Monthly Archives: August 2015

Music Discovery Monday – 8/31/15

Music Discovery Monday - Parkway Drive

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 8/31/15.

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.

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

PARKWAY DRIVE – “Vice Grip”

With a hard rock / metal foundation built in the ‘80s, I tend to favor melodic songs and clean vocals.  Although my appreciation has grown in recent years for a well-placed growl when it captures the angst, rage or torment of a particular lyric, songs that exclusively feature “unclean” vocals generally do not grab my attention.  That being said, “Vice Grip” – by Australian metalcore artists Parkway Drive – instantly made me turn up the volume the first time that I heard it on SiriusXM’s Octane.  The combination of incredibly melodic guitar riffs, anthemic gang vocals and a big hook gives the song an appeal that transcends the metalcore niche.  Although more extreme, at its core, “Vice Grip” is in the same wheelhouse as anthems from bands like Accept and Five Finger Death Punch (to name a few).  While Parkway Drive is well-known and highly accomplished in the metalcore world, they were chosen as the featured artist for Music Discovery Monday to give readers who favor hard rock (and listen to Active Rock radio) the chance to discover music that might otherwise fall below the radar.

 

LAMB OF GOD – “Overlord”

For six studio albums (including one as Burn The Priest), Lamb Of God was far from mainstream.  Although their current sound is still far from being commercial, they have managed to garner some attention on Active Rock radio with “Overlord.”  Of course, the attention that they have received at radio pales by comparison to making an appearance as the musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week.  Despite their appearance on a national talk show, the band is still not known to mainstream audiences, as evidenced by the “Christian Metal” label that was attached to the band on Jimmy Kimmel.  Drummer Chris Adler had some fun on social media questioning the band’s apparent new genre.  If LoG is now a Christian Metal band, then they have the most “energetic” congregation in the world (see Kimmel mosh pit), led by Randy Blythe (the frontman who is most widely known for being unfairly charged with manslaughter after the unfortunate death of a fan at an LoG concert in the Czech Republic).  If you are looking to discover the more “accessible” side of LoG, check out “Overlord,” a track that features the haunting influences of Alice In Chains, and is reminiscent of the overall sound of Metallica’s black album.

 

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES – “School’s Out / Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)”

When is a cover band not just a cover band?  When it’s got Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp at its core, that’s when!  Continuing (albeit more soberly) in the spirit of the (in)famous ’70s gatherings of some of rock’s biggest names, instead of pounding drinks, the latest configuration pounded out an entire album with a host of guests joining the primary members.  Where else can you hear Brian Johnson sing classic Pink Floyd?

 

AUDIOTOPSY – “The Calling”

While it may not be the long-awaited reunion of Mudvayne that fans of the band have clamored for, there should be no real disappointment with the debut of the new project for guitarist Greg Tribbett and drummer Matt McDonough.  The sound is at once both familiar and fresh…a very promising debut effort.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

LEAVES’ EYES – “The Waking Eye”

In 2003, Norse singer Liv Kristine (ex-Theatre of Tragedy) combined with German metal band Atrocity to form the symphonic metal band Leaves’ Eyes.  Her melodic vocals play off the death growls of keyboardist/vocalist Alexander Krull to create a style that she likes to call “beauty and the beast.”  That style is on display here on their newest single, portending the release of their new album, King of Kings, on September 11th.  It tells the story of Harald Fairhair and how he defeated numerous enemies to unify Norway and become its first king. Kristine and Krull are married, and in the video, Krull plays the adult Harald, while the young Harald is played by their son.

 

JETTBLACK – “Black And White”

British hard rockers Jettblack have released their fourth album, Disguises, moving away from anthemic rockers in favor of a more grooving, edgier sound. This ballad, while perhaps a bit more subdued than the rest of the songs, is quite stirring, with a haunting guitar and some heartfelt vocals.

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

HIBRIA – “Sir Duke”

I never expected to be writing words about the metal-izing of a Stevie Wonder song. This surprise was buried deep as a second bonus track on the Japanese release of Hibria’s just-released, self-titled album.  Known for power, speed and articulation, their extra kick gives this song a metal boost while staying true to the funky core of this classic song.  This is a multi-layered tribute: to Stevie Wonder, who wrote the original as a tribute to Duke Ellington with other jazz greats.  Great vocals from Iuri Sanson lead a truly talented group from Porto Alegre, Brazil in this terrific performance.

 

WICKED SENSATION – “Misery”

A bright, upbeat, melodic metal song is not what one would expect from a track named “Misery.” Behind it, is the band Wicked Sensation, with notable performances from Michael Klein and Sang Vong on guitars, and the familiar powerful vocals of David Reece (Tango Down, Accept) who guests stars on the album.  “Misery” grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go.
 

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

ACCEPT – “Screaming For A Love-Bite” (1985)

Following up the most successful album of their career (Balls To The Wall), Accept released Metal Heart in 1985 to much less fanfare.  In a departure from their more “ballsy” sound, the album focused more on hooks and melodies, and less on raw, in-your-face metal.  Although the change of direction was met with resistance from critics, the album did feature a number of tracks that have stood the test of time.  Because it followed up the politically charged Balls To The Wall album, the lyrical content of songs like “Screaming For A Love Bite” seem a bit superficial.  However, the song features a lot of the same qualities of other anthems of the era…crunchy power chords, heavy melody and musical breaks that allow the song to breathe, highlighted by the distinct vocal style of Udo Dirkschneider.  As far as lyrics go, “Screaming For A Love Bite” was actually more relatable to most young fans than the politicized Balls To The Wall.  Who among us wasn’t “screaming for a love bite” at that age?

