Monthly Archives: December 2015

Top 50 Active Rock Songs of 2015: HRD Radio Report

HRD Radio Report - Top 50 Active Rock Songs of 2015

It’s been an interesting year for Active Rock radio, due in large part to the number of high-profile artists releasing singles in 2015.  These artists dominated the Active Rock Top 50 Songs of 2015.  When you factor in that nine artists account for nearly half of the Top 50, it’s easy to see why there are so few newer artists featured on this list.  However, there were a handful that made their presence felt with singles that were just too good to be ignored.  Of course, the opportunities were also lessened because Active Rock programmers continue to inexplicably waste spins on songs and artists that are not a fit for the format.

Using the actual spins that each song received while featured in the Top 50 of the Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by AllAccess.com), HRD Radio Report ranks the Top 50 Active Rock Songs of 2015 (below).  It should be noted that this recap is based solely on spin totals, not editorial opinion.  To see editorial opinion, check out the Top 135 Hard Rock Songs of 2015 Active Rock fans should also check out the Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2015.

NOTE:  To read song reviews, click on the hyperlinked song titles, and to read album reviews, click on the hyperlinked artist names.

RANK ARTIST SONG TITLE TOTAL SPINS (TOP 50)
1 POP EVIL “Footsteps” 34,121
2 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Failure” 32,007
3 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Angels Fall” 31,226
4 SHINEDOWN “Cut The Cord” 31,130
5 PRETTY RECKLESS “Follow Me Down” 30,436
6 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Angel” 27,876
7 ZAC BROWN BAND (f. Chris Cornell) “Heavy Is The Head” 26,504
8 DISTURBED “The Vengeful One” 25,427
9 RED SUN RISING “The Otherside” 25,141
10 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Lydia” 25,072
11 ROYAL BLOOD “Little Monster” 24,156
12 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Throne” 23,872
13 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Jekyll And Hyde” 23,564
14 FOO FIGHTERS “Congregation” 23,437
15 HALESTORM “Apocalyptic” 23,042
16 OFFSPRING “Coming For You” 22,672
17 THREE DAYS GRACE “I Am Machine” 21,849
18 PAPA ROACH “Gravity” 21,618
19 SLASH “Bent To Fly” 21,125
20 CHRIS CORNELL “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” 20,630
21 NOTHING MORE “Jenny” 20,417
22 THREE DAYS GRACE “Human Race” 19,396
23 HALESTORM “Amen” 18,642
24 PAPA ROACH “Face Everything And Rise” 18,378
25 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Drown” 17,765
26 DISTURBED “The Light” 17,461
27 GHOST “Cirice” 16,999
28 SAINT ASONIA “Better Place” 16,578
29 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wash It All Away” 16,116
30 SIXX A.M. “Stars” 15,767
31 HALESTORM “I Am The Fire” 14,840
32 SEETHER “Nobody Praying For Me” 14,267
33 SEETHER “Same Damn Life” 14,237
34 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wrong Side Of Heaven” 13,368
35 SLIPKNOT “Killpop” 13,317
36 MARILYN MANSON “Deep Six” 13,082
37 FOO FIGHTERS “Something From Nothing” 12,556
38 THREE DAYS GRACE “Fallen Angel” 12,537
39 THE STRUTS “Could Have Been Me” 12,507
40 AC/DC “Rock Or Bust” 12,469
41 SEVENDUST “Thank You” 12,204
42 HELLYEAH “Hush” 12,047
43 FOO FIGHTERS “Outside” 11,736
44 AWOLNATION “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” 11,735
45 TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT “Take It Back” 11,692
46 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “I Won’t Give In” 11,139
47 ALL THAT REMAINS “This Probably Won’t End Well” 11,051
48 SEETHER “Save Today” 10,882
49 STARSET “Halo” 10,791
50 WE ARE HARLOT “Dancing On Nails” 10,621

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 1/9/16

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 1/9/16.  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. BARONESS – Purple
      3. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      4. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      5. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      6. RUSH – R40 Live
      7. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark Before Dawn
      8. DEF LEPPARD – Def Leppard
      9. SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter
      10. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit
      11. IRON MAIDEN – The Book Of Souls
      12. SLAYER – Repentless
      13. CLUTCH – Psychic Warfare
      14. AC/DC – Rock Or Bust
      15. HALESTORM – Into The Wild Life Sun

