Monthly Archives: June 2016

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 6/30/16

Hard Rock Music Time Machine - Ozzy Osbourne - 2002

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 6/30/16:  The Year – 2002

Each Thursday, Hard Rock Music Time Machine takes a journey back in time to feature a variety of songs that date back as far as the ’70s, the ’80s (the glory days of hard rock), hidden gems of the ’90s and hard rock/metal songs of the new millennium (as recent as a few years ago).

Whenever possible, it will also contain interviews from featured artists discussing the inspiration and meaning behind their songs.   On the last Thursday of each month, we will be doing special themes that feature songs based on specific categories or years.

For this month’s theme, we take a journey back to the year 2002.

In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlist below, all songs featured on Hard Rock Music Time Machine can be listened to individually by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles above each review.
 

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

Hard Rock Daddy was founded in March of 2013, but you might say that it was “born” in 2002 when I became a father for the first time, a bittersweet moment having lost my father the year before.  The songs that I’ve chosen this week bridge the gap between two years that brought both tragedy and a new outlook on life.  Both songs (which have specific meaning) were released in 2002, and each comes from an album that was released in 2001.

 

OZZY OSBOURNE – “Dreamer” (2002)

Ozzy Osbourne’s eighth studio album, Down To Earth, was released just a month after 9/11.  With the world still in shock and metal still far from the mainstream, this album is one that is under the radar to some degree. “Dreamer” – one of two singles from the album – is a song about Osbourne’s vision for a better world for his children where they were happy and safe.  The Prince Of Darkness refers to this song as his “Imagine” (John Lennon).

Bringing a child into a world that had lost all innocence for me was more than a little daunting.  Having experienced 9/11 in an up-close and visceral way, the thought of raising a child in a post-terrorist America nearly made me forgo the idea altogether.  Ultimately, the choice to proceed as planned ending up giving new meaning to a life that had been filled with confusion and loss.

For numerous reasons, Ozzy Osbourne has been a major part of my personal rock and roll journey, not the least of which is taking my son to see him perform live in concert (he was only 7 at the time).

It’s been nearly 15 years since “Dreamer” was released as a single.  To this day, it still conjures up bittersweet emotions.  In many ways, the song is even more relevant in today’s world of chaos than it was after 9/11.  The dream for a better world continues…
 

 
NICKELBACK – “Too Bad” (2002)

While Ozzy Osbourne’s Down To Earth was released a month after 9/11, Nickelback’s Silver Side Up was released on the same day as the most devastating act of terror on American soil.

“Too Bad” – the second single off of the album – was released in February of 2002, a time when the raw, painful emotions of 9/11 had started to turn to a numbing disbelief.  Although the song has an upbeat, melodic feel, the lyrics address a different kind of hopeless feeling brought on by more typical trials and tribulations of life.

The summer of 2009 was a time period where my family was dealing with our own trials and tribulations during a time of change.  One of the brightest spots of that summer, however, was taking my son to see Nickelback (his first concert) at my favorite venue in the world.

For some reason, this band is often times ridiculed, but they will always have special meaning to me.  For what it’s worth, they put on a hell of a show (albeit less kid-friendly than one would expect).
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

OPETH “Master’s Apprentices” (2002)

I wasn’t sure if 2002 marked the decline or the continuation of Nu Metal, but I’m glad that some of my favorite metal bands were making great music back then.  Case in point: Opeth’s sixth studio album, Deliverance, and this monster of a song, “Master’s Apprentices.”  This song has everything!  Heavy, crunchy guitar chugs? Check.  Double-bass, thrash drumming? Check.  Death metal growls?  Check.  Odd-time signature?  Check.  For good measure, Mikael Akerfeldt even sings clean while the song winds down to a progressive jazzy feel before exploding back to the death metal frenzy.  Seeing Opeth play this song live is a treat and an experience all fans of metal should witness at some point.  And yes, I was one of headbanging fans singing along at their last show.

 

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE “Fixation On The Darkness” (2002)

In 2002, metalcore started coming into the mainstream after being underground for several years.  Being a fan of both the metal and hardcore genres, I was immediately interested in this new mixture (similar to the crossover bands back in the ‘80s).  One of the first metalcore bands to come out around this time was Massachusetts’s Killswitch Engage, with their second album, Alive or Just Breathing.  “Fixation on the Darkness” is chock full of heavy emotional grooves, sing-a-long choruses and a riff that makes you want to move.  This song is a perfect example of metalcore at its finest.  Fronted by Howard Jones (who replaced Jesse Leach after recording this album), this song will have you screaming along and/or breaking something.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

DARIO MOLLO & TONY MARTIN – “Poison Roses” (2002)

Italian guitarist Dario Mollo and ex-Black Sabbath singer Tony Martin teamed up in the late ‘90s to bring us a tour de force of melodic metal with The Cage.  The project was so well-received by fans that they teamed up a few years later for The Cage II, which included this reproachful masterpiece.  They would team up again ten years later, in 2012, for a third installment.  All three albums are highly recommended.