 

WIDOWMAKER – “The Widowmaker” (1992)

After Dee Snider parted ways with Twisted Sister in 1987, he formed a short-lived project called Desperado.  Label problems caused the band’s album to go unreleased for several years (although it was heavily bootlegged).  In between his departure from Twisted Sister and the eventual release of Desperado’s album, Snider released two albums under the Widowmaker moniker.  If the band’s first album, Blood And Bullets, came out five years earlier as a Twisted Sister release, there is no doubt that it would have been much more favorably received than Love Is For Suckers (widely considered to be the most disappointing Twisted album ever).  “The Widowmaker” features the signature vocal sound that Snider honed during his Twisted days…the perfect mix of passion, angst and melody with a huge hook.  Like Desperado, Widowmaker was also short-lived (1992-1994).  I consider myself fortunate to be amongst the people that got to see the band perform live in a club setting during their brief existence.

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

MUDVAYNE “Not Falling” (2002)

Time flies.  Rock is not immune to that old adage, as proven (in part) by the realization that it’s been thirteen years since the debut of the first single from the sophomore album by Mudvayne.  A hit in its own right, the song seems to lag behind several others that would follow in terms of recognition today.  It’s worth revisiting nevertheless.

 

AC/DC – “War Machine” (2008)

There’s something almost fitting about the first Grammy won by a legendary hard rock band being awarded for a song that wasn’t among the four singles released from the album that contained it.  Along that same line, it’s probably not shocking that the award-winning song doesn’t seem to be nearly as familiar as some of the other songs on the album (although it was the only non-single to be included in the set list on the supporting tour).  Massive album sales or not, this seems like a song that deserves more “discovery.”

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

RAGENHEART – “The Spartan” (2010)

Greek power metal band RageNHeart found a winning combination in driving guitars and the clean, rarefied vocals of John Koroneos.  Of special note on this track, from their self-titled debut album in 2010, is the precision drumming of Nick Speedy.  Also listen to “In The Name Of God,” a favorite that was originally released as a demo in 2006, and is re-released here on their debut.

 

S.I.N. – “Junia’s Eyes” (2008)

The story of Julian, the thirteenth apostle, is fabricated by S.I.N. (Somewhere Into Nowhere) on their 2008 concept album, The Thirteenth Apostle. The German progressive metal band had gone through some lineup changes after their first two albums, but ultimately settled on a worthy cast for their third.  New vocalist Patrick Simonsen plays the role of Julian, and is beautifully complemented on this standout track by female vocalist Renee Walker, as Junia.

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

CENTAUR – “In This World” (1993)
Rather unknown, and certainly off the radar, Centaur brings us traditional metal from Germany.  This track is from their 1993 sophomore album, Power World.  Solid, articulate guitar work from Stefan Lohmann and Michael Böing behind the strong vocals of Rainer Küppers.

 

KELDIAN – “Starchildren” (2008)
Keldian is a Norwegian metal band with members Christer Andresen and Arild Aardalen composing, producing and leading a talented group of session musicians.  “Starchildren” is a good blend of heavy and symphonic metal with an infectious melody and harmonic vocals featuring plenty of drive and heavy riffs throughout.
 

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 8-29-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 8-29-15.

The 8-29-15 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 – “Eternity” – GEMINI SYNDROME

#14 –  “Cirice” – GHOST

#13 –  “Through It All” – FROM ASHES TO NEW

#12 –  “The Otherside” – RED SUN RISING

#11 –  “Throne” – BRING ME THE HORIZON

#10 –  “Better Place” – SAINT ASONIA

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

# 8 –  “Angels Fall” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

# 7 –   “Happy Song” – BRING ME THE HORIZON

# 6 –  “Thank You” – SEVENDUST

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

# 4 –   “Cut The Cord” – SHINEDOWN

# 3 –   “The Vengeful One” – DISTURBED

# 2 –   “Gravity” – PAPA ROACH

# 1 –   “Footsteps” – POP EVIL

 

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 9/5/15

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 9/5/15.  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. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE – Venom
      2. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark By Dawn
      3. SOULFLY – Arcangel
      4. LAMB OF GOD – VII: Sturm Und Drang
      5. CATTLE DECAPITATION – The Anthropocene Extinction
      6. STRAY FROM THE PATH – Subliminal Criminals
      7. FEAR FACTORY – Genexus
      8. FAITH NO MORE – Sol Invictus
      9. SAINT ASONIA – Saint Asonia
      10. SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter
      11. ROYAL BLOOD – Royal Blood
      12. HALESTORM – Into The Wild Life
      13. FOO FIGHTERS – Sonic Highways
      14. JOE SATRIANI – Shockwave Supernova
      15. THREE DAYS GRACE – Human

 

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 8/23/15

HRD Radio Report - Arcane Roots

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 8/23/15.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

