Monthly Archives: March 2016

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 4/9/16

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 4/9/16.  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. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      2. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      3. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – Incarnate
      4. THE WORD ALIVE – Dark Matter
      5. 3 DOORS DOWN – Us And The Night
      6. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      7. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      8. ANTHRAX – For All Kings
      9. THE WHO – The Who Hits 50!
      10. RED – Of Beauty And Rage
      11. VARIOUS ARTISTS – NOW That’s What I Call Power Ballads Hits
      12. DREAM THEATER – The Astonishing
      13. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark Before Dawn
      14. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit
      15. VARIOUS ARTISTS – NOW That’s What I Call Rock

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Top 135 Hard Rock Songs of 2015

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Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums Archives

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 3/26/16

HRD Radio Report - Ugly Melon

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 3/26/16.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

TOP 135 HARD ROCK SONGS 2015

TOP 50 ACTIVE ROCK SONGS (by spins) OF 2015

TOP 30 OCTANE BIG ‘UNS COUNTDOWN SONGS OF 2015

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 1 DISTURBED “The Sound Of Silence” 2135
2 2 3 DOORS DOWN “In The Dark” 1782
3 3 MUSE “Reapers” 1718
4 4 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Happy Song” 1437
5 5 RED SUN RISING “Emotionless” 1425
6 9 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Through It All” 1085
7 8 SHINEDOWN “State Of My Head” 1065
8 11 PAPA ROACH “Falling Apart” 1028
9 13 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “My Nemesis” 981
10 16 SIXX: A.M. “Rise” 977
11 14 DEFTONES “Prayers/Triangles” 944
12 7 FOO FIGHTERS “Saint Cecilia” 924
13 12 SAINT ASONIA “Let Me Live My Life” 882
14 15 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “In Chains” 845
15 17 ADELITA’S WAY “Bad Reputation” 734
16 10 POP EVIL “Ways To Get High” 693
17 20 HALESTORM “Mayhem” 556
18 18 THE STRUTS “Kiss This” 543
19 24 GHOST “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” 481
20 29 ROB ZOMBIE “Well, Everybody’s…in a UFO” 461
21 23 STITCHED UP HEART “Finally Free” 438
22 22 SLIPKNOT “Goodbye” 422
23 26 FOALS “Mountain At My Gates” 417
24 21 FAILURE ANTHEM “Paralyzed” 402
25 25 DEVOUR THE DAY “Lightning In The Sky” 399
26 27 WOLFMOTHER “Victorious” 344
27 32 HELLYEAH “Human” 321
28 28 MEGADETH “Dystopia” 279
29 42 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Paranoia” 264
30 31 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE “Hate By Design” 248
31 33 BLACK STONE CHERRY “In Our Dreams” 238
32 46 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Here I Am” 230
33 36 MONSTER TRUCK “Don’t Tell Me How To Live” 220
34 30 LACEY STURM “Impossible” 207
35 39 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Running With Giants” 199
36 37 CHEAP TRICK “When I Wake Up” 194
37 38 CILVER “I’m America” 192
38 35 BARONESS “Shock Me” 182
39 34 THROUGH FIRE “Stronger” 180
40 41 ANTHRAX “Breathing Lightning” 179
41 40 CANDLEBOX “Vexatious” 175
42 44 SMASHING SATELLITES “Gamblin’ Man” 137
43 50 SEVENDUST “Death Dance” 133
44 43 FILTER “Take Me To Heaven” 133
45 47 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Ride” 115
46 53 KALEO “No Good” 114
47 52 LIKE A STORM “Break Free” 108
48 45 HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES “As Bad As I Am” 105
49 51 HANDS LIKE HOUSES “Colourblind” 100
50 49 BOBAFLEX “A Spider In The Dark” 94




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

UGLY MELON – “Dead Or Alive”

Every once in a while, you come across a new artist that just has that “it” factor.  Canadian rockers Ugly Melon definitely fall into that category.  This is not a band that can easily be pigeon-holed into a sub-genre or format, but there is no doubt that they would add some intrigue to any rock playlist, particularly their latest single, “Dead Or Alive.”  There are moments that conjure up comparisons to Sevendust and Alter Bridge on this track, albeit with a haunting darkness, roots firmly entrenched in a more classic hard rock sound and a mystique that isn’t usually associated with “active rock.”  Ugly Melon is different in the best possible way.  This is the type of band that bridges the gap between the past and the present.  If programmers are smart, they will represent the future of a format that sometimes seems to be heading in the wrong direction when it comes to pushing the envelope.
 

 

 

HRD SPIN CONTROL (by Adam Waldman and Jon Loveless)

Each week, we will share the songs that we think should be added to rotations, alongside the songs that we feel should be dropped from rotations, either because they are a bad fit for the format, or because they have run their course and it’s time for a new single from the artist.

