Monthly Archives: May 2015

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 5-30-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 5-30-15.

The 5-30-15 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 – “Better Place” – SAINT ASONIA

#14 –  “Amen” – HALESTORM

#13 –  “In Between” – BEARTOOTH

#12 –  “Human Race” – THREE DAYS GRACE

#11 –  “Day Of The Dead” – HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD

#10 –  “Dirty Diana” – SHAMAN’S HARVEST

#9 –   “Lydia” – HIGHLY SUSPECT

# 8 –  “Another Heart” – TREMONTI

# 7 –   “Never Giving Up” – OF MICE & MEN 

# 6 –  “Killpop” – SLIPKNOT

# 5 –  “Misery” – NONPOINT

# 4 –   “Nobody Praying For Me” – SEETHER 

# 3 –   “Failure” –  BREAKING BENJAMIN

# 2 –   “Hush” – HELLYEAH

# 1 –   “Jenny” – NOTHING MORE

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2014

Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

Saint Asonia – “Better Place”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Tremonti – “Another Heart”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Highly Suspect – “Lydia”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

The Importance of Nothing More’s “Jenny”

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

Red Sun Rising – “The Otherside”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

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It’s rare to find a current hard rock band that seamlessly blends the dark, grunge influences of Alice In Chains and Nirvana with the bright, soaring melodic influence of Shinedown.  Perhaps that is why “The Otherside” – the debut single from Akron, OH rockers, Red Sun Rising – immediately stood out as unique from the first listen.  Based on frontman, Mike Protich’s comments, it’s clear that Red Sun Rising’s unique sound is by design…

“Red Sun Rising is what rock was built on, but is not today’s rock, but a new rock alternative.  Subtle touches of blues mixed with the dark minor tonality of today.  Our music allows the listener to travel through a song that is anything but linear.  With soaring vocals, we strive to find melodies that convey the passion of our thought-provoking lyrical content, and push the boundaries that rock has somewhat forgotten.”

“The Otherside” grabs you right away with a haunting, grunge-influenced verse and never lets go as it crescendos into the soaring melodic chorus.  The more you listen to the song, the more you begin to peel back the layers, revealing a seasoned sound that rivals artists who have made several albums together.

It’s no surprise that the band has spent a considerable amount of time on the road supporting artists such as Shinedown, Seether and Pop Evil (to name a few).  The band is being produced by Bob Marlette, who has worked with both Shinedown and Seether.  It’s also no surprise that Red Sun Rising is signed to Razor & Tie, a label that continues to discover talented up-and-comers and rising stars (All That Remains, Nonpoint, The Pretty Reckless, Starset, Sons Of Texas, and many more).

SiriusXM’s Octane has already jumped on the song.  Based on the impact that Razor & Tie artists have had on Active Rock radio, you have to imagine that it’s only a matter of time before “The Otherside” starts to climb the Mediabase Active Rock chart, and deservedly so.

 

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

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 6/6/15.  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. FAITH NO MORE – Sol Invictus
      2. THE STORY SO FAR – The Story So Far
      3. SILVERSTEIN – I Am Alive In Everything I Touch
      4. SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE – At Your Service
      5. COAL CHAMBER – Rivals
      6. WHITESNAKE – The Purple Album
      7. HASTE THE DAY – Coward
      8. INCUBUS – Trust Fall (Side A) (EP)
      9. CHUNK! NO CAPTAIN CHUNK! – Get Lost Find Yourself
      10. HALESTORM – Into The Wild Life
      11. THE WHO – The Who Hits 50!
      12. THREE DAYS GRACE – Human
      13. IN THIS MOMENT – Black Widow
      14. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Going To Hell
      15. HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD – Day Of The Dead

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

Halestorm – “Apocalyptic”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Three Days Grace – “Painkiller”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums Archives

Dorothy – “After Midnight”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Dorothy Band Photo

Over three decades past their heyday, Led Zeppelin’s influence continues to be heard in the music of current hard rock artists, most notably Rival Sons and Crobot (amongst others).  Will Dorothy be the next Zeppelin-esque band to make an impact in the genre?  Based on their debut single, “After Midnight,” you’d have to think that the chances are pretty good, provided that they get the radio push that they deserve.

