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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 1/12/17

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 1/12/17

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, the ’80s (the glory days of hard rock), hidden gems of the ’90s and hard rock/metal songs of the new millennium (as recent as a few years ago).

Whenever possible, it will also contain interviews from featured artists discussing the inspiration and meaning behind their songs.   On the last Thursday of each month, we will be doing special themes that feature songs based on specific categories or years.

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

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

ROB ZOMBIE – “The Great American Nightmare” (1997)

In some ways, it’s hard to believe that Rob Zombie’s “The Great American Nightmare” came out 20 years ago.  In other ways, the song seems like a current rock song.  Confused?  This song was originally written to be featured on the soundtrack to Private Parts, a biopic about radio legend Howard Stern.  It quickly became much more than that as it was turned into the theme song for his daily radio show.  It’s the song that I’ve heard more than any other over the past two decades, but ironically, I very rarely hear it in its entirety, as it is always talked over before it ends.  Not only does the song/movie turn 20 this year, but it also happens to be Howard’s birthday today, so this seemed like the most fitting song to choose to kick of Hard Rock Music Time Machine 2017.

 

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS (f. LL COOL J) – “I Make My Own Rules” (1997)

It certainly hasn’t gotten the exposure that Rob Zombie has gotten, but “I Make My Own Rules” was also featured on the Private Parts soundtrack.  If you are familiar with Howard Stern, you know that this song also would have been an excellent choice to be the theme song to his radio show.  LL opens the song with swagger – “You know the rules of the game baby…We can handle this like gentlemen, or we can get into some gangsta shit…This is big time rock and roll baby” – before the Chili Peppers jump in with their signature funk rock sound, which carries throughout.  LL can be as smooth as silk, but he can also lay the hammer down (as he does on this underrated track).  This is one of the more forgotten rap/rock collaborations, but it’s a good one that is worthy of revisiting.
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

AMON AMARTH – “Guardians of Asgaard” (2008)

I admit it; I was watching Vikings when this song was playing in the background, which inspired me to include it on this week’s HRMTM.  This melodic death metal band delivers with a killer track from their seventh studio album, Twilight of the Thunder God.  Their music is heavy, with chugging riffs and a pounding rhythm section that gives you no choice but to bang your head.  Their videos are entertaining as well, taking the Nordic Viking mythos to another level.  Sound the battle horns when you blast Amon Amarth!

 

ARCH ENEMY – “You Will Know My Name” (2014)

In the realm of melodic death metal, props must be given to Sweden’s Arch Enemy.  “You Will Know My Name” – from the band’s 9th studio album, War Eternal – starts off with a classical style guitar riff, some keyboards and an almost flamenco drum beat while exploding into the death metal growls of Alissa White-Gluz.  Arch Enemy is one of few female-fronted melodic death metal bands that is able to produce material that appeals to the fans of this genre.  One cannot think of melodic death metal without including Arch Enemy on that list.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

CIRCUS MAXIMUS – “Game of Life” (2012)

Norwegian progressive metal band Circus Maximus released one of their best albums in 2012 with Nine. This upbeat (but complex) number from that album moves a series of poignant questions through some inspired arrangements.

 

ANDRE MATOS – “Separate Ways” (2007)

In 2007, Brazilian vocalist and pianist Andre Matos (ex-Viper, ex-Angra, ex-Shaman) put out his first solo album, Time To Be Free.  In addition to some amazing original material, he did justice to Steve Perry’s high range vocals while covering this Journey classic.  The guitars are amped up high, together with his voice, as the band brilliantly “metalizes” the song.

 

Top 10 Metal Albums of 2016

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By Andy Cheung

 

1 – DEATH ANGEL – The Evil Divide

I haven’t stopped listening to this album since it came in May.  The Evil Divide is thrash metal at its finest, and one of the band’s albums since releasing Act III in 1990.  The guitar work is phenomenal, the rhythm section is heavy and grooves, and Rob Cavestany’s vocals soar and growl…providing the emotions portrayed in each song.

 

 

2 – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – Incarnate

The fathers of metalcore impress once again with their release of Incarnate.  Jesse Leach’s passionate lyrical musings and delivery are top-notch, with his clean vocals and death growls throughout the album.  The Killswitch recognizable sound is there with Adam D’s and Joel Stroetzel’s guitar mastery, rounded out with bassist Mike D’Antonio and Justin Foley’s pounding rhythm section.  Incarnate is a great album released by a great band.

