Monthly Archives: January 2015

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 1-31-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 1-31-15.

The 1-31-15 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 –  “Dancing On Nails” – WE ARE HARLOT

#14 –  “Untraveled Road” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

#13 –  “Custer” – SLIPKNOT

#12 –  “Bring To Life” – WE AS HUMAN

#11 –  “Mr. MTV” – NOTHING MORE

#10 –  “Reincarnate” – MOTIONLESS IN WHITE

#9 –   “Game Over” – MACHINE HEAD

# 8 –   “Machines” – CROWN THE EMPIRE

# 7 –   “This Probably Won’t End Well” – ALL THAT REMAINS

# 6 –   “Apocalyptic” – HALESTORM

# 5 –   “Stars” – SIXX: A.M.

# 4 –   “Something Different” – GODSMACK

# 3 –   “Moving On” –  ASKING ALEXANDRIA

# 2 –    “Same Damn Life” – SEETHER

# 1 –    “Moth” – HELLYEAH

 

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All That Remains – “This Probably Won’t End Well”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Halestorm – “Apocalyptic”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Sixx: A.M. – “Stars”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

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

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

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Revolution Saints – Turning Back Time on Their Way to the Sun

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An entire generation looks at the 80s as the heyday of hard rock and heavy metal, often times bemoaning the abrupt ending of the golden era that took place in the early 90s.  Thanks to Frontiers Records in Italy, there has been a revival of 80s-style hard rock.  In some cases, they have brought us new music by the bands who defined the generation, while in other cases, they have put together inspired combinations to form “supergroups.”  Such is the case with Revolution Saints.

It seems fitting that the band – featuring Deen  Castronovo (Journey/Bad English), Jack Blades (Night Ranger/Damn Yankees) and Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake/Dio) – released a single entitled “Turn Back Time” to introduce themselves to the world.

You might not expect “Turn Back Time” to have such a classic Journey sound, given the fact that Castronovo is the drummer in the band.  While he also plays drums in Revolution Saints, this project was formed in large part as a way of showcasing his brilliant vocals, which resemble Steve Perry at least as much as current Journey frontman, Arnel Pineda.  If you are a Journey fan, then “Turn Back Time” will be right in your wheelhouse.

Just as Blades did with Tommy Shaw in Damn Yankees, he provides the perfect complement to Castronovo with Revolution Saints, and Alrich’s beautifully melodic shredding guitar solos serve as a reminder that the days of guitar gods are still alive and well today.

This past week, Revolution Saints released “Way To The Sun” – the follow-up single to “Turn Back Time.”  The song opens with the classic, acoustic guitar sound of the power ballads of yesteryear.  Like most power ballads, the song builds to a crescendo and kicks into high gear, but before the explosion into the big, arena sound takes place, Revolution Saints tease you with a quick burst and continue with the slower verse.  As the song progresses towards the guitar solo, there is a distinct Journey feel, courtesy of a guest appearance by Castronovo’s bandmate, Neal Schon.

For the most part, supergroups aren’t built for longevity, and Revolution Saints is probably no exception, but the first two singles are proof positive that this could be a band with tremendous staying power if they chose to commit to it full-time.

If you are a fan of Journey, Night Ranger, Damn Yankees, Whitesnake and the like, Revolution Saints is a band that you must check out!

 

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 2/7/15

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 2/7/15.  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. MARILYN MANSON – The Pale Emporer
      2. AC/DC – Rock Or Bust
      3. NICKELBACK – No Fixed Address
      4. FOO FIGHTERS – Sonic Highways
      5. ENTER SHIKARI – The Mindsweep
      6. SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter
      7. IN THIS MOMENT – Black Widow
      8. ROYAL BLOOD – Royal Blood
      9. CAGE THE ELEPHANT – Melophobia
      10. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Going To Hell
      11. I PREVAIL – Heart vs. Mind (EP)
      12. SEETHER – Isolate And Medicate
      13. GODSMACK – 1000HP
      14. SLASH featuring MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS – World On Fire
      15. VARIOUS ARTISTS – Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 6

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 1/25/15

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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.  It also features opinion pieces on chart action and the music business in general.