After hearing the last 45 seconds of “After Midnight” on SiriusXM’s Octane, I was immediately hooked.  The song has only gotten better with each subsequent listen on YouTube.  With a classic, 70s blues rock sound, and a cinematic quality, “After Midnight” is ideally suited to be featured in a movie or on a television show.  At the very least, it deserves to make an impact on Active Rock radio.

In true Zeppelin fashion, there is a mystique about the band that goes beyond their sound.  Aside from being a female-fronted, L.A.-based quartet with a self-titled EP available on iTunes, there is very little information published about the band on their Facebook page, although they were featured in LA Weekly late last year.

According to the article, the soulful, bluesy front woman that the band is named after had to overcome stage fright, although you wouldn’t know it listening to her confident, Janis Joplin-like vocals.  The L.A. transplant, who was born in Budapest, Hungary and raised in San Diego, admits having a “sailor mouth,” and is adamant about getting noticed for her music rather than her undeniable good looks or sex appeal.

With a unique delivery that harkens back to the early days of hard rock, and a powerful band behind her, there is no reason for Dorothy to be defined by her looks.  Make sure to keep this band on your radar.

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 5/23/15

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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 5/23/15.  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 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Failure” 2105
2 2 ZAC BROWN BAND (f. Chris Cornell) “Heavy Is The Head” 1835
3 3 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Angel” 1372
4 6 ROYAL BLOOD “Little Monster” 1368
5 4 SLASH “Bent To Fly” 1337
6 5 THREE DAYS GRACE “Human Race” 1328
7 7 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Drown” 968
8 8 PRETTY RECKLESS “Follow Me Down” 963
9 9 TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT “Take It Back” 929
10 13 NOTHING MORE “Jenny” 869
11 16 HALESTORM “Amen” 848
12 12 WE ARE HARLOT “Dancing On Nails” 781
13 10 AWOLNATION “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” 775
14 15 HELLYEAH “Hush” 748
15 18 SEETHER “Nobody Praying For Me” 746
16 11 OFFSPRING “Coming For You” 739
17 14 FOO FIGHTERS “Congregation” 671
18 20 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Lydia” 617
19 17 DEVOUR THE DAY “Faith” 592
20 22 MUSE “Dead Inside” 586
21 19 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Unraveled Road” 576
22 21 10 YEARS “Miscellanea” 533
23 23 HALESTORM “Apocalyptic” 479
24 24 APOCALYPTICA “Cold Blood” 432
25 26 IN THIS MOMENT “Sex Metal Barbie” 406
26 32 GODSMACK “What’s Next” 353
27 27 OF MICE & MEN “Never Giving Up” 343
28 28 FALLING IN REVERSE “God If You Are Above” 335
29 29 ARANDA “Don’t Wake Me” 330
30 25 OTHERWISE “Coming For The Throne” 299
31 31 KILL IT KID “Blood Stop And Run” 287
32 30 AMARANTHE “Drop Dead Cynical” 282
33 43 SLIPKNOT “Killpop” 247
34 33 MUSE “Psycho” 242
35 34 SONS OF TEXAS “Baptized In The Rio Grande” 218
36 35 CROBOT “Legend Of The Spaceborne” 213
37 39 YOUNG GUNS “Rising Up” 182
38 41 STARSET “Halo” 177
39 40 PERIPHERY “Alpha” 176
40 37 FLYLEAF “Thread” 173
41 42 AC/DC “Rock The Blues Away” 169
42 47 BEARTOOTH “In Between” 168
43 45 TREMONTI “Another Heart” 156
44 48 DANKO JONES “Do You Wanna Rock” 155
45 46 RED “Darkest Part” 154
46 87 ALL THAT REMAINS “For You” 149
47 44 MUMFORD & SONS “The Wolf” 145
48 50 ACIDIC “Chicago” 130
49 51 SHATTERED SUN “Hope Within Hatred” 127
50 53 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “Dirty Diana” 109

 

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

AC/DC – “Rock The Blues Away”

