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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 1/16/16

HRD Radio Report - Bobaflex - A Spider In The Dark

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.

Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 1/16/16.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

TOP 135 HARD ROCK SONGS 2015

TOP 50 ACTIVE ROCK SONGS (by spins) OF 2015

TOP 30 OCTANE BIG ‘UNS COUNTDOWN SONGS OF 2015

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 2 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wash It Away” 2109
2 1 DISTURBED “The Light” 1964
3 3 SHINEDOWN “State Of My Head” 1797
4 5 SEETHER “Save Today” 1411
5 4 HALESTORM “I Am The Fire” 1302
6 8 POP EVIL “Ways To Get High” 1255
7 7 THREE DAYS GRACE “Fallen Angel” 1187
8 9 FOO FIGHTERS “Saint Cecilia” 1055
9 10 NOTHING MORE “Here’s To The Heartache” 1028
10 6 GHOST “Cirice” 981
11 11 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Bloodfeather” 930
12 13 TRIVIUM “Until The World Goes Cold” 812
13 12 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Blow” 807
14 16 MUSE “Reapers” 727
15 14 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Mess Around” 648
16 19 SAINT ASONIA “Let Me Live My Life” 546
17 17 PARKWAY DRIVE “Vice Grip” 531
18 18 ARANDA “We Are The Enemy” 506
19 20 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Through It All” 454
20 28 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Happy Song” 444
21 23 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “In Chains” 431
22 21 ALL THAT REMAINS “Victory Lap” 421
23 22 IN THIS MOMENT “Big Bad Wolf” 385
24 26 ESCAPE THE FATE “Alive” 329
25 25 THE STRUTS “Kiss This” 322
26 38 RED SUN RISING “Emotionless” 308
27 42 PAPA ROACH “Falling Apart” 300
28 24 NATHANIEL RATELIFF / NIGHTSWEATS “S.O.B.” 277
29 33 FAILURE ANTHEM “Paralyzed” 255
30 27 WILSON “Right To Rise” 237
31 29 STITCHED UP HEART “Finally Free” 230
32 41 ADELITA’S WAY “Bad Reputation” 224
33 30 TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA “Forget About The Blame” 219
34 37 TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN “Loaded Dice & Buried Money” 208
35 32 TURBOWOLF “Rabbits Foot” 203
36 36 DROWNING POOL “By The Blood” 198
37 40 LACEY STURM “Impossible” 193
38 34 ANDREW WATT “Ghost In My Head” 192
39 44 SLIPKNOT “Goodbye” 186
40 31 ATREYU “Do You Know Who You Are” 168
41 35 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Stressed Out” 156
42 45 PUSCIFIER “The Remedy” 129
43 46 STONE SOUR (f. LZZY HALE) “Gimme Shelter” 121
44 0 3 DOORS DOWN “In The Dark” 119
45 43 GODSMACK “Inside Yourself” 113
46 50 DISTURBED “The Sound Of Silence” 110
47 47 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE “Venom” 108
48 48 WAYLAND “Bloody Sunrise” 107
49 49 I PREVAIL “Crossroads” 91
50 51 BARONESS “Shock Me” 87

 


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

BOBAFLEX – “A Spider In The Dark”

Following up the anthemic “Mama Don’t Take My Drugs Away” – the lead single from Anything That Moves – Bobaflex returns with “A Spider In The Dark.” Fans of the band have come to expect the outstanding vocal chemistry between the McCoy brothers (Marty and Shaun), but this time around, the band mixes it up to showcase the equally-talented vocal prowess of guitarist Dave Tipple, who combines with Marty to deliver chilling harmonies over an acoustic intro. Bobaflex is one of the more creative artists around today, especially when it comes to making videos. Watch this video to see how truly appropriate it is to use the word “chilling” to describe this song. The intensity slowly builds until the rest of the band kicks in with a powerful, driving rhythm that is like a shot of adrenaline, featuring Bobaflex’s signature phrasing (which is truly unique, and sets them apart from their fellow hard rock brethren). Whereas many bands today accentuate angst with growls, Bobaflex achieves the same effect with melodic gang vocals and harmonies. The band’s sound continues to evolve, to the point where even their breaks have a great deal of musicality. Saying that this is one of the best songs of the year would hold more weight if we weren’t still in January, but I have a feeling that this one is going to have staying power that lasts well into the year.