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 1/25/15.  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 4 THREE DAYS GRACE “I Am Machine” 1992
2 1 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wrong Side Of Heaven” 1827
3 2 FOO FIGHTERS “Something From Nothing” 1769
4 5 SEETHER “Same Damn Life” 1687
5 3 ROYAL BLOOD “Figure It Out” 1518
6 7 PAPA ROACH “Face Everything And Rise” 1309
7 8 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Moving On” 1251
8 6 GODSMACK “Something Different” 1074
9 11 PRETTY RECKLESS “Follow Me Down” 998
10 12 IN THIS MOMENT “Sick Like Me” 881
11 13 NOTHING MORE “Mr. MTV” 870
12 21 HALESTORM “Apocalyptic” 837
13 14 NICKELBACK “Million Miles An Hour” 823
14 15 AC/DC “Rock Or Bust” 807
15 18 MARILYN MANSON “Deep Six” 759
16 16 SIXX A.M. “Stars” 758
17 17 YOUNG GUNS “I Want Out” 656
18 20 STARSET “Carnivore” 623
19 23 ARCTIC MONKEYS “R U Mine?” 553
20 19 CHEVELLE “An Island” 521
21 24 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Drown” 479
22 26 SLASH “Bent To Fly” 441
23 25 MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Reincarnate” 433
24 29 ALL THAT REMAINS “This Probably Won’t End Well” 421
25 22 LINKIN PARK “Rebellion” 375
26 36 KID ROCK “First Kiss” 361
27 27 OF MICE & MEN “Feels Like Forever” 338
28 43 BLACK KEYS “Weight Of Love” 290
29 31 RISE AGAINST “Tragedy + Time” 261
30 30 LIKE A STORM “Wish You Hell” 260
31 28 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Savages” 241
32 41 ISLANDER “New Wave” 239
33 32 3 YEARS HOLLOW “For Life” 236
34 33 LINKIN PARK “Final Masquerade” 227
35 34 WE AS HUMAN “Bring To Life” 213
36 46 CAGE THE ELEPHANT Cigarette Daydreams 197
37 40 BEARTOOTH “Beaten In Lips” 188
38 38 NICKELBACK “Edge Of A Revolution” 176
39 42 AMARANTHE “Drop Dead Cynical” 174
40 37 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “Dangerous” 159
41 48 SLIPKNOT “Custer” 157
42 45 HINDER “Hit The Ground” 154
43 0 MOTLEY CRUE “All Bad Things” 112
44 0 FOO FIGHTERS “Congregation” 108
45 44 SAVING ABEL “Blood Stained Revolution” 107
46 56 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Unraveled Road” 95
47 50 CHARM CITY DEVILS “Karma” 79
48 52 XFACTOR1 “I Blame You” 67
49 49 FOZZY “Do You Wanna Start A War” 67
50 52 LENNY KRAVITZ “Dirty White Boots” 66

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

 KID ROCK – “First Kiss”

When it comes to radio play, Kid Rock poses something of a dilemma because of his ability to straddle a variety of genres and appeal to fans of each.  His latest single, “First Kiss,” is not exactly what comes to mind when you think of Active Rock radio, and yet, the song is steadily climbing the charts (#26 this week).  With the Mainstream Rock charts carrying virtually no clout due to the lack of overall spins, it stands to reason that artists whose music fits the format would start to cross over to Active Rock.  After all, a good portion of Active Rock fans are also fans of the music that is played on the limited amount of Mainstream Rock stations that exist.  The same cannot be said for the Alternative Rock songs that regularly appear in the “I CALL B#LL$HIT!” section of the HRD Radio Report.  If you follow the Active Rock charts, you are well aware of how stagnant they can be. so adding songs like “First Kiss” into Active Rock rotations helps to keep things fresh and interesting.  As a good portion of the U.S. is being pummeled by a record-breaking snowstorm today, one listen to the nostalgic, feelgood “First Kiss” allows you to escape the cold and get into a summer frame of mind, much like another Kid Rock classic, “All Summer Long.”

 
 
 


THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Now we know what it takes to dislodge the Five Finger Death Punch / Foo Fighters stranglehold on the number one spot on the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart: the all-time kings of the active rock hill, Three Days Grace.  “I Am Machine” becomes the 13th song from the band to ascend to the top spot, extending their lead for most #1 Active Rock songs (Linkin Park has hit the top spot 11 times).