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

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 2 SHINEDOWN “Cut The Cord” 2151
2 1 DISTURBED “The Vengeful One” 2067
3 3 POP EVIL “Footsteps” 1843
4 4 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Jekyll And Hyde” 1699
5 5 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Lydia” 1688
6 6 NOTHING MORE “Jenny” 1356
7 7 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Angels Fall” 1189
8 8 SAINT ASONIA “Better Place” 1116
9 10 RED SUN RISING “The Otherside” 1058
10 9 PAPA ROACH “Gravity” 1016
11 15 FOO FIGHTERS “Outside” 779
12 12 THE STRUTS “Could Have Been Me” 751
13 13 SLIPKNOT “Killpop” 699
14 14 ALL THAT REMAINS “For You” 656
15 17 P.O.D. “This Goes Out To You” 650
16 11 HALESTORM “Amen” 626
17 16 ARANDA “Don’t Wake Me” 621
18 19 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Throne” 601
19 18 OF MICE & MEN “Never Giving Up” 569
20 20 STARSET “Halo” 561
21 23 BEARTOOTH “In Between” 443
22 21 SEETHER “Nobody Praying For Me” 430
23 22 I PREVAIL “Blank Space” 358
24 25 WE ARE HARLOT “Someday” 343
25 26 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “I Won’t Give In” 334
26 30 GHOST “Cirice” 309
27 33 MUSE “Mercy” 307
28 32 SEVENDUST “Thank You” 287
29 29 TRAPT “Passenger” 274
30 24 MUMFORD & SONS “The Wolf” 270
31 53 CHRIS CORNELL “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” 262
32 27 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “Dirty Diana” 259
33 31 ARCS “Outta My Mind” 257
34 35 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE “You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War)” 200
35 35 ZAC BROWN BAND “Junkyard” 192
36 37 LAMB OF GOD “Overlord” 179
37 39 BUCKCHERRY “Bring It On Back” 176
38 28 KILL IT KID “Blood Stop And Run” 171
39 36 MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Unstoppable” 170
40 38 SEASONS AFTER “Weathered And Worn” 153
41 42 WITHIN REASON “Here Comes The Light” 139
42 44 WILSON “Right To Rise” 132
43 40 WE CAME AS ROMANS “The World I Used To Know” 127
44 45 BUTCHER BABIES “Never Go Back” 113
45 59 LIKE A STORM “Become The Enemy” 112
46 56 IN THIS MOMENT “Big Bad Wolf” 101
47 49 MIGGS “Ordinary” 96
48 46 NEW YEAR’S DAY “Defame Me” 96
49 65 ISLANDER “Cold Speak” 92
50 48 3 YEARS HOLLOW “Chemical Ride” 92


PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

ARCANE ROOTS – “If Nothing Breaks, Nothing Moves”

It took less than 30 seconds of hearing “If Nothing Breaks, Nothing Moves” on SiriusXM’s Octane to pique my interest.  What makes Arcane Roots so compelling is that they simply cannot be pigeon-holed into a specific genre, much less a radio format…the blessing and the curse of being unique.  Usually, when Active Rock programmers blur the lines of the format by trying to fit square pegs into round holes, they are justifiably criticized in this forum.  Of course, most of the time they are adding songs that clearly belong in a different format, thereby wasting spins that could otherwise go to bands that are trying to get noticed in a crowded field.  For the format to thrive, some chances must be taken on artists that have something new to offer. Arcane Roots is exactly the shot in the arm that Active Rock radio needs.  During the tortured moments of “If Nothing Breaks, Nothing Moves,” the band falls into the same wheelhouse as bands like The Amity Affliction.  Those moments may very well be enough to capture the attention of Active Rock programmers.  What remains to be seen is if programmers will embrace the more melodic side of Arcane Roots.  There are moments on this track (especially during the vocal harmonies) where the sound is reminiscent of Kansas with a modern rock flair. “If Nothing Breaks, Nothing Moves” has the potential to make listeners stand up and take notice if given the opportunity.  The title of the song may inadvertently be prophetically foreshadowing the future of Active Rock radio.  It’s time to “break” the predictability of the format and “move” in a direction that provides legitimate opportunities for bands like Arcane Roots.

 

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…

BOBAFLEX – “Mama Don’t Take My Drugs Away”

GEMINI SYNDROME“Eternity”

RUBIKON – “Live That Lie”

NONPOINT“Misery”

HEARTIST“Ignite”

 

DROP IT…

Mumford & Sons“The Wolf”

The Struts“Could Have Been Me”

Muse“Mercy”

The Arcs“Outta My Mind”

Zac Brown Band“Junkyard”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

So much for last week’s early trends I supposeShinedown’s “Cut The Cord” goes right back to the top of Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart as Disturbed was unable to hold on for more than a single week with “The Vengeful One.”  A mere two percent gain for the “new” #1 and a similar two percent slip in airplay for the former #1 is enough to flip-flop the duo.  Pop Evil and Five Finger Death Punch remain at #3 and #4 respectively.  Aside from the flip flop at the top, the rest of the top eight songs remain in the exact same order as last week.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

When the Top 20 songs (actually Top 24) are identical to the songs from the previous week, there isn’t a lot of notable movement happening for anyone.  That being said, at least the latest singles from Muse and Sevendust did manage to break into the Top 30…

Chris Cornell scores the week’s high debut with his new solo single (“Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart”) landing at #31, making it the only song to debut anywhere in the Top 40 for the week…

Three bands newly arrived in the Top 50, led by none other than those guys from way down under, Like A Storm

For nearly all intents and purposes, Active Rock radio playlists were virtually frozen last week, similar to the lack of movement that is seen around holidays.

 

 

 THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Red Sun Rising“The Otherside”

Foo Fighters – “Outside”

Chris Cornell“Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Halestorm“Amen”

I Prevail“Blank Space”

Kill It Kid“Blood Stop And Run”

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

This past week served a reminder that radio airplay (like everything these days) is a business concern.  It’s very hard to look at the back and forth nature of the chart and think there wasn’t considerable attention (and whatever leverage could be found) paid to try and get Disturbed to the top spot to coincide with their album release, which is a nice talking point.  A lot of credit has to go to the promotion staff behind the record in my opinion.  They managed – by however narrow a margin – to accomplish their goal, with radio reverting back to Shinedown after it was achieved.  No such luck for Pop Evil on their release week however, which means that it will be more interesting than usual to see what happens on the chart when the early September release of Five Finger Death Punch’s new album rolls around.

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 8/24/15

Music Discovery Monday - Joel Hoekstra's 13

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 8/24/15.

