Monthly Archives: November 2015

Music Discovery Monday – 11/30/15

Music Discovery Monday - Iron Maiden

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 11/30/15.

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)

IRON MAIDEN – “Tears Of A Clown”

With the exception of a five-year hiatus from the mid to late ‘90s, Bruce Dickinson has been the voice of Iron Maiden since 1981.  Although Dickinson is the voice, the band’s lyrics are mostly derived from the mind of Steve Harris.

Though he has tackled serious subjects before with his lyrics, Harris generally focuses on the bigger picture.  It has been revealed by Dickinson in recent weeks that “Tears Of A Clown” was written specifically about Robin Williams, his depression and ultimate suicide.

Not only do the lyrics have a different tenor than most Maiden songs, but the music does as well.  “Tears Of A Clown” eschews Maiden’s signature galloping rhythm for more groove-oriented pacing, which makes it stand out as unique for the band.  Dickinson brings the lyrics to life with his vocals, an impressive feat considering that their most recent release (The Book Of Souls) was recorded as he was battling tongue and throat cancer.

 

SLASH ft. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS – “30 Years To Life”

A recent trend with some of the more established hard rock bands these days is to release overlapping singles.  Slash ft Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators certainly falls within the category of established bands, so you would have expected numerous singles from World On Fire, an album that is 17 tracks long with no filler.  Inexplicably, the only singles ever released from the album were the title track and “Bent To Fly.”  Aside from already having new material written for the next album, rumors continue to swirl that Slash will be a part of a Guns N’ Roses reunion, so the chances of further singles being released is non-existent.  It’s too bad.  The album had the potential for numerous singles, including “30 Years To Life,” which I’ve heard Myles Kennedy refer to as his favorite track on the album.  This song could have easily been a huge GNR hit back in the day.  It features the best of everything that Slash and Kennedy have to offer…great riffs, infectious melodies, soaring vocals and intriguing lyrics.  Album tracks like these are tailor-made for Music Discovery Monday, filling in the huge voids that exist on radio.

 

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

INGLORIOUS – “Breakaway”

One of the more promising new artists of the year comes from the U.K., with a heavy dose of ‘70s and ‘80s attitude on full display.  Led by vocalist Nathan James (a veteran of the reality show circuit and more recently of Trans-Siberian Orchestra), the band brings some of the best of artists like Deep Purple and Whitesnake to the table, while showing signs of creating a style that’s all their own.

 

STILLWELL – “Mess I Made”

Nearly a decade after their formation, and some four years after their debut release, there’s a new album from this “street metal” supergroup that features members of Korn and P.O.D.  The presence of Fieldy and Wuv certainly doesn’t hurt the band in terms of name recognition, but the total package stands quite well on its own.  The rap-rock blend isn’t to everyone’s taste, but for those who enjoy it, this album should stand as one of the highlights of 2015.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

NAKED – “Leaving You Tonight”

Songwriter and rhythm guitarist Mats Stattin founded the precursor of this melodic hard rock band way back in 2000, and after some changes and a long journey, they are finally releasing their debut album, End Game.  It was worth the wait.  Peter Sundvall contributes some clean, yearnful vocals on this newly-released ballad from the album.

 

KATANA “Mark Of The Beast”

This Swedish metal band released their debut album three years ago to some acclaim, and followed it up last week with their sophomore release, The Greatest Victory.  Twin guitars and pounding drums and bass create a classic metal sound, with a recurring Japanese warrior theme appropriate for a band named for a samurai sword.

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

MAGNUS KARLSSON’S FREE FALL “I Am Coming For You”

“I Am Coming For You” is bright and energetic, with deft technique, a driving rhythm and great harmony.  Aside from the top notch musicianship, Magnus Karlsson does a great job on lead vocals.  This is notable, considering the vocal star power featured on the Kingdom of Rock album: Jorn Lande, Tony Martin, Joe Lynn Turner, David Readman & Tony Harnell.

 

SIGNUM REGIS – “My Guide In The Night”

Slovakia’s Signum Regis breaks out quickly on “My Guide In The Night” and keeps up the hard-driving pace throughout the track.  First-rate music and vocal talent outshine the rather routine lyrics, which are standard, inspirational, Christian Metal-themed.
 

 

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

FASTWAY – “Say What You Will” (1983)
Back in 1983, when Fastway was making its debut, arena shows were commonplace in hard rock and heavy metal.  The band, which was started by Fast Eddie Clark (Motorhead) and Pete Way (UFO), landed the opening slot on Iron Maiden’s Piece Of Mind tour.  Due to contract issues, Way never performed with the band (though it is partially named after him).  Even without one of their founders, Fastway was a force to be reckoned with, and their live show was something to behold.  They are one of the few bands that I discovered as an arena opener and then went on to purchase the album.  While many arena openers aren’t really given a chance to shine, Fastway played their entire album in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Nassau Coliseum (no easy task considering that the crowd was there for the headliner).  Through the years, Fastway has gone through numerous lineup changes, and have never really reached the level that was expected when they made their debut.  “Say What You Will” – a kick-ass single, with an incredible riff and impressive vocals – helped launch the band back in 1983.

