Monthly Archives: January 2017

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 1/28/17

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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.

TOP 100 HARD ROCK SONGS OF 2016

TOP 50 ACTIVE ROCK SONGS OF 2016 (by spins)

TOP 30 OCTANE BIG ‘UNS COUNTDOWN SONGS OF 2016

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 1/28/17.  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 3 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 2044
2 4 METALLICA “Atlas, Rise!” 1923
3 1 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1879
4 2 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 1700
5 6 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 1655
6 5 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 1336
7 8 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 1261
8 7 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1198
9 9 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 1143
10 10 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 1017
11 11 KORN “Take Me” 956
12 14 STARSET “Monster” 878
13 12 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 864
14 13 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 834
15 15 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 807
16 16 PRETTY RECKLESS “Oh My God” 801
17 17 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 748
18 18 BLEEKER “Highway” 665
19 24 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 423
20 21 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 408
21 25 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 398
22 23 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 388
23 26 ADELITA’S WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)” 373
24 20 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 344
25 22 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 336
26 34 K.FLAY “Blood In The Cut” 317
27 27 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 284
28 19 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 283
29 29 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 258
30 28 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Breaking Now” 245
31 32 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Heavydirtysoul” 235
32 30 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 234
33 31 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 233
34 41 HALESTORM “Still Of The Night” 226
35 33 BADFLOWER “Animal” 226
36 42 SKILLET “Back From The Dead’ 225
37 36 AVATAR “New Land” 205
38 37 ALTER BRIDGE “My Champion” 183
39 40 CITIZEN ZERO “Lure And Persuade” 146
40 39 CROWN THE EMPIRE “Weight Of The World” 133
41 46 OTEP “Royals” 115
42 49 RADKEY “Dark Black Makeup” 103
43 38 LAMB OF GOD “The Duke” 103
44 44 THREE DAYS GRACE “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” 97
45 47 LETTERS FROM THE FIRE “Worth The Pain” 89
46 45 DOROTHY “Dark Nights” 85
47 48 AFI “White Offerings” 84
48 52 LIKE A STORM “Pure Evil” 80
49 51 AS LIONS “Aftermath” 75
50 50 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Stressed Out” 65

 

 

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

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA – “Right Here And Now”

Message From Sylvia is one of the more exciting bands to grace the Active Rock airwaves in recent times.  The band’s first single – “Heart Of War” – cracked the top 30 last year.  There’s no reason to believe that the follow-up single – “Right Here And Now” won’t enjoy similar (or even greater) success.  The combination of the three Lopez-Smith brothers (formerly of First Decree) and vocalist Matthew Nevitt (ex-DoryDrive) makes for an ideal chemistry.  On “Right Here And Now,” the band showcases an impressive ability to blend the light with the dark, similar to the way that Alter Bridge transitions between soaring vocals, anguished guitars and thunderous rhythms.  At times in the song, MFS captures the melodic sensibilities of Foo Fighters.  To be able to inspire comparisons to some of the biggest names in the genre at this early stage of their journey speaks volumes about the potential of these up-and-comers.  Based on the music so far, you have to think that this is a band with staying power.  Hopefully they will get the attention that they deserve in a crowded field.
 

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

As predicted last week, Green Day’s “Still Breathing” takes over the #1 position from Ghost, and Metallica’s “Atlas, Rise!” moves up to #2.  Based on current trends and spin totals for each of these songs, they’re probably both no more than a few weeks away from hitting a plateau (if not a reversal).  Shinedown’s “How Did You Love” is poised to move into the top 3 next week. Unless something unexpected happens, these three will jockey for position at the top for at least the next month.  It looked as though The Pretty Reckless was on track to jump up to the top 3 for a reunion of dominance that took place with Green Day and Metallica during 2016, but their latest single (“Oh My God”) seems to have lost some steam for the moment.
 

 

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“Right Here And Now”

SEPTEMBER MOURNING“20 Below”

NEVER SAY DIE“Like A Nightmare”

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

SHALLOW SIDE“Renegade”

CHRYSALIS – “My Eternity”

MEMPHIS MAY FIRE“This Light I Hold”

FIT FOR RIVALS“Novacaine”

 

DROP IT…

Twenty One Pilots“Stressed Out”

Twenty One Pilots“Heavydirtysoul”

K-Flay“Blood In The Cut”

Kings Of Leon“Waste A Moment”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

Highly Suspect“My Name Is Human”

Volbeat“Seal The Deal”

A Day To Remember“Naivety”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

As expected, the new week sees Green Day take over the #1 spot on the latest Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart.  Also up two spots this week is the new #2 song from Metallica, trailed by former #1s from Ghost and Highly Suspect.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

No new songs in the Top 10 this week (only the order has changed)…

Only one new arrival in the Top 20 – the latest from Sick PuppiesRed Hot Chili Peppers “climb” back in as well (despite losing spins over the previous week)…

K-Flay is the only new entry in the Top 30…

New entries in the Top 40 come from format powerhouses Halestorm and Skillet

The only debut in the Top 50 this week comes from As Lions, the London-based band fronted by Austin Dickinson (son of Iron Maiden’s legendary vocalist Bruce Dickinson).
 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Green Day“Still Breathing”

Metallica“Atlas, Rise!”

