Monthly Archives: August 2014

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 8-30-14

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 8-30-14.

The 8-30-14 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 –  “The Devil In I” – SLIPKNOT

#14 –  “Moving On” – ASKING ALEXANDRIA

#13 –  “Hater” – KORN

#12 –  “Breaking Skin” – NONPOINT

#11 –  “Born This Way” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

#10 –  “Respect” – DEVOUR THE DAY

# 9 –   “Skeletons” – HEARTIST

# 8 –   “Darker Side Of The Moon” – OTHERWISE

# 7 –   “Drown” – THEORY OF A DEADMAN

# 6 –   “Room To Breathe” – YOU ME AT SIX

# 5 –   “Words As Weapons” – SEETHER

# 4 –   “The Last One Alive” – DEMON HUNTER

# 3 –   “Villainy Thrives” –  TRIVIUM

# 2 –    “Wrong Side Of Heaven” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 1 –    “This Is The Time (Ballast)” – NOTHING MORE

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

Asking Alexandria – “Moving On”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Nonpoint – “Breaking Skin”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Trivium – “Villainy Thrives”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Nothing More – “Nothing More”: Hard Rock Daddy Album Review

Seether – “Words As Weapons”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Top 15 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs: January 2014 – June 2014

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2013

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Archives

Buckcherry – Fuck (EP):  Hard Rock Daddy Review

Buckcherry Fuck EP

Following up their introspective concept album, Confessions, Buckcherry returns with Fuck, an in-your-face EP that is the polar opposite of their previous release.  This EP isn’t about digging deep; it is about capturing the angst and rebellion that has defined heavy metal since its inception.

Fuck is a raw, unapologetic, 20-minute journey that will be a therapeutic release for some, and a turn-off for others who will criticize the EP as a marketing ploy.  If you think that Josh Todd and the boys give a “fuck” about the latter, you’re sorely mistaken.  You don’t put out an EP like this with no expectation of criticism.

Buckcherry has always marched to the beat of their own drum, regularly using raw, suggestive lyrics, and yet somehow managing to get on terrestrial radio just the same.  Clearly, this EP was not written with the intention of getting radio play (although “Say Fuck It” has become a mainstay on SiriusXM’s Octane).

“Say Fuck It” is definitely the highlight of the EP, not only because of its catchy, “radio-friendly” sound, but also because of its origin.  The song is a slightly altered cover version of the pop hit, “I Love It” by Icona Pop (which was also repurposed in the other direction when it was featured on Kidz Bop).  Clearly, Buckcherry’s version – which features Todd’s signature vocals and a guitar riff that sounds like AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck”– will not be listened to by most kids, much less covered by them.

While the underlying theme is carried out throughout the rest of the EP, the other five tracks on Fuck offer an eclectic mix of styles.

“Somebody Fucked With Me” fuses the classic Buckcherry sound with an homage to Rage Against The Machine.  Not coincidentally, the lyrics “rage against the machine” and everyone else with a scorched earth, “fuck ‘em all” rebelliousness that personifies Buckcherry.

“The Motherfucker” is a straight-forward melodic rocker that would be another radio hit if not for the lyrics.

“I Don’t Give A Fuck” is a dirty, bluesy track with a great groove that features shredding, Clapton-esque guitar solos.

“It’s A Fucking Disaster” – The most dynamic song on the EP seamlessly blends Todd’s high intensity and slow moody vocals (imagine “Sorry” highlighted with pissed-off, punk rage).

“Fist Fuck” – The perfect ending to an EP entitled Fuck, “Fist Fuck” is a Buckcherry-flavored punk rocker that pays tribute to The Ramones and The Sex Pistols.

If you are easily offended, or looking for ear candy, Fuck is not the EP for you.  However, if you are open-minded and can appreciate a band that throws caution to the wind and creates music with reckless abandon, then you will love this fuckin’ EP!