SPIN IT…

SEPTEMBER MOURNING – “Eye Of The Storm”

UGLY MELON“Dead Or Alive”

EVANS BLUE“iGod”

SUNFLOWER DEAD“It’s Time To Get Weird”

BLAMESHIFT – “Tell Me It’s Alright”

FIRST DECREE“Here We Go Again”

ROMANTIC REBEL“Too Far”

 

DROP IT…

Twenty One Pilots – “Ride”

Foals“Mountain At My Gates”

Lacey Sturm“Impossible”

The Struts“Kiss This”

Deftones“Prayers/Triangles”

Pop Evil“Ways To Get High”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Disturbed makes it a month at the top of the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart with a comfortable margin still intact.  For part of the week, it appeared that Three Doors Down and Muse might both make larger gains, but a weekend surge allowed the front-runners to regain most of their airplay advantage.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

As expected, new songs are plentiful in the Top 10 this week, with the ascent of Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch, and Sixx: A.M. (which has the most momentum of the three with “Rise”)…

Ghost reaches the Top 20 this week, certainly closer to “the pinnacle” than “the pit” …

Hellyeah’s “Human” leads a trio of songs into the Top 30 …

Asking Alexandria saw the airplay for “Here I Am” more than double from the previous week, good for a spot comfortably inside the Top 40…

Kaleo and Like A Storm debut songs in the Top 50.

 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

3 Doors Down – “In The Dark”

Red Sun Rising – “Emotionless”

Sixx: A.M. – “Rise”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Shinedown – “State Of My Head”

Foo Fighters – “Saint Cecilia”

Pop Evil“Ways To Get High”

 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

Disturbed still looks pretty good for another week (or three) at the top, though there were signs during the past week that the song may be coming close to peaking in terms of spins.  Several other acts/songs are starting to look like potential successors to the throne, with both Red Sun Rising and Sixx: A.M. appearing to have chart topping potential in the weeks ahead.

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 3/28/16

Music Discovery Monday - September Mourning

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 3/28/16.

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

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

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

This week, Music Discovery Monday features an exclusive interview with September, the creative force behind September Mourning, who discusses the band’s latest single, “Eye Of The Storm.”

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

SEPTEMBER MOURNING – “Eye Of The Storm”

Hard Rock Daddy jumped on the September Mourning bandwagon back in September of 2015 when the band was still independent.  The band recently announced their signing with Sumerian Records, and have just released their first official single with the label, “Eye Of The Storm.”  This song was featured as the pick of the week on the HRD Radio Report a while back (before the radio push even began).  This band is much more than another in a long line of female-fronted hard rock acts (a current trend).

The heavy music of “Eye Of The Storm” provides a perfect landscape for September to showcase a dynamic, emotive vocal range that helps bring the song to life in a manner that makes you think of this as art.  The theatricality of the song is further enhanced by the imagery in the band’s debut video since being signed.  If you somehow missed September Mourning when they were featured earlier on Hard Rock Daddy, make sure not to miss the opportunity to discover something truly unique this time around.

 

In a Hard Rock Daddy exclusive, September (Emily Lazar) shares the story of this powerful song…

‘Eye of the Storm’ was written as a battle cry for our fans (who we affectionately call our ‘Children of Fate’).  The song was written from the point of view of September describing the trials of her half human/ half reaper lifestyle, while paralleling it to our fans’ own lives.

In the chorus she exclaims…‘Escape from all your darker days, follow me, I’ll lead the way back home.’

This is a statement of unity showing that, even though you may find yourself in a storm of negativity and darkness, through our music, message and story, we will always be there to help you find your way back to a better place.  It’s a heavy song infused with hope, and our recurring message that the only true limitations that we have in life are the ones that we inflict upon ourselves.

‘Eye of the Storm’ is the first single in the tale of September Mourning released through Sumerian Records.”

 

 

DORO – “Love’s Gone To Hell”

Doro Pesch’s career began in the early ‘80s as the frontwoman of German heavy metal band, Warlock.  By the late ‘80s, she moved on from Warlock and transitioned to her own band, Doro.  Nearly three decades since her first release under the Doro moniker, this underrated powerhouse continues to put out quality music that rarely gets its due (at least in America).  With the recently-released single, “Love’s Gone To Hell,” Pesch proves that she is still on top of her game, both vocally and as a songwriter.

 

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

FROM ASHES TO NEW – “Shadows”

After releasing what was easily chosen as my top EP of 2015, this Pennsylvania band followed up with a full album early this year.  Of the seven new tracks included on Day One, this immediately struck me as the standout, highlighting the Hollywood Undead vibe that they deliver very well.