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 12/27/15

HRD Radio Report - Atreyu

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 12/27/15.  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 DISTURBED “The Light” 2143
2 2 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wash It Away” 2070
3 3 SHINEDOWN “State Of My Head” 1551
4 5 HALESTORM “I Am The Fire” 1403
5 4 GHOST “Cirice” 1300
6 6 SEETHER “Save Today” 1299
7 7 THREE DAYS GRACE “Fallen Angel” 1201
8 9 POP EVIL “Ways To Get High” 1008
9 8 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Throne” 952
10 10 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Angels Fall” 884
11 14 NOTHING MORE “Here’s To The Heartache” 822
12 12 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Blow” 795
13 13 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Bloodfeather” 792
14 11 LIKE A STORM “Become The Enemy” 756
15 19 FOO FIGHTERS “Saint Cecilia” 744
16 15 TRIVIUM “Until The World Goes Cold” 694
17 17 CHRIS CORNELL “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” 638
18 18 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Mess Around” 636
19 22 MUSE “Reapers” 542
20 16 NATHANIEL RATELIFF / NIGHTSWEATS “S.O.B.” 492
21 24 PARKWAY DRIVE “Vice Grip” 477
22 23 ARANDA “We Are The Enemy” 474
23 28 SAINT ASONIA “Let Me Live My Life” 463
24 25 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Through It All” 447
25 27 ALL THAT REMAINS “Victory Lap” 437
26 20 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “I Won’t Give In” 420
27 21 SEVENDUST “Thank You” 414
28 26 IN THIS MOMENT “Big Bad Wolf” 378
29 29 WILSON “Right To Rise” 318
30 31 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “In Chains” 312
31 32 ATREYU “Do You Know Who You Are” 298
32 34 ESCAPE THE FATE “Alive” 288
33 30 TURBOWOLF “Rabbits Foot” 288
34 33 THE STRUTS “Kiss This” 284
35 36 TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA “Forget About The Blame” 263
36 35 STITCHED UP HEART “Finally Free” 237
37 37 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Stressed Out” 211
38 38 FAILURE ANTHEM “Paralyzed” 208
39 39 DROWNING POOL “By The Blood” 176
40 41 NOTHING BUT THIEVES “Trip Switch” 173
41 42 TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN “Loaded Dice & Buried Money” 166
42 45 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Happy Song” 158
43 44 LACEY STURM “Impossible” 145
44 43 GODSMACK “Inside Yourself” 144
45 40 PUSCIFIER “The Remedy” 135
46 48 ANDREW WATT “Ghost In My Head” 127
47 46 WAYLAND “Bloody Sunrise” 113
48 47 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE “Venom” 101
49 50 STONE SOUR “Gimme Shelter” 98
50 53 I PREVAIL “Crossroads” 85

 3 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION SUGGESTIONS FOR ACTIVE ROCK PROGRAMMERS

(by Adam Waldman)

  1. STOP diluting Active Rock radio with artists and songs that clearly have no place in the format. There are numerous examples of this, but it became painfully clear to me this past week just how bad things have gotten, when I heard a song that spent a month on the Top 50 at a dance recital.
  2. STOP creating  burnout by riding songs for so long that listeners start to hate the song and resent the artist who recorded it.
  3. Give developing artists a chance.  The only thing worse than wasting spins on artists and songs that don’t fit the format is the auto-pilot mentality of giving a handful of established artists a virtual guaranteed run up the charts (regardless of the song).  Nearly half of the Top 50 songs of the year come from only 9 artists.



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

ATREYU – “Do You Know Who You Are?”

The huge, anthemic drum beat that opens Atreyu’s “Do You Know Who You Are?” takes you on a journey back in time to 1982, bringing back nostalgic memories of “I Love It Loud” by KISS.  This influence may seem unlikely for a metalcore band, but guitarist Dan Jacobs once talked about being a big ‘80s rock fan in an interview with Metal Underground, stating…“I love all that stuff, and think that is one generation where music was done right.”  While Atreyu definitely does “love it loud,” their latest single takes a much more angst-ridden, metalcore turn in between the more ‘80s-influenced, melodic choruses.  When Alex Varkatas shifts into unclean vocal mode, shades of Rage Against The Machine come to mind, albeit in a much more pissed off manner.  “Do You Know Who You Are?” offers a truly unique change-of-pace to most Active Rock playlists, so it’s no wonder that the song continues to gain traction.

 

 

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”

ANOTHER LOST YEAR“Wolves”

VEER UNION“Defying Gravity”

SPOKEN“Falling Apart”

SHALLOW SIDE“Stand Up”

BLAMESHIFT – “Tell Me It’s Alright”

 

DROP IT…

Bring Me The Horizon“Throne”

Twenty One Pilots“Stressed Out”

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

Nothing But Thieves“Trip Switch”

Cage The Elephant“Mess Around”

The Struts“Kiss This”

In This Moment“Big Bad Wolf”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Disturbed makes it a month at the top, closing out the year at #1 on the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart.  Five Finger Death Punch managed to narrow the gap to where it was a few weeks ago (prior to a surge from Disturbed last week).  Shinedown remains entrenched at #3, with Halestorm keeping pace at #4.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Scant movement (as expected) in the final week of the year, as no new songs enter the Top 10 again this week…

Muse cracks the Top 20 with their latest single, “Reapers”

Shaman’s Harvest reaches the top 30 with “In Chains,” the third single from Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns to do so…

Nothing But Thieves cracks the Top 40 this week…

I Prevail returns to the Top 50 in the final position, reappearing after a five-week absence.  This follows their previous five-week stay on the published chart.

 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Five Finger Death Punch“Wash It All Away”

Shinedown – “State Of My Head”

Foo Fighters – “Saint Cecilia”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Nate Rateliff/Nightsweats – “S.O.B.”

