Monthly Archives: October 2016

Music Discovery Monday – 10/31/16

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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, in a Hard Rock Daddy exclusive, Beasto Blanco’s Chuck Garric and Calico Cooper discuss covering the Alice Cooper classic, “Feed My Frankenstein.” 

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)

BEASTO BLANCO – “Feed My Frankenstein”

Showcasing a cover of Alice Cooper’s “Feed My Frankenstein” is high praise any day, but to do so on Halloween?   You know that this is no ordinary cover!  Cooper himself has given this version his seal of approval.  He may be a little biased given that the band was formed by his longtime bassist, Chuck Garric, and features backing vocals by Cooper’s daughter, Calico.  However, I am not at all biased, and I couldn’t agree with him more.

Beasto Blanco knocked it out of the park with their interpretation of “Feed My Frankenstein,” perfectly threading the needle of staying true to the original while making it their own.  You can sum up this song as “beauty and the beast.”  Calico Cooper adds a seductive quality to the song that you wouldn’t think possible.  Her soft beauty sets the stage for Garric’s beastly vocals to grab you by the throat.  The “beauty and the beast” theme isn’t limited to just the vocals.  The beauty of the acoustic guitars offers a brilliant contrast to the beastly riffs of Chris Latham and the dark, pulsating rhythms of Jan LeGrow and Tim Husing.

“Feed My Frankenstein” is the song that introduced me to Beasto Blanco recently, but it is only the tip of the iceberg.  Look for much more from this kickass band in the near future on Hard Rock Daddy.

 

In an exclusive interview with Hard Rock Daddy, Chuck Garric shared his thoughts on covering “Feed My Frankenstein”

“When Beasto Blanco thought about doing a cover song, there were several that came across the table.  We actually recorded more than just ‘Feed My Frankenstein.’  There are several different songs out there that have meaning or significance to the band, but I’ve always wanted to record our own version of an Alice Cooper song.  Obviously, it makes sense with me being his band for as long as I have, and having the relationship with Calico as well.

We wanted to pick something that we could make sound like our own. We had three or four different versions of the song that we came up with, and focused on how to make my interaction with Calico interesting for the listeners.

There’s a certain dynamic that Calico and I have on stage, sort of these Bonnie & Clyde villain type characters.  We kind of play off of each other on stage, and you can see that in the video for ‘Feed My Frankenstein.’  We wanted to approach our version lyrically as well, so it’s sort of like Little Red Riding Hood and the big bad wolf.  That was the thought process behind the verses of the song.

Most people would think that the song is called ‘Feed My Frankenstein,’ so why would you think of the big bad wolf?  But, there’s so much in the lyrics, and what are they really talking about?  It’s not necessarily the actual Frankenstein monster.  There’s innuendos as well, so it’s up to the listener.

Calico has already proven that she can scream, but she sang the main verse with the cleaner vocals.  Everything started to take shape around the harmonies between us.  She added that sort of sensual way of singing, a teasing if you will.  When my part comes in, it’s like the beast, and they’re starting to interact, and then…BAM!  Here comes the chorus of us together.

This is the band’s second album, and this song really helped us to discover who we are as a band.

 

On Alice Cooper’s thoughts about the song…

“He loves it!  I remember the first time that I played it for Alice.  His jaw hit the ground.  He told me that he never thought that the song could sound sexy, and that we just killed it.”

 

Calico Cooper shared her thoughts with Hard Rock Daddy…

“I was wary (at first) to do a cover of my dad’s song, but when the guys played me the music, I barely recognized it.  It was so creative and inspired.  It’s so Beasto.  So, I put down vocals the way it made me feel, kinda creepy and sexy. I love the cover, and I’m glad we did it.”

 

 

ANTHRAX – “Monster At The End”

In a day and age when album sales are far less than they once were, a true testament to the greatness of For All Kings (Anthrax’s latest album) is the recent strongest one-week sales performance since 1993’s Sound Of White Noise.  It almost seems like sacrilege when artists have a number of classic albums to call their latest release their best, but Anthrax has arguably delivered the best album of their career with For All Kings.