Unlike most classic, heavy metal artists, AC/DC has managed to carve out a place for themselves as a staple Active Rock artist, which is somewhat surprising given that their sound is largely the same as it has always been.  There is a beauty to their consistent approach.  They know who they are, who their fans are and what they want.  Perhaps the current infatuation with the band stems from how close we came to not having them around anymore after Malcolm Young’s diagnosis.  Whatever the reason for making AC/DC the exception to the rule on Active Rock radio, it’s good to see that they have a place amongst current hard rock artists.  Like many of their songs, “Rock The Blues Away” features the word “rock” in the title.  In fact, this is the second single in a row that has it.  Both “Play Ball” (the debut single) and “Rock Or Bust” (the follow-up single and title track) both made a huge impact on the Active Rock radio chart.  Each featured the classic AC/DC sound.  “Rock The Blues Away,” on the other hand, offers something unexpected and different, which may be why it’s climb on the charts has been more methodical.  Although AC/DC isn’t known for “feelgood” melodies, “Rock The Blues Away” shows that there are layers to their brand of “rock.”  With a fun, summer vibe in the vein of Kid Rock, this is a track that should have staying power for the next few months.

 

***NEW FEATURE***

HRD SPIN CONTROL (by Adam Waldman and Jon Loveless)

As you’ve probably noticed, we recently stopped including the “I CALL B#LL$HIT!” section in the weekly HRD Radio Report.  This decision was made for a few reasons.  First of all, because chart movement is relatively slow, we were pointing out the same songs for many weeks in a row.  But more importantly, we weren’t doing anything to help raise awareness for the songs that we believe should be getting enough spins to crack the Top 50 on the Active Rock radio chart.

Effective immediately, we are replacing “I CALL B#LL$HIT!” with HRD SPIN CONTROL.  Each week, we will share the songs that we think should be added to rotations, alongside the songs that we feel should be dropped from rotations, either because they are a bad fit for the format, or because they have run their course and it’s time for a new single from the artist.

SPIN IT…

CRASH MIDNIGHT“151”

SAINT ASONIA“Better Place”

ART OF ANARCHY“Til The Dust Is Gone”

WITHIN REASON“Here Comes The Light”

ART OF DYING“Rise Up”


 
DROP IT…

Awolnation“Hollow Moon”

Mumford & Sons“The Wolf”

Zac Brown Band“Heavy Is The Head”

Bring Me The Horizon“Drown”

In This Moment“Sex Metal Barbie”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Despite minor erosion in support, it’s another week at #1 on the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart for “Failure” by Breaking Benjamin.  Seven of the Top 10 songs saw declines in airplay (some likely due to holiday programming), so no one really mounted any sort of challenge for the top spot.  Zac Brown Band (f. Chris Cornell) remains at #2; Theory Of A Deadman is still #3.  Royal Blood slides into the #4 spot with “Little Monster,” a move that could open the door for them to claim at least a brief stay at the top before all is said and done.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Nothing More is the only new arrival in the Top 10 this week with “Jenny”

Halestorm just missed another Top 10 by a matter of hours worth of airplay as “Amen” lands at #11, bookending the Top 20 with the other new arrival into that level, “Dead Inside” by Muse

Godsmack had a solid week, giving them the only new entry into the Top 30…

A nearly 50% increase in airplay pushes Slipknot up ten places and into the Top 40…

Three songs move into the lower part of the Top 50 this week, but only one that’s actually making a debut.  Radio responds quickly to the add date for the latest single from All That Remains (“For You”), while Shattered Sun and Shaman’s Harvest return to the published chart with songs that had debuted previously.

 

 

 THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Halestorm – “Amen”

Seether – “Nobody Praying For Me”

Godsmack – “What’s Next”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Bring Me The Horizon “Drown”

Pretty Reckless“Follow Me Down”

Awolnation“Hollow Moon”

 

FUTURES REPORT

The holiday weekend makes predicting the next chart movement a little more difficult since special programming sometimes throwing rotations and spin counts out of whack.  The huge lead enjoyed by the current #1 song, strongly suggests that Breaking Benjamin will get at least a fourth straight week at the top.  The more interesting race might be the one to eventually succeed them.  Whether Royal Blood can reach the top before format core artists like Halestorm and Seether reach their typical destinations is still up in the air.

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 5/25/15: Military Appreciation Month

Music Discovery Monday - Military Appreciation Month

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 5/25/15.

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.

In honor of Memorial Day, this week’s Music Discovery Monday features songs that show appreciation for the military…

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

NONPOINT – “Frontlines” (2010)

Nonpoint is primarily known for their brand of high-energy, intense hard rock.  Written from the perspective of a soldier, “Frontlines” is a melancholic, thought-provoking power ballad that really drives home the point that our soldiers are putting their lives on the line every day to protect the freedoms that we enjoy, and too often, take for granted.  The images contained within the video should serve as a stark reminder that Memorial Day is about more than just a long weekend to BBQ with friends and family…

“Frontlines’ is for our country’s armed forces. They risk their lives every day to protect the rights, liberties and lives of people whose names they don’t even know” (Elias Soriano).

