Monthly Archives: July 2016

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 7-30-16

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 7-30-16.

The 7-30-16 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 –  “Take It All” – POP EVIL

#14 –  “Joyride” – CHEVELLE

#13 –  “Assume” – SYLAR

#12 –  “Scars” – I PREVAIL

#11 –  “Avalanche” – BRING ME THE HORIZON

#10 –  “Lost & Alone” – FROM ASHES TO NEW

# 9 –   “Feel Invincible” – SKILLET

# 8 –   “Paranoia” – A DAY TO REMEMBER

# 7 –   “The Eagle Has Landed” – AVATAR

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

# 5 –   “Black Honey” – THRICE

# 4 –   “Asking For It” – SHINEDOWN

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

# 2 –   “Defeated” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

# 1 –    “Stronger” – THROUGH FIRE

 

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2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q2

2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q1

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

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Archives

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 7/28/16: All About The Ladies

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 7/28/16

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.

July’s theme is “All About The Ladies,” featuring hard rock / metal songs with girl’s names in the title.

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)

L.A. GUNS – “The Ballad Of Jayne” (1989)

Listening to this somber power ballad by L.A. Guns, you would think that the song is about the loss of someone close, but it is actually about the death of actress, Jayne Mansfield, who died more than two decades before the song was released.

There is poetic beauty to this melancholic ode to a familiar stranger.  In many ways, we never really know the person behind their celebrity persona, but it doesn’t stop us from feeling that there is a connection in some way, especially when we are moved by their talent.

July is always a bittersweet month for me.  “The Ballad Of Jayne” perfectly captures the bittersweet emotions that I feel at the crossroads of a painful loss and a feeling of love that goes beyond words.
 

 
CRAAFT – “Jane” (1989)

For every Scorpions, Accept and Helloween, there are tons of German hard rock bands whose music goes undiscovered in America.  Craaft is one of those bands.  Though their sound was more aligned with American ‘80s hair metal bands, Craaft never made much of an impact outside of Germany, which is a shame.  Had they gotten the exposure that other similar bands received, who knows how big they could have gotten.  With “Jane,” the band showed that they could deliver a melodic power ballad as good as anyone else.  Crank it up, and imagine yourself swaying from side to side in an arena lit up by lighters as you take a nostalgic journey back in time.
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE “Rose Of Sharyn” (2004)

From their third studio album, The End of Heartache, “Rose of Sharyn” by Killswitch Engage is a heavy, hard-hitting, fast metalcore tune dripping with emotion.  The melancholic screams of Howard Jones are accented by the rest of the band’s fast playing.  Although the meaning of the song varies depending on the listener, the lyrical content is definitely one of loss and hope.  This song is a perfect example of why Killswitch Engage is one of the best metalcore bands around.

 

IRON MAIDEN – “Charlotte The Harlot” (1980)

One of the best classic Iron Maiden songs is “Charlotte the Harlot,” from their 1980 self-titled, debut album.  Written by Dave Murray, this song (and album) were performed by the original members of Iron Maiden:  Dave Murray, Steve Harris, Dennis Stratton, Clive Burr, and Paul Di’Anno.  Even though I am a huge fan of Bruce Dickinson, and the current incarnation of Iron Maiden, I have always been impressed with the vocals of Paul Di’Anno.  “Charlotte The Harlot” – which is part of a saga of songs – is about a prostitute named Charlotte.  It represents everything that Iron Maiden is known for…classic heavy metal at its finest!
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

QUEENSRYCHE – “Suite Sister Mary” (1988)

In 1988, Queensryche blew away the metal world with their third album, Operation Mindcrime, which continues to stand as one of the finest concept albums ever crafted.  Telling a twisted tale of madness and manipulation, the album is highlighted by this ten-minute epic track. Named for Mary, a prostitute turned nun (played by the talented Pamela Moore), it features some sweeping but melodic writing, and operatic lead vocals.

 

VOLBEAT – “Lola Montez” (2013)

“Feel the fire where she walks.”  Danish rockers Volbeat warned us of a femme fatale in this hit from their 2013 album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

FALL OUT BOY – “Roxanne” (2003)

Fast and badass, this remake of the Police’s timeless “Roxanne” – from Fall Out Boy’s 2003 release, Take This To Your Grave – has a lot of added power and a killer edge.  A metal/punk pace sets the tone, yet keeps the excellence of the original song intact.

