Monthly Archives: September 2015

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 10/10/15

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 10/10/15.  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. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      2. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      3. BLESSTHEFALL – To Those Left Behind
      4. ATREYU – Long Live
      5. SLAYER – Repentless
      6. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit
      7. IRON MAIDEN – The Book Of Souls
      8. THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER – Abysmal
      9. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      10. TESSERACT – Polaris
      11. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark By Dawn
      12. HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES – Hollywood Vampires
      13. METAL ALLEGIANCE – Metal Allegiance
      14. SCALE THE SUMMIT – V
      15. REFLECTIONS – Color Clear

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Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums Archives

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 9/27/15

HRD Radio Report - Bridge To Grace

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 9/27/15.  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 1 POP EVIL “Footsteps” 2189
2 2 SHINEDOWN “Cut The Cord” 2019
3 3 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Jekyll And Hyde” 1630
4 6 RED SUN RISING “The Otherside” 1520
5 7 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Angels Fall” 1421
6 5 DISTURBED “The Vengeful One” 1305
7 4 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Lydia” 1172
8 8 SAINT ASONIA “Better Place” 1139
9 9 PAPA ROACH “Gravity” 1105
10 11 CHRIS CORNELL “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” 1062
11 10 FOO FIGHTERS “Outside” 1020
12 13 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Throne” 897
13 12 SLIPKNOT “Killpop” 863
14 15 THE STRUTS “Could Have Been Me” 864
15 14 ALL THAT REMAINS “For You” 625
16 17 STARSET “Halo” 619
17 16 P.O.D. “This Goes Out To You” 598
18 18 SEVENDUST “Thank You” 571
19 20 GHOST “Cirice” 534
20 22 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “I Won’t Give In” 496
21 19 BEARTOOTH “In Between” 483
22 21 MUSE “Mercy” 479
23 25 HALESTORM “I Am The Fire” 457
24 23 LIKE A STORM “Become The Enemy” 400
25 24 WE ARE HARLOT “Someday” 398
26 26 TRAPT “Passenger” 332
27 31 THREE DAYS GRACE “Fallen Angel” 327
28 27 ARCS “Outta My Mind” 316
29 28 WILSON “Right To Rise” 243
30 29 ISLANDER “Cold Speak” 235
31 33 AWOLNATION “I Am” 219
32 30 BUCKCHERRY “Bring It On Back” 212
33 35 IN THIS MOMENT “Big Bad Wolf” 211
34 34 TRIVIUM “Until The World Goes Cold” 208
35 36 SEASONS AFTER “Weathered And Worn” 185
36 32 LAMB OF GOD “Overlord” 185
37 37 MUMFORD & SONS “The Wolf” 146
38 41 BRIDGE TO GRACE “Everything” 141
39 40 BUTCHER BABIES “Never Go Back” 134
40 39 MIGGS “Ordinary” 132
41 79 SEETHER “Save Today” 123
42 53 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Blow” 119
43 44 PARKWAY DRIVE “Vice Grip” 117
44 42 WE CAME AS ROMANS “The World I Used To Know” 116
45 47 TREMONTI “Radical Change” 107
46 43 10 YEARS “From Birth To Burial” 105
47 46 ART OF DYING “Everything” 99
48 48 SEPARATIONS “Dream Eater” 98
49 45 FIRST DECREE “Stop” 95
50 101 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wash It Away” 79




PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

BRIDGE TO GRACE – “Everything”

Since the release of “Everything,” the song has been featured in the “Spin It” section of the HRD Radio Report and also on Hard Rock Daddy’s Music Discovery Monday.   After finally cracking the Top 50 of the Mediabase Active Rock chart, the song has been climbing for the past few weeks.  This week, Bridge To Grace’s “Everything” cracks the Top 40, the second single to do so from the band this year (along with “Bitch”).  These up-and-comers draw comparisons to Shinedown, a band that Bridge To Grace Producer Rick Beato has worked with in the past.

Tracks like “Everything” by new artists like Bridge To Grace are exactly what Active Rock needs to keep things fresh.  The band has blended influences from the top bands in the genre to create their own sound.  Huge hooks, soulful vocals, powerful vocal harmonies, big crunchy riffs,  shredding guitars, a pounding rhythm and nice dynamics…the title of the song says it all….it has “Everything” that you want to hear in an Active Rock track.

The climb for “Everything” has been slow and steady so far.  It’s hard to imagine a song this good not gaining traction and reaching the upper echelon of the chart at some point, much like fellow developing artists Highly Suspect and Red Sun Rising did with their respective singles.