Starset“Monster”

 

FALLING

Volbeat – “Seal The Deal”

Avenged Sevenfold“The Stage”

A Day To Remember“Naivety”
 

 

 TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

With five of the top eight songs suffering declining airplay, it appears that attrition may shake the top of the chart up over the next couple of weeks.  That could be good news for mainstays in the format such as Breaking Benjamin and Korn, both of whom have been stuck in the 10-15 range of the chart for almost two months.

 

WRAP-UP

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

Remembering John Wetton

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By Rob Dell’Aquila

The rock world lost one of its legends this morning as bassist/vocalist John Wetton finally lost his battle with cancer.

Born and raised in England, Wetton had a long and distinguished career, performing (most notably) with progressive rock giants King Crimson, UK and Uriah Heep, before achieving his greatest commercial success as part of the ‘80s supergroup ASIA.  His most iconic song, “Heat of the Moment,” comes from that era…

I grew up listening to (and loving) Wetton’s music with these amazing groups, but I didn’t get the chance to actually see him perform live until the mid-‘90s. There was a club in New York City called The Bottom Line where he would appear twice a year.  My friends and I caught him every time, reserving tables for anywhere from ten to twenty of us.

By that time, Wetton had parted ways with ASIA, but he had kept busy writing.  He put out some amazing solo material, like this title track from his 1994 solo album, Battle Lines

 

Wetton also reworked some of his classics acoustically at this time so that they could be performed without the full band.  His acoustic version of “Heat of the Moment” was particularly beautiful and haunting, so much so that when he reunited with ASIA years later, the band sometimes elected to play that version instead of the original…

 

The reunion of ASIA happened in stages.  In 2002, Wetton reunited with ex-ASIA bandmate (and dear friend) Geoff Downes to write new songs together.  This collaboration eventually led to the formation of Icon in 2005, and saw three albums of amazing new material.  A favorite from the first Icon album was “Let Me Go.”  The chemistry between the two stars was as powerful as ever…

 

Soon after Icon, Carl Palmer and Steve Howe (the rest of the original ASIA lineup) reunited with Wetton and Downes.  They began performing live together again and put out new studio albums as well.
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I had the great pleasure of finally catching ASIA live in concert shortly after their first reunion.  I would see them a total of three times, the last being two years ago.  This is a live version of one of their most popular songs, taken from that very show…

 

ASIA originally put out four albums together from 1982 – 1990.  The reunited band would put out four more from 2008 – 2014.  In the spirit of rebirth, the first of those new albums together was called Phoenix.  The hit from that album (“An Extraordinary Life”) was one they would continue to play in concert years later, and makes for an appropriate tribute to an extraordinary man…

RIP John Wetton…

Music Discovery Monday – 1/30/17

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Music Discovery Monday – 1/30/17

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)

BLACK STAR RIDERS – “When The Night Comes In”

It has never been more challenging than the present day to make a living in a rock and roll band.  That doesn’t mean that “rock is dead,” as many are quick to proclaim.  It just means that there is so much great music out there, and a limited amount of dollars to go around.  The one advantage that longstanding artists have over up-and-comers is name recognition and history.

Black Star Riders come from the DNA of legendary Irish rockers, Thin Lizzy, in particular guitarist Scott Gorham (who was in the band with Phil Lynott).  Numerous bands have stayed the course with a revolving door of lineup changes (especially singers), but to their credit, Black Star Riders wanted to blaze their own trail.  Even though their sound is similar to Thin Lizzy with Ricky Warwick’s vocals, they chose to honor Lynott by continuing on under a new moniker.

If you’re a Thin Lizzy fan, you will also be a Black Star Riders fan.  However, if you are too young to fully appreciate the brilliance of Thin Lizzy, you will have a second bite at the apple with Black Star Riders.  The timeless quality to all of their music (including their latest single, “When The Night Comes In”) would have made them just as relevant throughout the past four decades as they are today.  As the saying goes…”it doesn’t have to be old to be classic.”

 

 

DROPKICK MURPHYS – “Blood”

With the exception of AC/DC’s “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock And Roll),” bagpipes in the rock genre are far from commonplace.  Of course, if you’re familiar with Boston’s Dropkick Murphys, you already know that bagpipes most certainly have their place in rock and roll.

What started out as a bunch of friends looking to play music for fun in the basement of a barber shop has evolved into a band with staying power.  Formed in 1996, Dropkick Murphys have just released 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory (the tenth studio album of their career).