“Breathing Lightning,” the previous single from the album, enjoyed radio success, but not nearly as much as it deserved.  “Monster At The End” is likely to be underappreciated as well.  Of “The Big Four,” Metallica and Megadeth get the most love at radio.  Slayer gets the least, but then again, they are simply too heavy for a lot of mainstream rock stations.  Anthrax, on the other hand, has captured a radio-friendly sound with tracks like “Monster At The End,” and should be getting as much (if not more) attention from radio.  Don’t wait for radio to give Anthrax their just due.  Make sure to check out “Monster At The End” if you haven’t already.  It’s a perfect song for Halloween (and the rest of the year for that matter).
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

LAMB OF GOD – “The Duke”

Even though Lamb Of God doesn’t have a new full-length album, I’ll take what I can get.  Their new song, “The Duke,” is everything I love about the band.  They always strive to be fresh and new.  The trademark Lamb of God sound is there, with Chris Adler’s flawless double-bass drumming, complemented by John Campbell, Mark Morton and Willie Adler’s heavy riffage.  When Randy Blythe starts singing, it all comes together beautifully.  No stranger to clean vocals, Blythe belts this song out to the best of his vocal abilities (even layering in a few death metal screams for good measure).  This song was a tribute to a longtime fan, and was written with heartfelt emotion.  I would expect nothing less from Lamb of God.

 

RED FANG – “Not For You”

Stoner/hard rockers Red Fang is back with their fourth album, Only Ghosts.  Red Fang continues their tradition of heavily distorted, sludgy guitars and punk attitude.  In addition to their songwriting, the vocals are both melodic and catchy, motioning to the listener to sing along.  Fans of Mastodon and Queens of the Stone Age should definitely give this a listen.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

BAD FLOWERS – “City Lights”

This British trio channels Led Zeppelin with blues rock tunes thick with groove and driving rhythms.  This is one of just four songs from their sixteen-minute self-titled debut EP.  Tom Leighton’s clean, melodic vocals match up perfectly with the infectious music.

 

IRON CURTAIN – “Into The Fire”

Traditional heavy metal is alive and well in Spain, as demonstrated by this quartet on their sophomore album, Guilty As Charged.  This new single from the album gallops out of the gate and never lets up, with a pounding rhythm section and twin guitar harmonies.

 

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

My Rock and Roll Journey: Adam Troy – Sonic X – Chapter 2

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Written by Adam Troy (SONIC X)

Living in New York City was like a candy store of entertainment. There was no shortage of inspiration to set me on “My Rock and Roll Journey.”  I grew up with the type of entertainment that eventually led me to the rock world.  Crazy as it may seem, I fed of off entertainment icons like Evel Knievel, The Barnum & Bailey Circus, The Harlem Globetrotters, Broadway plays and street performers on the subway platforms.  These entertainers all played a huge role in my desire, drive and will to entertain.  To this day, I incorporate everything that I saw growing up in that environment.  It’s steeped deep inside my soul, like the influence that Teddy Pendergrass had on me (as discussed in Chapter 1).

The first “instrument” that landed in my hands was a hair brush (as a microphone).    The recorder was the first actual instrument that I learned how to play.  I played it because I had to, but it sucked.  Next was the violin.  It sucked too!  I bought my first guitar around the time that I was in 7th grade…a black Flying V made by Hondo.  Man, did I think I was cool!  I noodled around and learned some chords, but I sucked.  These were the days of Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads.  The wheel had already been invented (so to speak), and I wasn’t going to re-invent it.  After a few years of frustration, I decided to try something else…singing.  Who knew that would be the answer?

I had three very distinct vocal coaches.  The first (and most unusual) was an old Romanian woman named Olga.  I took one lesson with Olga.  She smacked my hand with a ruler when I hit some bad notes…NEXT!  The second was a woman who gave me great encouragement, and told me that I could be and sing anything I wanted (kinda like having your mom telling you that you could be president).  She was nice, but I felt that I needed more.  A musician friend of mine directed me to my third vocal coach, a man who I hold dear in my heart to this day…Ron Feldman.

Ron had quite a resume of famous and accomplished artists that he had worked with.  I went to him every week for a year-and-a-half…singing scales and songs, and asking tons of questions about everything music and music industry related.  What Ron taught me was not only how to sing, but also about what it meant to be in what he would say “The Business of Show.”

That was a very true statement on his part, and it is still with me today. He would say to me…“young man, sound as good as you look, and look as good as you sound and ALWAYS sing your ass off!”  I was inspired by his words and the time he invested in me as I joined my first professional rock band, Trixx.

Trixx played the local dive bars for shit money, covering every band on the radio and selling beer from the stage.  I loved it!  I took this adventure very seriously.  I always strived to get bigger gigs in bigger rooms for bigger crowds and more money.  I was well aware early on of the business aspect of music, and was driven to be BIGGER.

I eventually left Trixx and formed a touring band called Rage of Angels, where I learned the tools and tricks of the trade.  We played every bar from Key West to Fayetteville, North Carolina (and everywhere in between).

We packed four guys from the band and a two-man crew into a 1976, green, two-door Ford Thunderbird, and an old 24-foot truck that had spiders coming out of the air vents.  This is how I became “seasoned,” playing music with my best friends without a care in the world other than…“do we have enough gas money to get to the next gig?”

