Monthly Archives: November 2014
Almost a year ago to the day, Austin Winkler stunned the hard rock world with his departure from Hinder. Hard Rock Daddy featured an article questioning whether or not the band could survive the loss of one of its founding members, who also happened to be a key songwriter with an instantly-recognizable voice. It took nearly a year to find out what the band would sound like without Winkler, but the moment has finally arrived. This week, Hinder released the first single with new frontman, Nolan Neal, entitled “Hit The Ground.”
Reinventing a band with a new vocalist replacing a vocalist with a very distinct sound can be challenging, to say the least. The first thing that you notice when listening to “Hit The Ground” is that the latest incarnation of Hinder is still incredibly melodic, albeit with slightly “cleaner” vocals than Winkler’s signature, raspy sound.
It took more than one listen to get used to Hinder with Neal at the helm, but that has more to do with accepting change than Neal’s ability to fill the shoes of the band’s original frontman. Though it took some getting used to, the fact of the matter is that the more that you listen to “Hit The Ground,” the better it gets.
Though this opinion is based on only one song, it appears as though Hinder has “threaded the needle” by choosing Neal as Winkler’s replacement. Hinder deserves a ton of credit for finding a singer that is in the same wheelhouse as Winkler, but with a style that is all his own.
“Hit The Ground” has radio hit written all over it, due in no small part to Neal’s melodic vocals, which are complemented by Hinder’s proven ability to captivate listeners with big hooks and infectious choruses.
The first album with this lineup will not be released until 2015, but if the first single is any indication of what’s to come, it is very likely that these Oklahoma rockers will “hit the ground” running, and pick up where they left off before Winkler’s surprising departure.
Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 11-29-14.
The 11-29-14 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 – “Face Everything And Rise” – PAPA ROACH
#14 – “Stars” – SIXX: A.M.
#13 – “Mr. MTV” – NOTHING MORE
#12 – “Drown” – BRING ME THE HORIZON
#11 – “Moving On” – ASKING ALEXANDRIA
#10 – “I Am Machine” – THREE DAYS GRACE
# 9 – “Moth” – HELLYEAH
# 8 – “Something Different” – GODSMACK
# 7 – “Same Damn Life” – SEETHER
# 6 – “Drop Dead Cynical” – AMARANTHE
# 5 – “Breaking Skin” – NONPOINT
# 4 – “Villainy Thrives” – TRIVIUM
# 3 – “Wrong Side Of Heaven” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
# 2 – “Sick Like Me” – IN THIS MOMENT
# 1 – “The Devil In I” – SLIPKNOT
Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 12/6/14. 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:
- NICKELBACK – No Fixed Address
- FOO FIGHTERS – Sonic Highways
- IN THIS MOMENT – Black Widow
- VARIOUS ARTISTS – Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 6
- SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter
- THE GHOST INSIDE – Dear Youth
- MACHINE HEAD – Bloodstone & Diamonds
- BLACK VEIL BRIDES – Black Veil Brides
- QUEEN – Forever
- ROYAL BLOOD – Royal Blood
- GODSMACK – 1000HP
- DISCIPLE – Attack
- SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS – World On Fire
- ISSUES – Issues
- NEW YEAR’S DAY – Epidemic (EP)
As Nikki Sixx’s career with Motley Crue winds down, it seems that Sixx: A.M. is destined to reach new heights. One of the benefits of creating a band with established, proven entities is that they are free to expand their horizons when they write, and draw inspiration from a variety of influences (that may or may not be defined as traditional “hard rock”). This is one of the reasons that the band’s most recent single, “Stars,” stands out in a unique way amongst other songs on Active Rock radio today.
With the freedom to push the envelope more than ever on Modern Vintage, Sixx: A.M. has taken their sound to another level, particularly with “Stars,” (arguably the best track on the album). Fast-paced and aggressive, the song builds to a crescendo as the chorus explodes with a melodic hook and James Michael’s impassioned vocals. DJ Ashba’s lead is as impressive as it is tasteful, adding a perfect accent within the confines of the song.
“Stars” is yet another standout single, following in the footsteps of “Life Is Beautiful,” “Lies Of The Beautiful People” and “Gotta Get It Right” (the first single off of Modern Vintage).
