Monthly Archives: December 2016

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 12-31-16

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 12-31-16.

12-31-16 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 –  “Lullaby” – FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES

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

#13 –  “The Bottom” – DEVOUR THE DAY

#12 –  “The Stage” – AVENGED SEVENFOLD

#11 –  “Atlas,Rise!” – METALLICA

#10 –  “Hated” – BEARTOOTH

# 9 –   “Square Hammer” – GHOST

# 8 –   “Breaking Now” – FROM ASHES TO NEW

# 7 –   “Monster” – STARSET

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

# 5 –   “Remember We Die” – GEMINI SYNDROME

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

# 3 –   “Never Again” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

# 2 –   “How Did You Love” – SHINEDOWN

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

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TOP 30 OCTANE BIG ‘UNS COUNTDOWN SONGS OF 2016

2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q3

2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q2

2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q1

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2015

Top 135 Hard Rock Songs of 2015

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2014

Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2013

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Archives

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2016

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Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2016 compiled by Nielsen SoundScan and ranked by sales data.

  1. DISTURBED – Immortalized
  2. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
  3. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – Letters From The Labyrinth
  4. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
  5. MEGADETH – Dystopia
  6. DEFTONES – Gore
  7. SKILLET – Unleashed
  8. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
  9. PIERCE THE VEIL – Misadventures
  10. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark Before Dawn
  11. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
  12. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Stage
  13. ROB ZOMBIE – Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser
  14. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit
  15. KORN – The Serenity Of Suffering
  16. ANTHRAX – For All Kings
  17. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – Incarnate
  18. RUSH – R40 Live
  19. CHEVELLE – The North Corridor
  20. THREE DOORS DOWN – Us And The Night
  21. ASKING ALEXANDRIA – The Black
  22. DREAM THEATER – The Astonishing
  23. VARIOUS ARTISTS – NOW That’s What I Call Power Ballads
  24. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
  25. HELLYEAH – Unden!able
  26. AMON AMARTH – Jomsviking
  27. IRON MAIDEN – The Book Of Souls
  28. GHOST – Popestar (EP)
  29. ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero
  30. SIXX: A.M. – Prayers For The Damned, Vol 1
  31. DEF LEPPARD – Def Leppard
  32. GHOST – Meloria
  33. COHEED AND CAMBRIA -The Color Before The Sun
  34. THRICE – To Be Everywhere Is Nowhere
  35. ISSUES – Headspace
  36. VARIOUS ARTISTS – 2016 Warped Tour Compiliation
  37. GOJIRA – Magma
  38. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Who You Selling For
  39. BABYMETAL – Metal Resistance
  40. HALESTORM – Into The Wild Life
  41. BARONESS – Purple
  42. RED – Of Beauty And Rage
  43. CROWN THE EMPIRE – Retrograde
  44. MESHUGGAH – The Violent Sleep Of Reason
  45. ACE FREHLEY – Origins, Vol. 1
  46. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
  47. BEARTOOTH – Aggressive
  48. THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH – Exhale
  49. HATEBREED – The Concrete Confessional
  50. DANCE GAVIN DANCE – Mothership

RELATED ARTICLES:

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2015

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 12/29/16: RIP 2016 – A Tribute to Artists Lost

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 12/29/16

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.

The final theme of the year is, unfortunately, very fitting – RIP 2016…A Tribute To Artists Lost This Year.

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)

EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER – “Lucky Man” (1970)

And so it goes.  We end 2016 the same way that it began, and for that matter, carried throughout the year.  Another rock legend gone too soon.  This time, we say goodbye to ELP singer/bassist/producer Greg Lake, who passed away recently at the age of 69.  To fully acknowledge Lake’s brilliance, “Lucky Man” was chosen as the ELP song to feature to honor him.  Not only is it one of the most popular songs from this virtuoso progressive trio, it goes all the way back in time to the band’s debut album (although the song was written many years before the band’s formation).

Lake started playing guitar at the age of 12.  Using the first chords that he learned, he wrote an acoustic version of “Lucky Man” that same year.  Using improvised arrangements by the band, this signature song has more than stood the test of time.