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, Music Discovery Monday features an exclusive interview with Joel Hoekstra.  The Whitesnake guitarist discusses the inspiration and meaning behind “Anymore” – the first single from his upcoming solo project (Joel Hoekstra’s 13).

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

JOEL HOEKSTRA’S 13 – “Anymore”

It may seem a bit surprising that Joel Hoekstra has released a solo project after having joined Whitesnake fairly recently, but this album was in the works long before he joined the band.  The Whitesnake influence on “Anymore” – the first single to be released from his upcoming album, Dying To Live – offers further proof that Hoekstra was the perfect choice to replace Doug Aldrich in the band.  Although it isn’t likely to happen, the song would fit nicely into a Whitesnake set.

On “Anymore,” Hoekstra showcases a songwriting ability that rivals his outstanding guitar work.  Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have an all-star cast of musicians helping to bring the song to life – vocalist Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob), bassist Tony Franklin (Whitesnake, The Firm), drummer Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath) and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Coooper).  “Anymore” also features backing vocals by Jeff Scott Soto (who sings lead on some of the other tracks on the album).

Based on the talent and resumes of Hoekstra and the rest of the band, Joel Hoekstra’s 13 is undoubtedly a supergroup.  Unlike many modern-day supergroups, there is no talk of turning this into anything more than a side project.

“Anymore” offers a taste of what’s to come when Dying To Live is released.  In a recent conversation with Hoekstra, he said that the song falls somewhere in the middle of influences ranging from Foreigner to Dio.

During an exclusive interview with Hard Rock Daddy, Hoekstra shared the meaning and inspiration behind “Anymore”

“The song is a song about overcoming obstacles in life to arrive where you’re finally meant to be.  Everybody’s got their demons and vices that they’re struggling with, and this is just about battling with them and ultimately winning.  Like the whole album, ‘Anymore’ is based on the theme of people fighting things in their life to get to where they’re meant to be.  I think that It strikes a chord with me. A couple of years ago, I just hit a point where I kind of decided exactly how I wanted to be living.  I made a laundry list of things that I wanted to change and the realistic steps that it would take to get to where I wanted to be.  I don’t want to be overly dramatic, but I guess it was a turning point of sorts.  I think that the theme of the song is something that resonates with everyone.”

 

WHITESNAKE – “Burn”

In 1974, Deep Purple released Burn, the first of three studio albums that David Coverdale recorded with the band.  Born out of a desire to reunite the Mark III lineup of Deep Purple by friend and former bandmate, Jon Lord (before his passing), Coverdale attempted to reach out to Ritchie Blackmore to bring the reunion to fruition.  When Coverdale and Blackmore couldn’t find common ground, and with the work on the songs already in progress, Coverdale’s wife suggested that they move forward with the project under the Whitesnake banner.  All of the members of Whitesnake were very enthusiastic about the prospect of recording updated versions of the songs that Coverdale wrote in his youth, and it shows in this inspired recreation of “Burn.”  If you mixed the colors white and purple, you would end up with a light shade of purple.  However, the blending of Whitesnake and Deep Purple is anything but light.  Quite the contrary!  This mixture offers the best of both worlds…the soulful, bluesy creation of Deep Purple and the energetic, dual-guitar assault of Whitesnake (Joel Hoekstra and Reb Beach).  There is an inherent risk with trying to recapture the magic of a classic original, but on “Burn,” Whitesnake has done so with flying colors!

 

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

GLOOMBALL – “Blood Red World”

German five-piece that isn’t entirely “new” (having formed back in 2010), but their latest release sees them hit their stride with a heavier step.  I’ve liked several previous songs well enough, but this one does an excellent job of breaking through the clutter of releases out there, demanding that you pay attention.

 

RUBIKON – “Live That Lie”

The lead single from the just-released album, Delta, is probably the most radio-friendly song in the bunch, but that’s meant as a compliment.  The ability to mix a wide range of influences into something that’s got this much appeal is a definite talent.  There’s bits of ZZ Top in here, no shortage of blues and notable nods to 70s hard rock, yet what comes out is something bigger than any one influence.  They managed to come across feeling organic rather than contrived…just a darned good hard rock song.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

POWER THEORY – “Cut And Run”

This week I’ll be focusing on power metal, simply because there are two amazing new tracks out by two amazing bands on the cutting edge of the genre.  In 2006, guitarist Bob Ballinger founded Power Theory in Philadelphia.  The band has gone through some lineup changes since, and today boasts the driving guitars of the founder and Nygil Hoch, the belligerent bass of Angelo D’Angelo, the unfaltering drums of Nick Bunczk, and the powerhouse (yet soulful) vocals of Jeff Rose. This new single roils with aggression, crashing down hard at every stroke.  It promises more great music from their upcoming album, Driven By Fear.  The band will be playing in Europe for the first time on Septemebr 5th, at the Hard Summer Festival in Bavaria, Germany, followed by an appearance in support of Belgian metal stars Fireforce.  Here in the USA, we’ll be waiting for them to come home and announce some new tour dates.

 

SEVEN WITCHES – “Better Days”

Loud and grooving with an addictive riff, “Better Days” storms the stage to announce these power metal veterans’ new album, The Way Of The Wicked (due out September 18th).  Jack Frost (Savatage, Belladonna, Metalium, Speed) returns, as always, on guitar.  Anthony Cross (Livesay, Shadow Image, Fischel’s Beast, Attacker) delivers some thick, smoky vocals.  Bassist Ronnie Parkes (Farcry, Tango Down, Reece, Bonfire) and drummer Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Danzig, Kill Devil Hill) pound out the rhythm section.  They each brandish impressive resumes standing alone; they fire on all cylinders playing here together.