Asking Alexandria – “I Won’t Give In”

Sevendust – “Thank You”

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

Somewhat quietly, last week’s Active Rock chart was the first to include the newly transferred stations added to the panel from the (now-defunct) Mainstream Rock chart.  The short and long-term impact of the change remains to be seen in the year ahead, since most stations’ playlists are essentially frozen during this time of year, making it almost impossible to draw any concrete conclusions about the future.

The most notable revelation (thus far) is the sudden presence of Bruce Springsteen’s latest single ranking among the biggest “spincreases” for the week.  If the Mediabase powers-that-be believe that a station spinning Springsteen is playing “Active Rock,” and deserves to have influence on the chart, then perhaps the question for the coming year isn’t “what impact will it have?” but rather, “what is the chart even supposed to represent?”

 

WRAP-UP

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

 

Music Discovery Monday – 12/28/15

Music Discovery Monday - Gus G.

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 12/28/15.

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)

GUS G. – “Brand New Revolution”

Gus G. became well-known in the same manner as many before him, as the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne.  Although he has name recognition, his 2015 solo release has still flown largely under the radar, which is a shame, because it is better than much of what is getting radio attention these days.  “Brand New Revolution,” the title track off of Gus G.’s latest album, combines the raw, aggressive riffs that fit perfectly with Ozzy’s solo material, and dials it up a notch with the help of the soaring vocals of Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam).  Everything is big – the riffs, the vocals, the hook, the melody, the heavy bottom, and of course, the shredding guitar work.  It all comes together in spectacular fashion to produce a killer heavy metal song that doesn’t get nearly the attention that it deserves.

 

BLACK STAR RIDERS – “The Killer Instinct”

In 2012, Black Star Riders arose from the ashes of Thin Lizzy.  Well…sort of.  While the band is comprised of members of Thin Lizzy, the decision was made to record new material under a different moniker out of respect to the departed Phil Lynott and the legacy that he left behind.  Although this band won’t release new material as Thin Lizzy or do extended tours, they will still play some dates under their old moniker.  Diehard Thin Lizzy fans may be able to detect the difference between the two bands, but the casual fan certainly cannot.  Lynott may be gone, but you would think that he was reincarnated in the body of Ricky Warwick, whose vocal delivery is almost indecipherable from the legend that he replaced.  That being said, Black Star Riders have accomplished an impressive feat with “The Killer Instinct”…creating new music that is as relevant today as it would have been at any point over the past four decades.  If you’re a fan of Thin Lizzy’s music, it’s impossible not to also be a fan of Black Star Riders.

 

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

RED SUN RISING – “Emotionless”

The breakout act of 2015 will look to capitalize on their momentum as the new year begins, with their second single officially hitting radio in mid-January.  The song takes nearly half its length to really kick into high gear, but once it does, it delivers quite well.  That should be more than enough to keep the band riding high well into 2016.

 

ADELITAS WAY – “Bad Reputation”

This Las Vegas-based band will begin their second decade together with an earworm single that’s already getting early support from SiriusXM’s Octane.  It’s a promising introduction to the forthcoming album, Getaway, due to hit the streets in early 2016.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

OVERWIND – “Stop The Time”

Overwind produces modern power metal with some progressive and thrash influences.  Out of Russia, the band has recruited some big names for guest appearances on their debut album, Level Complete. Among the guests are: Peter “Peavy” Wagner (Rage, Refuge), Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen), Victor Smolski (Rage, Mind Odyssey) and Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie, Alex Argento). Between the band and their guests, there is a ton of talent on display here.

 

TERAMAZE – “Out Of Subconscious”

Teramaze is a progressive metal quartet out of Australia.  They chose the name Terrormaze originally, but then became more religious and settled on this variation of it. The songs from their latest album are complex (as progressive music often is), but filled with melody and hooks that make it very accessible.

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

REVOLUTION SAINTS – “Strangers To This Life”

Revolution Saints is the supergroup trio of Jack Blades (Damn Yankees, Night Ranger), Deen Castronovo (Ozzy, Journey, Hardline) and Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio, Burning Rain).  You get polished, skilled, melodic hard rock with more of an edge (thanks to Aldrich’s gritty metal guitar riffs and licks).  Castronovo sets the pace with plenty of energy on drums, and lends his voice to this track as well, plus great bass work from Jack Blades.

 

RED CIRCUIT – “Digging In The Dirt”

Germany’s Red Circuit delivers a great, alternative interpretation of Peter Gabriel’s original song from 1992.  The rhythm section supercharges the track with plenty of force, and really makes the song work.  Chity Somapala’s vocals are well-matched to the powerful strut created by Thomas Schmitt (bass) and Michael Stein (drums).

 

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

STEREOSIDE – “So Long” (2007)

It’s been over five years since the last Stereoside album was released.  Since 2010’s eponymous album, the band has only released two singles (in 2011 & 2012).  Last month, the band posted a message stating that a new record was “in the can,” and alluded to a tour in 2016.  Not much other information is available.  Hopefully, Stereoside will return in full force.  Until then, check out “So Long,” an incredibly melodic tune that turned me on to the band initially.  Highlighted by Jeff Shields’ soulful vocals (with a hint of southern rock), infectious harmonies and a huge hook, this song proves that the band has the makings of a radio behemoth (if given the opportunity).