 

PRIMAL FEAR – “Silence” (2002)

Ralf Scheepers should have been the replacement for Rob Halford when Judas Priest parted ways with him in 1996.  Tim “Ripper” Owens is also an amazing singer, but Scheepers’s vocals were a perfect fit for Priest.  Instead, Scheepers would go on the following year to team up with bassist/vocalist Matt Sinner to found power metal giants Primal Fear, and never look back. This powerful selection comes from their 2002 album, Black Sun.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

DIO – “Along Comes A Spider” (2002)

2002 saw the ninth studio album from Dio, Killing the Dragon.  The dragon in this case was a symbol of technology.  Dio was concerned for its misuse to perpetrate injustice, and warned that it could keep people enslaved.  “Along Comes A Spider” warns not to let this sneak up on you if you only hear and don’t listen.  This was the first album with Doug Aldrich (Burning Rain, Whitesnake).  There are plenty of thick riffs, zesty licks and terrific solos throughout the song.  Mainstays Jimmy Bain (bass) and Simon Wright (drums) rounded out the lineup of the band on this underrated album (which was produced by RJD).

 

W.A.S.P – “Shadow Man” (2002)

In their 20th year together, Blackie Lawless’ W.A.S.P. cranked out their 10th album.  2002’s Dying For the World was Blackie’s dedication to the victims of 9/11.  The album was produced from start to finish in less than a year, which is uncharacteristic for Lawless who usually takes years to perfect an album.  The album’s lead song, “Shadow Man,” is a driving, mid-tempo track that features Lawless’ signature rasp and growl vocals and infectious rhythm, plus plenty of hot guitar licks throughout from guitarist Darrell Roberts.

 

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 7/9/16

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 7/9/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. GOJIRA – Magma
      2. THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH – Exhale
      3. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      4. I SEE STARS – Treehouse
      5. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      6. NAILS – You Will Never Be One Of Us
      7. STITCHED UP HEART – Never Alone
      8. HELLYEAH – Unden!able
      9. THRICE – To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere
      10. PIERCE THE VEIL – Misadventures
      11. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      12. DEFTONES – Gore
      13. ROB ZOMBIE – Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser
      14. BEARTOOTH – Aggressive
      15. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 6/25/16

HRD Radio Report - Crobot

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.

 2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q1

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 6/25/16.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 1 VOLBEAT “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” 2297
2 2 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Dark Necessities” 2090
3 3 SHINEDOWN “Asking For It” 1896
4 4 CHEVELLE “Joyride” 1656
5 5 GHOST “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” 1391
6 7 POP EVIL “Take It All” 1106
7 8 HALESTORM “Mayhem” 1005
8 10 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Paranoia” 956
9 13 BLINK 182 “Bored To Death” 918
10 6 SIXX: A.M. “Rise” 882
11 14 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Here I Am” 844
12 11 SICK PUPPIES “Stick To Your Guns” 799
13 9 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “My Nemesis” 716
14 16 KALEO “No Good” 706
15 17 HOLY WHITE HOUNDS “Switchblade” 705
16 15 ROB ZOMBIE “Get High” 674
17 18 DEFTONES “Phantom Bride” 590
18 12 HELLYEAH “Human” 586
19 20 AVATAR “The Eagle Has Landed” 502
20 21 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Ashes Of Eden” 490
21 22 3 DOORS DOWN “Still Alive” 484
22 24 SKILLET “Feel Invincible” 416
23 25 ESCAPE THE FATE “Remember Every Scar” 347
24 33 HELLYEAH “I Don’t Care Anymore” 329
25 23 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Running With Giants” 324
26 26 TRIVIUM “Dead And Gone” 319
27 29 THRICE “Black Honey” 296
28 27 SEVENDUST “Death Dance” 270
29 30 STITCHED UP HEART “Monster” 264
30 32 THROUGH FIRE “Stronger” 262
31 28 LIKE A STORM “Break Free” 262
32 31 BEARTOOTH “Aggressive” 241
33 34 ONE LESS REASON “Where Were You?” 188
34 38 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Lost And Alone” 181
35 35 CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN “Soundcheck” 180
36 37 MEGADETH “Post-American World” 173
37 52 ZAKK WYLDE (f. COREY TAYLOR) “Sleeping Dogs” 152
38 36 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Ride” 151
39 46 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Trouble” 140
40 39 CHEAP TRICK “When I Wake Up Tomorrow” 132
41 42 DOROTHY “Raise Hell” 131
42 41 CITIZEN ZERO “Go (Let Me Save You)” 126
43 47 NONPOINT “Generation Idiot” 125
44 44 KONGOS “Take It From Me” 119
45 56 FAILURE ANTHEM “First World Problems” 114
46 43 MACHINE HEAD “Is There Anybody Out There?” 112
47 53 PIERCE THE VEIL “Circles” 107
48 61 VIMIC “My Fate” 103
49 45 ARANDA “Stay” 101
50 54 NOTHING BUT THIEVES “Wake Up Call” 100

 

 

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

CROBOT – “Not For Sale”

