Category Archives: Music Discovery Monday

Music Discovery Monday – 1/16/17

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Music Discovery Monday – 1/16/17

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)

AS LIONS – “Bury My Dead”

Children of highly accomplished people in any field take a risk when they follow in the same footsteps of parents that have achieved great success (especially those that are household names).  I must admit that had I known that Bruce Dickinson’s son Austin was the frontman of As Lions, it would have inspired me to check out the band.  However, I only discovered the familial connection after being instantly drawn to “Bury My Dead” as soon as it came on the Octane, and then doing follow-up research about the band.

While Austin followed in his father’s larger-than-life footsteps, he is to be commended for doing his own thing, with his own sound, in a band that doesn’t even remotely resemble Iron Maiden.  As Lions more than stand on their own as a band that blends a variety of influences to develop a sound that is an ideal fit for today’s active rock scene.

Many younger bands strive to just become relevant, but the one thing that may have been passed down from one rock generation to another is the desire to be much more than relevant.  From the beginning, the band has had high aspirations.  According to their bio…“We had a mission statement to each other and to the music.  And that was to create the biggest, baddest, hard rock we could, and on an almost cinematic scale.”

If “Bury My Dead” is an indication of what’s to come from As Lions, their goal certainly seems attainable.
 

 
NIGHT RANGER – “Somehow Someway”
The opening notes of Night Ranger’s latest single, “Somehow Someway,” have a classic Motley Crue vibe before transitioning back into the more melodic, AOR sound that they have become known for since they began 35 years ago.  Nicely blended into the song is a Journey influence on some of the vocal runs and the harmonies.  It’s fitting that L.A. is mentioned in the song, as it was once the hub for melodic hard rock.  Some people may classify this incredible, feel-good song as “nostalgic,” but I’d prefer to call it timeless.  If you have an appreciation for musicianship, melody and harmonies, you’re going to love this track as much as you did the early work that turned you on to Night Ranger in the first place.
 

 

 

ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

SOEN – “Sectarian”

Being a fan of original Opeth drummer Martin Lopez, I was thrilled to hear a new Soen single from their upcoming new album, Lykaia.  Much like Opeth, Soen is progressive metal at its finest.  It combines the drumming chops of Lopez with the style of metal he excels at; progressive, heavy, and intricate.  Borrowing his influential playing from Opeth (with a Tool-esque sound), Soen soars to new heights with a great first single.  I am excited to hear the rest of the album when it is released.

 

WHITECHAPEL – “Mark of the Blade”

Deathcore titans Whitechapel returned in 2016 with a new album, Mark of the Blade.  Fans of the deathcore genre will find this album a pleasing saga of the continuation of the Whitechapel sound.  Typically, the band screams and growls through every song with a frenzy, but this album boasts some clean vocals by lead singer Phil Bozeman.  The band also features three guitar players to add to the chaos of heavy, fast riffing.  You want chaos with death metal vocals?  Whitechapel is your band.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

HEVIDENCE – “Dig in the Night”

Hevidence produces melodic metal with virtuoso guitar work that shifts effortlessly between neoclassical speed and classic rock.  Guitarist Diego Reali and his brother Stef founded the band Evidence in 2010 and released their debut album the following year.  They’ve since changed the name slightly and switched out some band members, returning with their second album, Nobody’s Fault.

 

NITERAIN – “Don’t Fade Away”

This Norwegian glam metal band’s debut album, Crossfire, was a hit with critics and fans in 2013.  They returned in late 2016 with their sophomore effort, Vendetta, and have crafted another fun melodic album with heavy Motley Crue influences.  This catchy number is one of the more laid back tracks (and the lone ballad on the album), with a chorus that really stays in your head long after the last note is played.