Some of the most well-known/popular songs have been late additions to an album, “Lucky Man” included.  The rest of the band didn’t like the childhood version of the song, and it was only worked on with Carl Palmer when another track was needed for ELP’s debut album.  The lyrics of the song tell a story of a man who had everything, went to war, and then died…pretty deep for a 12-year old.

Having lost Keith Emerson earlier this year, Palmer is the lone living member of this legendary band.  After learning of the passing of Lake, Palmer stated…

“It is with great sadness that I must now say goodbye to my friend and fellow band-mate, Greg Lake.  Greg’s soaring voice and skill as a musician will be remembered by all who knew his music and recordings he made with ELP and King Crimson.  I have fond memories of those great years we had in the 1970s and many memorable shows we performed together.  Having lost Keith this year as well, has made this particularly hard for all of us.”
 

 
KING CRIMSON – “The Court Of The Crimson King” (1969)

A year before forming ELP, Greg Lake was a part of the original incarnation of King Crimson, one of the most influential bands in progressive rock history.  The band’s debut album, In The Court Of The Crimson King, incorporated elements of jazz, classical and symphonic music, a departure from the blues-based influence of most other rock bands at the time.  Although Lake didn’t compose this song, his haunting, charismatic vocals made it incredibly powerful and moving.  The mood of the song was always tinged with sadness.  That feeling is greatly magnified when you listen to it today knowing that Lake is no longer with us.
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

THE BUSINESS “Blind Justice” (1983)

Thrash metal, speed metal and a lot of metal genres would have sounded very different if it weren’t for the influences of punk rock and hardcore.  One of the pioneers of Oi! (a subgenre of the punk movement) was a band formed in 1979 in London.  The Business was fronted by Micky Fitz.  Their songs were loud, political and chaotic.  Throughout the years, the band continued to record and tour until the death of Fitz on December 1, 2016.  The punk, hardcore, and Oi! movement has lost an innovator and a pioneer in the genre.

 

MEGADETH “Hangar 18” (1990)

Another great musician we lost in 2016 was Megadeth’s Nick Menza.  As a member of the band from 1990 to 1997, Menza recorded four albums with Megadeth, and was one of the best drummers in the band’s history.  His unique playing style helped to shape and complement Dave Mustaine’s songwriting.  He hit hard, was technical when he needed to be, and in a way, formed the image of a thrash metal drummer.  I have played along with Menza’s drum tracks for 26 years; he was a big influence in my own drumming.  The world will miss one of the best metal drummers in history.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

Y&T – “Mean Streak” (1985)

Leonard Haze was the original drummer for Y&T, from 1972-86, and again from 2002-2006. He also contributed vocals (both lead and backing) on some songs, and co-wrote some of the band’s biggest hits.  He suffered in his later years from COPD.  Still, he managed to stay active on the live music scene with his band Hazel Experience.  Haze took the stage with his old bandmates in Y&T in both 2015 and 2016 when their tour passed through San Francisco.  Hazel Experience had actually been scheduled to open for Y&T when he died.

This talented man co-wrote and performed on “Black Tiger,” “Hurricane,” “Forever,” “Rescue Me,” “Dirty Girl,” and perhaps the band’s biggest hit, this one – the title track from their fifth studio album.

 

BLUE OYSTER CULT – “Flaming Telepaths” (1974)

Rock producer Sandy Pearlman helped to found the band Blue Oyster Cult, and contributed heavily to many of their albums with both production and lyrics.  He also worked with The Clash and many other bands, garnering 17 platinum and gold records.  He was a poet, and on this song, as well as several others from Blue Oyster Cult’s third studio album, Secret Treaties, verses come to life from his 1967 collection of poems, “The Soft Doctrine of the Immaginos.”