 

FIREHOUSE – “All She Wrote” (1990)

Firehouse debuted during the tail end of the hair band heyday and made an immediate impact.  Despite the ensuing grunge movement, the band still managed to beat out Nirvana and Alice In Chains for “Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock New Artist” at the 1992 American Music Awards.  Though their huge popularity in America was short-lived, Firehouse has remained extremely popular overseas (particularly in Japan).  Three of the four original members are still together to this day, which is no small feat given their limited peak in America.  “All She Wrote” is one of five singles off of the band’s eponymous debut album.  If you are a fan of big, melodic choruses, “All She Wrote” will be right in your wheelhouse.  It seems a fitting conclusion to make “All She Wrote” my final Music Discovery Monday pick of 2015.

To the Hard Rock Daddy readers around the world, I offer you my sincere appreciation for your continued support, and wish you all a Happy New Year!  We’re looking forward to 2016 and the introduction of more new features in the year ahead.

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

BLACK OXYGEN  “Take It To The Limit” (2012)

It’s a long way from Kansas City to Los Angeles, but that’s the path that brothers David and Nick Lyle have followed, en route to carving out a diverse catalog over the past five years.  They’ve worked with rap artists and released a power ballad or two, but my own favorite flavor of the band might be the more straight ahead rock/active rock sound that was featured on the first song that I heard from them several years back.

 

BLACK WATER RISING – “Brother Go On” (2013)

This Brooklyn, NY band recently mentioned that new music is coming in 2016, so it seems like a good time to take a look back at the first single from their debut album.  That album, Pissed and Drivenmissed my year-end Top 25 Albums list by a very narrow margin, so I’ll certainly be looking forward to hearing from them again next year.

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

PUSSY SISSTER – “Melody Of Pain” (2010)

The name of this German hard rock band may throw you, but as soon as you start listening to their music, you will get past it.  Here, they’ve put together a haunting ballad that will stay with you long after the song ends.

 

MANIC STREET PREACHERS – “Suicide Is Painless”  (1992)

These Welsh rockers’ cover of the theme from MASH (in the early ‘90s) was nothing short of brilliant.  They ease in gently with the familiar melody, and gradually build it into a tour de force of musicianship and melody.

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

ENDS WITH A BULLET – “I’m Alive” (2013)

Ends With A Bullet features an interesting mix of vocal growls, metal progressions and melodic choruses.  Although I’m not usually a fan of guttural growls, I find that this combination of styles fits the song’s theme of coming back from a dark painful edge, and then coming alive with a bright refrain.  “I’m Alive” is from the band’s 2013 debut EP.

 

AVENGED SEVENFOLD – “Afterlife” (2007)

A7X tells a great story on ”Afterlife,” offering a glimpse of what lies beyond.  Terrific rhythms and changes-of-pace throughout, “Afterlife” is dynamic and full of energy.  Another complete track from these California metalheads off of their eponymous 4th studio album.

 

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2015

Top 30 Octane Big 'Uns Countdown Songs of 2015

The Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2015 takes the place of the regular countdown as the year comes to a close. Hard Rock Daddy has also published the Top 50 Active Rock Radio songs of 2015 and the Top 135 Hard Rock Songs of 2015.  

The Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2015 video playlist (below) can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived weekly playlists (dating back to 2013).

Click on the hyper-linked song titles below the video playlist to read the reviews that were featured on Hard Rock Daddy during the year.

  1. “Jenny”NOTHING MORE
  2. “Wash It All Away” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
  3. “Failure” – BREAKING BENJAMIN
  4. “Footsteps” – POP EVIL
  5. “Happy Song” – BRING ME THE HORIZON
  6. “Throne” – BRING ME THE HORIZON
  7. “The Vengeful One” – DISTURBED
  8. “Killpop” – SLIPKNOT
  9. “Cut The Cord” – SHINEDOWN
  10. “Lydia” – HIGHLY SUSPECT
  11. “Hush” – HELLYEAH
  12. “Gravity” – PAPA ROACH (f. Maria Brink)
  13. “The Otherside”RED SUN RISING
  14. “Nobody Praying For Me” – SEETHER
  15. “I Am The Fire” – HALESTORM
  16. “Until The World Goes Cold” – TRIVIUM
  17. “Thank You” – SEVENDUST
  18. “Through It All” – FROM ASHES TO NEW
  19. “I Won’t Give In” – ASKING ALEXANDRIA
  20. “This Probably Won’t End Well” ALL THAT REMAINS
  21. “Misery” – NONPOINT
  22. “Never Giving Up On You” – OF MICE & MEN
  23. “Better Place”SAINT ASONIA
  24. “I Am Machine” – THREE DAYS GRACE
  25. “In Between” – BEARTOOTH
  26. “Untraveled Road” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH
  27. “Cirice” – GHOST
  28. “Big Bad Wolf” – IN THIS MOMENT
  29. “Blank Space” – I PREVAIL
  30. “Vice Grip” – PARKWAY DRIVE

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Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2015

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2014

Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2014

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2013

Top 52 Hard Rock Songs of 2013

 

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2015

Snap 2015-12-26 at 18.26.20

Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2015 compiled by Nielsen SoundScan and ranked by sales data.