I still remember where I was the first time that I heard Crobot being played on Octane.  I only caught about a minute or so of “Nowhere To Hide,” but that was enough to hook me in.  At the time, I thought that it might have been Myles Kennedy singing on a side project.  It turns out that it was Brandon Yeagley’s soaring vocals blasting through my speakers.  On the band’s latest single, “Not For Sale,” Yeagley once again makes you stand up and take notice, belting out vocals over the timeless sound that is Crobot.  One of the growing trends over the past few years is the strong influence of classic rock shining through in current hard rock / active rock bands.  Crobot does it as well as any band out there.  Although videos are rarely discussed in this forum, it is worth mentioning that the lyric video for “Not For Sale” is an even greater nostalgic journey than the song itself, so much so that it was almost impossible to pay attention to the lyrics on the first viewing.  You can never tell what will happen at Active Rock radio, but based on merit, “Not For Sale” should enjoy a run that rivals “Nowhere To Hide.”

 

 

 

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…

CROBOT“Not For Sale”

SONS OF TEXAS“Blameshift”

BRIDGE TO GRACE“Left Inside”

FIFTYWATT FREIGHT TRAIN“Whiskey & Hate”

HUDSON“Cast Out”

DEATH DIVISION“The Truth”

SEPTEMBER MOURNING“Eye Of The Storm”

EVE TO ADAM“Lucky”

 

DROP IT…

Cage The Elephant“Trouble”

Kongos“Take It From Me”

Catfish And The Bottlemen“Soundcheck”

Twenty One Pilots – “Ride”

Holy White Hounds“Switchblade”

Nothing But Thieves“Wake Up Call”

Deftones “Phantom Bride”

Blink 182“Bored To Death”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Volbeat is proving quite resilient, as their latest single enjoys an eighth week in a row atop the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay Chart.  Red Hot Chili Peppers have threatened to dethrone the leader for several weeks now, yet have been unable to do so thus far, and actually made only a minor incremental gain this week while remaining at #2.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

The order of the Top 5 songs remains unchanged, while Blink 182 somehow breaks into the Top 10…

Breaking Benjamin has the only new entry in the Top 20, despite at least some outlets being reluctant to play their current down-tempo single…

Hellyeah is the only new arrival in the Top 30, although Through Fire bounced back up to join them there this week…   

Zakk Wylde (with an assist from Corey Taylor) has the week’s highest debut, entering in the Top 40…

Failure Anthem’s new single leads three songs that enter the chart between 40-50 this week, joined by a Pierce The Veil track that has been in and out of the published chart for the past month.

 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Chevelle – “Joyride”

3 Doors Down“Still Alive”

Hellyeah – “I Don’t Care Anymore”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Sixx: A.M.“Rise”

Five Finger Death Punch “My Nemesis”

Hellyeah – “Human”

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

No matter where you fall on the musical spectrum, I’m not sure there’s any better example of the current “Land of Confusion” that Active (?) Rock radio has become than this simple chart note:  Blink 182 enters the Top 10 as Five Finger Death Punch exits that tier.   While I haven’t sat in a strategy session for a radio station in a while, it seems rather obvious that the trend in many cases is toward going for cume (short for “cumulative audience,” simply the number of people who listen to your station for at least five minutes in any time period) instead of trying to develop a base of long-term devoted listeners who will make a TSL investment (Time Spent Listening).  In an world where so much “narrowcasting” (such as satellite or streaming options) have long been portrayed as the major threat to radio, and indeed seem to be more commonplace by the day, I’m not sure whether this is a strategy that makes sense or if it simply is an indication of “I Don’t Care Anymore.”

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 6/27/16

Music Discovery Monday - The Ballroom Babies

Music Discovery Monday – 6/27/16

Music Discovery Monday shines a light on artists that are not getting the radio attention that they deserve, while also showcasing new singles by established bands that are likely to get airplay in the future.

This week’s Music Discovery Monday features an exclusive interview with Mike Colucci of The BallRoom Babies, who discusses the inspiration behind the band’s single, “I Won’t Change.”

In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlist below, all songs featured on Music Discovery Monday can be listened to individually by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles above each review.
 

 

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

THE BALLROOM BABIES – “I Won’t Change”

When you think of Canadian power trios, the first thought likely to come to mind is Rush, followed by Triumph.  While this power trio is definitely influenced by both of the aforementioned bands, the riff that introduces “I Won’t Change” is more likely to have you thinking Led Zeppelin meets The Beatles.

The BallRoom Babies are not your typical power trio.  There’s a reason why their vocal harmonies are so tight, and their chemistry is so undeniable.  Their sound has been honed over the course of several years.  Lest anyone think, however, that those years have been spent flying under the radar struggling to build a fan base.  All three members are still in the 20s.  The reason for their vast experience is that the trio is comprised of three brothers.

Mike (drums), Steve (guitars) and Nathan (bass) Colucci are all skilled musicians and vocalists who have a profound appreciation for the blues rock bands of the 70s that laid the foundation for the hard rock and metal genres.  “I Won’t Change” is pure blues rock and roll at its finest.  Although many won’t get the reference (because the band’s success was mostly on the regional level) The Ballroom Babies are reminiscent of another Zeppelin-esque power trio with outstanding vocal harmonies…Zebra.

