Monthly Archives: February 2015

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 2-28-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 2-28-15.

The 2-28-15 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 – “Paralyzed” – IN FLAMES

#14 –  “Broken Generation” – OF MICE & MEN

#13 –  “Alpha” – PERIPHERY

#12 –  “Micellanea” – 10 YEARS

#11 –  “Bent To Fly” – SLASH f. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS

#10 –  “Apocalyptic” – HALESTORM

#9 –   “Wish You Hell” – LIKE A STORM

# 8 –   “Angel” – THEORY OF A DEADMAN

# 7 –   “Face Everything And Rise” – PAPA ROACH

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

# 5 –   “Custer” – SLIPKNOT

# 4 –   “Game Over” – MACHINE HEAD

# 3 –   “Untraveled Road” –  THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

# 2 –    “Drop Dead Cynical” – AMARANTHE

# 1 –    “Stars” – SIXX: A.M.

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2014

Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

Amaranthe – “Drop Dead Cynical”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

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

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

Slash f. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – “World On Fire” Album Review

Like A Storm – “Wish You Hell”: 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

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 3/7/15

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 3/7/15.  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. AC/DC – Rock Or Bust
      2. NICKELBACK – No Fixed Address
      3. MARILYN MANSON – The Pale Emporer
      4. 36 CRAZYFISTS – Time And Trauma
      5. SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter
      6. FOO FIGHTERS – Sonic Highways
      7. PAPA ROACH – F.E.A.R.
      8. IN THIS MOMENT – Black Widow
      9. ROYAL BLOOD – Royal Blood
      10. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Going To Hell
      11. STICK TO YOUR GUNS – Disobedient
      12. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 2
      13. I PREVAIL – Heart vs Mind (EP)
      14. GODSMACK – 1000HP
      15. NICKELBACK – The Best Of Nickelback: Volume 1

RELATED ARTICLES:

Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2014

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

Scorpions – “We Built This House”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Scorpions Return To Forever

The number of bands that stay together for several decades is fairly small.  Out of those bands, the number of them that have continuously remained relevant is even smaller, almost infinitesimal.  There is no doubt that the Scorpions have managed to defy all odds with their career (which now spans 50 years), and claim their place in this elite group.  “We Built This House” is the latest example of the Scorpions’ ability to continue to write outstanding, timeless music.

Taken at face value, the lyrics to “We Built This House” may lead you to believe that this is a love song about perseverance.  While it can certainly be interpreted that way, there is clearly an underlying metaphor for the rock solid foundation that the Scorpions have built their career upon.

In an article featured on Ultimate Classic Rock today, it was announced that the Scorpions will be doing an 11-city North American tour to commemorate the band’s 50th anniversary.  The article also shared Klaus Meine’s insight about “We Built This House”

“In the end, it tells our story.  We’ve built this house called Scorpions brick-by-brick, and often, quite arduously.  From the first days in Hannover and the first concerts abroad, until this very day, we’ve weathered severe storms, but the house withstood everything.  It turned out to be weatherproof and stable.  However, building this house was never just cumbersome, but joyful as well.  The joy of music, the joy of having experienced and still experiencing it all, the joy of – and the thankfulness for – the fans’ affection.”

While Meine is thankful for the affection that the band has received throughout their illustrious career, it is we, the fans, who should be truly thankful for everything that the Scorpions have given to us (and continue to give) long after most bands would have called it a day.

Someday, the Scorpions will record their final song, and play their final concert.  For the sake of the fans, we can only hope that it doesn’t happen anytime soon.  They are still an incredible live band, who have the rare ability to write new material that fans look forward to hearing in concert (along with their countless hits).  If you are a Scorpions fan, you will love “We Built This House,” the first single off of their latest album, Return To Forever.

The official video is not available in every country yet, but you can hear the song below…

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 2/22/15

HRD Radio Report - Seasons After

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 2/22/15.  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 THREE DAYS GRACE “I Am Machine” 2035
2 3 PAPA ROACH “Face Everything And Rise” 1715
3 4 HALESTORM “Apocalyptic” 1507
4 2 SEETHER “Same Damn Life” 1382
5 8 FOO FIGHTERS “Congregation” 1272
6 6 PRETTY RECKLESS “Follow Me Down” 1269
7 5 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wrong Side Of Heaven” 1077
8 10 SIXX A.M. “Stars” 1037
9 9 MARILYN MANSON “Deep Six” 1022
10 7 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Moving On” 969
11 11 AC/DC “Rock Or Bust” 941
12 15 ALL THAT REMAINS “This Probably Won’t End Well” 840
13 13 NICKELBACK “Million Miles An Hour” 839
14 18 OFFSPRING “Coming For You” 817
15 12 FOO FIGHTERS “Something From Nothing” 751
16 17 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Drown” 737
17 19 STARSET “Carnivore” 661
18 20 SLASH “Bent To Fly” 614
19 24 CAGE THE ELEPHANT Cigarette Daydreams 556
20 27 INCUBUS “Absolution Calling” 554
21 21 KID ROCK “First Kiss” 539
22 23 MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Reincarnate” 462
23 25 BLACK KEYS “Weight Of Love” 426
24 26 ISLANDER “New Wave” 414
25 28 AWOLNATION “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” 373
26 29 LIKE A STORM “Wish You Hell” 372
27 22 ARCTIC MONKEYS “R U Mine?” 333
28 30 SLIPKNOT “Custer” 286
29 32 WE ARE HARLOT “Dancing On Nails 284
30 33 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Unraveled Road” 267
31 35 OTHERWISE “Coming For The Throne” 245
32 37 10 YEARS “Miscellanea” 228
33 53 TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT “Take It Back” 226
34 34 AMARANTHE “Drop Dead Cynical” 203
35 44 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Angel” 201
36 41 SONS OF TEXAS “Baptized In The Rio Grande” 189
37 36 HINDER “Hit The Ground” 186
38 31 OF MICE & MEN “Feels Like Forever” 185
39 43 BLACK VEIL BRIDES “Goodbye Agony” 181
40 38 BEARTOOTH “Beaten In Lips” 175
41 42 YELAWOLF “Till It’s Gone” 167
42 46 CHARM CITY DEVILS “Karma” 141
43 55 DEVOUR THE DAY “Faith” 132
44 47 FALL OUT BOY “Uma Thurman” 129
45 49 IN FLAMES “Paralyzed” 113
46 51 PERIPHERY “Alpha” 105
47 48 YOU ME AT SIX “Forgive And Forget” 101
48 50 FRAMING HANLEY “Collide” 92
49 54 FLYLEAF “Thread” 86
50 56 STARS IN STEREO “Fair-Weather Friend” 66

