Monthly Archives: September 2014

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 9/28/14

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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.  This weekly report also features quotes from radio and record industry people on a regular basis, in addition to 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 9/28/14.  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 PRETTY RECKLESS “Messed Up World” 1715
2 2 SLASH “World On Fire” 1522
3 5 NICKELBACK “Edge Of A Revolution” 1511
4 3 YOU ME AT SIX “Room To Breathe” 1418
5 10 KORN “Hater” 1152
6 8 WEEZER “Back To The Shack 1152
7 4 LINKIN PARK “Until It’s Gone” 1131
8 13 SLIPKNOT “The Devil In I” 1061
9 6 NOTHING MORE “This Is The Time (Ballast)” 1017
10 9 STARSET “My Demons” 948
11 15 ROYAL BLOOD “Figure It Out” 927
12 17 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wrong Side Of Heaven” 925
13 16 SIXX A.M. “Gotta Get It Right” 907
14 7 RISE AGAINST “I Don’t Wanna Be Here” 802
15 11 CHEVELLE “Hunter Eats Hunter” 741
16 14 GODSMACK “1000hp” 716
17 19 BLACK KEYS “Gotta Get Away” 665
18 21 OTHERWISE “Darker Side Of The Moon” 574
19 29 VOLBEAT “Doc Holliday” 553
20 24 HELLYEAH “Moth” 541
21 26 POP EVIL “Beautiful” 526
22 27 BUSH “The Only Way Out” 492
23 20 DEVOUR THE DAY “Respect” 491
24 30 DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 “Trainwreck 1979” 483
25 25 ISLANDER “Coconut Dracula” 476
26 28 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Moving On” 472
27 37 SEETHER “Same Damn Life” 421
28 32 NONPOINT “Breaking Skin” 418
29 35 IN THIS MOMENT “Sick Like Me” 393
30 23 FRAMING HANLEY “Criminal” 385
31 22 SKILLET “Rise” 373
32 18 CROBOT “Nowhere To Hide” 373
33 31 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Can You Feel My Heart” 370
34 33 KONGOS “I’m Only Joking” 369
35 34 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Born This Way” 339
36 70 GODSMACK “Something Different” 274
37 39 FALL OUT BOY “Centuries” 252
38 38 SLEEPWAVE “Through The Looking Glass” 221
39 36 A DAY TO REMEMBER “End Of Me” 217
40 49 YOUNG GUNS “I Want Out” 216
41 41 FLYLEAF “Set Me On Fire” 211
42 44 MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Reincarnate” 191
43 46 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “Dangerous” 183
44 48 MASTODON “The Motherload” 172
45 47 BLACK STONE CHERRY “Remember Me” 168
46 43 TRIVIUM “Villainy Thrives” 156
47 45 ADELITA’S WAY “Save The World” 153
48 125 LIVE “Way Around Is Through” 148
49 65 NOTHING MORE “Mr. MTV” 147
50 42 FUEL “Cold Summer” 143

 

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK

Once again, I am completely baffled by the Top 50 including songs that have no place on Active Rock Radio (see I CALL B#LL$SHIT! below), and omitting a track that should be flying up the charts – “Revolution” by The Used.  Octane is giving some love to this blood-pumping, fist-in-the-air, hard rock anthem, but they are not getting the attention that they deserve from Active Rock Radio.  It’s time to start a “Revolution” to get The Used climbing up the chart and getting rid of the rubbish that doesn’t belong at all!

 

AS PREDICTED LAST WEEK…

 “Mr. MTV was just released, so look for Nothing More to make another big run before the year ends.”

The track jumped from #65 all the way to #49 this week.

 

“Within the next week or two, there is no doubt that “Wrong Side Of Heaven” is going to crack the Top 10.” 

The track jumped from #17 to #12, and will be in the Top 10 next week.

 

 

 WHERE’S BAM-BAM?

There have been reports of sightings of a guy wearing a red & white striped shirt with matching hat somewhere in the south.  Is it Bam-Bam?  We’ll keep you posted!

 

 

 FREE AGENT SIGNING – JON’S THREE CENTS!