In Chapter 3 of “My Rock n Roll Journey,” I tell the tale of being escorted from one of our shows by an armed member of our crew, and talk about the girls, the booze, the drugs and a $1500 bar tab! 

RELATED ARTICLES:

My Rock and Roll Journey: Adam Troy – Sonic X – Chapter 1

MORE “MY ROCK AND ROLL JOURNEY” STORIES

TONY HOUSH – Seasons After

SAL COSTA – Smashing Satellites

JOEY “CHICAGO” WALSER – Devour The Day

ADAM TROY – Sonic X

SHAUN SOHO – Crash Midnight

TONY LA SELVA – Ugly Melon

MICHAEL DEL PIZZO – Sunflower Dead

NATHAN COLUCCI – The BallRoom Babies

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 10-29-16

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 10-29-16.

10-29-16 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 – “The Duke” – LAMB OF GOD

#14 – “Amnesia” – RED SUN RISING

#13 – “Square Hammer” – GHOST

#12 – “My Name Is Human” – HIGHLY SUSPECT

#11 – “How Did You Love” – SHINEDOWN

#10 – “Stuck In Your Head” – I PREVAIL

# 9 –  “Devil’s Calling” – PARKWAY DIRVE

# 8 –  “Stranded” – GOJIRA

# 7 –  “Seal The Deal” – VOLBEAT

# 6 –  “Remember We Die” – GEMINI SYNDROME

# 5 –   “Push” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

# 4 –  “I Apologize” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 3 –  “Moth Into Flame” – METALLICA

# 2 –  “Rotting In Vain” – KORN

# 1 –   “The Stage” – AVENGED SEVENFOLD

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2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q3

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Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2015

Top 135 Hard Rock Songs of 2015

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2014

Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Archives

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 10/27/16

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 10/27/16

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.

This month’s theme is Halloween-related songs.

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)

ICED EARTH – “Dracula” (2001)

It’s hard to think of a better album than Iced Earth’s Horror Show to commemorate Halloween.  Every track on the album is based on classic monsters and horror movie icons, so choosing just one track was no easy task.  Ultimately, I decided upon “Dracula” for nostalgic reasons.

“Dracula” brings back memories of dressing up as a vampire as a kid.  I distinctly remember one Halloween where I had my entire face painted white, before adding the classic black widow’s peak on top of it.  There weren’t many hair styling products available back then, so I greased my hair back with Vasoline (which, by the way, was a nightmare to get out).  Thinking back to that Halloween, I can vividly recall the feeling of mumbling “trick or treat” over the plastic vampire teeth in my mouth, and the fake lines of blood that ran down the corners of my lips.  When I put on my black cape, I became Dracula.

Of course, “Dracula” is also a hauntingly powerful song that showcases the beauty of Matt Barlow’s natural voice, and his immense range with high notes that seem to cry out in pain.  It is an epic anthem that features the vastly underrated guitar playing of Jon Schaffer, and the drumming of Richard Christy (of Howard Stern fame).  Anyone who is familiar with Christy knows about his unbridled passion for Halloween.  This album was his first with Iced Earth (which seems appropriate).
 

 
THE WHO – “Boris The Spider” (1966)

The second track on The Who’s second album (A Quick One) is unlike anything else in their catalog.  “Boris The Spider” is the first song that bassist John Entwistle wrote for the band (after a night of drinking with Rolling Stones’ bassist, Bill Wyman, who just turned 80 this week).  Although the song is considered to be a “horror song,” you can’t help but appreciate the campy aspect of it.  As you might expect, “Boris The Spider” has a heavy bass line, but the part of the song that Entwistle is most known for is the low vocal bass tones that he hits when he sings the title of the song.  This is the first time that we’ve gone back as far as 50 years on Hard Rock Music Time Machine.  It’s hard to think of a song that better captures the spirit of Halloween than this classic song by The Who.
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

KING DIAMOND – “Halloween” (1986)

Halloween just isn’t Halloween without the high falsettos, painted face and demonic portrayals of King Diamond.  From their debut album, Fatal Portrait, “Halloween” is classic King Diamond that features the intricate guitar work of Andy LaRocque and Michael Denner, and the furious drumming of Mikkey Dee.  This album (and song) is an essential piece of metal history as much as Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden.  King Diamond’s vocals are immediately recognizable.  His songwriting and compositions are eerie, filled with emotional dread and despair, and an overall evil mood.  Fatal Portrait remains as one of the classic albums of all time in heavy metal, and a perfect jam for Halloween.