Make sure to check these guys out!  You’ll be hearing a lot more of them on Hard Rock Daddy in the coming months.

 

In an exclusive interview with Hard Rock Daddy, Mike Colucci (drummer) of The BallRoom Babies discussed the inspiration behind “I Won’t Change”

“For a while, I was working in a coffee shop to help make ends meet while still playing music.  After doing this for a number of years, I decided to quit my day job to pursue music full-time.  I would no longer give up my time to do something other than my passion just to make a quick buck.  One day, I was in the middle of a conversation with someone at the coffee shop and they asked me why I was leaving.  I said that I was going to be doing music full-time.  They responded with a patronizing…‘So you’re going to be a starving artist?’  This song was sparked from that conversation.  It is basically about not listening to those people who tell you that you can’t do something.  Never listen to those people; always believe in yourself and don’t change who you are to be someone you’re not!”

 

 
THE LAZYS – “Black Rebel”

When speaking with Nathan Colucci of The BallRoom Babies, he mentioned a band that they have shared the stage with in Canada.  The Lazys are a five-piece hard rock outfit from Australia that has joined bands like The Ballroom Babies on the Toronto rock music scene.  “Black Rebel” – the title track of the band’s 2015 EP – is pure, energetic, anthemic rock and roll that will leave you banging your head and stomping your feet uncontrollably.  Think Buckcherry meets Guns N’ Roses with Iron Maiden-esque intense pacing.  This song is proof positive that their name is more than a little bit ironic.
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME “The Ectopic Stroll”

I’ve been on a Mathcore kick lately.  One of the best bands in this genre is North Carolina’s Between the Buried and Me.  This group of talented musicians blends elements of progressive metal, death metal, and metalcore, combining it all into a heavy, technical, fast frenzy of musical proficiency.  Watch these guys play and you can see the calculators in their brains working overtime.  “The Ectopic Stroll” is a single off of the band’s eighth studio album, Coma Ecliptic.  Give it a listen; there will be a test afterwards.

 

KILLER BE KILLED “Curb Crusher”

I love supergroups!  Taking some of my favorite musicians and having them write an album together always makes for an interesting listen.  Case in point…Killer be Killed, which consists of Greg Puciato of Dillinger Escape Plan, Max Cavalera of Soulfly, Troy Sanders of Mastodon and Ben Koller of Converge.  Even though they all come from a similar genre of music, each musician brings their personal style to the table to come up with something brilliant like “Curb Crusher” from their self-titled album.  It’s an excellent, heavy, gloomy, sing-a-long, fist-pumping tune.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

DGM – “Animal”

DGM is a progressive metal band out of Italy.  Each letter of the band’s name is the first initial of a founding member, none of whom, however, are part of the band anymore.  Still, the band has been around since 1994.  This single comes from the current lineup’s third album.  More importantly, the music is solid.  Strong vocals and driving guitars carry the piece, with relentless drums, atmospheric keyboards and hooks that are bigger than you find in a lot of progressive pieces (and that’s a good thing!).  All in all, this first release sparks anticipation for the new album, The Passage (due out at the end of August).

 

KING COMPANY – “In Wheels Of No Return”

Also due out at the end of August is One For The Road, the debut album from King Company, a melodic hard rock band out of Finland.  They bring together an all-star lineup for some great tunes with heavy Rainbow and Deep Purple influences in the music, and some David Coverdale influence in the vocals.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

OCEANS OF TIME – “Save You”

Self-billed as “Norway’s finest epic melodic power progressive band,” Oceans of Time is a truly terrific music group.  “Save You,” from their recent album, Trust, demonstrates their wide range, musical expertise and tremendous harmony.  This track breaks out immediately with a vibrant, electric rhythm (courtesy of Nicolay Ryen Christiansen and Geir Nilsen), Lasse Jensen’s guitar licks, and an excellent jam with a rousing vocal refrain from Ken Lyngfoss… “I will do whatever I can do to save you.”

 

ACT OF GOD – “Aiming High”

Symphonic power metal group Act of God hails from the Czech Republic.  The band has been around since 2001.  “Aiming High” bats clean-up on their new album, Deception of Freedom.  The track has a classical flair, dark and dramatic to start resolving to a fast and powerful machine-gun rhythm based anthem, highlighted by the bright-toned melodic vocals of Martin Hrachovec and Anna Burianová, complementing the lead guitar riffs and arrangements from the very talented Tomas Racek and Hrachovec.

 

SUBMISSIONS

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 6-25-16

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 6-25-16.