With Bam-Bam still M.I.A., the decision was made to bring in a free agent to help breakdown this week’s Active Rock Radio Chart.  “Moneyball” fans will appreciate the analytical, Sabermetrics-esque approach that Jon brings to the table as he shares his three cents…

 

 

 JON’S THREE CENTS

Now batting … for Craig “Bam-Bam” Stegall…Jon’s Three Cents {echo … echo … echo}

Spring training is one thing, but coming in as a street free agent to pinch-hit in the majors is a whole different matter.  {Note to self…“just try to make contact, have a quality at-bat, you can do this.”}

 

 

CHART TOPPERS

No surprise at the top of the Mediabase Active Rock Chart this week, as The Pretty Reckless holds the top spot for a third straight week on essentially flat spins.  Things heat up in the next three slots, where Slash edges Nickelback for runner-up by just 6 spins, and You Me At Six is less than a hundred spins behind them in the #4 slot.  All three songs had solid airplay gains this week, and any could find themselves at number one … that is, if a certain blonde bombshell is ever willing to give up the spot.

 

 

 CHART HIGHLIGHTS

Only two songs broke into the Top 50 this week, and both of them were sort of competing against themselves.  “Something Different” from exploded from #75 all the way to #38, gaining nearly 200 spins.  That’s almost the exact number of plays that “1000 HP” lost while falling from #13 to #16.

Possible Newcomers of the Year, Nothing More, have their second Top 50 hit as “Mr. MTV” moves from #64 to #49 this week, while their smash debut single, “This Is the Time (Ballast)” slips a little bit from #6 to #9.  It’s clear that their label is pushing to get radio behind the band’s latest single, and they’re likely to get plenty of cooperation on that front.

 

 

 RAPID RISERS & FREEFALLERS

While the Top 50 might seem a little stagnant this week with only two entries and two exits, there were some songs seeing notable spins movement.

Five Finger Death Punch’s “Wrong Side Of Heaven” increased spins by over 32%, moving up from #17 to #12, while their co-headline tour partners, Volbeat,  saw a 28% increase in spins with their latest single, “Doc Holliday,” jumping all the way from #29 to #19.

Seether’s latest single – “Samn Damn Life” – saw a 68% increase in spins, climbing from #37 to #27.  Clearly, Active Rock Radio has moved on in a big way on the Seether front, given that “Words As Weapons” dropped out of the Top 50 entirely from the #12 slot last week.

Other songs that have peaked and started to drop include:  “My Demons” (Starset), “I Don’t Wanna Be Here” (Rise Against) and “Hunter Eats Hunter” (Chevelle).  It also looks like the singles from Crobot, Framing Hanley and Skillet have run out of steam, so there could be quite a few debuts and re-entries next week.

 

 

THREE TO WATCH

With an awful lot of good music out there right now, it is nearly impossible to pick out just three for special attention, but it’s probably best if I don’t let myself get too carried away in my first trip to the plate (just make contact, breathe, eye on the ball).

Seeing “For Life” from Three Years Hollow slip out of the Top 50 this week is just a temporary aberration caused by the overall lack of position changes in the chart.   This hardworking band from the Midwest has the talent to become regular contenders on the Active Rock Radio chart.  It’s up to radio to finally give them the respect that they deserve.  This song could easily be “the one.” The production and vocal contribution by Sevendust’s Clint Lowery ought to make this a no-brainer to not only add, but to push.

I’m a little surprised we didn’t see more action this week on the latest single from Theory Of A Deadman – “Savages” – which  features the legendary Alice Cooper.    Octane is starting to move on this track already, and terrestrial radio needs to jump in the pool and join them.

I keep watching and waiting for Active Rock Racio to wake up to “Rockstar’s Girlfriend” by Pistol Day Parade.  It’s a fun song, with just the right amount of attitude to make a good addition to any rotation right now.  Surprisingly, the typically slow-to-react Mainstream Rock chart picked up on this one more than two months ago; it’s been a steady performer ever since then.  Active Rock Radio stations should be a little embarrassed that they didn’t grab this one and make it their own.

 

 

I CALL B#LL$HIT!

This section of the HRD Radio Report is right in my wheelhouse!  My B.S. detector is an extremely sensitive, high-end prototype with a high confidence rating.  In addition to the previously identified non-active-rock songs from Weezer, Black Keys, Death From Above 1979 and Fall Out Boy, this week, I’ve also detected a certain strong odor emanating from Kongo’s “I’m Only Joking.”  There are a few other tracks that seem like fertilizer to me as well, but you can only stack sh…er…stuff so high, so I’ll just toss the foulest one onto the pile for now.

 

 

 FUTURES REPORT

The most interesting thing to watch next week is seeing how Active Rock Radio reacts to the official “going for adds” week for the first single from the forthcoming Black Veil Brides album – “Heart Of Fire” (see Hard Rock Daddy review).  The song is already burning up Octane.  How quickly will terrestrial radio follow?   Other notables that could start seeing action include:  Rev Theory (“Born 2 Destroy”), Saving Abel (“Blood Stained Revolution”) and Three Days Grace (“I Am Machine”).