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Asking Alexandria suffered no loss of momentum at radio with the news of Danny Worsnop’s departure, but how the lineup change will affect them is the future is the much larger question…

More spins this week for Halestorm as new stations come on board for “Apocalyptic” giving it a nice jump and putting the Top 10 well within reach for them next week …

Motley Crue leads five songs debuting in the Top 50 this week with “All Bad Things” (which is very likely their final single) …

 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP
Asking Alexandria – “Moving On”

Halestorm – “Apocalyptic”

Kid Rock – “First Kiss”

 

DROPPING DOWN
Foo Fighters – “Something From Nothing” 

Royal Blood – “Figure It Out”

Godsmack – “Something Different”

 

 

 JL’s PICK OF THE WEEK

FOZZY – “Do You Wanna Start A War”

More than 15 years ago, when pro wrestler Chris Jericho teamed up with guitar hero Rich Ward (Stuck Mojo), I don’t know if anyone really thought we’d be where we are today:  enjoying a third straight Active Rock charting single from Fozzy.   The transformation from novelty act recording NWOBHM covers to an honest-to-goodness band with its own voice took a while to make it out of developmental territory, but more evidence that the transition is complete comes from the title track from their latest album.  Not quite as infectious as the lead single from the album (“Lights Go Out”), I think it’s a confirmation of the band’s growth that they’re having success with songs that aren’t the strongest on the album.  This is a sign of depth as well as the musical diversity that the band has grown into.  Maybe they’ll never win the World Heavyweight Title, but they’re at least getting into contender status for the Intercontinental belt, and that’s not shabby at all.

 

 

 I CALL B#LL$HIT!

Sometimes it seems that you just can’t win for losing.   Only three songs clearly qualifying for I.C.B. this week – Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys, Cage The Elephant – as Fall Out Boy drops off the chart (a step in the right direction).   The downside is that those who insist on pushing these faux-rock songs to Active Rock audiences decided to simply push the ones that remained even harder.  The compost pile trio received over 1,000 spins in the past week, an increase of more than 15%, and that’s a step in the wrong direction.

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

Next week, we’ll watch to see if Three Days Grace can solidify their hold on the top chart position, learn more about which songs (if any) already entrenched in the Top 10 can maintain their momentum to possibly succeed them, and see just how quickly some fast-rising songs can get themselves into the discussion as well.

 

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 1/26/15

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Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 1/26/15.

Each week, the HRD team shares songs that fly below radio’s radar, ranging from lesser-known artists to deeper cuts from both 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 also features a segment called “Hard Rock Music Time Machine,” which showcases older songs (from the 70s to today) that hard rock music fans may have missed at the time of release.

In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlists beneath each section, all songs featured on Music Discovery Monday can be listened to by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles.

Some of this week’s songs appear on the recently published Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014.

This week’s Music Discovery Monday features a special, exclusive interview with legendary vocalist, Michael Sweet, who discusses two outstanding tracks off of Sweet & Lynch’s debut album (Only To Rise), which drops tomorrow.

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

SWEET & LYNCH – “Dying Rose”

George Lynch lets it rip with his signature guitar sound from the opening note, and proceeds to add Dokken-esque riffs and tasteful fills around Michael Sweet’s huge melodies throughout the song.  On “Dying Rose,” the inspired duo brings you back to the days when hard rock music left you feeling uplifted, while masterfully avoiding falling into the trap of sounding dated.  For those who grew up on 80s metal, “Dying Rose” is a timeless classic.  The current generation of hard rock music fans would be well served to listen to this track and then delve deep into the respective catalogs of both Sweet & Lynch.  You can start your journey down below in the Hard Rock Music Time Machine segment.

In a recent interview with Michael Sweet, we discussed the writing process of “Dying Rose” and his penchant for crafting incredibly positive messages with his lyrics…

“George and I were going back in forth by phone while he was recording a demo session out in L.A. (I’m in Massachusetts).  I said ‘give me something that’s got a Van Halen or old Dokken vibe a la ‘The Hunter.’  He sent me the guitar riff for ‘Dying Rose,’ and I was floored.  I loved it, and thought that it was brilliant.  I wrote a melody and the lyrics and arranged the song.  After it was all pieced together, we had this great song that we both felt strongly about.

‘Dying Rose’ is a straight-ahead song with a mass appeal sound that should allow it to cross over into other genres, but also appeal to fans of hard rock and metal because it has an edge to it.

Lyrically, the song has a real positive message.  I’m all about being positive and encouraging people.  There is so much negativity in music and movies nowadays just for the sake of being negative, not to make a point.  Personally, I’ve got enough negativity in my life and in this world, so I write (and always will) about positive things to try and inspire people, and that’s what the song is about…

Don’t give up!  You’re not a dying rose.  I’m not a dying rose, and I’m not fading away; I’m thriving.”