 

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

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

Music Discovery Monday – 12/19/16

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Music Discovery Monday – 12/19/16

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)

NICKELBACK – “Dirty Laundry”

The band that everyone seems to love to hate has delivered an energetic cover of Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry” that dials the heaviness up a notch and adds a cool groove, while staying fairly true to the original.  It seems fitting that a song about mass media sensationalism and yellow journalism is featured today, as we are reminded about how ineffective the media has become in a world where facts no longer seem to matter.  Critical message aside, this song can still be enjoyed by those who don’t care about the meaning behind the lyrics (provided that you are willing to listen with an open mind to one of the most maligned artists in recent memory).

 

AFFIANCE – “Africa”

There are two ways to approach a hard rock / metal cover song.  Some choose to stay somewhat true to the original, while others choose a different path and infuse a softer song with a heavy dose of adrenaline to make it their own.  Affiance chose the latter with their cover of “Africa” (arguably the most well-known song by Toto).  Those familiar with the original will hear the striking difference from the first note, and realize that “you’re not in Kansas anymore” (Wizard Of Oz reference for our younger readers).
 

 

 

ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

TRIVIUM – “The Storm”

Although this isn’t a new song, it is a new re-mix of the song ,so for those not familiar with Trivium, I present you a “new” song by the band.  “The Storm” was originally featured on Trivium’s first album, Ember to Inferno.  It has now been re-mixed for their new album, Ab Initio.  One of the best songs from their earlier days, fans of the band can hear the progression of the band’s music and vocals.  Matt Heafy’s voice has changed considerably over the years; the music was heavier and thrashier than recent releases.  Keep in mind that the guys in the band were all around the age of 17 when this album first came out.

 

IN FLAMES – “Save Me”

The melodic death metal founders from Gothenburg, Sweden are back with their 12th studio album, Battles.  Their first single from the album – “Save Me” – is classic In Flames (minus the harsher death metal vocals of yesteryear and with a lot more melody).  Older fans may not appreciate the change in direction, but regardless, the band’s attempt at moving forward and changing with the times is welcomed at a time when a lot of metal bands end up sounding the same.  Their melodic death metal roots have transformed the band into an almost melodic metalcore (which for some is not a bad thing at all).
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

DAYRIDE RITUAL – “Breaking Down”

Dayride Ritual assembles a cast of talented Florida musicians for hard rock with an abundance of groove.  Some of the guys have been playing together since they were kids, and the chemistry certainly comes through in the music.  “Breaking Down” is from their new album, Waking up Screaming.

 

WHITE WIDDOW – “Surrender My Heart”

Australian melodic rockers White Widdow return with their fourth album, Silhouette.  They continue to capture that ‘80s vibe with uplifting music delivered in layered harmonies and big, catchy choruses.

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

Music Discovery Monday – 12/12/16

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Music Discovery Monday – 12/12/16

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)

RIK EMMETT & RESOLUTION 9 – “Human Race”  (f. Alex Lifeson)

When you think of Canadian power trios, the first band that comes to mind for most is Rush.  For me, it’s always been Rush and Triumph, two bands that I love equally for different reasons.  So, when I saw that Alex Lifeson and Rik Emmett were collaborating, I was immediately intrigued.

It’s been almost three decades since the release of the last Triumph album with the original lineup (Surveillance).  One of the albums that has remained a personal favorite to this day is 1986’s The Sport Of Kings.  The album had an uplifting, melodic vibe that doesn’t really exist much these days.

“Human Race” is not only nostalgic for me because of the marriage between Triumph and Rush, but also because this song takes me back to the sound of the The Sport Of Kings album.

 

When discussing “Human Race,” Emmett stated…

“I’ve been around the block a few times, and one of the things that I like about the lyrics in ‘Human Race’ is when we get to the last verse, where it says ‘I am still this guy.  I still live this.  There’s also a line in there about a raising joyful noise – and I still want to do that too.”

 

Lifeson, who added 12-string guitar work to the song, added…

“When Rik asked me to play on this new album, I didn’t hesitate for a second.  He’s the consummate musician, a wonderful guitarist, and a terrific person.  It’s always been my pleasure to play with him any chance I can get.”