 

 

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…

BOBAFLEX“A Spider In The Dark”

SMASHING SATELLITES“Gamblin Man”

MEGADETH“Dystopia”

CILVER“I’m America”

UGLY KID JOE“She’s Already Gone”

SEPTEMBER MOURNING“Eye Of The Storm”

ADAKAIN“Hey Girl”

 

DROP IT…

Twenty One Pilots“Stressed Out”

Nate Rateliff & The Nightsweats“S.O.B.”

Cage The Elephant“Mess Around”

Ghost“Cirice”

The Struts“Kiss This”

In This Moment“Big Bad Wolf”

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – “Forget About The Blame”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

After more than a month as the bridesmaid, Five Finger Death Punch now sits at the top of the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart.  “Wash It All Away” essentially maintained its airplay while Disturbed saw a significant decline in spins for “The Light” and slid back to #2.  Shinedown remains at #3 for a fifth straight week, but appears well-positioned for an eventual stint at the top of the chart with “State Of My Head.”

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

No new entries into the Top 10 this week, but that’s likely to change a week from now, as several songs look to be starting their descent from the top…

Bring Me The Horizon reaches the Top 20 with “Happy Song” on a big jump in both chart positions and total spins…

New to the Top 30 this week a trio of disparate acts – last year’s breakout artist…Red Sun Rising, perennial format favorites…Papa Roach and newcomers…Failure Anthem

Arriving in the Top 40 this week, is the latest single from Adelita’s Way (which showed nice growth) and Slipknot’s latest (“Goodbye”), which is quietly picking up steam …

Two new songs make their Top 50 debut, including the lead single from the forthcoming Three Doors Down album (which will be their first full studio project in nearly five years).

 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Pop Evil“Ways To Get High”

Bring Me The Horizon“Happy Song”

Papa Roach“Falling Apart”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Disturbed“The Light”

Halestorm“Become The Enemy”

Ghost“Cirice”

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

It appears that the holiday lull is coming to an end, with a number of significantly aged songs starting to slide.  While there are songs that certainly start out slow and take longer to pick up broad support, it’s really difficult to for me to believe that there is ANY song that needs to have a six-month stay in the Top 50 as a “current.”  Given how much play remains for many songs in their next stage as a “recurrent” (the term for songs that recently exited the charts but keep getting spins for familiarity purposes), it’s hard not to feel a little bit sorry for listeners who spend entire days with a particular station.  I can promise those folks that there really are a lot more quality songs than you’re allowed to hear.  There’s so much radio-quality material in the marketplace right now that it strikes me as downright unconscionable to be as stingy with spins and adds as many stations are.  I understand the mathematics of song rotation quite well, but there is a sore need in the format for more aggressive and inventive decision-makers.  Sadly, I’m not going to hold my breath for them to appear.

 

WRAP-UP

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

 

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 8/30/15

HRD Radio Report - Bobaflex

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.

Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 8/30/15.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

2015 Mid-Year Recap: HRD Radio Report Active Rock and Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 1 SHINEDOWN “Cut The Cord” 2156
2 2 DISTURBED “The Vengeful One” 1923
3 3 POP EVIL “Footsteps” 1870
4 4 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Jekyll And Hyde” 1714
5 5 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Lydia” 1637
6 6 NOTHING MORE “Jenny” 1218
7 7 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Angels Fall” 1201
8 9 RED SUN RISING “The Otherside” 1150
9 8 SAINT ASONIA “Better Place” 1111
10 10 PAPA ROACH “Gravity” 1044
11 11 FOO FIGHTERS “Outside” 846
12 12 THE STRUTS “Could Have Been Me” 786
13 13 SLIPKNOT “Killpop” 706
14 18 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Throne” 686
15 14 ALL THAT REMAINS “For You” 668
16 15 P.O.D. “This Goes Out To You” 610
17 17 ARANDA “Don’t Wake Me” 603
18 20 STARSET “Halo” 594
19 19 OF MICE & MEN “Never Giving Up” 556
20 31 CHRIS CORNELL “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” 538
21 16 HALESTORM “Amen” 484
22 21 BEARTOOTH “In Between” 477
23 22 SEETHER “Nobody Praying For Me” 395
24 28 SEVENDUST “Thank You” 367
25 25 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “I Won’t Give In” 353
26 24 WE ARE HARLOT “Someday” 346
27 27 MUSE “Mercy” 341
28 26 GHOST “Cirice” 329
29 29 TRAPT “Passenger” 295
30 30 MUMFORD & SONS “The Wolf” 246
31 33 ARCS “Outta My Mind” 239
32 23 I PREVAIL “Blank Space” 228
33 34 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE “You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War)” 191
34 36 LAMB OF GOD “Overlord” 178
35 37 BUCKCHERRY “Bring It On Back” 175
36 32 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “Dirty Diana” 170
37 45 LIKE A STORM “Become The Enemy” 165
38 40 SEASONS AFTER “Weathered And Worn” 151
39 39 MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Unstoppable” 150
40 46 IN THIS MOMENT “Big Bad Wolf” 147
41 42 WILSON “Right To Rise” 147
42 49 ISLANDER “Cold Speak” 141
43 41 WITHIN REASON “Here Comes The Light” 140
44 36 ZAC BROWN BAND “Junkyard” 132
45 43 WE CAME AS ROMANS “The World I Used To Know” 112
46 44 BUTCHER BABIES “Never Go Back” 101
47 51 AWOLNATION “I Am” 96
48 47 MIGGS “Ordinary” 96
49 48 NEW YEAR’S DAY “Defame Me” 92
50 52 AWAKEN THE EMPIRE “Cross My Heart” 92


PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

BOBAFLEX – “Mama Don’t Take My Drugs Away”

Bobaflex has had previous success on Active Rock radio, and continues to write songs that make you reach for the dial and crank up the volume.  “Mama Don’t Take My Drugs Away” features everything that you want in an Active Rock song, but inexplicably, it still hasn’t cracked the Top 50 to date.  Thankfully, SiriusXM’s Octane has jumped on the track already to give it some exposure.  Although I personally have only heard it a handful of times on Octane, I know that it’s getting played because fans of the band are sharing photos of their radios every time that they hear the song (another clever way that this hard-working, DIY band connects with their fans). While existing fans have embraced the latest Bobaflex single, Active Rock radio listeners are not getting the opportunity that they deserve to discover the band.  Yes, this is going to sound like a broken record in this forum, but it’s mind-boggling that programmers continue to waste spins on a number of bands that are a terrible fit for the format, while bands that are a perfect fit fight for they attention that they deserve.  Any programmer that hears “Mama Don’t Take My Drugs Away” and chooses to spin songs that clearly don’t fit the Active Rock format instead, probably should have their drugs taken away!

 

 

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…

BOBAFLEX – “Mama Don’t Take My Drugs Away”

GEMINI SYNDROME“Eternity”

TRIVIUM“Silence In The Snow”

RUBIKON – “Live That Lie”

TREMONTI“Radical Change”

HEARTIST“Ignite”

PARKWAY DRIVE – “Vice Grip”

 

DROP IT…

Awolnation“I Am”

Mumford & Sons“The Wolf”

The Struts“Could Have Been Me”

Muse“Mercy”

The Arcs“Outta My Mind”

Zac Brown Band“Junkyard”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Another week at #1 for Shinedown’s “Cut The Cord” as the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart remains largely unchanged.  Disturbed is still second with Pop Evil and Five Finger Death Punch once again just behind.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Only one position change in the Top 13 songs this week, a flipping of #8 and #9…

Chris Cornell has the only song to debut in the Top 20; it’s also the only song to break into the Top 30 for the first time as it moves from 31 to 20…

Like A Storm has a second straight benchmark week, leading two new arrivals into the Top 40…

Only two debuts in the Top 50, and one of those is actually a re-entry.

 

 

 THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Red Sun Rising“The Otherside”

Foo Fighters – “Outside”

Chris Cornell“Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Disturbed“The Vengeful One”

Nothing More“Jenny”

Halestorm“Amen”

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

A good bit of the stagnation on the chart appears to be a function of how quickly several of the top songs flew up the chart.  The average time for the current Top 5 to have been in heavy rotation is around ten weeks now, and most of those songs reached the top within a couple of weeks of their chart debut.  It does look like there will be at least some shuffling of the order at the top by this time next week, but since there was less than usual to discuss this week, I’ll take advantage of the opportunity and leave you with a classic song that seems more than a little appropriate…

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 8/11/15

Music Discovery Monday - Bobaflex 2015

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 8/11/15.