 

 

3 – ANTHRAX – For All Kings

This member of “The Big Four” released one hell of an album this year.  For All Kings might very well be one of Anthrax’s best releases to date.  The album is heavy and polished, something to be expected from veterans of the thrash metal scene.  Joey Belladonna sounds just as good now as he did back when the band first started 35 years ago, as does Scott Ian, Frank Bello and Charlie Benante.  Jonathon Donais (ex Shadows Fall) is a great addition to the classic lineup of a classic thrash metal band.

 

 

4 – GOJIRA – Magma

These environmentalist metallers from France released their 6th album this year.  The band has always made their own rules (as far as sound goes), and Magma is no different.  It’s atmospheric at times, brutally heavy at other times.  One of Gojira’s best releases to date.

 

 

5 – TWELVE FOOT NINJA – Outlier

Another album that I have not stopped listening to is Twelve Foot Ninja’s Outlier.  This album is so eclectic and unique – heavy with a mixture of djent, folk, and jazz – that dissecting each song would take years to do.  Their musical compositions have impressed me and made me an instant fan.

 

 

6 – AMON AMARTH – Jomsviking

Brutal and melodic, two reasons why Jomsviking is one of the best releases of 2016.  Their 10th studio album is the band’s first concept album, and probably one of their strongest to date.  This melodic death metal band takes the Viking/Norse mythology and dials it up a notch.  Raise your horns!

 

 

7 – OPETH – Sorceress

Metal fans will always gripe about Opeth’s change in direction from death metal to progressive rock/melodic metal, but at the end of the day, the band’s 12th studio album is a great one.  Sorceress is chock-full of imagery, ranging in sound from folky prog-rock, to bluesy to heavy.  The album is an overall excellent addition for all progressive metal fans.

 

 

8 – KATATONIA – The Fall of Hearts

In the realm of emotional metal, there is none better than Sweden’s Katatonia.  Each song on The Fall of Hearts drips with passion and emotion as the band laments on love and loss, while backed with beautiful, haunting melodies and gorgeous music.

 

 

9 – LACUNA COIL – Delirium

“The House of Shame” was the first single I listened to when the album was first released in May.  From the eerie intro, to the death metal growl of Andrea Ferro, and the operatic voice of Cristina Scabbia, I knew right away that this was going to be one of their best albums yet.  The rest of the album is just as heavy and dark (even more than their previous releases).

 

 

10 – SUICIDAL TENDENCIES – World Gone Mad

Classic crossover hardcore/metal band from Venice Beach, CA, Suicidal Tendencies released a highly-anticipated album this year.  The addition of Dave Lomabardo on drums is awesome!  The classic Suicidal sound is there, with Mike Muir’s vocals, the funky bass and heavy guitars are all accented with the ex-Slayer’s pounding drumming.

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 5/14/16

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 5/14/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      2. CANDLEBOX – Disappearing In Airports
      3. DEFTONES – Gore
      4. ACE FREHLEY – Origins Vol. 1
      5. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      6. TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION – Dark Side Of The Night
      7. AMON AMARTH – Jomsviking
      8. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      9. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      10. ASKING ALEXANDRIA – The Black
      11. 3 DOORS DOWN – Us And The Night
      12. BABYMETAL – Metal Resistance
      13. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – Incarnate
      14. OTEP – Generation Doom
      15. ABORTED – Retrogore

RELATED ARTICLES:

Top 135 Hard Rock Songs of 2015

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2015

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 5/7/16

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 5/7/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. ACE FREHLEY – Origins Vol. 1
      2. DEFTONES – Gore
      3. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      4. OTEP – Generation Doom
      5. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      6. AMON AMARTH – Jomsviking
      7. METALLICA – Liberte Fgalite Fraternite Metallica!: Live At Le Bataclan Paris France
      8. BABYMETAL – Metal Resistance
      9. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      10. ASKING ALEXANDRIA – The Black
      11. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      12. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – Incarnate
      13. 3 DOORS DOWN – Us And The Night
      14. BLACK STONE CHERRY – Kentucky
      15. LITA FORD – Time Capsule

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Top 135 Hard Rock Songs of 2015

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2015

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums Archives

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 4/30/16

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 4/30/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. DEFTONES – Gore
      2. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      3. ERRA – Drift
      4. FILTER – Crazy Eyes
      5. BABYMETAL – Metal Resistance
      6. HALESTORM – Into The Wild Life
      7. AMON AMARTH – Jomsviking
      8. BLACK STONE CHERRY – Kentucky
      9. ASKING ALEXANDRIA – The Black
      10. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      11. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      12. 3 DOORS DOWN – Us And The Night
      13. IN THIS MOMENT – Black Widow
      14. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      15. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – Incarnate

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Top 135 Hard Rock Songs of 2015

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums Archives

Music Discovery Monday – 4/18/16

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Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 4/18/16.