 

SCORPIONS – “Loreli” (2010)

“Loreli” is a rueful, forlorn power ballad from the Scorpions off of their 2010 album, Sting In The Tail.  Klause Meine’s amazing voice has a haunting vibe to it, as he weaves the story through moving refrains and choruses.  This melodic track features the band’s classic sound, which has stood the test of time for more than 40 years.

 

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 8/6/16

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 8/6/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. CHEVELLE – The North Corridor
      2. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      3. CANE HILL – Smile
      4. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      5. VARIOUS ARTISTS – 2016 Warped Tour Compilation
      6. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark Before Dawn
      7. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      8. GOJIRA – Magma
      9. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      10. PIERCE THE VEIL – Misadventures
      11. HELLYEAH – Unden!able
      12. ROB ZOMBIE – Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser
      13. INVENT, ANIMATE – Stillworld
      14. NONPOINT – Poison Red
      15. THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH – Exhale

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 7/23/16

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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.

 

***JUST RELEASED***

2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q2  

 

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 7/23/16.  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 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Dark Necessities” 1952
2 4 CHEVELLE “Joyride” 1897
3 3 SHINEDOWN “Asking For It” 1876
4 2 VOLBEAT “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” 1792
5 6 POP EVIL “Take It All” 1313
6 7 BLINK 182 “Bored To Death” 1248
7 5 GHOST “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” 1160
8 8 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Paranoia” 1124
9 11 3 DOORS DOWN “Still Alive” 899
10 10 KALEO “No Good” 874
11 12 HOLY WHITE HOUNDS “Switchblade” 840
12 9 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Here I Am” 815
13 28 PRETTY RECKLESS “Take Me Down” 804
14 14 DEFTONES “Phantom Bride” 765
15 13 ROB ZOMBIE “Get High” 751
16 15 AVATAR “The Eagle Has Landed” 650
17 16 SKILLET “Feel Invincible” 644
18 17 HELLYEAH “I Don’t Care Anymore” 607
19 18 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Ashes Of Eden” 579
20 20 THRICE “Black Honey” 517
21 23 ZAKK WYLDE (f. COREY TAYLOR) “Sleeping Dogs” 414
22 24 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Lost And Alone” 369
23 22 TRIVIUM “Dead And Gone” 357
24 0 PROPHETS OF RAGE “Prophets Of Rage” 353
25 43 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 353
26 19 SICK PUPPIES “Stick To Your Guns” 350
27 25 STITCHED UP HEART “Monster” 322
28 26 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Heathens” 320
29 27 THROUGH FIRE “Stronger” 267
30 35 CITIZEN ZERO “Go (Let Me Save You)” 216
31 31 BEARTOOTH “Aggressive” 213
32 46 SIXX: A.M. “Prayers For The Damned” 203
33 37 DOROTHY “Raise Hell” 193
34 40 KALEO “Way Down We Go” 187
35 30 LIKE A STORM “Break Free” 183
36 36 MEGADETH “Post-American World” 177
37 34 HELLYEAH “Human” 176
38 32 NONPOINT “Generation Idiot” 176
39 33 CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN “Soundcheck” 171
40 41 FAILURE ANTHEM “First World Problems” 169
41 38 NOTHING BUT THIEVES “Wake Up Call” 169
42 39 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Trouble” 162
43 42 PIERCE THE VEIL “Circles” 137
44 0 KORN “Rotting In The Vain” 131
45 48 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Avalanche” 130
46 44 MACHINE HEAD “Is There Anybody Out There?” 126
47 49 THE RECORD COMPANY “Off The Ground” 119
48 47 PUSCIFIER “The Arsonist” 114
49 58 FOALS “What Went Down” 111
50 53 ISLANDER “Bad Guy” 99

 

 

 

ALTER BRIDGE – “SHOW ME A LEADER”

The three-year wait for new Alter Bridge music is finally over!  Yesterday, the band released “Show Me A Leader,” the lead single off of their upcoming album, The Last Hero, and it couldn’t have come at a better time, at least in terms of subject matter.  Although the song was obviously written before the political conventions, it’s obvious that the current political climate helped to inspire this balls-to-the-wall single.  According to Myles Kennedy, the song “reflects the frustrations that a lot of people are feeling with the current state of the world.  The world is looking for trustworthy, effective leadership and not this undignified dog and pony show that’s really made a mockery of our system.”  Kennedy’s vocals are mind-blowing as usual, complemented by the blazing guitar work of Mark Tremonti, and a hard-driving, blood-pumping rhythm section.  This full version of this song should be all over Active Rock radio, including the epic intro!