Seeing the Motely Crue era come to an end may be disappointing to many, but the silver lining is that it gives Sixx: A.M. the chance to flourish as something more than a side project; the band will finally be free to shoot for the “stars” with their own brand of hard rock.
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. It also features opinion pieces on chart action and the music business in general. Whenever possible, the HRD Radio Report will feature insight from radio and record industry people, in addition to interviews with 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 11/23/14. 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||FOO FIGHTERS||“Something From Nothing”||2163|
|2||2||FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH||“Wrong Side Of Heaven”||1903|
|3||4||ROYAL BLOOD||“Figure It Out”||1712|
|4||3||SLIPKNOT||“The Devil In I”||1591|
|5||5||SEETHER||“Same Damn Life”||1478|
|6||7||THREE DAYS GRACE||“I Am Machine”||1431|
|12||16||IN THIS MOMENT||“Sick Like Me”||823|
|14||12||BUSH||“The Only Way Out”||804|
|15||15||ASKING ALEXANDRIA||“Moving On”||766|
|16||20||PAPA ROACH||“Face Everything And Rise”||706|
|17||17||NOTHING MORE||“Mr. MTV”||692|
|19||21||YOUNG GUNS||“I Want Out”||535|
|20||18||NICKELBACK||“Edge Of A Revolution”||529|
|21||14||BLACK KEYS||“Gotta Get Away”||517|
|24||23||THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH||“Born This Way”||482|
|27||27||MOTIONLESS IN WHITE||“Reincarnate”||340|
|28||28||THEORY OF A DEADMAN||“Savages”||338|
|30||32||LENNY KRAVITZ||“Dirty White Boots”||299|
|31||26||WEEZER||“Back To The Shack||297|
|32||43||SMASHING PUMPKINS||“One And All”||236|
|33||35||LIVE||“Way Around Is Through”||234|
|34||52||PRETTY RECKLESS||“Follow Me Down”||214|
|35||44||RISE AGAINST||“Tragedy + Time”||209|
|36||42||OF MICE & MEN||“Feels Like Forever”||209|
|37||40||3 YEARS HOLLOW||“For Life”||203|
|38||45||WE AS HUMAN||“Bring To Life”||200|
|39||38||ADELITA’S WAY||“Save The World”||197|
|40||49||BRING ME THE HORIZON||“Drown”||195|
|41||46||ARCTIC MONKEYS||“R U Mine?”||190|
|42||39||REV THEORY||“Born 2 Destroy”||180|
|43||51||LETTERS FROM THE FIRE||“Zombies In The Sun”||177|
|44||41||NEW MEDICINE||“One Too Many”||176|
|45||127||NICKELBACK||“Million Miles An Hour”||169|
|46||47||LIKE A STORM||“Wish You Hell”||158|
|47||70||SLASH||“Bent To Fly”||129|
|48||48||BUCKCHERRY||“Say Fuck It”||128|
|49||34||DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979||“Trainwreck 1979”||116|
|50||33||OTHERWISE||“Darker Side Of The Moon”||112|
PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman
BOBAFLEX – “Never Coming Back”
Each week, as I comb over the Top 50 Active Rock songs, I find myself wondering what programmers hear that I don’t (and vice versa). While there are a number of great songs on the chart in any given week, there are also many that couldn’t hold a candle to my pick of the week – “Never Coming Back” – the follow-up single to Bobaflex’s dark, melodic rocker, “I’m Glad You’re Dead.”
Active Rock should be all over this track, but whether or not they give Bobaflex the respect that they deserve, remains to be seen. If you love great hard rock, and have an appreciation for bands with a sense of humor and nostalgia, make sure to watch the video for “Never Coming Back” (below)…
THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless
Time to see what’s cooking on the Thanksgiving week edition of the HRD Radio Report, as we find out who is feasting on airplay, who has been banished to the kid’s table and what I’ve picked for a tasty dessert this week.