 

MISFITS – “Halloween” (1981)

In the heavy metal and horror punk genre, there is no shortage of Halloween-themed songs.  Case in point, the classic “Halloween” and “Halloween II” by the Misfits.  Any band that can write campy lyrics about dead cats, burning bodies, candy apples and razor blades is a band that truly understands the meaning of Halloween fun.  Who better than the Misfits to write a song such as this?  The Misfits are legends in the punk genre, and probably one of the most influential bands in punk history.  Fronted by Glenn Danzig with Jerry Only, Bobby Steele, Doyle and Arthur Googy, this band made popular devilocks and their Misfits Fiend Skull (which can be seen on shirts and stickers everywhere).  The band recently reunited with Dave Lombardo on drums, which should prove to be very interesting.  Crank this up and scare your neighbors…Happy Halloween!
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

POWERWOLF  “When The Moon Shines Red” (2007)

In 2003, two guitar-playing brothers took on the pseudonyms Charles and Matthew Greywolf, and founded a German power metal band devoted to dark themes.  This song of foreboding comes from their 2007 sophomore album, Lupus Dei.  It’s a concept album about a wolf trying to free himself from his bloodlust.

 

AT VANCE  “The Evil In You” (1999)

In 1998, singer Oliver Hartmann and guitarist Olaf Lenk formed the German power metal band At Vance.  In 2003, Hartmann left the band to pursue his solo career, yielding vocal duties to current vocalist Mats Leven.  This is the title track from Leven’s first album with the band–and an excellent one for Halloween!
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

TROUBLE – “The Wolf” (1984)

A deep cut off of Trouble’s incredible, eponymous first album, “The Wolf” sets a menacing and sinister tone before the tempo takes off.  The great rasp of Eric Wagner adds even more depth to the mood of the song (along with Bruce Franklin’s excellent guitar work).  A worthy ode to all the werewolves out there this Halloween.

 

DIO  “Dream Evil” (1987)

Dio’s 1987 release, Dream Evil, was the band’s fourth studio album.  The title track is a classic, dark Dio tune, with his vocals shining through a murky rhythm line and ominous theme.  The song’s warning message is akin to “Don’t Talk To Strangers” from Holy Diver.  This great lineup featured Craig Goldy on guitar, Jimmy Bain on Bass, Vinny Appice on drums and Claude Schnell on the keys.  A little trivia: Dream Evil was Dio’s last album to feature Murray on the cover.

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 11/5/16

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 11/5/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN – Dissociation
      2. JIMI HENDRIX – Machine Gun:  The Filmore East : First Show 12/31/1969
      3. RED FANG – Only Ghosts
      4. ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero
      5. MESHUGGAH – The Violent Sleep Of Reason
      6. SKILLET – Unleashed
      7. DANCE GAVIN DANCE – Mothership
      8. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      9. DISCIPLE – Long Live The Rebels
      10. OPETH – Sorceress
      11. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      12. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
      13. GHOST – Popestar (EP)
      14. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA -Transit Blues
      15. DARKTHRONE – Arctic Thunder

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums Archives

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 10/22/16

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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.

2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q3

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 10/22/16.  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 PRETTY RECKLESS “Take Me Down” 2192
2 2 GREEN DAY “Bang Bang” 1969
3 3 SKILLET “Feel Invincible” 1661
4 5 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 1570
5 4 KORN “Rotting In Vain” 1479
6 8 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 1395
7 6 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize” 1390
8 9 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 1293
9 7 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1225
10 11 HELLYEAH “I Don’t Care Anymore” 1021
11 16 GHOST “Square Hammer” 849
12 13 THRICE “Black Honey” 818
13 14 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 755
14 10 METALLICA “Hardwired” 705
15 12 SIXX: A.M. “Prayers For The Damned” 691
16 35 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 664
17 15 CITIZEN ZERO “Go (Let Me Save You)” 624
18 21 DINOSAUR PILE-UP “11:11” 596
19 18 ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader” 525
20 19 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 505
21 20 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 492
22 22 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Heathens” 396
23 27 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 394
24 17 PROPHETS OF RAGE “Prophets Of Rage” 392
25 30 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 389
26 28 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die” 377
27 25 KALEO “Way Down We Go” 343
28 26 3 DOORS DOWN “Still Alive” 325
29 40 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 304
30 31 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 294
31 29 ISLANDER “Bad Guy” 290
32 32 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Push” 286
33 33 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 267
34 38 ONE LESS REASON “Break Me” 249
35 37 TRAPT “It’s Over” 242
36 44 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 231
37 36 OF MICE & MEN “Real” 229
38 24 ZAKK WYLDE (f. COREY TAYLOR) “Sleeping Dogs” 229
39 41 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 223
40 39 PARKWAY DRIVE “Devil’s Calling” 207
41 42 I PREVAIL “Stuck In Your Head” 187
42 43 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 186
43 45 TWELVE FOOT NINJA “Invincible” 185
44 46 JIMMY EAT WORLD “Sure and Certain” 164
45 49 ADELITAS WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace) 129
46 54 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 124
47 48 RIVAL SONS “Thundering Voices” 112
48 53 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 108
49 47 SHALLOW SIDE “Rebel” 99
50 87 GREEN DAY “Still Breathinhg” 97