If ever there was a band of the people, Dropkick Murphys are it.  They state as much in their bio…

“The band’s main goal is to play music that creates an all for one, one for all environment where everyone is encouraged to participate, sing along, and hopefully have a good time.  In the true spirit of punk rock, we view the band and the audience as one in the same.  In other words, our stage and our microphone are yours.”

Because of the bagpipes and Irish influence of this Celtic-American punk rock band, there was a temptation to feature the band’s latest single (“Blood”) closer to St. Patrick’s Day, but the song is too good to wait on.  The more you play this one, the more it gets your “blood” pumping!
 

 

 

ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

WITHERFALL – “Nobody Sleeps Here”

What do you get when you sum up the talents of musicians from bands such as Iced Earth, White Wizzard and Into Eternity?  You get a masterpiece of a band called Witherfall.  A combination of power and progressive metal (I tend to lean more towards the progressive side), “Nobody Sleeps Here” comes from the band’s new album, Nocturnes and Requiems.  This album was a long time in the making.  While originally recorded in 2014, Adam Sagan unfortunately passed away during the final mixing of this album.  If the rest of the album is as dynamic and powerful as this song, it should be a great release.

 

EQUILIBRIUM – “Rise Again”

This folk/progressive metal band from Germany has released their fifth album, Armageddon.  Like the title, the subject matter on this album is dark and nihilistic, singing about the plight of the earth, the evils of mankind and how we are all to blame for the destruction of life.  The music is heavy and fast with death metal growls.  Couple that with the lyrical content, Equilibrium makes for one hell of a metal album.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

PLACE VENDOME – “Light Before The Dark”

Place Vendome united ex-Helloween frontman Michael Kiske with musicians from Pink Cream 69 and Vandenplas, to perform melodic rock crafted specially for Kiske by various songwriters in the field. The collaboration was a great success that has seen the band put out a new album every four years. They are right on schedule to release their fourth album, Close To The Sun, late next month.

 

XANDRIA – “Call Of Destiny”

They went through six singers in six albums, but Xandria may finally have settled on Dianne van Giersbergen as their vocalist.  She becomes the Dutch/German symphonic metal band’s first singer to last for more than one album, as she fronts the band on their just-released seventh album, Theater Of Dimensions.

 

SUBMISSIONS

To be considered for Music Discovery Monday, please e-mail a link to the song being submitted on YouTube and an artist bio to – submissions@MusicDiscoveryMonday.com

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 1-28-17

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 1-28-17.

1-28-17 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 –  “Like A Nightmare” – NEVER SAY DIE

#14 –  “Aftermath” – AS LIONS

#13 –  “Alone” – I PREVAIL

#12 –  “Lifeline” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

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

#10 –  “Door To Door Cannibals” – CHEVELLE 

# 9 –   “Breathe” – THROUGH FIRE

# 8 –   “The Stage” – AVENGED SEVENFOLD

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

# 6 –   “Atlas,Rise!” – METALLICA

# 5 –   “Hated” – BEARTOOTH

# 4 –   “Monster” – STARSET

# 3 –   “Square Hammer” – GHOST

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

# 1 –    “The Bottom” – DEVOUR THE DAY

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TOP 30 OCTANE BIG ‘UNS COUNTDOWN SONGS OF 2016

TOP 100 HARD ROCK SONGS OF 2016

2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q4

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

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 1/26/17

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 1/26/17

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.

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)

MUSE – “Uprising” (2009)

Rock and roll has always been about rebellion.  Now, more than any time in recent memory, that fighting spirit is needed.  As the classic quote from Spider-Man says…“with great power comes great responsibility.”  We have entered a period in history where we all have a voice thanks to social media, but that doesn’t mean that those in power won’t continue to try and silence our voices.  I’d love to use this forum to take nostalgic trips down memory lane, and the power that music has had on me.  However, the power of music goes well beyond happy memories.

Music provides us a way of knowing that others feel (or have felt) just as we do now.  Muse may not be the first band that comes to mind when you think of anti-establishment rebellion, but “Uprising” taps into the inner turmoil that makes you want to scream when the powers that be act in a manner that goes against everything that you believe in.

The simple (but powerful) drum beat that carries throughout the song sets the marching tone for a unified force.  The music is haunting at times, as are the vocals which cut deep with a mixture of defiance and pain.  I’ve always been one to pay attention to the lyrics of a song.  These lyrics hit home more than anytime that I’ve heard the song since it came out in 2009.  I recommend reading the lyrics as you listen.
 

 
GREY HOLIDAY – “Revolution” (2007)

When Grey Holiday’s “Revolution” came to mind to feature on HRMTM, I knew very little about them (aside from the fact that they were a Christian Rock band).  Truth be told, this is the only song that I even remembered from the band.  After doing some research, I found out that they cite this week’s featured artist (Muse) as one of their influences.  The career of this Texas quartet was short-lived, but they left their mark with “Revolution.”