Click on the hyper-linked album titles to read the reviews that were featured on Hard Rock Daddy during the year.

  1. AC/DCRock Or Bust
  2. NICKELBACK – No Fixed Address
  3. FOO FIGHTERS – Sonic Highways
  4. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark Before Dawn
  5. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
  6. DISTURBED Immortalized
  7. SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter
  8. IN THIS MOMENT – Black Widow
  9. HALESTORMInto The Wild Life
  10. IRON MAIDEN The Book Of Souls
  11. MARILYN MANSON – The Pale Emporer
  12. SHINEDOWN Threat To Survival
  13. ROYAL BLOOD – Royal Blood
  14. THREE DAYS GRACE Human
  15. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit
  16. LAMB OF GOD – VII: Sturm Und Drang
  17. SLAYER – Repentless
  18. SLEEPING WITH SIRENS – Madness
  19. AUGUST BURNS RED – Found In Far Away Places
  20. RED – Of Beauty And Rage
  21. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Going To Hell
  22. HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD – Day Of The Dead
  23. INCUBUS – Trust Fall (Side A) (EP)
  24. GHOST – Meloria
  25. FAITH NO MORE – Sol Invictus
  26. PAPA ROACH – F.E.A.R.
  27. VAN HALEN – Tokyo Dome Live In Concert
  28. FALLING IN REVERSE – Just Like You
  29. VARIOUS ARTISTS – Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 6
  30. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE – Venom
  31. VARIOUS ARTISTS – 2015 Warped Tour Compilation
  32. COHEED AND CAMBRIA – The Color Before The Sun
  33. SEETHER – Isolate And Medicate
  34. GODSMACK – 1000HP
  35. CLUTCH – Psychic Warfare
  36. ALL THAT REMAINS – The Order Of Things
  37. NICKELBACK – The Best Of Nickelback: Volume 1
  38. BLACK VEIL BRIDES – Black Veil Brides
  39. DEF LEPPARD – Def Leppard
  40. THE STORY SO FAR – The Story So Far
  41. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 2
  42. CAGE THE ELEPHANT – Melophobia
  43. NIGHTWISH – Endless Forms Most Beautiful
  44. WE CAME AS ROMANS – We Came As Romans
  45. LINKIN PARK – The Hunting Party
  46. SLASH featuring MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS – World On Fire
  47. SEVENDUST Kill The Flaw
  48. AVENGED SEVENFOLDHail To The King
  49. ATTILA – Guilty Pleasure
  50. TRIVIUM – Silence In The Snow

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Top 135 Hard Rock Songs of 2015

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2014

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 1/2/16

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 1/2/16.  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. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      3. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      4. RUSH – R40 Live
      5. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      6. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark Before Dawn
      7. DEF LEPPARD – Def Leppard
      8. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit
      9. STONE SOUR – Straight Outta Burbank (EP)
      10. IRON MAIDEN – The Book Of Souls
      11. SECRETS – Everything That Got Us Here
      12. SPOKEN – Breathe Again
      13. SLAYER – Repentless
      14. COHEED AND CAMBRIA – The Color Before The Sun
      15. HALESTORM – Into The Wild Life

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 12/20/15

HRD Radio Report - Aranda

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 12/20/15.  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 1 DISTURBED “The Light” 2023
2 2 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wash It Away” 1888
3 6 SHINEDOWN “State Of My Head” 1374
4 4 GHOST “Cirice” 1276
5 5 HALESTORM “I Am The Fire” 1271
6 7 SEETHER “Save Today” 1217
7 8 THREE DAYS GRACE “Fallen Angel” 1150
8 3 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Throne” 983
9 10 POP EVIL “Ways To Get High” 914
10 9 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Angels Fall” 903
11 11 LIKE A STORM “Become The Enemy” 798
12 12 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Blow” 790
13 14 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Bloodfeather” 748
14 16 NOTHING MORE “Here’s To The Heartache” 723
15 18 TRIVIUM “Until The World Goes Cold” 686
16 17 NATHANIEL RATELIFF / NIGHTSWEATS “S.O.B.” 642
17 13 CHRIS CORNELL “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” 592
18 20 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Mess Around” 570
19 30 FOO FIGHTERS “Saint Cecilia” 557
20 19 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “I Won’t Give In” 508
21 15 SEVENDUST “Thank You” 505
22 27 MUSE “Reapers” 469
23 22 ARANDA “We Are The Enemy” 461
24 21 PARKWAY DRIVE “Vice Grip” 458
25 25 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Through It All” 453
26 23 IN THIS MOMENT “Big Bad Wolf” 409
27 26 ALL THAT REMAINS “Victory Lap” 403
28 28 SAINT ASONIA “Let Me Live My Life” 391
29 24 WILSON “Right To Rise” 362
30 29 TURBOWOLF “Rabbits Foot” 337
31 32 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “In Chains” 296
32 31 ATREYU “Do You Know Who You Are” 274
33 33 THE STRUTS “Kiss This” 252
34 35 ESCAPE THE FATE “Alive” 251
35 37 STITCHED UP HEART “Finally Free” 226
36 36 TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA “Forget About The Blame” 220
37 34 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Stressed Out” 200
38 40 FAILURE ANTHEM “Paralyzed” 192
39 43 DROWNING POOL “By The Blood” 172
40 38 PUSCIFIER “The Remedy” 171
41 41 NOTHING BUT THIEVES “Trip Switch” 170
42 44 TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN “Loaded Dice & Buried Money” 168
43 39 GODSMACK “Inside Yourself” 160
44 45 LACEY STURM “Impossible” 144
45 65 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Happy Song” 115
46 46 WAYLAND “Bloody Sunrise” 112
47 49 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE “Venom” 107
48 55 ANDREW WATT “Ghost In My Head” 97
49 42 ART OF DYING “Everything” 91
50 50 STONE SOUR “Gimme Shelter” 85