The 6-25-16 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 –  “Generation Idiot” – NONPOINT

#14 –  “Take It All” – POP EVIL

#13 –  “I Don’t Care Anymore” – HELLYEAH

#12 –  “Aggressive” – BEARTOOTH

#11 –  “The Eagle Has Landed” – AVATAR

#10 –  “Stick To Your Guns” – SICK PUPPIES

#9 –   “Is There Anybody Out There?” – MACHINE HEAD

# 8 –   “Asking For It” – SHINEDOWN

# 7 –   “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” – VOLBEAT

# 6 –   “Paranoia” – A DAY TO REMEMBER

# 5 –   “Stronger” – THROUGH FIRE

# 4 –   “Black Honey” – THRICE

# 3 –   “Defeated” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

# 2 –   “Hell To Pay” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 1 –    “Human” – HELLYEAH

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 6/23/16

Hard Rock Music Time Machine - Asia

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 6/23/16

Each Thursday, Hard Rock Music Time Machine takes a journey back in time to feature a variety of songs that date back as far as the ’70s, the ’80s (the glory days of hard rock), hidden gems of the ’90s and hard rock/metal songs of the new millennium (as recent as a few years ago).

Whenever possible, it will also contain interviews from featured artists discussing the inspiration and meaning behind their songs.   On the last Thursday of each month, we will be doing special themes that feature songs based on specific categories or years.

In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlist below, all songs featured on Hard Rock Music Time Machine can be listened to individually by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles above each review.
 

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

ASIA – “Don’t Cry” (1983)

Modern day supergroups tend to have a very short shelf life.  It wouldn’t be surprising if many rock music fans thought that Asia fell into that category, given that the band’s most notable work came from their first two albums in the early ‘80s.  However, with the exception of a brief hiatus, the band has actually been in existence since 1981 (albeit with a multitude of lineup changes).  The one constant in the band has been keyboardist Geoff Downes, who previously played with Yes and The Buggles.  Those from the “MTV Generation” can fully appreciate the significance of The Buggles, whose claim to fame is having the first song every played on MTV – “Video Killed The Radio Star.”

“Don’t Cry” is a notable Asia song because it comes from the band’s sophomore release, Alpha, the last album before guitarist Steve Howe’s departure.  Howe would eventually rejoin Asia nearly a decade after his departure.  “Don’t Cry” takes you on a nostalgic journey back to the early days of MTV.  This keyboard-heavy track is highlighted by vocal harmonies and a progressive influence that is accessible to all mainstream rock listeners.
 

 
GTR – “When The Heart Rules The Mind” (1986)

After departing from Asia, Steve Howe went on to form another supergroup called GTR.  This group only ended up recording one album together, giving them a tenure that is similar to what many supergroups of today experience.  Although Howe had parted ways with Geoff Downes and Asia, Downes was the producer this project’s only release.  The entire album is has an AOR feel with progressive influences, and is an excellent listen for those who are interested.  The self-titled album produced one hit song, “When The Heart Rules The Mind.”  Like “Don’t Cry,” it is highlighted by a heavy keyboard sound and vocal harmonies.  This incredibly melodic tune is definitely a favorite from the mid-‘80s.  Interesting fact: The name GTR is derived from the abbreviation for “guitar” on the studio mixing console.
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

TESTAMENT  “Over The Wall” (1987)

Some of my most memorable nights were hanging out on a Saturday night and watching Headbanger’s Ball on MTV.  When this video came on, I would crank it up, bang my head and drum along (until my mom would tell me to turn it down).  Testament never had the same popularity as Metallica, but they knew how to write an awesome thrash metal tune.  In fact, in my opinion, “the Big 4″ should have been renamed “the Big 5,” and included Testament with the others.  From their first album The Legacy, Testament was all about aggression…fast, yet technical “bang your head” thrash metal.  Listen to Alex Skolnick’s solo on this song!

 

DEATH ANGEL “Seemingly Endless Time” (1990)

Because I’ve been playing the hell out of their new album, The Evil Divide (released last month), I’ve pulled out one of my favorite songs by Death Angel – “Seemingly Endless Time” – from their third album, Act III.  These Bay Area thrash masters are one of the most underrated thrash bands ever.  Listen to the aggression from the opening riff, and also when the drums enter to the “math lesson” after the numbing solo back into the main riff.  These guys seem to be able to do it all.  Although they didn’t get the notoriety that they deserved, their technical playing and songwriting on songs like “Seemingly Endless Time” has made them one of the best thrash metal bands ever.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

CRASHDIET – “Beautiful Pain” (2010)

Six years ago this glam rock band out of Sweden released this deep and moving hard rock ballad on their album, Generation Wild.  Lead vocals and rhythm guitar were handled by Simon Cruz, the band’s third frontman, who left the band just last year.  Here’s to hoping they find a new singer soon and get back to producing great music.

 

STURM UND DRANG – “Rising Son” (2007)

Storm and Stress.  While the American colonies were fighting for independence, it was a revolution of another kind, in literature and the arts, across the ocean in Germany.  This Scandinavian metal band borrows its name from that movement, and lays on thick both the storm and the stress in their 2007 debut album, Learning To Rock.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

HIBRIA – “Shall I Keep On Burning?” (2013)

Brazillian metal band Hibria penned this terrific power ballad back in 2013, off their fourth full-length album, Silent Revenge.  Iuri Sanson’s acoustic opening is captivating, and sets the tone for this song of a love lost.  The agony is amplified when the heavy rhythm line kicks in and builds to tremendous solo work from Abel Camargo and Renato Osório.  An excellent, deep cut from a talented under-the-radar band.