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

SEASONS AFTER – “Lights Out” 

What do you do when you are handcuffed by a dispute with your record label and forced into hiatus?  The answer for many bands would be to pack it in and pursue other projects.  In fact, in today’s climate, many artists choose to partake in several projects rather than committing 100% of their effort to a single band.  Seasons After proves that the saying “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is not just lip service.  Instead of packing it in when they faced a sizable obstacle, the band channeled their energy into telling their story through their lyrics.  Following up their debut single “So Long Goodbye” off of their latest album Calamity, Scars & Memoirs, the band is back with another outstanding track that should be a mainstay on Active Rock radio with “Lights Out.”  The song is starting to get some traction on SiriusXM’s Octane, and by all rights, should be regularly featured on the Big ‘Uns Countdown.  Active Rock programmers would be wise to add this track into their rotation to infuse their playlist with a fresh sound that is loaded with melodic intensity.

 

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Three Days Grace reaches five weeks atop the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart with “I Am Machine,” but the end of their reign may be approaching.  Papa Roach has reached the #2 spot with “Face Everything And Rise” and is closing the gap considerably, while Halestorm is also gaining on them from the #3 position with “Apocalyptic.”

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

The Top 10 songs remained unchanged this week (aside from a bit of shuffling in the order), but that almost certainly won’t be the case next week with at least three singles trending sharply downward and likely on their way down (or even off) of the chart …

 

Little change this week in the 11-30 region of the chart as well, with only two songs climbing into a new tier.  Small gains for We Are Harlot and Thousand Foot Krutch lift them to another benchmark…

 

Strong debut for U.K. rockers Temperance Movement, arriving at #33 this week, well ahead of four other songs that debut well down in the 40s…

 

Notable this week is how relatively few spins it took to enter the Top 50 (barely more than half what it took just a few months ago).  Combined with the spin totals in the higher elevations of the chart, the indication is that radio playlists are currently narrowed a bit in terms of which songs receive heavier airplay, while stations across the country are considerably more divided on which songs are added into light rotation at all.

 

 

 THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Halestorm“Apocalyptic”

Foo Fighters – “Congregation”

Incubus – “Absolution Calling”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Seether“Same Damn Life”

Asking Alexandria – “Moving On” 

Arctic Monkeys – “R U Mine?”

 

 

 

JL’s PICK OF THE WEEK

BRIDGE TO GRACE – “Bitch”

There’s something to be said for a song that leaves no question where the protagonist stands.  On the latest single from this Atlanta band, the only thing that might have made it any clearer would have been to include the phrase that ends “… and the horse you rode in on.”  One of the brightest new acts on the active rock scene, it feels more and more like a matter of time before these guys break all the way through, similar perhaps to the way that Pop Evil did in the past few years.  David Garcia is one of the most charismatic frontmen to come along in quite a while.  Alex Cabrera is on par with any young guitarist out there,  and Christian Lowenstein & Justin Little more than hold up their end of the bargain.  I’m guessing that the inspiration for this particular song may not be invited to the party however.

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

Next week we’ll watch for change at the top of the charts, and see which songs currently in the lower echelon of airplay can build momentum and make significant inroads.

 

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 2/23/15

Music Discovery Monday - Revolution Saints

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 2/23/15.

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 an exclusive interview with the legendary Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees) about his latest project, Revolution Saints.

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

REVOLUTION SAINTS – “Turn Back Time”

“Turn Back Time” is the first single off of the eponymous debut album (which drops tomorrow) from supergroup, Revolution Saints.  Featuring Steve Perry-esque vocals, the song captures the classic Journey sound. This is (drummer) Deen Castronovo’s first album as the featured lead singer, but you would never know it by hearing his spectacular range.  It’s hard to imagine Castronovo finding a better complementary singer than Jack Blades, who trades vocals in Night Ranger and has done so in the past with Damn Yankees and his collaboration with Shaw/Blades.  Along with former Whitesnake guitarist, Doug Alrich, Castronovo and Blades are a power trio to be reckoned with, and if not for their commitment to other projects, there is no telling what heights Revolution Saints would reach.  With this track, they have definitely “turned back time” to a bygone era (in a good way).