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)

TREMONTI – “Dust”

Alter Bridge fans are still waiting to find out when the follow-up to 2013’s Fortress will be released.  The band’s three-year release schedule can feel like an eternity at times, but the good news is that the members of the band stay active in between AB releases.  Mark Tremonti has been particularly active over the past few years, releasing not one, but two studio albums.  With less than a year between 2015’s Cauterize and 2016’s Dust (dropping later this month), Tremonti has basically put out the equivalent of a modern-day double album.  This is the same approach that Five Finger Death Punch and Stone Sour have used in recent years for their double albums.

The title track off of Tremonti’s upcoming release opens with a somber acoustic guitar, which is actually the melody line that Tremonti sings when the vocals come in.  The highly-acclaimed axe man continues to shine as a lead vocalist with a style that is all his own.  Of course, no Tremonti track would be complete without impressive guitar work, and “Dust” delivers as you would expect.  It’s another in a long line of outstanding songs from Tremonti.

If there is a band with two greater guitar and vocal double-threats than Alter Bridge with Tremonti and Myles Kennedy, I have yet to discover them.  Thankfully, both of them are so prolific, that the prolonged wait between AB albums is at least tolerable.

 

 

WALKING WITH GIANTS – “Heavy Hand”

Though Mark Tremonti and Myles Kennedy’s work outside of Alter Bridge gets more attention, they are not the only members of the band releasing new music between albums.  AB bassist Brian Marshall recently completed his second album with Walking With Giants, a project that also includes Clint Lowery and Morgan Rose of Sevendust this time around.  While this may appear to be some sort of supergroup, the story behind the band is actually more interesting than that. Singer/guitarist Gary Noon is the creative force behind the music.  It just so happens that he is one of the rare talents that is able to get musicians from his two favorite bands (Alter Bridge & Sevendust) to help bring his songs to life.

“Heavy Hand” – the latest single from Walking With Giants’ sophomore release, Worlds Unknown – has an understandable influence of the aforementioned bands, but it is the unexpected flavor of ‘80s supergroup Asia that makes this song so intriguing.  Noon may have the least name recognition of the group, but from a talent perspective, he fits right in with the rest of the band.

 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

SLAYER “You Against You”

Slayer is back with their 12th studio album.  Their second single, “You Against You” (from their new album, Repentless) is classic Slayer at their best.  With Gary Holt replacing the late Jeff Hanneman on rhythm and lead guitars, Paul Bostaph on drums and original members Tom Araya and Kerry King, this band has held true to its roots since their inception in the ‘80s.  Although Holt’s playing style differs from Hanneman’s, this song exhibits the trademark Slayer guitar screeches, off-key solos, speedy tempo and gruff vocals.  Couple that with the violent, bloody video and you’ve got another classic Slayer tune to bang your head to.

 

AMON AMARTH “At Dawn’s First Light”

Ever watch the show Vikings on the History Channel?  Take Amon Amarth’s single “At Dawn’s First Light” (from their new album Jomsviking) and play it during all of the killing scenes.  That sums up the sonic brutality and heaviness of Amon Amarth.  Call them what you will; death metal, melodic metal, melodic death metal, but you cannot deny the history and longevity of this metal band from Sweden.  Concept albums are nothing new in the hard rock/metal world, but Amon Amarth’s Jomsviking takes it to a whole new level of songwriting, growling, pounding double bass drumming and melodic guitar riffs.  Drink some mead, chew on a turkey leg, and enjoy the axe-wielding, arrow-piercing, bone-crushing savagery of Amon Amarth.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

THUNDERSTONE – “Fire And Ice”

Finland’s Thunderstone reunited with former lead singer Pasi Ranaten for their sixth album, Apocalypse Again.  It’s been seven years since their last album, but these melodic metal veterans are back strong in 2016.  The twin guitars crush on this one, with Ranaten’s throaty vocals soaring over the mayhem.