Each week, the HRD team shares songs that fly below radio’s radar, ranging from lesser-known artists to deeper cuts from both up-and-coming and established artists.

In addition to exposing the Hard Rock Daddy audience to new music that isn’t getting the attention that it deserves from radio, Music Discovery Monday also features a segment called “Hard Rock Music Time Machine,” which showcases older songs (from the 70s to today) that hard rock music fans may have missed at the time of release.

In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlists beneath each section, all songs featured on Music Discovery Monday can be listened to by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles.

This week, Music Discovery Monday features an exclusive interview with Bobaflex’s Marty McCoy, who shares the deep meaning behind the band’s latest single, “Mama Don’t Take My Drugs Away.”

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

BOBAFLEX – “Mama Don’t Take My Drugs Away”

When you first hear “Mama Don’t Take My Drugs Away,” you might think that Bobaflex has written an infectious (dare I say “addictive”) drug anthem, but that is not the case.  While the song is both infectious and addictive, the meaning behind the song is not actually what it appears to be at first blush.  In an exclusive interview with Hard Rock Daddy, Marty McCoy (vocals, guitars) shared the true meaning of the song (see below).

The gang vocals at the beginning of the track are reminiscent of another song about drugs (Alice Cooper’s “Hey Stoopid”), but the verses are much grittier.  Bobaflex continues to hone their unique delivery of melodies on “Mama Don’t Take My Drugs Away,” distinguishing them amongst the plethora of hard rock artists on the scene today.  Like other independent artists, Bobaflex has to fight to get the attention that they deserve, but this is exactly the type of band that was the inspiration for Music Discovery Monday.  It should be noted that Bobaflex is the first band to have been the featured artist twice on Music Discovery Monday.  There will be more to come from this vastly underrated band in the near future, but for now, check out the story that Marty McCoy shared about “Mama Don’t Take My Drugs Away”

“My brother came up with the idea for the chorus.  He walked into the room and said ‘hey, I have this cool song that kind of has a Joan Jett feeling to it.’  He sang it one time in the room, and the whole band agreed that we should start working on it right away.  We pounded it out until we were happy with it.  We got the riffs down, had the choruses, and then verses just kind of came together as we were talking about all of our friends that we’ve seen on drugs.

None of the current members of the band have dealt with any personal drug issues, but we had a guitar player that got all ‘heroin-ed’ out, and had to leave the band and almost died.  He was at the point where he was as bad as you can possibly get on heroin without dying.

I remember carrying him to the doctor’s office in my arms.  He was green, and his liver was done.  He had a pretty bad case of Hepatitis.  I carried him into the doctor’s office and the doctor said that he wasn’t going to make it, and that he was going to die.

I pulled the doctor aside to talk to him.  He was being really mean and shitty to me because he thought that I was trying to score pain pills.  I told him that I found heroin needles in my friend’s room.  He had a look on his face that he realized that I was clueless as to what was going on, and not a junkie trying to score.  He said ‘no shit, Sherlock…he’s fucking gonna die because he has Hepatitis.’  When he realized that I wasn’t a junkie, he got much nicer to me.

So, this guitarist, who is one of my best friends, somehow came out of it and survived and is doing great now, but he would have been dead if I didn’t take him to the hospital.  The doctor thought that he was going to die even being in the hospital.

While I was trying to get him through everything, he was calling people from the hospital trying to get drugs.  I just left at that point.  I wasn’t going to sit there and watch him die.  A few days later, I spoke to him, and he didn’t even remember me being at the hospital.  He asked when we were going back on the road, and I told him that he wasn’t because he was dying of Hepatitis…he had no idea.  He wasn’t even going to try to quit, but somehow he got his ass clean.

We’ve been through so many things like this with drugs and our friends with the old heroin bug.  They’re all either dead, in jail or clean.  It only happens three different ways.  So, we just had all of this information and personal stories that we wrote about.

People say that the song sounds like a drug anthem, but it’s not.  It’s a story about a person flipping out on drugs.  We’ve all seen it too many times…people ripping the shit out of their apartment, kicking the walls in and looking through the carpet for whatever they can find, and being abusive to the person that’s not helping them out.

That’s pretty much what the song is about.  It’s a re-telling of a story that we’ve seen a million times.  People do go crazy when the drugs take over their body or they’re out of money and they can’t get it anymore.  They turn into an insane person who will do anything that they can to get the drugs, and it’s pretty gross.”