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 9/6/14

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 9/6/14.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. ***Click on the hyperlinked titles to read full album reviews***

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

    1. ACE FREHLEY – Space Invader
    2. GODSMACK – 1000hp
    3. LINKIN PARK – The Hunting Party
    4. ACCEPT – Blind Rage
    5. BUCKCHERRY – Fuck (EP)
    6. RISE AGAINST – The Black Market
    7. DRAGON FORCE – Maximum Overload
    8. SEETHER – Isolate And Medicate
    9. THEORY OF A DEADMAN – Savages
    10. PALLBEARER – Fountains Of Burden
    11. JUDAS PRIEST – Redeemer Of Souls
    12. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – Hail To The King
    13. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Going To Hell
    14. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 1
    15. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 2

RELATED ARTICLES:

Judas Priest – “Redeemer Of Souls”: Hard Rock Daddy Album Review

Seether – “Words As Weapons”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

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

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

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

Five Finger Death Punch – “House Of The Rising Sun”: Hard Rock Daddy Video Review

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums Archives

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 8/24/14

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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.  The HRD Radio Report will also be quoting radio and record industry people on a regular basis, and talking directly to a variety of hard rock artists about their music, tours and more!

Many of the artists featured on the Active Rock charts have already been reviewed on HardRockDaddy.com.

Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 8/24/14.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

 

CHART POSITION THIS WEEK CHART POSITION LAST WEEK ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO SPINS THIS WEEK
1 1 NOTHING MORE “This Is The Time (Ballast)” 1889
2 3 SEETHER “Words As Weapons” 1749
2 2 GODSMACK “1000hp” 1729
4 5 PRETTY RECKLESS “Messed Up World” 1571
5 4 LINKIN PARK “Until It’s Gone” 1562
6 6 RISE AGAINST “I Don’t Want To Be Here” 1390
7 7 YOU ME AT SIX “Room To Breathe” 1155
8 9 SLASH “World On Fire” 1080
9 10 STARSET “My Demons” 1079
10 13 CHEVELLE “Hunter Eats Hunter” 1048
11 11 WE AS HUMAN “Take The Bullets Away” 1043
12 14 WEEZER “Back To The Shack” 1019
13 12 KORN “Hater” 1011
14 0 NICKELBACK “Edge Of A Revolution” 775
15 16 CROBOT “Nowhere To Hide” 739
16 18 SIXX A.M. “Gotta Get It Right” 715
17 8 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Drown” 715
18 19 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “This Means War” 575
19 21 SKILLET “Rise” 571
20 24 ROYAL BLOOD “Figure It Out” 518
21 20 KONGOS “Come With Me Now” 489
22 22 FRAMING HANLEY “Criminal” 476
23 26 DEVOUR THE DAY “Respect” 415
24 28 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Can You Feel My Heart” 389
25 25 OTHERWISE “Darker Side Of The Moon” 384
26 23 LIKE A STORM “Love The Way You Hate Me” 382
27 29 BLACK KEYS “Gotta Get Away” 375
28 27 ISLANDER “Coconut Dracula” 366
29 31 A DAY TO REMEMBER “End Of Me” 300
30 35 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Moving On” 271
31 30 BLACK LABEL SOCIETY “Angel Of Mercy” 259
32 33 FOZZY “Lights Go Out” 254
33 36 DIRTY HEADS “My Sweet Summer” 219
34 34 REDLIGHT KING “Devil’s Dance” 217
35 43 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Born This Way” 209
36 51 HELLYEAH “Moth” 208
37 41 SLIPKNOT “The Negative One” 208
38 42 NONPOINT “Breaking Skin” 199
39 40 SLEEPWAVE “Through The Looking Glass” 193
40 32 ESCAPE THE FATE “Picture Perfect” 182
41 61 POP EVIL “Beautiful” 162
42 45 FUEL “Cold Summer” 159
43 47 EVE TO ADAM “Locked & Loaded” 156
44 65 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wrong Side Of Heaven” 150
45 44 FLYLEAF “Set Me On Fire” 139
46 46 TRIVIUM “Villainy Thrives” 127
47 38 AVATAR “Bloody Angel” 110
48 49 WITHIN REASON “Enemy” 108
49 53 KONGOS “I’m Only Joking” 104
50 58 RIVAL SONS “Open My Eyes” 100

 


BAM-BAM’S BREAKDOWN

By Craig “Bam-Bam” Stegall

In addition to discussing some wacky surprises (that landed some brand new tracks on this week’s Active Rock radio chart), we also have a fantastic interview with Roadrunner Records’ longtime VP of Promotions & Marketing, Mark Abramson.  Mark and I discussed the Roadrunner artists featured on this week’s chart, some up-and-coming artists on the label and I dig for the inside scoop on who is going to be named the new drummer of Slipknot.  The highlights of the interview are featured below, and the entire interview will be will be posted exclusively on Hard Rock Daddy in the coming days.

