Monthly Archives: July 2015

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 8/8/15

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 8/8/15.  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. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark By Dawn
      2. HIGHLY SUSPECT – Mr. Asylum
      3. MEMPHIS MAY FIRE – Unconditional
      4. GEORGE LYNCH – Shadow Train
      5. BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME – Coma Ecliptic
      6. AUGUST BURNS RED – Found In Far Away Places
      7. 2015 WARPED TOUR COMPILATIONS – Various Artists
      8. ROYAL BLOOD – Royal Blood
      9. THREE DAYS GRACE – Human
      10. HALESTORM – Into The Wild Life
      11. CRADLE OF FILTH – Hammer Of The Witches
      12. SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter
      13. FOO FIGHTERS – Sonic Highways
      14. SEETHER – Isolate And Medicate
      15. PHINEHAS – Til The End

RELATED ARTICLES:

Highly Suspect – “Lydia”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Seether – “Nobody Praying For Me”: An Inspired Interactive Video Experience

Seether – “Words As Weapons”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

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

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 7/26/15

Music Discovery Monday – 7/27/15

Music Discovery Monday - Demon Hunter

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 7/27/15.

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.

No interview this week, just a dedication to a special little girl…

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

DEMON HUNTER – “The Last One Alive”

Demon Hunter’s history dates back to the turn of the new millennium.  While they have received accolades and awards inside the Christian Metal world, “The Last One Alive” is the first song that helped them cross over into Active Rock.  Truth be told, this song probably achieved too much success to be included on Music Discovery Monday, but it was chosen for a very specific reason (beyond it being an outstanding song).

Last week, drummer Yogi Watts, and his then-expectant wife, Cara, returned home from a doctor’s visit to find that their building had burned down.  They lost all of their belongings.  Since then, baby Dessi has arrived.  To help the couple and their newborn baby get back on their feet, a GoFundMe campaign has been created.  Not that there was any doubt, but the metal community takes care of their own, and have already risen to the occasion during these bittersweet times for the couple.  Even though the campaign has already exceeded its modest goal, donations are still being accepted.

CLICK HERE to contribute to Yogi, Cara and baby Dessi’s GoFundMe campaign.

 

SIXX: A.M. – “Relief”

When Motley Crue’s farewell tour finally comes to an end, Sixx: A.M. will finally become the primary project for all of the band members.  The band already has lofty plans to follow-up their most recent album, Modern Vintage.  In 2016, Sixx: A.M. plans to release two full-length studio albums.  Until then, there is still a lot more meat to pick off of the Modern Vintage bones.  The debut single from the album (“Gotta Get It Right”) was followed up by the mega-hit, “Stars.”  With an album this deep, the only explanation for not releasing several singles is that Sixx has been focusing most of his attention on his final days with Crue.

Sixx: A.M. has the uncanny ability to create uplifting melodies with lyrics that touch upon the more difficult times in life.  It is highly recommended that you listen to this underrated track while reading the powerful (at times cathartic) lyrics.  Any difficulties that you’re facing will seem a lot less daunting as you immerse yourself in “Relief.”  Who among us can’t use some “relief” in one way or another?

 

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

WILSON – “Right To Rise”

Attitude has long been a part of rock ‘n’ roll.  Now and then, a band comes along and reminds everyone of that this is still true today.  This five-piece band from Detroit fills that role nicely.  There’s considerable talent here, an ability to write and definite signs of {gasp} maturity since their previous album.  Hopefully that won’t inspire them to hunt me down or anything; I’m only telling the truth.   Wilson is a band that is well-worth enjoying now, and also to keep an eye on for the future as well.

 

BRING ME THE HORIZON – “Happy Song”

In the coming weeks and months, it seems likely that a fair bit of discussion will be focused on the band’s move away from metalcore into, well, “poppier” territory.  Some of that discussion won’t be “happy,” and having heard “Throne” (the likely first single), I can understand some of the slings and arrows that are likely to ensue from longtime fans.  That said, the forthcoming album is definitely not without some worthwhile moments, like this track that really seems to almost mock the very direction they’ve admitted to be heading towards.  It’s a good contemporary track that’s got some musical bite and is rather snarky (in my opinion).

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

THE MURDER OF MY SWEET – “Always The Fugitive”

Swedish symphonic metal band The Murder Of My Sweet returns on August 21st with Beth Out of Hell, a concept album where the daughter of Lucifer falls in love with the Archangel Michael.  That’s a pretty lofty concept; but then this band is known for soaring vocals and cinematic orchestrations.  Both are in strong supply on this, the album’s first single.