 

TRIVIUM – “Silence In The Snow”

The evolution of Trivium’s musical style is one of the more interesting in hard rock today.  They seemed to have found their sweet spot with their 2013 release, Vengeance Falls, with strong Active Rock tracks like “Strife” and “Villainy Thrives,” both of which tapped into their metalcore roots, while also showcasing Matt Heafy’s impressive vocals.  On the heels of their success, the transition away from metalcore (at least on “Silence In The Snow”) seems to be complete.  While it was somewhat surprising to see the band shift into a European metal sound on “Silence In The Snow,” Heafy did appear as a guest vocalist on two recent Dragonforce songs (“The Game” and “Defenders”), so it’s not a total shock.  SiriusXM’s Octane has embraced the song so far, but it remains to be seen if Active Rock will follow suit.  That being said, “Silence In The Snow” is an outstanding, melodic metal track with an European influence that is rarely found in an American band.  It may take some time for Trivium fans to get used to, but once they’ve given “Silence In The Snow” several listens, they will realize that great songwriting trumps a pre-conceived notions of how a band should sound.

 

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

BITERS – “Restless Hearts”

Some bands are tougher to find comparisons for, or even analogies.  That’s the case for me when it comes to trying to describe this Atlanta-based quartet.  The best that I can do – and I hope they won’t mind – might be “a punk-influenced update of The Outfield.”  It’s a straight up rock n’ roll record where their influences come through, but with ample musicianship and melody to go along with those roots.  The lead single from their just-released new album has a nice hook, which is always a plus.  This was my introduction to the band and they made a good first impression.

 

THE WYLDZ – “Let It Go”

Originally from Paris, now hailing from Austin, Texas” isn’t really a phrase you get to use that often, so I figured I might as well open with it.  Initially, there’s a temptation to think this might be another in the recent wave of 60s/70s rock-inspired bands that have appeared on the scene over the past few years, and then the guitar solo hits, and you realize that this trio brought some extra goods to the party.  There’s a line in the song that I think fits them nicely – “restless and climbing” – that might just be a good phrase to describe the band itself; it’s hard for me to picture them sitting still for very long.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

STRATOVARIUS – “Shine In The Dark”

Finnish power metal superstars Stratovarius have released the first single from their upcoming album, Eternal, due out next month.  This one tiptoes in ethereally, but just for moments before rhythm and riffs kick in, and layered vocals soar into a melodic chorus.  It promises that we’re in for a very strong addition to a discography that now spans thirty years.

 

BLURRED VISION – “No More War”

The Beatles merge into the modern rock and progressive rock eras in this song with a message, from the Canadian trio Blurred Vision.  A smooth approach and a catchy chorus conceal some deep songwriting at times.  Founded by brothers Sepp (vocals, guitar) and Sohl Osley (bass), Blurred Vision released their debut album, Organized Insanity, earlier this year.

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

LEPROUS – “The Price”

The opening to this track from Norweigen Prog metal band, Leprous, is unusual.  I classify it as articulate, precise, metal funk – very cool.  The song evolves to a more traditional prog piece with an alternative overtone.  Standout performance from the drummer, Baard Kolstad.  “The Price” is off of the band’s most recent album, The Congregation.

 

PRAYING MANTIS – “Fight For Your Honour”

Praying Mantis is a British metal band that has been around since 1974, flying under the radar all this time.  “Fight For Your Honour” is a great track about heroes and remembrance, which bats lead-off on their most recent album, Legacy.  Tight musicianship and great vocals from Jaycee Cuijpers.
 

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

 

 

HARD ROCK MUSIC TIME MACHINE

 ADAM WALDMAN

SCAR THE MARTYR – “Soul Disintegration” (2013)

What started out as a side project for Slipknot drummer, Joey Jordison, became his primary focus after being unceremoniously fired by the band that he had been a part of since their inception in 1995.  It’s unclear at this point what the status of the band is after the departure of frontman, Henry Derek Bonner.  In April of 2014, they posted an announcement in the news section of their website that they were auditioning singers, but nothing has been posted since.  It’s too bad that things didn’t work out with Bonner because he was a perfect fit for the band.  With Jordison pounding the skins, the Slipknot influence is there, but Scar The Martyr has a much more melodic sound due to the lead vocals and vocal harmonies.  “Soul Disintegration” starts with a haunting keyboard intro as the bass sets a dramatic pulse before kicking into an intense, heart-racing rhythm.  The chemistry of the band is evident throughout, particularly during the vocal harmonies.  Hopefully, the band will find a replacement that can pick up where Bonner left off, because this band is too good to just be a flash-in-the-pan.