 

LOVE AND DEATH – “Lo Lamento”

Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch is back with his solo/side project, delivering perhaps the most mature sound from the outfit to date.  He’s surrounded by solid talent, including producer Jasen Rauch (Breaking Benjamin), Dan Johnson (Red), and JR Bareis (Islander) who also adds vocals to this track.  A mostly relatively low-key song before finding another gear at the end, and that is what takes it to another level.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

JADED HEART – “Rescue Me”

German/Swedish veterans Jaded Heart return on April 22nd with their new album, Guilty By Design. Producing top quality melodic metal since 1992 – and for the past ten years with current vocalist Johan Fahlberg and guitarist Peter Oestros heading up the lineup.  They come out firing hard on the first release from their upcoming album.

 

ETERNITY’S END – “The Fire Within”

Power metal and progressive metal merge in this exciting new band put together by guitarist Christian Muenzner.  He teamed up with members of his former bands (Alkaloid, Necrophagist, Obscura) and then perfected the lineup by enlisting renowned Dutch singer/songwriter Ian Parry (ex-Elegy, Consortium Project).

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

OCEANS OF TIME – “Trust”

Norway’s Oceans Of Time just released their second full-length album, Trust.  The title track is a rocking, frenetic romp through several classic rock and metal styles.  Buckle up for a well-executed and wild ride.

 

POYNTE – “In My Head”

Ever wonder what people are staring at with a sly or stupid grin? “In My Head” from Poynte’s most recent album, Discreet Enemy, gives you some idea. This is an edgy, alternative metal/rock version of a track originally recorded by R&B/rap artist Jason Derulo.
 

 

 

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

LITA FORD – “Only Women Bleed” (1990)

In 1975, Alice Cooper’s original version of “Only Women Bleed” was released as “Only Women” due to the controversy of the perception of the song being about menstruation by feminist groups.  The song – which is actually about a woman in an abusive marriage – was released with its original title 15 years later when it was recorded by rock goddess, Lita Ford.  With all due respect to Cooper, there is something about Ford’s version that gives the song a much more emotional feel.  Though the original was fairly successful, Ford is the first one that comes to mind when this song is mentioned.  The best cover songs are the ones where the artist makes it their own.  Lita Ford does that with this powerful tune.

 

SASS JORDAN – “High Road Easy” (1994)

Sass Jordan has released a number of albums since making her debut in 1988, but most of her work is not known to rock audiences.  In fact, in hard rock circles, she is more well-known for taking on the role of “Suite Sister Mary” with Geoff Tate’s Queensryche (before the lawsuit settlement), than she is for her own material.  My initial introduction to Jordan came in 1994 with “High Road Easy,” an upbeat, bluesy rocker that showcases the powerful, soulful vocals of Jordan.  With just the right amount of raspy grit, it’s surprising that Jordan never emerged as one of the top female rockers alongside the likes of the aforementioned Lita Ford.

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

ACCEPT – “Stalingrad” (2012)

Title track from the second album after Accept regrouped, this is where I came to the conclusion that the band was not only back, but perhaps even stronger than ever.  Fans seemed to agree; the album would become their first entry into the Top 100 U.S. Albums since 1985.

 

CANDLELIGHT RED – “She’s Got The Look” (2012)

Sometimes a cover, however unlikely, just … works.  That was the case when this Pennsylvania outfit tackled a Roxette hit from 1988, delivering a version that managed to rock, while retaining the bouncy fun and catchiness of the original.  The band has been quiet since the amicable departure of frontman Ryan Hoke back in 2014, but recent activity on social media has fans hoping that a return might be coming somewhere down the line.

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

GAMMA RAY – “Rebellion In Dreamland” (1995)

In the late ‘80s, when vocalist and guitarist Kai Hansen parted ways with Helloween, he went on to found another pioneering German power metal band, Gamma Ray.  They continue to put out amazing music to this day (almost thirty years later!), but set themselves one lofty benchmark early on with this power metal masterpiece.

 

ATTICK DEMONS – “Meeting The Queen” (2011)

If you love Iron Maiden, you are sure to love Portugal’s Attick Demons.  Lead singer Artur Almeida is a dead ringer for Bruce Dickinson, and the band supports him with the high energy riffs and thundering bass lines that such vocal prowess demands.  On this track, he is joined by a guest female vocalist, offering a slight change-of-pace from the rest of the album.

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

IRON MAIDEN – “Still Life” (1983)

The time machine goes back 33 years for one of my favorite Maiden tunes – “Still Life” from 1983’s Piece of Mind.  You may recall the notoriety of this track with a hidden, backwards message at the beginning – (which was a joke that was intended to swing back at the critics who had accused them of being satanic).

 

SARGANT FURY – “Crack In The Mirror” (1995)

Germany’s Sargant Fury were a melodic heavy metal band active from roughly 1987-1996. “Crack in the Mirror” – from their last album in 1995 – is a great introspective, wrapped in the classic sound from metal’s heyday.
 