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

Red Hot Chili Peppers will end their run at the top next week, and be replaced by either Chevelle or Shinedown.  Whichever band emerges on top will be replaced by Pretty Reckless in the not-too-distant future.  Supergroup Prophets Of Rage and Disturbed will crack the Top 10 within the month.

 

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…

ALTER BRIDGE“Show Me A Leader”

RICHARDS / CRANE“Black And White”

SHAMAN’S HARVEST“Here It Comes”

SONS OF TEXAS“Blameshift”

BRIDGE TO GRACE“Left Inside”

HUDSON“Cast Out”

EVE TO ADAM“Lucky”

FIFTYWATT FREIGHT TRAIN“Whiskey & Hate”

 

DROP IT…

Kaleo“Way Down We Go”

Twenty One Pilots – “Heathens”

Cage The Elephant“Trouble”

Kongos“Take It From Me”

Catfish And The Bottlemen“Soundcheck”

Holy White Hounds“Switchblade”

Blink 182“Bored To Death”

Ghost“From The Pinnacle To The Pit”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

The hunter has become the hunted, as Red Hot Chili Peppers retains their spot atop the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart for a third week (albeit by a steadily shrinking margin).  Chevelle leapfrogs Shinedown for the #2 spot, but don’t entirely rule out the possibility of a resurgence, since the gap between #2 and #3 is still smaller than the mere 55 spins between #1 and #2.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Three Doors Down scores another Top 10 hit…

Pretty Reckless triples their airplay, rocketing into the Top 20…

Prophets of Rage lead three songs with their debut in Top 30…

Sixx A.M. and Failure Anthem both crack the Top 40 …

Late week addition Korn leads a trio of new songs debuting in more typical positions.

 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Blink 182“Bored To Death”

Pretty Reckless“Take Me Down”

Disturbed“Open Your Eyes”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Volbeat“The Devil’s Bleeding Crown”

Ghost“From The Pinnacle To The Pit”

Sick Puppies“Stick To Your Guns”

 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

Pretty Reckless and Disturbed make nice leaps in their first full week of airplay for their new singles, as does Sixx A.M. (to a lesser extent).  I fully expect Korn to see the same surge next week as the summer of big names rolls right on.

 

WRAP-UP

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

2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q2

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Hard Rock Daddy’s HRD Radio Report provides a weekly look at the Top 50 songs on the Mediabase Active Rock Chart.  Using the actual spins that each song in the Top 50 has received in the second quarter of 2016, we have compiled a ranking of the songs by spin totals.  It should be noted that this recap is based solely on spin totals, not editorial opinion.  Below the Top 50 Active Rock songs of the second quarter of 2016, you will find the Top 15 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown songs for the same time period.