For those like me who are big fans of Triumph and Rush, this is a great gift for the holiday season.

 

 

RIK EMMETT & RESOLUTION 9 (f. James LaBrie & Alex Lifeson) – “End Of The Line”

Alex Lifeson also made a guest appearance on RESolution 9’s “End Of The Line” (alongside Dream Theater’s James LaBrie).  This song has a heavier, edgier groove than “Human Race,” blending a classic ‘70s rock sound with the sweet sound of Emmett’s signature vocals.  The song is perfectly complemented by a mesmerizing lyric video, which takes you on a virtual train ride through a tunnel that gives it a psychedelic effect.

“End Of The Line” is a nice surprise that takes you on an unexpected journey, given that it is not the norm for any of the legends playing on the track (including Emmett).

 

Like Emmett and Lifeson, LaBrie also hails from Canada.  He shared his thoughts about being asked to contribute on this album…

“I’ve been extremely blessed and fortunate to meet so many great musicians and beautiful people throughout my career, and to have the opportunity to record with some of them is really the icing on the cake.  What a thrill it was to record with Rik, who is such an incredible musician and overall down-to-earth cool guy.”

“End Of The Line” brings to mind the saying…“it doesn’t have to be old to be classic.”
 

 

 

ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

VIMIC  “She Sees Everything”

Ever wonder what Joey Jordison has been doing since he departed from Slipknot?  Look no further.  A series of songs have been released from Vimic (Jordison’s new band) from their upcoming album, Open Your Omen.  The songs are a good mix of Jordison’s thrash/fast double bass drumming with a more classic metal feel.  It’s always refreshing to see a band member from one genre of metal release an album with a very different sound.  First, Corey Taylor traded in his death screams in Slipknot for melodic singing and vocal phrasing in Stone Sour.  Now Jordison has done it with Vimic.  It’s a far cry from Slipknot, but if you’re a fan of Jordison’s, you’ll be glad to hear his drumming again in his new band.

 

DEVILDRIVER “Daybreak”

Devildriver’s seventh studio album, Trust No One, is classic Devildriver at their best.  For those not familiar with Devildriver, the band is fronted by Coal Chamber’s Dez Fafara.   The songs on this album are brutally aggressive that groove in the right way with their new addition of Chimaira’s drummer Austin D’Amond.  The lyrics are full of death, destruction and drips of desolation and despair while the music backing those lyrics are equally evil sounding.  Fans of the band and the groove metal genre will not be disappointed.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

DARIO MOLLO’S CROSSBONES – “Gates of Time”

I’ve reviewed the work of songwriter/guitarist Dario Mollo before as part of his collaborations with Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath) on the three Cage albums, and with Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion, Deep Purple, California Breed) as part of Voodoo Hill.  Here, Mollo pays tribute to his very first band, Crossbones, which was formed in 1981 and released its first studio album in 1989.  He brings back original drummer Ezio Secomandi, together with Dario Patti on bass and keyboards and Carl Sentance (Nazareth, Don Airey Band, Krokus) on vocals.

 

BONEYARD DOG – “Lonely Room”

Vocalist Rob Mancini (Hotwire, Crush) and guitarist Davy Kerrigan team with drummer Ron Wikso (Foreigner, The Storm, Eddie Money) and keyboardist Tony Carey (ex-Rainbow) to produce classic rock with a strong blues influence.  They formed the band Boneyard Dog barely a year ago, and have recently released their debut album, Bluesbound Train.  They’ve crafted some fine tunes and have guest appearances from Marc Lynn (Gotthard), John Pratt (Firefly), and Neil Murray (Whitesnake).