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

ARANDA – “We Are The Enemy”

The latest album from Aranda is aptly titled, Not The Same.  Brothers Dameon and Gabe Aranda have found a home on Active Rock radio even though their sound is quite unique compared to most others (in a good way).  It’s not unusual for the HRD Radio Report lament the decisions made by Active Rock programmers.  Often times, deserving bands don’t get the opportunity that they deserve.  Less frequently (but still too often), bands that don’t fit the format at all manage to not only crack the Top 50, but rise fairly high on significant spins.  Feeling the generosity and spirit of the season, today is a day to give kudos to programmers for giving Aranda’s latest single the attention that it deserves.  The band describes their sound as “Rock, Funk, Soul” and the Aranda brothers have surprisingly worked with some high profile pop artists.  “We Are The Enemy,” while clearly a great rock song, has some influences from bands that go beyond the Active Rock format.  In a format that is too often the same, it’s nice to see something that’s Not The Same gaining traction, and offering listeners  a refreshing change of pace.

 

 

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…

ANOTHER LOST YEAR“Wolves”

VEER UNION“Defying Gravity”

UGLY KID JOE“She’s Already Gone”

SEPTEMBER MOURNING“Eye Of The Storm”

I PREVAIL“Crossroads”

SPOKEN“Falling Apart”

BLAMESHIFT – “Tell Me It’s Alright”

 

DROP IT…

Bring Me The Horizon“Throne”

Breaking Benjamin“Angel’s Fall”

Twenty One Pilots“Stressed Out”

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

Nothing But Thieves“Trip Switch”

Cage The Elephant“Mess Around”

The Struts“Kiss This”

In This Moment“Big Bad Wolf”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Disturbed had an easier time of it this week, holding onto the top spot of the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart for a third week in a row.  Not only did they retain the position, but actually extended their margin over #2 Five Finger Death Punch, more than doubling their lead from last week.   Shinedown suddenly jumps all the way to #3, thanks to the largest week-to-week increase in spins of any of the leading songs.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

The holiday doldrums are officially in full-effect, with playlists on virtual lockdown.  No new songs in the Top 10…

Foo Fighters move up eleven spots to break into the Top 20, the second straight week that they’re the only notable movement in upper end of the chart…

Not a single new arrival in the Top 30 either, meaning that Active Rock radio has largely set itself on “repeat” for most of December, with very little “shuffle”…

Drowning Pool’s latest single, “By The Blood,” breaks into the Top 40, a four-spot gain, despite relatively slight movement…

Top 50 sees two songs officially arrive, including the solo debut of former California Breed guitarist, Andrew Watt.  The other “new” song is from Bring Me The Horizon, a track that has been getting airplay on various stations since July!

 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Shinedown – “State Of My Head”

Pop Evil – “Ways To Get High”

Foo Fighters – “Saint Cecilia”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Bring Me The Horizon“Throne”

Breaking Benjamin“Angels Fall”

Sevendust – “Thank You”

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

As radio all but takes off for the month, an interesting situation worth a closer look is taking place with “Happy Song” from Bring Me The Horizon.  The song received almost immediate reaction from radio back in the summer, but was set aside by most in the U.S. in favor of “Throne,” which was the “official” single.  It’s tough to knock the strategy; the chosen single made it to #1, and has been in the Top 20 for over four months and counting.  What catches my eye with its debut in the published chart this week, is the fact that the actual “going for adds” date isn’t until early January, meaning that a number of stations are so anxious, that they jumped the gun a bit.  Combine that with literally months of play already on some key outlets (such as SiriusXM’s Octane), and it will be interesting to see what the ceiling is for “Happy Song.”  Songs that are able to coordinate their radio support tend to fare better on the charts.  That’s a matter of simple mathematics, but it would be asking A LOT from radio to expect outlets that were early adopters on the song to remain on it well into spring of 2016.