 

 

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…

NOTHING MORE – “Here’s To The Heartache”

RUBIKON – “Live That Lie”

FROM ASHES TO NEW“Through It All”

SKINDRED“Under Attack”

ATREYU – “Do You Know Who You Are?”

 

DROP IT…

Ghost“Cirice”

Awolnation“I Am”

In This Moment“Big Bad Wolf”

Mumford & Sons“The Wolf”

The Struts“Could Have Been Me”

The Arcs“Outta My Mind”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Pop Evil remains atop the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart for a second straight week by a relatively comfortable margin.  “Footsteps” saw a minor increase in airplay while Shinedown saw a minor decline, and #3 Five Finger Death Punch took an even larger hit leaving no song in position to challenge for the top spot next week.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Another notable milestone for newcomers Red Sun Rising as “The Otherside” climbs into the Top 5…

Only one newcomer in the Top 10, as Chris Cornell swaps positions with Foo Fighters

Asking Alexandria returns to the Top 20 with “I Won’t Give In,” the only song that wasn’t in that tier last week…

Only one new entry into the Top 30, the latest single from Three Days Grace, “Fallen Angel”…

Bridge To Grace provides the only song to break into the Top 40 with “Everything”

A trio of songs debut in the Top 50, the most interesting story perhaps being in the 50th spot.  That’s where Five Finger Death Punch debuts “Wash It All Away,” a song that has received no obvious heavy push as a single for radio, but gained enough airplay to break onto the chart for at least a week.  This probably played a role in the decline of their top three single, “Jekyll & Hyde.”

 

 

 THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Bring Me The Horizon – “Throne”

Three Days Grace – “Fallen Angel”

Seether – “Save Today”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Five Finger Death Punch – “Jekyll & Hyde”

Disturbed“The Vengeful One”

Highly Suspect“Lydia”

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

If airplay gains/losses remain within the usual range, it could be at least another week or more before there’s a change at the top.  There are several songs that appear likely candidates to contend for the top slot, but most have barely reached half the typical number of spins that it usually takes to reach #1.  Unless one of the songs sees a sudden explosive growth, it could very well be close to Halloween before anyone dethrones Pop Evil.

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 9/28/15

Music Discovery Monday Chris Cornell

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 9/28/15.

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)

CHRIS CORNELL – “Nothing Compares 2 U” (Live SiriusXM)

In the 1980s, Prince made a huge impact with his eclectic sound and unique style.  While the entire MTV generation was familiar with his hit songs, not every song made it into the mainstream.  In 1985, he wrote “Nothing Compares 2 U” for a side project called The Family.  It wasn’t until 1990 that the song became a hit when it was released as a single by Irish singer-songwriter, Sinead O’Connor.

The best (and most memorable) cover songs are the ones where an artist makes it their own.  A quarter century ago, O’Connor made “Nothing Compares 2 U” her own, so much so that many people didn’t realize that it was actually written by Prince.  She had a great run with the song, but as the saying goes…“all good things must come to an end.”  Building upon what O’Connor did with the song in 1990, Cornell has taken it to another level in 2015.

Cornell’s truly inspired version of “Nothing Compares 2 U” has reverberated through the rock world since he performed it acoustically during a visit to SiriusXM last week.  Unlike O’Connor, who built her career upon the success of the song, Cornell didn’t even include it on his most recent release, Higher Truth.  To be able to capture this kind of magic in a live setting speaks volumes about Cornell’s talent.

This isn’t the first time that Cornell has done a brilliant acoustic interpretation of a popular song.  See which classic song he made his own in the Hard Rock Music Time Machine segment of Music Discovery Monday.

 

JOE LYNN TURNER – “Love Conquers All” (Live from Glasgow)

Like fine wine, the great ones seem to just keep getting better with age.  In recent weeks, an acoustic version of the 1990 Deep Purple classic, “Love Conquers All” was shared by Joe Lynn Turner.  The performance, which was recorded in in Glasgow, Scotland, showcases the immense talent of JLT.

Just as Chris Cornell put a current spin on a song that captured the public’s attention in 1990, JLT has done the same.  And though it may seem as though he has the advantage of being the original singer on the song, it can be argued that this was an even more impressive feat because he is being compared to his younger self.

The changing music climate in America has led JLT to spending more time performing overseas.  Listening to this incredible live performance makes you wonder when the turning point for rock occurred in America.  Talents like JLT should be revered regardless of current trends.  We’re missing out here, but thankfully, there is still an appreciative audience to be found for this rock legend.

 

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

10 YEARS – “From Birth To Burial”

The latest single from this Knoxville, TN band is finally starting to work its way up the radio charts, but depending upon your station(s) of choice, it is one that might not have caught your ear yet unless you’re an existing fan of the band.  The lyrics – depending upon your interpretation, I suppose – are a somewhat haunting indictment of the music business, delivered (almost ironically) in a very listenable fashion.