 

 

WRAP-UP

Hopefully I managed to advance the runner with some timely pinch-hitting.  If you’d like to see me take a few more swings, visit Jon’s Three Cents.

That’s all for this week.  Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday to read the HRD Radio Report!\m/

 

 

SPECIAL HARD ROCK DADDY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Keeping with the baseball analogies, we’re going into extra innings this week with some special Hard Rock Daddy announcements.

In commemoration of National Bullying Prevention Month, Hard Rock Daddy will be featuring a month-long spotlight on artists who support the cause with anti-bullying songs, the stories behind those songs, personal childhood bullying experiences and more!

Finally, a new feature is going to be launched in November on Hard Rock Daddy that will expose our readers to songs and artists that don’t get the attention that they deserve from radio.  Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks!

The Used – “Revolution”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

The Used Revolution

The Used are ready to start a “Revolution,” and after one listen to this powerful rock anthem, you’ll be ready to join them…at least, I am.

Back in the 1980s, the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) shook the music industry to its core, as it tried to place its holier-than-thou stamp of disapproval on numerous heavy metal artists.  They were met with opposition from many, most notably Judas Priest and Twisted Sister, who not only testified in front of Congress, but also penned anti-establishment heavy metal anthems (“Parental Guidance” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It”).

Since the PMRC days, the U.S. government has grown more powerful, and left more people disenchanted with the state of the country.  With people feeling more powerless than ever to affect change, we needed another anthem to galvanize the masses, and fight the power (so to speak).  Enter The Used, a four-piece rock outfit from Utah, led by frontman, Bert McCracken.

While many artists focus on developing a sound that can be targeted towards a specific niche, The Used blurs the sub-genre lines, creates music that moves them and lets the chips fall where they may.  There is nothing formulaic about the band, or their latest single, “Revolution,” which by all rights, should be garnering massive attention at radio.

Lyrics are usually overshadowed by music and melody, but songs that feature lyrics that move you emotionally, provoke you to think or inspire you to act, tend to make deep, long-lasting impressions.  “Revolution” definitely fits into this category.

The song begins with a voiceover stating…“All revolutions are impossible ‘til they happen, then they become inevitable” and ends with a voiceover stating…“One of the things that’s happened, is that this movement has acquired an heir of inevitability.”

To fully appreciate what “Revolution” is all about, watch the video below as you listen to the song.  In between the opening and closing voiceovers, The Used takes you on an inspiring, energetic, melodic, blood-pumping, fist-in-the-air, emotional thrill ride that will inevitably make you want to join the “Revolution!”

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 9-27-14

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 9-27-14.

The 9-27-14 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 –  “Sick Like Me” – IN THIS MOMENT

#14 –  “Moving On” – ASKING ALEXANDRIA

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

#12 –  “Skeletons” – HEARTIST

#11 –  “Hunter Eats Hunter” – CHEVELLE

#10 –  “Doc Holliday” – VOLBEAT

# 9 –   “Respect” – DEVOUR THE DAY

# 8 –   “Breaking Skin” – NONPOINT

# 7 –   “Moth” – HELLYEAH

# 6 –   “Villainy Thrives” – TRIVIUM

# 5 –   “Hater” – KORN

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

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

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

# 1 –    “The Devil In I” – SLIPKNOT

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

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

Nonpoint – “Breaking Skin”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Trivium – “Villainy Thrives”: 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

Black Veil Brides – “Heart Of Fire”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Black Veil Brides Heart Of Fire

Black Veil Brides are back with a vengeance with “Heart Of Fire,” the first single off of their upcoming self-titled album.  It’s never easy to follow-up an album like Wretched & Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones, because the bar has been set incredibly high, but “Heart Of Fire” shows that BVB is clearly up to the task.

Known for their stance against bullying, it is appropriate that BVB’s latest album will be released during National Bullying Prevention Month (10/28/14).  Hard Rock Daddy will be doing more features with the band as part of the site’s month-long, anti-bullying campaign.

“Heart Of Fire” is another song of hope and defiance that should appeal to all hard rock music fans, particularly those who feel cast aside in some form or fashion.  It has an edgier, more intense sound than the band’s epic hit, “In The End,” but it is still incredibly melodic in its own right, and features shredding that rivals the most renowned dual-guitar attacks of yesteryear.