 

BRUCE DICKINSON – “Road To Hell” (1997)

If you didn’t know any better, you’d swear that this was an obscure Iron Maiden track, rather than one of the numerous outstanding tracks from Bruce Dickinson’s fourth solo album, Accident Of Birth.  Had this album been released around the time of Number Of The Beast and Piece Of Mind, it may very well have ended up as a staple in most hard rock music collections.  As the saying goes, “timing is everything.”  This album was released around the time that metal was just starting to emerge from the doldrums of the 90s.  With his cancer scare behind him, Dickinson and Maiden are ready to take the world by storm again when their next studio album, The Book Of Souls, is released in September.  “Road To Hell” was chosen this week mainly because of two lines in the chorus that have resonated with me on a personal level recently…“The road to hell, is paved with good intentions…say farewell, we may never meet again.”  If you are a Maiden fan, you will appreciate this song, and the entire album for that matter.

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

EXTREME – “Decadence Dance” (1990)

It was 25 years ago this month that Extreme released their second album, Pornograffitti.  I’ll just pause for a moment and let that sink in for those who, like me, remember the album being released.  Boosted to double-platinum sales on the strength of two ballad hits, the album also sported a track that seemed to become more popular over the years (“Get The Funk Out”) and this one, which fared better in the U.K. as a single than it did in the U.S.  While it’s nice to revisit an older track, it may not be long before there’s new music from the band to enjoy, as vocalist Gary Cherone recently announced that the band would be heading into the studio to record a new album later this year.

 

MR. BIG – “Addicted To That Rush” (1989)

It almost feels like cheating to include this track into the Time Machine section of MDM.  It’s hard to imagine that it doesn’t have instant recognition for the majority of HRD readers, but it came to mind due to this being another band that could rock hard with the very best of ‘em, but had their biggest mainstream success and recognition with a ballad.  There really are people out there who recognize “To Be With You” as the group’s signature song.  I just don’t happen to be one of those people.  When I think of this collection of supergroup caliber musicians, this is what I think of first and foremost.

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

MARTIE PETERS GROUP – “Shallow” (2007)

These Danish melodic rockers released this catchy, introspective piece from their second album, Road to Salvation, after singer/songwriter Martie Peters had left the band Push.  His voice is strikingly similar to that of fellow Dane, Mike Tramp (White Lion, Freak of Nature), whom he’s actually worked with on occasion.  A good piece from a solid melodic rock album.

 

ROYAL HUNT – “Sea Of Time” (1999)

When D.C. Cooper parted ways with Danish progressive metal masters Royal Hunt, replacement John West had some big shoes to fill.  He did an admirable job, allowing them (in 1999) to release a fourth album, Fear, that they could be proud of.  He soars here in this emotional ballad, with a full complement of instruments and the amazing keyboards of founder Andre Andersen to back him up.  D.C. Cooper has since rejoined the band and their music together is better than ever, with another highly anticipated album, Devil’s Dozenabout to be released. However, the West era should not be forgotten.

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – “Clean My Wounds” (1994)

A longtime favorite of mine from 1994.  The opening rhythm line from “Clean My Wounds” grabbed me and never let go.  Formed in 1982, C.O.C. is still active after a few lineup changes, and their members have been involved in various side projects as well.

 

QUEENSRYCHE – “Reach” (1997)

Back in 1997, way before the strife and ultimate schism of Queensryche and Geoff Tate, a very underrated album – Hear in the Now Frontier – was released.  From that edgy set comes a great track – “Reach.”  Simply put, crank this if you need a shot of confidence and inspiration to get going or to keep on going.
 

Bobaflex Rocks Long Island

Bobaflex - Even Flow - Bay Shore, NY - 3-14-15

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When you hear a band on the radio, the natural assumption that most people make is that they have a national following, but this is not necessarily the case.  Like most hard rock bands today, Bobaflex has pockets of the country where they are a household name, and other areas where they are relatively unknown.  With no meaningful local radio outlet for Bobaflex’s style of music on Long Island, the band’s show this past weekend was played to a relatively small club crowd, but you wouldn’t have known it by the band’s energetic performance.