 

CROBOT – “Legend Of The Spaceborne Killer”

Even if it might tempt listeners to spontaneously use words like “groovy,” the recent single from these Pennsylvania rockers is perhaps among their most accessible, and flows better in a more Active Rock-oriented playlist than you might expect.  If you haven’t given it a listen yet, it’s well worth checking out.

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

CIRCLE II CIRCLE –  “Victim Of The Night”

Vocalist Zak Stevens (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, ex-Savatage) returns with his band Circle II Circle, and their newest album, Reign Of Darkness (due out October 16th).  Out of Tampa, Florida, they play progressive metal with a power edge.  This single opens with gripping keyboards that are quickly joined by bass and drums, leaving no misimpression early on about the drive of the piece.  Listen, also, for an intense guitar solo and some great harmonies.

 

BURNING POINT – “In The Shadows”

Finland’s Burning Point have a new lead singer, Nitte Valo (ex-Battle Beast).  She belts out some high and powerful notes on their newest album, which remakes six of the band’s best songs and adds four newly written ones.  The remakes sound terrific and the new songs work well, too.  “In The Shadows” is easily the heaviest of the new selections and really highlights Valo’s talent.

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

KYLESA – “Shaping The Southern Sky”

Dubbed “sludge metal,” Kylesa is a Georgia power trio that has been around since 2001.  “Shaping the Southern Sky” has that sludgy, murky quality to it, along with a terrific, heavy, southern metal rhythm – the song’s best feature.  This track is from the upcoming Exhausting Fire, Kylesa’s 7th full-length album.

 

SLEAZY WAY OUT – “Wasted Chance”

The band and track name make no secret of what this song is about.  The greatness of the song is in its simplicity and straightforwardness.  Self-billed as being on the forefront of the Sleaze Rock movement, these Montreal rockers want you to know that they “are here to kick ass” – and they do a thorough job of it.  You’ll pick up on the similarities to Jackyl and others.

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

LED ZEPPELIN – “Moby Dick” (Live from Royal Albert Hall) (1970)

Drums are the engine that drives the machine when it comes to hard rock.  And though many fans have an appreciation for drummers, they don’t necessarily look forward to hearing drum solos in a live setting.  However, there are exceptions to every rule, and in the case of “Moby Dick,” John Bonham is certainly one of them.  But then again, Bonham wasn’t just any drummer.  He was such a big part of Led Zeppelin’s sound that his untimely passing brought an end to one of the greatest bands in the history of rock…

“We wish it to be known that the loss of our dear friend, and the deep sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were.”  The statement was signed simply “Led Zeppelin.”

This past week was the 35th anniversary of Bonham’s passing.  To commemorate the passing of this drumming legend, I decided to include a live version of “Moby Dick,” which features an extended drum solo.  Although Bonham’s contribution to the overall sound of Led Zeppelin cannot be understated, this song and solo capture the essence of what made him irreplaceable to the rest of the band.

 

CHRIS CORNELL – “Thank You” (Live From Royal Theatre – Victoria, BC) (2011)

As mentioned above, Chris Cornell has a way of making cover songs his own.  It takes a lot of guts and talent to cover any Led Zeppelin song and make it your own, much less one that is considered to be a classic.  What makes this song stand out in the Zeppelin catalog is the beautiful poetry of the lyrics.  While many of the band’s lyrics are cryptic, “Thank You” is, quite simply, one of the best love songs ever written.  Its distinct emotional vibe and mystique could easily be lost in translation, but Cornell captures it with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and a microphone.  There are moments that are a bit more melancholic than the original, but those moments only serve to make the emotive, higher register vocals even more moving.

 

 

JON LOVELESS

ADRENALINE MOB – “Psychosane” (2012)

Raw, aggressive, downright irritable.  That summarizes what remains my favorite song from this supergroup to date.

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

STAR ONE – “Digital Rain” (2010)

Progressive metal meets space rock in Arjen Anthony Lucassen’s supergroup Star One.  Their 2010 album Victims Of The Modern Age borrows its name from the movie A Clockwork Orange, and the tracks, while varied, are fitfully bound together by a science fiction theme in a dystopian future.  On “Digital Rain,” dueling vocals are contributed by Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob) and Damian Wilson (Threshold, Headspace).

 

LIONVILLE – “Another Day” (2012)

Melodic rock band Lionville produced this catchy number for their second album in 2012.  The Italian band brings together the golden voice of Lars Safsund with the soaring guitar of Stefano Lionetti for AOR with a west coast influence.