With “Hearts Of Fire,” Black Veil Brides have once again captured everything that made 80s heavy metal extraordinary, and blended it with a modern twist that gives their music a timeless quality.

A 37-city headline tour (Black Mass 2014) in support of their eponymous album kicks off in the U.S. on October 21st in Niagara Falls, NY.  For tour dates and album pre-order information, check out www.BlackVeilBrides.net.

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 10/4/14

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 10/4/14.  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. MOTIONLESS IN WHITE – Reincarnate
    2. SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORSWorld On Fire
    3. CANNIBAL CORPSE – Skeletal Domain
    4. FLYLEAF – Between The Stars
    5. OTHERWISE – Peace At All Costs
    6. THE CONTORTIONISTS – Language
    7. GODSMACK – 1000hp
    8. TEXAS IN JULY – Bloodwork
    9. LINKIN PARK – The Hunting Party
    10. DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 – The Physical World
    11. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – Hail To The King
    12. RISE AGAINST – The Black Market
    13. SEETHER – Isolate And Medicate
    14. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 1
    15. IN FLAMES – Siren Charms

RELATED ARTICLES:

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – “World On Fire”: 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 9/21/14

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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.  This weekly report also features quotes from radio and record industry people on a regular basis, in addition to 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 9/21/14.  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 PRETTY RECKLESS “Messed Up World” 1742
2 5 SLASH “World On Fire” 1364
3 4 YOU ME AT SIX “Room To Breathe” 1350
4 2 LINKIN PARK “Until It’s Gone” 1332
5 10 NICKELBACK “Edge Of A Revolution” 1273
6 3 NOTHING MORE “This Is The Time (Ballast)” 1174
7 6 RISE AGAINST “I Don’t Want To Be Here” 1165
8 7 WEEZER “Back To The Shack 1158
9 8 STARSET “My Demons” 1101
10 13 KORN “Hater” 1070
11 11 CHEVELLE “Hunter Eats Hunter” 991
12 9 SEETHER “Words As Weapons” 973
13 14 SLIPKNOT “The Devil In I” 965
14 12 GODSMACK “1000hp” 962
15 16 ROYAL BLOOD “Figure It Out” 901
16 15 SIXX A.M. “Gotta Get It Right” 850
17 23 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wrong Side Of Heaven” 726
18 17 CROBOT “Nowhere To Hide” 626
19 18 BLACK KEYS “Gotta Get Away” 605
20 20 DEVOUR THE DAY “Respect” 527
21 21 OTHERWISE “Darker Side Of The Moon” 525
22 19 SKILLET “Rise” 512
23 22 FRAMING HANLEY “Criminal” 477
24 26 HELLYEAH “Moth” 469
25 24 ISLANDER “Coconut Dracula” 453
26 28 POP EVIL “Beautiful” 423
27 36 BUSH “The Only Way Out” 417
28 27 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Moving On” 412
29 33 VOLBEAT “Doc Holliday” 391
30 32 DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 “Trainwreck 1979” 389
31 25 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Can You Feel My Heart” 387
32 30 NONPOINT “Breaking Skin” 349
33 34 KONGOS “I’m Only Joking” 317
34 31 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Born This Way” 310
35 43 IN THIS MOMENT “Sick Like Me” 282
36 29 A DAY TO REMEMBER “End Of Me” 274
37 52 SEETHER “Same Damn Life” 243
38 35 SLEEPWAVE “Through The Looking Glass” 235
39 45 FALL OUT BOY “Centuries” 208
40 40 EVE TO ADAM “Locked & Loaded” 193
41 39 FLYLEAF “Set Me On Fire” 191
42 41 FUEL “Cold Summer” 176
43 42 TRIVIUM “Villainy Thrives” 166
44 47 MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Reincarnate” 165
45 44 ADELITA’S WAY “Save The World” 154
46 46 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “Dangerous” 143
47 48 BLACK STONE CHERRY “Remember Me” 140
48 63 MASTODON “The Motherload” 134
49 56 YOUNG GUNS “I Want Out” 127
50 49 3 YEARS HOLLOW “For Life” 120

Bam-Bam is still out on the road, so cue up “Enter Sandman” – the closer is here to save the day once again!

 PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK

There is a glaring omission from this week’s Top 50 Active Rock Chart – “Shots” by Charm City Devils, a kickass song that Active Rock radio SHOULD be jumping all over!

When discussing the track this week with frontman, John Allen, he told me that “the song may sound like it’s an all-out call to get fucked up, but the lyrics are really an open letter to a close friend, begging him to get help with his addictions.”