Five weeks and counting…the Foo Fighters “Something From Nothing” remains at #1 on the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart. They did slip back just a bit, allowing “Wrong Side Of Heaven” by Five Finger Death Punch to cut the gap in half while staying at #2. Royal Blood surges to #3 with “Figure It Out,” while Slipknot falls back to #4 as “The Devil In I” remains essentially flat in spins. Seether holds on to the #5 spot with “Same Damn Life,” but Three Days Grace appears poised to overtake them if “I Am Machine” maintains its momentum.
While the top eleven songs in the chart remain the same (with only a few changes in the order), there were a few songs making notable progress this week, including the latest from In This Moment, who move up four spots to #12 with “Sick Like Me.” Papa Roach also jumped up four spots with“Face Everything And Rise” (which now sits at #16), Starset’s sophomore single “Carnivore” moves up five places to #26, and there are nine place improvements for both “Tragedy + Time” by Rise Against (#35) and “Drown” from Bring Me The Horizon (#40).
Three new songs break into the Top 50 this week, with the highest debut belonging to Pretty Reckless with “Follow Me Down” (which lands at #34). Other arrivals include “Million Miles An Hour,” the second single off of Nickelback’s latest album (premiering at #45), and Slash’s “Bent To Fly,” which comes in at #47. .
RISING AND FALLING
Nickelback – “Million Miles An Hour” (+ 159 spins, +1590% airplay)
Chevelle – “An Island” (+129 spins, +34% airplay)
Papa Roach – “Face Everything And Rise” (+147 spins, +27% airplay)
Royal Blood – “Figure It Out” (+211 spins, +14% airplay)
Three Days Grace – “I Am Machine” (+132 spins, +10% airplay)
Otherwise “Darker Side Of The Moon” (-166 spins, -60% airplay)
Death From Above 1979 “Trainwreck 1979” (-154 spins, -57% airplay)
Black Keys “Gotta Get Away” (-220 spins, -30% airplay)
Nickelback “Edge Of A Revolution” (-145 spins, -22% airplay)
Volbeat “Doc Holliday” (-87 spins, -8% airplay)
JL’s PICK OF THE WEEK
GLORIOUS SONS – “Heavy”
Strong songs can be found in places beyond the Mediabase Active Rock Top 50. In this case, it’s a hit from the Canadian version of the Active Rock chart. This straight up rocker has performed well for the past three months or so. While every song from the band may not bring quite this much to the table, taken on its own merits, this is a track that U.S. programmers looking to broaden their horizons should have taken notice of immediately; it’s just that good. One of the best songs of the second half of 2014, with a smart, well-shot video that just adds value, this is a “heavy” track.
I CALL B#LL$HIT!
Seven B.S. tracks last week have been reduced to five this week as Kongos and Fall Out Boy both “fall out” of the Top 50 (finally!). That’s progress, as is the reduced amount of airplay invested in songs that aren’t remotely Active Rock (Weezer, Black Keys, Death From Above 1979, Smashing Pumpkins and Arctic Monkeys). Still, having over 1,300 spins wasted on this sort of B.S. is an ongoing concern.
In the next HRD Radio Report – assuming we’ve all recovered from the Thanksgiving bounty – we’ll see how the narrowing battle for the top spot on the Active Rock chart shapes up, and see whether Papa Roach and Nickelback will continue the trend of swiftly moving singles. Lastly, we’ll keep an eye out for the possible debut of a new song from AC/DC. Until then, Happy Thanksgiving to all those celebrating the holiday!
That’s all for this week! Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report. \m/
Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 11/24/14.
Each week, the HRD team will be sharing songs that fly below radio’s radar, ranging from lesser-known artists to deeper cuts from up-and-coming and established artists.
In addition to exposing the Hard Rock Daddy audience to new music that isn’t getting the attention that it deserves from radio, Music Discovery Monday will also feature a segment called “Hard Rock Music Time Machine” for older songs (from the 70s to today) that flew under the radar and never got their just due.
All of the songs featured on Music Discovery Monday can be heard on the embedded YouTube playlists beneath each section.
This week, Music Discovery Monday features an interview with legendary vocalist, Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple, Yngwie Malmsteen) discussing his new band, Rated X, and a duet that he did with unheralded vocalist, George Gakis.