 

 

CHART TOPPERS:

For the second week in a row, rising stars, Nothing More, remain in the #1 slot with their powerhouse single, “This Is The Time (Ballast).”

Surprisingly, Godsmack’s “1000hp” slipped from the #2 slot, edged out by Seether’s “Words As Weapons” by a mere 20-spins.  If “1000hp” starts to trend downwards, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a follow-up single from Sully & The Boys come out sooner rather than later.

 

 

CHART HIGHLIGHTS:

It’s no surprise that Nickelback entered the Top 30 with their latest single, “Edge Of A Revolution.”  What you may find surprising is that I am not one of those who takes pride in being a Nickelback “hater.”  After seeing them live in 2009, I’ve changed my tune as to whether these guys know how to rock or not, and I welcome almost everything they put out with an open ear.

“Edge Of A Revolution” catapulted all the way to the #14 slot this week out of thin air!  Rather than going for a cocksure ballad, the Canadian hit-makers decided to go for an edgier single this time around.  I predict that the song will crack the Top 10 next week, so keep your radar out for this pretty rocking little track.

The biggest surprise of the week was the epic plummet of “Painkiller” by Three Days Grace.  While “Painkiller” is an older track that has been on the charts for some time now, I was shocked that it was nowhere to be found in the Top 50 after a lengthy run that had them in the #13 slot just last week.  This “fall from grace” opened up the door for Five Finger Death Punch to break into the Top 50 with yet another hit off of their ambitious double album The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell (Volumes 1 & 2) with “Wrong Side Of Heaven” (which landed in the #44 position).

The other surprising drop out of the Top 50 was HellYeah’s “Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood).”  However, unlike Three Days Grace, HellYeah remained in the Top 50 with their latest single, “Moth.”  One week after the track was featured on “Bam-Bam’s Big Ones,” it ended up in the #36 position on the chart.  Keep an eye on this track; it’s got legs!

 

 

CHART CLIMBER:

Hands down, the Chart Climber of the week goes to none other than those badass Michigan boys – Pop Evil.  Their latest single, “Beautiful”, is no joke!  Fueled by their mainstage spot on the current Uproar Tour, this hard working band bulleted from an unseen position in the Top 50 (#61 to be exact), all the way up to the #41 position on the chart.  Look for this track to crack the Top 20 within the next two weeks, gang!

 

 

BAM-BAM’S BIG ONES!:

 Get your minds out of the gutter!  “Bam-Bam’s Big Ones” is not about my nether region.  This weekly feature is simply one man’s opinion on the music that you SHOULD be listening to if you like the music that is regularly featured on Hard Rock Daddy and the HRD Radio Report.  You dig?  No payouts, no bias…just killer music that I get the chance to hear before others because I’m cool like that!

 

This week’s “Bam-Bam’s Big Ones!” are:

* Theory Of A Deadman

* Slipknot

* King 801

* The Amity Affliction

* Black Stone Cherry

* Marmozets

 

Helping me out this week with my “big ones,” is my old pal, and well-respected industry/label stalwart, Mark Abramson, whose knowledge of rock music is beyond human.  His passion for the genre and willingness to give back and share his expertise is what keeps him at the top of everyone’s list for insight.

While interviewing him for this Hard Rock Daddy / HRD Radio Report exclusive, the man was literally walking out the door to embark upon a two-week vacation, but still took the time to talk music with no limits.

As the VP of Promotions & Marketing for Roadrunner Records, Mark oversees all nationwide rock and metal radio promotions for the label.

 

Bam-Bam (BB):  “How long have you worked for Roadrunner?”

 

Mark Abramson (MA):  “I’ve been here for about 20 or 21-years…so I’ve literally been here since it was a tiny, little label.”