Most people don’t realize the dedication that it takes to make it as a touring hard rock band today.  If they did, they would have a deeper appreciation for performances like the one that Bobaflex gave over St. Patrick’s Day weekend on Long Island.

Given that this was my first time seeing Bobaflex, I was initially disappointed to learn that the band would be playing an acoustic set, but it didn’t take long to realize that they still rock harder than most bands even when they are forced to “unplug.”

Following a heavy band featuring growling vocals with an acoustic performance could have sucked the energy out of the room, but Bobaflex’s version of “acoustic” is unlike most.  Truth be told, the energy level rose as the McCoy brothers (Marty and Shaun) and Dave Tipple laid acoustic guitars and impressive vocals over Tommy Johnson’s thunderous drums and the heavy bottom of Jymmy Tolland’s bass.

As the band progressed through a set that included radio hits “I’m Glad You’re Dead” and “Bad Man,” and the vastly underrated “Never Coming Back” off of their last release, Charlatan’s Web, you couldn’t help but wonder why this band has yet to blow up.  From heavy-hitting tunes like “Chemical Valley” and “Bury Me With My Guns On” to an inspiring cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound Of Silence” to a whimsical interpretation of the theme song to the television show, Cheers, Bobaflex played with an enthusiasm that is usually reserved for high-energy crowds.

On a cold, rainy night at a club on Long Island over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the crowd to see Bobaflex was much smaller than it should have been, but those who were there were treated to a show that they won’t soon forget.

Many bands that have enjoyed the radio success that Bobaflex has would have bemoaned the fact that circumstances forced them into playing an acoustic set to a relatively small crowd, but not this band.  Not only did they play a kickass set, but they also showed their gratitude to those who stayed for their entire show by hanging out with the crowd afterwards and handing out copies of Charlatan’s Web to anyone who didn’t already have it.

Bobaflex is currently in the studio working on their next album, and if the acoustic version of the band’s latest anthem, “Dry Your Eyes” is any indication of what’s to come, there is a lot to look forward to in the coming months.

If Bobaflex is playing anywhere near your town, make it a point to get out and see them.  You will not be disappointed!

Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

Because 2014 was such an incredible year for hard rock music, we have nearly doubled the year-end list of top hard rock songs from last year.  To give our readers the greatest possible variety of music, the Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014 only features one song per album (although a number of artists released more than one single worthy of recognition).

Many of the songs on the list were heard throughout the year on SiriusXM’s Octane and on Active Rock radio stations throughout North AmericaHowever, in an effort to offer the most comprehensive list of hard rock music possible, a number of songs that don’t fit either format were also included.

In addition to featuring established artists with careers that span several decades, this list also includes a number of “below-the-radar” artists who were featured on Hard Rock Daddy’s Music Discovery Monday.

The Top 100 Songs of 2014 featured on the playlists below can also be found on the Hard Rock Daddy Network (HRD’s YouTube channel).

The goal of Hard Rock Daddy is to expose our readers not just to songs, but also to the artists who create the music, which is why each song on the list features a short blurb.

This list covers all areas of hard rock (from acoustic and power ballads to active rock to heavier melodic and power metal, and everything in between).

Click on the hyper-linked song titles to read the full Hard Rock Daddy reviews that were featured on the site during the year.

 

#1 – 25

The Top 3 songs of the year all had featured reviews on Hard Rock Daddy in 2014 (click on each song title to read the extended reviews).  Rather than offer an abbreviated blurb for each, we decided to feature the story behind the writing of the songs (as told by directly by the bands during interviews with Hard Rock Daddy)…

 

1 – NONPOINT“Breaking Skin” (Elias Soriano – Nonpoint Vocalist)

“Breaking Skin is a song about addiction that was inspired by people around me.  The addiction can refer to a variety of things.  For people battling an addiction, it is something that they ‘scratch’ in private.

Even though you know that scratching at a rash is bad for you, it still feels good, even if that feeling is only temporary.  Eventually, if you keep scratching, you break through the skin, and at that point, you have to deal with it head-on, just like you would have to deal with an addiction once it hits the point of ‘breaking skin.’”

 

 

2 – LIKE A STORM“Wish You Hell” (Matt Brooks – Like A Storm Lead Guitarist and Vocalist)

“During our last few years of touring in the States, we have been totally immersed in American culture – and one thing we really fell in love with was the blues.  We have been lucky to spend so much time in both Chicago and the South, where the blues was born!  As musicians and songwriters, we were really drawn to the dark, heavy vibe of those old blues songs.