 

 

GOODBYE JUNE – “Oh No”

Every once in a while, a song cracks the Active Rock top 50 that sounds so unique that it makes you stand up and take notice.  Such is the case with Goodbye June’s “Oh No.”  It gives you hope that bands rooted in classic rock can find their place on Active Rock radio, because otherwise, there is no natural radio format for them. “Oh No” starts off with a boot-stomping shuffle before Landon Milbourn’s gritty, bluesy Steven Tyler-esque vocals kick in over punk-laden riffs. As the song progresses, you can hear shades of classic Zeppelin.  “Oh No” is like a three minute and forty second shot of pure adrenaline. The name of this band came on the heels of a tragic life event that took place over a decade ago, and yet, Goodbye June plays with an almost defiant zest for life.  We can only hope that they get the attention that they deserve, because the sky is the limit based on their talent.
 

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

Things are finally starting to get interesting at the top.  With Green Day’s follow-up single to “Bang Bang” cracking the top 50 this week, they are now in the same situation as Metallica where they are cannibalizing their own spins.  With solid gains once again by Skillet (“Feel Invincible”) and Disturbed (“Open Your Eyes”), there’s a decent chance that one will knock Green Day out of the top 2.  Pretty Reckless’s “Take Me Down” took a step backwards after reclaiming the top spot last week, but unless their spins drop significantly next week, they will likely hold on to the #1 for at least another week.  Metallica’s “Moth Into Flame” continues to make nice strides, as does Highly Suspect’s “My Name Is Human.”  These two (along with Avenged Sevenfold’s “The Stage”) will be the next wave of songs fighting for the top, probably before the end of the year. Unless there is a sudden surge by one of them, or a drop by Skillet and Disturbed, it looks like these two will be battling for the position that Pretty Reckless is likely to vacate in the next two weeks.
 

 

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…

FROM ASHES TO NEW“The Last Time”

9 ELECTRIC“The Damaged Ones”

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

BLACK STONE CHERRY“Soul Machine”

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Heart Of War”

ART OF DYING“Torn Down”

DOPE “Hold On”

SILVERTUNG“Devil’s Advocate”

 

DROP IT…

Jimmy Eat World“Sure And Certain”

Twenty One Pilots – “Heathens”

Dinosaur Pile-Up “11:11”

Kaleo“Way Down We Go”

Kings Of Leon“Waste A Moment”

Three Doors Down “Still Alive”

Green Day“Bang Bang”

Metallica“Hardwired”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

An unchanged top 3 leaves Pretty Reckless still at the top spot on the latest Mediabase Active Rock Airplay ChartBoth the current #1 and the preceding song from Green Day saw declines in airplay, but nothing remotely close enough to bring Skillet’s 20-week old contender all that close to a shakeup.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Hellyeah returns to the Top 10 after a week’s absence…  

Avenged Sevenfold soars into the Top 20 while almost tripling their airplay …

Shinedown cracks the Top 30 …

A trio of songs new to the Top 40, led by the latest single from Breaking Benjamin

New to the Top 50 are a trio of tracks that include the debut of Through Fire, the renamed & reconfigured remnants of Emphatic.
 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Metallica“Moth Into Flame”

Highly Suspect – “My Name Is Human”

Avenged Sevenfold“The Stage”

 

FALLING

Green Day“Bang Bang”

Metallica“Hardwired”

Sixx: A.M.“Prayers For The Damned”
 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

Radio plays it safe once again, mostly standing pat while waiting for the next song from a big name format staple to ripen.

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 10/24/16

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Music Discovery Monday – 10/24/16

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)

AIRBOURNE “It’s All For Rock N’ Roll”

These days, you hear a lot of noise being made about the death of rock n’ roll.  It’s simply not true.  However, 2016 has been a rough year for rock n’ roll when it comes to the loss of iconic rock legends.  Perhaps the greatest loss for the genre was the passing of Lemmy Kilmister.  Although he is gone, Lemmy will not soon be forgotten by the masses or by the artists that he inspired.

One of the bands that toured extensively with Motorhead is Australia’s Airbourne.  In fact, Lemmy played the part of a truck driver in the promo video for “Runnin’ Wild” (the title track of Airbourne’s debut album).  Lemmy’s passing – along with memories of other hard living rockers like Bon Scott and Keith Moon – helped to inspire this rock n’ roll anthem that is very much is the same vein as fellow Australians, AC/DC.  “It’s All For Rock N’ Roll” is more than just a tribute to fallen rock icons.  This song is for everyone who loves rock n’ roll, from the fans to the crew to those on stage.  Rock n’ roll is more than just music; it’s a lifestyle whose essence is perfectly captured in this fist-pumping anthem.
 