 

BB:  “Tell me about how Roadrunner has evolved throughout the years.”

 

MA:  “We started off as a metal label, underground, street-level thing, but even back then, we had our attempts to go for the more ‘modern’ stuff.  We built our credibility with those metal bands.  Type-O Negative put us on the map, and then Slipknot came in and solidified that, so we were able to make the connections, if you will, to get the people on board with us to be able to sign and promote bands like Nickelback…and you know, Theory Of A Deadman.  We were literally planning it all from the beginning.  We just knew we had to overcome a lot of other hurdles to get there.” 

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BB:  “Since you brought up Slipknot, this is the perfect time to address the ‘elephant in the room.’  (Mark laughs)  So you know where I’m going with this, don’t you?” (more laughter).  C’mon, bro…we all want to know – who is the new Slipknot drummer that you guys are keeping a secret from everyone?”

 

MA:  “I’ll give you the exclusive, bro (giggling).  It is ME!” (we both crack up).  Look, I will say this…it’s not going to be a big, distracting name.  That would be a mistake.  No one is going to be disappointed, I can promise you that. 

 

BB:  “I guess we’ll find out who the new drummer is soon enough.  What are your thoughts on the new record?”

 

MA:  The record is sick; the band is back with a vengeance; it’s amazing!  I think that anyone who starts trying to crap on this record is either an Internet troll or just doesn’t want to like Slipknot for some reason.  It’s that simple.”

 

BB:  “What is the most anticipated Roadrunner Release to come out this year?” 

 

MA:  “You know, that’s tough.  The new Theory Of A Deadman is an exciting record.  I’ve worked with those guys from the beginning, and their last record was not their best.  I mean, it had some great moments, but there were some things about it that even the band wasn’t happy with, so they went back and rediscovered what they really wanted to do.  Honestly, this record (as I’ve told them to their faces) is the best record that they’ve ever done.  It’s just an incredible rock record, and I know people will find something that sticks here.”

[HRD NOTE:  TOAD’s current single, “Drown,” fell 9 spots to number 17 this week, but Mark sees more singles from this album which will attack the Top 10 in coming weeks.]

 

MA:  “As far as Slipknot is concerned, I’m very excited for that record.  The funny thing is, the single that’s on the radio now (‘The Negative One’) was not supposed to drop for Active Rock.  It was meant for Metal Radio, but it just hit big at Active as a coincidence because it’s Slipknot. 

‘The Devil And I’ is going to Active Radio as the proper single from the upcoming album, and it’s going to explode!  It’s so exciting to get Slipknot back!  It’s got the melody, the aggression…it’s incredible! 

Also, the Trivium record is going to be massive.  To the metal world, they’re not a baby band, but for regular radio, they’re still fairly new. 

We’ve also got this thing with King 801 (which just came out and it’s going to cause a stir).  We’re working a second single with Black Stone Cherry, and I’m a huge fan of The Amity Affliction album.  I’ll be releasing another single from their album that I just love.  I think it is one of the most amazing things to come out in a long time, and I expect them to make a run at the charts very soon. 

Another one that’s going to be a big priority for us is Marmozets out of the U.K. We’re going to be prioritizing that for the next year because they’ve got this incredible female, rock vocalist named Becka.  She’s just amazing.  I love, love, love this band!” 

 

BB:  Thanks to our buddy, Mark Abrahamson from Roadrunner Records.  The full, exclusive interview with Mark will appear in the coming days on HardRockDaddy.com.

 

 

I CALL B#LL$HIT!:

Each week (for reasons unknown) there are songs on the chart by bands that don’t belong on Active Rock Radio.  Hard Rock Daddy launched the HRD Radio Report to showcase and report on hard rock bands on radio.  Rather than edit these bands off the chart, we decided to add an “I CALL B#LL$HIT!” feature to this column to point out the bands that have no place on Active Rock Radio.

 

Here are this week’s “I CALL B#LL$HIT!” bands:

  • Black Keys
  • Dirty Heads
  • Weezer

 

BAM-BAM’S “I CALL B#LL$HIT!” RANT…

Like last week, all three of these bands caused a major disturbance in my bowel movements, and made me realize that we need LIVE radio, now more than ever!