Q2 RANK ARTIST SONG TITLE TOP 50 SPINS
1 VOLBEAT “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” 21,853
2 SIXX: A.M. “Rise” 17,947
3 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “My Nemesis” 17,693
4 DISTURBED “The Sound Of Silence” 16,335
5 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Happy Song” 15,419
6 RED SUN RISING “Emotionless” 14,044
7 GHOST “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” 13,065
8 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Dark Necessities” 12,558
9 SHINEDOWN “Asking For It” 12,445
10 HALESTORM “Mayhem” 11,360
11 3 DOORS DOWN “In The Dark” 10,492
12 HELLYEAH “Human” 9,759
13 PAPA ROACH “Falling Apart” 9,458
14 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Paranoia” 8,922
15 DEFTONES “Prayers/Triangles” 8,031
16 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Here I Am” 8,025
17 SICK PUPPIES “Stick To Your Guns” 7,917
18 MUSE “Reapers” 7,570
19 CHEVELLE “Joyride” 7,531
20 POP EVIL “Take It All” 6,315
21 DEVOUR THE DAY “Lightning In The Sky” 6,149
22 KALEO “No Good” 6,018
23 ROB ZOMBIE “Get High” 5,222
24 FOALS “Mountain At My Gates” 5,049
25 ADELITA’S WAY “Bad Reputation” 4,731
26 BLINK 182 “Bored To Death” 4,572
27 HOLY WHITE HOUNDS “Switchblade” 4,211
28 AVATAR “The Eagle Has Landed” 4,163
29 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Running With Giants” 4,039
30 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE “Hate By Design” 3,824
31 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Through It All” 3,511
32 CHEAP TRICK “When I Wake Up Tomorrow” 3,283
33 THROUGH FIRE “Stronger” 3,084
34 MONSTER TRUCK “Don’t Tell Me How To Live” 3,004
35 SEVENDUST “Death Dance” 2,957
36 LIKE A STORM “Break Free” 2,632
37 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Ride” 2,575
38 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Ashes Of Eden” 2,571
39 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “In Chains” 2,445
40 BLACK STONE CHERRY “In Our Dreams” 2,438
41 TRIVIUM “Dead And Gone” 2,255
42 ESCAPE THE FATE “Remember Every Scar” 2,186
43 DEFTONES “Phantom Bride” 2,028
44 ONE LESS REASON “Where Were You?” 1,927
45 THE STRUTS “Kiss This” 1,679
46 BEARTOOTH “Aggressive” 1,610
47 FOO FIGHTERS “Saint Cecilia” 1,600
48 BARONESS “Shock Me” 1,370
49 THRICE “Black Honey” 1,343
50 STITCHED UP HEART “Finally Free” 1,333

 

 

Because SiriusXM’s Octane is the most influential Active Rock station in the country, we are also including the Top 15 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown songs of the second quarter of 2016.  This recap was compiled using a unique ranking system created by Hard Rock Daddy.  This ranking system is based on a formula that awards points for each position on the weekly countdown. Like the Active Rock Chart, these rankings are based solely on numbers, not editorial opinion.

Q2 RANK ARTIST SONG TITLE
1 HELLYEAH “Human”
2 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “My Nemesis”
3 VOLBEAT “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown”
4 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE “Hate By Design”
5 SHINEDOWN “Asking For It”
6 RED SUN RISING “Emotionless”
7 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Paranoia”
8 THRICE “Black Honey”
9 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Defeated”
10 AVATAR “The Eagle Has Landed”
11 PAPA ROACH “Falling Apart”
12 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “In Chains”
13 DISTURBED “The Sound Of Silence”
14 NOTHING MORE “If I Were”
15 BEARTOOTH “Aggressive”

 

Music Discovery Monday – 7/25/16

Music Discovery Monday - Steven Tyler

Music Discovery Monday – 7/25/16

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.

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)

STEVEN TYLER – “Red, White & You”

For nearly half a decade, the rock and roll world could count on Aerosmith to be there like an old friend.  Very few bands are able to remain relevant for that long, much less stay on top of their game.  Aerosmith is one of those bands that inarguably falls into the category of rock and roll legends.

As the saying goes…“all good things must come to an end.”  There have been rumors that Aerosmith may finally be winding down after all these years.  A recent health scare by Joe Perry served as a reminder that we should appreciate legendary bands while they’re still together.

Steven Tyler’s recent release takes the iconic frontman in a different musical direction, but one that will resonate with his fans just the same.  Perhaps if someone else recorded the same songs, it would fall squarely under the umbrella of “country music,” but Tyler’s distinct vocals keep things rock (albeit with a southern flavor).

“Red, White & You” – the debut single off of We’re All Somebody From Somewhere – will have instant appeal for Aerosmith fans, residing in the same wheelhouse as hit songs like “Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” and “Amazing” (to name a few).  This melodic slice of Americana pays homage to Tom Petty in an upbeat, feel-good, summer song kind of way, much like Kid Rock’s homage to Lynyrd Skynyrd, “All Summer Long.”

The current political climate has brought palpable tension to the United States.  Tyler’s “Red, White & You” is a reminder that, despite our differences, we’re all Americans.
 