 

REVOLUTION SAINTS – “Back On My Trail”

When it comes to releasing singles, Frontiers Records doesn’t waste any time.  “Back On My Trail” – the third single off of the band’s forthcoming debut album – gives another taste of what this power trio has to offer.  While “Turn Back Time” had a distinctive Journey sensibility, “Back On My Trail” brings each member’s influence to the forefront and blends them together perfectly.  With an edgier, high-intensity sound, “Back On My Trail” grabs your attention from the first note, and then continues to impress throughout with Alrich’s outstanding guitar work, and a powerful, driving rhythm by Blades and Castronovo.  Equally impressive is the vocal harmonies by a band that is in its infancy, yet sounds like they have been playing together for decades.  If you are a fan of bands like Journey, Night Ranger and Whitesnake, you will absolutely love this track (and the entire album for that matter).

 

In a recent conversation with Hard Rock Daddy, Jack Blades shared a great story about the writing and recording process of “Turn Back Time”

“I co-wrote ‘Turn Back Time’ with our producer, Alessandro Del Vecchio (who wrote most of the album). Musically, the song was done, but I wrote the lyrics because it’s been years since I had to sing anything that I didn’t write, and ‘Turn Back Time’ was written to be a duet with Deen and me.

Deen and I went to the studio Portland, OR together to sing the song. Since the song was set up to to be a duet already, we just decided that Deen would start the verse and I then would come in half way through the verse.

When we first started recording, Deen was coming in kind of low for his range, and then when I came in, Deen said ‘That’s a lead singer…that’s the way it should be done!’ He got really excited as he normally does because he’s a very excitable guy. That gave him the green light for the second verse to do the same thing as me, and take it off to another place.

At the end of the song, Deen was kind of scatting, and I was thinking that I can’t harmonize to that because he’s just going off singing all of this great stuff. Alessandro was looking at me, and I just told him to roll the tape. He asked if we should talk about it, and I told him to just hit record because what Deen did was fresh in my mind. He did that on one take, and I was like ‘holy shit!’

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, and then it hit me to just answer Deen with my own ad libs. Deen and Alessandro were in the other room, and when I finished, they said…’that’s it…it’s done!” I asked what I did, and they said that they didn’t know, but we’ll play it back so that you can hear it. Everything was done in one take. I walked out and said…’I am not going to fuck that up! That’s the way that it is, and that’s the way that it’s going to stay!’

We were all looking at each other saying…’now that’s the way to make a record!’ The lesson in this is that Deen has this natural instinct to sing this great stuff from being around Journey, and when someone does that around me, it leads me into doing the same thing. It just blossomed into what happened at the end, and I’m just really, really proud of it (as you can tell).”

 

 

JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT“Take It Back”

British blues-rock band fronted by a Glasgow-born singer.  It’s not entirely everyone’s idea of hard rock, and I’ll admit to struggling to figure out exactly what to think of them since they first crossed my radar last year.  The conclusion that I’ve reached thus far is that they’re quite good at what they do, with a singer that stands out from the crowd (in a good way) by a pretty solid margin.  There’s something to be said for being damned good at what you do — no matter what you’re doing — and they’re more than deserving of a listen so that you can draw your own conclusion.

 

THE TREATMENT“Running With The Dogs”

Straight-up rock n’ roll from this English band proves that keeping it relatively simple can be exceptionally effective.  The title track from their second album is a great introduction for the uninitiated, with an AC/DC vibe, but enough additional elements to avoid any accusations of copying the legends.  Matt Jones’ vocals, the band’s harmony choruses, and another round of spot-on production makes this a song (and a band) that any lover of hard rock needs to not only know, but know well.

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

ORDEN OGAN – “F.E.V.E.R.”

Crisp piano keys punctuate the intro to “F.E.V.E.R.” before yielding to wild guitars and epic vocals.  This power metal band out of Germany returns strong in 2015 with Ravenhead, their fifth studio album, packed with the heavy, well-crafted music, that at times shows elements of folk metal as well as progressive metal.

 

NIGHTINGALE – “Forevermore”
Dan Swano sets aside the death metal vocals that he’s famous for elsewhere, to belt out smoother melodies with his progressive rock outfit, Nightingale. “Forevermore” highlights those vocal talents, together with the expert musicianship of his bandmates, in a tightly written song packed with yearning and amazing, ambiguous lyrics.

 

 

 

  CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

HARMONY – “In Search Of”

Harmony is what this track from the Swedish metal outfit with the same name is all about.  “In Search of” (from Theatre of Redemption) leads off with driving, heavy rhythm lines (Enbert and Dafras), and quality voices – the band members can all sing – (led by Daniel Heiman).  Standout guitars licks (Markus Sigfridsson), keyboards (John Svensson) and of course the vocal harmonies all impress on “In Search Of.”

 

PERIPHERY – “Heavy Heart”

Periphery’s “Heavy Heart” is a dark track about fighting against the intense weight of troubles.  Appropriately heavy and relentless throughout, the music is grave and complex.  Spencer Sotelo’s vocals have an intensity that rises above of the heaviness – a fitting passion for the song.