**Click on any hyperlinked song titles to read extended Hard Rock Daddy reviews.**
ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)
RATED X – “Fire And Ice”
The debut single from a “supergroup” that promises to be a band to be reckoned with, and not just another in a long line of “side projects.” Featuring the age-defying, stellar vocals of Joe Lynn Turner, hard rock drumming legend, Carmine Appice, his Blue Murder rhythm section mate, Tony Franklin (bass) and Karl Cochran (JLT’s longtime guitarist), Rated X’s music needs only one word to describe it – TIMELESS! “Fire And Ice” was chosen because it is the first single, but literally, any other track could have justifiably been selected for Music Discovery Monday.
Joe Lynn Turner discussed “Fire And Ice” in our recent interview (which will be published soon in its entirety on HardRockDaddy.com)…
“I love the lyrical content of the song. I think that this whole world is facing an apocalyptic future. You’ve got constant wars with people fighting and killing each other, and it’s really dangerous. Nobody seems to want to put their hands up, and just say ‘enough…stop!’
The song is saying that after all of the bombs have been dropped, in a post-apocalyptic world, all that is left on this earth is ‘fire and ice.’ It’s kind of like the movie Book Of Eli or Road Warrior.
The song has a classic, metal type of riff. It’s beautiful, it’s deep, it’s sensitive and it’s got a message, like a lot of the songs on the album. Even though they’re catchy, we’re trying to say something.”
JOE LYNN TURNER & GEORGE GAKIS – “Street Of Broken Dreams”
Today may be the first time that you’ve learned about Rated X, but if you are a hard rock fan, you are undoubtedly familiar with much of Joe Lynn Turner’s work. The same cannot be said for George Gakis, who considers JLT his close friend and mentor. Exposing Hard Rock Daddy readers to talented musicians like Gakis is exactly why Music Discovery Monday was launched.
With Gakis’ rich, soulful voice (reminiscent of classic David Coverdale), he and JLT have teamed up to create a duet for the ages with “Street Of Broken Dreams.” Is it hyperbolic to say that this is the best hard rock duet that you’ve probably never heard? Listen to the song and decide for yourself…
The story behind the meaning of “Street Of Broken Dreams” and the process in which it was recorded is a fascinating one. Joe Lynn Turner explains…
“George is a close friend, a great guy and a real, true musician, artist, writer and singer. One day, he called me and said that he had written a song inspired by ‘Street Of Dreams’ called ‘Street Of Broken Dreams.’ Whereas ‘Street Of Dreams’ is about a kind of reincarnated love that works out in the end, ‘Street Of Broken Dreams’ takes the opposite approach; it’s about the moment that things fall apart in a relationship.
George asked me if I would do the song as a duet with him, and I was all for it, because I thought that it was such a cool idea. To record the duet, I sang the entire song here in the states, and then George edited it so there was a back and forth.
We recently performed the song live in his hometown of Ioannina (in north-western Greece) at a big festival. Like ‘Street Of Broken Dreams,’ George’s entire album is a piece of classic rock that deserves to be heard!”
JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout
SANTA CRUZ – “Relentless Renegades”
Finnish outfit with one full-length album (Screaming For Adrenaline) under their belt thus far, Santa Cruz’s debut single (“Relentless Renegades”) showed promise of things to come. The band currently falls into the glam/sleaze niche of the hard rock genre. With another album due to arrive in 2015, there’s a chance that we could see them expand their range, or perhaps, the rock world will once again start to embrace more young talent like this Finnish foursome.
RED CANNONS – “Underneath The Floorboards”
Three brothers from Alberta, and a long-time friend from the next town over, combine to make up one of the more promising young bands in Canada. Their Edgar Allen Poe-inspired debut single got some airplay in their home country, but it’s their ability to channel blues rock influences into a contemporary hard rock sound that makes them a band to keep an eye on for broader success in the future.
ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout
MIKE LEPOND’S SILENT ASSASSINS – “The Quest”
Bassist, Mike Lepond (Symphony X), has crafted a hard-hitting solo album with the eponymous Mike Lepond’s Silent Assassins (2014), featuring a diverse collection of power metal pieces. “The Quest” opens with a harpsichord, and moves into acoustic guitars and strings before taking off with the thrashy, melodic vocals of Alan Tecchio (Hades, Seven Witches, Watchtower). As expected, the bass playing is flawless in this folky, epic track.