 
BLACKBERRY SMOKE – “Waiting For The Thunder”

Unlike Steven Tyler, who has just made his first foray into the country/southern rock scene, Blackberry Smoke has been making noise on this scene for over a decade.  The band is about to release their fifth studio album, Like An Arrow“Waiting For The Thunder,” the debut single from the band’s upcoming release, takes you a journey back in time to the days when Lynyrd Skynyrd ruled the roost, and “Saturday Night Special” warned that “the cold barrel wasn’t good for nothin’ but put a man six feet in the hole.”

The stakes are much higher with Blackberry Smoke this time around, with an ominous observation about the state of the world…

“Light the fuse and run now brother ‘cause you ain’t got a lot of time.  Don’t you act surprised when it all goes to hell on your dime.  Maybe you can stand tall enough to look the devil in the eye.  But you better make a getaway quick so you don’t have to answer why.”

Still, if you just enjoy the song for what it is, rather than dissecting the message, the nostalgia will kick in and make you realize that southern rock is alive and well in 2016!
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

OCEANS OF SLUMBER – “Suffer The Last Bridge”

One of the more impressive bands I’ve stumbled upon is Houston Texas’ progressive metal band, Oceans of Slumber.  This female-fronted metal band has everything I love about metal.  The riffs and guitar playing are haunting and heavy.  The drummer has some serious chops, providing the backbone of the rhythm section.  The soulful vocals portray the emotion of the song.  “Suffer The Last Bridge” is a single from the band’s second studio album, Winter.  Keep an eye out for this band!

 

CHILDREN OF BODOM “Morrigan”

This melodic death/thrash metal band from Finland is back with their ninth studio album, I Worship Chaos.  “Morrigan” is everything classic about Children of Bodom; the death metal growls, memorable riffs and great keyboards.  Although this album is not as flashy as their previous albums, it is still a well-written, memorable release that offers proof that Children of Bodom is one of the best bands to have come out of Finland.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

SPELLCASTER – “Betrayal”

Out of Portland, Oregon, Spellcaster has just released their third album.  They play traditional heavy metal with driving twin guitars, a pounding rhythm section, and powerful (but clean) vocals.  The songwriting is excellent, loaded with subtleties and tempo changes that really draw in the listener.

 

KAATO – “High Time”

Last year, vocalist Kurt Lowney (out of Australia) began collaborating with veteran rocker and producer Mitch Malloy (out of Nashville).  The result is a great new band, Kaato, with a newly released debut album by the same name.  This first single, with its energy, groove, and infectious chorus, captures what they seem to be about.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

ERIC CALDERONE w/ ROB LUNDGREN “Aerials Meets Yngwie Malmsteen”

Eric Calderone (also known as “EROCK”) is an amazing guitar player with prodigious talent.  Here we have one of his “Meets Metal” videos, which takes System Of A Down’s “Aerials,” and supercharges it with electrifying speed and virtuosity.  He calls this “Aerials Meets Yngwie Malmsteen.”  The powerful and versatile Rob Lundgren, who seems to be everywhere these days, lends his excellent vocals to this track.  Both musicians are truly impressive to hear and watch.

 

ARION (f. ELIZE RYD) – “At The Break Of Dawn”

“At the Break of Dawn” is a glimpse of what’s to come on the yet-to-be-named second album from Finnish symphonic metal band, Arion. Guest Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) is a great compliment to Lassi Vääränen on vocals for this impassioned, energetic and inspirational song.  Livo Kaipainen’s fast, articulate shredding on guitar is the standout performance amid a great, up-tempo rhythm.

 

SUBMISSIONS

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 7-23-16

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 7-23-16.

The 7-23-16 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 –  “Assume” – SYLAR

#14 –  “Scars” – I PREVAIL

#13 –  “Avalanche” – BRING ME THE HORIZON

#12 –  “Take It All” – POP EVIL

#11 –  “Feel Invincible” – SKILLET

#10 –  “Joyride” – CHEVELLE

# 9 –   “The Eagle Has Landed” – AVATAR

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

# 7 –   “Human” – HELLYEAH

# 6 –   “Paranoia” – A DAY TO REMEMBER

# 5 –   “Defeated” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

# 4 –   “Black Honey” – THRICE

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

# 2 –   “Stronger” – THROUGH FIRE

# 1 –    “Asking For It” – SHINEDOWN

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2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q1

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

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Archives

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 7/21/16

Hard Rock Music Time Machine - Meat Loaf

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 7/21/16

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)

MEAT LOAF – “Life Is A Lemon And I Want My Money Back” (1993)

The sequel to one of the greatest albums of all-time (Bat Out Of Hell), was released nearly 16 years to the day after the original. Although Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell was successful in its own right, aside from “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That),” the singles didn’t have the same impact as the numerous classics from Bat Out Of Hell.  That is more a sign of the times than the quality of the songs, which were also epic and outstanding.