 
THE RADIO SUN – “Standing On The Edge Of Love”

Australia is home to more than just AC/DC, and bands inspired by AC/DC (like Airbourne).  One of the more underrated bands that hails from Down Under is The Radio Sun, a melodic rock band that will make you nostalgic for the carefree days of the ‘80s.  If there was a sub-genre for “feel-good” rock songs, “Standing On The Edge Of Love” would be a perfect fit.  Sweet, powerful vocal harmonies are complemented by arena rock riffs and a guitar leads that take you on a trip back in time.  If you’re a fan of Journey, Def Leppard and Nelson’s early work, you’re going to love The Radio Sun!
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

WOVENWAR – “Censorship”

For those into metalcore, and wondering what happened to As I Lay Dying, Wovenwar is the answer.  After As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis went away to prison, the remaining members formed Wovenwar in 2013.  Honor is Dead, the band’s sophomore release, continues the metalcore spirit with heavy riffs and a mix of screaming and clean vocals by Shane Blay (Oh, Sleeper).  Wovenwar’s sound may remind listeners of As I Lay Dying, but with a slight change in vocal direction.  With a brutal, metalcore sound, Wovenwar is destined to make its mark as a new band that stands on its own.

 

DARK TRANQUILITY – “Atoma”

One of the longest-lasting Swedish melodic death metal bands, Dark Tranquility, is set to release their eleventh studio album, Atoma.  The band has been around since the late ‘80s, and it seems that their music gets better and better with age.  Dark Tranquility is a perfect example of no-frills, straight-forward, melodic death metal that doesn’t use gimmicks.  All of the musicians are extremely talented on their instruments, and the songwriting is top-notch.  The choruses will make you want to sing and growl along, and the use of clean vocals in between the growls just adds to the song’s mood.  Give this album a listen.  I guarantee it will make you a fan.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

EXISTANCE  “Breaking the Rock”

Old school metal is alive and well in France, as demonstrated by the blistering riffs and pounding rhythm of this title track from Existance’s latest album.  This track stands out on an album that bounds with endless energy, clean (but powerful) vocals, and twin guitar harmonies.

 

KEE MARCELLO “Wild Child”

Guitarist and vocalist Kee Marcello has left his hair metal days with Europe far behind him, focusing instead on a bluesier melodic hard rock.  “Wild Child” comes from his fourth solo album, Scaling Up.  Interestingly, although it sounds nothing like Europe, this one was originally recorded as a demo for their 1991 Prisoners in Paradise album.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

FATES WARNING – “Seven Stars”

“Seven Stars” breaks from the gates with a great intro, surrounded by the excellent rhythm line supplied by Joey Vera (bass) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums).  Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti add wailing lead guitars and heavy chords.  Ray Alder’s tremendous vocals complete this all-around great track whose theme and chorus are instantly appealing and memorable.  This tune is from Fate’s most recent release, Theories of Flight.

 

ARIADNA PROJECT – “Face My Destiny”

Argentina’s Ariadna Project has been belting out melodic power metal since the early 2000s.  This track is from their third full-length album, Novus Mundus.  “Face My Destiny” is bold and introspective with a bright and determined rhythm (along with supporting arrangements).  Heavy chords provide a dramatic backdrop for Emmanuel Gerbam’s excellent vocals and the brilliant guitar work of Rodrigo Alejandro Gudiña.

 

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My Rock and Roll Journey: Joey “Chicago” Walser – Devour The Day – Chapter 2

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Written by Joey “Chicago” Walser (DEVOUR THE DAY)

When I was 14 years old, the world was beckoning me in every direction with beautiful questions.  Life felt like an endless hallway of unopened doors, and I wanted to see what was behind all of them.  I was a freshman in high school and had no idea how complicated life would become, but I didn’t really think about it.  I was right there in the moment and I didn’t want to miss anything.

A lot of big moments happened that year.  I was a part of an undefeated sports team.  I drove a car for the first time (when I snuck out of my house in the middle of the night for the first time).  I won a ribbon at the first art show that I entered.  I smoked weed for the first time.  I had my first “real” girlfriend. and I lost my virginity.  I also made a decision that would end up being one of the most vital of my life.  Sometimes I think about how much it changed my course, and how much it led me to where I am now.  I wonder if I would have met my best friend.  I wonder if I would have traveled. I wonder if I would have had my children.  It almost seems unreal.