 

WRAP-UP

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

 

Music Discovery Monday – 12/21/15

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Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 12/21/15.

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.

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

NEXT TO NONE – “Blood On My Hands”

The current generation of teenagers has grown up in a different world, one with the threat of terrorism on American soil, and mass shootings (particularly in schools) occurring with regularity.  Most bands are either too old or too immature to write about this subject from a meaningful, first-hand perspective.  Of course, Next To None does not fall under the category of “most bands.”

Aside from the familial connection that Max Portnoy (drummer) has with Mike Portnoy, the band is made up of fellow musical prodigies: Ryland Holland (guitar), Kris Rank (bass) and Thomas Cuce (keys and vocals).  Ranging from ages 15-16, these teens are not only skilled beyond their years, but wise as well.

In an interview with Bravewords, Cuce discussed the inspiration for “Blood On My Hands” and the carefully planned writing process for the song…

“At the time [I wrote the lyrics] it seemed like every day there was a different person going crazy somewhere and shooting up a building or whatever, and I would ask myself ‘Why does this keep happening? What was that person thinking? What led them to do this?’ So I tried to put myself in this person’s head. I created a character and started from the aftermath of the event, which is where we first hear about it in the news.”

Of the song’s extended arrangement, he says, ‘It took us months to write this song and then months to learn it. We had a big dry erase board that we used to chart out all the parts with the time signatures until we had them memorized.”

With thought-provoking lyrics and complex song structures, the younger Portnoy and his bandmates are well on their way to becoming this generation’s Dream Theater.
 

 
GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS – “In Dreams”

Ghost Ship Octavius is a NYC-based band that describes their sound as “Melodic Progressive Heavy Metal,” an accurate description given all of the elements that they bring to the table.  Whereas some progressive metal can be so intensely chaotic that it only appeals to a very specific audience, Ghost Ship Octavius incorporates enough mainstream components to have more of a mass appeal to hard rock and metal fans in general.  However, this is not to say that their music doesn’t have its fair share of complexities that will appeal to diehard prog fans.

With “In Dreams,” the band has masterfully straddled the fence between catchy, melodic hooks, virtuosity and interesting, unpredictable time changes without ever wandering into the sensory overload territory.  Featuring Matt Wicklund (God Forbid, Warrel Dane, HIMSA) and Van Williams (Nevermore, Ashes of Ares), the band is rounded out by Dagna Silesia (Warrel Dane, The People Now) and up-and-coming frontman Adon Fanion.  The band is currently doing dates with Next To None.

 

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH – “Born Again”

The lead single from TFK’s forthcoming album, Exhale, provides another infectious song for the library of this highly successful crossover band.  While not a complete change in style, there is a bit of a different sound here than their recent songs, keeping the tempo and upbeat nature, but with a little less frenzy.  It’s a promising look at the follow up to the 2014 album, Inhale, likely to both please existing fans and add new ones.

 

WOLFMOTHER – “Victorious”

“Victorious” is the title track from the forthcoming (February 2016) album by an Australian band that I recently described as being more recognizable to U.S. listeners by sound than by name.  I don’t mean that as criticism, just as the reality that goes with the frequent use of their music in video games, sports arenas and so forth.  Songs like “Woman” and “Joker and the Thief” are now approaching a decade since release. Although the band has had two less successful albums in the interim, this new track feels (to me) like it may be the best chance at another breakout hit, which would be their first since 2005-06.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

THE CHRONICLES PROJECT – “Forever”

German keyboardist Malte Rathke (J.R. Blackmore) combed Europe for the right musicians for this progressive power metal project.  What began as a simple YouTube collaboration garnered so much interest, that it snowballed into a full-blown studio project.  The names may be new, but the musicianship is off the charts on this concept album that begins an epic tale from another world that is expected to span several albums.  Unlike some progressive outfits, they have put melody and hooks at the forefront of their compositions, making for some very memorable pieces.

 

LETHAL STEEL – “Sirius”

Lethal Steel delivers hard-hitting, traditional-style heavy metal out of Sweden.  Twin guitars, a pounding rhythm section, and strong vocals combine for a familiar (but well-executed) sound.  Their new album, Legion Of The Night, boasts plenty of harmony with some amazing riffs.

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

LAST IN LINE – “Martyr”

The original members of Dio’s band (Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Vivian Campbell) have come together to form Last In Line, rounded out by Andrew Freeman’s (Hurricane, Lynch Mob) unique and powerful vocals.  This driving and passionate track gets right down to business from the start.  Look for Heavy Crown, the debut album from this talented unit, in early 2016.

 

X JAPAN – “Born To Be Free”

X Japan formed more than 30 years ago, and haven’t made a studio album in 20 years (they were broken up from 1998 – 2007).  Their next studio release will finally arrive in March of 2016.  ”Born to be Free” (the first single from their upcoming release) is an inspiring change-of-pace track formed from a memorable melodic refrain with Toshi’s superior vocals atop a power/symphonic metal sound.  The beautiful piano intro and interlude make this an exceptional overall composition.

 

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

NOTE:  My Hard Rock Music Time Machine picks this week both pay homage to two bands that finally got elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after years of being inexplicably snubbed.