 

ALTARIA – “Unchain The Rain” (2004)

Finish melodic power metal group Altaria has been around since 2000.  This quartet thrives on catchy rhythms, vocals and a bright, well-produced metal sound.  “Unchain the Rain” is the lead song from the band’s second album, Divinity.  The track breaks from the gate with an upbeat tempo that characterizes their inspirational message, which holds till the end, repeating the song’s memorable refrain.

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 7/2/16

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 7/2/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      2. RIVAL SONS – Hollow Bones
      3. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      4. HELLYEAH – Undeniable
      5. PIERCE THE VEIL – Misadventures
      6. MYCAH – Diamond In The Rough
      7. LETLIVE – If I’m The Devil
      8. BEARTOOTH – Aggressive
      9. THRICE – To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere
      10. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      11. LACUNA COIL – Delirium
      12. TRAIN – Does Led Zeppelin II
      13. ROB ZOMBIE – Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser
      14. SALIVA – Love, Lies & Therapy
      15. DEFTONES – Gore

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 6/18/16

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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.

 2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q1

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 6/18/16.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 1 VOLBEAT “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” 2212
2 2 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Dark Necessities” 1979
3 3 SHINEDOWN “Asking For It” 1808
4 5 CHEVELLE “Joyride” 1486
5 6 GHOST “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” 1318
6 4 SIXX: A.M. “Rise” 1205
7 11 POP EVIL “Take It All” 994
8 8 HALESTORM “Mayhem” 979
9 7 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “My Nemesis” 897
10 13 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Paranoia” 877
11 12 SICK PUPPIES “Stick To Your Guns” 854
12 10 HELLYEAH “Human” 840
13 15 BLINK 182 “Bored To Death” 825
14 14 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Here I Am” 794
15 17 ROB ZOMBIE “Get High” 650
16 16 KALEO “No Good” 625
17 19 HOLY WHITE HOUNDS “Switchblade” 598
18 21 DEFTONES “Phantom Bride” 553
19 18 DEVOUR THE DAY “Lightning In The Sky” 503
20 20 AVATAR “The Eagle Has Landed” 472
21 22 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Ashes Of Eden” 447
22 35 3 DOORS DOWN “Still Alive” 365
23 23 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Running With Giants” 357
24 32 SKILLET “Feel Invincible” 311
25 25 ESCAPE THE FATE “Remember Every Scar” 307
26 24 TRIVIUM “Dead And Gone” 303
27 26 SEVENDUST “Death Dance” 271
28 27 LIKE A STORM “Break Free” 266
29 30 THRICE “Black Honey” 260
30 29 STITCHED UP HEART “Monster” 246
31 33 BEARTOOTH “Aggressive” 240
32 28 THROUGH FIRE “Stronger” 237
33 47 HELLYEAH “I Don’t Care Anymore” 200
34 31 ONE LESS REASON “Where Were You?” 198
35 39 CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN “Soundcheck” 171
36 34 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Ride” 165
37 45 MEGADETH “Post-American World” 153
38 41 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Lost And Alone” 145
39 37 CHEAP TRICK “When I Wake Up Tomorrow” 142
40 36 FOALS “Mountain At My Gates” 141
41 44 CITIZEN ZERO “Go (Let Me Save You)” 131
42 42 DOROTHY “Raise Hell” 127
43 49 MACHINE HEAD “Is There Anybody Out There?” 124
44 46 KONGOS “Take It From Me” 122
45 50 ARANDA “Stay” 115
46 43 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Trouble” 111
47 48 NONPOINT “Generation Idiot” 109
48 51 PUSCIFIER “The Arsonist” 94
49 52 THE RECORD COMPANY “Off The Ground” 88
50 55 KALEO “Way Down We Go” 85

 

 

 

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

PIERCE THE VEIL – “Circles”

“Circles” was inspired by the Paris attacks that took place in November of 2015 at the Eagles Of Death Metal concert.  The imagined story is told through the eyes of two friends at the concert trying to save each other as the bullets started flying.  If you didn’t know any better, you might think that the song was written about the massacre that took place last week in Orlando, FL. Keeping with the French theme, the similarity between these two attacks conjures up memories of the classic Rush song, “Circumstances.”  The French lyrics in the song –  “Plus ca change, Plus c’est la meme chose” – translate in English to “the more things that things change, the more they stay the same.”  An American band writes a song about a tragic mass shooting at a concert overseas.  Less than a year later, in a span of a weekend in Orlando, a singer is gunned down while signing autographs after a concert, and then 49 people were massacred in a mass shooting in a club.  It seems that lessons are never learned.  Pierce The Veil deserves credit for writing about what it must be like for innocent people as their lives flash before their eyes in a desperate attempt for salvation.  The lyrics are much more somber than the mood of this somewhat upbeat California punk song, but the message shines through just the same.
 