 

Billboard Top 25 Hard Rock Albums – 1/7/17

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 1/7/17.  Top 25 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 25:

      1. METALLICA – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
      2. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
      3. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Stage
      4. SKILLET– Unleashed
      5. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      6. KORN – The Serenity Of Suffering
      7. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      8. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      9. HIGHLY SUSPECT – The Boy Who Died Wolf
      10. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      11. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      12. SIXX: A.M. – Prayers For The Blessed, Vol. 2
      13. DISTURBED – Disturbed: Live At Red Rocks
      14. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
      15. LED ZEPPELIN – The Complete BBC Sessions
      16. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Who You Selling For
      17. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      18. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Best Of 2005-2013
      19. TESTAMENT – Brotherhood Of The Snake
      20. PIERCE THE VEIL – Misadventures
      21. JIMI HENDRIX – Machine Gun: The Fillmore East: First Show
      22. ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero
      23. GHOST – Popestar (EP)
      24. LAMB OF GOD – The Duke (EP)
      25. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – Letters From The Labyrinth

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Top 135 Hard Rock Songs of 2015

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2015

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Archives

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 12/24/16

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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 12/24/16.  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” 2081
2 2 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1950
3 3 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1796
4 4 METALLICA “Atlas,Rise!” 1733
5 5 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 1622
6 6 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 1614
7 7 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 1315
8 8 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 1229
9 10 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 953
10 9 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize” 932
11 12 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 832
12 11 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 832
13 13 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 792
14 14 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 756
15 16 KORN “Take Me” 720
16 15 DINOSAUR PILE-UP “11:11” 644
17 19 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 600
18 18 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 597
19 17 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 548
20 22 STARSET “Monster” 533
21 20 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 529
22 21 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 525
23 23 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 498
24 24 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die” 419
25 25 GREEN DAY “Bang Bang” 353
26 28 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 326
27 27 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 326
28 40 PRETTY RECKLESS Oh My God 303
29 29 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 287
30 30 ADELITAS WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace) 275
31 31 AVATAR “Night Never” 248
32 33 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 237
33 26 ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader” 234
34 34 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Breaking Now” 224
35 37 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 221
36 35 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 212
37 36 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 212
38 39 BLEEKER “Highway” 201
39 32 ONE LESS REASON “Break Me” 184
40 42 BADFLOWER “Animal” 173
41 38 METALLICA “Hardwired” 171
42 41 3 DOORS DOWN “The Broken” 147
43 44 NONPOINT “Divided..Conquer Them” 135
44 46 LAMB OF GOD “The Duke” 116
45 43 SYLAR “Dark Daze” 108
46 60 HALESTORM “Mistress For Christmas” 99
47 50 JUDAH & THE LION “Take It All Back” 99
48 45 THREE DAYS GRACE “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” 99
49 49 SEASONS AFTER “Fighter” 95
50 52 CROWN THE EMPIRE “Weight Of The World” 94

 

 

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

THE PRETTY RECKLESS – “Oh My God”

It’s easy to see why radio jumped the gun on adding “Oh My God” – the latest single from The Pretty Reckless – to their playlists.  Although it wasn’t officially going for adds until January 3rd, a handful of stations couldn’t wait until then.  It doesn’t take much these days to crack the Top 50, so any song with a little backing and momentum can make the cut.  Of course, this is usually reserved for established bands that have already proven their mettle in the format.  The Pretty Reckless definitely fits that bill, and the beauty is that they don’t have to “taylor” their songs to sound like typical Active Rock.  “Oh My God” opens with a dirty, distorted riff that is reminiscent of Rush’s “Passage To Bangkok,” before shifting to an upbeat, aggressive punk-infused rhythm, and Taylor Momsen’s distinct vocals.  This song will undoubtedly ascend to the top of the chart sooner rather than later, and should battle for #1 in the first quarter of 2017.
 

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

As predicted last week, it looks like Highly Suspect will ride out 2016 on top.  Their spin count lead is still over 130, and there doesn’t seem to be any momentum from anyone in the rear view mirror.  With the world in holiday mode, it’s hard to envision a scenario where there is a change at the top in the final chart next week.  “My Name Is Human” was also #1 on the Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2016.
 

 

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…

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Heart Of War”

SHALLOW SIDE“Renegade”

OTEP“Royals”

VARNA“Survival Of The Fittest”

BLACKLITE DISTRICT“Broken Souls”

9Electric – “The Damaged Ones”

CHRYSALIS – “My Eternity”

AFI“White Offerings”

 

DROP IT…

Dinosaur Pile-Up “11:11”

Kings Of Leon“Waste A Moment”

Judah & The Lion“Take It All Back”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

Disturbed “Open Your Eyes”

Metallica“Hardwired”

Five Finger Death Punch“I Apologize”

Green Day“Bang Bang”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Highly Suspect extends their streak atop the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart to six weeks.  Ghost and Volbeat remain second and third as the charts grind largely to a Yuletide halt.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

No changes in the Top 10 songs (top 8 even has the same order).