 

DEEP PURPLE – “Smoke On The Water” (1972)

Is it ridiculous to include a song with one of the most iconic riffs in rock and roll history on Music Discovery Monday?  Absolutely!  But it is much less ridiculous than the fact that it has taken Deep Purple so long to be recognized by the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” (quotes used to point out that the name is a misnomer).

It’s hard to take any establishment seriously that misses the mark by such a wide margin time and time again.  There is no logical explanation as to why a band that has been active since 1968 (with the exception of a hiatus from 1976-1984), had numerous hits and influenced countless other bands, is being recognized after artists that have nothing to do with rock and roll or its history.  Then again, logic rarely prevails when it comes to the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

Had Deep Purple been inducted when the classic lineup reformed in 1984, things would have been a lot simpler.  As iconic as the band is, they are known as much for their lineup changes and internal strife as they are for their music.  Deep Purple’s long overdue induction will be clouded by controversy over which members get inducted, which members are asked to perform and which will even accept the invitation.

 

 

CHEAP TRICK – “I Want You To Want Me” (1978)

Like fellow “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” inductees Deep Purple, Cheap Trick also has a storied career.  Although they formed eight years later, they have never broken up, and have only had minor, temporary lineup changes.  Since their formation, this underrated quartet has released 16 studio albums and one of the most iconic live albums in rock and roll history (Cheap Trick at Budokan).

There aren’t many hit songs where the live version is the most well-known, but “I Want You To Want Me” definitely falls into that category.  Like “Smoke On The Water,” this song wasn’t chosen because it is undiscovered; it was chosen because of the place that it holds in rock and roll history, and to point out the absurdity that it has taken so long for Cheap Trick to be inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

DEAD MAN’S CURSE “Shot To Hell” (2013)

Dead Man’s Curse announced last week that they will disband rather than continue on without their vocalist/drummer Mark Weerts, who got “an offer he couldn’t refuse” from an unnamed other band.  Pity, because this Dutch band made a positive impression on me when I first heard them two years ago, but then never really crossed my radar again.  “Shot To Hell” features a nice heavy groove with clean vocals.  I would have enjoyed hearing more from them, but time has a way of marching on, I suppose.  If you haven’t heard them before, then take a listen and consider what might have been.

 

NIGHT RANGER – “Seven Wishes” (1985)

I recently saw someone mention that it had been 30 years since the release of the third studio album by Night Ranger, which led me to marvel at how quickly time passes, and also at the fact that I can’t tell you what I had for lunch yesterday, but I can still remember getting this album (on cassette) after a nearly hour-long drive to the nearest record store.  I also still remember my first listen to the album, with the title track being my favorite of the bunch (both then and now).  Lyrically, “Seven Wishes” is one of my favorites from Night Ranger’s catalog.  It’s an underrated song, from what is probably also an underrated album.

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – “Christmas Nights in Blue” (2004)

Composer Paul O’Neill recruited members of the metal band Savatage, and the finest musicians and singers for a band whose music and world class tours have become a Christmas staple. Combining progressive metal, symphonic metal, classical music, and too many other elements to name, they have revitalized holiday music.  On this favorite from their third album, they even incorporate some blues.

 

PRETTY MAIDS – “A Merry Jingle” (1990)

Danish metal band Pretty Maids had some fun with rock legend Ian Gillan (of the finally Hall-of-Fame-inducted Deep Purple) to give us their headbanging take on some Christmas classics. Nothing should be this much fun!  They romp through some familiar tunes with style and playfulness.  Don’t miss Gillan’s sign-off at the end…“I told you I was drunk!”

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

ASTRAL DOORS – “Child of Rock n Roll” (2011)

“Child of Rock n Roll” – from 2011’s Jerusalem – is a great biopic-styled track from Sweden’s Astral Doors.  Both the music and Nils Patrik Johansson’s fantastic vocals are unmistakably inspired by Ronnie James Dio.  The band simply kicks ass with a traditional heavy metal reverb sound.

 

DARK NEW DAY – “Taking Me Alive” (2005)

American supergroup Dark New Day broke onto the scene with this track off of Twelve Years Silence back in 2005.  This powerful, raw, gritty track embodies its angry theme…“you’re never taking me alive.”  Brett Hestla’s passionate vocals and Clint Lowery’s wailing guitar work are the stand-out performances.

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 12-19-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 12-19-15.

The 12-19-15 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 – “Strength Of The Mind” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

#14 –  “Shine On” – THE AMITY AFFLICTION 

#13 –  “Inside Yourself” – GODSMACK

#12 –  “Save Today” – SEETHER

#11 –  “Ways To Get High” – POP EVIL

#10 –  “Fallen Angel” – THREE DAYS GRACE 

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

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

# 7 –   “Bloodfeather” – HIGHLY SUSPECT

# 6 –   “State Of My Head” – SHINEDOWN

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

# 4 –   “The Light” – DISTURBED

# 3 –   “I Am The Fire” – HALESTORM

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

# 1 –   “Throne” – BRING ME THE HORIZON

 

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