 

POLLACK –“Stand Up And Run”

Polish brothers Jacek (guitar, vocals, bass, keyboards) and Grzegorz Polak (drums) team up with bassist Bartlomiej Filip to form Mr. Pollack. From a country known lately for supplying acts on the heavier side of metal, these guys are (slightly) more laid back, treating us to a melodic brand of hard rock.  This particular song is heavy and catchy, while boasting some extra groove.

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

ELVENKING – “Black Roses For The Wicked One”

Elvenking is a folk/power metal band from Sacile, Italy.  “Black Roses” is a deep cut from their last album, Pagan Manifesto.  It’s an energetic ride with a tight and talented band.  Vocals, rhythm and lead guitars are all terrific on this track.

 

BRING ME THE HORIZON – “Throne”

Bring Me The Horizon has morphed away from their early metalcore sound, and solidly into alternative rock/metal.  “Throne” is the second release from their September 2015 release, That’s the Spirit.  It’s an intense, never-say-die track about being on the rebound.
 

SUBMISSIONS

To be considered for Music Discovery Monday, please e-mail a link to the song being submitted on YouTube and an artist bio to – submissions@MusicDiscoveryMonday.com

 

 

HARD ROCK MUSIC TIME MACHINE

 ADAM WALDMAN

My Hard Rock Music Time Machine selections were inspired by a little girl who has changed my life in ways that I never would have imagined…
 
10 YEARS – “Fix Me” (2010)

Not to sound like a confusing word problem, but five years ago, 10 Years featured a sound much different than today.  From their 2010 release, Feeding The Wolves, “Fix Me” is alternative metal with the type of catchy chorus that lingers in your head long after the song ends.

As the founder of Hard Rock Daddy, I do my best to expose my children to as much hard rock as possible, a feat that grows more challenging as their own musical tastes evolve.  Back when they didn’t drift off into their own musical world with headphones, they had no choice but to listen to SiriusXM’s Octane, which is often the station of choice in the car.

At the age of 5, that little girl mentioned above liked a lot of hard rock music, but no song ever elicited the same response as “Fix Me.”  As soon as she heard the beginning of the chorus… “I’m fine in the fire…I feed on the friction…” – a huge smile would appear on her face as she clapped and shrieked with delight.  In retrospect, I probably should have recorded it and sent it in to America’s Funniest Home Videos.  No matter, the memory is etched in my mind as if it were recorded, and it comes rushing back every time that I hear this song.

 

DIO & YNGWIE MALMSTEEN – “Dream On” (1999)

Aerosmith’s original version of “Dream On” made a lasting impact on me that still remains to this day.  For many years, I associated it with my high school year book quote, but that all changed when my daughter began to sing along as the song reached its peak, and Steven Tyler’s ungodly notes.  Unable to make out the words, she called the song “Dream – Os,” which sounds like some sort of breakfast cereal.

Since including the original “Dream On” on Music Discovery Monday would be kind of absurd, given that it is one of the most popular rock songs of all-time, I decided to share an incredible cover version of it instead in this forum.  Taking on a song of this magnitude is pretty much a fool’s errand, unless of course, you are the legendary Ronnie James Dio being accompanied by Yngwie Malmsteen.  Then it makes total sense!  While this version will never make you forget the original, it is one of the more inspired hard rock cover songs that I’ve ever heard.

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

MAN MADE MACHINE – “Victim” (2011)

The recent announcement that members of this Arizona-based band would be moving on to other projects prompts another wistful trip into the time machine.  Their debut album (produced by Hellyeah/Mudvayne veterans Chad Grey and Greg Tribbett) provided this solid lead single, but for whatever reason, the band never quite managed a complete breakthrough into regular rotations at radio with the rest of the album, nor the 2014 follow-up EP.   A shame, really; their talent and output deserved more than it got.

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

HEARTLAND – “City Of Lights” (2005)

This 2005 track opens with a blend of driving guitars, joined shortly afterwards by the drums, and then the commanding vocals of Chris Ousey. Exuberant backing vocals layer in later to build to a powerhouse chorus.  This was one of many highlights from the album Move On, by British melodic hard rockers Heartland.

 

IRON MASK – “Universe” (2010)

Guitar virtuoso Dushan Petrossi delivers a neoclassical tour de force with Belgian power metal band Iron Mask, on this song from their 2010 album, Shadow of the Red Baron.  Goetz “Valhalla Jr.” Mohr contributes some raspy, but powerful, vocals.  Eric Stout’s drumming is rapid-fire and intense.

