Monthly Archives: November 2016

Billboard Top 25 Hard Rock Albums – 12/10/16

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 12/10/16.  Top 25 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 25:

      1. METALLICA – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
      2. HIGHLY SUSPECT – The Boy Who Died Wolf
      3. SIXX: A.M. – Prayers For The Blessed, Vol. 2
      4. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Stage
      5. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
      6. LAMB OF GOD – The Duke (EP)
      7. DISTURBED – Disturbed: Live At Red Rocks
      8. PROTEST THE HERO – Pacific Myth
      9. KORN – The Serenity Of Suffering
      10. SKILLET– Unleashed
      11. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      12. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      13. TESTAMENT – Brotherhood Of The Snake
      14. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Who You Selling For
      15. IN FLAMES – Battles
      16. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      17. ANIMALS AS LEADERS – The Madness Of Many
      18. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      19. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      20. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
      21. ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero
      22. SUPERJOINT – Caught Up In The Gears Of Application
      23. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      24. SIXX: A.M. – Prayers For The Damned, Vol. 1
      25. ION DISSONANCE – Cast The First Stone

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Archives

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 11/26/16

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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 11/26/16.  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 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 2118
2 2 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 1852
3 5 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1683
4 4 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1670
5 3 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize” 1634
6 7 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 1386
7 6 SKILLET “Feel Invincible” 1191
8 10 METALLICA “Atlas,Rise!” 1182
9 8 PRETTY RECKLESS “Take Me Down” 1106
10 13 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 1047
11 11 THRICE “Black Honey” 956
12 12 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 938
13 14 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 921
14 9 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 846
15 15 DINOSAUR PILE-UP “11:11” 790
16 17 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 724
17 18 ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader” 690
18 19 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 682
19 20 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 676
20 16 GREEN DAY “Bang Bang” 670
21 21 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 619
22 22 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 600
23 25 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 526
24 23 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 471
25 29 KORN “Take Me” 460
26 24 KORN “Rotting In Vain” 440
27 28 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die” 412
28 31 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 394
29 30 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 382
30 26 METALLICA “Hardwired” 336
31 32 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 303
32 33 STARSET “Monster” 301
33 34 KALEO “Way Down We Go” 276
34 35 ONE LESS REASON “Break Me” 230
35 38 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 220
36 36 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 212
37 40 ADELITAS WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace) 195
38 41 AVATAR “Night Never” 193
39 39 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 189
40 37 I PREVAIL “Stuck In Your Head” 176
41 44 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 162
42 43 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 153
43 45 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 143
44 51 3 DOORS DOWN “The Broken” 133
45 47 SYLAR “Dark Daze” 131
46 54 BLEEKER “Highway” 122
47 48 JUDAH & THE LION “Take It All Back” 122
48 49 NONPOINT “Divided..Conquer Them” 116
49 50 LAMB OF GOD “The Duke” 112
50 46 JIMMY EAT WORLD “Sure and Certain” 99

 

 

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

DON BROCO – “Money Power Fame”

Because they overlap genres, Don Broco is somewhat challenging to categorize.  They have an edge with some crunchy riffs, a cool groove and also some pop sensibilities.  “Money Power Fame” offer proof positive that labeling an artist is much less important than having great songs. In the case of the band’s catchy latest single, it is a nice fit for Active Rock radio that is sure to have listeners grooving along to the song, if not outright dancing (at least in their cars). Being heavy enough for typical Active Rock listeners, while also having vocals that are more pop influenced than rock is not an easy line to straddle, but this British quartet does so with precision.  Word of caution…this song will get stuck in your head!
 

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

As predicted last week, Highly Suspect had enough of a lead and momentum to carry them through to a second straight week at #1.  In fact, with a solid spin increase and a decrease in spins for #2 Disturbed, “My Name Is Human” actually buffered its position at the top.  Based on the current trend, there is a chance that the song can ride out the rest of the year on top of the chart (as long as they don’t see a big decline, which has happened to many at the top in recent months).  Ghost’s “Square Hammer” seems to have a clear path to be the next #1 at some point based on the current trends.  Of course, with Metallica and Green Day lurking in the mix, there is always a chance that they catch fire and make a move before the year ends (but, more likely in January).
 