 

 

HARD ROCK MUSIC TIME MACHINE

 ADAM WALDMAN

NIGHT RANGER – “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” (1982)

The younger generation of hard rock music fans may think of “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” as a song from the Rock Band video game, but the “MTV Generation” will remember this as the song that introduced us to one of the most prolific bands to emerge from the 80s.  Over three decades later, the band continues to have a meaningful presence in the hard rock music genre.  “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” is a quintessential 80s hard rock song that has stood the test of time to this day.

 

WHITESNAKE – “Forevermore” (2011)

Night Ranger had their fair share of videos on MTV, but the most iconic hard rock video of 80s definitely belongs to Whitesnake with “Here I Go Again.”  Back in 1987 when it was released, no one could have ever predicted that MTV would turn their backs on the genre, and then videos in general.  While that time period is arguably the pinnacle of Whitesnake’s career, it doesn’t mean that they lost any relevance to a legion of fans who still admire them to this day.  The band is getting ready to release their first studio album in four years in the near future.  “Forevermore” – the title track off of the band’s 2011 release – is a classic, bluesy power ballad that starts off with David Coverdale’s signature soulful vocals before kicking into high gear with a mystical, Zeppelin-esque sound.  The impressive, bluesy shredding guitar work on this song is proof-positive that Dee Snider was way off the mark when he inexplicably blasted Doug Aldrich for his contributions to Whitesnake (see full story).  Although Aldrich has left the band to pursue projects like Revolution Saints (see above), he certainly left his mark with Whitesnake, particularly on this highly underrated track.

 

 

 

  JON LOVELESS

SCORPIONS“We’ll Burn The Sky” (1977)

With the release of a brand new album this month, it seems only fitting to take a look back into the catalog of these German icons.  Originally appearing on Taken By Force, this song would reappear on the band’s first live album, Tokyo Tapes.  It’s from a time of transition for the group – the first album with Herman Rarebell on drums and the last album with Uli Jon Roth on lead guitar.  Roth is credited as co-writer on the song, along with Monika Dannemann, who reportedly wrote the lyrics originally as a poem to her ex-boyfriend, Jimi Hendrix.  Despite the changes that would come, the sound is one that the group would develop as a signature…vocally a ballad, but with instrumental elements that were uncompromisingly hard rock.

 

SLASH f. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS – “Shots Fired”  (2013)

One of the downsides of the rotating cycle of Alter Bridge and Slash albums is that their proximity to each other almost precludes going deeper than two singles from either.  That may account for why this track isn’t one of the better known from the past few years.  It’s easily my favorite track to date from their collaborative efforts, instead of gushing any further about it I’ll just stop here and let you listen in peace.

 

 

 

 ROB DELL’AQUILA

CIRCUS MAXIMUS  “Zero”  (2007)

Circus Maximus, a progressive metal band out of Norway, scored a huge power ballad back in 2007 with “Zero.”  Technically brilliant and utterly haunting, it will absolutely crush you….in a good way!  The mood is dark; the build-up is glorious, and there’s a guitar solo that mustn’t be missed!  Highly recommended, especially for fans of early Dream Theater.

 

ZENO – “Shades Of Blue” (2006)

The great Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions) has an equally great, if less famous brother, Zeno. In “Shades of Blue”, Zeno demonstrates his prowess beyond any doubt, playing every instrument on the album brilliantly!  The only limelight he shares is with Martin Bormann (ex-Jaded Heart), who provides the amazing vocals to round out a masterful song from a masterful album.

 

 

CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

HALESTORM – “Tell Me Where It Hurts” (2009)

Great tune from Lzzy and company. “Tell Me Where It Hurts” is a bonus track from Halestorm’s 2009 debut album.  The chorus of this black n blue tune will stick with you as Hale shows off her range and style.  This track helped Halestorm to establish themselves amidst the numerous acts out there.

 

REDEMPTION – “What Will You Say” (2009)

Prog Metal band Redemption shows off a wide array of talent on “What Will You Say” from Snowfall on Judgement Day.  Great changes of pace throughout this track about remembrance.  Standout vocals (Ray Alder) and percussion (Chris Quirarte).  Give the rest of the album a listen, too.
 

 

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That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 1: Geddy Lee, John Petrucci

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Season 14 of That Metal Show has finally arrived!  After a long hiatus, Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine returned for another season of the ONLY show on television that gives just due to hard rock and metal.  Though this trio would never stray from their roots, seeing them sporting flannel shirts instead of their customary rock t-shirts did cause a brief moment of pause, and left you wondering if another grunge movement was about to begin.  Thankfully, the announcement of the guests quickly put those thoughts to rest.

 

GUESTS

MUSICAL GUEST:  John Petrucci (Dream Theater)

Petrucci said that Dream Theater is working on new album right now and that there would be no touring this year in U.S., although they will be doing a handful of European festival dates.  Not surprisingly, Petrucci is a huge Rush fan, and brought proof (in the form of a child-sized denim jacket painted with 2112 artwork) to show to the first guest of the season – Geddy Lee.

 

GUEST:  Geddy Lee (Rush)

This was Geddy’s first appearance on TMS since Season 1.  He discussed the upcoming 40th anniversary tour (which is actually taking place in Rush’s 41st year because it took a year to make the decision to do the tour).

When asked about the process of choosing a set, Geddy said that they have a lot of material that they are deciding between now, and no final decisions will be made until the band is all together in April for rehearsals.  Fans can expect to hear iconic songs like “Tom Sawyer,” and also some deep cuts.  Geddy talked about how fans have different deep cut favorites, but some don’t work today because it’s hard to get back into the mindset of when the song was written.