Meat Loaf has once again joined forces with Jim Steinman for Braver Than We Are (due September 2016), but it is not the new release that brought “Life Is A Lemon And I Want My Money Back” to my attention all these years later.  Rather, it is the current state of affairs in the United States, a nation that seems to grow more divided by the day during a contentious election cycle.  Written 23 years ago, the lyrics of the song seem like they could have been written specifically for this election cycle.

I encourage you to pay attention to the lyrics when listening to this song, but even if you don’t, you will enjoy the passionate, theatrical manner in which Meat Loaf brings Steinman’s lyrics to life.
 

 
MEGADETH – “Foreclosure Of A Dream” (1992)

Back in 1992, life in America seemed to be “happier.”  Maybe it was the lack of a 24/7 news cycle; maybe it was the lack of the pot being stirred on social media; or, maybe people were generally happier during simpler times.  Clearly, there were still issues that weighed on many, especially those who paid close attention to the ways of the world like Dave Mustaine, who didn’t need the internet to keep his finger on the pulse of America.

1992’s “Foreclosure Of A Dream” (off of Countdown To Extinction) is a powerful song that taps into the raw, emotional observations made by a clearly enraged Mustaine.  So much has happened in the near quarter of a century since this song was released, and yet, it still seems to be incredibly relevant today.  The more things change…the more they stay the same, I suppose.
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

NAPALM DEATH “Plague Rages” (1994)

One of the pioneers of grindcore/death metal is England’s Napalm Death.  “Plague Rages” – a single from their fifth album, Fear, Emptiness, Despair – is classic death metal at its finest.  The song is full of tuned-low, distorted heaviness, blast beats and death metal growls that incorporate a little industrial metal feel.  Fans of the genre will surely recognize Napalm Death’s influence on the death metal scene.  The band continues to tour to this day, never slowing down since their inception.

 

CELTIC FROST “Into The Crypts Of Rays” (1984)

From the opening feedback and first note, “Into the Crypts of Rays” is head-banging mania for all Celtic Frost fans.  This is the song that turned me on to the whole black metal genre (without the whole face painting thing).  From their first album, Morbid Tales, featuring the guttural vocals of Tom G. Warrior, Motorhead-like speed and dark lyrics, this song propelled the band into being one of the pioneers of black metal.  Although their sound has changed over the years up until their breakup, Celtic Frost has influenced scores of metal bands in the doom/death/black metal categories.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

TNT – “Lonely Nights” (2004)

Like many metal bands that gained fame in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, TNT faced some challenging times in the late ‘90s.  Two albums that saw them trying to update their sound fell flat, causing them to disband briefly.  But their 2004 effort, My Religion, was a total triumph, as they fell back (in part) to their classic sound while finding a balance with their growth as musicians.  The songwriting and execution are strong, and Tony Harnell hits his high notes with energy and emotion.

 

ALDO NOVA – “Always Be Mine” (1983)

Canadian rocker Aldo Nova put out this metal love ballad on his second album, Subject.  It captures a distinctly ‘80s sound with heavy synthesizers, infectious melody, and soaring vocals complete with some dizzying high notes.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

FUTURES END – “Terrors Of War” (2010)

Future’s End burst onto the scene in 2009 to critical acclaim with their only album to date, Memoirs of a Broken Man, which was voted “Best Progressive Metal Album” in USA Progressive Music Magazine’s annual poll.  This band of talented veterans has ties to Testament, Pyramaze, Circle II Circle and Zero Hour.  “Terrors of War” is epic – with guitar work from Christian David Wentz and Marc Pattison that is nothing short of excellent.  What really stands out though, especially on this live video, is Steve DiGiorgio’s bass work and Jon Allen on the drum kit (check them out on the song’s lead-in).  Both are highly active, wide-ranging and exact.  Fred Marshall’s vocals complete the package, with a tone that’s similar to Geoff Tate’s.