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 3-26-16

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 3-26-16.

The 3-26-16 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 – “Crushed” – PARKWAY DRIVE

#14 –  “If I Were” – NOTHING MORE

#13 –  “Here I Am” – ASKING ALEXANDRIA

#12 –  “Paranoia” – A DAY TO REMEMBER

#11 –  “Rise” – SIXX: A.M.

#10 –  “Running With Giants” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

#9 –    “Colourblind” – HANDS LIKE HOUSES

# 8 –   “How Did You Love” – SHINEDOWN

# 7 –   “Falling Apart” – PAPA ROACH

# 6 –   “Mayhem” – HALESTORM

# 5 –   “Human” – HELLYEAH

# 4 –   “Hate By Design” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

# 3 –   “Emotionless” – RED SUN RISING

# 2 –   “In Chains” – SHAMAN’S HARVEST

# 1 –   “My Nemesis” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2015

Top 135 Hard Rock Songs of 2015

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

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

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 4/2/16

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 4/2/16.  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. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – Incarnate
      2. 3 DOORS DOWN – Us And The Night
      3. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      4. POLYPHIA – Renaissance
      5. ANTHRAX – For All Kings
      6. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      7. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      8. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      9. THE WHO – The Who Hits 50!
      10. RED – Of Beauty And Rage
      11. VARIOUS ARTISTS – NOW That’s What I Call Power Ballads Hits
      12. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark Before Dawn
      13. AFFIANCE – Gaia (EP)
      14. AFTER THE BURIAL – Dig Deep
      15. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit

RELATED ARTICLES:

Top 135 Hard Rock Songs of 2015

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2015

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 3/19/16

HRD Radio Report - Monster Truck

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 3/19/16.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

TOP 135 HARD ROCK SONGS 2015

TOP 50 ACTIVE ROCK SONGS (by spins) OF 2015

TOP 30 OCTANE BIG ‘UNS COUNTDOWN SONGS OF 2015

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 1 DISTURBED “The Sound Of Silence” 2073
2 2 3 DOORS DOWN “In The Dark” 1667
3 3 MUSE “Reapers” 1626
4 8 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Happy Song” 1367
5 9 RED SUN RISING “Emotionless” 1278
6 5 NOTHING MORE “Here’s To The Heartache” 1251
7 4 FOO FIGHTERS “Saint Cecilia” 1195
8 7 SHINEDOWN “State Of My Head” 1181
9 11 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Through It All” 1024
10 6 POP EVIL “Ways To Get High” 979
11 12 PAPA ROACH “Falling Apart” 964
12 10 SAINT ASONIA “Let Me Live My Life” 946
13 15 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “My Nemesis” 899
14 13 DEFTONES “Prayers/Triangles” 878
15 16 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “In Chains” 804
16 18 SIXX: A.M. “Rise” 747
17 17 ADELITA’S WAY “Bad Reputation” 664
18 19 THE STRUTS “Kiss This” 543
19 20 ROB ZOMBIE “Well, Everybody’s…in a UFO” 480
20 22 HALESTORM “Mayhem” 466
21 23 FAILURE ANTHEM “Paralyzed” 439
22 21 SLIPKNOT “Goodbye” 434
23 24 STITCHED UP HEART “Finally Free” 420
24 27 GHOST “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” 413
25 25 DEVOUR THE DAY “Lightning In The Sky” 383
26 30 FOALS “Mountain At My Gates” 365
27 28 WOLFMOTHER “Victorious” 345
28 29 MEGADETH “Dystopia” 298
29 26 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Mess Around” 290
30 31 LACEY STURM “Impossible” 286
31 32 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE “Hate By Design” 243
32 40 HELLYEAH “Human” 230
33 33 BLACK STONE CHERRY “In Our Dreams” 211
34 37 THROUGH FIRE “Stronger” 194
35 36 BARONESS “Shock Me” 189
36 34 MONSTER TRUCK “Don’t Tell Me How To Live” 186
37 59 CHEAP TRICK “When I Wake Up” 182
38 39 CILVER “I’m America” 174
39 35 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Running With Giants” 169
40 42 CANDLEBOX “Vexatious” 156
41 38 ANTHRAX “Breathing Lightning” 151
42 64 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Paranoia” 146
43 43 FILTER “Take Me To Heaven” 139
44 41 SMASHING SATELLITES “Gamblin’ Man” 138
45 44 HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES “As Bad As I Am” 109
46 62 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Here I Am” 107
47 45 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Ride” 98
48 48 SUNFLOWER DEAD “It’s Time To Get Weird” 89
49 46 BOBAFLEX “A Spider In The Dark” 84
50 49 SEVENDUST “Death Dance” 81