 

 

 

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…

PIERCE THE VEIL“Circles”

FIFTYWATT FREIGHT TRAIN“Whiskey & Hate”

HUDSON“Cast Out”

SONS OF TEXAS“Blameshift”

SEPTEMBER MOURNING“Eye Of The Storm”

EVE TO ADAM“Lucky”

BRIDGE TO GRACE“Left Inside”

3 PILL MORNING“Electric Chair”

THE WORD ALIVE – “Made This Way”

 

DROP IT…

Cage The Elephant“Trouble”

Kongos“Take It From Me”

Catfish And The Bottlemen“Soundcheck”

Twenty One Pilots – “Ride”

Foals“Mountain At My Gates”

Holy White Hounds“Switchblade”

Kaleo“Way Down We Go”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

For the seventh week in a row, Volbeat sits atop the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay Chart.  The Red Hot Chili Peppers narrowed the gap by nearly a third, but remain a fair distance back in the second spot.  Shinedown both solidified their hold on the third position and closed up the gap between themselves and the songs in front of them.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Pop Evil surges into the Top 10, joined there by A Day To Remember

Minimal change in positions 11 through 20, with only Deftones joining the Top 20 this week…

Veteran artists 3 Doors Down and Skillet both break into the Top 30…

Hellyeah has a spot in the Top 40 “covered,” joined there by Megadeth and From Ashes To New

Three songs make their Top 50 debuts (in the final three spots on the published chart).  This includes a recent #1 Adult Alternative format hit from Los-Angeles band, The Record Company. 
 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Shinedown“Asking For It”

Deftones“Phantom Bride”

3 Doors Down“Still Alive”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Sixx: A.M.“Rise”

Five Finger Death Punch “My Nemesis”

Hellyeah – “Human”
 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

A fair bit of change is evident on this week’s chart, but it’s tough not to wonder just how significant the difference could really be if stations weren’t so reluctant to move off of over-played songs.  Disturbed’s recent chart-topping song, “The Sound Of Silence,” peaked some two months ago, yet it still remains in the Top 10, and accounts for more spins than nearly all of the positions 40 through 50 combined.

 

WRAP-UP

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Music Discovery Monday – 6/20/16

Music Discovery Monday - Devour The Day - S.O.A.R.

Music Discovery Monday – 6/20/16

Music Discovery Monday shines a light on artists that are not getting the radio attention that they deserve, while also showcasing new singles by established bands that are likely to get airplay in the future.

This week’s Music Discovery Monday features an exclusive interview with Joey “Chicago” Walser of Devour The Day, who discusses the inspiration behind the title track of the band’s latest album, S.O.A.R.

In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlist below, all songs featured on Music Discovery Monday can be listened to individually by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles above each review.
 

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

DEVOUR THE DAY – “S.O.A.R.”

Once upon a time, acronym songs weren’t necessarily as direct or creative as some of the modern versions of this approach.  Black Sabbath’s “N.I.B.” and Ozzy Osbourne’s “S.A.T.O.” are examples of the more cryptic approach.  Like the recent Papa Roach hit, “F.E.A.R.” (which stands for Face Everything And Rise), Devour The Day’s “S.O.A.R.” is both creative and inspirational.  The acronym stands for “suffer, overcome and recover.”

By incorporating the powerful acronym and the traditional use of the word “soar,” Devour The Day has taken this concept to another level.  The song is, at times, moody and subdued, at other times, angst-ridden.  From the melodic elements to the tortured growls used for emphasis, the title track of the band’s latest album works on a variety of levels.

 

In an exclusive interview with Hard Rock Daddy, Devour The Day’s Joey “Chicago” Walser discussed the meaning and inspiration behind “S.O.A.R.”

 

“I was sitting outside of my house after coming back from a meeting about the record.  We had been working on the album for quite a while by normal standards.  We were so excited because Razor & Tie was giving us the opportunity to work with the producer that we wanted, but it also created a sort of deadline.  After the meeting, we realized that there wasn’t one particular song that kind of wrapped up the entire idea of the record, and we weren’t even really sure what to call it at that point.

So, I was sitting outside my house early in the morning, and I just started thinking about the things that meant the most to me, and were a source of inspiration.  In that moment, I just thought about the freedom of a bird soaring.  I felt that if I were ever to have wings and be above everything, that I would never come down.  I would work my butt off to never have to go back to the ground again.  That helped to inspire the opening lyrics… ‘when I get up, I’m not coming down.’  I felt that it was just such a great way to kind of encompass all of the ideas…spirituality, the way that I felt about the business and the way that I felt about life.  In that, there was this acronym that just made so much sense…suffer, overcome and recover.  That idea, to me, kind of runs parallel with Devour The Day.

Pretty immediately, I think that I called Blake and told him that I knew that it would be the title track.  He came over and he had already put together some really incredible digital movements.   just laid the chord progression within the instrumentation that he was working on, and it fit perfectly.  It was crafted as if we had created two sides of a song separately.  It’s one of my favorite songs on the record, and I get pretty hyped when I’m talking about it because I feel that it’s not just part of my musical life.  That is very much the way that I’ve had to come up…blue collar family, and the way that I’ve lived as an adult.