 

RUSH – “Afterimage” (1984)

Whereas Fastway played their entire album as the opener for Iron Maiden, Rush played nearly the entire Grace Under Pressure album in the same arena the following year.  The one song from the album that was left out of the set – “Afterimage.”  With a catalog as expansive as Rush’s, every fan is likely to be a bit disappointed at not hearing one of their favorite songs at any given show.  It’s doubtful that many were as disappointed as I was that they didn’t play yet another new song, but “Afterimage” was (and still is) my favorite song off of their 1984 release.  The heavy keyboards of that era of Rush were featured on the song, but beyond the keys lies a driving rhythm and edgy guitars with a cool vibe.

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

PAPA ROACH“Not That Beautiful” (2012)

From their 2012 album, The Connection, “Not That Beautiful” could have provided a fifth hit single easily enough.  This is a good example of the evolution in sound that the band managed on the album.  It is also a good example of what we try to do with the Hard Rock Music Time Machine segment – bring attention to tracks that weren’t necessarily radio hits, but are still worth a listen (especially for fans of an artist’s better-known work).

 

BURN HALO“Dirty Little Girl” (2009)

With the recent release of this California band’s third album (Wolves Of War), it seems like a good time to revisit where they began.  Formed after the breakup of vocalist James Hart’s previous band, Burn Halo’s debut album was recorded with studio musicians prior to forming a final touring lineup.  They then suffered from all-too-familiar record label drama before finally hitting the street.  What finally emerged was a competent and competitive record that stood up well next to a lot of their contemporaries.

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

SOLNA – “Blinded By The Rain” (2009)

Solna was the project of drummer/songwriter Zane Petersen that drew many fine musicians from the European metal scene.  On “Blinded By The Rain,” the vocals are handled stunningly by Pamela Moore, better known in these parts as Suite Sister Mary of Operation: Mindcrime fame.

 

JAVELIN – “Healing” (2013)

This German power/progressive metal band has been on the scene since the early ‘80s, but released their first full-length album just two years ago.  Slow and profound, but not quite a ballad, “Healing” was one of the album’s highlights.

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

RACER X – “Mad At The World” (2000)

Paul Gilbert’s mastery on the guitar leads the way for Racer X on “Mad at the World.”  This is a great track off of their Superheroes album from back in 2000.  It features the same chord progressions that he used on Mr. Big’s “My Kinda Woman” in 1991. Jeff Martin’s vocals (no relation to Mr. Big’s Eric Martin) are excellent.

 

MEAN STREAK – “Into The Night” (2013)

Here’s some great power metal from the not-too-distant past by Sweden’s Mean Streak.  “Into the Night” is a hard-driving, inspirational track about making a comeback from adversity.  Clean and tightly executed with a notable vocals from Andy La Guerin and guitar work from David Andersson.
 

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 11-28-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 11-28-15.

The 11-28-15 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists dating back to 2013.  Links to reviews of songs from the countdown are featured at the bottom of the page.

#15 – “Save Today” – SEETHER

#14 –  “Paralyzed” – FAILURE ANTHEM

#13 –  “Finally Free” – STITCHED UP HEART

#12 –  “Here’s To The Heartache” – NOTHING MORE

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

#10 –  “Become The Enemy” – LIKE A STORM

#9 –    “State Of My Head” – SHINEDOWN

# 8 –   “Fallen Angel” – THREE DAYS GRACE

# 7 –   “Vice Grip” – PARKWAY DRIVE

# 6 –   “Thank You” – SEVENDUST

# 5 –   “I Am The Fire” – HALESTORM

# 4 –   “The Light” – DISTURBED

# 3 –   “Until The World Goes Cold” – TRIVIUM

# 2 –   “Wash It All Away” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 1 –   “Throne” – BRING ME THE HORIZON

 

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

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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

Top 13 Hard Rock Songs for Thanksgiving

Top 13 Hard Rock Songs for Thanksgiving (2)

1 – LED ZEPPELIN – “Thank You”

A month before Thanksgiving of 1969, Led Zeppelin released the ultimate song of romance and gratitude with “Thank You.”  No song has come close to delivering such an impassioned message in such a poetic way in all of the years that have passed since.  The song title never appears in the song, but it doesn’t matter.  With such powerful mental imagery created by the lyrics, the message comes across loud and clear without ever having to say the words “Thank You.”  True gratitude comes from the heart and is displayed by actions, not words.  It’s no wonder that one of the greatest songs of all-time is still used as the wedding song for so many to this day.

 

2 – TESLA – “What You Give”

“It’s not what you got, it’s what you give…it ain’t the life you choose, it’s the life you live.”  Grammatical liberties aside, “What You Give” truly encapsulates the meaning of Thanksgiving.  Each year on this holiday, people take time to show their gratitude.  Sadly, for many, that show of gratitude is short-lived as they quickly shift their focus towards acquiring more material goods.  Black Friday was bad enough, but shopping has now taken over Thanksgiving itself.  We would be better off as a society if we were more influenced by this classic Tesla song than retail stores.