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

EDGUY – “All The Clowns” (2001)

German power metal band Edguy has been crushing it since 1992.  “All the Clowns” was the lead-in song from the Mandrake album, whose success led to their first headlining tour.  The summary for this track is best left to lead singer Tobi Sammet… “We are a Heavy Metal band. We play angry, powerful, sometimes tongue-in-cheek Metal.” 

 

STEEL DRAGON “We All Die Young” (2001)

The track is a cover by the fictional band Steel Dragon – from the 2001 film Rock Star.  Originally recorded by Steelheart in 1996, it got some extra amperage from Zakk Wylde on guitar, Jeff Pilson on bass and Jason Bonham on drums.  The amazing vocals of Steelheart’s Miljenko Matijevic, however, are unchanged.  The original is excellent in its own right, and worth checking out as well.
 

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 7-25-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 7-25-15.

The 7-25-15 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 – “Happy Song” – BRING ME THE HORIZON

#14 –  “Lydia” – HIGHLY SUSPECT

#13 –  “You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War)” – BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

#12 –  “I Won’t Give In” – ASKING ALEXANDRIA

#11 –  “Footsteps” – POP EVIL

#10 –  “Gravity” – PAPA ROACH

#9 –   “Jekyll & Hyde” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 8 –  “The Vengeful One” – DISTURBED

# 7 –   “Misery” – NONPOINT

# 6 –  “Cut The Cord” – SHINEDOWN

# 5 –  “Killpop” – SLIPKNOT

# 4 –   “Better Place” – SAINT ASONIA

# 3 –   “Nobody Praying For Me” – SEETHER

# 2 –   “Jenny” – NOTHING MORE

# 1 –   “Hush” – HELLYEAH

 

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2015 Mid-Year Recap: HRD Radio Report Active Rock and Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown

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

Bullet For My Valentine – “You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War)”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Seether – “Nobody Praying For Me”: An Inspired Interactive Video Experience

Highly Suspect – “Lydia”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

The Importance of Nothing More’s “Jenny”

Nothing More – Nothing More: Hard Rock Daddy Album Review

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2014

Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

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 – 8/1/15

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 8/1/15.  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. BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME – Coma Ecliptic
      2. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark By Dawn
      3. 2015 WARPED TOUR COMPILATIONS – Various Artists
      4. CRADLE OF FILTH – Hammer Of The Witches
      5. PHINEHAS – Til The End
      6. AUGUST BURNS RED – Found In Far Away Places
      7. BEING AS AN OCEAN – BEING AS AN OCEAN
      8. HUNDREDTH – Free
      9. ROYAL BLOOD – Royal Blood
      10. THREE DAYS GRACE – Human
      11. HALESTORM – Into The Wild Life
      12. FOO FIGHTERS – Sonic Highways
      13. SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter
      14. THY ART IS MURDER – Holy War
      15. PALISADES – Mind Games

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

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 7/19/15

HRD Radio Report - Nonpoint

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 7/19/15.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