 

 

SWEET & LYNCH – “September”

On 9/11/14, the 13th anniversary of one of the most devastating days in U.S. history, we got our first taste of the pairing of these two hard rock legends.  Musically, “September” is a classic hard rock anthem that blends the best of both worlds of Stryper and Dokken, but it is the lyrics that truly make the song special.  Having experienced 9/11 in an up-close-and-personal way, I found this track to be extremely cathartic as I relived that tragic day once again. (see full Hard Rock Daddy review)

Michael Sweet shares the inspiration behind the writing of “September”…

“I remember getting ready to go work at the family business in Massachusetts on 9/11.  My mother-in-law had the news on when the first plane had hit the tower, but no one was sure what was going on yet.  As things progressed, and we realized what was happening, I sat there in disbelief.  It felt so surreal, like I was dreaming.  I was glued to the television as I watched the towers fall, and couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  It was something that you could never guess could happen in this world in our lifetime, but it did. 

Most people were very positive about the song, but some people made some negative comments saying that we were trying to capitalize on that tragic, horrible event.  I wanted to inspire people to remind themselves that we, as a nation, are really resilient, and because of that, we’re strong and can overcome and walk out of our darkest times.  I don’t want to single out the U.S. because other countries are resilient as well, but it happened here.

‘September’ is an anthem to remind people of our resilience.  We’ve pretty much seen the worst and we’ve gotten through it.  We continue to get through it because of who we are as a nation, and when we come together (as we did on 9/11), we can accomplish anything.”

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

NONPOINT – “Misery”

Likely forthcoming as the second single from their 2014 release, The Return, this track feels like a strong choice for Nonpoint to continue the momentum built by “Breaking Skin.”  Elias Soriano’s vocal delivery stands out here, along with solid choices made in production.  “Misery” is the kind of song that will likely have audiences singing along with the lyrics…“you made an addict out of me!”

 

DEMON HUNTER – “The Heart Of A Graveyard”

Buoyed by support from SiriusXM’s Octane channel, this veteran Christian rock band found surprising crossover success in 2014 with their hit single, “The Last One Alive.”   Lightning could strike twice if mainstream radio decides to give this track from Extremist a chance.

 

TOMMY HENRIKSEN – “Give ‘Em Hell”

Veteran musician and singer who is currently part of Alice Cooper’s live band (and co-produced the icon’s 2011 album).  His history ranges from metal (Warlock) to punk (P.O.L.) while also working behind the scenes with dozens of artists ranging from Lou Reed to Lady Gaga to Halestorm.  Fittingly, the first single from his recent solo album shows influences ranging from melodic rock to punk to pop, but when combined with his pedigree, there’s enough good happening here to be of interest to fans of rock in general.  The lyrical claim…“I’ve got a rock n’ roll heart beating out of my chest” is hard-earned and honest.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

JORN LANDE & TROND HOLTER – “River Of Tears”

The concept album of the year, Dracula – Swing of Death, is set for U.S. release tomorrow.  Vocalist Jorn Lande (Jorn, Masterplan, Allen Lande, Ark, The Snakes) and guitarist Trond Holter (Jorn, Wig Wam) team up to tell the tale of Vlad the Impaler, as he struggles with loneliness, desire, bloodthirst, and–ultimately–madness. “River of Tears” launches full force with pounding guitars and drums and then that perfect metal voice of Jorn Lande.  He is accompanied by Lena Fløitmoen Børresen on a stunning chorus that brims over with harmonies. Add in an intense guitar solo, and these Norwegians leave nothing missing for fans of modern power metal with this nod to concept albums of the seventies.

 

TEN – “Alone In The Dark Tonight”

After an 18 year absence, Ten, a project by singer/songwriter Gary Hughes and guitarist Vinny Burns, makes a welcome return with some well-crafted melodic hard rock. Extra guitars and a seven-man band give songs like catchy opener “Alone in the Dark Tonight” a rich, full sound.

 

AXEL RUDI PELL – “Hey Hey My My” 

Guitarist Axel Rudi Pell and vocalist Johnny Gioeli do justice to Neil Young’s classic “Hey Hey My My (Into the Black)” on their newest album, Into the Storm. They add enough metal to make it their own, while staying faithful enough to the original to retain its power and nostalgia. Gioeli’s powerful vocals really shine here.