 

3 – SAMMY HAGAR – “Give To Live”

“Give To Live” is from the only solo album (I Never Said Goodbye) that Sammy Hagar recorded during the Van Halen years.  This is one of two Hagar solo songs that Van Halen played in concert, and features Eddie Van Halen playing bass.  Very few singers can tap into the emotion of song the way that Hagar does on “Give To Live,” an incredible power ballad about love and compromise.

 

4 – KISS – “God Gave Rock and Roll to You II”

“God Gave Rock and Roll to You” was originally recorded by Argent in 1971.  The more well-known version emerged two decades later when KISS covered the song to be included on the soundtrack to Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.  It was later included on the band’s 1992 release, Revenge.  With all due respect to Argent, KISS made the song their own and brought it to another level.  Anyone who has ever relied upon rock and roll as an escape from reality can appreciate what a powerful gift it is, and should be thankful for the gift on Thanksgiving (and every other day).

 

5 – SEVENDUST – “Thank You”

Representing the current generation of hard rock, Sevendust delivers a powerful, intense message with the first single from their latest album, Kill The Flaw.  Unlike Led Zeppelin’s song with the same title, Sevendust’s “Thank You” is not a touching love song, but it does show gratitude for providing a reality check, and offering up the realization that sometimes you need a new beginning.

 

6 – THE GUESS WHO – “Share The Land”

In 1970, The Guess Who optimistically looked forward to a time when there would be peace as we all shared the land.  Fast forward to 2015, and that concept seems as realistic as unicorns.  The problems of the world aside, this song captures the spirit of Thanksgiving and brings to mind images of the pilgrims and Native Americans.  Sadly, this concept seems as unlikely to happen (figuratively) in the United States as it does in places like the Middle East (literally).

 

7 – SUPERTRAMP – “Give A Little Bit”

Supertramp’s “Give A Little Bit” is a classic example of the mood of the song saying more than the lyrics.  The lyrics, while fairly simple and repetitive, are about giving and receiving love, sharing, caring and a feeling of home.  The true spirit of Thanksgiving is captured in few words.

 

8 – SCORPIONS – “You Give Me All I Need”

From the Scorpions hit album, Blackout, “You Give Me All I Need” is a high-energy love song about second chances and starting anew.  It’s not the kind of giving that is usually associated with Thanksgiving, but with limited quality hard rock songs about gratitude and generosity; this underrated track fits with the theme closely enough.

 

9 – ZZ TOP – “I Thank You”

The original version of “I Thank You” was recorded by Sam and Dave in 1968, but most rock fans are more familiar with the ZZ Top version which came out in 1979.  The soulful tone of the song and the title make it seem like an ideal fit for Thanksgiving.  A closer listen to the lyrics when compiling this list reveals that the song is probably a bit more sexual than most people realize.

 

10 – ROGER DALTREY – “Giving It All Away”

This song (written by then-unknown Leo Sayer) was released as a solo single by The Who frontman in 1973.  It is Roger Daltrey’s highest-charting solo single in the UK, but never charted in the U.S.  As he has done so many times with The Who, Daltrey delivers an emotionally stirring performance on “Giving It All Away.”  Although the lyrics are somewhat cryptic, the song captures the melancholic feeling that many feel during the holidays.

 

11 – PETE TOWNSHEND – “Give Blood”

Giving blood saves lives.  Unfortunately, it usually takes a tragedy for many to make the effort to donate, and then it is done en masse, which causes waste because of the shelf life of donated blood.  This is more of a personal observation and Thanksgiving soapbox moment than a true reflection of the song’s intent.  Click here to read the fascinating story behind the creation of this song by The Who’s legendary guitarist.

 

12 – RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – “Give It Away”

With the exception of questioning “material excess” and a few other references, it’s not exactly clear what Anthony Kiedis is giving away, but he and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are doing so with authority.  Kingpins, paupers, hoosegow and Bob Marley are all squeezed into this Chili Peppers track that features their signature rock/funk/rap sound.

 

13 – RATT – “Give It All”  

Rounding out the Top 13 Hard Rock Songs for Thanksgiving is a song that isn’t about traditional giving, but then again, this is a genre that isn’t known for being wholesome.  This is what “giving” was all about during the decade of decadence that was the ‘80s.  You have to find a way to burn off all of those Thanksgiving calories somehow, so why not “give it all” Ratt-style?

 

NOTE:  Each song can be listened to individually by clicking on the hyperlinked song title.  See below for the full Top 13 Hard Rock Songs for Thanksgiving playlist.