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

TESLA – “Cry” (1994)

With the number of Tesla’s popular hits, great songs like “Cry” usually get overlooked.  This tune, and several off of Bust A Nut, shows the heavier side of the band.  The album was rated a Top 10 by Guitar World in 1994.  Give it a listen.

 

LEMUR VOICE – “More Of Nothing” (1996)

Once called Aura, Lemur Voice was a Prog Metal band from the Netherlands.  They only put out two albums, which is a shame, given the quality of “More of Nothing” and the all-around talent of the band.  Great vocals from Gregoor van der Loo and guitar work from Marcel Coenen are the standout performances on this track.

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 9-26-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 9-26-15.

The 9-26-15 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 – “Until The World Goes Cold” – TRIVIUM

#14 –  “I Am The Fire” – HALESTORM

#13 –  “Thank You” – SEVENDUST

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

#11 –  “Big Bad Wolf” – IN THIS MOMENT

#10 –  “The Otherside” – RED SUN RISING

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

# 8 –  “For You” – ALL THAT REMAINS

# 7 –   “Throne” – BRING ME THE HORIZON

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

# 5 –  “Gravity” – PAPA ROACH

# 4 –   “Cut The Cord” – SHINEDOWN

# 3 –   “Angels Fall” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

# 2 –   “Footsteps” – POP EVIL

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

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

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

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

Red Sun Rising – “The Otherside”: Hard Rock Daddy 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 – 10/3/15

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 10/3/15.  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. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit
      2. SLAYER – Repentless
      3. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      4. IRON MAIDEN – The Book Of Souls
      5. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      6. HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES – Hollywood Vampires
      7. SCORPIONS – Return To Forever
      8. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark By Dawn
      9. GHOST – Meliora
      10. THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE – Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival
      11. LAMB OF GOD – VII: Sturm Und Drang
      12. MOTORHEAD – Bad Magic
      13. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE – Venom
      14. POP EVIL – Up
      15. HALESTORM – Into The Wild Life

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

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

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

Halestorm – “Apocalyptic”: 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 9/20/15

HRD Radio Report - Seasons After

HRD RADIO REPORT 

The HRD Radio Report showcases the weekly Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by AllAccess.com), and appears every Tuesday on HardRockDaddy.com.  The HRD Radio Report digs deeper into the weekly Active Rock charts, providing commentary, reviews, recommendations and predictions.  It also features opinion pieces on chart action and the music business in general.

Many of the artists featured on the Active Rock charts have already been reviewed on HardRockDaddy.com.

Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 9/20/15.  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 POP EVIL “Footsteps” 2110
2 1 SHINEDOWN “Cut The Cord” 2089
3 3 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Jekyll And Hyde” 1801
4 4 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Lydia” 1499
5 5 DISTURBED “The Vengeful One” 1474
6 6 RED SUN RISING “The Otherside” 1432
7 7 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Angels Fall” 1364
8 8 SAINT ASONIA “Better Place” 1146
9 9 PAPA ROACH “Gravity” 1066
10 10 FOO FIGHTERS “Outside” 1015
11 11 CHRIS CORNELL “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” 987
12 12 SLIPKNOT “Killpop” 847
13 13 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Throne” 792
14 15 ALL THAT REMAINS “For You” 677
15 14 THE STRUTS “Could Have Been Me” 675
16 17 P.O.D. “This Goes Out To You” 634
17 16 STARSET “Halo” 626
18 19 SEVENDUST “Thank You” 498
19 18 BEARTOOTH “In Between” 491
20 21 GHOST “Cirice” 468
21 22 MUSE “Mercy” 460
22 20 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “I Won’t Give In” 436
23 26 LIKE A STORM “Become The Enemy” 385
24 23 WE ARE HARLOT “Someday” 370
25 29 HALESTORM “I Am The Fire” 366
26 24 TRAPT “Passenger” 319
27 28 ARCS “Outta My Mind” 280
28 31 WILSON “Right To Rise” 218
29 32 ISLANDER “Cold Speak” 218
30 34 BUCKCHERRY “Bring It On Back” 216
31 43 THREE DAYS GRACE “Fallen Angel” 212
32 30 LAMB OF GOD “Overlord” 202
33 35 AWOLNATION “I Am” 192
34 39 TRIVIUM “Until The World Goes Cold” 185
35 38 IN THIS MOMENT “Big Bad Wolf” 183
36 36 SEASONS AFTER “Weathered And Worn” 177
37 33 MUMFORD & SONS “The Wolf” 149
38 37 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE “You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War)” 134
39 45 MIGGS “Ordinary” 133
40 42 BUTCHER BABIES “Never Go Back” 131
41 41 BRIDGE TO GRACE “Everything” 131
42 44 WE CAME AS ROMANS “The World I Used To Know” 123
43 48 10 YEARS “From Birth To Burial” 102
44 62 PARKWAY DRIVE “Vice Grip” 99
45 49 FIRST DECREE “Stop” 99
46 51 ART OF DYING “Everything” 97
47 47 TREMONTI “Radical Change” 95
48 50 SEPARATIONS “Dream Eater” 91
49 53 ATREYU “Do You Know Who You Are” 82
50 40 MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Unstoppable” 79




PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

SEASONS AFTER – “Weathered and Worn”

If ever there was a underrated artist whose music is tailor-made for Active Rock radio, Seasons After is it.  They get their fair share of spins, but based on their radio-friendly sound, it is fair to say that they should be battling for a spot in the upper echelon of the chart.  From their album Calamity Scars & Memoirs, “Weathered and Worn” is yet another incredibly strong single (following “So Long Goodbye” and “Lights Out”).  You have to wonder what heights they would have reached by now if they had the support of the major label that they were signed to before a contentious parting of ways.  As a DIY band putting out their music independently, it’s a challenge to get the attention that they so richly deserve. Like their previous singles, “Weathered And Worn” features huge hooks, impressive vocal harmonies and an ideal mix of edginess and melody.  There is a lot of truth to the opening line of the first verse of the song… “we’re all victims of our circumstance.”   Under different circumstances, Seasons After would probably enjoy the same success as the heavy hitters in the genre who seem to climb to the top of the charts with each single.

 

 

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…

SEPTEMBER MOURNING“Children Of Fate”

GEMINI SYNDROME“Eternity”

RUBIKON – “Live That Lie”

FROM ASHES TO NEW“Through It All”

SKINDRED“Under Attack”

AWAKEN THE EMPIRE“Cross My Heart”

 

DROP IT…

Ghost“Cirice”

Awolnation“I Am”

Mumford & Sons“The Wolf”

The Struts“Could Have Been Me”

The Arcs“Outta My Mind”

In This Moment“Big Bad Wolf”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

After spending seven weeks in the top three, the wait is over for Pop Evil, as “Footsteps” becomes the band’s fourth  #1 song on the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart.  It wasn’t easy; a mere 21 spins (less than 1% difference) was the margin that displaced Shinedown from the top.  Now it falls to Five Finger Death Punch to play the waiting game, sitting at #3 again this week.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

While the top spot in the chart changed hands, very little else on the upper end followed suit.  After the top two positions, the rest of the first thirteen remain locked in place…

In the top 22 spots, only one song moved more than one position up or down, with Ghost replacing Asking Alexandria in the Top 20…

Three songs did manage to crack the Top 30, including singles from Wilson and Islander that have the fairly unusual distinction of sharing the same spin total for two consecutive weeks (both were +29 this week, both receiving 218 monitored plays last week)…

Three songs also reach the Top 40 for the first time, the highest of the group being the next probable hit from Three Days Grace

Another trio of songs debut in the Top 50, led by Parkway Drive, joined by Art Of Dying and Atreyu.

 

 

 THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Pop Evil“Footsteps”

Red Sun Rising – “The Otherside”

Halestorm“I Am The Fire”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Highly Suspect“Lydia”

Disturbed“The Vengeful One”

Motionless In White“Unstoppable”

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

IF the early trends for the coming week hold, Pop Evil looks likely to spend at least one more week at the top before another song makes a move.  Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin look as though they could be next in line to battle for #1.  A potential race to the top a few weeks from now might be shaping up between Foo Fighters and Chris Cornell.

 

WRAP-UP

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Music Discovery Monday – 9/21/15

Music Discovery Monday - Devil City Angels

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 9/21/15.

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’s Music Discovery Monday features an exclusive interview with Devil City Angels lead vocalist, Brandon Gibbs, who shares the interesting and entertaining inspiration behind the band’s single, “Boneyard.”

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

DEVIL CITY ANGELS – “Boneyard”

The ‘80s brought us some of the greatest hard rock in the history of the genre.  Many of the acts still perform to this day, and there is always a chance that those who broke up will reunite at some point in the future.  A growing trend in recent years is the formation of “supergroups” featuring ‘80s rock stars.  Devil City Angels fall into that category, but they have a sound that is so organic that you feel like this is a band with the potential to shed the “supergroup” label and just be looked at as a band on the rise.

This hard rock outfit features all-stars Tracii Guns, Rikki Rockett and Rudy Sarzo (who recently replaced Eric Brittingham).  What sets Devil City Angels apart from other “supergroups” is the freshness that lesser-known frontman/guitarist Brandon Gibbs brings to the table, giving the band a current sound that is built on a foundation of hard rock from the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.