All of this voice-tracking and pre-recording of shows has left the listener cold and abandoned in their search for great, new hard rock music.  If we had more live jocks working active dayparts to help eliminate this travesty, we could nip this in the bud tomorrow.  People WANT to call a radio station, talk to their favorite DJs to request new music and ask about a song that they just heard.

Without a personal touch, people are left to just wallow around in the commercialized bullshit that we all hate about this industry.  That’s not what this genre was founded on.  We used to trade tapes and share our discoveries.  Rock DJs were allowed to add new music to their playlists, but it’s just not that way anymore, and it needs to stop!  Programmers need to disengage the safety-button that keeps them from making sound decisions (no pun intended), and quit listening to the people who can only benefit from album sales.  Just my 2-cents, but if more people joined me, we’d have a couple bucks to help programmers buy a clue!

 

 

FROM THE PUBLISHER’S DESK:

Bam-Bam’s “I CALL B#LL$HIT!” rant has inspired a publisher’s op-ed piece on music sharing and discovery that will appear this week on HardRockDaddy.com.  This hard rock music marketing piece may ruffle some feathers, but hopefully, it will provide some food for thought…

 

 

WRAP-UP:

That’s it for this week!  Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report and Bam-Bam’s Breakdown.

Next Tuesday, we bring you excerpts from our exclusive interview with Shannon Larkin of Godsmack as we discuss the Uproar Tour.  We also will be taking a look at some of the heavy tracks being introduced into the Active Rock mainstream by metal promoters like Munsey Ricci (from Skateboard Marketing).  See you next week!

Peace/Out!

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 8-23-14

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 8-23-14.

The 8-23-14 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 –  “Wrong Side Of Heaven” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

#14 –  “Reincarnate” – MOTIONLESS IN WHITE

#13 –  “Hunter Eats Hunter” – CHEVELLE

#12 –  “Darker Side Of The Moon” – OTHERWISE

#11 –  “The Negative One” – SLIPKNOT

#10 –  “Hater” – KORN

# 9 –   “Respect” – DEVOUR THE DAY

# 8 –   “Drown” – THEORY OF A DEADMAN

# 7 –   “Skeletons” – HEARTIST

# 6 –   “Villainy Thrives” – TRIVIUM

# 5 –   “1000hp” – GODSMACK

# 4 –   “The Last One Alive” – DEMON HUNTER

# 3 –   “Words As Weapons” –  SEETHER

# 2 –    “Room To Breathe” – YOU ME AT SIX

# 1 –    “This Is The Time (Ballast)” – NOTHING MORE

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

Trivium – “Villainy Thrives”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Nothing More – “Nothing More”: Hard Rock Daddy Album Review

Seether – “Words As Weapons”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Top 15 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs: January 2014 – June 2014

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2013

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Archives

Sahaj Ticotin Covers Queensryche’s “The Mission”

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The timing of the release of Sahaj Ticotin’s acoustic cover version of “The Mission,” – from Queensryche’s epic masterpiece, Operation Mindcrime – couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time, at least when it comes to Hard Rock Daddy.

One of the realizations that we came to when we launched our new weekly feature – the HRD Radio Report – last Tuesday, is the fact that so much great hard rock music doesn’t get the attention that it deserves on Active Rock radio.  Even SiriusXM’s Octane, which isn’t bound by the constraints of commercial radio, has a relatively tight playlist, which is why their recent “Music Discovery Week” was such a refreshing change of pace.

Rather than complain about the lack of available avenues to showcase artists that fly below the radar, Hard Rock Daddy is going on “a mission to change the world” (of hard rock music), and taking it upon ourselves to expose our audience to music that isn’t found on the charts.

Neither Ticotin, nor his band (Ra), are household names, but it certainly isn’t because of a lack of talent. Although they have gotten some radio exposure, for the most part, Ra has inexplicably flown beneath the radar of many hard rock fans.

Covering any Queensryche song takes balls; pulling off an acoustic cover of a lesser-known song, from arguably the greatest concept album of all-time, requires a rare combination of confidence and talent (which Ticotin has).