I had been trying to write little pieces of music on my dad’s acoustic guitar a lot that year.  I found myself fumbling around on the old Martin’s fret board more and more.  The only song I learned was “Smoke on the Water,” because my father had taught it to me.  I wasn’t really interested in learning other people’s music though, because it didn’t give me any satisfaction. It definitely wasn’t that I didn’t appreciate previously written music; I most certainly did.  I was listening to every kind of music that I could get my hands on.  Funk, reggae, jazz, hip-hop and rock and roll were my lifelines to a life not yet lived.  Every new discovery was decorated in sonic mystery.

I had been in the school band since the fourth grade playing clarinet and saxophone, but beyond the basic ideas of conception and arrangement, I had no idea how any of it was made, so my brain processed it the only way that it could.  I remember in the beginning how colorful music was in my head.  I had always been a visual person, and each sound inspired bursts of vibrant changing color, like paint being thrown into a black room without gravity.  I saw the colors swirling and mixing, floating and dashing in all directions as each new sound overtook me for the first time.  I became obsessed with hearing anything and everything musically (as long as it was new to me).  Sure, I had my “go-to” bands and jams that were my favorites, but I was constantly adding to my collection.  I wanted to hear it all.  Merely appreciating the artists and their art wasn’t enough though; I wanted to join their ranks.  I wanted to craft my own bursts of floating color, and I set out to do just that.

I wrote music like I painted.  I didn’t know where any of my ideas were headed when I started, but when I let it, the artwork would start to show itself to me.  I often found myself cataloging the music that I had written by the patterns my fingers made as I played.  Even when I was younger, and playing in the school band, I had memorized the patterns needed to play my assigned music, not relying upon the written music itself.  Maybe that’s part of the reason that I didn’t want to learn other people’s music.  Doing so felt academic and forced.

As my collection of little riffs and patterns began to grow, I began to notice that I was drawn to one particular aspect.  I was drawn to, what I felt was, the driving backbone of what a song would be.  I realized pretty quickly that I was writing bass lines.  I would play these lines and patterns over and over in my basement, begging my fingers to get stronger and more precise. The acoustic guitar wasn’t enough.  It was small and thin and too quiet.  I wanted to move air. I also wanted my own identity, and was drawn to the electric bass.  My heroes were bass players who were always behind the scenes. Everyone knows the singer, but if you really love a band, you know all of the members (at least that’s how I felt).  I realize that I sound like a spokesman for underappreciated, hardworking octave lows everywhere.

That Christmas, I asked for one thing and one thing alone.  When Christmas morning finally arrived, I was shaking with anticipation.  I knew what I was getting because I had made it clear that my life would be over without that instrument!

I’ll never forget holding my first bass.  It was an Ibanez four-string.  It had a wood-grain finish (just like the bass I play on stage today).  It was beautiful.  It was perfect.  It felt as though I had had a ghost limb for the first fourteen years of my life, and the appendage has just been returned to me.  It was like it was always supposed to have been there.  I think now about how many times this instrument has been there for me, and how many years I have depended on it to provide for my family and to support my dreams.  I felt the weight of all of it when I held it in my hands for the first time…I was complete.

I couldn’t do this alone though, this dream of mine.  I needed a team.  I needed a band………

Tune in to Chapter 3 of “My Rock and Roll Journey,” to see how the story unfolds…

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 10-22-16

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 10-22-16.

The 10-22-16 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 – “The Worst In Me” – BAD OMENS

#14 –  “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)” – ADELITA’S WAY

#13 –  “Square Hammer” – GHOST

#12 –  “Stuck In Your head” – I PREVAIL

#11 –  “Amnesia” – RED SUN RISING

#10 –  “My Name Is Human” – HIGHLY SUSPECT

# 9 –   “Seal The Deal” – VOLBEAT

# 8 –   “Remember We Die” – GEMINI SYNDROME

# 7 –   “Push” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

# 6 –   “How Did You Love” – SHINEDOWN

# 5 –   “Open Your Eyes” – DISTURBED

# 4 –   “I Apologize” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 3 –   “Moth Into Flame” – METALLICA

# 2 –   “The Stage” – AVENGED SEVENFOLD

# 1 –    “Rotting In Vain” – KORN

 

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 10/20/16

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 10/20/16

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)

MOTLEY CRUE – “Mutherfucker Of The Year” (2008)

Although Motley Crue only finished touring recently, their last studio album was actually released in 2008.  Saints Of Los Angeles is not only the most underrated Crue album ever, it is also one of the more underrated hard rock albums in recent memory.  This was the first album that featured the entire original lineup in over a decade.  This 2008 release is loosely based on The Dirt (which was the original title of the album).  What’s interesting about the album is that it was predominantly written by the members of Sixx: A.M. (although Mick Mars also contributed on this song).