Starset joins the Top 20…

Pretty Reckless was the only Top 40 debut last week, the only Top 30 breakthrough this week…

Badflower peeks into the Top 40, the lone new arrival…

Halestorm gets holiday airplay for a novelty cover, leaving Crown The Empire with the only Top 50 debut this week that has potential for the coming new year.
 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Metallica“Atlas, Rise”

Green Day“Still Breathing”

The Pretty Reckless – “Oh My God”

 

FALLING

Five Finger Death Punch“I Apologize”

Disturbed – “Open Your Eyes”

Kings Of Leon “Waste A Moment”
 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

2016 looks to be ending with a whimper, rather than a bang, which is (unfortunately) pretty appropriate.

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 12/26/16

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Music Discovery Monday – 12/26/16

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)

W.A.S.P. – “Scream”

As 2016 comes to an end, and the year-end top song list is being worked on, I thought that I would take the opportunity to shine a light on some songs from 2015 that may have flown beneath the radar of many hard rock fans.

W.A.S.P. has been a personal favorite band of mine dating back to the ‘80s, due in large part to Blackie Lawless, the band’s larger-than-life founder and frontman who boasts one of the most unique voices in rock or metal.  In my youth, I was also drawn to Lawless’ over-the-top persona, and lyrics that would make biker gangs blush.

Like many artists who have managed to survive all of the changes to the rock genre, Lawless has evolved, although his evolution is more of the personal variety than musical.  If you loved W.A.S.P. back in the day, there is nothing to stop you from feeling the same way about the current sound.  The main difference is that Lawless has found religion as a born again Christian, which has shifted the lyrical focus of his songs away from the shocking debauchery of yesteryear.

“Scream” is the lead track on W.A.S.P.’s 15th studio album, Golgotha, and album that was years in the making, marking the longest gap between albums in the band’s history.  If you missed out on this album, make sure to go back and check it out.

 

 

FATE’S RIGHT BAND – “My World Is Falling”

Although I am constantly in “music discovery mode,” there is simply too much music out there these days to find everything in a timely manner.  Such is the case with a recent discovery, Fate’s Right Band, a 5-piece Swedish rock act that boasts two sets of brothers.  Other than that interesting tidbit, there is very little information available about the band on their site or their Facebook page, but it doesn’t matter.  Great music is great music.

“My World Is Falling” is an upbeat, melodic rocker with a driving rhythm.  The song opens with subdued vocals in the first verse that are in the same vein as David Bowie’s “Heroes,” before launching into pure power metal vocals and shredding guitars throughout.  Listening to this song, you might think that you’ve stumbled upon a basement tape from the ‘80s, when power metal was all the rage (at least in America).  Europe has always had an appreciation for the genre, so this band is more likely to gain traction in their homeland than in the U.S., but that’s more a condemnation of the American rock market than the band itself.
 

 

 

ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

SEPULTURA “I Am The Enemy”

It is refreshing to see older bands continue to perform and record new material.  Case in point, Brazil’s Sepultura.  This longtime running thrash metal band has been going strong since 1984 (minus the original founding members Max and Igor Cavalera).  Even with the departure of founding members, the band has continued their brand of fast-paced, aggressive thrash metal with the vocals of Derrick Green.  From their anticipated 14th new release, Machine Messiah, “I Am The Enemy” is the epitome of Sepultura…political, nihilistic, and aggressive.  Looking forward to hearing the rest of the album.

 

DEATH ANGEL “Lost”

In my opinion, one of the best albums of 2016 was Death Angel’s The Evil Divide.  It’s one of those albums that you can listen to over and over again.  “Lost” shows the genius of Death Angel.  Musicianship, lyrics, delivery…Death Angel excels at all of these and more.  This song almost has a Dio feel, with Mark Oseguada’s vocals soaring over the heavy riffs of Rob Cavestany and Ted Aguilar and the thunderous rhythm section of Will Carroll and Damien Sisson.  This Bay Area band has been around since 1982.  They are one of the top thrash bands that have helped to shape the genre over the years.  Their latest album proves that they are still on top of their game.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

FIREWIND – “Ode To Leonidas”

Greek power metal giants Firewind return in 2017 with their newest album, Immortal (due out January 20th).  From the early releases, they appear to have crafted another album with the heavy harmonies and blistering guitars that made them famous.  In this epic piece, they pay homage to Leonidas, the Spartan warrior king who fell at Thermopylae, celebrated in tales told through the ages and more recently in popular culture in the movie 300.  To Leonidas, the Immortals were the elite guard of the Persian army – though the album title more likely refers instead to him and his fellow Spartans.