“Boneyard” gives a taste of what Devil City Angels has to offer, and if you’re a fan of straight forward, melodic rock and roll, you’re in for a treat.  From the riffs to the pounding rhythm to Gibbs’ vocals (which sound like a modern-day Paul Rodgers), all of the pieces of this rock and roll puzzle fit together perfectly.
 
 
In a Hard Rock Daddy exclusive, Devil City Angels frontman Brandon Gibbs discussed the band’s latest single, “Boneyard”

“Boneyard started out as a Gibbs Brothers song called ‘Lost In You,’ which a song that my twin brother (Brent) and I wrote.  We used the ‘Lost In You’ template, the chords and the kind of bouncy beat.  Although the template was written before, we changed it to make it very much a Devil City Angels song.  Tracii (Guns) had a lot to do with that riff, and it kind of touched back on the original song and transformed it to a new one.

This was the very last song that we did on the record.  The music was done, and I had the lyrics for ‘Lost In You’ from my past ready to go, but it just didn’t work, and I was kind of pulling my hair out.  I just didn’t hear anything else besides ‘Lost In You’ when trying to write new lyrics.

After Rikki (Rockett) came back to the studio from an extended lunch break, he suggested that we write about a prison worker who has an affair with an inmate, and kind of create our own little movie.  After asking him where in the hell he came up with that idea, I said that we can have the guy take her to the boneyard (you can use your imagination about what that means) [laughs].

Honest to God, we were having a blast creating what Rikki and I call ‘head movies.’  This time we actually captured one on tape.  So, the story behind the song is that we have a problem; we’re demented; something’s not right with us.  How we came up with the song is disturbing.” [laughs]

 

SEBASTIAN BACH – “All My Friends Are Dead”

The opening of the video of “All My Friends Are Dead” reads…“Dedicated to the Lives and Memories of My Friends…Rock In Peace.”  A number of Sebastian Bach’s departed friends are listed (most notably Dave Brockie aka Oderus Urungus of GWAR and Jeff Hanneman of Slayer).  The loss of friends is only part of the inspiration for the song.  The title came to Bach when he was amused after seeing the phrase on a t-shirt.  In true Bach fashion, the gregarious singer was also inspired by the living, a somewhat ironic twist for a song titled “All My Friends Are Dead.”  The reference is about the death of relationships, not people.

Sebastian Bach is a lot of things, but depressing isn’t one of them, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this song is actually melodic and upbeat.  One of the lines in the song that really stands out is…“too late to turn back time again,” because that is exactly what Bach achieved with this song (and the rest of his 2014 release – Give ‘Em Hell).  The notes that he hits in the middle of the song will make you think that you’ve taken a time machine back to the Slave To The Grind days.  But alas, time marches on, and the rock and roll world continues to lose key members (see the special tribute in the Hard Rock Music Time Machine segment below for details).

 

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

THE ANSWER – “Red”

From Northern Ireland comes a band that leaves me wondering why they don’t seem to have managed to break all the way through in North America.  Likely “new” to most music fans, the band was hailed as a “best new band” as far back as 2005, and even that was 4-5 years after their formation.  They opened for AC/DC during the Black Ice tour, and they’ve had songs featured in several video games.  It seems as though all of the elements for a breakthrough – including, of course, solid music – have been there, and yet here I am feeling as though I’m probably introducing them to some readers/listeners for the first time.   I really don’t understand the music business some days.

 

A MIRROR HOLLOW – “Animal”

Not trace of glam in this one, despite the band’s Hollywood hometown.  A good mix of harsh vocals and melody makes the song a user-friendly introduction to this five-piece band.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

CATS IN SPACE – “Mr. Heartache”

Big vocal harmonies animate the sound of this new UK melodic rock band, with strong Queen and E.L.O. influences.  They are calling it “Power Pop Rock.”  Six musicians work aggressively to deliver a wall of sound with bigtime hooks and a ‘70s vibe.  This first single features a guest appearance by Andy Scott (of ‘70s glam rock band The Sweet), contributing on guitars and vocals. The album is due out October 2nd.

 

UNIFIED PAST – “Erasure Principle”

They’ve been on the music scene for 30 years and put out six albums, but you might not know them.  You’ll want to, though, if you love melodic progressive rock.  Hailing from Syracuse, New York, Unified Past writes some complex pieces, catchy enough to enjoy on the first listen, but needing some extra spins to truly appreciate all of the subtleties.  Their newest album, Shifting The Equilibrium, was released just last week.