Eddie said that this tour has a farewell feeling, and asked Geddy if that was the case.  While Geddy said that the band doesn’t like the idea of calling anything a farewell tour, he did say that this will likely be the last one of its kind because of where each member is in their life at this point.  Neal Peart finds it very difficult to leave his young daughter for prolonged tours, so this will definitely be the last tour for a while.  Geddy said that the band still talks about writing new material, and will do gigs in the future, but at their age, it’s difficult to tour extensively.

Geddy revealed that 2112 is being re-released on vinyl with a hologram etched into the album on March 17th.

 

PUT IT ON THE TABLE:  Geddy Lee

If you could be in any other band, what band would it be, and what would you play?

Bass in The Who.  John Entwhistle is my hero.

 

What is the one song that you wish that you wrote?

“Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who

 

What is your one vice?

Drinking too much wine every night

 

What is the best concert that you’ve ever attended?

Jethro Tull – Thick as a Brick tour

 

What is the first rock song that you ever learned how to play?

“For Your Love” by The Yardbirds

 

What is the weirdest rumor or news story that you’ve ever heard about yourself?

In the late 70s and early 80s, there were rumors that I was desperately ill will throat cancer, but wasn’t true.

 

RANK:  Rush albums (by Geddy Lee)

  1. Moving Pictures
  2. Permanent Waves
  3. 2112
  4. Hemispheres
  5. Farewell To Kings
  6. Rush (self-titled)
  7. Signals
  8. Caress Of Steel
  9. Fly By Night

When asked about his rankings, Geddy said – “I chose based on songwriting, the spirit of each album and how I feel when have to listen to the albums before a tour.  There are things that I’m proud of, and things that I’m less proud of.  ‘Fly By Night’ was ranked last because I think of it as a transitional record because it was the first one with Neal.  Overall, my ranks are based mostly on the quality of the songwriting.”

 

TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT:  AC/DC Rock Or Bust tour without Malcolm Young and Phil Rudd

JIM – Take it, because Malcolm left the band due to health issues and Phil due to legal issues.

DON – Take it, because the replacements are Chris Slade (formerly in band) and Steve Young (Malcolm’s nephew)

EDDIE – take it, AC/DC was the only worthwhile moment of the Grammy’s, and you can see that they’re still great.

 

 

TMS TOP 5:  70s British Rock Bands (Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott came on as a guest during this segment)

  1. Led Zeppelin
  2. Black Sabbath
  3. Mott The Hoople
  4. UFO
  5. Judas Priest

Fans List (from TMS Facebook page)

  1. Led Zeppelin
  2. Black Sabbath
  3. Deep Purple
  4. Pink Floyd
  5. Judas Priest

 

PICK OF THE WEEK:  Best Album of 2014

EDDIE – California Breed (self-titled), and also Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life (tribute album)

DON – Prong – Ruining Lives (on vinyl)

JIM – Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter

 

 

THROWDOWN:  Best Live Rush Album (All The World’s A Stage vs. Exit Stage Left)

PETRUCCI – Exit Stage Left

GEDDY – All The World’s A Stage

EDDIE – All The World’s A Stage

JIM – All The World’s A Stage

DON – Exit Stage Left

 

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Hard Rock Daddy Visits That Metal Show

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 1:  Zakk Wylde, M. Shadows, Jason Hook

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 2:  Corey Taylor, Vernon Reid, Morgan Rose, Joel Hoekstra

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 3:  Frankie Bello, Dave Ellefson, Bumblefoot

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 4:  Ted Nugent, Gary Hoey

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 5:  Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti, Matt Nathanson, Steve Brown

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 6: Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe and Chris Adler, Charlie Benante

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 7:  Mick Jones, Leslie West, Lita Ford

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 8: Mick Mars, Tom Keifer

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 9: Dee Snider, Chris Caffery

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 10: Peter Criss, Richard Christy

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 11: The Winery Dogs, Vinnie Paul, Yngwie Malmsteen

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 2-21-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 2-21-15.

The 2-21-15 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 –  “Broken Generation” – OF MICE & MEN

#14 –  “Paralyzed” – IN FLAMES

#13 –  “Miscellanea” – 10 YEARS

#12 –  “Wish You Hell” – LIKE A STORM

#11 –  “Angel” – THEORY OF A DEADMAN

#10 –  “Machines” – CROWN THE EMPIRE

#9 –   “Stars” – SIXX: A.M.

# 8 –   “Apocalyptic” – HALESTORM

# 7 –   “Face Everything And Rise” – PAPA ROACH

# 6 –   “Same Damn Life” – SEETHER

# 5 –   “Custer” – SLIPKNOT

# 4 –   “Game Over” – MACHINE HEAD

# 3 –   “Untraveled Road” –  THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

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

# 1 –    “Drop Dead Cynical” – AMARANTHE

 

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Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

Amaranthe – “Drop Dead Cynical”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

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

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

Like A Storm – “Wish You Hell”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

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Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2013

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Archives

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 2/28/15

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 2/28/15.  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. STICK TO YOUR GUNS – Disobedient
      3. MARILYN MANSON – The Pale Emporer
      4. NICKELBACK – No Fixed Address
      5. SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter
      6. FOO FIGHTERS – Sonic Highways
      7. PAPA ROACH – F.E.A.R.
      8. IN THIS MOMENT – Black Widow
      9. I PREVAIL – Heart vs Mind (EP)
      10. GODSMACK – 1000HP
      11. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Going To Hell
      12. ROYAL BLOOD – Royal Blood
      13. BLIND GUARDIAN – Beyond The Red Mirror
      14. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – Hail To The King
      15. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 2