 

 

  CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

ALESTORM – “Drink”

Scottish Metal band Alestorm gives us an excellent glory metal anthem here that just doesn’t mince words:  “We are here to drink your beer, and steal your rum at a point of a gun…Your alcohol to us will fall, ‘cause we are here to drink your beer.”  Formed in 2004 under the moniker Battleheart, this band switched names to be more in line with their unique “Pirate Metal” niche in the genre.  Good musicianship throughout.  Bring it to your next party!

 

TRIOSPHERE – “Steal Away The Light”

Driving power metal in “Steal Away The Light,” from Norway’s Triosphere.  Ida Haukland’s vocals lead this intense, yet contemplative tune with some terrific, fast and articulate guitar work from Marius Silver Bergesen.  Song intro spotlights new drummer Kenneth Tårneby.  Triosphere has toured with many metal bands in Europe since forming 11 years ago, including W.A.S.P., Jorn, Kamelot and Sonata Arctica.

 

 

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 ADAM WALDMAN

STRYPER – “Free” (1986)

If you listen to the two new tracks from Sweet & Lynch above (which is highly recommended), after listening to “Free,” you will notice that Michael Sweet’s vocals are as outstanding today as they were nearly three decades ago.  Like “Dying Rose,” “Free” is all about delivering an inspiring message of hope, and uplifting your spirit.  The stage wear is more over the top, as was the hair back in 1986, but the one thing that has never changed with Sweet is the substance behind his passionately delivered lyrics.

 

LYNCH MOB – “No Bed Of Roses” (1990)

Formed on the heels of George Lynch’s departure from Dokken, he and drummer, Mick Brown, stayed together to record under the Lynch Mob moniker.  While still true to the guitar sound that he made famous with Dokken, Lynch Mob explored an edgier sound with frontman, Oni Logan, at the helm.  Huge hooks, powerful vocal harmonies and Lynch’s customary guitar wizardry made “No Bed Of Roses” a hard rock anthem for the ages.  Although it didn’t achieve the success of some of the other singles from the band’s debut album (Wicked Sensation), by all rights, “No Bed Of Roses” should have been a huge hit.

 

 

JON LOVELESS

WARLOCK – “Burning The Witches” (1984)

With the resurgence of prominent female vocalists in rock today, it is definitely worth revisiting some of the predecessors.  If Rob Halford is “The Metal God,” then Doro Pesch is at least around the head of the table of Metal Divinity.  This cut from their first album, released independently, holds up well for the genre and remains an audience favorite in live shows thirty years later.

 

 

 ROB DELL’AQUILA

BLACK MAJESTY – “Silent Company” (2005)

The title track from Black Majesty’s 2005 album is a layered, melodic masterpiece.  This Australian power metal band rocks out with power and drive, yet the arrangement is complex and riddled with hooks.  The stunning vocals of John Cavaliere are complemented every step of the way by heavy guitars, dense keyboards, and a pounding rhythm section that hits you hard and fast from the first note to the last, with the exception of some brief (yet bold) tempo changes that show off Black Majesty’s full power.

 

 

CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

D-A-D – “We All Fall Down” (2011)

A short trip in the time machine back to 2011 with “We All Fall Down” from Danish hard rock band D-A-D.  A cut from their Live Album DIC·NII·LAN·DAFT·ERD·ARK, this is a great, bluesy, melodic piece with plenty of emotion from Jesper Binzer (vocals) & company.  The album was nominated for Danish Rock album of the year in 2012.

 

HELLOISE – “Children Of The Night” (2001)

Going back to 2001 with some Power Metal from the Netherlands with “Children of the Night” off of the album Fata Morgana by Helloise.  Featuring Stan Verbraak (Vocals), Ernst van Ee and Ben Blauw, this powerful band has opened for Motörhead, Y & T, Def Leppard and Whitesnake since they formed back in 1985.  This track has all the elements: terrific vocals from Verbraak, a punctuated, hard-driving rhythm kept in-time by van Ee, and great riffs and solo from Blauw.

 

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 1-24-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 1-24-15.