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

MONSTER TRUCK – “Don’t Tell Me How To Live”

Canada’s Monster Truck is a rock and roll band comprised of four “selfish” guys who rose from the ashes of the Canadian indie rock scene.  Personally speaking, I think that we can use more of these kind of self-centered creative forces.  Now, the term “selfish” is from their bio, but in this case, it is truly a positive.  Once upon a time, rock and roll bands wrote music because it moved them, not necessarily just for radio play.  Making a living as a rock musician nowadays is certainly not for the faint of heart, so it’s understandable why bands do whatever they can to get a leg up, including writing songs that “fit” a format.  Monster Truck, on the other hand, has proven that you don’t need to limit creativity to fit into some arbitrary preconception of what “active rock” should be.  The band talks about mixing their favorite hard rock, punk rock and classic rock to formulate their sound.  The end result is something memorable and unique in “Don’t Tell Me How To Live,” which has a nice southern rock flavor added in for good measure.  Anyone who needs further proof that this band marches to the beat of their own drummer should check out the lyrics to a song that, by all rights, should continue to climb to the upper reaches of the chart.
 

 

 

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…

HANDS LIKE HOUSES“Colourblind”

EVANS BLUE“iGod”

UGLY KID JOE“Bad Seed”

BLAMESHIFT – “Tell Me It’s Alright”

VEER UNION“Defying Gravity”

FIRST DECREE“Here We Go Again”

ROMANTIC REBEL“Too Far”

 

DROP IT…

Twenty One Pilots – “Ride”

Cage The Elephant“Mess Around”

Foals“Mountain At My Gates”

Lacey Sturm“Impossible”

The Struts“Kiss This”

Nothing More“Here’s To The Heartache”

Pop Evil“Ways To Get High”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Score a third week at #1 for Disturbed on the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart.  Not the least bit surprising, given the enormous airplay advantage the that “The Sound Of Silence” had over the latest efforts from Three Doors Down and Muse.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

From Ashes To New ascends into the Top 10, still climbing in its 25th week on the published chart …

Halestorm’s “Mayhem” is the only song to break into the Top 20 this week…

Lacey Sturm returns to the Top 30 with “Impossible” on slightly increased airplay after a month of declines…

This week’s highest debut comes from Cheap Trick, who enters the Top 40 with their latest single, “When I Wake Up”

Two others songs make their debut in the Top 50, including a new one from A Day To Remember, which is notable in that it has already charted two weeks before the official “going-for-adds” date.

 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Muse“Reapers”

Bring Me The Horizon – “Happy Song”

Sixx: A.M. – “Rise”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Nothing More – “Here’s To The Heartache”

Pop Evil“Ways To Get High”

Foo Fighters – “Saint Cecilia”

 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

Expect several songs to break into at least the Top 10 over the next week or two, as four of the current Top 10 are in significant decline and on their way out.  At least one or two others in that tier (at the moment) are on the extreme end of the longevity cycle.

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 3/21/16

Music Discovery Monday - StrikeForce

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 3/21/16.

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

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

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

This week, Music Discovery Monday features an exclusive interview with Duke Jackson of StrikeForce,  who discusses the inspiration behind the band’s song, “Doomsday.”

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

STRIKEFORCE – “Doomsday”

It was a different world when StrikeForce first launched in 1982, both musically and politically.  The band’s history is one of the more remarkable stories in hard rock.  For over three decades, this Missouri band has managed to fly below the mainstream radar (although they have opened for a number of high-profile bands through the years).

From StrikeForce’s most recent EP (Elegant Steel), “Doomsday” is a song that taps into everything that is going on with the current presidential election, but the song was actually written well-before we even knew who the 2016 candidates were going to be.  Although the lyrics seem to have foreshadowed what would eventually transpire, it’s more accurate to say that they captured the growing discontent with our government that sowed the seeds for the mess that is currently taking place.

Musically, there’s a sense of hope in the upbeat melodies that shine through the darkness of gritty, Black Sabbath meets Metallica riffs.  Founding member Duke Jackson showcases vastly underrated guitar playing, while longtime drummer Jimmy Burdette sets the intense mood and pacing of the song.

 

In an exclusive interview with Hard Rock Daddy, StrikeForce guitarist Duke Jackson discusses the meaning and inspiration of “Doomsday”

 

“The inspiration for ‘Doomsday’ came from the state of the world that we are currently living in…political chaos, middle eastern wars and economic depression.  The lyrics in the chorus – ‘Are you ready? They will be taking all you got’ – refers to higher taxes, your firearms and that your rights as an American citizen are slowly disappearing into thin air.  ‘One nation, under God…politicians soaked in fraud’ pretty much sums up our feelings about the current state of affairs of the American government.  We’re very proud of this song, which has become a crowd favorite.