“Revolution” is a thought-provoking anthem of hope for a brighter future even when things seem bleak.  The song is about letting your voice be heard, and not giving into the madness.  While it has an air of rebellion, it doesn’t feel angry, rather uplifting and motivational, especially in the middle when the song takes a dramatic turn with the heavy gang vocals.

Just as with Muse’s “Uprising,” I recommend paying close attention to the lyrics as you listen to a song from a band that never reached their full potential.
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

EXODUS “Bonded by Blood” (1985)

One of the greatest thrash metal bands (and founders of the genre) was the Bay Area’s Exodus.  This album is often coined as one of the most influential thrash metal albums of all-time, and helped shape the genre for years to come.  Featuring Gary Holt on guitar (now with Slayer) and original guitarist Kirk Hammett (Metallica), “Bonded by Blood” – the title track off of the band’s 1985 release – is pure thrash metal.  In fact, every song on the album boasts signature heavy riffs, blazing guitar solos and fast tempos.  How I wish that music nowadays was this innovative.

 

D.R.I. – “Acid Rain” (1992)

Bands that stand out always have a particular tone and style to their songs.  Houston’s D.R.I. has always had a unique sound – from Spike Cassidy’s crunchy, heavy guitar sound to Kurt Brecht’s trademark vocals.  One of the premier crossover bands of the ‘80s and early ‘90s, D.R.I. appealed to fans of both the hardcore punk genre and the thrash metal genre.  Their music was political, nihilistic and anti-authoritarian.  It grooved in such a way that it would be difficult not to move at one of their shows (thus the formation of the band’s logo).  I hear that they have re-formed and are touring again.  Even though I am sure their music will cause me to move just as much as it did 30 years ago, I’ll leave the moshing to the younger generation this time around.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

ANGRA – “Carry On” (1993)

In 1991, three Brazilian music students formed the band Angra.  Just two years later, they would alter the metal landscape with their first album, Angels Cry.  Other bands (Dream Theater, Blind Guardian) were experimenting already with the interplay between elements of classical music and metal, but it was this newcomer that brought that fusion full throttle on their debut.  The vision for this template came largely from vocalist/keyboardist Andre Matos, who hits some high notes on this rollicking number.  Matos has since moved on to a solo career, but the band continues to put out quality power and progressive metal with new front man Fabio Lione.

 

NIGHTWISH – “Ever Dream” (2002)

Finland’s Nightwish combines sweeping symphonies with blazing guitars and pounding rhythms. This one comes from their fourth album, Century Child, and features the operatic vocals of the band’s original lead singer, Tarja Turunen.

Billboard Top 25 Hard Rock Albums – 2/4/17

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 2/4/17.  Top 25 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 25:

      1. METALLICA – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
      2. ONE OK ROCK – Ambitions
      3. HALESTORM – ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs ep
      4. CODE ORANGE – Forever
      5. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Stage
      6. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      7. SEPULTURA – Machine Messiah
      8. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      9. SKILLET– Unleashed
      10. ACCEPT – Restless And Live
      11. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      12. HIGHLY SUSPECT – The Boy Who Died Wolf
      13. KORN – The Serenity Of Suffering
      14. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      15. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      16. BAD COMPANY – Playlist: The Very Best Of Bad Company
      17. THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH – Exhale
      18. PAIN OF SALVATION – In The Passing Light Of Day
      19. JIMI HENDRIX – Machine Gun: The Fillmore East: First Show 12/31/1969
      20. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit
      21. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Who You Selling For
      22. GHOST – Popestar (EP)
      23. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
      24. GHOST – Meloria
      25. CHEVELLE – The North Corridor

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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 1/21/17

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HRD RADIO REPORT 

The HRD Radio Report showcases the weekly Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by AllAccess.com), and appears every Tuesday on HardRockDaddy.com.  The HRD Radio Report digs deeper into the weekly Active Rock charts, providing commentary, reviews, recommendations and predictions.  It also features opinion pieces on chart action and the music business in general.

Many of the artists featured on the Active Rock charts have already been reviewed on HardRockDaddy.com.

 

JUST PUBLISHED!