The 1-24-15 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 –  “This Probably Won’t End Well” – ALL THAT REMAINS

#13 –  “Angel” – THEORY OF A DEADMAN

#12 –  “Untraveled Road” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

#11 –  “Deep Six” – MARILYN MANSON

#10 –  “Mr. MTV” – NOTHING MORE

#9 –   “Machines” – CROWN THE EMPIRE

# 8 –   “Game Over” – MACHINE HEAD

# 7 –   “Apocalyptic” – HALESTORM

# 6 –   “Stars” – SIXX: A.M.

# 5 –   “Moving On” – ASKING ALEXANDRIA

# 4 –   “Moth” – HELLYEAH

# 3 –   “Something Different” –  GODSMACK

# 2 –    “The Devil In I” – SLIPKNOT

# 1 –    “Same Damn Life” – SEETHER

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2014

Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

All That Remains – “This Probably Won’t End Well”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Halestorm – “Apocalyptic”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Nonpoint – “Breaking Skin”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Papa Roach – “Face Everything And Rise”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Sixx: A.M. – “Stars”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

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

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

Crash Midnight – “151”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

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With a swagger and sound that follows in the footsteps of bands like Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses, and a punk edge reminiscent of the New York Dolls, Crash Midnight is a modern day hard rock band with old school rock and roll sensibilities.  It should come as no surprise with these kind of influences that the band’s first single – “151” (an homage to the notoriously strong rum) – is a high-energy, party rocker that makes you want to slam down shots, bang your head and bounce to the infectious groove.

Born out of a late-night car wreck on the streets of Boston, Shaun Soho (vocals), his brother Bo (bass) and Alex Donaldson (lead guitar) formed Crash Midnight with the intention of carrying the rock and roll torch – that was set ablaze in the 1970s by fellow Bostonians, Aerosmith – into today’s hard rock scene.  Although the band’s sound pays deference to rock legends of yesteryear, they fit in well with current “dirty” rock and roll bands like Buckcherry and Charm City Devils (to name a few).

If you are a fan of timeless rock and roll, do yourself a favor, give “151” a “shot,” and keep Crash Midnight on your radar.  You will definitely be seeing more from this band in the coming weeks on Hard Rock Daddy.

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 1/31/15

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 1/31/15.  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. AC/DC – Rock Or Bust
      2. NICKELBACK – No Fixed Address
      3. FOO FIGHTERS – Sonic Highways
      4. SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter
      5. PALISADES – Mind Games
      6. I PREVAIL – Heart vs. Mind (EP)
      7. IN THIS MOMENT – Black Widow
      8. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 1
      9. ROYAL BLOOD – Royal Blood
      10. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Going To Hell
      11. SYLOSIS – Dormant Heart
      12. LINKIN PARK – The Hunting Party
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Sons Of Texas – “Baptized In The Rio Grande”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Sons Of Texas Band Photo

Supergroups are all the rage nowadays in the hard rock music genre, but they usually consist of long-established artists.  Formed in 2013, Sons Of Texas is a new breed of “supergroup.”  A world away from Austin – the lone star state’s music hotbed – this powerful quintet, comprised of local all-stars from McAllen, has just burst onto the scene with their first single, “Baptized In The Rio Grande.”

Like a Texas tornado, “Baptized In The Rio Grande” grabs you from the first note with shredding guitars and an intense rhythm.  Displaying dynamics that go well beyond their years, Sons Of Texas dial back the intensity during the soulful verses before taking it to another level when the chorus kicks in with heavy, melodic harmonies.

If you didn’t know any better, you might think that Zakk Wylde had made a guest appearance on the song, but the bending of notes and shredding solos actually come courtesy of lead guitarist, Jes De Hoyos.  Because of the incredibly tight rhythm section consisting of guitarist, Jon Olivares, and the Villarreal brothers (Mike – drums, Nick – bass), De Hoyos is afforded the freedom to showcase his immense guitar skills.  The impressive musicianship on “Baptized In The Rio Grande” provides an ideal backdrop for the soulful, gritty, impassioned vocals of frontman, Mark Morales, to bring the song to life.

Listening to “Baptized In The Rio Grande,” you are left wondering how a relatively inexperienced band of guys in their mid-20s could have a sound as seasoned and mature as bands with a decade or more under their belts.  With their debut single, Sons Of Texas have proven that they are band poised to make their mark on the hard rock scene.

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 1/18/15

HRD Radio Report - Halestorm

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.