I’d like to thank Hard Rock Daddy for the continued support of StrikeForce, and helping to spread the word about our most recent EP, Elegant Steel.”

 

 

DREAM THEATER – “The Gift Of Music”

 Fantasy meets reality in the first single off of Dream Theater’s current concept album, The Astonishing.  Early on in the song (before any characters are mentioned), the storyline reads like a discourse about the current mood of the people in the United States during one of the most bizarre (and frustrating) presidential elections to ever take place.  While “The Gift Of Music” touches upon the present state of affairs, the construction of this musical journey took place over the past few years, so the lyrics are definitely not ripped from the headlines.  As the song progresses into the fantasy element that mentions specific characters, you realize that you don’t have the full context of the song when it is isolated from the rest of the album.  In the future, will this fantasy end up looking (in retrospect) like a historical piece?  Only time will tell.  For the moment, “The Gift Of Music” offers enough intrigue to whet your appetite and make you want to experience the story in its entirety.

 

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

BLAMESHIFT – “Tell Me It’s Alright”

The lead single from a forthcoming new album has gotten airplay on U.S. radio for several months, putting Blameshift in position for a possible breakthrough later this year.  From Long Island, NY, the band will likely be considered “new” to most rock listeners, but they’re actually crossing over the ten-year mark as an entity this year.

 

HARDSTUFF – “Hardstuff”

Newcomers from Sao Paulo, Brazil make a good first impression.  Vocals remind me of Dave Meniketti (Y&T) with a little hint of Chris Jericho (Fozzy) thrown in.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

MOB RULES – “On The Edge”

German power metal band Mob Rules has just released their latest album, Tales From Beyond. This first single rocks hard with their trademark heavy riffs and melodic vocals.  It’s a strong signal that they’ve put together another quality album that will get some heads banging.

 

CIRCUS MAXIMUS – “The Weight”

Norwegian progressive metal band Circus Maximus returns after a four-year wait with their fourth album, Havoc.  On this first single, a complex arrangement is laden with hooks to keep the listener drawn in.  There’s a poignant interplay between feathery moments and booming riffs that elevates the piece.

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

METATRONE – “Keep Running”

Just released, “Keep Running” is new power metal from Italy’s Metatrone.  The track combines prog and symphonic elements, along with strong vocals from Jo Lombardo and a terrific rhythm line.  The band typically follows Christian/society themes, but this track is more inspirational versus a gospel.

 

SHIRAZ LANE  “Wake Up”

Shiraz Lane breaks out of the gate with the aptly named “Wake Up,” from their debut album, For Crying Out Loud.  Relentless from the first note, Hannes Kett belts out the commands in a style like Klaus Meine (which makes me hope for a few updated covers of classic Scorpions tracks).
 

 

 

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

Once again, this space is reserved for a legendary rock star’s passing.  This time, it’s Keith Emerson, one of the most iconic keyboardists in rock history.  Since his passing, it has come to light that his death came at his own hands.  Although he battled depression, sadly, his suicide is at least partly attributed to his desire to be perfect despite having nerve problems in one hand.  That desire, combined with reading all of the negative comments from “fans” became too much to bear.  This suicide should serve as a cautionary tale that no one (even rock legends) is immune to the slew of negativity that exists behind the anonymity of the (computer) keyboard.  This week, we take a look at a few of Emerson’s more notable works…

 

EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER –  “From The Beginning” (1972)

It’s the beautiful acoustic guitar intro and riff that is most familiar to the masses. That, and Greg Lake’s vocals.  Though the song is relatively short (especially for prog), it still has an epic feel to it, due in no small part to the unique keyboard styling of Keith Emerson (which starts at around the 3:00 mark).  Often times in rock, the keyboardist gets attention for noticeable melody lines.  On “From The Beginning,” Emerson’s keyboard work is about adding layers of depth and nuance that takes the listener in an entirely different direction than the melody.  It’s this kind of contribution that made him so revered.  There’s a certain irony that the opening lyrics inadvertently touch upon issues that Emerson was having with online critiques…“There might have been things I missed…but don’t be unkind…it don’t mean I’m blind.”

 

EMERSON, LAKE AND POWELL –   “Touch And Go” (1986)

A reunion of the original members of ELP was intended in 1985, but because of drummer Carl Palmer’s obligation to Asia, it wasn’t possible.  It is said to be a coincidence that Keith Emerson just happened to be friends with an outstanding drummer whose last name also started with a “P” in Cozy Powell.  This incarnation of ELP only made one studio album, but from it came one of the band’s biggest mainstream hits…“Touch And Go.”  Unlike “From The Beginning,” which featured a more textured keyboard sound, “Touch And Go” opens with a majestically theatrical keyboard riff that sets the tone for the entire song and repeats throughout.  It’s hard to think of many keyboardists who are as vital to the sound of a band as Emerson was to ELP.  Another rock icon gone too soon.  RIP Keith!

