Monthly Archives: April 2013

Krokus – “Help” (Beatles Cover): Hard Rock Daddy Review

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Although they are known mostly as an 80’s metal band, Krokus is much more than most people realize.  With a music history that spans nearly 40 years, the band has never gone away, just faded from the limelight when grunge dominated the music scene in the 90’s.  Their new album, Dirty Dynamite, was released in early March, and it a one for the ages.  If you listen to the album in its entirety, you would swear that Bon Scott had risen from the dead, or at the very least, old AC/DC masters had been found in a vault somewhere.

Even though the album sounds like it could be a new AC/DC release, it is actually one of the best Krokus releases since their heyday.  Ironically, the one song that sounds totally unique is a cover version of The Beatles classic, “Help.”

Taking one of the best songs in rock and roll history and turning it into something new and different is a huge risk, but one that has absolutely paid off for the legendary rockers from Switzerland.  Their version of “Help” is gritty, soulful and bluesy like Joe Cocker’s cover version of “With a Little Help From My Friends.”

With Mark Storace’s distinct, emotional vocal delivery, 80’s metal-inspired power chords, bluesy guitar accents and melodic leads by Fernando Von Arb, Krokus has taken a classic song and made it into their own timeless masterpiece.

 

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 4-27-13

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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 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 – “God Is Dead?” – BLACK SABBATH

#14 – “Good Man” – DEVOUR THE DAY

#13 – “Smells Like A Freakshow” – AVATAR

#12 – “Live It Up” – AIRBOURNE

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

#10 – “Trenches” – POP EVIL

# 9 – “Drunk Enough” – ANGELS FALL

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

# 7 – “Warrior” – EVANS BLUE

# 6 – “Do Me A Favor” – STONE SOUR

# 5 – “Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown” – ROB ZOMBIE

# 4 – “Vilify” – DEVICE

# 3 – “In Due Time” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

# 2 – “Decay” – SEVENDUST

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

 

HARD ROCK DADDY NOTES:

New entries this week Black Sabbath and Airbourne.

***Check out the Black Sabbath – “God Is Dead?” – Hard Rock Daddy Review***

 

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 5/4/13

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Album chart.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

 THE TOP 15 THIS WEEK:

  1. Ghost B.C. – Infestissumam
  2. Volbeat – Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies
  3. Stone Sour – House Of Gold And Bones Part 2
  4. Device – Device
  5. Killswitch Engage – Disarm The Descent
  6. Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal
  7. Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell And Angels
  8. Rock Of Ages – Soundtrack
  9. Halestorm – The Strange Case Of…
  10. Volbeat – Beyond Hell / Above Heaven
  11. Sevendust – Black Out The Sun
  12. Sound City — Real To Reel – Soundtrack
  13. Three Days Grace – Transit Of Venus
  14. Clutch – Earth Rocker
  15. In This Moment – Blood

 

HARD ROCK DADDY NOTES:

  • Ghost B.C. debuts on chart in #1 position, now have 2 albums on the chart

Hard Rock Music Time Machine: Ozzy Osbourne – Tower Theater, Philadelphia – 1989

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Ozzy Osbourne – Tower Theater – 6/4/89

In the summer of 1989, I interned with D.I.R. Broadcasting, producers of the nationally syndicated radio show, King Biscuit Flower Hour.  The requirements of the internship were largely administrative, but a few weeks after I started, I was asked if I was interested in being a production assistant for Ozzy Osbourne at the Tower Theater for the first-ever King Biscuit TV concert.  The job was unpaid, but it didn’t matter because I was given something that money couldn’t buy – an all-access backstage pass to the concert.

Gazing out the window as we arrived by bus at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA, I was thankful that I wouldn’t have to walk through what seemed to be a pretty seedy neighborhood.  Or so I thought.  It didn’t take long before an arrogant, dismissive supervisor proved that production assistant was not the glamour job that I pictured in my mind.  As the low men on the totem pole, a fellow intern and I were sent on a wild goose chase to buy blank tapes on a Sunday night with almost every store in the area closed.  The fact that it we were on foot in a bad area was of little consequence to the supervisor.