2015 Mid-Year Recap: HRD Radio Report Active Rock and Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown

CHART POSITION THIS WEEK CHART POSITION LAST WEEK ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO SPINS THIS WEEK
1 1 ROYAL BLOOD “Little Monster” 1719
2 3 HALESTORM “Amen” 1665
3 5 DISTURBED “The Vengeful One” 1579
4 8 SHINEDOWN “Cut The Cord” 1539
5 6 POP EVIL “Footsteps” 1457
6 3 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Angel” 1406
7 9 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Lydia” 1405
8 7 NOTHING MORE “Jenny” 1398
9 2 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Failure” 1389
10 10 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Jekyll And Hyde” 1316
11 11 SEETHER “Nobody Praying For Me” 1000
12 14 SAINT ASONIA “Better Place” 899
13 16 PAPA ROACH “Gravity” 828
14 13 ZAC BROWN BAND (f. Chris Cornell) “Heavy Is The Head” 732
15 12 THREE DAYS GRACE “Human Race” 632
16 15 HELLYEAH “Hush” 626
17 20 THE STRUTS “Could Have Been Me” 618
18 21 RED SUN RISING “The Otherside” 617
19 18 MUMFORD & SONS “The Wolf” 609
20 19 SLIPKNOT “Killpop” 596
21 22 OF MICE & MEN “Never Giving Up” 570
22 23 ARANDA “Don’t Wake Me” 559
23 24 KILL IT KID “Blood Stop And Run” 524
24 25 ALL THAT REMAINS “For You” 516
25 32 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Angel’s Fall” 473
26 17 GODSMACK “What’s Next” 469
27 26 I PREVAIL “Blank Space” 445
28 28 P.O.D. “This Goes Out To You” 431
29 29 STARSET “Halo” 400
30 30 BEARTOOTH “In Between” 355
31 27 MUSE “Dead Inside” 315
32 31 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “Dirty Diana” 279
33 33 CROBOT “Legend Of The Spaceborne” 246
34 35 RED “Darkest Part” 222
35 41 TRAPT “Passenger” 199
36 38 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE “You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War)” 192
37 37 SHATTERED SUN “Hope Within Hatred” 166
38 44 WE ARE HARLOT “Someday” 165
39 39 MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Unstoppable” 163
40 36 IN THIS MOMENT “Sex Metal Barbie” 156
41 45 GHOST “Cirice” 154
42 43 HINDER “Intoxicated” 139
43 42 BECK “Dreams” 135
44 48 SEASONS AFTER “Weathered And Worn” 115
45 54 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “I Won’t Give In” 108
46 47 WITHIN REASON “Here Comes The Light” 103
47 46 BUCKCHERRY “Bring It On Back” 103
48 49 NEW YEAR’S DAY “Defame Me” 100
49 50 3 YEARS HOLLOW “Chemical Ride” 99
50 51 WE CAME AS ROMANS “The World I Used To Know” 91


PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

NONPOINT – “Misery”

For the past few HRD Radio Reports, the pick of the week was a new song from an Active Rock staple artist.  The same is true this week, but for reasons that defy all logic, “Misery” by Nonpoint has still yet to crack the Top 50, much less make a run for the top slot.  While a number of songs that, quite frankly, have no business getting ANY airplay on Active Rock radio, “Misery” languishes outside of the Top 50.  Of course, that doesn’t mean that the song isn’t getting any airplay.  Quite the contrary!  It has been getting solid spins on SiriusXM’s Octane, and has made it’s way onto the Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown.  You have to wonder at times if Active Rock programmers resent living the vast shadows cast by Octane, or if Octane is just so far ahead of others when it comes to certain songs.  In fact, there are songs that are still rising on the Active Rock chart with significant spin increases that feel like they are close to being phased out on Octane after a lengthy run.  Will “Misery” be the next song to fall into this category?  It certainly seems possible at this point.  Even if Nonpoint wasn’t a staple Active Rock artist, “Misery” is a song that should be steadily climbing the charts, not fighting to crack the Top 50.

 

 

 

HRD SPIN CONTROL (by Adam Waldman and Jon Loveless)

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…

NONPOINT“Misery”

AMARANTHE – “Digital World”

LAMB OF GOD“Overload”

ART OF DYING – “Tear Down The Wall”

AWAKEN THE EMPIRE“Cross My Heart”

 

DROP IT…

Mumford & Sons“The Wolf”

The Struts“Could Have Been Me”

In This Moment“Sex Metal Barbie”

Beck“Dreams”

Breaking Benjamin“Failure”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Make it two weeks atop the Mediabase Active Rock airplay for Royal Blood as “Little Monster” holds on to enough airplay to stay in place.  Halestorm and Disturbed spent the week closing ground, but couldn’t quite make up the difference in airplay before the chart rolled over into a new week.  Another object in the rear view mirror is also looming larger, as Shinedown’s new single, “Cut The Cord,” begins to threaten to pass the trio in front.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Zero new songs in the Top 10 this week, just shuffling of the order …

Only one new song enters the Top 20 – “The Otherside” – the impressive debut single from Red Sun Rising

Only one new song enters the Top 30 as well.  “Angel’s Fall,” the next single by Breaking Benjamin, is rising steadily and should be in line for a big boost whenever radio finally let’s go of their previous #1 song…   

Trapt returns to the Top 40 thanks to a nearly 50 percent jump in airplay in the past week …

Two songs debut in the Top 50 this week, finally including “I Won’t Give In,” the latest single from Asking Alexandria nearly two months after the song first saw airplay.  The reaction has been surprisingly slow considering the band’s last single had a nice run in the Top 10.