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

WAMI – “Wild Woman”

WAMI is an acronym for veteran almost-supergroup members Doggie White, Vinny Appice, Marco Mendoza & Iggy Gwadera.  I say almost because Iggy Gwadera is a 16-year old Polish phenom guitarist breaking onto the scene.  “Wild Woman” is their first international release.  You can hear the rock and metal DNA in the thick and rich rhythm lines, wailing lead and licks and the story-line theme.  Iggy sounds like he’s been at this longer than his years.

 

ARCTURUS “Crashland”

“Crashland” showcases the epic, large scale sound of Arcturus – an avant-garde metal outfit from Norway.  Arcturus was named after the brightest star in the northern hemisphere, a major astronomical body since antiquity.  This track, from their March release Arcturian, features a rousing theme of venturing into the unknown.  Good and powerful vocals from ICS Vortex (not a typo, that’s what he’s called) and standout drumming from the appropriately nick-named Jan Axel “Hellhammer” Blomberg.
 

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

RAINBOW – “Lady Of The Lake”

Although Ronnie James Dio is widely considered to be one of the greatest voices in the history of hard rock and heavy metal, and Rainbow is a legendary band, much of the music that they made together is vastly underrated.  As far as legendary bands go, Rainbow may very well be the most underrated of all-time.  Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll, the final Rainbow studio album with Dio, is nothing short of brilliant, yet, aside from the title track, most of the songs are unknown by the masses.  Almost any track off of the album could have been selected for Music Discovery Monday, but “Lady Of The Lake” was chosen because it exemplifies the vivid mystical world that lived inside Dio’s mind.  As is customary on many songs featuring RJD, there is a perfect blend of light and dark, intensity and beauty.  Ritchie Blackmore’s riffs are powerful and driving, as is the drumming of the late Cozy Powell on “Lady Of The Lake.”  If you haven’t delved into the entire Rainbow catalog, you’re missing out on something unique and timeless.

 

DEEP PURPLE – “Bad Attitude”

While Ritchie Blackmore’s work with Rainbow is underrated, his work with Deep Purple is not (with the exception of the clueless Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voters).  Musically, there are few bands that can touch the work that Deep Purple created.  Unfortunately, the musical chemistry didn’t carry over to chemistry between the members of the band.  After a near-decade hiatus caused by internal strife, the band returned in 1984 for their highly-acclaimed reunion album, Perfect Strangers.  The follow-up album, The House of Blue Light, was met with much less fanfare, but still featured some outstanding tracks.  “Bad Attitude” is one of the tracks that received some airplay, but not nearly as much as it deserved.  Opening with the signature sound of Jon Lord’s Hammond organ, the song launches into an up-tempo, driving rhythm, highlighted by Ian Gillan’s distinct, emotive vocals.  Everything that you love about Blackmore’s guitar playing is featured in the song as well.  It’s been nearly three decades since the Mark II lineup of Deep Purple last recorded together.  Time has flown by since then…Gillan celebrated his 70th birthday this week.

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

POP EVIL “Broken And Betrayed” (2011)

The release of a new album actually sent me back to previous work for what could have easily been a fifth hit single from the War Of Angels album.  It happens that way sometimes; songs just don’t get the exposure as an album runs through its life cycle, so it’s good to go back and revisit now and then.  This one holds up very well, even four years and two albums later.

 

RATT “Shame, Shame, Shame” (1990)

It’s been 25 years since Ratt released their last gold album, DetonatorTimes were changing so there was only one major hit (“Lovin’ You’s A Dirty Job”) from the record, along with a minor hit for the band’s only ballad, (“Giving Yourself Away”).  The best of the rest of the album might well be this track which was released as a promotional single in Japan.  Plenty of vintage Ratt sound in this song, from the final album to feature both Robbin Crosby and Juan Croucier.

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

FIREWIND – “Tomorrow Can Wait” (2002)

Continuing here in the Time Machine section with the power metal theme I adopted because of those great new power metal releases: Greek band Firewind has gone through numerous lead singers, but always seems to find a great one, and always has the virtuoso guitar and songwriting of Gus G to guarantee the highest quality power metal.  From their debut album, Between Heaven And Hell, this selection highlights the immense talents of everyone concerned, including the power of original singer Stephen Frederick and the passion and insane technique of Gus G.

 

TRAIL OF MURDER – “I Know Shadows” (2012)

In contrast to Firewind, which has gone through several lead singers but always found a great one, Urban Breed (ex-Tad Morose, ex-Bloodbound) is one of those talented vocalists who always manages to surround himself with the best musicians.  By doing so, he manages to deliver quality power metal year in and year out, no matter where he finds himself.  Teaming up with guitarist Daniel Olsson and bassist Pele Akerlind to form Swedish band Trail Of Murder, in 2012 he mesmerized fans with this melancholy, yet pounding track.

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

REDLINE – “The Edge Of Falling” (2012)

Redline is a hard rock band from Birmingham in the UK.  “The Edge of Falling” is great hard rock with infectious, melodic choruses and solid musicianship throughout.  Notables are Kez Taylor’s bright and strong vocals, and Ade Yeomans’ lead guitar work.

 

FRIAR RUSH – “Voiceless Stranger” (2006)

Friar Rush is a power/prog metal group from Sydney, Australia that has been around since 2003.  “Voiceless Stranger” comes from their only studio album, Alauda Sonare Suavis.  This band has all the elements, which makes you wonder why we haven’t heard more of them.  This track features the articulate guitar work of Andrew Najdek and outstanding vocals from Justin Brockbank, kept in time expertly by Alcides “Seed” Stowe on the skins.
 

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 8-22-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 8-22-15.