JESSE DAMON – “Garden Of Eve”
“Garden of Eve” is a catchy, mid-tempo tune by vocalist, Jesse Damon (ex-Silent Rage) off of his 2013 release, Temptation in the Garden of Eve. Heavier than his earlier solo work, this collaboration with bassist/producer, Paul Sabu, really hits the mark a strong Whitesnake feel.
RAGE OF ANGELS – “The Beating Of Your Heart”
“The Beating of Your Heart” is a bluesy, power ballad from Rage of Angels’ 2013 release, Dreamwork. The album is a collaborative effort between a host of fine musicians, featuring different vocalists and guest parts on each track. While less famous than some of the others, the vocalist on this track, David Lee Watson, delivers a soaring performance. He is balanced out perfectly by the soulful accompaniment of guest guitarist, Tommy Denander.
CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout
W.E.T – “Still Unbroken”
Jeff Scott Soto…where ya been? Apparently Sweden, where he hooked up with the rest of the band in W.E.T. to create some quality melodic metal with their 2013 release, Rise Up. “Still Unbroken” (the best track off the album) is a positive tune that features really good, polished vocals and a clear, powerful sound that is reminiscent of one of Joe Lynn Turner’s projects.
HELLOWEEN – “Waiting For The Thunder”
“Waiting For The Thunder” features a terrific, change-of-pace intro with a message that is summed up in one line…“A man as I am, I don’t give a damn!” Combine that with their unmistakable signature sound, and this one will get your blood pumping. After 30 years, Helloween is still kicking ass!
SLOUGH FEG – “Digital Resistance”
This heavy metal band from Pennsylvania shows influence from the early years of both Iron Maiden and Rush. Highlighted by the talented drumming of Harry Cantwell, this astutely executed track features precise tempo changes. A thick, low-tech sound gives it that raw flavor (similar to Maiden’s Piece of Mind), and Michael Scalzi has got a little Rik Emmett goin’ in the vocals.
HARD ROCK MUSIC TIME MACHINE
AXE – “Rock N Roll Party In The Streets” (1982)
By 1982, Rainbow (featuring Joe Lynn Turner – see above) had quickly become my favorite band. That same year, Axe released the incredibly melodic anthem, “Rock And Roll Party In The Streets.” The Texas rockers landed opening gigs with some of the biggest names in metal (Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Scorpions and Motley Crue), before their career was derailed by a horrific car crash that killed one member and seriously injured another. Only one big hit came out of the band’s brief career, but it’s a great one!
VAIN – “Beat The Bullet” (1989)
Another band whose career is largely defined by one album (No Respect – 1989). However, Vain (featuring Davy Vain) has released six studio albums through the years (the most recent was 2011). “Beat The Bullet” is a cool rocker in the “vain” of Motley Crue and Ratt. Unfortunately, lineup changes, a brief name change when Steven Adler (GNR) was in the band, and the arrival of the grunge movement all played a role in Vain’s relative obscurity.
Y&T – “Black Tiger” (1982)
After nearly a decade on the scene, rock radio and MTV finally took notice of these California rockers in the mid-80s. Dedicated hard rock fans were ahead of the media curve, having already become fans of the band’s 1981 album Earthshaker, and the underrated title track from their 1982 release, Black Tiger. A driving, hard rock song with a little more edge than some of the better known hits that would eventually follow from Y&T.
LANSDOWNE – “Watch Me Burn” (2011)
Described as “one of the best unsigned bands in America” for too long, these Boston natives seem to be the total package as far as Active Rock acts go, yet somehow, they remain almost criminally underappreciated. If hard work, talent and personality weren’t enough, you’d think that their ability to craft catchy, hook-laden songs would land them among the elite Active Rock bands, but it hasn’t happened…yet.
THE CODEX – “Bring Down The Moon” (2007)
“Bring Down the Moon” pairs the majestic vocals of Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen) with the guitar work and production of Magnus Karlsson. This is one of many amazing tunes from The Codex’s 2007 self-titled album. Solid melodic metal that you won’t want to miss!