 
 

 THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Disturbed – “The Vengeful One”

Shinedown“Cut The Cord”

Breaking Benjamin“Angel’s Fall”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Theory Of A Deadman“Angel”

Breaking Benjamin“Failure”

Three Days Grace – “Human Race”

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

While it appears that a #1 for Halestorm is all but inevitable, an interesting battle to succeed them is shaping up between Disturbed and Shinedown.  In a summer that’s been filled with one powerhouse release after another, it could be that the band that reaches the top first will end up with the shorter lifespan for their single.  I can’t see either being denied the top spot permanently, although that might turn out to be what happens with another fast mover right behind them.  “Footsteps” by Pop Evil needed only two weeks to crack the Top 10, but has already been passed on the chart by both of the previously mentioned songs.

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 7/20/15

Music Discovery Monday - Tad Morose

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 7/20/15.

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.

This week, we feature an exclusive from Tad Morose frontman, Ronny Hemlin, discussing the meaning behind the band’s single, “Forlorn.”

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

TAD MOROSE – “Forlorn”

Some days, you just need to lose yourself in the music and let metal be your therapy.  Today is one of those days.  Thankfully, I was turned on to Tad Morose and “Forlorn” in time to include it in this week’s Music Discovery Monday.  Amazingly, the band has been around for over 20 years, but like many Swedish bands, has not broken through in the U.S.  The lack of radio opportunities for bands like Tad Morose is a story for another day.  For today, the story is one of melancholy, and an impassioned vocal delivery by Ronny Hemlin that makes you feel the despair, yet somehow feel uplifted at the same time.  “Forlorn” features Yngwie-esque guitars and vocals that are reminiscent of Graham Bonnet’s early work with Alcatrazz.  Simply put, this is pure power metal that deserves to be heard by an audience well beyond the borders of Europe.

In a Hard Rock Daddy exclusive, Tad Morose frontman Ronny Hemlin shared the meaning behind “Forlorn.”

’Forlorn’ is a glimpse into a very possible future, and about losing something / someone – without noticing until it’s too late, leaving us with nothing but a spinning mind and regrets. Even though BIG and LOUD warnings are given to us all the time, and we’re struck down to our knees, we stand ourselves up just to receive another punch from the very same direction.  The future will be very dark unless we open our eyes and read the signs.”

 

WHILE SHE SLEEPS – “Four Walls”

A haunting chant sets the stage for a metal onslaught highlighted by melodic growling vocals where the lyrics can be understood without sacrificing any intensity.  In fact, the vocals in this case only serve to enhance the story being told in the song.  “Four Walls” is not for the faint of heart, but its melodic quality is likely to have an appeal that lies well beyond the realm of a typical metalcore audience.  Like Tad Morose, the timing of this one worked out well, having heard the song for the first time on Octane this past week.  The song addresses death with a rage so intense that it ends up being a cathartic experience…the healing power of metal, I suppose.

 

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

METAL ALLEGIANCE – “Can’t Kill The Devil”

The word “supergroup” gets thrown around quite a bit these days, but there might be a need for a new word soon because Metal Allegiance is bigger than just a “group.”  The core of the project includes Dave Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament) and Mike Portnoy (Winery Dogs & 422 other bands), but it’s the enormous cast that they’ve assembled that makes the forthcoming album one to watch for.  For the first full song—one that you could have convinced me was new Metallica without too much effort – the vocals come from Testament’s Chuck Billy, while guitars are supplied by members of Machine Head and Sepultura.  Yes, I believe “supergroup” falls a little short.

 

STRYPER – “Yahweh”

While the return of groundbreaking Christian metal band Stryper in 2013 was welcomed by many, it may be only now that long-time fans feel like the band is completely back.  There wasn’t necessarily much to complain about with the recent work, however, it’s the first track from the new album due this fall that seems certain to transport listeners back to the band’s platinum selling heyday.  The lyrics are as uncompromising as anything from the past, but it’s the combination of Michael Sweet’s soaring vocals and the blistering dual guitar work of Oz Fox and Sweet that makes this feel like the complete Stryper package.  Three decades may have passed since the band first exploded onto the metal scene, but you’d never know it from any aspect of this song…a simply spectacular effort.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

MAXX EXPLOSION – “Crazy Hot”

House of Lords members Chris McCarvill (vocals, bass, keyboards), Jimi Bell (guitar), and BJ Zampa (drums) also deliver melodic rock in a group of their own, Maxx Explosion. Through intricate musicianship, outstanding sound production, and the fact that all three contribute to the vocals, they manage a much fuller sound than most three-man bands.  Their latest single, “Crazy Hot,” (from the band’s sophomore album, Dirty Angels) was released just last week, and highlights those vocal harmonies while striking an addictive groove.