 

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…

DON BROCO“Money Power Fame”

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

BADFLOWER “Animal”

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Heart Of War”

THREE DAYS GRACE“You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”

AFI“White Offering”

BLACKLITE DISTRICT“Broken Souls”

ART OF DYING“Torn Down”

 

DROP IT…

Jimmy Eat World“Sure And Certain”

Dinosaur Pile-Up “11:11”

Kaleo“Way Down We Go”

Kings Of Leon“Waste A Moment”

Judah & The Lion“Take It All Back”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

Pretty Reckless “Take Me Down”

Skillet – “Feel Invincible”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Highly Suspect definitely had plenty to be thankful for as they spend a second week atop the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart.  Despite a bit more movement than you might expect during a holiday week, the band actually slightly increased their advantage over the #2 song from Disturbed, to remain firmly in first place.  Ghost showed nice growth to claim the #3 spot.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Just as the week prior, last week’s only new Top 20 song is also this week’s only new Top 10 song.  Last week it was Metallica.  This week, it’s Green Day.

No changes in the songs in the Top 20 aside from their order.

Only one change in the Top 30, as Pop Evil slides in to replace Metallica’s “Hardwired” (the first single from their new album).

Avatar has the only song to debut in the Top 40 this week

As expected from the early week trends, Three Doors Down arrives in the Top 50, but congratulations are also due to Bleeker for their chart debut this week as well.
 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Ghost – “Square Hammer”

Metallica“Atlas, Rise”

Green Day“Still Breathing”

 

FALLING

Skillet“Feel Invincible”

Metallica “Hardwired”

Metallica – “Moth Into Flame”
 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

Another week with scarce change in the Top 50, though it’s to be expected around the holiday.  I am particularly pleased to see Bleeker break through onto the U.S. chart, more than five years after I first noticed them with a hit on the Canadian chart.  It only took a membership shakeup, a name change (known as Bleeker Ridge for most of their career), and five years for U.S. radio to catch up to what I already knew.

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 11/28/16

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Music Discovery Monday – 11/28/16

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)

DEE SNIDER – “We Are The Ones”

Nobody does “us-against-the-world” anthems like Dee Snider.  In 1984, Snider and Twisted Sister gave us one of the greatest rock anthems in history with “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”  Over three decades later, Snider delivers again with “We Are The Ones” (the title track off of his latest solo release).  Referred to as “the song that shaped the sound of the record” by Snider, “We Are The Ones” is about rebellion and believing in yourself.  It’s a modern-day twist on the timeless Twisted Sister classic.

The release of Snider’s solo album is bittersweet for fans of a band that so many of us grew up on, given their recent retirement after a 40-year career.  Perhaps it would have happened anyway, but any notion of Twisted Sister continuing on was put to rest after the tragic passing of A.J. Perro in 2015.

Fans can take solace in the fact that the Twisted Sister sound is still alive and well.  Snider sounds as good as ever on this fist-pumping anthem!
 

 
DEE SNIDER – “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (Piano Version)

Bridging the gap between the retirement of Twisted Sister and the release of Dee Snider’s solo album is a haunting, piano ballad version of “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”  The song that once elicited rebellious moments of joy of those who experienced it in 1984, now tugs on the heartstrings of those same rockers who are all grown up, many raising families of their own.

Snider recorded this version to help raise awareness for Criss Angel’s charity, HELP (Heal Every Life Possible).  The famed illusionist directed the video for the song in the desert outside of Las Vegas.  In the video, you see the purity of Snider dressed in all white contrasted against images of young people shaving their heads, and real footage of kids battling cancer.

Angel and Snider both hail from Long Island, and have known each other since the ‘90s.  In a moment of true class, no fees were charged for the right to use the song.  Together, these two “strong islanders” have created something truly special.

To learn more about the charity and to make donations to this worthy cause, please visit Criss Angel’s Official Website.
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

OVERKILL – “Our Finest Hour”

Going strong for over 30 years, this thrash metal band from New Jersey is set to release their latest album, The Grinding Wheel.  The first single from the album, “Our Finest Hour,” is classic Overkill…from the screams of Bobby Blitz to the thunderous bass of D.D. Verni (the two original members of the band).  Sometimes deemed the 5th thrash metal band after “The Big Four,” Overkill has stayed true to their sound through the years, and it looks like this new album won’t be any different.  For fans of the band and this genre, that is a good thing.