“Mutherfucker Of The Year” is an edgy, bombastic, in-your-face anthem that is sonically huge, and seems to be lyrically self-deprecating.  I can’t say for sure what inspired the song, but as is the case with most songs, interpretation is often times left to the eye (or ears) of the beholder.  Even though it is far less known than the band’s biggest hits, it is one of my favorite Crue songs of all-time.

As the year draws to a close, there will be numerous lists commemorating the “best of” the year, but what about acknowledging the “Mutherfucker Of The Year?”  Even though I won’t be releasing such a list, there are a number of names that I could easily nominate (with one standing above all others).  Check out the lyrics to the song as you listen to it, and think about who you might nominate as your personal “Mutherfucker Of The Year.”
 

 
TWISTED SISTER – “Burn In Hell” (1984)

It’s hard to say that anything off of Stay Hungry is as underrated as Motley Crue’s Saints Of Los Angeles, but a number of tracks from the album exist in the larger-than-life shadow cast by two of the greatest hard rock anthems of all-time – “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock.”  Like those classics, Twisted Sister created a music video that feels like a short movie.  The video features Pee Wee Herman and a creepy clown (which seems particularly apropos given recent current events).

“Burn In Hell” showcases the darker side of Twisted Sister, which is no surprise given Dee Snider’s love of horror films.  More than any other album, 1984’s Stay Hungry features the music that takes me back in time to one of the best summers of my life.  I love the whole album, but back then, I definitely favored the two anthems and “The Price” more than the other tracks.  Today, “Burn In Hell” hits a more personal, deep-meaning chord, especially the lyrics…

“Take a good look in your heart, tell me what do you see?  It’s black and it’s dark, now is that how you want it to be?  It’s up to you, what you do will decide your own fate.  Make your choice now, for tomorrow may be far too late.”
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

WOODS OF YPRES “I Was Buried In Mount Pleasant Cemetery” (2011)

“I Was Buried In Mount Pleasant Cemetery” is a haunting tune from Woods Of Ypres’ Woods IV: The Green Album.  This Canadian doom metal band is different from the typical bands in this genre, and simply too good to ignore.  Their lyrics are almost poetic and full of emotion. David Gold’s singing is mesmerizing.  Even the heavy parts of the song cut through the silence that precedes it.  If you’ve never heard this band, I suggest you give them a try.  The only thing sadder than this song is the death of the Gold (who passed away at the age of 31).

 

TYPE-O NEGATIVE “Cinnamon Girl” (1996)

The fall weather brings back memories of one of the best Type-O Negative albums ever recorded.  October Rust was the band’s fourth studio album.  Even though it was not as popular as their previous album (Bloody Kisses), it was a great album chock-full of memorable songs.  While Bloody Kisses focused on the darker imagery of vampires and loneliness, October Rust dabbled with Wiccan theories and sensuality.  Their cover of Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl” has the perfect Type-O Negative feel: dark and dreary with a tinge of romanticism.  The band ceased to exist after the death of frontman Peter Steele, but their legacy lives on as one of the most important goth/doom metal bands ever.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

WIG WAM – “Hard To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roller” (2004)

Wig Wam took the glam metal world by storm in 2004 with 667 .. The Neighbour Of The Beast.  The album was re-released the following year as Hard To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roller, with bonus tracks that included radio edits of their two biggest hits.  They went on, later that year, to represented Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest with one of those hits, “In My Dreams.”  This sleazy, but hilarious and melodic title track, was the other.

 

ROYAL HUNT – “Hard Rain’s Coming” (2011)

Denmark’s Royal Hunt delivers progressive metal with symphonic touches.  They’ve had several lead singers, but 2011 saw them reunite with their original front man, D.C. Cooper.  The first new album from that reunion, Show Me How To Live, included this melodic triumph with a karmic promise.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

TRIUMPH “All The Way” (1982)

Triumph followed up one of my “desert island”  albums, Allied Forces, with 1982’s Never Surrender.  While glam bands started to take off, Rik Emmett, Gil Moore and Mike Levine stuck to grassroots hard rock with signature positive themes and social statements.  “All The Way” is an upbeat, inspirational song that features encouraging cliches woven together in the lyrics, highlighted by Emmett’s vocal and lead guitar mastery.  Moore’s heavy hitting on the skins and Levine’s powerful bass help pound the message home.

 

ANTHRIEL – “The Devil’s Lullaby” (2010)

The discography of Finland’s prog metal band Anthriel is brief – only 1 demo and a single full-length album – Pathways – from 2010.  “The Devil’s Lullaby” demonstrates their well-orchestrated, power-based brand of prog metal.  The song’s neo-classical flair can be heard in the various movements.  Simo Silvan’s vocals are strong and passionate, a perfect complement to the skilled musicians taking you through a tale of a twisted mind.