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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

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

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums Archives

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 2/15/15

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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 2/15/15.  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 THREE DAYS GRACE “I Am Machine” 2068
2 2 SEETHER “Same Damn Life” 1604
3 3 PAPA ROACH “Face Everything And Rise” 1598
4 6 HALESTORM “Apocalyptic” 1359
5 7 PRETTY RECKLESS “Follow Me Down” 1223
6 4 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wrong Side Of Heaven” 1218
7 5 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Moving On” 1165
8 19 FOO FIGHTERS “Congregation” 1039
9 10 MARILYN MANSON “Deep Six” 976
10 11 SIXX A.M. “Stars” 946
11 12 AC/DC “Rock Or Bust” 908
12 8 FOO FIGHTERS “Something From Nothing” 877
13 13 NICKELBACK “Million Miles An Hour” 838
14 14 NOTHING MORE “Mr. MTV” 790
15 18 ALL THAT REMAINS “This Probably Won’t End Well” 768
16 15 YOUNG GUNS “I Want Out” 756
17 21 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Drown” 684
18 25 OFFSPRING “Coming For You” 664
19 20 STARSET “Carnivore” 616
20 22 SLASH “Bent To Fly” 577
21 17 ARCTIC MONKEYS “R U Mine?” 512
22 23 KID ROCK “First Kiss” 506
23 24 MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Reincarnate” 474
24 28 CAGE THE ELEPHANT Cigarette Daydreams 463
25 26 BLACK KEYS “Weight Of Love” 427
26 27 ISLANDER “New Wave” 396
27 32 AWOLNATION “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” 339
28 50 INCUBUS “Absolution Calling” 338
29 31 LIKE A STORM “Wish You Hell” 300
30 33 SLIPKNOT “Custer” 270
31 29 OF MICE & MEN “Feels Like Forever” 268
32 36 WE ARE HARLOT “Dancing On Nails 241
33 37 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Unraveled Road” 230
34 40 10 YEARS “Miscellanea” 216
35 38 AMARANTHE “Drop Dead Cynical” 206
36 44 OTHERWISE “Coming For The Throne” 197
37 41 HINDER “Hit The Ground” 197
38 30 CHEVELLE “An Island” 182
39 35 BEARTOOTH “Beaten In Lips” 180
40 34 3 YEARS HOLLOW “For Life” 180
41 46 SONS OF TEXAS “Baptized In The Rio Grande” 171
42 42 YELAWOLF “Till It’s Gone” 168
43 45 BLACK VEIL BRIDES “Goodbye Agony” 151
44 53 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Angel” 142
45 43 MOTLEY CRUE “All Bad Things” 140
46 49 CHARM CITY DEVILS “Karma” 130
47 47 FALL OUT BOY “Uma Thurman” 126
48 48 YOU ME AT SIX “Forgive And Forget” 117
49 51 IN FLAMES “Paralyzed” 93
50 54 FRAMING HANLEY “Collide” 80

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

CAGE9 – “Illuminator” 

It’s always challenging for emerging artists to carve out their piece of the pie when it comes to radio airplay.  It can easily be argued that there are many emerging artists whose songs are an infinitely better fit for Active Rock radio than a number of songs that simply don’t fit the format at all.  Although Cage9 definitely fits into the  emerging artist category, they do have the advantage of a high-profile connection with Evan Rodaniche fronting the band.  Known by Powerman 5000 fans as Evan9 for his guitar work with the band, Rodaniche proves on “Illuminator” that he is equally as talented as a vocalist.  Hopefully, the Powerman 5000 connection will pique the interest of Active Rock radio programmers enough to give “Illuminator” a chance.  This is a killer track that would stand out on any playlist.  For the sake of listeners everywhere, one can only hope that programmers “see the light” and give “Illuminator” the spins that it richly deserves!

 

 

 


THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Three Days Grace extends the run at the top to four weeks for “I Am Machine” on the latest Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart.  Despite having hit the apparent peak of spins, their stay could be longer, as the #2 song from Seether, “Same Damn Life,” suffered a noticeable decline in airplay.  The gap to Papa Roach’s “Face Everything And Rise” at #3 remains fairly large, and would require an almost coordinated effort to push them ahead in a single week.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Sixx A.M. enters the Top 10 with “Stars,” their most successful song at radio in nearly four years, going back to “This Is Gonna Hurt” in 2011 … 

Slash f. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators break into the Top 20 this week with “Bent To Fly,” but there’s still a long way to go if they are to extend their streak of Top 10 singles to five …

Three new entries in the Top 50 this week, led by Theory Of A Deadman with “Angel”

Interpret it how you will, but this week’s “active rock” Top 50 includes 12 songs – effectively 1/4th of the airplay chart – that are also in the Top 50 on the Alternative chart.  With the exception of Three Days Grace and Seether, the remaining artists are not immediately identifiable as being Active Rock, so the matter in which genre is influencing the other seems fairly obvious.

 

 

 THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Papa Roach“Face Everything And Rise”

Foo Fighters – “Congregation”

The Offspring – “Coming For You”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Five Finger Death Punch“Wrong Side Of Heaven”

Foo Fighters – “Something From Nothing” 

Arctic Monkeys – “R U Mine?”