While many acoustic versions of hard rock songs are merely unplugged, Ticotin nailed “The Mission” with only his voice and two acoustic guitars (the other one played by his studio engineer – Brooke Villanyi).  Considering the fact that Queensryche songs are layered with texture beneath Geoff Tate’s soaring vocals, bringing the song to life in this fashion is more than a little impressive.

Will this amazing cover version of “The Mission” find a place on radio (satellite or otherwise)?  Not likely.  Should it?  Absolutely!

Ra may never get the recognition that they deserve at radio, but they will always have a place on Hard Rock Daddy.  Long before we declared it our “mission” to give bands like Ra more attention, we reviewed “Supermegadubstep” and featured it as the #10 song in the Top 52 Hard Rock Songs of 2013.

If you haven’t yet discovered Ra (and Ticotin), check out “The Mission” and the rest of their catalog to see what you’ve been missing!

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 8/30/14

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 8/30/14.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. ***Click on the hyperlinked titles to read full album reviews***

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

    1. GODSMACK – 1000hp
    2. LINKIN PARK – The Hunting Party
    3. UPON A BURNING BODY – The World Is My Enemy Now
    4. THEORY OF A DEADMAN -Savages
    5. RISE AGAINST – The Black Market
    6. SEETHER – Isolate And Medicate
    7. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 1
    8. JUDAS PRIEST – Redeemer Of Souls
    9. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – Hail To The King
    10. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 2
    11. KIX – Rock Your Face Off
    12. WOVENWAR – Wovenwar
    13. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Going To Hell
    14. SUICIDE SILENCE – You Can’t Stop Me
    15. CROWN THE EMPIRE – The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways

RELATED ARTICLES:

Wovenwar – “All Rise”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Judas Priest – “Redeemer Of Souls”: Hard Rock Daddy Album Review

Seether – “Words As Weapons”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

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

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

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

Five Finger Death Punch – “House Of The Rising Sun”: Hard Rock Daddy Video Review

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums Archives

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 8/17/14 (NEW FEATURE)

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HRD RADIO REPORT 

Welcome to the HRD Radio Report!  This new feature, which showcases the weekly Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by AllAccess.com), will appear every Tuesday on HardRockDaddy.com.  The HRD Radio Report digs deeper into the weekly Active Rock charts, providing commentary, reviews, recommendations and predictions.  The HRD Radio Report will also be quoting radio and record industry people on a regular basis, and talking directly to a variety of hard rock artists about their music, tours and more!

Many of the artists featured on the Active Rock charts have already been reviewed on HardRockDaddy.com.

Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 8/17/14.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

 

CHART POSITION THIS WEEK CHART POSITION LAST WEEK ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO SPINS THIS WEEK
1 2 NOTHING MORE “This Is The Time (Ballast)” 2079
2 1 GODSMACK “1000hp” 1954
3 3 SEETHER “Words As Weapons” 1771
4 4 LINKIN PARK “Until It’s Gone” 1460
5 7 PRETTY RECKLESS “Messed Up World” 1398
6 5 RISE AGAINST “I Don’t Want To Be Here” 1386
7 10 YOU ME AT SIX “Room To Breathe” 1110
8 6 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Drown” 1104
9 9 SLASH “World On Fire” 1100
10 8 STARSET “My Demons” 1070
11 11 WE AS HUMAN “Take The Bullets Away” 1025
12 12 KORN “Hater” 971
13 14 CHEVELLE “Hunter Eats Hunter” 969
14 15 WEEZER “Back To The Shack” 965
15 13 THREE DAYS GRACE “Painkiller” 856
16 16 CROBOT “Nowhere To Hide” 741
17 17 OF MICE & MEN “Would You Still Be There” 638
18 23 SIXX A.M. “Gotta Get It Right” 626
19 18 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “This Means War” 592
20 20 KONGOS “Come With Me Now” 533
21 19 SKILLET “Rise” 529
22 21 FRAMING HANLEY “Criminal” 460
23 22 LIKE A STORM “Love The Way You Hate Me” 418
24 30 ROYAL BLOOD “Figure It Out” 413
25 28 OTHERWISE “Darker Side Of The Moon” 374
26 24 DEVOUR THE DAY “Respect” 373
27 29 ISLANDER “Coconut Dracula” 345
28 27 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Can You Feel My Heart” 339
29 32 BLACK KEYS “Gotta Get Away” 319
30 26 BLACK LABEL SOCIETY “Angel Of Mercy” 314
31 31 A DAY TO REMEMBER “End Of Me” 274
32 37 ESCAPE THE FATE “Picture Perfect” 249
33 39 FOZZY “Lights Go Out” 244
34 35 REDLIGHT KING “Devil’s Dance” 244
35 42 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Moving On” 234
36 41 DIRTY HEADS “My Sweet Summer” 223
37 38 HELLYEAH “Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood)” 199
38 33 AVATAR “Bloody Angel” 194
39 25 ADELITAS WAY “Dog On A Leash” 188
40 45 SLEEPWAVE “Through The Looking Glass” 187
41 43 SLIPKNOT “The Negative One” 174
42 54 NONPOINT “Breaking Skin” 159
43 52 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Born This Way” 146
44 50 FLYLEAF “Set Me On Fire” 136
45 49 FUEL “Cold Summer” 136
46 51 TRIVIUM “Villainy Thrives” 127
47 55 EVE TO ADAM “Locked & Loaded” 123
48 47 HEARTIST “Skeletons” 123
49 48 WITHIN REASON “Enemy” 117
50 46 LAST INTERNATIONALE “Life Liberty & The…” 117

