the top 15 hard rock songs of the week.  The playlist can also be found on http://www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel).

The top 15 songs on this week’s Octane’s Big ‘Uns Countdown are listed below the videos

#15 – “Hollow” – ALICE IN CHAINS

#14 – “Remember” – 3 YEARS HOLLOW

#13 – “In the End” – BLACK VEIL BRIDES

#12 – “Drunk Enough” – ANGELS FALL

#11 – “Fly on the Wall” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

#10 – “In Due Time” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

# 9 – “Breaking Through” – THE WRECKAGE

# 8 – “Vilify” – DEVICE

# 7 – “Pleasure and Pain” – GEMINI SYNDROME

# 6 – “Smells Like a Freakshow” – AVATAR

# 5 – “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown” – ROB ZOMBIE

# 4 – “Diamonds” – FAREWELL 2 FEAR

# 3 – “Open Letter” – THE AMITY AFFLICTION

# 2 – “Do Me a Favor” – STONE SOUR

# 1 – “Decay” – SEVENDUST

HARD ROCK DADDY NOTES:

***Sevendust continues to dominate the countdown by remaining in the #1 slot.

***Check out 3 Years Hollow on Hard Rock Daddy’s Three For Thursday***

***Check out Hard Rock Daddy’s Farewell 2 Fear Review***

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 3/30/13

Billboard Hard Rock Album Charts 3-30-13

Here are the Top 15 albums on the Billboard Hard Rock Album chart.  The albums are ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

  1. SoundtrackSound City – Real To Reel
  2. Jimi HendrixPeople, Hell And Angels
  3. RedRelease The Panic
  4. Bullet For My ValentineTemper, Temper
  5. Adrenaline MobCoverta (EP)
  6. Fit For A KingCreation/Destruction
  7. Black Veil Brides Wretched And Divine:  The Story Of The Wild Ones
  8. Led ZeppelinCelebration Day
  9. VolbeatBeyond Hell/Above Heaven
  10. ShinedownAmaryllis
  11. HalestormThe Strange Case Of…
  12. BuckcherryConfessions
  13. SoilworkLiving Infinite
  14. Three Days GraceTransit Of Venus
  15. In This Moment Blood

NEW ENTRIES TO THE TOP 15 THIS WEEK:

  • Soundtrack – Sound City – Real To Reel
  • Adrenaline Mob
  • Fit For A King