 

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 12/5/15

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 12/5/15.  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. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – Letters From The Labyrinth
      2. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      3. DEF LEPPARD – Def Leppard
      4. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      5. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      6. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark Before Dawn
      7. INTRONAUT – Direction Of Last Things
      8. COHEED AND CAMBRIA – The Color Before The Sun
      9. IRON MAIDEN – The Book Of Souls
      10. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit
      11. DEAFHEAVEN – New Bermuda
      12. STILLWELL – Raise It Up
      13. SLAYER – Repentless
      14. CLUTCH – Psychic Warfare
      15. SEVENDUST – Kill The Flaw

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Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 11/22/15

HRD Radio Report - Wayland

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 11/22/15.  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 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Throne” 1865
2 1 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Angels Fall” 1742
3 4 DISTURBED “The Light” 1544
4 3 CHRIS CORNELL “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” 1538
5 5 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wash It Away” 1344
6 7 HALESTORM “I Am The Fire” 1195
7 9 GHOST “Cirice” 1157
8 10 THREE DAYS GRACE “Fallen Angel” 1008
9 6 RED SUN RISING “The Otherside” 995
10 12 SEETHER “Save Today” 898
11 14 SHINEDOWN “State Of My Head” 885
12 13 SEVENDUST “Thank You” 845
13 17 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Blow” 687
14 16 LIKE A STORM “Become The Enemy” 686
15 15 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “I Won’t Give In” 675
16 20 NOTHING MORE “Here’s To The Heartache” 503
17 23 NATHANIEL RATELIFF / NIGHTSWEATS “S.O.B.” 491
18 18 TRIVIUM “Until The World Goes Cold” 487
19 25 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Bloodfeather” 465
20 19 IN THIS MOMENT “Big Bad Wolf” 448
21 24 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Mess Around” 424
22 30 POP EVIL “Ways To Get High” 406
23 21 WILSON “Right To Rise” 406
24 22 PARKWAY DRIVE “Vice Grip” 403
25 26 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Through It All” 393
26 27 ARANDA “We Are The Enemy” 371
27 29 ALL THAT REMAINS “Victory Lap” 336
28 32 TURBOWOLF “Rabbits Foot” 302
29 31 GODSMACK “Inside Yourself” 263
30 33 ATREYU “Do You Know Who You Are” 260
31 28 ISLANDER “Cold Speak” 247
32 38 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Stressed Out” 215
33 36 BRIDGE TO GRACE “Everything” 204
34 37 ART OF DYING “Everything” 195
35 35 FOO FIGHTERS “Outside” 192
36 43 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “In Chains” 166
37 41 NOTHING BUT THIEVES “Trip Switch” 164
38 39 SEPARATIONS “Dream Eater” 151
39 48 SAINT ASONIA “Let Me Live My Life” 150
40 71 THE STRUTS “Kiss This” 143
41 46 STITCHED UP HEART “Finally Free” 129
42 40 RUBIKON “Live That Lie” 128
43 42 FIRST DECREE “Stop” 126
44 47 TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA “Forget About The Blame” 125
45 56 ESCAPE THE FATE “Alive” 124
46 57 MUSE “Reapers” 121
47 50 FAILURE ANTHEM “Paralyzed” 120
48 64 TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN “Loaded Dice & Buried Money” 117
49 59 LACEY STURM “Impossible” 103
50 52 CRINGE “Anything You Say” 101

 


PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK (by Adam Waldman)

WAYLAND – “Bloody Sunrise”

Wayland is the epitome of an up-and-coming, nose-to-the-grindstone modern day hard rock band.  With a relentless touring schedule, it’s hard to imagine how they find the time to record new music.  But they do, and every time that they release new material, it stands out as something different (in a good way).  Of course, different can be a double-edged sword when it comes to radio airplay, where conformity seems to take priority over originality.  Like fellow mid-westerner, Kid Rock, Wayland has proven that they have a southern side with “Bloody Sunrise.”  While the band isn’t from the south, they are managed by Jesse James Dupree (Jackyl), so they are (at the very least) southern by association.  Make no mistake though. “Bloody Sunrise” is not pure southern rock, just a killer track with a southern rock influence.  Would this song stand out on Active Rock radio?  Absolutely!  The format tends to push the limits at times, but usually for songs and artists that don’t appeal to Active Rock listeners.  Wayland is exactly the type of band that should be used to add a unique, fresh infusion to the format.

 

 

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…

WAYLAND“Bloody Sunrise”

UGLY KID JOE“She’s Already Gone”

SEPTEMBER MOURNING“Eye Of The Storm”

SHALLOW SIDE“Stand Up”

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE“Venom”

SPOKEN“Falling Apart”

GEMINI SYNDROME“Eternity”

 

DROP IT…

Twenty One Pilots“Stressed Out”

Ghost“Cirice”

Nate Rateliff & The Nightsweats“S.O.B.”

Nothing But Thieves“Trip Switch”

In This Moment“Big Bad Wolf”

Cage The Elephant“Mess Around”

The Struts“Kiss This”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Just in time for the holiday slowdown, there’s a new #1 on the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart with Bring Me The Horizon claiming the “Throne” (no pun intended).  Breaking Benjamin slides down a spot, with Disturbed moving to #3, and looking good for an eventual chart-topping hit down the line with “The Light.”