CONSTANCIA – “Dying By Your Flames” (2009)
“Dying By Your Flames” is a power ballad packed with harmonies and emotion. From the band’s 2009 release, Lost and Gone, it features the keyboards of founder, Mikael Rosengren, and the awesome vocals of David Frenenberg.
HALFORD – “Heart Of A Lion” (2001)
Ripper Owens had already been Rob Halford’s replacement in Judas Priest for a number of years when I heard “Heart Of A Lion.” I remember wondering if Halford had re-joined Priest when I heard it the first time. This classic track is one of Halford’s best between his departure and eventual return to Priest.
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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 11-22-14.
The 11-22-14 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 – “Drown” – BRING ME THE HORIZON
#14 – “Mr. MTV” – NOTHING MORE
#13 – “Bring To Life” – WE AS HUMAN
#12 – “Stars” – SIXX: A.M.
#11 – “Moving On” – ASKING ALEXANDRIA
#10 – “Moth” – HELLYEAH
# 9 – “Something Different” – GODSMACK
# 8 – “I Am Machine” – THREE DAYS GRACE
# 7 – “Drop Dead Cynical” – AMARANTHE
# 6 – “Wrong Side Of Heaven” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
# 5 – “Same Damn Life” – SEETHER
# 4 – “Breaking Skin” – NONPOINT
# 3 – “Sick Like Me” – IN THIS MOMENT
# 2 – “The Devil In I” – SLIPKNOT
# 1 – “Villainy Thrives” – TRIVIUM
Ahead of the release of their long-awaited upcoming album (in 2015), Rev Theory have released “Born 2 Destroy.” This will be the band’s first release on Another Century Records, which also features fellow well-known hard rock acts: Like A Storm, Otherwise and Fozzy.
Although Rev Theory has garnered attention on SiriusXM’s Octane and Active Rock radio, the band has given new meaning to the term “arena rock,” with their connection to the WWE and the exposure that they get from numerous hockey teams with songs like “Hell Yeah” and “Voices.” Their music is also featured on television and in video games.
Both lyrically and musically, “Born 2 Destroy” seems tailor-made to continue generating attention in venues that go well beyond traditional and satellite radio (although the song has gained traction on both already).
With “Born 2 Destroy,” Rev Theory’s sound continues to evolve while staying true to the style that they have developed through the years. Still melodic with catchy hooks, the band has dialed up the intensity with this powerful track that features Julien Jorgensen’s heavy guitar, a driving rhythm and Rich Luzzi’s vocals, which at times, are reminiscent of Myles Kennedy’s style with Alter Bridge.
It’s been nearly four years since Rev Theory released Justice, but if “Born 2 Destroy” is a taste of what’s to come in 2015, then it definitely will have been worth the wait.
Following up “Shots,” the first single off of their latest album, Battles, Charm City Devils have just released “Karma,” a darker track, both lyrically and musically. Hopefully, some good “karma” will be bestowed upon this hard-working, ass-kicking rock outfit, in the form of well-deserved radio play this time around.
Although “Shots” briefly cracked the Top 50 on the Active Rock radio chart, and received modest exposure on SiriusXM’s Octane, the song was still vastly under-appreciated by radio in general. The fact that this Baltimore quintet has been able to land opening slots with true hard rock legends – Slash, Ace Frehley & The Winery Dogs – speaks volumes about their talent. If there is such a thing as “karma,” radio will get behind this song, and help take CCD to the next level.
“Karma” opens with a cool, moody intro with haunting vocals before kicking into a perfect blend of anger and melody (think Metallica meets Bon Jovi with punk sensibilities). As the song progresses, the band displays their vocal harmony prowess.
Aside from being a great hard rock track, “Karma” also perfectly captures the feeling that we’ve all had at one time or another towards someone who has wronged us in any way.
With a driving rhythm and catchy chorus (that will undoubtedly have crowds singing in unison as they throw their fists in the air), “Karma” should, by all rights, become a staple on Active Rock radio now and into the New Year.