Ahead of the release of the band’s third album – Battles – which dropped today, the boys from Baltimore have been tearing it up as the opening act for Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators. (see Charm City Devils concert review).

“Shots” is even better when performed live, so make sure not to miss CCD when they come storming through your town!

 

CHART TOPPERS

The Pretty Reckless remained at the top of the chart with “Messed Up World” by a fairly large margin.  “World On Fire,” the title track off of Slash’s latest album shot up to #2 this week.  The band has been getting a ton of hype on SiriusXM during “Slash Week.”  It would be great to see “World On Fire” rise to #1, because it is a killer track from one of the best hard rock albums in recent memory (see album review).  You Me At Six rounds out the top 3 with “Room To Breathe,” just 14 spins shy of the #2 position, giving Slash very little “room to breathe.”

 

CHART HIGHLIGHTS

Linkin Park’s “Until It’s Gone” is falling hard after climbing to the #1 position for a one-week stint.  The song had the biggest drop out of all of the songs in the Top 50.  If it keeps dropping at this pace, it won’t be long “until it’s gone” from the Top 50 altogether.

Also falling fast is Nothing More’s “This Is The Time (Ballast).”  Clearly, the song has run its course, but the second single, “Mr. MTV” was just released, so look for Nothing More to make another big run before the year ends.

As predicted last week, Nickelback has cracked the Top 5 with “Edge Of A Revolution.”  The band has more than their fair share of detractors, but Active Rock Radio loves them.  Another week like this one, and they will climb all the way to #2, with a realistic shot at #1 in the coming weeks.

 

CHART CLIMBER

Five Finger Death Punch picked up an incredible 264 spins this week (an over 50% increase) and moved from #23 all the way to #17.  Within the next week or two, there is no doubt that “Wrong Side Of Heaven” is going to crack the Top 10.  Aside from the military-appreciation tie-in, the song is a true standout track.  The only surprise with this one is that it wasn’t released as a single much earlier.

 

I CALL B#LL$HIT!

Mercilessly, Weezer seems to have peaked, although seeing them in the Top 10 is still very disturbing.  Black Keys are still hanging around, but don’t look like a threat to move much higher (thankfully).  Death From Above 1979 and Fall Out Boy continue to bewilder with added spins.  We can only hope that the powers that be come to their senses and start adding tracks like Charm City Devils’ “Shots,” and stop adding songs that have no place on Active Rock Radio.

 

WRAP-UP

Tune in to the HRD Radio Report on the same “bat channel” (HardRockDaddy.com) next Tuesday to find out if Bam-Bam returns, and also for some special announcements from Hard Rock Daddy! \m/

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 9-20-14

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 9-20-14.

The 9-20-14 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 –  “Same Damn Life” – SEETHER

#14 –  “World On Fire” – SLASH Featuring MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS

#13 –  “Moving On” – ASKING ALEXANDRIA

#12 –  “Doc Holliday” – VOLBEAT

#11 –  “Skeletons” – HEARTIST

#10 –  “Sick Like Me” – IN THIS MOMENT

# 9 –   “Respect” – DEVOUR THE DAY

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

# 7 –   “Breaking Skin” – NONPOINT

# 6 –   “Moth” – HELLYEAH

# 5 –   “Hater” – KORN

# 4 –   “The Devil In I” – SLIPKNOT

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

# 2 –    “Villainy Thrives” – TRIVIUM

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

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – “World On Fire”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

World On Fire – An Instant Classic Album From Slash, Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators

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

Nonpoint – “Breaking Skin”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Trivium – “Villainy Thrives”: 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

World On Fire – An Instant Classic Album from Slash, Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators World On Fire Album Cover

Back in June, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators released “World On Fire” – the title track off of their latest album – as their first single.  The seemingly endless wait finally concluded this week when the album was released.  It is said that the best things in life are worth waiting for, which is absolutely true in this case.

World On Fire is a quintessential hard rock album that blends Slash’s brilliant guitar playing, Myles Kennedy’s incomparable vocals and The Conspirators, a hard rock ensemble that rivals every incarnation of Guns N’ Roses.  Although they don’t have the name recognition of Slash and Kennedy yet, Todd Kerns (bass), Brent Fitz (drums) and Frank Sidoris (rhythm guitar) will very likely become household names by the time that this 17-track, hard rock masterpiece runs its course.

 

THE MAKING OF…

In a recent interview on SiriusXM’s Octane, Slash and Kennedy discussed the writing process for new material.  During the interview, Slash said that the hardest part of recording World On Fire was figuring out the right sequence for the tracks, which made a few things abundantly clear.