The 8-22-15 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 – “Cirice” – GHOST

#14 –  “The Otherside” – RED SUN RISING

#13 –  “Better Place” – SAINT ASONIA

#12 –  “Throne” – BRING ME THE HORIZON

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

#10 –  “Lydia” – HIGHLY SUSPECT 

#9 –   “Gravity” – PAPA ROACH

# 8 –  “Happy Song” – BRING ME THE HORIZON

# 7 –   “Jenny” – NOTHING MORE

# 6 –  “Thank You” – SEVENDUST

# 5 –  “Angels Fall” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

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

# 3 –   “Footsteps” – POP EVIL

# 2 –   “Cut The Cord” – SHINEDOWN

# 1 –   “The Vengeful One” – DISTURBED

 

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 8/29/15

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 8/29/15.  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. FEAR FACTORY – Genexus
      2. MISS MAY I – Deathless
      3. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark By Dawn
      4. LAMB OF GOD – VII: Sturm Und Drang
      5. CATTLE DECAPITATION – The Anthropocene Extinction
      6. SAINT ASONIA – Saint Asonia
      7. WE CAME AS ROMANS – We Came As Romans
      8. TERROR – The 25th Hour
      9. JOE SATRIANI – Shockwave Supernova
      10. SIRENS & SAILORS – Rising Moon: Setting Sun
      11. RED SUN RISING – Polyester Zeal
      12. SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter
      13. INCUBUS – Trust Fall (Side A) (EP)
      14. HALESTORM – Into The Wild Life
      15. AUGUST BURNS RED – Found In Far Away Places

 

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 8/16/15

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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 8/16/15.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

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

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST

WEEK

THIS WEEK
1 2 DISTURBED “The Vengeful One” 2125
2 1 SHINEDOWN “Cut The Cord” 2097
3 3 POP EVIL “Footsteps” 1803
4 4 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Jekyll And Hyde” 1662
5 5 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Lydia” 1638
6 6 NOTHING MORE “Jenny” 1369
7 9 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Angels Fall” 1110
8 7 SAINT ASONIA “Better Place” 1079
9 10 PAPA ROACH “Gravity” 991
10 12 RED SUN RISING “The Otherside” 938
11 8 HALESTORM “Amen” 763
12 13 THE STRUTS “Could Have Been Me” 742
13 15 SLIPKNOT “Killpop” 676
14 14 ALL THAT REMAINS “For You” 642
15 25 FOO FIGHTERS “Outside” 625
16 17 ARANDA “Don’t Wake Me” 598
17 20 P.O.D. “This Goes Out To You” 597
18 16 OF MICE & MEN “Never Giving Up” 585
19 24 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Throne” 524
20 23 STARSET “Halo” 516
21 18 SEETHER “Nobody Praying For Me” 442
22 21 I PREVAIL “Blank Space” 437
23 26 BEARTOOTH “In Between” 394
24 19 MUMFORD & SONS “The Wolf” 328
25 28 WE ARE HARLOT “Someday” 320
26 32 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “I Won’t Give In” 314
27 27 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “Dirty Diana” 313
28 22 KILL IT KID “Blood Stop And Run” 302
29 31 TRAPT “Passenger” 278
30 33 GHOST “Cirice” 274
31 30 ARCS “Outta My Mind” 264
32 34 SEVENDUST “Thank You” 260
33 41 MUSE “Mercy” 231
34 36 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE “You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War)” 218
35 49 ZAC BROWN BAND “Junkyard” 206
36 38 MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Unstoppable” 182
37 45 LAMB OF GOD “Overlord” 180
38 43 SEASONS AFTER “Weathered And Worn” 164
39 42 BUCKCHERRY “Bring It On Back” 157
40 44 WE CAME AS ROMANS “The World I Used To Know” 149
41 37 CROBOT “Legend Of The Spaceborne Killer” 144
42 47 WITHIN REASON “Here Comes The Light” 131
43 35 BECK “Dreams” 112
44 57 WILSON “Right To Rise” 108
45 51 BUTCHER BABIES “Never Go Back” 105
46 52 NEW YEAR’S DAY “Defame Me” 100
47 53 AWAKEN THE EMPIRE “Cross My Heart” 99
48 48 3 YEARS HOLLOW “Chemical Ride” 99
49 60 MIGGS “Ordinary” 86
50 55 FINGER ELEVEN “Wolves And Doors” 86

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

BUTCHER BABIES – “Never Go Back”

Butcher Babies cracked the Top 50 this week with their latest single, “Never Go Back.”  The track is one of the more interesting to enter the charts in recent weeks, adding some welcomed spice to shake things up a bit.  Female-fronted bands have made their presence felt in recent times on the chart, so seeing Butcher Babies gaining traction with “Never Go Back” is a continuation of a growing trend.  However, this track bears little comparison to the current Active Rock songs featuring female vocalists.  A better comparison would be to take a trip back in time to 1982, where another edgy, female-fronted band enjoyed success with a track that also contains the word “never” in the title – Romeo Void’s “Never Say Never.”   This is not to say that “Never Go Back” sounds like it came from the 80s.  By blending elements of modern metal with timeless punk influences, Butcher Babies have found a formula that works, and a song that stands out as unique on Active Rock radio.  Hopefully, more Active Rock programmers will get behind the track in the coming weeks to infuse some spice into their rotations.