 

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

Music Discovery Monday – 12/5/16

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Music Discovery Monday – 12/5/16

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)

THE GREG BILLINGS BAND (f. BRIAN JOHNSON) – “Old Friends Don’t Come Easy”

When Brian Johnson’s hearing problems forced him to suddenly leave AC/DC, fans were hoping that someday he would return to the stage (or at the very least, the studio).  It’s safe to say that most people didn’t expect his return to happen as a guest vocalist (on a fitting song) with The Greg Billings Band.

You might be wondering how the band was able to land Johnson for a guest vocal spot.  I must admit, I wondered the same thing, having not heard of them until recently.  It turns out that Billings has a history that dates back to the ‘80s with a band called Romeo (which was signed to Epic Records).  The band – who gained popularity in Florida – changed their name to Stranger before the album was released.

Stranger, with their “hook-laden songs” and “electrifying stage show,” became well-known in the southeast.  Although the band released a number of albums through the years, most were independent.  Fast forward to 2003…two original members of Stranger – Billings (vocals) and Tom King (bass) – continue the phenomenon that began in the ‘80s.

“Old Friends Don’t Come Easy” – from the band’s upcoming album Boom Boom All Night! – captured my attention because of the reemergence of Johnson, but the band more than stands on its own with its brand of feel-good, gin-soaked, honky-tonk rock and roll.

The smooth vocals of Billings are the Johnnie Walker Blue to Johnson’s edgy shot of Jack Daniels.  Together, this vocal duo makes for an interesting blend that works perfectly together.

It just so happens that the lyrics of the song paint a picture of a nostalgic bar memories, but even if they didn’t, listening to “Old Friends Don’t Come Easy” makes you want to hit the bar for happy hour.  Bluesy guitar, great vocals and rollicking piano…what more can you ask for?

 

 

ICE ON MERCURY – “Blind Leading The Lifeless”

Hailing from South Australia, Ice On Mercury hits you with a rare blend of aggression and infectious melody from the first note on “Blind Leading The Lifeless.”  The band cites Anthrax as one of their influences, which is something that you definitely hear in the song, along with shades of fellow Down Under rockers Parkway Drive, Bullet For My Valentine and Hellyeah.  Like Anthrax, who excels at combining blood-pumping, in-your-face metal with humor, Ice On Mercury can rock out with the best of them without taking themselves too seriously.  After you listening to this killer track, I checked out the band’s bio on Facebook and learned that they like “long walks on the beach, romantic candle-lit dinners and rocking out with ye Ol’ Cock Out!!!”  Make sure to check these guys out!
 

 

 

ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

KREATOR – “Gods of Violence”

One of the founding fathers of death metal are back with their new single, “Gods of Violence” (the title track from their new album).  Having been a fan since the late ‘80s, it’s great to this band still writing new material.  The new single is not much of a departure from their earlier work, just updated to sound a little more modern.  Kreator still has fierce aggression and nihilistic lyrics, but the songwriting has become more melodic (and even anthemic in its choruses).  Their 14th album looks to be a strong one.

 

VADER – “Prayer to the God of War”

The death metal giants from Poland are back with their 13th studio album, The Empire.  The album is heavy – like skull-crushing heavy – and full of double-bass drumming, growls and old school, thrashing guitar riffs.  Vader is one of the rare bands in the genre to enjoy longevity and still be writing great new music.  Since 1983, this band has brutally impressed their fans with their brand of speed/thrash/death metal in the same vein as Slayer.  This album does not disappoint.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

DEFIANT – “Time Isn’t Healing”

Ukrainian power metal band Defiant has opted for English-lyrics-only on their sophomore album, making some high quality music instantly more accessible to the metal world. This is the title track, which conveys an idea of their melodic approach with some speed and progressive influences.

 

FEANOR – “We Are Heavy Metal”

Feanor is another power metal band that has just elected to release their first English-lyrics-only album this year.  After a five-year stretch, this is the Argentinian band’s third album. Check them out rocking hard (but melodically) here on the title song, and listen for a guest appearance on vocals from Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath) on the excellent “Crying Games.”