 

BAM-BAM’S BREAKDOWN

By Craig “Bam-Bam” Stegall

 

Well, well, well…as we look at our Top 50 Active Rock spinners at commercial radio for the week ending August 17th 2014, it’s clear that exciting new hard rock bands are making a solid run at the crown.

 

CHART TOPPERS:

Nothing More has been the favorite hard rock band of every fan and critic this year! (see HRD album review).

As a new band, they are getting their start in small clubs and woodsheds, but that hasn’t stopped “This Is The Time (Ballast)” from dominating the Active Rock radio charts.  Watching them take down Godsmack (the reigning Active Rock radio champions) has been some award-winning theatrics.

By over 100 spins, the freshman foursome has done something that has rarely been done since Korn rocketed up the Billboard charts in the early 90s!  Nothing More’s self-titled debut release is my personal favorite to be named “Best Album Of 2014.”

Uproar Festival co-headliners, Godsmack and Seether, round out the top three Active Rock radio songs respectively this week with “1000hp” and “Words As Weapons.”

 

 

CHART HIGHLIGHTS:

I’m very pleased to see newcomers, Starset, make it into the Top 10 with “My Demons,” although I wish that they had done it with “Halo,” the song that I consider to be the best track from their recently-released album, Transmissions.  Clearly, the decision-maker on this one got it right, so I’ll defer to them and stick to reviewing.

I’m really digging the new Escape The Fate single, “Picture Perfect,” which got a nice 5-spin boost this week, slightly edging out Fozzy for the #32 spot on the chart.

Fozzy may not have been taken seriously at first because they are fronted by former WWE superstar, Chris Jericho, but make no mistake; Jericho is a very good singer and songwriter, and this band is no joke!  Their incredible tune, “Lights Go Out” – off of their latest album, Do You Wanna Start A War – is a solid Active Rock radio performer.

 

 

CHART CLIMBER:

The biggest climb on this week’s Active Rock radio charts came courtesy of Christian hard rockers, Thousand Foot Krutch, who debut in the Top 50 with their new single, “Born This Way,” a nice little radio rocker with a shredding guitar solo.

 

 

BAM-BAM’S BIG ONES!:

Get your minds out of the gutter!  “Bam-Bam’s Big Ones” is not about my nether region.  This weekly feature is simply one man’s opinion on the music that you SHOULD be listening to if you like the music that is regularly featured on Hard Rock Daddy and the HRD Radio Report.  You dig?  No payouts, no bias…just killer music that I get the chance to hear before others because I’m cool like that!

 

This week’s “Bam-Bam’s Big Ones!” are:

Message To Venus “Hollow”

Brilliantly executed new rock that fuses elements of…come to think of it, I don’t know what they’re fusing because they sound like no one else that I’ve heard before!  The band’s 2010 EP, The Envelope, took Active Rock radio by storm with the single “Universal You,” which was featured on  The Witness soundtrack (an action-horror film released in 2012).