After a fruitless, nerve-wracking search for blank tapes, I helped run some wires and then put my all-access pass to use.

The first person that I met backstage was Zakk Wylde, who had joined Ozzy a few years prior.  Being hand-chosen by Ozzy at the age of 22 would give most people a huge ego, but Zakk is not most people.   When I walked into the room, he was walking around strumming his trademark guitar as he sang “Welcome to the Jungle.”  His singing was impressive, as was his guitar playing, but the thing that I remember most was how humble and friendly he was to me.  Years later, we would get together for dinner and drinks, a story for another day.

After leaving Zakk, I made my way up a narrow flight of stairs.  Even though I had an all-access pass, I kept waiting for someone to stop me as I walked into the room where Ozzy was riding a stationary bike to warm up for the concert.  His hair stylist worked on his hair as he pedaled away, spraying liberal amounts of hairspray from the instantly recognizable purple can of Aussie Mega.  I had never been backstage before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I figured that there would be plenty of booze.  There were a few beers, but mostly just bottles of water in the cooler as Ozzy was not drinking at that point.

It was a surreal hard rock daddy moment being in a room with Ozzy, Sharon and their kids who were 3, 4 and 5 at the time.  Two of these adorable kids would later become known to the world on The Osbournes, an MTV reality show that revealed a side of the “Prince of Darkness” that few knew existed.   However, long before the Osbourne family achieved pop culture status and became a household name, I witnessed Ozzy’s childlike innocence firsthand after a concert experience that I will never forget.

The sold-out crowd of approximately 3,000 at the Tower Theater was a much smaller audience than a typical Ozzy concert.  Some would call it an “intimate” crowd, but frenzied would be a much more accurate description.  With the exception of Ozzy dousing me, along with the recording equipment as he threw buckets of water at the crowd during “Shot in the Dark,” things went relatively smoothly until the final encore.

As the band launched into “Crazy Train,” Ozzy motioned towards to the crowd and said “come on, everybody go crazy!”  The frenzied crowd took Ozzy’s encouragement as an invitation to rush the stage (see video below).  As the fans piled onto the stage, they nearly trampled me, everyone else in the pit area and the recording equipment.

Exhausted and shaken from the experience, I pulled myself together and made my way backstage.  After praising Ozzy on his performance, I said “that was pretty crazy at the end of the show.”  He looked at me with and with a childlike innocence said “I didn’t think that they would all come up on stage.”  It was clear that he was genuinely surprised by what had just transpired.

Despite some scary moments, it was still one of the best experiences of my life.

Before that day, Ozzy seemed larger than life to me.  By the time that we shook hands after the show, I realized that he was a regular guy, a loving family man who just happened to be idolized by millions of fans around the world.

 

Hard Rock Daddy Three for Thursday: Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Alcatrazz

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Every Thursday, Hard Rock Daddy features three hard rock songs/artists/albums with a common theme. This week’s  Three for Thursday,” lineup consists of Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Alcatrazz. The theme is revealed at the bottom of the page beneath the last video.

 

This week’s “Three for Thursday” songs:

ARTIST:             Deep Purple

SONG:               “King Of Dreams”

ALBUM:             Slaves & Masters

RELEASED:         October 5, 1990

WEBSITE:            www.DeepPurple.com

 

 

ARTIST:             Black Sabbath

SONG:               “Children Of The Sea”

ALBUM:              Heaven and Hell

RELEASED:          April 25, 1980

WEBSITE:            www.BlackSabbath.com

 

 

ARTIST:             Alcatrazz

SONG:               “Island in the Sun”

ALBUM:              No Parole From Rock N Roll

RELEASED:          October 15, 1983

WEBSITE:            www.Alcatrazz.org

 

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This week’s Three For Thursday theme is…

 

RAINBOW CONNECTION. Nothing to do with Kermit the Frog. This Rainbow connection is about the singers. Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple), Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath) and Graham Bonnet (Alcatrazz) were all singers in Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. This Three For Thursday was originally scheduled for last week to honor Ritchie Blackmore’s birthday (4/14), but it was changed to Boston-based bands to show support for those affected by the Boston Marathon attack.

 

Hard Rock Bands Under The Radar: POYNTE

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Many hard rock bands are leveraging the power of social media to build a fan base without record label support (see “How Independent Hard Rock Bands Are Building Fan Bases On Their Own”).  The article was inspired by POYNTE, a five-piece hard rock band from Covington, GA that has somehow managed to fly under the music industry radar thus far.

POYNTE’s five-song debut EP, One More Day, is a collection of radio-friendly hard rock songs filled with driving rhythms and impressive vocal harmonies.  Solid bass lines lay the foundation for dynamic guitar sounds that range from heavy, crunching riffs to sparse, moody accents.  Soulful lead vocals capture the emotion of the lyrics, and the melodic guitar solos add the ideal finishing touch to the entire EP.

POYNTE fits in perfectly with the modern hard rock music that is currently being played on SiriusXM’s Octane channel.  The title track of the EP, “One More Day,” is in the same vein as Another Lost Year’s “War On The Inside.” 

Though POYNTE’s sound is rooted in modern-day hard rock, influences dating back as far as the 1970’s can be heard in their music.  The 90’s flavor of “Forever” features shades of The Nixons and Saigon Kick.  The vocal harmonies on “Destined To Fall” bring back memories of Kansas and Styx, while “Coping,” the heaviest track on the EP, features a powerful, melodic sound that is reminiscent of Soundgarden and Metallica.

To listen to the EP in its entirety, go to www.POYNTE.com.

If national competitions are any indication, things are definitely “POYNTE-ing” in the right direction for these rockers from Georgia.  In the past year, they have placed first in Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands and the Cabo Wabo Your Shot to Rock contest.

Booking shows on their own, the band has secured gigs on bills with Shinedown, Godsmack, Thousand Foot Krutch, Saliva, Pop Evil, Drowning Pool and other well-known hard rock acts over the past few years.

POYNTE is currently in the midst of an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to help finance their first music video.  Click here for more details about becoming part of the story.  There is a very interesting, one-of-a-kind perk still available.

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 4/27/13

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Album chart.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

 THE TOP 15 THIS WEEK:

  1. Volbeat – Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies
  2. Stone Sour – House Of Gold And Bones Part 2
  3. Device – Device
  4. Killswitch Engage – Disarm The Descent
  5. Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal
  6. Drowning Pool – Resilience
  7. Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell And Angels
  8. Rock Of Ages – Soundtrack
  9. Sevendust – Black Out The Sun
  10. Volbeat – Beyond Hell / Above Heaven
  11. Terror – Live By The Code
  12. Stone Sour – House Of Gold And Bones Part 1
  13. Clutch – Earth Rocker
  14. Bullet For My Valentine – Temper Temper
  15. Sound City — Real To Reel – Soundtrack

HARD ROCK DADDY NOTES:

  • Volbeat debuts on chart in #1 position, now have 2 albums on the chart
  • Stone Sour debuts on chart in #2 position, now have 2 albums on the chart
  • Device debuts on chart in #3 position
  • Bring Me The Horizon debuts on chart in #5 position
  • Drowing Pool debuts on chart in #6 position
  • Terror debuts on chart in #11 position

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 4-20-13

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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 – “Good Man” – DEVOUR THE DAY

#14 – “Open Letter” – THE AMITY AFFLICTION

#13 – “Smells Like A Freakshow” – AVATAR

#12 – “Close My Eyes Forever” – DEVICE FEATURING LZZY HALE

#11 – “Trenches” – POP EVIL

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

# 9 – “Drunk Enough” – ANGELS FALL

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

# 7 – “Warrior” – EVANS BLUE

# 6 – “Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown” – ROB ZOMBIE

# 5 – “Decay” – SEVENDUST

# 4 – “Vilify” – DEVICE

# 3 – “In Due Time” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

# 2 – “Do Me A Favor” – STONE SOUR

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

HARD ROCK DADDY NOTES:

New entry this week – Devour The Day

 

Black Sabbath – “God Is Dead?” – Hard Rock Daddy Review

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In recent years, Ozzy Osbourne has performed with the original members of Black Sabbath, but he hasn’t recorded an album with the band in 35 years.  The “Godfathers of Metal” released eight studio albums in less than a decade before Ozzy left the band in 1979.  Their time together was short, yet they are arguably the most influential band in the history of metal.  Today, the first single – “God Is Dead?” – from the band’s upcoming album entitled 13 was released, and Sabbath fans will not be disappointed.

“God Is Dead?” features the traditional dark, haunting, powerful sound that defined the band in the 1970’s.  In fact, the song sounds like it could have been recorded in their heyday.  This is not to say that it is dated.  Quite the contrary!  “God Is Dead?” illustrates that Black Sabbath’s sound is as relevant today as it was in the 70’s.

Recording quality has come a long way since Sabbath released Never Say Die in 1978.  The one noticeable difference between “God Is Dead?” and previous studio albums with Ozzy is the vocal clarity, which is more reminiscent of Ozzy’s solo albums, but make no mistake, this song is Sabbath to the core.  Tony Iommi masterfully blends his signature riffs with a haunting guitar sound that harkens back “Black Sabbath,” the song that laid the foundation for the band.

Not surprisingly, “God Is Dead?”  features Sabbath’s customary dark lyrical content…“blood on my conscience and murder on my mind, out of the gloom I rise up out of my tomb into impending doom.”  Based solely on the title, “God Is Dead?” may seem sacrilegious, but the song raises the question that many people may ponder after witnessing all of the evil in the world…

“Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.  Wondering if we will meet again on the other side.  Do you believe a word what the good book says…or is it just a holy fairy tale and God is dead?”

It is said that true friends can go long periods of time without speaking and then pick back up like they just spoke yesterday.  The nearly 9-minute “God Is Dead?” is like a reunion of old friends picking up where they left off without missing a beat, unless of course, you’re referring to Bill Ward’s missing beat.  Due to a contract dispute, Ward chose not to record or tour with the band.  He was replaced on the album by Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine), who did an admirable job of replicating Ward’s style and preserving the true Sabbath sound.

“God Is Dead?” is a dynamic song that will appeal to fans of every Sabbath incarnation.  It seamlessly blends the original Sabbath sound with Ozzy’s solo vocal style and features shades of the Ronnie James Dio “Heaven and Hell” days.   Young metal fans that have yet to dig deep into the Sabbath catalog should be inspired to do so after hearing this timeless song for the ages.

 

Three for Thursday – Hard Rock Songs: Godsmack, Aerosmith, Boston

Three for Thursday:  Godsmack, Aerosmith, Boston

Every Thursday, Hard Rock Daddy features three hard rock songs with a common theme.  This week’s  Three for Thursday” lineup consists of Godsmack, Aerosmith and Boston.  There is no need for a big reveal at the end of the post this week.  All of the bands hail from Boston.  The specific songs were inspired by the tragic bombing of the Boston Marathon, and the theme was chosen as a show of support for the people of Boston.

This week’s “Three for Thursday” songs:

ARTIST:            Godsmack

SONG:              “The Enemy”

ALBUM:             IV

RELEASED:        April 25, 2006

WEBSITE:          www.facebook.com/Godsmack

 

 

ARTIST:              Aerosmith

SONG:               “Draw The Line”

ALBUM:              Draw The Line

RELEASED:          December 1, 1977

WEBSITE:            www.aerosmith.com

 

 

ARTIST:               Boston

SONG:                “Peace Of Mind”

ALBUM:               Boston

RELEASED:          August 8, 1976

WEBSITE:            www.BandBoston.com