 

OTHERWISE – “Soldiers” (2012)

While the song has a deeper meaning that goes beyond military appreciation, at its core, “Soldiers” is an uplifting anthem about the freedom that we enjoy because of the bravery of those who serve our country.

“For the Warriors who fight and die…so the rest of us may fight to Live.” 

“The quote, which preludes the video itself, is a direct dedication to the brave men and women who serve in the United States military,” says Otherwise vocalist Adrian Patrick. “Their service allows our country’s citizens to pursue their individual ideas of happiness.”

 

EVE TO ADAM – “Immortal” (2013)

“This song is dedicated to the men and women of the United States armed services and their families for their incalculable sacrifices made on behalf of this great country.”

The aforementioned quote begins the powerful lyric video of Eve To Adam’s “Immortal,” which features a mixture of still shots and video images.  Listening to this melodic anthem as you watch the video, you can’t help but to feel inspired and appreciative of our incredible military, whose perseverance and dedication is unrivaled…

“Immortal is dedicated to those whose accomplishments and influence will last way beyond their living years.  It’s about those people that everybody else wants to emulate and strive to be like,” states Eve To Adam frontman, Taki Sassaris.

 

SAMMY HAGAR – “Remember The Heroes” (1982)

If ever there was a song that was perfect for Memorial Day, it is Sammy Hagar’s “Remember The Heroes,” which was co-written with Jonathan Cain (Journey) and features the guest vocals of Mike Reno (Loverboy).  Hagar and Reno both capture the meaning of the song with their distinct, emotive vocal deliveries.  From Hagar’s successful 1982 solo album, Three Lock Box, “Remember The Heroes” didn’t garner as much attention as many of the hits on the album, but it is arguably the most important song on the album.

 

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – “Wrong Side Of Heaven” (2013)

Continuing their strong connection with veterans, the band turned the video for this hit single into a fund-raising opportunity for numerous advocacy groups.  The effort produced over $100,000 in less than 48 hours upon release, and exponentially more awareness of stress-related disorders afflicting veterans and groups that stand ready to help.

 

SAVING ABEL – “18 Days” (2008)

Another band with a long-standing connection to the military, Saving Abel wrote and dedicated this song to U.S. troops serving around the world.  The global nature of the missions are more familiar to the band than many, having performed for troops serving in Iraq, Qatar, Cuba, Japan and India.

 

TRAPT – “Living In The Eye Of The Storm” (2013)

Initially written about personal turmoil, this song turned toward veterans with an accompanying video that was intended to recognize the sacrifice of troops and their families.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

ICED EARTH – “Declaration Day” (2004)

Iced Earth, out of Tampa, Florida, is a heavy metal band formed by guitarist and songwriter Jon Schaffer.  “Declaration Day” comes from one of the two albums fronted by the amazing Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen).  His vocals soar off the charts to evoke powerful emotion in a song of resolution and sacrifice.

 

FAIRYLAND – “A Soldier’s Letter” (2009)

This French band, playing arrangements dense with keyboards and vocal harmonies, is a solid contributor to the symphonic metal genre.  Here, with guest vocalist Marco Sandron (Pathosray), they deliver a moving tribute to the soldier so far away from his loved ones, and fated never to come home.

 

LIQUID HORIZON – “Sacrifice” (2007)

German progressive metal band Liquid Horizon wrote this heart-wrenching piece about the struggle against tyranny for their 2007 concept album, Revolutions.  Each song from the album focuses on a particular revolution, or struggle for freedom, from a different period in history.  The complex arrangement here was conceived to lament the failed attempt by Georg Elser to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1939, thereby (hopefully) averting World War II and the subsequent Nazi atrocities.  So many sacrifices, on the battlefield and elsewhere, would sadly follow.

 

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 5-23-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 5-23-15.