 

 

 

JL’s PICK OF THE WEEK

THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH“Untraveled Road”

It’s been more than a decade since these Christian rap-rockers broke into the mainstream rock chart, and in that time, few similar artists have been as successful at integrating their signature sound across multiple platforms. From video games to sports telecasts, the band has developed a knack for popping up in places that you wouldn’t necessarily have expected.  Somewhere along the way, instead of being a surprise, they’ve become a fixture.  The second single from their latest album, OXYGEN:INHALE, gives the band their fifth rock chart appearance in three years.  It’s a perfect example of why TFK has become one of the genre’s most reliable radio bands, with Trevor McNevan’s distinctive vocal leading the way.

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

Next week, we’ll see if Three Days Grace extends their streak at the top, if Halestorm can overtake a couple of heavyweights that stand between them and another #1, and whether the sanity slowly begins to creep back into the process that determines what songs are added to the playlist, or if the descent into the madness of mediocrity continues.

 

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 2/16/15

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Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 2/16/15.

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 an exclusive (and entertaining) interview with Shaun Soho, frontman of up-and-comers, Crash Midnight.

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

CRASH MIDNIGHT – “151”

You won’t find many (if any) hard rock bands today that cite artists like Hanoi Rocks, the New York Dolls and Iggy Pop as influences, but Crash Midnight is not like most bands.  Describing themselves as “a collision of classic 70s festival rock with a punk swagger,” the band has burst onto the scene with “151” – a party rocker with an infectious groove that has quickly become a fan favorite.  In a day and age where most modern hard rock acts fit comfortably into the Active Rock category, Crash Midnight dares to be different in a refreshing way.  Like Guns N’ Roses and fellow Bostonians, Aerosmith, this is a band with plenty of swagger and a sound that is tailor-made for the stage.  If radio programmers are smart, they will jump on “151” when it hits radio on 2/24/15!

 

In a recent interview with frontman, Shaun Soho, we discussed the inspiration behind “151”

“When we were first starting out, there were 5-6 guys crammed into this little apartment in Kenmore Square (right by Fenway Park).  We didn’t have a lot of money; we were just scraping by, trying to make something of Crash Midnight. 

We would always have big parties at our house, and no matter what, we would always scrape up enough money for booze.  151 gave us the biggest bang for our buck.  For about $23, we were able to get everybody ripped!  We used to mix it with Dr. Pepper, which made it look and taste like jet fuel, which is actually in the lyrics of the song. 

The writing of the song wasn’t intentional; we were just screwing around.  We would sit around listening to all sorts of classic rock stuff by some of our influences and heroes.  When Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Night Train’ came on, we were all fairly well lit already, so we started spoofing lyrics about 151 over the song, and we thought that it was hilarious. 

For weeks and weeks after that, people would be asking us to play ‘that 151 song’ at parties.  We kept playing it, and then people would start shouting it out at concerts, which makes sense because all the people that came to the parties were the people that came to the shows, so it was just one extended party.

Since people kept requesting it, we decided that we had to really work something out so that it didn’t just become ‘Night Train’ part 2.  We sat back, ripped it apart, and ended up making it into its own song.  Since both songs are in the same key, they do step on each other’s toes a bit though. 

It’s funny how stuff works in this industry.  People tell you that the song that you never intended to be a hit will be your biggest one.  We didn’t even intend ‘151’ to be a song, much less a hit, but it’s about to go to radio on February 24th as our first single!”

 

 

FRAMING HANLEY – “Twisted Halos”

Framing Hanley deservedly got a ton of mileage from “Criminal” – the first single off of their latest album, The Sum Of Who We Are, so it’s hard to understand why “Twisted Halos” didn’t get the same kind of attention at radio.  The song features the same smooth vocal delivery of Kenneth Nixon, great vocal harmonies and crunching guitars.  If anything, “Twisted Halos” is even a bit edgier than “Criminal,” (especially the guitars).  The seamless transitions and breaks show just how tight the band is together.  Somehow, radio missed on track, but based on early indications, they seem ready to embrace Framing Hanley’s latest single, “Collide,” which is likely to enter the Active Rock radio Top 50 this week.

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD“Day Of The Dead”

Rap-rock, party-rock, whatever genre label you prefer, it’s hard to deny the impact and popularity of Los Angeles outfit Hollywood Undead, after sales of more than two million combined units for their first three albums.  Because of that, it is a little surprising that radio didn’t pay more attention when the title track from their upcoming album was revealed in late 2014.  With the release of the album now only a month or so away, the track could still generate more widespread interest (and deservedly so), within the niche.

 

 

WOVENWAR“Death To Rights”

Born from the wreckage of As I Lay Dying, Wovenwar debuted in late 2014 with a positive reception for their debut single, “All Rise.”  The follow-up track takes a similar approach with a blistering instrumental opening that gives way to more accessible vocals.  It’s a powerful combination, with vocalist Shane Blay again proving himself to be a solid choice to deliver the words that go with the music.  Familiar, yet new, this is a band that seems like a legitimate force to be reckoned with.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

NIGHTWISH – “Elan”

Finland’s premiere symphonic metal band, Nightwish, returns with new lead singer Floor Jansen (After Forever, Re-Vamp).  A classically trained soprano, Jansen has the pipes to deliver on the demanding songs of her predecessors, as well as the new material coming out March 31.  The first single, “Elan,” highlights her talent over the backdrop of a Celtic melody and inviting lyrics that keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen tells us were inspired by Walt Whitman.