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

BLAMESHIFT – “Let Go” (2013)

Stepping back to Blameshift’s previous album for a little more from this Long Island band (see above).  This is, perhaps, another step on the road to a breakout.

 

HUMBUCKER – “The Way I Am” (2012)

Set aside any preconceived notions about what “a Scandanaivan rock band” sounds like.  This is straight-ahead rock from Norway that would be right at home in a northeastern (U.S.) bar.  A nice blend of grit and professionalism…just an enjoyable rockin’ listen.

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

THE LADDER – “All Of My Life” (2007)

Three members of British hard rock band FM left for several years to pursue other projects, including two albums as The Ladder.  The whole band sounds great, but it’s Steve Overland’s smooth vocals that truly elevate this melodic rock piece.

 

HARDREAMS – “My Last Desire” (2009)

Out of Barcelona, Spain, melodic rock band Hardreams delivers smooth vocals with some heartfelt guitar.  Keyboards tastefully (but unobtrusively) accompany every measure.

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

VAN CANTO – “Rebellion” (2011)

One of the most unique bands out there, Germany’s Van Canto is “a capella hero metal,” that features one drummer and five vocalists (in place of other expected instruments).  The infectious rhythm and the vocal guitar solo are outstanding.  “Rebellion” is a cover of a 2009 Grave Digger track.

 

CELTIC LEGACY – “Resurrection” (2003)

Formed in 1994, Celtic Legacy hails (not surpisingly) from Dublin, Ireland.  “Resurrection” is a glory epic with a driving force, overflowing with excellent, articulate guitar work from Dave Morrissey.  The rhythm section of Stephen Cash and Dave Boylan, and tremendous vocals of Mark Guildea, completes this fantastic title track of their 2003 album.
 

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 3-19-16

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 3-19-16.

The 3-19-16 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.

**Many of these artists were featured on Hard Rock Daddy’s Top 135 Hard Rock Songs of 2015

#15 – “Stressed Out” – OUR LAST NIGHT

#14 –  “Seattle Rain” – POP EVIL

#13 –  “Here I Am” – ASKING ALEXANDRIA

#12 –  “Paranoia” – A DAY TO REMEMBER

#11 –  “Rise” – SIXX: A.M.

#10 –  “Colourblind” – HANDS LIKE HOUSES

#9 –    “Running With Giants” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

# 8 –   “Let Me Live My Life” – SAINT ASONIA

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

# 6 –   “Mayhem” – HALESTORM

# 5 –   “Falling Apart” – PAPA ROACH

# 4 –   “Emotionless” – RED SUN RISING

# 3 –   “In Chains” – SHAMAN’S HARVEST

# 2 –   “Hate By Design” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

# 1 –   “My Nemesis” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 3/26/16

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 3/26/16.  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. ANTHRAX – For All Kings
      2. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      3. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      4. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      5. THE WHO – The Who Hits 50!
      6. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      7. VARIOUS ARTISTS – NOW That’s What I Call Power Ballads Hits
      8. RED – Of Beauty And Rage
      9. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark Before Dawn
      10. FROM ASHES TO NEW – Day One
      11. BAD COMPANY – Playlist: The Very Best Of Bad Company
      12. AFTER THE BURIAL – Dig Deep
      13. VARIOUS ARTISTS – NOW That’s What I Call Rock
      14. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit
      15. LACEY STURM – Life Screams

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 3/12/16

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HRD RADIO REPORT 

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

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

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

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 3/12/16.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