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

One new entry in the Top 10 this week as Seether’s “Save Today” moves up to replace Papa Roach

New to the Top 20 this week is the surprise hit from Nathaniel Rateliff, joined by the latest single from Highly Suspect (“Bloodfeather”)…

Three songs break into the Top 30 this week, including the latest from Godsmack, who climb two spots despite a slight decline in airplay…

Four songs join the Top 40 this week, including the highest debut of the week from English import act, The Struts

Five more songs make their Top 50 debut in this week’s chart, accounting for all but one of the bottom six positions.

 

 

 THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Bring Me The Horizon“Throne”

Disturbed “The Light”

Pop Evil“Ways To Get High”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Breaking Benjamin“Angels Fall”

Red Sun Rising“The Otherside”

Islander – “Cold Speak”

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

The inevitable holiday slowdown is fast-approaching, making it appear likely that there may only be one or two more changes at the top before 2016 arrives.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing given the relative newness of the likely successor.  However, it could create a fairly large logjam when January rolls around, with at least three heavyweights hoping for number #1 songs, but waiting for movement to pick up again.

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 11/23/15

Music Discovery Monday - Joss Stone Temple Pilots

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 11/23/15.

Each week, the HRD team shares songs that fly below radio’s radar, ranging from lesser-known artists to deeper cuts from both up-and-coming and established artists.

In addition to exposing the Hard Rock Daddy audience to new music that isn’t getting the attention that it deserves from radio, Music Discovery Monday also features a segment called “Hard Rock Music Time Machine,” which showcases older songs (from the ’70s to today) that hard rock music fans may have missed at the time of release.

In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlists beneath each section, all songs featured on Music Discovery Monday can be listened to by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles.

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS (f. JOSS STONE) – “Interstate Love Song”

Music Discovery Monday meets Jimmy Kimmel’s Mashup Monday with a combination that is so good, that it feels like it should be more than a one-off television performance.

The recent parting of ways with replacement frontman Chester Bennington (due to scheduling issues with Linkin Park) has left the band once again searching for a singer.  Was it serendipitous that this mashup took place on the same day that the band announced Bennington’s departure?  Perhaps, but what makes Kimmel’s mashups so interesting is the blending of personnel from different genres.  While Stone has proven that she could more than hold her own with what has to be the sexiest version of “Interstate Love Song” ever performed, you have to wonder if the successful, soulful, singer/songwriter would even want to be a part of the band if given the opportunity.  A more-likely scenario is yet another reunion at some point with original frontman, Scott Weiland (who has said that he is open to it in recent days).

Just like Van Halen never became “Van Hagar” when Sammy Hagar replaced David Lee Roth, “Joss Stone Temple Pilots” isn’t likely to come to fruition, but after watching their collaboration several times over, it doesn’t seem like a bad idea at all.

 

STONE SOUR (f. LZZY HALE) – “Gimme Shelter”

On the same day that “Joss Stone Temple Pilots” appeared on Jimmy Kimmel, “Gimme Shelter” (featuring Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale with Stone Sour) made its debut.  From Stone Sour’s upcoming EP, Straight Outta Burbank – which will be released on vinyl to celebrate “record store day” – this Rolling Stones cover showcases Hale’s incredible range as she nails the classic Merry Clayton backing vocals.

It’s no wonder that Hale is the rock and roll equivalent of the prom queen that everyone wants to date.  Her numerous duets and guest appearances have proven that she is unquestionably at the top of the food chain for female hard rock vocalists.Corey Taylor and Stone Sour stay pretty true to the original on this one, setting the table for Hale to steal the spotlight. 

Personally speaking, I have zero interest in participating in the madness that is Black Friday.  However, since that day (November 27th) is also record store day, the one exception that I would make is going to an independent record store to pick up some vinyl like this.

 

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

DISCIPLE – “Sayonara”

“Sayonara” is the first single from a new EP by these veteran Christian rockers from Knoxville, Tennessee.  Aside from founding member Kevin Young on vocals, it’s a new lineup that continues what they started with their 2014 full-length album, and delivers a solid piece of rock that could fit easily into any Active Rock format.

 

21OCTAYNE – “Devil In Disguise”

Infectious lead single from the new album by a German band that is probably new to many, but is far from inexperienced.  Members have been part of the Joe Perry Project, Axxis and backed Paul Gilbert in his solo band.  Marco Wreidt shreds nicely, and Hagen Grohe’s vocals stand out.   There’s enough modern influence to appeal to Active Rock fans, and enough of previous eras to appeal to any hard rock fan from the ‘80s forward.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

CARSTEN LIZARD SCHULZ SYNDICATE – “Last Train To Babylon”

Germany’s Carsten “Lizard” Schulz (Evidence One, Midnite Club, LaValle) brings his trademark vocals to this new project, replete with familiar names from the melodic metal scene.  Their debut album, The Day The Earth Stopped Turning, was released last Friday.  It brims with classic rock pieces crafted for a modern audience.