TOP 100 HARD ROCK SONGS OF 2016

TOP 50 ACTIVE ROCK SONGS OF 2016 (by spins)

 2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q4

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 1/21/17.  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 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1985
2 2 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 1919
3 3 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 1917
4 4 METALLICA “Atlas, Rise!” 1817
5 6 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 1544
6 7 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 1529
7 5 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1496
8 8 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 1267
9 9 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 1083
10 11 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 939
11 12 KORN “Take Me” 871
12 13 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 844
13 14 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 789
14 16 STARSET “Monster” 744
15 15 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 724
16 19 PRETTY RECKLESS “Oh My God” 708
17 18 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 677
18 23 BLEEKER “Highway” 548
19 17 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 480
20 20 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 451
21 21 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 446
22 22 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 395
23 26 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 375
24 24 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 371
25 25 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 370
26 27 ADELITA’S WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)” 339
27 28 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 279
28 29 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Breaking Now” 247
29 30 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 237
30 32 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 227
31 31 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 218
32 35 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Heavydirtysoul” 208
33 34 BADFLOWER “Animal” 204
34 40 K.FLAY “Blood In The Cut” 162
35 33 AVATAR “Night Never Ending” 138
36 59 AVATAR “New Land” 133
37 64 ALTER BRIDGE “My Champion” 121
38 39 LAMB OF GOD “The Duke” 121
39 38 CROWN THE EMPIRE “Weight Of The World” 121
40 56 CITIZEN ZERO “Lure And Persuade” 113
41 49 HALESTORM “Still Of The Night” 111
42 53 SKILLET “Back From The Dead” 103
43 36 3 DOORS DOWN “The Broken” 102
44 42 THREE DAYS GRACE “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” 88
45 41 DOROTHY “Dark Nights” 86
46 44 OTEP “Royals” 82
47 60 LETTERS FROM THE FIRE “Worth The Pain” 80
48 45 AFI “White Offerings” 79
49 78 RADKEY “Dark Black Makeup” 78
50 47 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Stressed Out” 75

 

 

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

SEPTEMBER MOURNING – “20 Below”

September Mourning is the type of visual band that would have been a big hit back in the MTV days.  The video for “20 Below” is a cinematic experience that goes way beyond the song.  This is not to say that the song doesn’t stand on its own; it absolutely does.  Active Rock programmers would be wise to add this song into rotation immediately.  Even without the video, the song has a theatrical vibe that makes it stand out amongst other female-fronted hard rock acts today.  The sex appeal and mystique that September exudes in the video shines through in “20 Below” (even without visual aids).  Her stirring vocals offer a nice blend of power and beauty.  While September captures your attention most, the rest of the hard-hitting band creates an ideal canvas for her to paint mental images with her unique style.  This is a band on the rise that should continue to build upon their dedicated fanbase as more rock music fans discover them.
 

 
 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

Ghost looks to be the victim of bad timing.  The rise of “Square Hammer” to the top of the chart was delayed by the year-end freeze at radio.  Now that they have finally reached the top, their reign is going to end next week when Green Day’s “Still Breathing” takes over. Also on the “rise” is “Atlas, Rise!” – the third single off of Metallica’s latest album.  It looks like this duo is going to battle it out for at least the next several weeks for the #1 position.
 

 

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…

SEPTEMBER MOURNING“20 Below”

AS LIONS“Aftermath”

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

ART OF DYING“Torn Down”

SHALLOW SIDE“Renegade”

CHRYSALIS – “My Eternity”

MEMPHIS MAY FIRE“This Light I Hold”

FIT FOR RIVALS“Novacaine”

 

DROP IT…

Twenty One Pilots“Stressed Out”

Twenty One Pilots“Heavydirtysoul”

K-Flay“Blood In The Cut”

Kings Of Leon“Waste A Moment”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

Highly Suspect“My Name Is Human”

Volbeat“Seal The Deal”

A Day To Remember“Naivety”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Despite slipping back a bit, Ghost holds on to the top spot of the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart for at least another week.  Highly Suspect fell back almost the same number of spins, keeping the top two positions intact, while #3 Green Day was probably a couple days worth of increased spins short of jumping to the top.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Beartooth enjoys enough growth to reach the Top 10…

Bleeker benefits from being added nationwide by a major ownership group, and climbs strongly into the Top 20…

Amity Affliction has the only new entry in the Top 30 this week…

New singles from Avatar, Alter Bridge, and Citizen Zero all make their chart debut inside the Top 40…

Three additional songs are added to the Top 50 as well, with Skillet and Letters From The Fire being joined by newcomers, Radkey.
 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Green Day“Still Breathing”

Pretty Reckless“Oh My God”

Bleeker“Highway”

 

FALLING

Volbeat – “Seal The Deal”

A Day To Remember“Naivety”

Avatar“Night Never Ending”
 

 

 TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

No, I didn’t forget to update the three songs in the “Three Up & Three Down” section.  The most notable gainers and losers last week are the same as the most notable this week.   The format as a whole continues to struggle with moving off songs in a timely fashion, an issue that seems to really be taking hold as a permanent condition.   I’m increasingly concerned that rock radio – what’s left of it – may be steadily moving toward the model that’s long been the case with the Country format, where singles frequently take six months to run their course.

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 1/23/17

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Music Discovery Monday – 1/23/17

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, we feature an exclusive interview with Frank Dimino, who discusses working with his former Angel band mate (Punky Meadows) on a song from Dimino’s most recent solo album.