 

 

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…

RUBIKON – “Live That Lie”

BRIDGE TO GRACE“Everything”

PARKWAY DRIVE“Vice Grip”

10 YEARS“From Birth To Burial”

EVE TO ADAM“Calling My Name”

 

DROP IT…

Mumford & Sons“The Wolf”

The Struts“Could Have Been Me”

Beck“Dreams”

The Arcs“Outta My Mind”

Zac Brown Band“Junkyard”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

“The Vengeful One” surges to the top of the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart this week as Disturbed passes Shinedown in a battle of heavyweights.  Pop Evil and Five Finger Death Punch remain in contention for future top honors at #3 and #4 respectively.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Red Sun Rising continues to impress with “The Otherside,” as the lead single from their debut album reaches the Top 10 this week.  Given the strength of established artists this year, it’s an even more impressive feat…

Three songs break into Top 20 this week, led by last week’s high debut track by Foo Fighters (“Outside”)…

Three songs crack the Top 30 section of the chart, led by Asking Alexandria’s “I Won’t Give In,” which seems to be gathering some momentum…

A downright astonishing six songs reach the Top 40 for the first time this week, with Zac Brown Band showing the most strength of the bunch…

An almost equally amazing six songs break into the Top 50 on the latest chart, five of them new to the ranks, along with a re-entry from New Year’s Day.

 

 

 THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Disturbed – “The Vengeful One”

Foo Fighters – “Outside”

Bring Me The Horizon“Throne”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Halestorm“Amen”

Mumford & Sons – “The Wolf”

Kill It Kid“Blood Stop And Run”

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

Trends suggest that Disturbed should be able to hold on to the top spot for at least another week, but it seems less certain whether the biggest threat to their reign will be songs that haven’t peaked yet, or if it will come from Shinedown, who slipped to #2 this week, but is still showing strength.  With an album release just a couple of weeks away now, don’t completely discount the chances for Five Finger Death Punch to at least remain in the picture.  Foo Fighters is also approaching rapidly in the rear view mirror alongside a number of hopeful tracks.

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 8/17/15

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Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 8/17/15.

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.

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

SHINEDOWN – “Black Cadillac”

The release of Shinedown’s second single, “Black Cadillac,” came as something of a surprise given that the first single off of their upcoming album (“Cut The Cord”) rocketed up the charts and is still riding high.  Could this be a developing trend to build more hype around upcoming releases?  Time will tell, but either way, the release of “Black Cadillac” was a welcome one. Although some of frontman Brent Smith’s finest moments are born out of anger and frustration, this song falls more into the inspirational and motivational category.  As he often does, Smith uses poetic license to paint a mental picture on “Black Cadillac.”  Whereas “monkey on your back” and “withdrawals” both usually refer to a battle with drugs, in this case, the battle takes place from within to reach new heights and not be shackled by the past or your current situation.  The song has a cool, unique vibe, highlighted by Smith’s vocals, which bring every song to life.

 

SAINT ASONIA – “Let Me Live My Life”

Adam Gontier has always been able to capture an almost tortured angst in his music.  One of the reasons for his departure from Three Days Grace was a desire to focus more on writing with raw emotion from the heart than catering to a radio audience.  On “Better Place,” the first single from Saint Asonia’s debut album, he enjoyed the best of both worlds.  There was no letting up on the gas pedal with “Let Me Live My Life,” which is decidedly rawer than the debut single, both musically and lyrically…“Let me live my life, I can go get my knife or I can pull out the one that you stuck in my back. For my suffering, you’ve got nothing to gain…”  If you’re a fan of Gontier’s edginess, make sure to check this one out.

 

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

CRAZY LIXX – “Hell Raising Women”

Sweden has been a bastion for the 80s rock/metal sound for the better part of the past two decades, but one of the leading bands in the genre is at a critical juncture after the exit of both guitarists in the same week.  Remaining members say that they are uncertain what the future of the band will be, but hopefully, they’ll find a satisfactory solution, as more music of this sort from them would be most welcome.

 

LEFT TURN CITY – “Upside Down”

Hard rock band from Toronto has been relatively quiet since the release of this track in the latter half of last year.  Hopefully, we’ll get something new from them soon, as they do a nice job of blending straight up hard rock without sounding anything but current.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

W.A.S.P. – “Last Runaway”

Blackie Lawless and W.A.S.P. are back, with the first single from their upcoming album, Golgotha.  Upbeat and brimming with melody, this is a promising peek into their first album in six years.  It was shortly after their last album that Lawless proclaimed a renewal of his religious faith, possibly taking the band in a new direction.  For example, they have announced that they will no longer be performing “Animal (F**k Like a Beast)”, their most lyrically controversial song.  So it’s likely that this album will focus more on themes of hope and redemption, and “Last Runaway” certainly fits that bill.  The band will be touring Europe at least into November, and hopefully will announce American tour dates for early next year.

 

LAST AUTUMN’S DREAM “Made Of Stone”

Even through numerous lineup changes, Last Autumn’s Dream manages to release a new album every year.  They took a real hit when Europe re-formed, losing three out of their five members.  However, their trademark AOR sound endures, with some talented new additions, and with the same catchy songwriting and the always recognizable vocals of Michael Erlandsson.  Check out his soulful delivery on this beautiful piano ballad.

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

THE DARKNESS “Open Fire”

The zany antics of The Darkness sometimes overshadow really well-performed rock/borderline metal of The Darkness.  “Open Fire” has less of the zaniness, and stays true to the good time music that they’ve always been about.  I can hear a little influence from The Cult on this one. from their latest album, Last of Our Kind.  Trivia note – Roger Taylor’s son (Rufus) plays drums for the band.

 

TANK – “Valley Of Tears”

Tank is an on-again/off-again band from England that showed much promise in the 80s, disbanded and came back in the 90s, then split into two versions of the band (since 2007).  Guitarists Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans’ version of the band loaded their line-up with former Dragonforce frontman ZP Theart (Vocals), Sodom’s Bobby Schottkowski (drums), and current Blind Guardian member – Barend Courbois (bass).  “Valley of Tears” is the title and lead track off their September 2015 release.  It is a great track that breaks out in a big way, and showcases all of the talent on their roster.
 