 

RAVENIA – “We All Died For Honor”

Three years ago, vocalist Armi Päivinen and guitarist Samuli Reinikainen formed the Finnish symphonic metal band Ravenia.  In 2014, the band released the two-track EP, Wingless.  Shortly thereafter, they decided that they wanted to do something more than traditional symphonic metal; they chose to combine their brand of metal with film score music.  The result is their first full-length album, the stirring and haunting Beyond The Walls of Death.

 

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

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2016

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The Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2016 takes the place of the regular countdown as the year comes to a close.  These songs are chosen by Octane.  Hard Rock Daddy will be putting out the top Octane Big ‘Uns songs of the 4th quarter in a separate post.

The Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2016 video playlist (below) can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived weekly playlists (dating back to 2013).

 

  1. “My Name Is Human” – HIGHLY SUSPECT
  2. “Hardwired” – METALLICA
  3. “Stronger” – THROUGH FIRE
  4. “The Sound Of Silence” – DISTURBED
  5. “Black Honey” – THRICE
  6. “Rotting In Vain” – KORN
  7. “Remember We Die” – GEMINI SYNDROME
  8. “Stuck In Your Head” – I PREVAIL
  9. “I Apologize” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
  10. “Square Hammer” – GHOST
  11. “The Stage” – AVENGED SEVENFOLD
  12. “How Did You Love” – SHINEDOWN
  13. “Defeated” – BREAKING BENJAMIN
  14. “Feel Invincible” – SKILLET
  15. “Seal The Deal” – VOLBEAT
  16. “Monster” – STARSET
  17. “Push” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH
  18. “I Don’t Care Anymore” – HELLYEAH
  19. “Amnesia” – RED SUN RISING
  20. “Excuse Me” – FIRE FROM THE GODS
  21. “Dark Daze” – SYLAR
  22. “Paranoia” – A DAY TO REMEMBER
  23. “Stranded” – GOJIRA
  24. “Hated” – BEARTOOTH
  25. “Sleeping Dogs” – ZAKK WYLDE (f. COREY TAYLOR)
  26. “Show Me A Leader” – ALTER BRIDGE
  27. “Breaking New” – FROM ASHES TO NEW
  28. “The Eagle Has Landed” – AVATAR
  29. “Hate By Design” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
  30. “The Bottom” – DEVOUR THE DAY

RELATED ARTICLES:

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2015

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2014

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2013

Top Hard Rock Songs of 2015

Top Hard Rock Songs of 2014

Top Hard Rock Songs of 2013

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 12/22/16

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 12/22/16

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)

THE KINKS – “Father Christmas” (1978)

Classic Christmas songs help put many people in the holiday spirit, but those songs have never done much for me.  For rock fans, original Christmas songs are few and far between, but one that has been a personal favorite for nearly four decades is “Father Christmas” by The Kinks.  I still remember the label on the 45 single that I bought at the local record store.  I realize that the last statement probably seems like a foreign language to our younger readers, but it will be nostalgic for Gen Xers.  Christmas songs tend to be sugary sweet with sentiment, which makes this classic by The Kinks so memorable.  It’s raw, edgy and a bit angry, but it makes me smile when I hear it, and helps me feel the spirit of the season.

 

GREG LAKE – “I Believe In Father Christmas” (1974)

Another song that has been a mainstay in my life every Christmas season is Greg Lake’s “I Believe In Father Christmas.”  Although the song came out in 1974, I didn’t discover it until I saw the video on MTV in the early ‘80s.  There has always been a touch of bittersweet melancholy when listening to this song, but it is magnified this year as the holiday season comes on the heels of Lake’s passing.  Given the tremendous losses that rock fans have endured this year (including that of Lake’s bandmate, Keith Emerson), it almost seems fitting that this loss came at the time of year when Lake is always top of mind.  “I Believe In Father Christmas” will remain a part of my annual holiday playlist for years to come.