 

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

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

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

Music Discovery Monday – 11/14/16

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Music Discovery Monday – 11/14/16

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, Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy shares the story behind two songs from the band’s recently-released album, The Last Hero. 

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)

ALTER BRIDGE – “My Champion”

Much to the delight of many, Alter Bridge is back with a new album in 2016, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.  In a year of chaos, division and loss, it’s nice to know that you can count on AB to wash away the worries of the world and lift your spirits.

Unlike their previous album (2013’s Fortress) – which saw a wide gap between singles – this time around, the band has already released three singles.  This is following along with the current trend in rock where high-profile artists are literally overlapping singles in order to get the most traction and build excitement.

From the first notes of “My Champion,” you can feel the positivity flowing before the lyrics even kick in.  Not only is the vibe of the song uplifting, but the lyrics are as well.  Myles Kennedy’s vocals are stellar as usual, as he delivers a song of hope and inspiration (something that many people can use nowadays).  The riffs, the leads, the vocals, the harmonies, the lyrics.  Everything just works on “My Champion.”  It’s the kind of song that makes you feel better with each listen.

 

In an exclusive Hard Rock Daddy interview, Myles Kennedy shared the meaning and inspiration behind “My Champion”

“The song was inspired by things that I would hear while growing up from role models, parents and whatnot.  I was a real late bloomer growing up.  Once my friends started to hit their teen years, they were starting to look like real men and women, and I looked like a child.  I look back on it now and it was kind of funny, but going through it was real challenging.  You don’t want to feel alienated and different than your peers.  You want to be able to keep up with your friends.  I would hear these words of wisdom to keep pushing forward.  Kind of like… “buck up little camper” (as they say), so I think that a lot of the lyrical content for ‘My Champion’ resonates that.”

 

 

ALTER BRIDGE – “Poison In Your Veins”

Along with “Show Me A Leader” and “My Champion,” Alter Bridge has also released a video for “Poison In Your Veins.”  The tone of this song is more along the lines “Addicted To Pain” (the lead single off of Fortress).

Like “My Champion,” the song is incredibly melodic, but a bit edgier to go along with the lyrics that delve into fear of loss.  The soaring vocals of Myles Kennedy, blended with beautiful harmonies and haunting moments, is exactly what you want from an Alter Bridge song.  Although Kennedy is also the voice of Slash’s solo work, when you listen to AB, you can hear a signature sound that is instantly recognizable.

 

During the Hard Rock Daddy exclusive interview with Myles Kennedy, he also shared the meaning behind “Poison In Your Veins”… 

“This is another song that has a certain amount of personal meaning.  I guess that you can look at it as any sort of fear, not wanting to take chances or risks and not believing in yourself at the end of the day.  It’s about looking into the psychology of that.  It’s a pretty common theme in a lot of our material, and I think that it probably always will be, because those concepts and mantras in songs like that end up becoming very useful in my own life.  It’s nice to know that it resonates with others, and that they can find inspiration from it as well.”
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

SICK OF IT ALL “Black Venom”

Sick Of It All just released their new album, When the Smoke Clears, and fans of the New York Hardcore genre should be as excited as I am.  “Black Venom” is classic Sick Of It All…heavy breakdowns, angst-filled lyrics and screams of Lou Koller all balled up into one huge mosh pit, slam dancing great time.  The band has been around since 1986, and is still going strong 30 years later!

 

SERPENTINE DOMINION “On The Brink Of Devastation”

What do you get when you mix Cannibal Corpse and Killswitch Engage together?  You get Serpentine Dominion of course!  Adam D’s guitar work is phenomenal as always, but when combined with the death metal vocals of George Fisher, it becomes a great listen for fans of the technical death metal genre.  There’s even a semi-melodic chorus in the song (reminiscent of Killswitch Engage).  This album is a great example of why I love supergroups.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

HAMMERFALL – “The Sacred Vow”

Swedish power metal giants Hammerfall have just released their tenth studio album, Built To Last.  As that title might suggest, they have a winning formula when it comes to this genre and they don’t stray from it.  This song tip-toes in on an acoustic guitar before exploding into galloping intensity.  The riffs are tight and memorable, there are poignant interludes to contrast with the speed and power, and the chorus layers in the vocals for deep harmony.