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 1/18/15.  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 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wrong Side Of Heaven” 2057
2 2 FOO FIGHTERS “Something From Nothing” 2022
3 3 ROYAL BLOOD “Figure It Out” 1828
4 4 THREE DAYS GRACE “I Am Machine” 1781
5 5 SEETHER “Same Damn Life” 1617
6 6 GODSMACK “Something Different” 1322
7 8 PAPA ROACH “Face Everything And Rise” 1221
8 9 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Moving On” 1082
9 7 POP EVIL “Beautiful” 947
10 10 HELLYEAH “Moth” 945
11 12 PRETTY RECKLESS “Follow Me Down” 931
12 11 IN THIS MOMENT “Sick Like Me” 920
13 13 NOTHING MORE “Mr. MTV” 875
14 14 NICKELBACK “Million Miles An Hour” 783
15 18 AC/DC “Rock Or Bust” 722
16 16 SIXX A.M. “Stars” 722
17 17 YOUNG GUNS “I Want Out” 667
18 22 MARILYN MANSON “Deep Six” 651
19 19 CHEVELLE “An Island” 581
20 20 STARSET “Carnivore” 570
21 0 HALESTORM “Apocalyptic” 545
22 21 LINKIN PARK “Rebellion” 465
23 31 ARCTIC MONKEYS “R U Mine?” 429
24 25 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Drown” 427
25 23 MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Reincarnate” 418
26 26 SLASH “Bent To Fly” 394
27 27 OF MICE & MEN “Feels Like Forever” 349
28 24 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Savages” 343
29 30 LIKE A STORM “Wish You Hell” 310
30 39 ALL THAT REMAINS “This Probably Won’t End Well” 308
31 28 RISE AGAINST “Tragedy + Time” 261
32 34 3 YEARS HOLLOW “For Life” 240
33 36 WE AS HUMAN “Bring To Life” 238
34 35 LINKIN PARK “Final Masquerade” 227
35 33 AC/DC “Play Ball” 221
36 54 KID ROCK “First Kiss” 217
37 29 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “Dangerous” 208
38 38 NICKELBACK “Edge Of A Revolution” 206
39 44 ISLANDER “New Wave” 197
40 32 FALL OUT BOY “Centuries” 196
41 41 BEARTOOTH “Beaten In Lips” 190
42 48 AMARANTHE “Drop Dead Cynical” 154
43 83 BLACK KEYS “Weight Of Love” 148
44 45 SAVING ABEL “Blood Stained Revolution” 134
45 49 HINDER “Hit The Ground” 131
46 50 CAGE THE ELEPHANT Cigarette Daydreams 121
47 47 LENNY KRAVITZ “Dirty White Boots” 101
48 51 CHARM CITY DEVILS “Karma” 91
49 53 YOU ME AT SIX “Forgive And Forget” 86
50 58 SLIPKNOT “Custer” 78

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

 HALESTORM – “Apocalyptic”

Although there are certainly some real head-scratchers appearing on this week’s chart, Active Rock programmers deserve credit for jumping right on board with the “Apocalyptic,” the first single off of Halestorm’s upcoming album, Into The Wild Life (dropping the first week of April).  Given the tremendous radio success of the singles from the band’s previous album, The Strange Case Of…, it stands to reason that Active Rock radio would be chomping at the bit to add the first new Halestorm song in three years into heavy rotation.  The song rockets all the way up to the #21 position in its debut week, and it won’t be long before it provides a welcome challenge to the stagnant top of the chart.  Lzzy Hale and the boys pick up right where they left off with “Apocalyptic,” a heavy, melodic rocker with lyrics that show why Lzzy is considered a rock goddess by the masses.

 

 


THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

It looked iffy in the middle of the week, but Five Finger Death Punch had a strong airplay weekend to remain atop the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart for a third straight week (and fifth week overall) with “Wrong Side Of Heaven.”  The stability is highlighted even more with the song recording exactly the same number of spins as the week before.  Not really surprising to see Foo Fighters’ “Something From Nothing” stay at #2 with a fractional gain, while Royal Blood’s “Figure It Out” remains at #3 with a fairly slight decline.   Hard to be surprised at this point, as this is the ninth consecutive week for that trio of songs to hold down the top three spots.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Halestorm returns with a bang as “Apocalyptic” narrowly misses debuting in the top 20 …

All That Remains continues their strong start with “This Probably Won’t End Well”

Kid Rock picks up more believers for “First Kiss”increasing spins over 200% …

Nearly two months after it began receiving airplay, “Forgive & Forget” by You Me At Six finally cracks the Top 50.  Whether that’s the tipping point for a song that would have been expected to fare better as the follow-up to a single (“Room To Breathe”) that spent three months in the Top 10 remains to be seen.