Next week, on the final Hard Rock Music Time Machine of the year, I will pay tribute to Greg Lake, and the other members of the HRD Team will be paying tribute to other musicians who passed away during 2016.
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

TYPE-O NEGATIVE “Red Water (Christmas Mourning) (1996)

Who says there is no Christmas spirit in metal?  Take a listen to the “Drab Four’s” gloomy take on despair and sadness in “Red Water (Christmas Mourning)” from their album October Rust.  Peter Steele sadly moans and laments about his ghosts of Christmas past.  Even his lyrics will make you feel the sadness that he wails about…“My table’s been set for but seven, just last year I dined with eleven.”  One of the best Type-O-Negative songs ever written, this song sums up the band as a whole…dark and dreary.  Even though I’m sure this song wasn’t meant to be a Christmas song, it amplifies the depressed thoughts and feelings of the band as a whole.

 

KING DIAMOND – “No Presents For Christmas” (1985)

One of the main staples of a heavy metal Christmas party is this song.  Cheesy at best, the jingle bells melody transforms to a head-banging, double-bass drumming, speed-riffing good time.  The song was accidentally written when the band was working on a new tune, and decided that it sounded too much like a Christmas song.  So what’s a heavy metal band to do but write a Christmas song?  Mikkey Dee shows his drumming skills on this tune, which has cemented him as one of the best drummers in the genre.  Couple that with Andy LaRocque’s soloing speed and King’s screeching falsettos and you have a classic King Diamond staple.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – “Christmas Jam” (2004)

It’s just not Christmas without the blazing guitars and soaring symphonies of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  Over the past twenty years they have become a mainstay of the season, producing melodies that we expect to hear this time of year, with harmonies and orchestrations that sweep us away.  They also put on the greatest light show and theatrics anywhere at their annual concerts.  They get a little funky here on this holiday favorite.

 

STRYPER – “Winter Wonderland” (2007)

In 2007, several metal and rock bands contributed their takes on various holiday classics for a compilation album called Monster Ballads Xmas.  Michael Sweet and Stryper’s rendition of this one was so powerful that here they’re actually closing a show with it.  They sound amazing.  They’re having a ton of fun with it, and the audience is rocking out with them.

Billboard Top 25 Hard Rock Albums – 12/31/16

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 12/31/16.  Top 25 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 25:

      1. METALLICA – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
      2. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
      3. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Stage
      4. SKILLET– Unleashed
      5. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      6. KORN – The Serenity Of Suffering
      7. ZAO – The Well-Intentioned Virus
      8. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      9. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      10. HIGHLY SUSPECT – The Boy Who Died Wolf
      11. SIXX: A.M. – Prayers For The Blessed, Vol. 2
      12. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      13. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      14. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Who You Selling For
      15. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Best Of 2005-2013
      16. DISTURBED – Disturbed: Live At Red Rocks
      17. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
      18. TESTAMENT – Brotherhood Of The Snake
      19. LAMB OF GOD – The Duke (EP)
      20. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      21. CHEVELLE – The North Corridor
      22. LED ZEPPELIN – The Complete BBC Sessions
      23. ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero
      24. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – Letters From The Labyrinth
      25. PIERCE THE VEIL – Misadventures