 

CIVIL WAR – “Tombstone”

I’ve reviewed Civil War twice before on Music Discovery Monday for songs from each of their previous albums.  The collaboration of vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson with ex-Sabaton members returns for a third album, The Last Full Measure, again marrying power metal to military and historical themes.  Here they tell the tale of the gunfight at the OK Corral, in Tombstone, New Mexico.

 

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

Music Discovery Monday – 11/7/16

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Music Discovery Monday shines a light on artists that are not getting the radio attention that they deserve, while also showcasing new singles by established bands that are likely to get airplay in the future.

This week, in a Hard Rock Daddy exclusive, legendary frontman Graham Bonnet shares the story behind two songs from his recently-released double album, The Book. 

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)

GRAHAM BONNET BAND – “Into The Night”

Graham Bonnet’s most well-known songs date all the way back to 1979.  Two songs from his lone album with Rainbow – “Since You’ve Been Gone” and “All Night Long” – have stood the test of time, and still get played on classic rock stations to this day.

In 1983, Bonnet joined forces with (a then unknown) Yngwie Malmsteen to form Alcatrazz.  Like the relationship with Ritchie Blackmore, his stint with Yngwie only lasted for one album, but there were some moments of pure magic created together.

Bonnet has remained active (albeit under-the-radar) with stints fronting MSG and Impellitteri. The voice that captivated fans back in the day has remained incredibly powerful.  In fact, if you didn’t know any better, you’d swear that “Into The Night” was a lost track from the late-‘70s or early-‘80s.  It’s that good!

The legendary frontman has plenty of solo experience under his belt, sprinkled in between his work with other bands.  Though his latest project bears his name, Bonnet has put together an outstanding lineup for Graham Bonnet Band (Beth-Ami Heavenstone on bass and backing vocals, Conrado Pesinato on guitar and Chase Manhattan on drums).  There is an undeniable chemistry between this impressive foursome that comes shining through on “Into The Night,” a song that blends the best of Rainbow, Yngwie and symphonic power metal, and gets better with each listen.

 

In a Hard Rock Daddy exclusive interview, Graham Bonnet discussed the true story that inspired the lyrics for “Into The Night”

“This is kind of like a true story.  In fact, in the song, I’m singing as though it’s about someone else, but it’s actually about me.  It’s about a guy who goes away on a long tour to Australia, and comes back home to find that he can’t get in the door, and starts to wonder why.  The key doesn’t seem to fit, but it must, because it’s the key that he brought with him on tour.  The story goes on to say that the girl that he was married to (my ex), comes to the door without a smile on her face.

In the song, the guy had just come back from a long trip to Australia (after a month’s tour), and when he walked into the house, found that all of his bags were packed to move out that day.

It’s kind of about divorce and being sent away from the ones you love.  That’s what happened to me.  So, in the song, I’m singing about somebody else, but the main protagonist is actually me.  It’s a real story that goes on to tell how the guy ends up alone.  This happened about seven or eight years ago, but it’s stuck with me.

I’m a little happier now than I was back then.  I have a new life now, but having no life (so to speak) back then, I thought that it was kind of important to write about it.  It got the damn monkey off my back.  It seems like when you write things down or talk about them, it gets a lot easier after a while.”

 

 

GRAHAM BONNET BAND – “California Air (Better Here Than There)”

Like “Into The Night,” “California Air (Better Here Than There)” comes from Graham Bonnet Band’s latest release, The Book (an epic double album that features remakes of some of Bonnet’s most well-known work).

Bonnet’s amazing vocals are complemented by his gregarious personality and sense of humor, both of which take center stage on this feel-good rock anthem.