 

METAL CHURCH “Reset”

Another old school thrash metal act to release a new album recently is Metal Church.  Their eleventh studio album, XI , is a great comeback record from a band that sold out arenas back in the day.  The single, “Reset,” is a great piece of music that took the Metal Church sound and modernized it for 2016.  Having recently rejoined the band, Mike Howe does a fantastic job on the new album, sounding very much like he did back in 1993.  With the songwriting and composition of Kurdt Vanderhoof (the only original member of the band), XI is a great album to add to your Metal Church catalog.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

ENBOUND – “Give Me Light”

Swedish band Enbound made their debut five years ago with an album of some excellent melodic hard rock with metal influences.  They follow it up now with The Blackened Heart, a decidedly heavier entry with the metal influences holding far more sway. There are some great riffs and an amazing choruses on this one, not to mention an unexpected acoustic guitar near the end.  Also, check out “Feel The Flame” with a more progressive style, courtesy of a guest appearance by Mike LePond (Symphony X) on bass.

 

S91 – “The Cry of Life”

S91 is a Christian progressive metal band out of Tuscany that has gone through several lineup changes since their inception ten years ago.  Their first full-length album (released five years ago) was in their native Italian.  Their new release, Behold The Mankind, is instantly more accessible internationally, having opted this time for English lyrics, while they continue to achieve a progressive sound that courts wider appeal thanks to an emphasis on harmony and melody.

 

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: Nathan Colucci – BallRoom Babies – Chapter 2

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Written by Nathan Colucci (The BallRoom Babies)

Mike, Steve and I had started up the group again, and were gigging around the local bar scene. We were performing cover gigs, which would normally consist of four 45-minute sets.  We played tunes from bands like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Van Halen, ZZ Top, Queen, etc.  At the same time, we started developing our own unique writing style. and performing our own material across the Greater Toronto Area.  Between the cover and original gigs, we were playing 2-3 times a week.

I was wrapping up my time at Cawrthra Park Secondary School, and began to explore jazz and classical music.  Throughout grades 11 and 12, I was influenced (and motivated greatly) by my music teachers.  They introduced me to new styles of music that I would not have discovered by myself.  I began listening to artists and composers like Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dave Brubeck and Eric Whitacre.

Something that always stuck with me was when one of my teachers said to me…“You wouldn’t eat the same meal every single day of your life, so why would you only listen to the same type of music?”

I began to realize that it wasn’t necessarily just rock and roll music that I enjoyed, but any style of music that was bursting with passion and creativity.  I started playing the upright bass, and really dove into practicing and pushing myself to become a better player.  I was exploring the music of top bass players like Christian McBride, Jaco Pastorius, Ray Brown and Victor Wooten. I wanted to push my playing to the level of these greats.

I would stay in the practice rooms at Cawthra for hours practicing electric and upright bass.  I remember my fingers being so blistered from practicing for some performances that I had to put hockey tape over them to stop them from bursting throughout the set.  I really loved this time period because I was constantly being introduced to new and exciting music while pushing my own playing to a new level.

By the end of grade 12 I decided that I wanted to follow in my brothers’ footsteps and go to Humber College for their music program.  It was the only school I sent an application to, and I was accepted.

Humber was like getting hit by a ton of bricks. For me, there was absolutely no way to comprehend the speed and intensity at which I would be pushed to excel.  I thought that I was practicing a lot before getting into the program, but it was nothing compared to what was expected from my new professors.  Practicing began to consume all the time in my life that wasn’t already dedicated to gigging or being in class.  I was surrounded by some of the best players and hardest working musicians I have ever met in my life, which only further motivated me to push myself harder.

I was drinking coffee like water, and like so many other college and university students, a good night’s sleep became far and few between.  Unfortunately, by my third year in the program, this constant grind began to wear on me, and what was once motivating and exciting became exhausting.  At the time, I was teaching five nights a week, gigging steadily with the guys every weekend, working 3-4 shifts a week at a grocery store, and attending classes five days a week. I was mentally and physically burnt out, and something had to give.  So, halfway through my third year, I dropped out of Humber College.

The band had recently released our first full-length album, Change To Silver.  With extra time on my hands, I started booking as many shows as possible across Ontario.  Because of our work schedule, I booked us on “weekend tours,” where we would head out on Friday, do two or three shows out of town, and come home in time for our Monday morning shifts.  This was a great time for me because I got the chance to meet artists all across Canada.  It started to feel like I was part of a music community.

We released a few singles from the record, and everything seemed to be moving in the right direction.  It felt great to be playing so many new places.  There is nothing quite like that feeling.  We kept booking shows and playing gigs while working day jobs and writing songs for our next release.

 

In Chapter 3 of “My Rock and Roll Journey,” I’ll talk about the writing and recording of our sophomore release…

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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

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 11-26-16

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 11-26-16.