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)

DIMINO – “Never Again”

Back in the mid-‘70s, Gene Simmons discovered the band Angel.  They were eventually signed to Casablanca Records (with Kiss).  The band enjoyed early success as the alter-ego (of sorts) to Kiss, dressed in all white vs. the all-black ensemble sported by their label mates.  For reasons that are still unclear, the band enjoyed more of a cult following than mass commercial success.

The ride ended quickly, as both frontman Frank Dimino and guitarist Punky Meadows left in 1981.  Dimino has kept busy through the years, although not with any projects as high profile as Angel.  When Dimino and Meadows both released albums this year, rumors swirled that there would be an Angel reunion, but nothing has materialized to date.  Meadows did provide guest guitars on this bluesy rocker that is in the same wheelhouse as classic Deep Purple.  Dimino shines on vocals, proving that he still has the pipes that once made him a part of a band that should have been bigger than they were. [Review from Hard Rock Daddy’s Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2016]

 

Frank Dimino discusses working with Punky Meadows (his Angel band mate) on “Never Again” in an exclusive interview with Hard Rock Daddy…

“The song was one of the first ones that I wrote with Oz Fox (Stryper) for the album.  When we finished writing the song, Oz had mentioned that the chord structure came from an idea that he had from Angel.  He said to me that it would be great to get Punky to play on the song.  When I called Punky to ask him to play on the album, he agreed right away.  I told him that I had a song that’s kind of like an Angel song.  I sent him the song and he recorded it in North Carolina (where he lives), and then he sent it back to me.  Even though we weren’t in the studio at the same time, we were both involved in the track itself, so that was a lot of fun.

The song, when I first started with it, was kind of just about word play.  It was fun, like a Steven Tyler or John Lennon type of thing with a story around the word play.  The lyrics just popped into my head when we started playing around with the melody.  The story is a guy/girl kind of thing, where the girl was screwing over the guy.  He’s in love with her, but he’s had it with her.  Even though he’s stuck loving her, he vows never to be with her again.”

 

 

ONE DESIRE – “Hurt”

It’s always great to discover bands for Music Discovery Monday early on in their careers.  You can’t get much earlier than this, given that One Desire will be releasing their debut album on March 24th.  If you are a regular Hard Rock Daddy reader, you know how we feel about the music coming from Frontiers Music in Italy.  This label not only gives the musicians from the ‘80s an outlet for new music, but they also deliver some of the best melodic rock around from new bands.

Finland’s One Desire was formed in 2012 when drummer Ossi Sivula started putting together musicians for his new project.  The writing process took a few years with various players.  Everything changed in 2014 when they met Jimmy Westerlund (who had several gold and platinum albums as a producer, songwriter and guitarist).  Westerlund recruited his longtime friend (vocalist) Andre Linman to add the final piece to the puzzle.  If you’re a fan of AOR music, you are going to be an instant fan of One Desire.  Within the first minute of “Hurt,” I was hooked!  Definitely looking forward to hearing more from what these Finnish rockers have to offer.
 

 

 

ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

PAIN OF SALVATION – “Meaningless”

Swedish progressive metal band Pain of Salvation recently released their tenth studio album, In the Passing Light of Day.  It is as sad and emotional as it can get.  The lyrical content and mood of the single, “Meaningless,” is depressing (at best) while showcasing the bands instrumental talents and heavy sound.  Take every tear you’ve ever shed and bottle it up.  That’s what listening to Pain of Salvation is like.
 

 
RED FANG – “Flies”

I featured a song from Red Fang when the album was released a few months back, but I have to admit, I can’t stop listening to it.  The band from Portland, Oregon released their fourth album Only Ghosts, a solid metal album that has enjoyed some commercial success.  The chords are fuzzy and heavy, and the choruses beg the listener to sing along.  Even though the subject matter of most of the songs are comical, their musicianship is nothing to laugh at.  The band is chock-full of groovy chops, memorable riffs, syncopated beats and growling vocals to boot.  My favorite album to listen to in 2017 so far!
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

ECLIPSE – “Vertigo”

Vocalist Erik Martensson pairs again with guitarist Magnus Henriksson for some premium melodic hard rock.  Sweden’s Eclipse is preparing to release their newest album, Momentum, and they deliver strong here with this first sampling.
 

 
HOUSE OF LORDS – “Oceans Divide”

House of Lords returns in 2017 with a new album, Saint of the Lost Souls.  James Christian’s vocals are as appealing as ever, with lots of layered support from the rest of the band.  Jimi Bell’s guitar work stands out, as always, even among the contributions of so many other amazing musicians.