TOP 135 HARD ROCK SONGS 2015

TOP 50 ACTIVE ROCK SONGS (by spins) OF 2015

TOP 30 OCTANE BIG ‘UNS COUNTDOWN SONGS OF 2015

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 1 DISTURBED “The Sound Of Silence” 2036
2 6 3 DOORS DOWN “In The Dark” 1569
3 7 MUSE “Reapers” 1494
4 4 FOO FIGHTERS “Saint Cecilia” 1487
5 5 NOTHING MORE “Here’s To The Heartache” 1483
6 2 POP EVIL “Ways To Get High” 1375
7 3 SHINEDOWN “State Of My Head” 1373
8 9 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Happy Song” 1276
9 10 RED SUN RISING “Emotionless” 1147
10 12 SAINT ASONIA “Let Me Live My Life” 977
11 13 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Through It All” 922
12 14 PAPA ROACH “Falling Apart” 890
13 15 DEFTONES “Prayers/Triangles” 883
14 8 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Bloodfeather” 855
15 17 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “My Nemesis” 802
16 16 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “In Chains” 729
17 18 ADELITA’S WAY “Bad Reputation” 646
18 26 SIXX: A.M. “Rise” 565
19 19 THE STRUTS “Kiss This” 550
20 20 ROB ZOMBIE “Well, Everybody’s…in a UFO” 494
21 21 SLIPKNOT “Goodbye” 439
22 29 HALESTORM “Mayhem” 402
23 24 FAILURE ANTHEM “Paralyzed” 401
24 23 STITCHED UP HEART “Finally Free” 396
25 27 DEVOUR THE DAY “Lightning In The Sky” 369
26 22 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Mess Around” 357
27 30 GHOST “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” 349
28 25 WOLFMOTHER “Victorious” 336
29 28 MEGADETH “Dystopia” 326
30 32 FOALS “Mountain At My Gates” 294
31 31 LACEY STURM “Impossible” 274
32 33 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE “Hate By Design” 217
33 35 BLACK STONE CHERRY “In Our Dreams” 202
34 36 MONSTER TRUCK “Don’t Tell Me How To Live” 186
35 38 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Running With Giants” 182
36 43 BARONESS “Shock Me” 169
37 37 THROUGH FIRE “Stronger” 167
38 40 ANTHRAX “Breathing Lightning” 156
39 39 CILVER “I’m America” 155
40 46 HELLYEAH “Human” 153
41 44 SMASHING SATELLITES “Gamblin’ Man” 150
42 47 CANDLEBOX “Vexatious” 134
43 42 FILTER “Take Me To Heaven” 117
44 45 HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES “As Bad As I Am” 111
45 49 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Ride” 85
46 48 BOBAFLEX “A Spider In The Dark” 79
47 58 HANDS LIKE HOUSES “Colourblind” 68
48 51 SUNFLOWER DEAD “It’s Time To Get Weird” 68
49 57 SEVENDUST “Death Dance” 55
50 55 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Stressed Out” 55



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

MEGADETH – “Dystopia”

The title track of the latest Megadeth album is the most powerful single so far, both musically and in its message.  Did Dave Mustaine have a crystal ball when he was writing this song, or did he just see the writing on the wall before others?  This forum is usually a respite from all of the political turmoil going on in the U.S., but given that today is yet another ironically-named “Super Tuesday,” it seemed fitting to make this song the pick of the week to commemorate the occasion.  While there’s still a chance that the tide could shift after today, it seems more likely than ever that, when the dust settles tomorrow, we’ll be left with choices that set the country up for at least four more years of increasing divisiveness.  Are we truly on the road to a sci-fi like Dystopian society?  That thought seems a bit extreme, but not nearly as far-fetched as it once was.  Cranking up one of the better Megadeth songs in recent memory actually does have a somewhat cathartic effect, but doesn’t completely alleviate the sense of frustration that comes with the prospect of what lies ahead.
 

 

 

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”

EVANS BLUE“iGod”

UGLY KID JOE“Bad Seed”

SILVERTUNG“Face The Music”

VEER UNION“Defying Gravity”

SOTO“FreakShow”

FIRST DECREE“Here We Go Again”

 

DROP IT…

Twenty One Pilots – “Ride”

Twenty One Pilots“Stressed Out”

Cage The Elephant“Mess Around”

Foals“Mountain At My Gates”

The Struts“Kiss This”

Nothing More“Here’s To The Heartache”

Pop Evil“Ways To Get High”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Disturbed sits comfortably atop this week’s Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart, although there was a shakeup just below them.  Three Doors Down and Muse climb into the spots just behind the leader this week, but now there’s an even larger gap between #1 and the rest.  The phrase “sitting pretty” seems pretty applicable for Disturbed at the moment.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Saint Asonia slips into the Top 10…

Sixx A.M.’s “Rise” remains one of the hottest singles in the format, surging into the Top 20 in only its second week on the chart …

Foals is the only new arrival in the Top 30 …

Baroness & Hellyeah both crack the Top 40…

Three songs make their debut in the published Top 50, including the Sunflower Dead single that features Jonathan Davis of Korn

 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Disturbed“The Sound Of Silence”

Bring Me The Horizon – “Happy Song”

Sixx: A.M. – “Rise”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Pop Evil“Ways To Get High”

Shinedown – “State Of My Head”

Highly Suspect“Bloodfeather”

 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

It certainly looks as though Disturbed will be the top rock song in the country through much of spring break season, and perhaps one of only a few songs that will enjoy the top spot on the chart for the next few months.  Both “The Sound Of Silence” and “In The Dark” by Three Doors Down (the current #2 song) are relatively new compared to the rest of the Top 20 or so.  Only four songs currently in that tier of the chart are newer than the current leader.  While songs that ascend rapidly can also burn out quickly, Disturbed’s cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic has a comfortable tempo and tone that’s considered suitable for play in every daypart.  That could very well extend their stay at #1 for quite some time.

 

WRAP-UP

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