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

SERPENTINE – “Season Of The Witch”

Serpentine brings solid driving AOR/Melodic Metal from the UK.  “Season of the Witch” is a track from their most recent release, Circle of Knives.  This tune has a great buildup to the screaming guitar of Chris Gould to start things off before it settles back into a steady, driving rhythm.  You can hear Gould’s solos paying homage to his heroes: Randy Rhodes and Zakk Wylde.  There’s a heavy synthesizer presence as well (Gareth Noon).

 

BENEDICTUM – “Scream” (2013)

San Diego is home to female-fronted Benedictum, formerly known as both Bound and Regime.  Veronica Freeman has a big voice and belts out impressive screams on this appropriately named track.  Pete Wells (guitars), Aric Avina (bass) and Rikard Stjernquist (drums) grind out this solid and skilled heavy metal quartet.  This is from the band’s 4th studio album, Obey.
 

SUBMISSIONS

To be considered for Music Discovery Monday, please e-mail a link to the song being submitted on YouTube and an artist bio to – submissions@MusicDiscoveryMonday.com

 

 

 

HARD ROCK MUSIC TIME MACHINE

 ADAM WALDMAN

D.A.D. – “Sleeping My Day Away” (1989)

American hard rock fans may very well think of D.A.D. as a one-hit wonder, and even that would be using the term loosely, since “Sleeping My Day Away” was never a huge hit for these Danish rockers in the U.S.  It is, however, the one song that received some radio airplay, although in recent months, I’ve heard “Rim Of Hell” on SiriusXM.  Both songs appeared on the band’s third studio album, No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims.  D.A.D. didn’t start out as an acronym; they ended up with the moniker after Disney threatened to sue the band for calling themselves Disneyland After Dark.  It took 25 years and 11 studio albums, but they finally found a way to cleverly sneak in their original name as the title of their 2011 release, DIC-NII-LAN-DAFT-ERD-ARK.  Clearly, the band has a sense of humor.  Ironically, as much as I like “Sleeping My Day Away,” it isn’t the song that made me remember them after all of these years.  It’s their name and the fact that their bass player, Stig Pedersen, is known for playing a 2-string bass (since he only played the “A” and “E” strings).  After you check out this song, Google “Stig Pedersen bass” so that you can fully appreciate his uniqueness.

 

GUNS N’ ROSES – “14 Years” (1991)

It’s hard to say that any GNR song flies under the radar, much less one off of the band’s epic Use Your Illusion double album, but this song was chosen for a few reasons.  It is incredibly fitting in a personal symbolic way, as my life was forever changed 14 years ago on this date.  Lyrically, most of the song does not apply to my situation, but the chorus is spot-on…

“It’s been 14 years of silence…it’s been 14 years of pain…it’s been 14 years that are gone forever, and I’ll never have again.”

“14 Years” never received the attention that many other tracks on Use Your Illusion did, but it has always been a personal favorite, due in no small part to the rollicking piano which is rare to find in a hard rock song.

NOTE:  Although the connections are not readily apparent, all of my selections this week are fitting for what this day represents to me.

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

TESTAMENT – “Practice What You Preach” (1989)

The title track and lead single from the third studio album by California thrash metal heavyweights, Testament, was a song that managed to break through into more mainstream avenues such as MTV, and helped establish the band as one of the true leaders of the thrash scene.  While they were already notable within the niche, this was a track that helped bring them attention from a broader swath of rock/metal fans and helped to cement them as key figures.

 

BARREN CROSS – “Imaginary Music” (1988)

While Stryper was the band that brought Christian metal fully into the mainstream, they were certainly not the only member of the genre.  Among the notables of the time was a Los Angeles band that had less glam and more NWOBHM influences in their sound, particularly the similarity of vocalist Mike Lee’s sound to that of Bruce Dickinson.  This was the lead track from their first album for mainstream label Enigma Records, produced by John Elefante (Kansas) and his brother Dino.  The band’s first stint lasted from the mid-80s to the mid-90s.  After a 16-year hiatus, the band returned to the scene.  The original lineup is now intact once again.

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

SISTER SIN – “Hearts Of Cold” (2012)

Sister Sin is a female-fronted band from Sweden that rocks out hard with old school metal.  Liv Jagrell has that perfect metal voice, and the rest of the band plays off of it beautifully with driving rhythms and memorable riffs.  I caught them last week here in New York, and they blew away a small audience as if they were playing to an arena.  This favorite from 2012 was one of the highlights.