 

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 3

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Written by Adam Troy (SONIC X)

In my last chapter of “My Rock and Roll Journey,” I gave you a little teaser for this chapter where I mentioned an armed escort, girls, booze, drugs and a $1500 bar tab.  What I didn’t mention was the Kenny Rogers lookalike, the “Mind Eraser” and the phone call from “The Welcoming Committee.”  Before I get to that, keep in mind that all of the names and places have been changed to protect the innocent (as well as the guilty).

The following story is one of my favorites because it’s about a part of being a musician that I particularly love…touring.  Some like it, some hate it.  I LOVE IT!  Everything about it appeals to me. The sights, the sounds, the people and the places.  For me, everything makes sense on the road.  You can tell immediately if a song works or not, and for that matter, whether your band works or not.  The road will tell you many things about yourself, and those you choose to travel it with.  To me, it was (and is) just fun.

Below is diary of a day in the life of a touring musician.  And so it begins…

“Tuna Fish,” Idaho…summertime in the 1990s.  We are playing one of the premier clubs in the area, one of the shows in our weeklong run.

Day 1 started like any other travel day when you are on the road.  Arrive at the hotel (or in this case the “band house”).  Go to the venue for sound check, get a quick bite to eat then get ready for the gig.  After the first few hours into this trip, I quickly realized that this one would be different.

 

9:00am – 3:00pm:  Five grown men packed into a 1976 two-door Ford Thunderbird on a long drive to “Tuna Fish,” Idaho.  A horrible smell is wafting from the back seat as various arguments about the heat and lack of air conditioning are taking place. Stories of conquest from the previous night, and of course, the burp and fart contest is in full bloom. That is how this tour run started.

 

3:00pm: Upon arrival at the “band house,” I notice it had a phone.  Pretty odd, given that there were no cell phones at the time, and providing lovesick road musicians a free phone was not a good idea.  After stowing my gear and inspecting our less-than-stellar accommodations, the phone rings.

Me: “Hello….”

Girl:  “Hi I’m Kelly, are you in the band Bag of Bagels?” (remember, the names are changed).

Me: “Hi Kelly, yes I am.”

Kelly: “Well, my girlfriends and I are the ‘welcoming committee’…”

Me: “The ‘welcoming committee’?  Ok…well, the guys and I are going to sound check in a few minutes.  We’ll catch you at the show.  How will we know you all?”

Kelly:  “Oh don’t worry, you will know us!”  (Click…the line goes dead. Off we go to the venue.)

 

4:00pm:  Annoying ride to the venue in an already-hot Thunderbird.  Bitching, moaning, and…WHAT THE HELL IS THAT SMELL!?

 

4:30pm:  Annoying sound check, as I find out one of our crew members loaded in wearing a pair of flip flops and gashed open his toe.  Off to the hospital he goes.  Luckily, he only needed a few stitches. A short sound check was all we could get.

 

6:00pm:  Time to eat as we argue about the gear.  Back to the car.  WHAT THE HELL IS THAT SMELL COMING FROM THE BACK SEAT!? Nobody knows anything.  I’m suspicious.

 

7:00-8:00pm:  Showers, calls to our agent, and an ever-spirited question from Carcass (our guitar player).  “Where the hell is my suitcase?” No one knew the answer to his question.  We find out later that his suitcase was left on the elevator in the previous town’s hotel (8 hours away).  He is NOT happy!

 

8:30pm:  The Carcass suitcase disaster was temporarily averted with clothes shared among the band brothers to get him through until we figure where his suitcase is.  Off to the show. Carcass is still not happy!

 

9:00pm:  The “welcoming committee” arrives at the show in various states of undress, and with great enthusiasm for the band.  They were hard to miss.  Pleasantries and numbers are exchanged with band and crew.  Smiles all around (even from Carcass).

 

9:05pm:  I have a pre-show drink called a “Mind Eraser” with some fans.  I’m told that “you have drink it fast!”  I comply, and the four of us begin to drink ….I pass out, from brain freeze or the “Mind Eraser” (hard to say which).  For those that don’t know, a “Mind Eraser” is Jagermeister and club soda in a beer bucket with four straws.  You have to chug it with three other people.  I won!  NOT!

 

9:06pm:  I’m back up on my feet…big laughs all around.  I go to tune my guitar, feeling lightheaded, but what the hell, I’m the singer in a band.  I’ve got this.

 

9:15pm:  We hit the stage. The band, the lights and the sound are all kicking hardcore ass.  About an hour into the set, a very attractive mature woman is giving me “the eyes.”  I give her my best rock star glance and then move to the next.  The “welcoming committee” is living up to their name.  The audience is jumping, as is the band and crew.  We are in the zone!

 

11:00pm:  The show ends; the people leave the venue.  As I’m on my way to settle with the promoter (accompanied by my sound engineer, Sven), I run into the very attractive mature woman who was giving me “the eyes” earlier.  As I greet her, she is giving me her best “I want to fuck you!” look…

Me:  “Thanks for coming to the show. I hope you enjoyed it.”