First of all, Slash is a perfectionist who sees (and hears) things from a different perspective than fans of his music.  The truth of the matter is that, while sequence can have a huge impact on a typical album, World On Fire is anything but typical.  This album could be played on a random sequence with each listen and not lose a bit of its luster.  To be fair to Slash, the first ten tracks probably should be grouped together because they have more of a GNR flavor than the final seven tracks, which are stellar in their own right, just a bit different.

The other thing that was made clear about the writing process between Slash and Kennedy is that they are as close to a perfect combination as you can get.  While many lead vocalists and lead guitarists have clashing egos, this dynamic duo has an undeniable chemistry, and mutual respect for what the other one brings to the table.  This comes across both in their live performance and on the album.

 

…WORLD ON FIRE

Often times, album reviews break down each track, but in this case, things would start to get very repetitive (in a good way) with that approach.

World On Fire is filled with so much great material that it is almost impossible to pick favorite tracks.  I’ve always found that, with albums like this, picking my favorite track is like hitting a moving target because my favorites tend to change after multiple listens.  For what it’s worth, when I saw the band live recently, Kennedy said that “30 Years To Life” is his personal favorite.  There is no doubt that it would make for an excellent follow-up single, but then again, many other tracks would as well.

 

SLASH ~ MYLES KENNEDY ~ THE CONSPIRATORS 

Slash is in a class by himself when it comes to making the guitar “sing.”  The distinct sound that he honed during his GNR days are front and center on many of the tracks (especially the first ten), but he definitely has more than that to offer on World On Fire.  From aggressive, angry riffs to his more bluesy side, Slash once again proves that he should be mentioned in the same breath with other guitar heroes like Ritchie Blackmore and Eric Clapton (to name a few).  While it’s easy to praise his leads, which are all very impressive, one of the things that struck me about this album is his ability to add tasteful, subtle accents to bring the songs to life.

Until his first collaboration with Slash back in 2010, Kennedy inexplicably managed to fly below the radar for his astounding vocal abilities, which are even more impressive when you consider that his first love is guitar.

When Alter Bridge released the critically acclaimed Fortress last year, I couldn’t help but wonder if Kennedy would still be motivated to pull double-duty with Slash.  Clearly, that is not an issue, given that he found the time to write enough material with Slash for nearly two albums, while still doing select dates with Alter Bridge.  The voice of this generation of hard rock has a seemingly endless supply of energy and brilliant songs to go around for both bands.

Although it is less common nowadays, there were a number of singers back in the 80s who could hit soaring high notes, just like Kennedy does, but usually not with the same musicality.  For Kennedy, the song is more important than showing off with vocal acrobatics.  His range is impressive, but what really makes him special is his ability to effortlessly blend numerous styles into one song and make it fit the mood perfectly.  He has an uncanny knack for melody that somehow manages to make even the most moody, melancholic, brooding moments on the album feel uplifting.

From the dark, haunting low notes to the powerful and soaring high notes, Kennedy puts on a vocal clinic throughout the entire album.  And, just when you think that you’ve heard it all, Kennedy somehow manages to take it to another level on the final track – “The Unholy,” where he theatrically mixes rage with beauty, similar to the way that Geoff Tate did on Queensryche’s epic Operation Mindcrime album.

Of course, no musical masterpiece would be possible without a great supporting cast, and The Conspirators are that (and then some).  In fact, with Kerns’ singing ability, The Conspirators would be a formidable power trio if they performed without Slash and Kennedy (hypothetically speaking, of course).

 

BEYOND GNR

Two decades ago, it was hard to find a silver lining to the breakup of GNR, the apparent heirs to the hard rock throne.  The formation of this band, and the release of this epic album (and Apocalyptic Love for that matter) is, without question, that silver lining.

Slash, Kennedy & The Conspirators are an energetic, melodic, hard rock tour de force that epitomize everything that rock and roll should be about.  Their chemistry, both on stage and on record, is readily apparent in every song that they play.  From the obvious brilliant vocal harmonies to the more subtle accents and breaks, this band is a cohesive unit that excels on every level.

 

THE BENEFIT OF EXPERIENCE

At the age of 49, Slash is at the top of his game, and like fine wine, he continues to get better with age.  Clearly, there is something to be said for experience, because with the exception of Sidoris, the entire band is in their 40s.

Everything that made Slash’s playing with Guns N’ Roses special is still a big part of his repertoire, and pairing with Kennedy has definitely expanded his horizons and brought out the best in him.