The 5-23-15 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 – “In Between” – BEARTOOTH

#14 –  “Human Race” – THREE DAYS GRACE

#13 –  “Day Of The Dead” – HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD

#12 –  “Cold Blood” – APOCALYPTICA

#11 –  “Lydia” – HIGHLY SUSPECT

#10 –  “Darkest Part” – RED

#9 –   “Angel” – THEORY OF A DEADMAN

# 8 –  “Another Heart” – TREMONTI

# 7 –   “Misery” – NONPOINT

# 6 –  “Untraveled Road” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

# 5 –  “Nobody Praying For Me” – SEETHER

# 4 –   “Killpop” – SLIPKNOT 

# 3 –   “Failure” –  BREAKING BENJAMIN

# 2 –   “Hush” – HELLYEAH

# 1 –   “Jenny” – NOTHING MORE

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2014

Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

Tremonti – “Another Heart”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Highly Suspect – “Lydia”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

The Importance of Nothing More’s “Jenny”

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

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 5/30/15

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 5/30/15.  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. INCUBUS – Trust Fall (Side A) (EP)
      2. VEIL OF MAYA – Matriarch
      3. HINDER – When The Smoke Clears
      4. HALESTORM – Into The Wild Life
      5. THREE DAYS GRACE – Human
      6. THE WHO – The Who Hits 50!
      7. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Going To Hell
      8. HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD – Day Of The Dead
      9. IN THIS MOMENT – Black Widow
      10. SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter
      11. NICKELBACK – No Fixed Address
      12. AC/DC – Rock Or Bust
      13. FOO FIGHTERS – Sonic Highways
      14. SLEEPING WITH SIRENS – Madness
      15. KAMELOT – Havenpt Of The Devil

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

Halestorm – “Apocalyptic”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Three Days Grace – “Painkiller”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums Archives

Saint Asonia – “Better Place”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Saint Asonia Better Place

Whenever musicians from bands with name recognition get together to form something new, the tendency is to instantly dub them as a “supergroup,” even if the individual members shun the label.  Such is the case with Saint Asonia, which features Adam Gontier (Three Days Grace) on lead vocals, Mike Mushok (Staind) on guitar, Rich Beddoe (Finger Eleven) on drums and Corey Lowery (Dark New Day, Stereomud, Eye Empire) on bass.

Given the fact “’supergroups” have a tendency to have a relatively short shelf life, it’s understandable why Gontier was quick to dismiss the label…

“Truth is, we’re more like refugees that just really hit it off creatively,” joked Gontier when discussing his view of Saint Asonia.

The band is currently finishing up its debut full-length album (slated for a summer release).  Ahead of the release of the album, they have just put out their first single, “Better Place,” which is understandably starting to gain traction on SiriusXM’s Octane already.

Gontier shocked everyone when he parted ways with Three Days Grace over two years ago in the middle of the Transit Of Venus tour, right as the band was at their peak.  Citing a desire to “create real music from the heart rather than for radio,” Gontier promised that “real, honest music from his soul” was forthcoming.  It took a while, but if “Better Place” is a taste of what’s to come from Saint Asonia’s debut album, then it will have been worth the wait.

Based on the seemingly autobiographical lyrics that Gontier delivers with his signature impassioned angst, you have to believe that he has no regrets about leaving Three Days Grace just as they were ascending into the upper echelon of the hard rock music genre.  Is he truly in a “better place” with Saint Asonia?  Maybe not from a commercial standpoint (yet), but creatively, it would be hard to argue with him based on the band’s first single.

Whether Saint Asonia gets labeled as a “supergroup” or not is immaterial.  The bottom line is that the chemistry between them is undeniable, and the potential is there for Gontier to “have his cake and eat it too” by delivering edgy hard rock that should also appeal to the masses.