I’ve often felt like the world was after me.  I also thought that there were two reactions that I could have had…either let the weight crush me and give in to the things that were happening, or I was going to recover.  It was so inspiring for not only what I thought would be for the fans, but also for myself.  Anytime that happens, I think that it’s the greatest artwork because it everybody can relate to it.”

 

 

HELLYEAH – “I Don’t Care Anymore”

Dimebag Darrell is back (so to speak).  From Hellyeah’s latest album, Undeniable, the band has released a balls-to-the-wall cover of the Phil Collins classic, “I Don’t Care Anymore.”  A cover of the song was recorded years ago by Dimebag and Vinnie Paul.  The old track, which was recently dug up, was incorporated into this authoritative interpretation.  With all due respect to Collins, who tapped into his emotions with powerful drum parts in the original, Hellyeah has taken the meaning of the song to an entirely new level.  Chad Gray infuses the vocals with a healthy mixture of adrenaline and testosterone.  If Collins made you believe that he didn’t care anymore with the original, then the boys from Hellyeah (and Dimebag) will make you believe that they truly don’t give a flying fuck!
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

ANTHRAX “Blood Eagle Wings”

On the more mainstream side of metal (if you think Anthrax is mainstream), the boys from New York are back with their eleventh studio album, For All Kings.  This album sees the return of original members Joey Belladona, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello and Scott Ian with a new lead guitarist (Jonathan Donais from Shadows Fall).  “Blood Eagle Wings” is classic Anthrax at their best…melodic, heavy, catchy and soulful (much like they were in the ‘80s).  Anthrax continues to impress in 2016.  It’s no wonder that they are one of metal’s “Big 4.”

 

PARKWAY DRIVE “Crushed”

Sometimes when a band slips by my radar, I accidentally hear a song and it catches me by surprise.  Parkway Drive is one of those bands that I never paid much attention to until I heard “Crushed,” and was instantly impressed.  Being a fan of the genre, I am not sure how I missed these guys.  This metalcore band from Australia has been around for 13 years.  “Crushed” is from the band’s fifth studio album, Ire.  It’s got heavy, catchy guitar riffs, growling vocals, hardcore breakdowns and is angry as all hell…the ideal recipe for a perfect metalcore song.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

FAITHSEDGE – “Never A Day”

Four days from now, this California melodic rock band will release their third album, Restoration.  Singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia returns with an impressive lineup, connected to some other great bands, including guitarist Alex De Rosso (ex-Dokken), bassist Tim Gaines (Stryper), drummer Matt Starr (Mr. Big, Ace Frehley), and keyboardist/producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Revolution Saints). The hooks here are bigger than ever, the riffs and rhythms crushing, and Floridia soars over it all on the vocals.

 

BLAZE BAYLEY – “A Thousand Years”

Four years after his last solo album, Blaze Bayley returns with Infinite Entanglement, the first installment in a trilogy of science fiction themed albums.  The traditional heavy riffs are here, but with more attention to melody than in his previous works. Bayley is most famous for replacing Bruce Dickinson when the vocalist temporarily left Iron Maiden.  He has poured his heart into a worthy solo career since.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

WITHEM – “The Pain I Collected”

Prog metal outfit Withem (from Oslo Norway) released their second album, The Unforgiving Road, in April.  Great vocals, expert musicianship and powerful (yet clean) production sound highlights this contemplative track, which breaks from the gate before settling into frequent changes-of-pace that are impressively tight and well-orchestrated.  Ole Aleksander Wagenius’ tone is akin to Helloween’s Michael Kiske and Dream Theater’s James LaBrie.

 

JOEL HOEKSTRA’S 13 – “Scream”

Joel Hoekstra’s 13 is a side project formed by current Whitesnake guitarist, Joel Hoekstra, whose resume also includes Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Night Ranger.  Hoekstra recruited stellar musicians to record his album, Dying To Live“Scream” features Jeff Scott Soto belting out the vocals, and the thunderous rhythm section of drummer Vinny Appice and bassist Tony Franklin.  The synergy of these all-stars abounds, with a truly great rhythm, melodic vocals and an excellent Hoekstra solo.

 

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

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 6-18-16

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 6-18-16.

The 6-18-16 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 –  “Delirium” – LACUNA COIL

#14 –  “Take It All” – POP EVIL

#13 –  “I Like It Heavy” – HALESTORM

#12 –  “Joyride” – CHEVELLE

#11 –  “Aggressive” – BEARTOOTH

#10 –  “The Eagle Has Landed” – AVATAR

#9 –   “Stronger” – THROUGH FIRE

# 8 –   “Is There Anybody Out There?” – MACHINE HEAD

# 7 –   “Hell To Pay” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 6 –   “Asking For It” – SHINEDOWN

# 5 –   “Paranoia” – A DAY TO REMEMBER

# 4 –   “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” – VOLBEAT

# 3 –   “Defeated” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

# 2 –   “Human” – HELLYEAH

# 1 –    “Black Honey” – THRICE

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