 

SUBSIGNAL – “Everything Is Lost”

Progressive rock band Subsignal began as a side project for members of Sieges Even.  When that band dissolved, they recruited the rest of their lineup from other bands and became the main show.  Their fourth album – the cryptically titled The Beacons Of Somewhere Sometime – balances piano and acoustics with deep rhythms and dark riffs.  Nowhere is that balance struck more artfully than in this new single, “Everything Is Lost.”

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

BARONESS – “Shock Me”

Savannah, Georgia is home to sludge metalers Baroness, who have been around since 2003. “Shock Me” – from their latest release, Purple – is a terrific, jamming track with a thick, shrouded, overcast grunge to it.   Strong vocals from John Baizley and standout percussion work from Sebastian Thomson.

 

EDEN’S CURSE – “Unbreakable”

Eden’s Curse is one of those bands going through a contentious break up, resulting in two versions of the band and legal proceedings.  This is the original band, with new frontman Nicola Mijic adding his vibrant vocals to an upbeat and inspiring live track.  Tight musicianship, great, live sound and notable guitar work from Thorsten Köhne.
 

 

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

MOTORHEAD (f. OZZY OSBOURNE & SLASH) – “I Ain’t No Nice Guy” (1992)

This song had been on my list to feature on Music Discovery Monday since the summer, but never made it for one reason or another.  As the saying goes…“timing is everything.”  Because of the collaboration theme this week for my picks, it worked out for the best.  However, the main reason that I’m glad that it wasn’t featured until this week is because it can now be featured as a tribute to a friend that I got to know on social media before his recent passing.

With a fierce look, a green Mohawk and beard, BJ Taylor could be every bit as intimidating looking as Motorhead’s Lemmy.   Choosing this unconventional song to be played at his funeral this past week is more ironic than you would think if you just judged the book by its cover.  The fact of the matter is the BJ was beloved by all of those who came in contact with him, a man with a heart of gold.  Unfortunately, his heart of gold wasn’t built to last, and he passed away while waiting to be added to the transplant list.

This loving husband and father to three beautiful daughters was the epitome of rock and roll.  Revered by musicians for his generosity and the work that he did with his company (Blitzcreek), BJ Taylor was, by all accounts, a nice guy who will be missed by many.

While the timing of this song was chosen to honor BJ, the fact remains that this is an incredible collaboration that features three legends of hard rock.  If you haven’t discovered this one yet, make sure to check it out!  RIP BJ. \m/

 

QUEEN (f. ELTON JOHN & AXL ROSE) – “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1992)

The week of coincidences continues with this selection.  Just as the two new picks this week were from the same day, my two Hard Rock Music Time Machine picks are both from 1992 and feature three legends collaborating.  This live performance took place during a tribute to fallen Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991.  All of the proceeds from the show went to AIDS research.  Although it is much less prevalent nowadays, the recent announcement by Charlie Sheen that he is HIV positive has brought the disease back into the news recently.

Just as you wouldn’t expect to see Joss Stone featured on Hard Rock Daddy (see above), Elton John is something of an odd fit as well.  That being said, the tone that Elton John sets on this live version of one of the most popular songs in Queen’s illustrious history, allows Axl Rose to come in and electrify the crowd at the song’s climax.  Highlighted by Brian May’s distinct guitar, and holograms of Queen singing in harmony, Elton and Axl breathe new life into an old classic.

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH“If I Fall” (2011)

Four hit singles really didn’t cover everything from FFDP’s gold album, American Capitalist. A slow-starting song that explodes quickly, this is one that could have easily given the band another radio hit had they opted to go that route.  A standout track that “coulda been a contender.”

 

CAVO“Cry Wolf” (2009)

“Cry Wolf” is a song that was somewhat lost amid the smash success of “Champagne.”  This album track from Bright Nights Dark Days reveals a somewhat lighter side of the band (for those who know them only from their radio hits).  There’s still plenty of rockin’ going on here, just not as edgy.  With different instrumentation, this might have easily transformed into something that would have fit into the melodic rock genre.

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

SYRYM – “Ugly On The Inside” (2005)

Ron Freschi, the guitarist from Babylon A.D., teamed up with some other California hard rockers to form Syrym in 2005 and release a self-titled album.  This piece enters and exits with some beautiful acoustic guitar, with plenty of great vocals and plugged-in instruments in between.

 

TOMMY SHAW – “All In How You Say It” (1998)

Between his runs with legendary rock band Styx, vocalist/guitarist Tommy Shaw put out several solo albums.  1998’s 7 Deadly Zens boasts “All In How You Say It,” (my favorite of his solo efforts). Opening with a discordant guitar, it launches into an addictive groove, and peaks with a chorus of yearnful, melodic bliss.

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

SLOUGH FEG – “Laser Enforcer” (2013)

Pennsylvania’s Sloug Feg brings a very low-tech, retro-metal sound with “Laser Enforcer,” which is set against the dystopian theme of Digital Resistance, addressing a growing complacency and technological dependency.  This track issues the warning…“you’ll change, but you won’t know when.”  Great composition and vocals by Mike Scalzi who offers a clever take on his voice… “I love metal, so I try to sing like Freddie Mercury and fail…and end up sounding like Neil Diamond on steroids. What can I say?”  It’s perfect for this excellent song from their ninth studio album.