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 12/17/16

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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 12/17/16.  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” 2133
2 2 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1927
3 3 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1780
4 5 METALLICA “Atlas,Rise!” 1674
5 4 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 1629
6 8 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 1579
7 10 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 1225
8 9 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 1183
9 6 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize” 1173
10 7 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 1052
11 11 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 823
12 3 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 763
13 14 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 762
14 15 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 757
15 12 DINOSAUR PILE-UP “11:11” 704
16 17 KORN “Take Me” 695
17 16 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 640
18 18 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 605
19 25 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 583
20 21 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 555
21 22 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 546
22 24 STARSET “Monster” 514
23 19 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 497
24 26 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die” 427
25 20 GREEN DAY “Bang Bang” 414
26 23 ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader” 321
27 28 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 310
28 30 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 293
29 29 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 281
30 33 ADELITAS WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace) 264
31 34 AVATAR “Night Never” 249
32 32 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 243
33 31 ONE LESS REASON “Break Me” 239
34 39 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Breaking Now” 200
35 38 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 199
36 35 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 199
37 37 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 193
38 36 METALLICA “Hardwired” 186
39 40 BLEEKER “Highway” 176
40 53 PRETTY RECKLESS Oh My God 168
41 42 3 DOORS DOWN “The Broken” 163
42 43 BADFLOWER “Animal” 159
43 41 SYLAR “Dark Daze” 159
44 44 JUDAH & THE LION “Take It All Back” 138
45 47 NONPOINT “Divided..Conquer Them” 134
46 48 THREE DAYS GRACE “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” 125
47 45 LAMB OF GOD “The Duke” 121
48 50 MEMPHIS MAY FIRE “This Light Hold” f/J. Shaddix 98
49 49 DOROTHY “Dark Nights” 95
50 46 HEAD AND THE HEART “All We Ever Knew” 89

 

 

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

SHALLOW SIDE – “Renegade”

You will never hear Styx played on Active Rock radio, but if programmers are smart, you will hear one of their songs being spun in the near future.  Nearly four decades after it was a radio staple, Shallow Side has done a masterful job of reinventing “Renegade,” giving it enough of a modern spin to make it fit the format.  Not only have these Alabama rockers added a haunting vibe that makes you really think about the meaning behind the lyrics, but they’ve also infused this cover with a southern rock flair that is both unexpected and appreciated.  Shallow Side has kept the bones of the original intact, but has made “Renegade” their own with some surprising twists and turns and a groove that adds another layer of depth to the song.  Here’s hoping that this track gets the attention that it deserves once the holiday slowdown ends.

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

Predictions get a bit trickier as the year comes to a close.  Last week, Ghost looked like they had enough momentum with “Square Hammer” to dethrone Highly Suspect this week or next, but the song ran out of steam this week.  “My Name Is Human” had a slight decrease in spins this week, but still maintains a 200+ spin lead.  Anything can happen, but at this point, it looks like Highly Suspect will ride out 2016 on top (unless they have a drastic decline in spins next week, or Ghost suddenly regains its momentum).  Look for a new #1 when 2017 begins.
 

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…

SHALLOW SIDE“Renegade”

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Heart Of War”

BLACKLITE DISTRICT“Broken Souls”

FLAW“Fatal Fall”

9Electric – “The Damaged Ones”

CHRYSALIS – “My Eternity”

CROWN THE EMPIRE“Weight Of The World”

 

DROP IT…

Head & The Heart“All We Ever Knew”

Dinosaur Pile-Up “11:11”

Kings Of Leon“Waste A Moment”

Judah & The Lion“Take It All Back”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

Disturbed “Open Your Eyes”

Metallica“Hardwired”

Five Finger Death Punch“I Apologize”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

The seasonal slowdown means that Highly Suspect makes it to a fifth week atop Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart with hardly any change in spins for the top three.  “My Name Is Human” still leads Ghost and Volbeat with one chart remaining in the calendar year.
 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

No changes in the composition of the Top 10…

Sixx A.M. jumps into the Top 20 on nearly 25% growth in airplay.  Red Hot Chili Peppers climb much more modestly to reach a new tier as well…

Adelita’s Way is the only artist to break into the Top 30 this week…

New to the Top 40 is the second single from the recent Pretty Reckless album (it’s the only new entry in the entire Top 50 for the week).
 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Metallica“Atlas, Rise”

Green Day“Still Breathing”

Shinedown“How Did You Love”

 

FALLING

Five Finger Death Punch“I Apologize”

Disturbed – “Open Your Eyes”

Alter Bridge“Show Me A Leader”
 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

It’s hard to miss the enthusiasm that radio has for “Oh My God,” the next single from Pretty Reckless.  The song wasn’t even targeted for airplay until January 3rd, but a relative handful of stations decided not to wait.  On the one hand I understand – I’d say it’s the best song on the album by a fairly wide margin – but on the other hand, it’s certainly hard to justify rushing to air prematurely with virtually any song right now considering the wide variety of singles still in the mix for those coveted adds.

 

WRAP-UP

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