 

I AM I – “Stay A While” (2012)

I AM I was founded in 2012 by vocalist ZP Theart after his departure from DragonForce.  Melodic metal is the signature of this UK-based band.  “Stay A While” is instantly appealing from the opening notes of the main theme to the infectious chorus.  Along with Theart’s terrific vocals, Jacob Ziemba’s guitar work stands out.  Heavy on licks that add the metal edge to this track, it culminates with a great solo before fading out with a reprise.  Their sophomore album, which is complete but yet to be released, has a different lineup that then original (except for Theart).  The album was expected last December, when the band was deciding on which label to go with.  Hopefully we’ll see that soon.

Rock and Roll Cover Songs…1955 – 1964: A Journey Back in Time

Rock and Roll Cover Songs - 1955-1964

By Adam Waldman

Hard Rock Daddy was launched in March of 2013 (the month of my dad’s birthday), but the foundation for the site was actually laid long before I became a dad myself.

In my youth, my family would pile into our yellow Cadillac Coupe De Ville on Long Island and head towards New York City to visit my grandmother on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  We didn’t have smartphones or iPods to entertain ourselves.  Hell, we didn’t even have Walkmans yet, so we listened to the music that my dad chose, which was always WCBS-FM (a NYC “Oldies” station).  Listening to another station was not up for debate.  The only debate that took place back then was between my two siblings and me fighting not to have to sit on “the hump” in the middle of the back seat.

For my dad, WCBS-FM was the last bastion of “real music” (which he defined as anything from the mid ‘50s-mid ‘60s).  I vividly remember him telling us that there was no good music made after 1964.  Of course, I didn’t agree, but his passion for “real music” was passed down to me. During the ride home from the city, we usually listened to Don K. Reed’s Doo Wop Shop.  With no other choice but to listen to the music in the car, I developed an appreciation for Doo Wop music.

My dad painted such a vivid picture about life in the ‘50s, and the soundtrack of his youth, that it made me nostalgic for a time period that I never experienced (at least not firsthand).  I felt like his descriptions came to life when I watched the movie Grease, and even more so when I watched my favorite childhood television show, Happy Days.

My dad tragically passed away 15 years ago today, but he left an impression on me that will last a lifetime.  Today, as I mourn his loss, I am also mourning the loss of Garry Marshall, who passed away yesterday at the age of 81.  Like my dad, Marshall also left a lasting impression on me by helping to shape the nostalgic moments of my youth with his television shows (including Happy Days).

To honor my dad, on what is always a somber day reflecting upon what might have been if he wasn’t taken from us before my children were born, I have put together a playlist of songs from his era that were covered by artists of my era.  The YouTube playlist below features both the original and rock and roll cover versions of each song.  Enjoy this nostalgic journey back in time…

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“Ain’t That A Shame”Cheap Trick (1979) / Fats Domino (1955)

“Summertime Blues”The Who (1979) / Eddie Cochrane (1958)

“Johnny B. Goode”Judas Priest (1988) / Chuck Berry (1958)

“Sea Of Love”The Honeydrippers (1985) / Phil Phillips (1959)

“Dancing In The Streets”Van Halen (1982) / Martha Reeves & The Vandellas (1964)

“(Oh) Pretty Woman”Van Halen (1982) / Roy Orbison (1964)

“Remember (Walking In The Sand)”Aerosmith (1980) / The Shangri-Las (1964)

“The Leader Of The Pack”Twisted Sister (1985) / The Shangri-Las (1964)

 

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 7/30/16

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 7/30/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. CHEVELLE – The North Corridor
      2. NONPOINT – Poison Red
      3. INVENT, ANIMATE – Stillworld
      4. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      5. VARIOUS ARTISTS – 2016 Warped Tour Compilation
      6. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      7. VANNA – All Hell
      8. GONE IS GONE – Gone Is Gone
      9. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      10. BIG BUSINESS – Command Your Weather
      11. GOJIRA – Magma
      12. HELLYEAH – Unden!able
      13. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark Before Dawn
      14. PIERCE THE VEIL – Misadventures
      15. WHITECHAPEL – Mark Of The Blade

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