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

ANUBIS GATE – “Hear My Call”

“Hear My Call” grabs you right away with an excellent, hypnotic rhythm and eerie vocal harmonics before weaving a tale of desperation (not unlike Metallica’s “One”) about a man going through the anguish of being lost and hopelessly crying out.  Listen for the fantastic classical acoustic work, a prelude to a deft, wailing guitar jam apropos of the tale (Kim Olsen and Michael Bodin).  Anubis Gate formed in 2004 and hails from Denmark.  This is their 5th full-length album.

 

VICTORIUS “Silent Symphony”

Victorius, from Saxony, Germany, brings us a spirited epic named for a popular oxymoron.  The band breaks away from their typical speed/power metal to give “Silent Symphony” a full, large-scale sound with passion and grace.  This the last track on their most recent album, Dreamchaser.
 

 

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

This past week, the rock and roll world said goodbye to guitarist Gary Richrath who passed away at the age of 65.  Although he was underrated, he was still appreciated by many, as evidenced by the outpouring of emotions by fans on social media.  The songs chosen for Hard Rock Music Time Machine this week both showcase his outstanding guitar work with REO Speedwagon. RIP Gary…
 
REO SPEEDWAGON – “Ridin’ The Storm Out” (Live) (1981)

It isn’t often that the live version of a song becomes preferable to the studio version.  “Ridin’ The Storm Out” is one of the exceptions to the rule, due in large part to the guitar playing of Gary Richrath, and of course, the rise of MTV.

“Ridin’ The Storm Out” is the title track of REO Speedwagon’s third studio album (which came out in 1973).   On the heels of the popularity of the live version of this song, the album peaked on the Billboard 200 chart in 1981.

The tasteful accents that Richrath uses early on in the song offer a glimpse of what’s to come at around the 2:00-minute mark, and again at around 3:30.  Like Slash would do years later on his Gibson Les Paul, Richrath made the guitar sing with his solos.

On a personal note, I’ve played this song from time-to-time when dealing with the “storms” that need to be weathered in life.

 

REO SPEEDWAGON – “Roll With The Changes” (1978)

The beauty of Gary Richrath’s playing shines through once again on “Roll With The Changes.”  With an ability to make the guitar sing, he added nice accents throughout the song without overpowering it.  Perhaps what made him the most unique was being able to know when to pull back and let the song breathe and when to let it rip to add a burst of energy.  Aside from his writing and guitar playing, Richrath’s backing vocals helped contribute to REO’s distinct style.

There was a temptation to include “Take It On The Run” (along with “Ridin’ The Storm Out”) because it was written by Richrath. It is also the band’s biggest hit from their most impactful album (Hi Infidelity).  “Roll With The Changes” was chosen because it showcases more of Richrath’s guitar playing.  Like “Ridin’ The Storm Out,” this is a song that hits home in a very personal way, and has been cathartic when dealing with the inevitable changes that are part of life.
 
NOTE:  Although Gary Richrath left REO Speedwagon in 1989, his loss hit his former bandmate, Kevin Cronin, very hard.  Here are the thoughts that he shared on social media…

“Hi friends, kc here. My longtime friend and collaborator Gary Richrath passed away earlier today. I feel so sad. Gary was both a unique guitarist and songwriter, and the embodiment of the tough guy with a heart of gold. I learned most of what I know about being in a rock band from Gary Richrath. The entire REO Family mourns his death and shares in the grief of his family, friends, and fans. These words do not come close to expressing the depth of emotions I am feeling at this time…kc”

Click here to read Kevin Cronin’s interview with Billboard after Gary Richrath’s passing.

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

CHARM CITY DEVILS – “Blame” (2012)

This Baltimore outfit has several radio hits to their credit, but there are other gems in their catalog that aren’t as well known outside of their core fanbase.  I’d put this track into that category.  It’s a song that could have made for a good single had they gone one song deeper into their sophomore album.

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

BLIND GUARDIAN – “Mordred’s Song” (1995)

From this German power metal band’s definitive album, Imaginations From The Other Side, came this song of suffering and betrayal.  With intricate guitar work and vocals that drip with pain, it tells its tale from the perspective of the villain: here, the patricidal son of King Arthur. Don’t miss Andre Olbrich’s blazing guitar solo!

 

BAI BANG – “Die For You” (2011)

Swedish glam metal band Bai Bang have a knack for producing ear candy, and they don’t disappoint on this ballad of devotion.  From their 2011 album Living The Dream, it will fill your head with melodic bliss.

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

STARBREAKER – “Turn It Off” (2005)

Sage advice from the unstoppable Tony Harnell and Starbreaker.  This side project (which began 10 years ago while with TNT) features Magnus Karlsson – of Primal Fear, Jonni Lightfoot & John Macaluso).  A new Starbreaker album is said to be coming some time next year.