You can take the boy out of the arena, but you can’t take the arena out of the boy.  Ok, I realize that is not really a saying, but just the same, there’s something extremely nostalgic about hearing songs that feel like they were meant to be played in front of thousands.

In a perfect world, Bonnet fans would get the opportunity to see him perform his latest songs and classics alike in an arena setting.  Unfortunately, the state of rock music (especially in the U.S.) makes that an unlikely scenario.  However, “California Air (Better Here Than There)” will electrify a crowd of any size.  This song is a timeless, instant classic that deserves much more attention than it is likely to get in the current climate.

 

During the exclusive interview with Hard Rock Daddy, Bonnet also shared the story behind “California Air (Better Here Than There)” and a shocking revelation as well…

“It’s a bit of a tongue-in-cheek song, because we all know what the California air is like.  It’s awful; it’s terrible; it’s really, really bad (especially in Los Angeles).  But at the same time, we also try to be healthy here.  Everybody’s out there jogging in this awful air, and thinking that they’re becoming healthier.  The shape of their bodies may be ok, but when the air that you’re breathing isn’t that good, what’s in the body?  And, me being asthmatic as I am, I can tell if the smog is really heavy.  It’s very hard for me to breathe.

The song is meant to be sarcastic and tongue-in-cheek, not literal.  One of the lines in the song is ‘it’s better here than there.’  I’m talking about being in the cold by the North Sea in England.  I would trade England any day to be here in California.  I go back to England quite a bit, and it’s always nice to come back to here.  It’s a little bit of a joke and a little bit of a dig.  Is this an angel’s town or is it a lipsticked pig?”
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

DESTRAGE – “Don’t Stare at the Edge”

Italian progressive metalcore act Destrage is back with their fourth album, A Means to No End Fans of the genre will not be disappointed with the opening riff and the weird syncopated drum intro.  The melody in the catchy chorus begs the listener to scream along with singer Paolo, as the rest of the band chugs along in odd time.  This band is so good, that calling them progressive metalcore doesn’t do them justice.

 

KHEMMIS “Three Gates”

Doom metal is difficult to do right.  There has to be the right amount of sludge, melody and heaviness.  Khemmis (from Denver, Colorado) did it right with their new album, Hunted.  Their single, “Three Gates,” has great melodies with doom-laden growling verses, the guitars are heavy and slow with interludes of clean undistorted guitars adding to the eeriness of the song.  Couple that with the rhythm section’s sludgy feel, and you have a great doom metal tune.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

THE ANSWER – “Beautiful World”

From the intense groove to vocals often reminiscent of Robert Plant, there is an undeniable Led Zeppelin influence coursing through this Northern Irish hard rock band’s sixth album.  It combines poignantly with the Gaelic and Celtic influences of the band’s roots. This haunting selection stands out as an early personal favorite.

 

WILD SOULS – “Dirty Mind”

Wild Souls is a melodic rock band out of Greece, founded in 2010 by guitarist Kostis Tsiligiris.  This is the first single from their recently released album, Game of Love.  It nicely captures that classic late-‘80s sound, with some modern touches.

 

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

Music Discovery Monday – 10/31/16

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Music Discovery Monday shines a light on artists that are not getting the radio attention that they deserve, while also showcasing new singles by established bands that are likely to get airplay in the future.

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

In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlist below, all songs featured on Music Discovery Monday can be listened to individually by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles above each review.
 

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

BEASTO BLANCO – “Feed My Frankenstein”

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

On Alice Cooper’s thoughts about the song…

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

 

Calico Cooper shared her thoughts with Hard Rock Daddy…

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

 

 

ANTHRAX – “Monster At The End”

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

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

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

LAMB OF GOD – “The Duke”

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

 

RED FANG – “Not For You”

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

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

BAD FLOWERS – “City Lights”

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

 

IRON CURTAIN – “Into The Fire”

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

 

SUBMISSIONS

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