 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP
Marilyn Manson – “Deep Six”
Halestorm – “Apocalyptic”
All That Remains – “This Probably Won’t End Well”

 

DROPPING DOWN
Godsmack – “Something Different”
Pop Evil – “Beautiful”
Shaman’s Harvest – “Dangerous”

 

 

JL’s PICK OF THE WEEK

MARILYN MANSON – “Deep Six”

Not being particularly a fan of one of rock’s more polarizing artists, this isn’t something I would have expected to name as one of the catchier songs at a given moment, but I suppose it goes to show that you just never know.  Brooding & lively at the same time, Manson has cited both post-punk and classic blues as influencing his more recent work, but for me in this case, it’s the guitar work that sells the song.

 

 

I CALL B#LL$HIT!

Good news/bad news again this week.   I’d be far more excited to see “Gotta Get Away” exit the Active Rock chart if it weren’t replaced immediately by another song by The Black Keys.  It’s amazing how anyone can call this song, or Arctic Monkeys or Cage The Elephant song “active rock” with a straight face.   By comparison, Fall Out Boy seems downright legitimate … but only by comparison.  Around 900 spins were thrown away by the format this week on those four songs alone.

 

 

JON’s THREE CENTS

Sometimes a rant can be good for the soul…cathartic.  I sure hope that’s the case, because it’s increasingly difficult to avoid becoming angry at the deep funk that Active Rock radio, and by extension as well as by design the Active Rock chart, has fallen in to.  I’m sure that it’s been hard to miss in my comments, but it’s hard to hide when I’m ready to pound my keyboard in sheer frustration.  Maybe if I just let a few things out I’ll feel better, so here goes…

There’s no excuse for lazily pounding listeners over the head with the same songs week after week after week…there just isn’t.  There’s no shortage of airplay-worthy material right now.  If anything, there’s a significant glut of it. At any given moment over the past year or so, there are roughly 2x-3x the number of current (less than 90 days old) singles available than any station could reasonably and effectively play.  That’s just the number that I can identify from my vantage point in the cheap seats; the true total is certainly even higher.  There may, however, be some reasons that playing the same songs over and over, week after week is becoming increasingly common.

 

1) Too few radio decision-makers seem to have a clue as to what “Active Rock” means.  To paraphrase the famous quote about obscenity, when trying to identify songs from the ill-defined genre…“I know it when I hear it.”  More important though, is an ability to know what it isn’t when you hear it.  This is the basis for the “I Call B#ll$hit!” segment of the HRD Radio Report, an idea that predates my presence, but one that I wholeheartedly endorse.

Programmers who are intent on playing “alternapop” artists like Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys and the like ad nauseam, should just get the hell away from Active Rock and take those artists and songs with them.

 

2) Too few decision-makers seem to have an interest in actually being Active Rock.  It feels as though many are simply frustrated that they aren’t working for an Alternative station somewhere, and take their frustrations out on the listeners by shoveling pile after steaming pile at them to satisfy their own tastes instead of living up to the format.  The business desperately needs to find, and then empower, people who WANT to program the format, instead of sticking square pegs into round holes.

 

3) And finally…consolidation.  The two problems that I mentioned first are then multiplied and magnified by a consolidation of ownership.  This leaves stations under the same ownership playing largely the same songs at the direction of “consultants” or “vice-president in charge of programming” or whatever lofty title was handed off to whatever power players that were able to position themselves into a high-paid job.

Quite literally, one person / one chain / one group acting with a single mind can almost instantly create a “hit” today, at least in terms of chart position.  From a business standpoint, the joint ownership makes sense and really isn’t the issue I’m raving about; it’s the internal decision to treat every market and every audience as generically as possible that creates the problem.

All things in music seem to be cyclical, so maybe this is simply another cycle.  The problem that I have with this particular cycle, and the concern that it creates, is that it could be the sort of cycle that leads to the death of a format/genre.  It’s eerily similar to what is seen on the Mainstream Rock chart, where songs move at a glacial pace, with little semblance of rhyme or reason as to what hits or doesn’t hit.

The Mainstream Rock format is at such a low point that it probably shouldn’t even continue to exist in its current state.  Of course, if you are amongst those who believe that five nationwide spins per week is worthy of being referred to as a Top 50 song, and you like hearing the same songs played repeatedly in heavy rotation for six to nine months at a time, then you probably still believe in the format.

There!  Rant over….for now…

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

In the next HRD Radio Report, we’ll likely see how long radio can beat the same dead horses.   At this point anything else might be cause for celebration with supersized fonts.

 

 

WRAP-UP

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