 

AN INSTANT CLASSIC

World On Fire is an outstanding album from the first note to the last, on par with Appetite For Destruction and even better than Use Your Illusion I and II.  With 17 outstanding tracks, it’s like buying a double-album for the price of one.  You really couldn’t ask for more, and yet, it still feels like this album ends too soon!

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 9/27/14

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 9/27/14.  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. IN FLAMES – Siren Charms
    2. DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 – The Physical World
    3. GODSMACK – 1000hp
    4. EMAROSA – Versus
    5. QUEEN – Live At Rainbow ’74- Sold Out
    6. LINKIN PARK – The Hunting Party
    7. OPETH – Pale Communion
    8. TY SEGALL – Manipulator
    9. SEETHER – Isolate And Medicate
    10. THEORY OF A DEADMAN – Savages
    11. RISE AGAINST – The Black Market
    12. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – Hail To The King
    13. ROYAL BLOOD – Royal Blood
    14. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 1
    15. THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH – Oxygen: Inhale

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

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

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 9/14/14

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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.  This weekly report also features quotes from radio and record industry people on a regular basis, in addition to 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 9/14/14.  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 PRETTY RECKLESS “Messed Up World” 1743
2 1 LINKIN PARK “Until It’s Gone” 1557
3 3 NOTHING MORE “This Is The Time (Ballast)” 1375
4 7 SLASH “World On Fire” 1315
5 4 YOU ME AT SIX “Room To Breathe” 1308
6 5 RISE AGAINST “I Don’t Want To Be Here” 1287
7 8 WEEZER “Back To The Shack” 1188
8 9 STARSET “My Demons” 1186
9 12 NICKELBACK “Edge Of A Revolution” 1170
10 6 SEETHER “Words As Weapons” 1139
11 10 CHEVELLE “Hunter Eats Hunter” 1116
12 13 KORN “Hater” 1058
13 11 GODSMACK “1000hp” 1055
14 16 SLIPKNOT “The Devil In I” 881
15 14 SIXX: A.M. “Gotta Get It Right” 864
16 17 ROYAL BLOOD “Figure It Out” 834
17 15 CROBOT “Nowhere To Hide” 735
18 18 BLACK KEYS “Gotta Get Away” 584
19 19 SKILLET “Rise” 535
20 21 OTHERWISE “Darker Side Of The Moon” 533
21 20 DEVOUR THE DAY “Respect” 531
22 22 FRAMING HANLEY “Criminal” 487
23 25 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wrong Side Of Heaven” 472
24 23 ISLANDER “Coconut Dracula” 435
25 29 HELLYEAH “Moth” 388
26 26 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Can You Feel My Heart” 378
27 28 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Moving On” 366
28 30 POP EVIL “Beautiful” 352
29 31 NONPOINT “Breaking Skin” 313
30 33 DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 “Trainwreck 1979” 291
31 27 A DAY TO REMEMBER “End Of Me” 290
32 32 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Born This Way” 288
33 42 VOLBEAT “Doc Holliday” 287
34 36 KONGOS “I’m Only Joking” 256
35 0 BUSH “The Only Way Out” 255
36 37 SLEEPWAVE “Through The Looking Glass” 216
37 40 EVE TO ADAM “Locked & Loaded” 188
38 38 FLYLEAF “Set Me On Fire” 185
39 35 LIKE A STORM “Love The Way You Hate Me” 184
40 34 FOZZY “Lights Go Out” 180
41 39 FUEL “Cold Summer” 178
42 0 FALL OUT BOY “Centuries” 169
43 120 IN THIS MOMENT “Sick Like Me” 163
44 41 TRIVIUM “Villainy Thrives” 154
45 48 ADELITA’S WAY “Save The World” 147
46 53 MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Reincarnate” 131
47 43 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “Dangerous” 129
48 47 3 YEARS HOLLOW “For Life” 120
49 46 BLACK STONE CHERRY “Remember Me” 118
50 285 SEETHER “Same Damn Life” 115

As we progress, HRD Radio Report is going to feature more content, starting with “From The HRD Publisher’s Desk.”  Bam-Bam is on the road this week, but will return next week with his usual breakdown, banter and more.  In the immortal words of Motley Crue…”On With The Show!”

 

FROM THE HRD PUBLISHER’S DESK

OCTANE BIG ‘UNS COUNTDOWN

Some interesting movement this week on the Active Rock Radio Charts (see below).  This week also saw some radical movement on the SiriusXM Big ‘Uns Countdown that left me scratching my head.  By and large, the countdown doesn’t usually have big shakeups, but every once in a while, there are major changes that make you wonder how much influence the Octane Air Force really has in deciding the top songs of the week.