 

PARADISE INC – “Steel Or Stone” (2011)

Carsten “Lizard” Schulz is the kind of exceptional and prolific vocalist whom you can follow to any band and know that you’re about to discover some amazing music.  Here he fronts for a Brazilian hard rock band on their debut album.  This uplifting ballad was a personal favorite, especially the acoustic version (linked above), which was included as a bonus track.

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

HORIZON’s END “Cover My Eyes” (2008)

Greek prog metal band, Horizon’s End, was on their way to releasing their third studio album in 2008, when they produced and shot the video for “Cover My Eyes.”  Unfortunately, they shelved the un-named album, and moved on to other projects.  They leave behind this great track as a sign of what might have been if the rest of the tracks weren’t gathering dust somewhere…

 

ELEGY – “Destiny Calling” (1997)

Ian Parry’s great vocals headline this epic and emotional song of remembrance and regret from the Netherland’s power metal band, Elegy.  A clear sign of the times for ’90s metal is the keyboard work bringing a melancholy undercurrent to the power guitars (both are the fine work of Henk van der Laars).
 

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 7-18-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 7-18-15.

The 7-18-15 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 –  “Footsteps” – POP EVIL

#13 –  “Cut The Cord” – SHINEDOWN

#12 –  “Lydia” – HIGHLY SUSPECT

#11 –  “For You” – ALL THAT REMAINS

#10 –  “Gravity” – PAPA ROACH

#9 –   “The Vengeful One” – DISTURBED

# 8 –  “Never Giving Up On You” – OF MICE & MEN

# 7 –   “Jekyll & Hyde” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 6 –  “Misery” – NONPOINT

# 5 –  “Nobody Praying For Me” – SEETHER

# 4 –   “Killpop” – SLIPKNOT

# 3 –   “Failure” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

# 2 –   “Hush” – HELLYEAH

# 1 –   “Jenny” – NOTHING MORE

 

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 7/25/15

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 7/25/15.  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. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark By Dawn
      2. AUGUST BURNS RED – Found In Far Away Places
      3. THY ART IS MURDER – Holy War
      4. SENSES FAIL – Pull The Thorns From Your Heart
      5. 2015 WARPED TOUR COMPILATIONS – Various Artists
      6. REFUSED – Freedom
      7. BEING AS AN OCEAN – BEING AS AN OCEAN
      8. HALESTORM – Into The Wild Life
      9. THREE DAYS GRACE – Human
      10. ROYAL BLOOD – Royal Blood
      11. FOO FIGHTERS – Sonic Highways
      12. AC/DC – Rock Or Bust
      13. SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter
      14. HIGH ON FIRE – Luminiferous
      15. NICKELBACK – No Fixed Address

 

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 7/12/15

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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 7/12/15.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

JUST PUBLISHED!  

2015 Mid-Year Recap: HRD Radio Report Active Rock and Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown

 

CHART POSITION THIS WEEK CHART POSITION LAST WEEK ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO SPINS THIS WEEK
1 3 ROYAL BLOOD “Little Monster” 1748
2 2 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Failure” 1607
3 1 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Angel” 1587
4 4 HALESTORM “Amen” 1551
5 7 DISTURBED “The Vengeful One” 1425
6 6 POP EVIL “Footsteps” 1385
7 5 NOTHING MORE “Jenny” 1372
8 12 SHINEDOWN “Cut The Cord” 1346
9 11 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Lydia” 1247
10 10 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Jekyll And Hyde” 1195
11 8 SEETHER “Nobody Praying For Me” 1125
12 9 THREE DAYS GRACE “Human Race” 906
13 13 ZAC BROWN BAND (f. Chris Cornell) “Heavy Is The Head” 868
14 16 SAINT ASONIA “Better Place” 838
15 14 HELLYEAH “Hush” 794
16 18 PAPA ROACH “Gravity” 784
17 15 GODSMACK “What’s Next” 638
18 24 MUMFORD & SONS “The Wolf” 605
19 19 SLIPKNOT “Killpop” 562
20 21 THE STRUTS “Could Have Been Me” 527
21 26 RED SUN RISING “The Otherside” 522
22 20 OF MICE & MEN “Never Giving Up” 521
23 22 ARANDA “Don’t Wake Me” 500
24 25 KILL IT KID “Blood Stop And Run” 482
25 23 ALL THAT REMAINS “For You” 467
26 28 I PREVAIL “Blank Space” 433
27 17 MUSE “Dead Inside” 423
28 30 P.O.D. “This Goes Out To You” 405
29 29 STARSET “Halo” 384
30 31 BEARTOOTH “In Between” 295
31 32 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “Dirty Diana” 273
32 45 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Angel’s Fall” 249
33 34 CROBOT “Legend Of The Spaceborne” 243
34 27 DEVOUR THE DAY “Faith” 210
35 36 RED “Darkest Part” 203
36 33 IN THIS MOMENT “Sex Metal Barbie” 188
37 39 SHATTERED SUN “Hope Within Hatred” 164
38 49 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE “You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War)” 161
39 41 MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Unstoppable” 147
40 37 DANKO JONES “Do You Wanna Rock” 137
41 47 TRAPT “Passenger” 136
42 54 BECK “Dreams” 134
43 43 HINDER “Intoxicated” 133
44 44 WE ARE HARLOT “Someday” 131
45 50 GHOST “Cirice” 126
46 42 BUCKCHERRY “Bring It On Back” 123
47 46 WITHIN REASON “Here Comes The Light” 101
48 51 SEASONS AFTER “Weathered And Worn” 97
49 48 NEW YEAR’S DAY “Defame Me” 91
50 53 3 YEARS HOLLOW “Chemical Ride” 84