 

CANDLEBOX – “Vexatious”

They were big in the ‘90s and now they’re back….well, at least singer Kevin Martin is.  The rest of the band is brand new, which may explain a much heavier emphasis on guitar riffs and groove and that classic rock sound.  The new album is Disappearing In Airports and comes out on April 22nd.

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

HUMAN FORTRESS – “Thieves Of The Night”

“Theives Of The Night” is the latest from Germany’s ‘Epic Power Metal Band,’ Human Fortress.  The title track of their sixth studio album is rapid-fire and up-tempo, with plenty of really good guitar work.  Gus Monsanto’s raspy vocals go well with the melodic refrains in the song.  Formed back in 1997 as Timezone – but never releasing an album under that moniker – the band re-formed in 1999, and have been together ever since.

 

ALMANAC – “Self-Blinded Eyes”

Almanac is a new project led by former RAGE guitarist, Victor Smolski.  Textbook symphonic power metal to its core, the rueful “Self-Blinded Eyes” has outstanding drive and guitar work.  There are also excellent supporting arrangements by Orquestra Barcelona Filharmonia.

 

SUBMISSIONS

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 4/23/16

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 4/23/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. BLACK STONE CHERRY – Kentucky
      2. BABYMETAL – Metal Resistance
      3. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      4. AMON AMARTH – Jomsviking
      5. METAL CHURCH – XI
      6. HALESTORM – Into The Wild Life
      7. ASKING ALEXANDRIA – The Black
      8. COHEED AND CAMBRIA – The Color Before The Sun
      9. IN THIS MOMENT – Black Widow
      10. HIGHLY SUSPECT – Mister Asylum
      11. 3 DOORS DOWN – Us And The Night
      12. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      13. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – Incarnate
      14. TRIVIUM – Silence In The Snow
      15. DECYFER DOWN – The Other Side Of Darkness

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 4/16/16

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 4/16/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. ASKING ALEXANDRIA – The Black
      2. AMON AMARTH – Jomsviking
      3. METAL CHURCH – XI
      4. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      5. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      6. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – Incarnate
      7. 3 DOORS DOWN – Us And The Night
      8. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      9. JUDAS PRIEST – Battle Cry
      10. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      11. ANTHRAX – For All Kings
      12. THE WHO – The Who Hits 50!
      13. AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE – Tango Umbrella
      14. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit
      15. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark Before Dawn

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Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 8/10/13

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THE TOP 15 THIS WEEK:

  1. WE CAME AS ROMANS – Tracing Back Roots
  2. SKILLET – Rise
  3. BLACK SABBATH – 13
  4. HANDS LIKE HOUSES– Unimagine
  5. VANS WARPED TOUR ’13 – 2013 Tour Compilation
  6. SECRETS –  Fragile Figures
  7. SICK PUPPIES – Connect
  8. FIGHT OR FLIGHT – Life By Design?
  9. BRING ME THE HORIZON – Sempiternal
  10. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – …Like Clockwork
  11. SLEEPING WITH SIRENS – Feel
  12. HALESTORM – The Strange Case Of…
  13. ALICE IN CHAINS – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
  14. PHILLIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS – Walk Through Exits Only
  15. AMON AMARTH – Deceiver Of The Gods

HARD ROCK DADDY NOTES:

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 8/3/13

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THE TOP 15 THIS WEEK:

  1. SICK PUPPIES – Connect
  2. SKILLET – Rise
  3. BLACK SABBATH – 13
  4. PHILLIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS– Walk Through Exits Only
  5. VANS WARPED TOUR ’13 – 2013 Tour Compilation
  6. DEFEATER –  Letters Home
  7. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – …Like Clockwork
  8. SLEEPING WITH SIRENS – Feel
  9. BRING ME THE HORIZON – Sempiternal
  10. ALICE IN CHAINES – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
  11. AMON AMARTH – Deceiver Of The Gods
  12. HALESTORM – The Strange Case Of…
  13. AUGUST BURNS RED – Rescue & Restore
  14. FALLING IN REVERSE – Fashionably Late
  15. VOLBEAT – Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies

HARD ROCK DADDY NOTES: