Monthly Archives: December 2013

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Billboard has just released the Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013.  Many of the artists featured on the list were also included on Hard Rock Daddy’s Top 52 Hard Rock Songs of 2013

Click on the hyperlinked album titles to read the reviews that were featured on Hard Rock Daddy during the year.

The Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013 were compiled by Nielsen SoundScan and ranked by sales data.

  1. LED ZEPPELIN – Celebration Day
  2. BLACK SABBATH13
  3. AVENGED SEVENFOLDHail To The King
  4. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCHThe Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side of Hell: Volume 1
  5. PEARL JAM – Lightning Bolt
  6. SOUNDGARDEN – King Animal
  7. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – …Like Clockwork
  8. SKILLETRise
  9. JIMI HENDRIX – People, Hell And Angels
  10. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – Dreams Of Fireflies (On A Christmas Night) (EP)
  11. DEFTONES – Koi No Yokan
  12. HALESTORM – The Strange Case Of…
  13. VOLBEATOutlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
  14. ALICE IN CHAINS – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
  15. BLACK VEIL BRIDES – Wretched And Divine:  The Story Of The Wild Ones
  16. SLEEPING WITH SIRENS – Feel
  17. RED – Release The Panic
  18. AEROSMITH – Music From Another Dimension!
  19. IN THIS MOMENT – Blood
  20. LINKIN PARK – Living Things
  21. THREE DAYS GRACE – Transit Of Venus
  22. SHINEDOWNAmaryllis
  23. ROCK OF AGES – Soundtrack
  24. HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD – Notes From The Underground
  25. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE – Temper Temper
  26. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – Disarm The Descent
  27. BRING ME THE HORIZON – Sempiternal
  28. ROB ZOMBIE – Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor
  29. STONE SOUR – House Of Gold & Bones:  Part 1
  30. KORN – The Paradigm Shift
  31. DEVICE – Device
  32. ASKING ALEXANDRIA – From Death To Destiny
  33. 3 DOORS DOWN – The Greatest Hits
  34. STONE SOUR – House Of Gold & Bones:  Part 2
  35. SOUND CITY – – REAL TO REEL – Soundtrack
  36. VARIOUS ARTISTS – Vans Warped Tour ’13:  2013 Tour Compilation
  37. VOLBEAT – Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
  38. METALLICA – Metallica:  Through The Never (Soundtrack)
  39. MEGADETH – Super Collider
  40. AC/DC – Live At River Plate
  41. COHEED AND CAMBRIA – The Afterman:  Descension
  42. PIERCE THE VEIL – Collide With The Sky
  43. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – American Capitalist
  44. DREAM THEATER – Dream Theater
  45. LINKIN PARK – Recharged
  46. ALTER BRIDGEFortress
  47. SEVENDUST – Black Out The Sun
  48. ALL THAT REMAINS – A War You Cannot Win
  49. FALLING IN REVERSE – Fashionably Late
  50. WE CAME AS ROMANS – Tracing Back Roots

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Top 52 Hard Rock Songs of 2013

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2013

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Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2013

Top 30 Octane Big 'Uns Songs of 2013

Each week, hard rock music fans around the world tune in to SiriusXM’s Octane to listen to the fifteen songs that make up the Big ‘Uns Countdown.  For the final week of the year, Octane released the Top 30 Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2013.  Many of the artists featured on the list were also included on Hard Rock Daddy’s Top 52 Hard Rock Songs of 2013 (although the songs were not always the same).

The Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2013 playlist (below) can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived weekly playlists from 2013.

Click on the hyperlinked songs below the playlist to read the reviews that were featured on Hard Rock Daddy during the year.

 

  1. “Lift Me Up” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH (w/ Rob Halford) (SXM Poll WINNER:  Song of the Year)
  2. “Hangman’s Body Count” – VOLBEAT
  3. “Whore” – IN THIS MOMENT
  4. “That Day” – NONPOINT
  5. “Do Me A Favor” – STONE SOUR
  6. “Stardust” – GEMINI SYNDROME
  7. “With Me Now” – BLACKLITE DISTRICT
  8. “Hail To The King” – AVENGED SEVENFOLD (SXM Poll WINNER:   Epic Album of the Year)
  9. “What If I Was Nothing” – ALL THAT REMAINS
  10. “My Demons” – STARSET
  11. “Die For You” – OTHERWISE
  12. “Light Up The Sky” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH
  13. “Trenches” – POP EVIL
  14. “America” – MOTIONLESS IN WHITE (SXM Poll WINNER:  Best Artist Discovery)
  15. “Vilify” – DEVICE
  16. “Beyond The Stars” – EVANS BLUE
  17. “Misery Loves My Company” – THREE DAYS GRACE
  18. “Adrenaline” – SHINEDOWN
  19. “Good Man” – DEVOUR THE DAY
  20. “Go To Hell For Heaven’s Sake” – BRING ME THE HORIZON (SXM Poll WINNER: Best Song Discovery)
  21. “Freak Like Me” – HALESTORM
  22. “In Due Time” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
  23. “Decay” – SEVENDUST
  24. “Immortal” – EVE TO ADAM
  25. “Strike Back” – WE AS HUMAN
  26. “Mama Said Knock You Out” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH (w/ Tech 9) (SXM Poll WINNER: Best Cover Song)
  27. “In The End” – BLACK VEIL BRIDES
  28. “Never Never” – KORN
  29. “Born To Rise” – REDLIGHT KING
  30. “Temper Temper” – BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

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Top 52 Hard Rock Songs of 2013

Rock and Roll Children: Top Hard Rock Songs of 2013

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 1/4/14

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 1/4/14.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

    1. PEARL JAM – Lightning Bolt
    2. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven & The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 2
    3. NICKELBACK – The Best Of Nickelback: Volume 1
    4. AVENGED SEVENFOLD– Hail To The King
    5. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Common Courtesy
    6. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven & The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 1
    7. SKILLET – Rise
    8. LINKIN PARK – Recharged
    9. AFTER THE BURIAL – Wolves Within
    10. PIERCE THE VEIL – Collide With The Sky
    11. KORN – The Paradigm Shift
    12. BAD RELIGION – Christmas Songs
    13. VOLBEAT -Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
    14. CAGE THE ELEPHANT – Melophobia
    15. BRING ME THE HORIZON – Sempiternal

RELATED ARTICLES:

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Five Finger Death Punch (Featuring Rob Halford) – “Lift Me Up”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review

Five Finger Death Punch – “Battle Born”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review

Avenged Sevenfold – “Hail To The King”:  Hard Rock Daddy Album Review

Skillet – “Sick Of It”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review

Volbeat – “Lola Montez”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review

Volbeat – “Cape Of Our Hero”:  Hard Rock Daddy Video Review

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums Archives

Three For Thursday: Shinedown, American Angel, Billy Squier

Shinedown, American Angel, Billy Squier

Three For Thursday featuring:  Shinedown, American Angel and Billy Squier.  The theme of the week is revealed below the last video.

 

This week’s “Three for Thursday” songs:

ARTIST:             Shinedown

SONG:               “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)”

ALBUM:              Single

RELEASED:         December 5, 2006

WEBSITE:           www.Shinedown.com

 

 

ARTIST:               American Angel

SONG:                 “Best Part of Christmas”

ALBUM:                EP ’92

RELEASED:           January 1, 1992

WEBSITE:             www.ReverbNation.com/AmericanAngel

 

 

ARTIST:               Billy Squier

SONG:                 “Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You”

ALBUM:                Single

RELEASED:           April 1981

WEBSITE:             www.BillySquier.com

This week’s Three For Thursday theme is…

“HARD ROCK CHRISTMAS SONGS” 

RELATED ARTICLES:

Three For Thursday Archives

 

 

 

Top 52 Hard Rock Songs of 2013

Top 52 Hard Rock Songs of 2013

The hard rock music genre continued to reach new heights in 2013.  It can be argued that this time period is as good as any that the genre has ever experienced.  Many of the top hard rock bands in the world released new music during the year, which made it incredibly difficult to narrow down the Top 52 Hard Rock Songs of 2013.

To give the Hard Rock Daddy audience the greatest possible variety of music, the decision was made to feature only one song per album.  However, two bands, Five Finger Death Punch and Stone Sour, each released incredible double albums, which is why they both have two songs featured on the list.

Many of the songs on the list were heard throughout the year on SiriusXM’s Octane, however, the list also features a handful of tracks from hard rock artists that don’t fit Octane’s format, or are still flying somewhat under the radar.

The Top 52 Songs of 2013 featured on the playlist below can also be found on the Hard Rock Daddy Network (HRD’s YouTube channel).  Click on the hyperlinked songs below the playlist to read the full Hard Rock Daddy Reviews that were featured on the site during the year.

TOP 20

Alter Bridge Fortress Album Cover[1]     “Addicted To Pain”ALTER BRIDGE

The first single off of Alter Bridge’s long-awaited album, Fortress, gets your blood pumping from the first riff and never lets up.  The infectiously melodic guitar and driving rhythm perfectly set the tone for Myles Kennedy’s brilliant vocals.  In a day and age where heavy guitars often go hand-in-hand with guttural growls, Kennedy’s vocals take you on a journey back in time to the heyday of 80’s heavy metal, while still remaining current.

Many bands start out heavy and then mellow over the course of time.  Alter Bridge has taken the opposite approach.  Fortress is not only the band’s heaviest album to date; it is one of the heaviest hard rock albums to be released this year.  The dual guitars of Mark Tremonti and Kennedy featured on Fortress are as good as it gets in hard rock today.

The aptly named band “bridges” the gap between modern-day hard rock and classic 80’s heavy metal in a way that few, if any, in the genre can match.

 

Stone Sour House Of Gold And Bones Part 1 Album Cover[2]     “Tired” – STONE SOUR

Releasing singles from a concept album is often times challenging because the isolated songs lose their context.  Stone Sour made things twice as challenging when they decided to release House Of Gold and Bones as a rare double album.  That being said, even without the context, “Tired” is quite simply one of the best hard rock songs of the year.

It’s no surprise that the song has spent several weeks atop the Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown.  You don’t need to know who the Mad Chameleon is to appreciate what “Tired” has to offer…pure hard rock with a great melody and Corey Taylor’s stellar vocals.

 

The_Wrong_Side_of_Heaven_&_the_Righteous_Side_Of_Hell_Volume_1[3]     “Lift Me Up”FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH (w/ Rob Halford)

What do you get when two generations of “metal gods” sing together?  One of the most original, classic, hard rock songs for the ages!  Rob Halford and Ivan Moody have a unique way of channeling rage into uplifting hard rock anthems that inspire rather than incite.

Like Stone Sour, Five Finger Death Punch’s The Wrong Side Of Heaven and The Righteous Side Of Hell is a rare double album.  “Lift Me Up” was the first single to be released, and it was an instant hit with hard rock music fans, dominating the Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for an extended period of time.

 

Gemini-Syndrome-Lux[4]     “Stardust”GEMINI SYNDROME

Hauntingly mesmerizing, aggressively melodic and cryptically thought-provoking, “Stardust” is one of the rare songs that gets better with each listen.  Frontman, Aaron Nordstrom, describes himself as the messenger of Gemini Syndrome – a student of philosophy, religion, martial arts, semantics, psychology and all things beautiful.  Not surprisingly, his lyrics reflect an intellect that is not commonly displayed in the hard rock genre, however, songs like “Stardust” still appeal to the masses.  Fans of Five Finger Death Punch will be instant fans of Gemini Syndrome.

 

Black-Veil-Brides Wretched And Divine The Story Of The Wild Ones[5]     “In The End” – BLACK VEIL BRIDES

Many people have an almost paralyzing fear of dying.  Those who don’t are usually very religious people who believe that they are going to a better place.  Although Black Veil Brides is not thought of as a religious band, the lyrics to “In The End” offer a spiritual insight into the reality that we all must face eventually.

Influenced by 80’s hard rock acts like Motley Crue, KISS and others, Black Veil Brides could easily have been a huge success a generation ago.  With shredding guitar solos and a big chorus, “In The End” is a modern-day version of 80’s heavy metal.

 

Shinedown Amaryllis[6]     “I’ll Follow You”SHINEDOWN

Shinedown is one of the most unique bands in hard rock today, mixing aggressive, high-energy melodic songs with power ballads like “I’ll Follow You” seamlessly.  The only explanation for this song being vastly underrated is that power ballads are a rare commodity in this day and age.

Brent Smith’s vocals on the verses of “I’ll Follow You” are reminiscent of classic Elton John, which makes the song something of an outlier within the hard rock genre.  However, fans who appreciate outstanding vocals will agree that this song stands out as one of the best of the year.

 

Five Finger Death Punch The Wrong Side Of Heaven and The Righteous Side Of Hell Vol 2[7]     “Battle Born”FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

Five Finger Death Punch is sitting on top of the world in the eyes of most fans.  They are arguably the defining hard rock band of this generation, but perception and reality do not always go hand-in-hand.  Now more than ever, bands must spend most of their life on the road to make a living in the music business.  To fans, it may seem like a life of glamor, but to the bands, it is an exhausting way of life.

“Battle Born” offers a unique, inside perspective into the reality of life as a rock star.  Whereas many of FFDP’s songs are filled with rage, “Battle Born” is more introspective, showcasing Moody’s melodic vocals sans guttural, angst-ridden growls.

 

Volbeat-Outlaw-Gentlemen-Shady-Ladies[8]     “Lola Montez”VOLBEAT

On the surface, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies sounds like a cool name for an album.  Dig a little deeper and you’ll find out that the songs on the album are about characters that lived in the 19th century.  Never before has a history lesson been so informative and entertaining at the same time.

“Lola Montez” features the sound of Michael Paulsen’s one-of-a-kind voice, and Volbeat’s catchy, melodic sound.  The song is about a stripper who used her charms to captivate men for personal gain.  Unlike traditional hard rock songs about strippers, Volbeat tackles the subject matter in a much more cerebral manner, with a song that will undoubtedly get stuck in your head…but in a good way.

 

A_War_You_Cannot_Win All That Remains[9]     “What If I Was Nothing” – ALL THAT REMAINS

All That Remains has been around longer than people may realize.  Ever since their formation in 1998, the band has prided itself on staying true to their music and letting the chips fall where they may, which explains their propensity to create albums filled with songs of varying styles.

Frontman, Phil Labonte, is opinionated and outspoken when it comes to politics.  By his own admission, he likes to start trouble.  Not exactly the kind of guy you expect to write a pining love song.

“What If I Was Nothing” shows that Labonte does, in fact, have a vulnerable side.  The slow, moody verses lead into anthemic, arena-style choruses.  Oli Herbert makes the guitar sing during his solo.  Fans of Slash’s style will appreciate Herbert’s contribution on one of the best hard rock love songs to be released in recent memory.

 

Ra-Critical-Mass[10]   “Supermegadubstep”RA

The longest song title on the Top 52 Songs of 2013 ironically comes from the band with only two letters in its name.  The band, whose name is derived from the Egyptian sun god, has been around since the 1990’s, but has managed to fly under the radar for the most part.

“Supermegadubstep” is a dynamic song with unexpected changes, transitioning from crunching power chords and heavy guitar harmonies to sparse guitar parts that are reminiscent of “Every Breath You Take” by The Police.  If you haven’t discovered Ra yet, “Supermegadubstep” is a good place to start.

 

Avenged-Sevenfold-Hail-to-the-King[11]   “Hail To The King”AVENGED SEVENFOLD

The title track off of Avenged Sevenfold’s long-awaited sixth studio album has been a dominant force atop the Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for good reason.  One of the best albums of the year, “Hail To The King” received harsh criticism from some of A7X’s fellow hard rock brethren for sounding too derivative.  While the influences of bands like Metallica are certainly evident, the distinct A7X sound, with M Shadows on vocals is as good as ever.  A7X was the only band this year to have two songs on the Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown in the same week (“Hail To The King” & “Shepherd Of Fire”).

 

Emphatic-Another-Life[12]   “Remember Me”EMPHATIC

The first single off of Emphatic’s aptly titled album, Another Life, showcases Justin McCain’s ability to write catchy, melodic songs while exhibiting his guitar virtuosity.  After a tragic accident left original lead singer, Patrick Wilson, with a fractured larynx, Emphatic suffered a huge setback.  With new singer, Toryn Green (formerly of Fuel), the band is poised to continue its once stunted progress.  You may not have known them before, but after you listen to “Remember Me,” you will not soon forget this up-and-coming band.

 

 

Pop Evil Onyx[13] “Deal With The Devil”POP EVIL

Another song that has dominated the Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown throughout the year, “Deal With The Devil” shows the diversity of Pop Evil’s music.  The song, while still featuring the band’s signature melodic sound, shows the more aggressive side of the band that, at times, will remind you of Alice In Chains.

 

 

 

 

Device album cover[14]   “Vilify” – DEVICE

David Draiman (Disturbed) probably had no idea how prophetic he was when writing “Vilify.”  The iconic frontman, and his other Disturbed bandmates, were “vilified” by many fans for taking a break from the band to work on side projects.  Draiman already embodied rage with his vocal delivery and strong opinions, so one can only imagine what his next offering will be after dealing with absurd ridicule from so-called fans.  Dramain’s ability to deliver lyrics like – “fuck you all and let every minute be a reminder of how you let it all come crashing down” – makes him stand out amongst all other hard rock singers of this generation.  In true Spinal Tap fashion, it is recommended to turn it up to eleven when listening to “Vilify.”

 

Stone Sour House Of Gold And Bones Part 2 Album Cover[15]   “Do Me A Favor” – STONE SOUR

The opening riff of Stone Sour’s “Do Me A Favor” will remind punk rock fans of The Clash’s classic song, “London Calling” (a song that Corey Taylor performed acoustically).  The rest of the song shows the range that has elevated Taylor into the upper echelon of hard rock singers today.  Not many can vacillate between smooth vocals and angst-ridden growls as seamlessly as Taylor.  Both “Do Me A Favor” and “Tired” have spent several weeks in the #1 position on the Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown.

 

 

evans_blue_graveyard_of_empires[16]   “Warrior”EVAN’S BLUE

A piano cadenza, cryptically moving poetic lyrics and a heart-pumping crescendo make “Warrior” a truly unique hard rock song.  As an independent artist, Evans Blue has the luxury of creating songs that don’t necessarily fit into any genre.  “Warrior” is a prime example of what can be achieved when a song is written from the heart.  Dan Chandler’s delivery of haunting verses and powerfully defiant choruses is perfectly complimented by Vlad Tanaskovic’s tasteful guitar solo.

 

 

Nonpoint-Album_Cover[17]   “That Day”NONPOINT

Songs mean different things to different people.  “That Day” is one of the most powerful, emotion-filled songs of the year that deals with anger and loss.  Elias Soriano perfectly captures the emotion of the song, and makes you feel his pain.  While the lyrics of “That Day” tell a specific story, the chorus by itself can invoke different emotions for different people…

“All I have is the memories of every single word you said…every single word you said.  I remember that day, everything changed.  I remember that day, that image never fades away.  I remember that day.  Something died inside of me.”

Click on the song title above to read a personal story about the meaning of “That Day.”

 

Eve-to-Adam-Locked-and-Loaded[18]   “Immortal” – EVE TO ADAM

The opening of the lyric video for “Immortal” states…

“This song is dedicated to the men and women of the United States armed services and their families for their incalculable sacrifices made on behalf of this great country.”

The music of “Immortal” is as powerful as the message conveyed within the song.  Listening to the song, you get the impression that this is more than just an homage to the U.S. armed forces; it seems personal.  The passion with which the song is delivered creates an air of defiance to all of those who dare to take on our soldiers, or fail to appreciate the sacrifices that they make on a daily basis.

 

Buckcherry-Confessions[19]   “Gluttony” – BUCKCHERRY

It’s no surprise that a band whose biggest hits revolve around sex and drugs (“Crazy Bitch” & “Lit Up”), would write another classic song about one of the seven deadly sins.  Buckcherry is all about high energy rock and roll, so “Gluttony” is right in their wheelhouse.  Josh Todd sings about subjects that the politically correct may look at as taboo, with unabashed, unapologetic fervor.  He is a true rock star in every sense of the word, harkening back to the days where debauchery and rock stardom were inseparable.

 

Jackyl Best In Show[20]   “Favorite Sin”JACKYL

Like Buckcherry, Jackyl’s take on sin produced one of the best songs of the year.  Long before Josh Todd and Buckcherry made their mark on the hard rock scene, Jesse James Dupree and Jackyl made people stand up and take notice when the charismatic frontman turned a chainsaw into a musical instrument on the band’s first hit, “The Lumberjack.”  It is a testament to the band’s talent that they still continue to make relevant music to this day, not an easy feat for a band whose career launched shortly before Nirvana turned the hard rock world upside down.

The younger generation of hard rock music fans may think of Full Throttle Saloon when Dupree’s name is mentioned, but make no mistake, his entire empire is built on the fact that he is simply one of the best frontmen to ever grace the stage.

If you like “Favorite Sin,” you should definitely go back and discover everything that Jackyl has put out through the years.

 

21 – 30

[21]   “Bullets In The Sky”MILLION DOLLAR RELOAD

[22]   “Temper Temper” – BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

[23]   “Burn It Down”MINDSET EVOLUTION

[24]   “Paradise (What About Us)” – WITHIN TEMPTATION

[25]   “High Road” – THREE DAYS GRACE

[26]   “Light Up The Sky” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

[27]   “Where Did The Angels Go?” – PAPA ROACH

[28]   “God Is Dead?”BLACK SABBATH

[29]   “Save Me” – HINDER

[30]   “She Likes The Ladies” – LONGREEF

 

31 – 40

[31]   “One Finger And A Fist” – DROWNING POOL

[32]   “You’re Insane” – ESCAPE THE FATE

[33]   “Sick Of It”SKILLET

[34]   “More Than Fate” – EYE EMPIRE

[35]   “The End Of You And I”ANOTHER LOST YEAR

[36]   “Rebel Soul” – KID ROCK

[37]   “Picture Perfect” – SEVENDUST

[38]   “First Of The Last” – FIGHT OR FLIGHT

[39]   “Cry Sister” – ROYAL BLISS

[40]   “Solid Ground”TOM KEIFER

 

41- 52

[41]   “Get Lucky”HALESTORM

[42]   “Revelation” – STRYPER

[43]   “Remember” – 3 YEARS HOLLOW

[44]   “Die For You” – OTHERWISE

[45]   “The Death Of Me” – ASKING ALEXANDRIA

[46]   “Born To Rise”REDLIGHT KING

[47]   “Alpha King” – REV THEORY

[48]   “New Disorder” – CHARMING LIARS

[49]   “Just One Gun”MADLIFE

[50]   “My Demons” – STARSET

[51]   “Love The Way You Hate Me” – LIKE A STORM

[52[   “There’s No Going Back” – SICK PUPPIES

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TOP 100 HARD ROCK SONGS OF 2014

 

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 12-21-13

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 12-21-13.

This 12-21-13 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists from 2013.

#15 –  “My Demons ” – STARSET

#14 –  “Die For You” – RED

#13 –  “Always” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

#12 –  “Mz. Hyde” – HALESTORM

#11 –  “Die For You” – OTHERWISE

#10 –  “Heaven Knows” – THE PRETTY RECKLESS

# 9 –   “Deal With The Devil” – POP EVIL

# 8 –   “Immortal” – EVE TO ADAM

# 7 –   “Light Up The Sky” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

# 6 –   “Shepherd Of Fire” – AVENGED SEVENFOLD

# 5 –   “Battle Born” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 4 –   “With Me Now” – BLACKLITE DISTRICT

# 3 –   “Stardust” – GEMINI SYNDROME

# 2 –    “Tired” – STONE SOUR

# 1 –    “Whore” – IN THIS MOMENT

RELATED ARTICLES:

Five Finger Death Punch – “Battle Born”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review

Avenged Sevenfold – “Hail To The King”:  Hard Rock Daddy Album Review

Gemini Syndrome – “Stardust”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Archives

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 12/28/13

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 12/28/13.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

    1. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven & The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 2
    2. PEARL JAM – Lightning Bolt
    3. NICKELBACK – The Best Of Nickelback: Volume 1
    4. A DAY TO REMEMBER– Common Courtesy
    5. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – Hail To The King
    6. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven & The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 1
    7. CROWN THE EMPIRE – The Fallout
    8. BAD RELIGION – Christmas Songs
    9. SKILLET – Rise
    10. LINKIN PARK – Recharged
    11. PIERCE THE VEIL – Collide With The Sky
    12. KORN – The Paradigm Shift
    13. NIGHTWISH – Showtime, Storytime
    14. VOLBEAT – Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
    15. LED ZEPPELIN – Celebration Day

RELATED ARTICLES:

Five Finger Death Punch (Featuring Rob Halford) – “Lift Me Up”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review

Five Finger Death Punch – “Battle Born”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review

Avenged Sevenfold – “Hail To The King”:  Hard Rock Daddy Album Review

Skillet – “Sick Of It”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review

Volbeat – “Lola Montez”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review

Volbeat – “Cape Of Our Hero”:  Hard Rock Daddy Video Review

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums Archives

Three For Thursday: Skid Row, Royal Bliss, Night Ranger

Three For Thursday - Skid Row, Royal Bliss, Night Ranger

Three For Thursday featuring:  Skid Row, Royal Bliss and Night Ranger.  The theme of the week is revealed below the last video.

 

This week’s “Three for Thursday” songs:

ARTIST:             Skid Row

SONG:               “Sweet Little Sister”

ALBUM:              Skid Row

RELEASED:         October 25, 1990

WEBSITE:           www.SkidRow.com

 

 

ARTIST:               Royal Bliss

SONG:                 “Cry Sister”

ALBUM:                TBD (Released as a single)

RELEASED:           October 29, 2013

WEBSITE:             www.RoyalBliss.com

 

 

ARTIST:               Night Ranger

SONG:                 “Sister Christian”

ALBUM:                Midnight Madness

RELEASED:           October 26, 1987

WEBSITE:             www.NightRanger.com

This week’s Three For Thursday theme is…

“SISTERS OF OCTOBER” – Each of these songs, with “sister” in the title, were released in the month of October.

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Rock and Roll Children: Top Hard Rock Songs of 2013

Rock and Roll Children Top Hard Rock Songs 2013

The end of the year is fast approaching.  Before the year ends, Hard Rock Daddy will present the Top 50 Hard Rock Songs of 2013, in addition to a unique look back at the 2013 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown.  Octane is the station of choice when riding in the car with the family.  As a result, there are a number of songs that became favorites for each of my children.  Here are their Top 15 Hard Rock Songs of 2013…

Z-Man (11-yr old son)

  1. “Decay” – SEVENDUST
  2. “Lola Montez” – VOLBEAT
  3. “Light Up The Sky” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH
  4. “Burn It Down” – MINDSET EVOLUTION
  5. “Lift Me Up” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH (Featuring Rob Halford)
  6. “Temper Temper” – BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
  7. “Do Me A Favor” – STONE SOUR
  8. “Deal With The Devil” – POP EVIL
  9. “First Of The Last” – FIGHT OR FLIGHT
  10. “Born To Rise” – REDLIGHT KING
  11. “With Me Now” – BLACKLITE DISTRICT
  12. “Addicted To Pain” – ALTER BRIDGE
  13. “Sick Of It” – SKILLET
  14. “Vilify” – DEVICE
  15. “Smells Like A Freakshow” – AVATAR

Z-Man’s Playlist…

Little One (7-yr old daughter)

  1. “Pain Killer” – THE LETTER BLACK
  2. “Deal With The Devil” – POP EVIL
  3. “Lola Montez” – VOLBEAT
  4. “Mz. Hyde” – HALESTORM
  5. “Heaven Knows” – THE PRETTY RECKLESS
  6. “Do Me A Favor” – STONE SOUR
  7. “Light Up The Sky” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH
  8. “Diamonds” – FAREWELL 2 FEAR
  9. “Hail To The King” – AVENGED SEVENFOLD
  10. “Born To Rise” – REDLIGHT KING
  11. “Sick Of It” – SKILLET
  12. “Infected” – EYES SET TO KILL
  13. “In The End” – BLACK VEIL BRIDES
  14. “Warrior” – EVANS BLUE
  15. “Lift Me Up” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH (Featuring Rob Halford)

 Little One’s Playlist…

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HARD ROCK MOMMY  (Age undisclosed for obvious reasons)

  1. “Lola Montez” – VOLBEAT
  2. “Hail To The King” – AVENGED SEVENFOLD
  3. “Addicted To Pain” – ALTER BRIDGE
  4. “Battle Born” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
  5. “In The End” – BLACK VEIL BRIDES
  6. “I’ll Follow You” – SHINEDOWN
  7. “Devil Is A Woman” – CHARM CITY DEVILS
  8. “Do Me A Favor” – STONE SOUR
  9. “She Likes The Ladies” – LONGREEF
  10. “Bullets In The Sky” – MILLION DOLLAR RELOAD
  11. “Deal With The Devil” – POP EVIL
  12. “Diamonds” – FAREWELL 2 FEAR
  13. “What If I Was Nothing” – ALL THAT REMAINS
  14. “Warrior” – EVANS BLUE
  15. “Heaven Knows” – THE PRETTY RECKLESS

Hard Rock Mommy’s Playlist…

KISS Finally Gets Due Respect from Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

KISS Band Photo

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (RRHOF) has infuriated hard rock music fans for years with their selection process.  Despite a groundswell of support from their millions of fans, KISS had to suffer the indignity of being passed over by the RRHOF for 15 years.  During the course of the past decade-and-a-half, the RRHOF inducted a multitude of artists whose impact paled by comparison to the one made by KISS.  In 2014, the wait to be inducted into the RRHOF will finally end for “the hottest band in the world.”

The wait may have finally ended for KISS, but that doesn’t mean that hard rock fans are going to embrace the RRHOF anytime soon, not as long as band like Deep Purple keep getting inexplicably snubbed.

A certain degree of subjectivity is involved with any hall of fame selection process, but at least with sports, understandable mitigating factors can come into play, the most obvious being the steroid era of Major League Baseball.  However, rock and roll as we know it wouldn’t be the same without “performance enhancing substances,” so the only thing that should matter when it comes to the RRHOF is the impact that a band made on the world.  Whether you like their music or not, KISS is undoubtedly one of the most impactful bands in the history of rock and roll.

KISS being inducted a year after Rush finally got their due from the RRHOF is a good start, but until all of the deserving bands in the genre get inducted, hard rock music fans are unlikely to be booking flights to Cleveland any time soon.

According to Eddie Trunk, it is believed that only the four original members (Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss) of KISS will be inducted into the RRHOF, a decision that most KISS fans will likely embrace.

The 29th annual induction ceremony will take place on April 10th at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, which should make the event extra special for Criss, a Brooklyn native.