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

TRIUMPH – “Say Goodbye” (1981)

Back in 1981, shortly after the launch of MTV, Triumph released Allied Forces.  Like the band itself, the album was vastly underrated (although it did feature their biggest hit, “Magic Power”).  “Fight The Good Fight” also appears on the album, but the rest of Allied Forces is unknown to the masses for the most part.  “Say Goodbye” made some impact with the video, which is as campy as any 80s rock video ever filmed.  To fully appreciate the song, it is highly recommended that you check out the video.  After all, it isn’t every day that you see hard rock artists floating through space on an enormous Flying V guitar.  Although you wouldn’t know it by the incredibly catchy melody, or the lighthearted video, the song is actually about finding closure and resigning yourself to the fact that some things just aren’t meant to be.  Perhaps the upbeat feel has to do with the weight that is lifted when the decision to move on is finally made.

 

VAN HALEN – “5150” (1986)

Even casual Van Halen fans are aware of the album 5150, which marked the transition from David Lee Roth to Sammy Hagar.  Though many Roth loyalists bemoaned the change to Hagar, the success of the album can’t be denied.  While five of the nine songs were hits, somehow the title track (which also happens to be one of the best songs on the album), never really got the recognition that it deserves.  Like the aforementioned Triumph track, “5150” features an infectious, upbeat hook, which contrasts with the meaning behind the song.  The chorus sums it up best…“Always one for more, you’re never satisfied, it’s never one for all, with you…it’s only one for me, oh why draw the line, and meet you half the way, if you don’t know what that means.”  Some people just can’t be pleased and aren’t open to compromise.  Of course, “5150” was inspired by a section of the California Welfare and Institutions Code that signifies an involuntary psychiatric hold, so it could also mean that the subject of the song is not in their right mind.

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

SOIL  “Halo” (2001)

The lead single from this Chicago band’s sophomore album was a fair enough hit (reaching the Top 20 or so and drawing critical acclaim from a variety of sources).  Still, to me at least, now more than a decade old, it seems to get less attention than it deserves.  2001 was a year that rock was largely dominated by Staind and Nickelback, but this raw, energetic track holds up very well as a (much) heavier counterpart, and remains a solid listen despite the passage of time.

 

3 DOORS DOWN “Duck And Run” (2001)

Maybe it’s a little unusual to think in terms of “discovering” a song that was a number one single from a triple platinum album, but certainly re-discovering this song might be fair.  On its own merit, the third straight chart-topping track from this Mississippi band needs little introduction if you were a fan of rock radio shortly after the new millennium arrived.  Due to the enormous success of the tracks that preceded it (“Kryptonite” and “Loser” ), it’s another example of a song that feels a little bit “lost” to me.

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

SHAMAN – “Fairy Tale” (2002)

Some captivating progressive metal has come from Brazil over the past couple decades, and when three members parted ways with mainstay Angra to form their own group, the result was two amazing bands with no loss of quality for either.  Shaman was the name the defectors gave their new band, emphasizing the mystical nuance that they would strive for in both the music and the lyrics.  In this epic track, vocalist Andre Matos releases those lyrics light as air in one verse, and in pounding, dizzying tempests in the next.  A vocal and symphonic tour de force.

 

ANDRE MATOS – “Face The End” (2007)

Talented Brazilian vocalist and pianist Andre Matos (ex-Viper, ex-Angra, ex-Shaman) has been devoting his time to his solo band since its debut album, Time To Be Free.  This power ballad from that album highlights the range and intensity that has made him such a sought-after singer.  It enters sullenly on stark piano notes, lifts up quickly as the other instruments join in, and turns into a flood of power with those incredible vocals.  Also check out “A New Moonlight,” a daring take on a Beethoven classic that will leave you breathless.

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

KYUSS – “Green Machine” (1992)

California is home for stoner metalheads Kyuss (as they were known from 1991 to 1996 in between a bunch of name changes).  They are still around, and last known as Vista Chino. “Green Machine” is off the album Blues for the Red Sun, which received some critical acclaim.  The appeal of “Green Machine” is in the hard-driving, raw locomotion of the track, paired well with John Garcia’s gritty vocals.  Trivia note – Kyuss is named after an evil demigod from Dungeons and Dragons.

 

TREAT – “Paper Tiger” (2010)

Swedish melodic metal band Treat was active from ’83 -’93, broke up, and has been reunited since 2005.  “Paper Tiger” is from the album Coup de Grace (which was very successful for them).  It’s an inspirational track, which guitarist Anders Wikstrom wrote from a father and son scenario, based on childhood memories of his dad’s stories and words of wisdom (something that we don’t really ‘get’ till we grow up).  Really hit home for me as ‘that kid’ and ‘that dad.’
 

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 8-15-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 8-15-15.

The 8-15-15 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 – “I Won’t Give In” – ASKING ALEXANDRIA

#14 –  “In Between” – BEARTOOTH

#13 –  “Thank You” – SEVENDUST

#12 –  “Throne” – BRING ME THE HORIZON

#11 –  “Gravity” – PAPA ROACH

#10 –  “Better Place” – SAINT ASONIA

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

# 8 –  “Lydia” – HIGHLY SUSPECT

# 7 –   “Happy Song” – BRING ME THE HORIZON

# 6 –  “Angels Fall” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

# 5 –  “Jenny” – NOTHING MORE

# 4 –   “Footsteps” – POP EVIL

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

# 2 –   “Cut The Cord” – SHINEDOWN

# 1 –   “The Vengeful One” – DISTURBED

 

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