The most glaring example of this is Nothing More’s “This Is The Time (Ballast).”  The song dominated the charts for the past four months, topping the countdown for 12 out of 15 weeks, and then all of a sudden, it just dropped off altogether.  Are we really expected to believe that the Octane Air Force (made up of listeners) all decided in the same week that they were tired of the song that was their favorite for 12 weeks?  I guess the band didn’t have another single ready to go like Seether, whose mainstay on the countdown (“Words As Weapons”) was replaced by “Same Damn Life.”  This is not a judgment of Seether at all.  “Same Damn Life” is a great song, but it’s a little strange that Octane just replaced singles on the countdown like they were changing a roll of toilet paper.  Food for thought….
 
 

PICK OF THE WEEK – THE FAMILY RUIN

One of the goals for Hard Rock Daddy and the HRD Radio Report is to expose our readers to bands that aren’t charting yet.  For my first pick of the week, I have chosen The Family Ruin. They have a killer track entitled “Let’s Go” that will be featured on their upcoming debut album.  Check out the Hard Rock Daddy review to hear the song, and see how this band is “related” to Asking Alexandria.
 
 

SLASH featuring MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS

The band’s second album together – World On Fire – dropped today.  In celebration of the release, Octane has dubbed this week “Slash Week.”  A live concert performance for a small crowd in NYC aired yesterday on Octane.  Listening to a concert on the radio is never as good as being there in person, but it was a very cool listening experience just the same.  The set was very similar to the one that the band has been playing on their recent dates.  Check out the Hard Rock Daddy concert review for more details about the performance.
 
 

CHART TOPPERS

Ok, I know that we’re all about hard rock here, but I couldn’t help but think of one of my favorite Biggie lyrics from “Kick In The Door” after seeing Linkin Park dethroned by The Pretty Reckless after just one week…“your reign on the top was short like leprechauns!”  Linkin Park and Nothing More stayed in the Top 3, and with their album dropping today, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators shot up to the #4 slot with “World On Fire.”  Is this bump release-driven or is the song about to make a serious run towards the top of the chart?  Time will tell…

 
 

CHART HIGHLIGHTS

Good news and bad news for Seether fans.  Bad news is that “Words As Weapons” has hit its peak.  The song dropped from #6 to #10 this week.  But the good news is that their latest single off of Isolate & Medicate“Same Damn Life” – rocketed from #285 all the way to #50.  Look for these to tracks to cross paths in the coming weeks.  Like cream in the coffee, Seether always seems to rise to the top of the Active Rock Radio charts, and for good reason.

Like Seether, Volbeat is Active Rock Radio royalty.  You have to wonder which will happen first…Volbeat releasing a new album or every song from Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies being released as a single that shoots up the charts.  Their latest single, “Doc Holliday” jumped from #42 to #33 this week, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this enter the Top 20 in the next week or so.

As Bam-Bam predicted, Nickelback’s “Edge Of A Revolution” has legs.  Chad Kroeger and the boys once again will have the last laugh as the haters complain about another one of their songs becoming a mainstay on Active Rock Radio.  The song has already cracked the Top 10 and looks to be on a clear path into the Top 5.

 
 

CHART CLIMBER

Some major moves happened this week that are worth noting.  One move has to be acknowledged, but we’ll save it for the “I CALL B#LL$HIT!” section.  On a positive note, In This Moment shot up the charts from #120 to #43 with their latest single, “Sick Like Me.” an intense, yet trippy rocker with an interesting video that may cause seizures in some and nightmares in others.  There was another chart climber that won’t excite hard rock fans, but doesn’t quite fit into the “I CALL B#LL$HIT!” category.  You can figure this one out by looking at the numbers.

 
 

“I CALL B#LLSHIT!”

The only “good news” this week is that Black Keys seems to have leveled off.  Now for the bad news…

Weezer continues to climb up the charts and now sits in the #7 slot, and Death From Above 1979 jumped up 3 slots to the #30 position.  While these moves are bad, they pale by comparison to the biggest riser in the ICB bunch….

Fall Out Boy shot all the way up to the #42 position in their first week on the chart, which begs the question, is Bam-Bam really on the road, or did his head actually explode like a Saturday morning cartoon character when he saw this Active Rock Radio travesty?  Tune in next week to find out.  I’m predicting a rant of epic proportions!
 
 

WRAP-UP

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