 

LOST IN THOUGHT – “Seek To Find” (2011)

The United Kingdom’s Lost In Thought are no longer together (as of 2013), but they left behind some good prog metal tunes in their seven years together.  “Seek to Find” has a driving rhythm to go along with melodic lyrics that showcase Nate Loosemore’s high-ranging vocals.  The track has the polished sound production and great instrumentation that we’ve come to expect from bands in the genre.
 

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 11-21-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 11-21-15.

The 11-21-15 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists dating back to 2013.  Links to reviews of songs from the countdown are featured at the bottom of the page.

#15 – “Here’s To The Heartache” – NOTHING MORE

#14 –  “Vice Grip” – PARKWAY DRIVE

#13 –  “State Of My Head” – SHINEDOWN

#12 –  “The Light” – DISTURBED

#11 –  “I Am The Fire” – HALESTORM

#10 –  “Fallen Angel” – THREE DAYS GRACE

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

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

# 7 –   “Until The World Goes Cold” – TRIVIUM

# 6 –   “Thank You” – SEVENDUST

# 5 –   “Become The Enemy” – LIKE A STORM

# 4 –   “Throne” – BRING ME THE HORIZON

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

# 2 –   “Angels Fall” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

# 1 –   “Wash It All Away” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

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

NOTHING MORE ALBUM REVIEW

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2014

Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

Top 15 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs: January 2014 – June 2014

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2013

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Archives

Quiet Riot – “Thunderbird”: A Special Throwback Thursday Tribute

RIP BJ

By Adam Waldman

Rock and roll history is rife with stories about rock stars that passed way before their time.  The only silver lining is that they leave behind a legacy that lives on long after their passing.

If you’re a heavy metal fan from Generation X, you will never forget the tragic loss of legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads.  After beginning his career with Quiet Riot, he took the rock world by storm as the guitarist on Ozzy Osbourne’s classic solo albums (Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman).  “Thunderbird” (at least in part) is a tribute to Randy Rhoads and the legacy that he left behind.

Fast forward to today, and the rock and roll funeral that took place to say goodbye to BJ Taylor (a member of Generation X).  He wasn’t a rock star in the traditional sense, but made a huge impact with the work that he did behind the scenes with his company, Blitzcreek.  Like Rhoads, he leaves the world much too soon.  And though he leaves with a legacy in the rock world, his greatest legacy is the difference that he made as a friend, husband, and most importantly, as a dad to three beautiful daughters.

Hard Rock Daddy only acknowledges Throwback Thursday every once in a while.  Today seemed like the perfect time to reflect back on a song that has always had the feeling of a rock and roll sendoff to a friend.  BJ and I had only met through social media in recent months, but he and his wife, Jennifer, made an impact on me with their story.

We are planning a tribute to celebrate BJ’s birthday on 11/21/15.  Logistics may delay the tribute, but it is going to happen as soon as possible.  Until then…”fly on ‘Thunderbird’ fly…spread your wings to the sky.” RIP BJ.

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 11/28/15

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 11/28/15.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. ***Click on the hyperlinked titles to read full album reviews***

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. DEF LEPPARD – Def Leppard
      2. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      3. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      4. DEVIL YOU KNOW – They Bleed Red
      5. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      6. IRON MAIDEN – The Book Of Souls
      7. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark Before Dawn
      8. COHEED AND CAMBRIA – The Color Before The Sun
      9. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit
      10. SLAYER – Repentless
      11. ESCAPE THE FATE – Hate Me
      12. GHOST – Meloria
      13. CLUTCH – Psychic Warfare
      14. SEVENDUST – Kill The Flaw
      15. STRYPER – Fallen

RELATED ARTICLES:

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 11/15/15

HRD Radio Report - Failure Anthem

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 11/15/15.  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 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Angels Fall” 1842
2 2 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Throne” 1680
3 3 CHRIS CORNELL “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” 1614
4 6 DISTURBED “The Light” 1370
5 7 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wash It Away” 1237
6 4 RED SUN RISING “The Otherside” 1192
7 8 HALESTORM “I Am The Fire” 1104
8 10 GHOST “Cirice” 1051
9 5 PAPA ROACH “Gravity” 1049
10 12 THREE DAYS GRACE “Fallen Angel” 901
11 11 SHINEDOWN “Cut The Cord” 862
12 14 SEETHER “Save Today” 852
13 13 SEVENDUST “Thank You” 799
14 15 SHINEDOWN “State Of My Head” 797
15 17 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “I Won’t Give In” 658
16 18 LIKE A STORM “Become The Enemy” 611
17 19 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Blow” 608
18 21 TRIVIUM “Until The World Goes Cold” 483
19 20 IN THIS MOMENT “Big Bad Wolf” 433
20 22 NOTHING MORE “Here’s To The Heartache” 395
21 23 WILSON “Right To Rise” 374
22 24 NATHANIEL RATELIFF / NIGHTSWEATS “S.O.B.” 370
23 29 PARKWAY DRIVE “Vice Grip” 367
24 37 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Mess Around” 357
25 31 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Bloodfeather” 351
26 27 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Through It All” 343
27 30 ARANDA “We Are The Enemy” 330
28 26 ISLANDER “Cold Speak” 322
29 34 ALL THAT REMAINS “Victory Lap” 286
30 52 POP EVIL “Ways To Get High” 283
31 32 GODSMACK “Inside Yourself” 272
32 33 TURBOWOLF “Rabbits Foot” 263
33 35 ATREYU “Do You Know Who You Are” 253
34 25 TRAPT “Passenger” 244
35 28 FOO FIGHTERS “Outside” 231
36 40 BRIDGE TO GRACE “Everything” 202
37 39 ART OF DYING “Everything” 189
38 41 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Stressed Out” 175
39 44 SEPARATIONS “Dream Eater” 150
40 42 RUBIKON “Live That Lie” 147
41 46 NOTHING BUT THIEVES “Trip Switch” 144
42 43 FIRST DECREE “Stop” 128
43 47 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “In Chains” 124
44 36 AWOLNATION “I Am” 122
45 45 I PREVAIL “Crossroads” 112
46 65 TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA “Forget About The Blame” 105
47 51 STITCHED UP HEART “Finally Free” 104
48 54 SAINT ASONIA “Let Me Live My Life” 103
49 49 DEF LEPPARD “Let’s Go” 101
50 66 FAILURE ANTHEM “Paralyzed” 100



PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK (by Adam Waldman)

FAILURE ANTHEM – “Paralyzed”

In recent weeks, “Paralyzed” has been gaining some traction on SiriusXM’s Octane, and this week, it leaps up 16 spots to crack the Top 50.  Like fellow newcomers (and label-mates) Red Sun Rising and Sons Of Texas, Failure Anthem is making their debut with a single that stands out as an Active Rock track that should enjoy a steady climb up the charts as programmers discover them.  It’s no surprise that they have cracked the Top 50 this week.  The only surprise is that it didn’t happen sooner.  The band sets the tone at the outset before hitting a powerfully emotive crescendo when the melodic chorus with a huge hook kicks in.  Particularly notable are the vocals of frontman JD Eubanks, who looks every bit the part of a modern-day rock star, which is somewhat surprising when you read about his background as a chef who studied under Wolfgang Puck and served as a Navy Culinary Specialist previously.  As the saying goes…”timing is everything.”   The circumstances that connected Eubanks with Failure Anthem is a story for another day in a longer feature on Hard Rock Daddy.  Suffice it to say that the timing was a blessing in disguise.  If you haven’t discovered Failure Anthem yet, make sure to check out “Paralyzed.”  Let your local stations that you want to hear more of them to keep the momentum going for these up-and-comers from North Carolina.

 

 

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…

UGLY KID JOE“She’s Already Gone”

SEPTEMBER MOURNING“Eye Of The Storm”

SHALLOW SIDE“Stand Up”

WAYLAND“Bloody Sunrise”

LACEY STURM“Impossible”

FULL DEVIL JACKET“Killers”

GEMINI SYNDROME“Eternity”

 

DROP IT…

Twenty One Pilots“Stressed Out”

Nate Rateliff & The Nightsweats“S.O.B.”

Ghost“Cirice”

Awolnation“I Am”

In This Moment“Big Bad Wolf”

Cage The Elephant“Mess Around”

Nothing But Thieves“Trip Switch”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Breaking Benjamin marks a month atop the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart, as even a slight erosion in airplay can’t bring them down.  With #2 Bring Me The Horizon and new #3 Chris Cornell effectively flat on spins, the overwhelming lead means no change at the top.  Disturbed moves to #4, looking at a possible #1 by year’s end.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

One new entry in the Top 10 this week with Three Days Grace getting the benefit of songs dropping down and off of the chart…

New to the Top 20 this week are Trivium (their highest charting single I believe) and Nothing More

Four songs break into the Top 30 this week, including a big move by Cage The Elephant and the debut of the latest from Pop Evil (“Ways To Get High”)…

Three songs join the Top 40 this week, including the debut single from Separations which regains momentum…

Four songs make their Top 50 debut, including the Lzzy Hale-voiced track by Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

 

 

 THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Disturbed “The Light”

Shinedown“State Of My Head”

Theory Of A Deadman“Blow”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Red Sun Rising“The Otherside”

Papa Roach – “Gravity”

Awolnation – “I Am”

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

The movement remains primarily in the lower reaches of the chart again this week, with lots of shuffling towards the bottom of the Top 50.  That presents more of an illusion of change than actual change.  Given the narrow playlists that are common today, most radio listeners have been subjected to essentially the same “new” songs every day for more than a month.  This indicates that they’re either exponentially more tolerant than I am, or that radio collectively really doesn’t care how stale their station sounds, since very few markets have more than one terrestrial rock option today.

 

WRAP-UP

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