Her:  (smiling) “Yes, very much so!”

Me:  “Could you please excuse me?  I have some business to attend to.  It was very nice meeting you.”

Her: (smiling, but disappointed) “You as well.”

 

12:00am:  I secure the band’s fee for the show.  Sven and I are laughing it up with the promoter when the promoter says…

“That attractive mature woman you were talking to…well, her husband is not happy.”

Me: “Who?”

Promoter:  “The Kenny Rogers-looking dude.  He’s pissed.  You’d better protect yourself.  He carries a gun.  Watch out!”

Me:  “WHAT? Whatever!”

 

12:20am:  I have a pocket full of cash, a head full of “Mind Eraser” and “Kenny Rogers” wants to take a shot at me.  What the fuck!  Sven, on the other hand, is cool as a cucumber…

Sven:  “I’m carrying, so no worries.”

Me:  (shocked) “Carrying?”

Sven:  “Yeah” (he calmly opens his brief case to reveal a chrome 45).

Me:  “Holy shit, Sven! I had no idea!”

Sven:  “Now you do.  Let’s go. I’ve got this.”

 

1:00am:  After a few more drinks and talking to some fans, I grab my guitar and head back to the dressing room.  As expected, there is a bit of “crazy” going on in there, so I head for the van with Sven.

 

1:15am: Walking outside the venue to our crew van, I see “Kenny Rogers,” and he sees me.  Seeing this, Sven steps right in front of me and gives Kenny the “I don’t think so” look.  By the way, Sven is a very intimidating dude.  I’m thankful he was willing to be there to cover my narrow ass. Kenny gives me a dirty look and leaves.  Sven and I laugh, and head to 7-11 for some beer, where we run into a few more fans. Good times!  We head back to the band house.

 

2:00am:  The “band house” is lit up like it’s Christmas with a ton of people.  There’s a poker game going on when I get inside.  There’s one stripper on the card table and another one dancing by herself snorting God-knows-what off of the counter top.  There’s “that smell” in the air.  One of the ladies from our crew was seducing some young, nervous-looking guy on the nasty couch.  Some random guy was wearing sunglasses and a sun visor, speaking what sounded like Spanish on the house phone.  The “welcoming committee” had come and gone before I got there, so I missed that freak show.  No matter.  I see Sven retreat to the closet under the stairs as I stood there taking in the scene.  I couldn’t help but think to myself…“what the hell happened tonight?”  

Laughing out loud, a lot of questions ran through my mind about that night…

“Did I pass out before we went on stage?”

“Did I almost get shot by a Kenny Rogers lookalike?”

“What IS that smell coming from the backseat of the car?”

“Why did Sven sleep in the closet below the stairs in this decrepit band house?”

“Was the ‘welcoming committee’ really welcoming?”

“Where was Carcass’s suitcase?”

So many questions, but the thing that I never questioned is whether I would want it any other way.

We rolled into “Tuna Fish,” Idaho on gas fumes.  The week before, the band went without pay, due to one of our brothers running up a $1500 bar/food tab that we had to cover.  We didn’t care because were out on the road.

As for Carcass’ lost suitcase, it was retrieved a few days later along with a $100 shipping bill.  He was happy and angry all at the same time when he got it back.

I found out that the smell from the backseat of the car was from chocolate milk that somebody poured into the backseat pocket.  I still don’t know why.

The “Kenny Rogers” incident turned out to be an overly jealous husband who was pissed that his wife was giving me the “I Want to Fuck You!” eyes.”  Scary!

I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to Sven. If you’re reading this, you know who you are!

This was Day 1 of 7.  Days 2-7 were equally eye-opening, and chaotic as the first.  That trip is still burned in all of our minds as being one-of-a-kind.  We didn’t really care about the drama because it was all part of the journey, one we all saw through different lenses.  For me, it was one step of many on “My Rock and Roll Journey.”

 

Join me next time on Chapter 4 to hear how I got the gig with Sonic X, and moved to Canada to get an American record deal. WHAT???

Till next time…..Cheers! 

RELATED ARTICLES:

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

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

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 1-21-17

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 1-21-17.

1-21-17 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 –  “Aftermath” – AS LIONS

#14 –  “Lullaby” – FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES

#13 –  “Alone” – I PREVAIL

#12 –  “Atlas,Rise!” – METALLICA

#11 –  “Lifeline” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

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

# 9 –   “Door To Door Cannibals” – CHEVELLE

# 8 –   “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)” – ADELTA’S WAY

# 7 –   “Doomed” – BRING ME THE HORIZON

# 6 –   “How Did You Love” – SHINEDOWN

# 5 –   “The Bottom” – DEVOUR THE DAY

# 4 –   “Hated” – BEARTOOTH

# 3 –   “Remember We Die” – GEMINI SYNDROME

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

# 1 –    “Square Hammer” – GHOST

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