 

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – “Jekyll & Hyde”

It wasn’t long ago that a meltdown on stage during a Five Finger Death Punch concert had people speculating that the band would break up.  Fast forward a few months, and they’re back with another single that is already climbing the charts, and is likely to battle for the #1 position with other Active Rock heavyweights in the not-too-distant future.  Perhaps the stage meltdown was the ultimate “Jekyll & Hyde” moment.  No matter, FFDP is back and poised to make their mark once again with new material that will only solidify their place in the upper echelon of modern hard rock artists.  Because the band features an instantly recognizable sound, they can “borrow” ideas from others and make it their own.  Their 2011 hit song, “The Pride,” was like Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start The Fire” on steroids.  Although “Jekyll & Hyde” bears a striking resemblance to “Pepper” by Butthole Surfers at times, there are enough signature FFDP moments to give the song its own personality (or two as the case may be).  Active Rock radio programmers have already embraced the debut single from the band’s upcoming release.  The only question now is whether it will garner enough support to make it to #1 against some fierce competition.

 

HRD SPIN CONTROL (by Adam Waldman and Jon Loveless)

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…

NONPOINT“Misery”

AMARANTHE – “Digital World”

LAMB OF GOD“Overload”

ASKING ALEXANDRIA“I Won’t Give In”

RED LINE CHEMISTRY“Meds For The Hypocrite”

 

DROP IT…

Mumford & Sons“The Wolf”

Devour The Day“Faith”

The Struts“Could Have Been Me”

In This Moment“Sex Metal Barbie”

Beck“Dreams”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Another week, another new #1 song atop the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart.  After some two months with the same number one having two straight weeks with a change seems almost unbelievable, but that’s the case as Royal Blood reaches the top with “Little Monster.”  Essentially standing pat on airplay was more than enough for them to get past Breaking Benjamin and Theory Of A Deadman as both of their singles took sharp falls.   With a fairly large (nearly 200 spins) gap back to the next song “with a bullet” – Halestorm at #4 – the newcomers could have at least another week to enjoy the view from the top.  A bigger question might be whether Disturbed can continue their momentum and reach the top before Halestorm.  That’s certainly the direction that things seem to be trending.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

It’s also a second straight week for two new arrivals in the Top 10, with Shinedown moving in and Highly Suspect returning after a brief dip

Two songs slip into the Top 20 for the first time, singles from Mumford & Sons and The Struts

Beartooth hits a new high-water mark, moving into the last spot in the Top 30…

A trio of songs crack the Top 40 for the first time this week, led by “Angel’s Fall,” the follow-up single to “Failure” from Breaking Benjamin

Three songs debut in the Top 50 this week, including “Chemical Ride,” a current Music Discovery Monday selection from 3 Years Hollow.

 
 

 THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Disturbed – “The Vengeful One”

Shinedown“Cut The Cord”

Breaking Benjamin“Angel’s Fall”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Theory Of A Deadman“Angel”

Three Days Grace – “Human Race”

Godsmack“What’s Next”

 
 

FUTURES REPORT

The ascension of Royal Blood to the top of the chart felt somewhat predictable, given that 5 of the top 16 songs in the Alternative chart are getting significant Active Rock airplay and several others are looming.   That trend, combined with a strong summer for several of the format’s core artists, continues to make life exceptionally difficult for the numerous airplay- worthy hard rock newcomers who have solid material out right now.

 

WRAP-UP

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