 

TRIUMPH – “Time Goes By” (1984)

An all-time favorite from 1984, “Time Goes By” is a deep cut from a terrific album that finally went gold in 2003.  Rik Emmett and company (Gil Moore, Mike Levine) are at their best on this one…from the vocals and lyrics to the driving rhythm and solos.
 

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 9-19-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 9-19-15.

The 9-19-15 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 Am The Fire” – HALESTORM

#14 –  “For You” – ALL THAT REMAINS

#13 –  “Big Bad Wolf” – IN THIS MOMENT

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

#11 –  “The Otherside” – RED SUN RISING

#10 –  “Better Place” – SAINT ASONIA

#9 –   “Thank You” – SEVENDUST

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

# 7 –   “Gravity” – PAPA ROACH

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

# 5 –  “Throne” – BRING ME THE HORIZON

# 4 –   “Cut The Cord” – SHINEDOWN

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

# 2 –   “Footsteps” – POP EVIL

# 1 –   “Angels Fall” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

 

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Outlaws & Moonshine – 1919 (EP): Hard Rock Daddy Review

Outlaws & Moonshine 1919

The inspiration for both the name Outlaws & Moonshine and their debut EP (1919) predates the band by nearly a century.  Back in 1919, around a half century before the evolution of Southern Rock, the era of Prohibition began in the United States.  That government miscalculation gave rise to speakeasies and moonshine while making outlaws out of bootleggers until the repeal of Prohibition in 1933.

Not much good came out of Prohibition in the early 20th century.  However, in 2015, Southern Rock fans will celebrate Prohibition for inspiring this Indiana quartet to take us on a journey back in time.

With their debut EP, 1919, Outlaws & Moonshine have captured the essence of legendary artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Molly Hatchet (to name a few), added their own modern touches, and created a sound that they call “New Southern Rock.”

Beau Van is a talented guitar player and a soulful Southern Rock singer, but perhaps his greatest gift is the ability to paint a mental picture with lyrics that bring you into his world.  With obvious pride of his heritage, Van has a way of romanticizing a small town, country lifestyle.  Just like Sons Of Anarchy made people want to become bikers, Outlaws & Moonshine’s 1919 makes you want to hang out and party with Van (and the rest of the band) in his hometown.

Should you be so lucky as to hang out with the boys of Outlaws & Moonshine, you would likely get to learn more about the story of “Cootie Brown” (the drunkest redneck in town), as you sat on the porch sipping moonshine from a mason jar.  Maybe moonshine is not your thing.  Would the boys drink “Whiskey” with you all night long instead?  Hell yeah…they love that stuff!

While Outlaws & Moonshine have cultivated a sound that harkens back to the glory days of Southern Rock, one of their greatest appeals is how relatable they are to the everyman, the working stiffs who understand what it’s like to grind through the week anxiously awaiting the weekend.

Van’s unapologetic, defiant embracing of “country grammar” in songs like “Hey Y’All” shows his true character, and only serves to make him more likeable (even to a “Yankee” like me whose knowledge of the South is mostly derived from watching The Dukes Of Hazzard as a kid).

Based on the first three tracks on 1919, you’d expect a song called “Redneck Me” to be dripping with “back beat boogie woogie” – the words used to describe the sound of the band in their bio.  This is where the album takes an unexpected turn, showcasing deeper emotions with a southern-style love ballad in the musical vein of Kid Rock’s nostalgic country rock songs and the Jonny Van Zant classic, “Brickyard Road.”

“Different Kind Of Man” – the final track on the EP – offers a little bit of everything that Outlaws & Moonshine has to offer.  From the sweet acoustic guitars and melodic harmonies to gritty, soulful vocals and bluesy guitar shredding, this Skynyrd-esque track is the definition of “New Southern Rock.”

As the saying goes…“it doesn’t have to be old to be classic.”  Outlaws & Moonshine may classify themselves as “New Southern Rock,” but that is more a matter of chronology than sound.  If the band had made their debut with 1919 in the ‘70s, they may very well be mentioned in the same breath as the very legends of Southern Rock that they cite as influences.

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 9/26/15

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 9/26/15.  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. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      2. IRON MAIDEN – The Book Of Souls
      3. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      4. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark By Dawn
      5. MOTORHEAD – Bad Magic
      6. GHOST – Meliora
      7. UNCLE ACID – The Night Creeper
      8. THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE – Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival
      9. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE – Venom
      10. LAMB OF GOD – VII: Sturm Und Drang
      11. POP EVIL – Up
      12. THE SWORD – High Country
      13. AMORPHIS – Under The Red Cloud
      14. FOO FIGHTERS – Sonic Highways
      15. SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter

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