Message To Venus returns this fall with a new album entitled Victims & Villains, a solid, much heavier and brainier effort.  “Hollow,” the first single from the album, should break onto the Active Rock radio charts in the very near future!

 

 HellYeah“Moth”

Vinnie Paul and the boys hit back with their second release from their brilliant Blood For Blood album.  This one is a smoker that is sure to get your blood pumping like the title track did when it was released as a single ( it still sits in the top 20 of the Active Rock radio charts).  It won’t be long before “Moth” joins “Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood)” on the charts!

 

 Young Guns “I Want Out”

Don’t let the name fool you; this band is not that young.  Their maturity will win you over with this track, a nice little rocker featuring bluesy guitar that will have the ladies shakin’ it!  “I Want Out” has some nice preliminary legs on it as it heads towards the Active Rock radio charts.

 

 

I CALL B#LL$HIT!:

Each week (for reasons unknown) there are songs on the chart by bands that don’t belong on Active Rock radio.  Hard Rock Daddy launched the HRD Radio Report to showcase and report on hard rock artists on radio.  Rather than edit these bands off of the chart, we decided to add an “I CALL B#LL$HIT!” feature to this column to point out the bands that have no place on Active Rock radio.

Here are this week’s “I CALL B#LL$HIT!” bands:

  • Black Keys
  • Dirty Heads
  • Weezer

 

 

WRAP-UP:

That’s it for this week!  Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report and Bam-Bam’s Breakdown.

Next Tuesday, we bring you interviews from my friends at Roadrunner Records as they talk about their artists that are currently climbing the charts, and we’ll also check in with Godsmack drummer, Shannon Larkin, reporting from the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival.  It’s all happening exclusively on HardRockDaddy.com!

Peace/Out!

Asking Alexandria – “Moving On”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review

Asking Alexandria Moving On

“Moving On” is the fourth single to be released off of Asking Alexandria’s album, From Death To Destiny.  The traction that the single is generating on hard rock radio (including SiriusXM’s Octane) coincides with the recent release of an incredible acoustic version of the song, which showcases Danny Worsnop’s passionate, melodic vocals.

Asking Alexandria has often times been categorized as “metalcore” because of Worsnop’s screaming ability, but the band defines themselves as a heavy rock band that is influenced by Motley Crue and other 1980s hard rock acts.

While his screams may have garnered attention from this generation of hard rock fans, Worsnop would have fit in perfectly as a rock star frontman during Motley Crue’s heyday.  In addition to his unique, raspy, melodic singing style, Worsnop has also battled many of the same demons as the icons that came before him (drug addiction, alcoholism and depression).

What makes “Moving On” so special is Worsnop’s ability to channel his experience with depression and deliver the melancholic lyrics with a tortured passion that comes from the soul.  In some ways, the song is reminiscent of Bruce Dickinson’s “Man Of Sorrows” off of his 1997 release, Accident Of Birth, although “Moving On” seems to come from a much more personal place.

Often times, something gets lost in the translation when a song is done acoustically, but the acoustic version of “Moving On” is just as impactful as the original (YouTube videos of both versions below).  Either way, the song is one of the best of the year so far!

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 8-16-14

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 8-16-14.

The 8-16-14 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 –  “All Rise” – WOVENWAR

#14 –  “Reincarnate” – MOTIONLESS IN WHITE

#13 –  “Darker Side Of The Moon” – OTHERWISE

#12 –  “Hater” – KORN

#11 –  “Skeletons” – HEARTIST

#10 –  “Breaking Skin” – NONPOINT

# 9 –   “Hunter Eats Hunter” – CHEVELLE

# 8 –   “The Negative One” – SLIPKNOT

# 7 –   “1000hp” – GODSMACK

# 6 –   “Villainy Thrives” – TRIVIUM

# 5 –   “Respect” – DEVOUR THE DAY

# 4 –   “The Last One Alive” – DEMON HUNTER

# 3 –   “Room To Breathe” –  YOU ME AT SIX

# 2 –    “Words As Weapons” – SEETHER

# 1 –    “This Is The Time (Ballast)” – NOTHING MORE

 

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