11-26-16 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists dating back to 2013.  Links to reviews of songs from the countdown are featured at the bottom of the page.

#15 – “We Will Not Go Quietly” – SIXX:AM

#14 – “Seal the Deal” – VOLBEAT

#13 – “Square Hammer” – GHOST

#12 – “Take Me” – KORN

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

#10 – “Breathe” – THROUGH FIRE

# 9 –  “Never Again” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

# 8 –  “Amnesia” – RED SUN RISING

# 7 –  “How Did You Love” – SHINEDOWN

# 6 –  “Push” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

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

# 4 –  “Remember we Die” – GEMINI SYNDROME

# 3 –  “The Stage” – AVENGED SEVENFOLD

# 2 –  “Atlas,Rise!” – METALLICA

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

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Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 11/24/16: The Year – 1996

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 11/24/16 – The Year: 1996

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 – The Year: 1996.

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)

SPACEHOG – “In The Meantime” (1996)

Two decades ago (in 1996), as a result of the grunge movement, rock music was still in something of a transitional period.  Although the pickings were slim for fans of melodic rock, a few beacons of light shined through the darkness.  Perhaps the most interesting one was Spacehog, a band comprised of all British members that formed in NYC in 1994.

What separated Spacehog from the rest of a rather mundane rock scene was the similarity to another British rocker who made NYC his home – David Bowie.  Like Bowie, Spacehog frontman Royston Langdon was flamboyant and charismatic.  Bowie had an alter ego (Ziggy Stardust) as did the members of the band.  Langdon’s alter ego was Ray Sprinkles.

Unlike Bowie, Spacehog never really took off.  They only had one hit song, but it was a great one.  “In The Meantime” got a lot of radio play 20 years ago, but what brought them to mind when looking back to 1996 was the incredible live show that I got to experience at Irving Plaza in NYC.  At a time when “rock stars” looked like everyone else in the audience, Spacehog reminded us all of the value of a larger-than-life persona.

GOLDFINGER – “Here In Your Bedroom” (1996)

Another band that delivered an incredible live performance at Irving Plaza two decades ago was punk/ska rockers, Goldfinger.  As I mentioned above, 1996 was kind of a barren year for mainstream rock, but Goldfinger stood out because of their incredible energy.  At a time when much of what rock had to offer was either bland or depressing, Goldfinger infused a shot of adrenaline into the genre.

Like Spacehog, Goldfinger only had one really well-known song.  Although their whole eponymous debut album was rock solid, the song that captured everyone’s attention was “Here In Your Bedroom.”  Fans of Green Day will definitely dig this track (and the rest of the album for that matter).  Although the band put out several albums, their commercial peak happened with their debut in 1996.  Having seen them live, I have more of an appreciation for how good Goldfinger actually was (especially in comparison to the rest of the rock scene at that time).
 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

SEPULTURA – “Roots” (1996)

Sepultura was one of the biggest bands in the thrash/death metal genre in the ‘90s.  When Roots Bloody Roots came out in 1996 (as an homage to the band’s Brazilian culture), it made a big impact on  the metal community, primarily because no other band had written about pride in their culture like Sepultura had.  The music was tribal (yet heavy), and with Max Cavalera’s screaming growls, it pushed the band a little more into the mainstream.

 

TYPE-O-NEGATIVE – “Love You To Death (1996)

Another great album released in 1996 was Type-O-Negative’s October Rust.  This goth metal band’s first single from the album – “Love You To Death” – is the eptiome of the Type-O-Negative sound of despair and romanticism.  Peter Steele’s baritone voice and the heavy, slowed down musical accompaniment made this one of the band’s best songs.  Three years prior to October Rust, Type-O’s album Bloody Kisses put the band in the forefront of the goth metal genre.  The band has ceased to exist since Steele’s untimely death.  October Rust remains one of my favorite albums of the ‘90s to this day.
 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

DEEP PURPLE – “Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming” (1996)

In 1993, iconic guitarist Ritchie Blackmore walked off a Helsinki stage, mid-concert, never to play again with Deep Purple. This was the end of an era, but made way for another great guitar talent: Steve Morse (of Dixie Dregs fame).  Morse shines in this personal favorite from the band’s first album without Blackmore, and he succeeds in filling some very big shoes.

 

STRATOVARIUS – “Eternity” (1996)

Finnish power metal mainstays Stratovarius put out a winning album in 1996, switching things up a bit and spanning a broader range of styles.  The first two songs from Stratovarius’ Episode album open with the band’s characteristic speed and power, before slowing down just a bit for this darker, more compelling piece.

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 12/3/16

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 12/3/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. ANIMALS AS LEADERS – The Madness Of Many
      2. IN FLAMES – Battles
      3. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Stage
      4. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
      5. KORN – The Serenity Of Suffering
      6. SUPERJOINT – Caught Up In The Gears Of Application
      7. THE NEAL MORSE BAND – The Similitude Of A Dream
      8. DOPE – Blood Money, Part 1
      9. SKILLET– Unleashed
      10. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      11. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      12. TESTAMENT – Brotherhood Of The Snake
      13. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      14. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Who You Selling For
      15. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival

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Top 135 Hard Rock Songs of 2015

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums Archives

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 11/19/16

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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 11/19/16.  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 2 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 2047
2 1 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 1933
3 5 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize” 1616
4 6 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1580
5 7 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1517
6 3 SKILLET “Feel Invincible” 1464
7 9 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 1327
8 4 PRETTY RECKLESS “Take Me Down” 1273
9 8 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 1049
10 18 METALLICA “Atlas,Rise!” 1002
11 11 THRICE “Black Honey” 963
12 12 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 929
13 22 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 864
14 15 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 790
15 13 DINOSAUR PILE-UP “11:11” 782
16 10 GREEN DAY “Bang Bang” 754
17 17 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 692
18 14 ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader” 660
19 16 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 639
20 20 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 637
21 21 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 580
22 23 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 548
23 24 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 495
24 19 KORN “Rotting In Vain” 482
25 27 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 459
26 28 METALLICA “Hardwired” 440
27 25 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Heathens” 400
28 26 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die” 398
29 30 KORN “Take Me” 386
30 29 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 356
31 31 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 338
32 32 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 276
33 37 STARSET “Monster” 269
34 34 KALEO “Way Down We Go” 262
35 35 ONE LESS REASON “Break Me” 240
36 41 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 218
37 36 I PREVAIL “Stuck In Your Head” 202
38 40 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 200
39 46 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 187
40 38 ADELITAS WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace) 181
41 42 AVATAR “Night Never” 180
42 33 TRAPT “It’s Over” 161
43 48 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 160
44 51 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 150
45 47 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 143
46 45 JIMMY EAT WORLD “Sure and Certain” 139
47 52 SYLAR “Dark Daze” 127
48 49 JUDAH & THE LION “Take It All Back” 123
49 50 NONPOINT “Divided..Conquer Them” 108
50 55 LAMB OF GOD “The Duke” 106

 


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

LAMB OF GOD – “The Duke”

The softer, more melodic side of Lamb of God?  Well, sort of, but “The Duke” is still among the heaviest songs on the Top 50 this week.  The band’s latest single is the title track off of their upcoming EP.  This song was purposely held off of Lamb Of God’s last album (VII: Sturm und Drang) for a special reason.  It was written for Wayne Ford, a fan of the band who frontman Randy Blythe befriended back in 2012 (click here to read about Ford’s battle with Leukemia, and how it inspired Blythe).  “The Duke” deals with facing your imminent demise.  It’s emotionally heavy (as is the story, which I highly recommend reading).  Not only is the song inspired by, and dedicated to, a fan of Lamb Of God, it is also being used to raise awareness for bone marrow donations.  Kudos to Blythe for making a dying fan feel special in his final days, and doing his part to help others.  “The Duke” happens to be a kickass song in its own right, but because of the story, it feels extra special to be sharing it during Thanksgiving week (just as it hits the Top 50).

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

As predicted last week, Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat both climbed into the top 4, and Ghost moved into the top 5.  After recent domination by Metallica, Green Day and Pretty Reckless, it looks like Active Rock is cycling through a number of songs to spread the love at #1.  Skillet dropped after one week on top, and now Disturbed has given way to Highly Suspect after one week at the top.  Even if Highly Suspect’s spins remain flat next week, they should hold on to the #1 position for at least a couple of weeks.  Avenged Sevenfold once looked like a lock to reach the top, but the momentum has stalled on “The Stage.”  Right now, the only artists outside the top 5 that have a chance to make a move to the top are Metallica and Green Day once again (although probably not until January as things slow down for the holidays).

 

 

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…

AFI – “White Offering”

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Heart Of War”

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

BADFLOWER “Animal”

BLEEKER“Highway”

THREE DOORS DOWN“The Broken”

FROM ASHES TO NEW“The Last time”

MEMPHIS MAY FIRE“This Light I Hold”

 

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”

Judah & The Lion“Take It All Back”

Pretty Reckless “Take Me Down”

Skillet – “Invincible”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Trends don’t lie.  Okay, sometimes they do … but not this week, as Highly Suspect takes over the top spot of the latest Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart just as the early trends last week suggested would happen.  Disturbed slips to #2 with precisely the same number of spins as they enjoyed the previous week; Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat claim the third and fourth spots respectively.

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Last week’s only new Top 20 song is this week’s only new Top 10 song, as Metallica claims the #10 position to go along with the #9 spot…

Green Day has the only song new to the Top 20 this week, and didn’t miss replacing themselves in the Top 10 by all that much…

This week, it’s the Top 30 that has no new entries, meaning that only the order has changed for more than the upper half of the chart.

Through Fire and Art of Anarchy both enjoy debuts in the Top 40 this week

For the second straight week, the Top 50 includes the published chart debut of a song that first received airplay more than three months ago.  Last week’s perseverance award went to Amity Affliction.  This week, the honor belongs to Sylar’s “Dark Daze.”

 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Highly Suspect“My Name Is Human”

Metallica“Atlas, Rise”

Green Day“Still Breathing”

 

FALLING

Skillet“Feel Invincible”

Pretty Reckless“Take Me Down”

Metallica – “Moth Into Flame”

 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

Metallica will likely feel thankful this (U.S.) holiday season for the odd situation of having three songs in the Active Rock Top 50 simultaneously.   Two isn’t all that uncommon anymore, but three doesn’t seem to occur very frequently.  Here’s to a Happy Thanksgiving for all those who will be celebrating later this week, and my hope is that you can find some musical highlights to include in your list of things you’re thankful for this year.

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 11/21/16

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Music Discovery Monday – 11/21/16

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, in a Hard Rock Daddy exclusive, Neal Morse shares the story behind two songs off of The Neal Morse Band’s latest double concept album, The Similitude Of A Dream. 

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 NEAL MORSE BAND – “The Ways Of A Fool”

If you’re a fan of prog, you’re probably already familiar with Neal Morse from his work with Spock’s Beard, and also with the projects that he’s worked on with drummer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic and Flying Colors).  The Neal Morse Band also features Portnoy on drums, so you might be expecting more prog music this time around.  And you’d be right, but with one caveat – The Neal Morse Band has a unique way of creating intricate songs by blending influences from more mainstream rock artists.

“The Ways Of A Fool” makes you stand up and take notice from the first piano notes which come in with precision force.  Your mind immediately thinks back classic Queen and Three Dog Night.  The vocals kick in with a smooth vibe before yielding to the heavy bottom of the bass and Portnoy’s dynamic drumming.  The top-notch vocal harmonies offer a compelling mixture of Queen and ELO.  All of this happens within the first minute of the song, so you know that you’re in for an interesting musical journey as the song progresses.

Although “The Ways Of A Fool” ventures off in different directions throughout, it always comes back to the hook that grabs you from the onset.  The musicianship is so impressive that you can help but enjoy every deviation.  From the ELP-esque keyboard fills to guitar leads that would make Brian May proud, everything works so well together that you start to look forward to each twist and turn.

 

In an exclusive interview with Hard Rock Daddy, Neal Morse discussed the meaning and inspiration behind “The Ways Of A Fool”

“This song, actually Bill Hubauer (our keyboard player) had written it about a guy that tied balloons onto his chaise lounge in L.A., so that he could see the fireworks (or something like that).  He wound up flying into the LAX airspace, and they had to get helicopters to bring him down.  So, he wrote this song, and we had been interested in it for The Grand Experiment album, but we didn’t use it then (thank God).  It was always called ‘The Balloon Song,’ so that was kind of where it started.

We had the idea to bring it in on this album.  I don’t know how it came up, but it evolved into such a perfect place (I think).  It’s such a beautiful thing when everything just falls into place on an album.  I adapted the story for when the main character meets a guy who is a worldly wise man.  I think that it came out amazing; it’s such a cool piece.  It’s a lot of people’s favorite song on the record, and I just couldn’t be happier with it.”

 

 

THE NEAL MORSE BAND – “So Far Gone”

Like “The Ways Of A Fool,” “So Far Gone” is also from The Neal Morse Band’s epic double album, The Similitude Of A Dream.  Back in the day, long before radio changed in the United States, this song would have made an excellent single in the vein of early Kansas and Styx.  While it has its complexities, “So Far Gone” has an even more mainstream rock influence than “The Ways Of A Fool.”

At times, “So Far Gone” will inspire memories of Mountain and Grand Funk Railroad as riffs are enhanced by the cowbell (in a tasteful way, not like Spinal Tap).  The vocal harmonies are a thing of sheer beauty.  If you have an appreciation for stellar musicianship and production that enhances (rather than sanitizes) music, you’ll be blown away by “So Far Gone.”  You know that you’re listening to true professionals when you consider that this is not a band that has a long history together, and the moments of spacing are as musical as the instrumentation.

 

During the exclusive interview with Neal Morse, he also shared the meaning and inspiration behind “So Far Gone”

“This song follows ‘The Ways Of A Fool.’  After the character in the story follows the advice of the worldly wise man, he kind of veers off track just a little bit, but as he goes on his way, his trajectory leads him to a dangerous place.  When I wrote the song, I was thinking about what it would be like to wake up and think… ‘Man, how did I get here?  How did I wind up so far away from where I wanted to be?’  I think that most of us can relate to that.”
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

SUPERJOINT “Caught Up in the Gears Of Application”

Phil Anselmo and the gang are back with a new Superjoint album in over a decade, Caught Up In The Gears of Application.  Their brand of sludge/doom metal is heavy, noisy and slow just like the swamps of New Orleans (if that’s what the swamps of New Orleans sounds like).  Fans of the band will appreciate the hardcore influences as well as the traditional sludge sound in the vein of Down and Eyehategod (a welcome return for the ex-Pantera vocalist).

 

HAMMER OF MISFORTUNE – “Dead Revolution”

Progressive metal meets classic heavy metal in a new album by Bay Area metallers, Hammer of Misfortune.  This song (and album) has it all; complicated flashy solos, crazy keyboards (a la Deep Purple) and chugging riffs.  The songwriting is spot-on, and the vocal work is amazing.  Not just a progressive metal album, Hammer of Misfortune takes it up a notch with an old school classic heavy metal vibe as well.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

JOANOVARC – “White Trash”

Four women come together to form Joanovarc, delivering new melodic hard rock with that old school sound.  They’ve been playing together for roughly a decade, and have now released their debut album, The Ride of Your Life, to much acclaim.  Clean vocals dripping with harmony, shredding guitars, and touches of punk and groove make for an album that’s sure to please hard rock fans.

 

APOLLO – “Revolution For The Brave”

Apostolos “Apollo” Papathanasio is a Swedish vocalist of Greek descent.  He has an extensive resume, and is perhaps best known for fronting on four Firewind albums, for his tenure with Time Requiem and, more recently, Spiritual Beggars.  He continues amassing a body of amazing material here with his first solo album, Waterdevils.

 

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: Michael Del Pizzo – Sunflower Dead – Chapter 2

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Written by Michael Del Pizzo (Sunflower Dead)

“People Suck! Guns n Roses? Metallica? Death Metal… Hell, I Can Do That!”

Hello there again rock n roll world! This is the second installment of “My Rock and Roll Journey.”  In Chapter 1, I let you know about my Twisted Sister Moment (along with some inappropriate relationships).  If you missed that story, go back and check it out.

In this chapter, I’ll be discussing how I started my journey of actually being in a band…

As with anything I do, it’s different, antisocial and the worst possible way to go about things.  Yeah, if there is a right way to do things, I will pick the “almost” right way, and screw myself up while constantly having to redirect the ship.  Oh Boy!!!

After I had that fateful Twisted Sister phase at such a young age, I can remember music pretty much dying for me until I was about 12.  Really though, what does one know about music from the ages of 6 – 12 anyway?  Transformers, climbing trees and watching Rocky movies were all the rage back then (at least for me).

I was taking piano lessons (which was a catastrophe).  I would never learn the notes on the page.  Instead, I would just sit there and memorize the teacher’s hands and play the song back the way she played it.  Smart little kid, huh?  Or maybe, once again, I was not doing things the right way.  You decide!

The important (or messed up) thing about those formative years is that I did learn one important lesson that would lead me back to a desire for rock stardom.  This lesson was very simple…I really, truly, honestly, 100%, just don’t like people, AT ALL!

Sitting in a corner by myself and staring at a cricket is more desirable to me than be surrounded by people and their bullshit.  To learn this at such a young age is kind of preposterous, but hey, what rock star has a normal way of thinking? Definitely not this guy…and it has never changed.  Well, I like some people (like you readers), but don’t get comfortable, I can switch on a dime!

Having decided that I don’t like people before becoming a teenager, I thought…“man, those teenage years are gonna be tough.  You’re gonna need an outlet.”  Lo and behold, like a gift from God, my outlet got primed on my 12th birthday (I think).

I remember having a party.  My friend came over and handed me a wrapped cassette.  (For those that don’t know what a cassette is, GOOGLE IT!).  Remember, I am not really into music much at this point, so this was an odd gift.

I took off the wrapping paper and looked at the cassette cover.  It was a cross with five skulls on it…Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction.  I looked at my friend and asked…

“What is this?”

He said…“Oh, it’s this new band.  I like them a lot.” 

I was like…“Umm, ok, glad you got me a gift that YOU liked!”

I’ll tell you what though, I played that cassette and, I swear, I listened to it for the next two years straight.  I was consumed by it.  I thought it was the best album I had ever heard.  Even though I had not heard that many albums at that point, I was on point, because (front-to-back) it is one of the greatest albums ever!  This alone didn’t give me the urge to be in a band, but if put me on the path.

That path would open up a little more a year later when I was talking about GnR on the school bus, and a kid who was a few years younger than me goes…“You need to listen to Metallica.”  I remember being reluctant at first.  Who knows why?  Maybe I felt like I would be betraying GnR.  Stupid, right?

One day, I gave in at the school lunch table and popped Metallica’s And Justice For All into my Sony Walkman.  About 10 minutes later, I remember all the girls at the girl’s lunch table looking at me and laughing.  (Yes, the boy’s and girl’s lunch tables were separated…Catholic School, I tell you).  I thought (like I do with all people)…“what is their problem?”

Then I realized that I was sitting alone at my table, blaring Metallica in my headphones and unknowingly banging my head while engrossed in this sound.  I am pretty sure I gave the girls the finger, and was like, “whatever, whores” (haha).

I know that it was so mean; it was more fuel to the fire of me not liking people.  Anyways, from that point on, Metallica was GOD!  The thing is, the guys in Metallica and GnR were so good.  I couldn’t do that, so the thought of being in a band still hadn’t crossed my mind.  Well, it had, but I didn’t feel I had any skill.

For the next year, I immersed myself in every metal band I could get my hands on.  You name it…Megadeth, Overkill, Nuclear Assualt, etc., etc.  But, I could not do what these guys were doing.  I didn’t play an instrument, and I couldn’t sing, but I was happy being a fan of the music.  Then, BOOM, it happened!  The moment that decidedly put me on the path to say…“I wanna start a band.”

The same friend who bought me the GnR cassette, bought a new record called Scream Bloody Gore by the band Death.  I mean, what is more heavy metal and antisocial than calling your band Death?  We popped it in, and I was blown away by what I heard.  This guy wasn’t singing, he was screaming (or growling as we called it back then).  I could understand him perfectly, and the songs were very catchy for being so heavy.  What was crazier is that I just knew I could make that sound with my voice, and I was right!

The first thing I could do with my voice was scream like the singer in Death, exactly like him (with ease).  I thought to myself…“hmm, maybe I should start a band.”  One problem though.  I only knew one guy (my friend) who liked this kind of music.  Everyone else was all Vanilla Iced out and wanted to go dance.  PUKE!

For a short moment, I put being in a band aside.  Remember how in Chapter 1 I said that each time I listened to a band, all I saw was myself performing the songs?  Well, imagine what my mind was doing now, after a few years of engrossing myself in heavy metal and realizing that I can scream like those death metal guys.

Yep, it wouldn’t be too long before being in a band would actually start for me.  First though, I needed to find someone who played guitar.  It just so happened that two of my friends (one that I still play with to this day) had both started taking guitar lessons.  Oh snap, here we go!

In Chapter 3 of “My Rock and Roll Journey,” I join my first band.  You’ll see how far down the bottom is when you first start.  If there is a mistake to be made, I made it (as you will find out)…

Stay Weird my friends,

Michael – SFD

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My Rock and Roll Journey: Michael Del Pizzo – Sunflower Dead– Chapter 1

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JOEY “CHICAGO” WALSER – Devour The Day

ADAM TROY – Sonic X

SHAUN SOHO – Crash Midnight

TONY LA SELVA – Ugly Melon

NATHAN COLUCCI – The BallRoom Babies