 

 

VEGA – “Wherever We Are”

British melodic rockers, Vega, combine the 80s stadium rock of bands like Def Leppard with their own modern vibe.  They hit it out of the park with “Wherever We Are,” from their third and latest album, with high-range vocals by Nick Workman and a monster chorus that stays with you long after the song is over.

 

 

 

  CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

MR. BIG – “Gotta Love The Ride”

Hard-n-heavy right out of the gate, Mr. Big shows that they’ve still got it with Gotta Love the Ride.”  Paul Gilbert’s guitar shreds throughout this great new tune, changing pace and ripping through his usual great solo, and Eric Martin’s ageless vocals seem effortless.  Sheehan and Torpy’s rhythm/percussion is unmistakable.  The band’s signature sound is intact after all these years.  Looking forward to hearing this one when I see them in concert!

 

 

SHYLMAGOGHNAR – “I Am The Abyss”

Atmospheric Progressive Metal Instrumental from the Netherlands: Shylamagoghnar’s I Am The Abyss” is an awesome, epic overture with all of the music performed by the two members in the band (Nimblkorg and Skirge).  Don’t bother with pronunciations, but do go on the powerful journey with them through dark and light.

 

 

HARD ROCK MUSIC TIME MACHINE

 ADAM WALDMAN

TESLA – “Song And Emotion” (1991)

It is commonly believed that this raw, emotional song was written as a tribute to Steve Clark, one of Def Leppard’s original guitarists who died from an overdose of prescription pills and alcohol just before his 31st birthday.  While Clark’s death ultimately factored into the song, the it was already a work in progress.  Click here to watch the band discuss the inspiration for this incredibly raw and moving song that features the signature raspy vocals of Jeff Keith and Frank Hannon’s powerful (Clark-esque) guitar playing.  A timeless classic that is as poignant and memorable today as it was back in 1991.

 

 

DEF LEPPARD – “Rock Brigade” (1980)

To the average hard rock fan, Def Leppard is an extremely polished arena rock band defined by their saccharine vocal harmonies.  However, long before the passing of the aforementioned Steve Clark or the tragic accident that cost drummer, Rick Allen, his left arm, Def Leppard broke onto the scene with a dirty, unpolished garage band sound.  The lead track off of the band’s 1980 debut album, On Through The Night, “Rock Brigade” is a gritty melodic rocker that opens with dirty guitars and the crash of a China cymbal.  The vocals are considerably more raw than what most people envision when Def Leppard comes to mind (but in a good way).  One of the few Def Lep songs that is actually enhanced by the crackling sound of a needle on vinyl.

 

 

 

  JON LOVELESS

MERCY DRIVE“Burn In My Light” (2006)

For all the issues that rock seems to have breaking into the mainstream in recent years, one avenue that has been successful is through professional wrestling.  Based out of central Florida, Mercy Drive may not be a household name on rock radio, but their sound is instantly familiar to fans of the WWE as the intro music for superstar Randy Orton.  Publishing issues prevented the track from appearing on their debut album, and within a year of its release, Mercy Drive disbanded.  In late 2014, the band announced that several members were currently working on material for a new album.

 

 

SHAMAN’S HARVEST“Broken Dreams” (2010)

While 2014 saw this Missouri band score both chart and critical success with “Dangerous” (a worthy follow-up to their 2009 hit, “Dragonfly”), they are recognizable to fans of the WWE universe as the sound that brought several superstars to the ring in recent years.  This song was the entrance music for superstar Drew McIntyre during his most successful run.  It’s a soulful, southern rock flavored tune that fits well in between their successes on the rock radio charts.


 

 

 

 ROB DELL’AQUILA

DOGPOUND – “Glass Jar” (2007)

Heavy, but full of hooks, “Glass Jar” pounds out the story of a man plotting his escape from a life gone wrong. With great riffs and a driving bass, it’s melodic metal from Sweden that strikes all the right notes, both musically and lyrically.

 

 

MESSIAH’S KISS – “Thunder Of The Night” (2007)

The power metal clichés abound, but who cares?  This song is epic!  Screaming riffs and snarling, soaring vocals cascade into a glorious chorus on this offering from the German band’s third album.

 

 

 

CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

STRYPER “Two Time Woman” (1990)

Stryper’s Against the Law release came and went in stealth-mode.  “Two Time Woman” is my favorite off of the album, and top 5 from them all-time.  Their signature is all over this bright and heavy metal track, and the content is a refreshing change of pace from the usual Christian Metal lyrics.  It’s almost refreshingly “dirty” for their image.  This is Sweet, Sweet, Gaines and Oz Fox at their best!

 

 

OZZY OSBOURNE & RANDY RHODES – “You Looking At Me Looking At You” (1981/2002)

Gotta dig deep into Ozzy’s tracks for “You Looking At Me Looking At You” – a great one off of Blizzard of Ozz.  You won’t find it in the original release, only as a bonus track in the 2002 version.  Even stacked up against the greats on this album, you’ll wonder why they didn’t just add song #10 in the first place.  Randy’s solo is off the charts, and this feelgood track is a great change of pace from the darker subject matter of this legendary album.

 

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