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 5/16/15

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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 5/16/15.  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 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Failure” 2177
2 2 ZAC BROWN BAND (f. Chris Cornell) “Heavy Is The Head” 1932
3 5 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Angel” 1393
4 4 SLASH “Bent To Fly” 1385
5 7 THREE DAYS GRACE “Human Race” 1327
6 8 ROYAL BLOOD “Little Monster” 1319
7 6 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Drown” 1214
8 3 PRETTY RECKLESS “Follow Me Down” 1146
9 11 TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT “Take It Back” 953
10 12 AWOLNATION “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” 917
11 9 OFFSPRING “Coming For You” 911
12 13 WE ARE HARLOT “Dancing On Nails” 827
13 14 NOTHING MORE “Jenny” 825
14 10 FOO FIGHTERS “Congregation” 810
15 15 HELLYEAH “Hush” 747
16 20 HALESTORM “Amen” 730
17 17 DEVOUR THE DAY “Faith” 598
18 25 SEETHER “Nobody Praying For Me” 589
19 19 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Unraveled Road” 566
20 23 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Lydia” 546
21 22 10 YEARS “Miscellanea” 529
22 21 MUSE “Dead Inside” 493
23 16 HALESTORM “Apocalyptic” 490
24 24 APOCALYPTICA “Cold Blood” 451
25 18 OTHERWISE “Coming For The Throne” 442
26 26 IN THIS MOMENT “Sex Metal Barbie” 436
27 27 OF MICE & MEN “Never Giving Up” 326
28 28 FALLING IN REVERSE “God If You Are Above” 313
29 30 ARANDA “Don’t Wake Me” 300
30 29 AMARANTHE “Drop Dead Cynical” 291
31 32 KILL IT KID “Blood Stop And Run” 262
32 54 GODSMACK “What’s Next” 244
33 37 MUSE “Psycho” 237
34 31 SONS OF TEXAS “Baptized In The Rio Grande” 221
35 39 CROBOT “Legend Of The Spaceborne” 216
36 36 STARS IN STEREO “Fair-Weather Friend” 191
37 35 FLYLEAF “Thread” 188
38 33 INCUBUS “Absolution Calling” 178
39 41 YOUNG GUNS “Rising Up” 170
40 40 PERIPHERY “Alpha” 169
41 45 STARSET “Halo” 168
42 49 AC/DC “Rock The Blues Away” 164
43 52 SLIPKNOT “Killpop” 160
44 42 MUMFORD & SONS “The Wolf” 155
45 38 TREMONTI “Another Heart” 153
46 43 RED “Darkest Part” 150
47 46 BEARTOOTH “In Between” 149
48 48 DANKO JONES “Do You Wanna Rock” 139
49 44 ADELITA’S WAY “I Get Around” 112
50 51 ACIDIC “Chicago” 108

 


PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

FALLING IN REVERSE – “God If You Are Above”

Often times, the pick of the week is a song that is not getting the attention that it deserves from Active Rock radio.  Although this song probably won’t reach the level on the chart that it is worthy of, it has gotten solid spins.  Let’s just say that the reason it was chosen this week has to do with a sign from above.  There is a fascinating backstory to the writing of this song, and the rest of the Falling In Reverse album for that matter, but that will be shared in another feature in the coming weeks on Hard Rock Daddy.  “God If You Are Above” is a high-energy track that captures frontman, Ronnie Radke’s torment as he passionately delivers thought-provoking lyrics.  Every once in a while, a track seems to plateau on the chart, but then continues to climb slowly.  Hopefully, this will be the case for a kick-ass tune that stands out as unique on Active Rock radio.

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

A week of steady growth for “Failure” keeps Breaking Benjamin atop the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart for a second straight week.  A virtually flat week with no erosion allows Zac Brown Band (f. Chris Cornell) to remain in the #2 spot with “Heavy Is The Head.”  Theory Of A Deadman is a “very distant” #3 with “Angel,” which  isn’t an exaggeration.  Third place is so far behind the leader at the moment, that even a sudden 50% increase in spins would still not overtake the reigning champion.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Both Temperance Movement and Awolnation crack the Top 10 this week…

New arrivals in the Top 20 include mainstays Seether with “Nobody Praying For Me,” and newcomers Highly Suspect, the latter scoring an impressive debut with “Lydia”

With all that movement you might think that there’d be a noticeable change in how radio sounded over the past week, but you’d be mistaken.  When you look at the Top 30 songs you’ll notice that every song is the exact same as last week; they’ve just been rearranged…

That’s something that will almost certainly change next week as Godsmack strongly leads a trio of songs debuting in (or returning to) to the Top 50 with their latest single, “What’s Next.”

 

 

 THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Breaking Benjamin“Failure”

Halestorm – “Amen”

Seether – “Nobody Praying For Me”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Pretty Reckless“Follow Me Down”

Offspring “Coming For You”

Foo Fighters“Congregation”

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

Given the continued growth for the current #1 song, and the rather enormous gap back to the next contenders for the top spot, it seems highly likely that the run will continue for at least another week – and possibly several weeks — for Breaking Benjamin.  There are several viable contenders to succeed them, but it appears they will all have to patiently wait their turn.

 

WRAP-UP

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