When we came up with the line “Wish You Hell,” we thought it was the perfect good riddance to someone who had screwed you over.  We also thought it sounded like the title of an old delta blues song, so that gave us the idea to combine our style of hard rock music with our new-found passion for delta blues – creating a hybrid that we now call “Voodoo Metal.”

Lyrically, “Wish You Hell” is about someone who screwed you over getting what they deserve.  It was inspired by that feeling of saying goodbye and good riddance to a person who has caused you so much pain – and knowing that sooner or later, the tables will turn. To me, the lyrics in the second verse really capture that vibe:

“Take one minute of your time,

Look at the wreckage of the ones you’ve left behind.

Face one lesson – a lesson never learned,

You’re gonna get what you deserve”

Musically, incorporating delta blues into our music gave us the freedom to try a lot of different things.  And, since we produced our new record ourselves, there was no one to stop us from trying different things.  To make the intro sound as authentic as possible, we all played traditional blues instruments – Kent played jaw harp, Chris played a slide resonator guitar, and I played mandolin. The old blues guy singing in the intro is actually me, doing my best impression of Samuel L Jackson.

“Wish You Hell” is definitely one of the most fun songs that we’ve ever written and recorded, because it gave us this crazy artistic challenge of combining two totally different styles of music. I am so proud of how it all came together, and to have it in the hands of our fans and on the radio is just incredible!

 

 

3 – BOBAFLEX“I’m Glad You’re Dead” (Marty McCoy – Bobaflex Vocalist/Guitarist)

“We were in a bar, and I was within earshot.  My brother (Shaun) was talking to this guy, and he had explained that his father had just passed away.  My brother told him how sorry he was to hear that.  And the guy responded with ‘Don’t be, I’m glad he’s dead! He was a real son of a bitch!  My brother and I just looked at each other with a stunned look on our faces.

The more we talked about writing a song about that situation, we realized that a lot of people felt that way about various people that they are glad to see gone, whether it be someone like Saddam Hussein or someone that they knew personally.  Once the song hit radio, we were flooded with stories from fans who said that there was someone in their lives that they were glad to see gone.

I love the song because it fits in with our dark humor.  At the same time, it was kind of like a social experiment where we learned that so many people feel this way about people in their lives.  It was kind of eerie and cool at the same time.  We got a lot of letters from people telling us that the song made them feel better about having these kinds of feelings.”

 

 

4 – GODSMACK – “Something Different” – Appropriately named, “Something Different” is unlike any other track off of Godsmack’s latest release, 1000HP.  In fact, while the song is distinctly Godsmack, it is “something different” than anything that they’ve ever done before.  Strong consideration was given to featuring the title track off of the album on this list, which is more of the classic Godsmack sound and unique in its own right due to the autobiographical lyrics, but ultimately, “Something Different” got the nod because of its ability to connect on a deeper emotional level than we’ve come to expect from the band.  It is also appropriate to feature “Something Different” on this list, because the list itself is “something different” than other year-end song lists.

 

 

5 – SLASH featuring MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS“World On Fire” – The title track from the dynamic duo writing team of Slash and Myles Kennedy gets the recognition on this list, but to fully appreciate how good they are together, you MUST listen to the album in its entirety.  It is, quite simply, one of the best hard rock albums to come out in the past few decades, so it is almost an injustice to single out one track over the others.  “World On Fire” is a high-energy, melodic rocker that perfectly showcases Kennedy’s distinct vocals and Slash’s unique guitar sound.  The Conspirators don’t get nearly the recognition that they deserve, but suffice it to say that Todd Kerns, Brent Fitz and Frank Sidoris comprise one of the best rhythm sections in the genre today.

 

 

6 – SIXX: A.M. – “Stars” – A true testament to talent of the members of Sixx: A.M., and the success that they have achieved, is the fact that they never intended to be a band.  Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue), DJ Ashba (GNR) and lead singer, James Michael initially got together to record the soundtrack to Sixx’s incredibly revealing autobiography, The Heroin Diaries.  Although his vocals are among the best in the genre, Michael is actually known more for his writing and producing than he is for singing and performing.  The band’s latest album, Modern Vintage, is the first one that the band has recorded as a standalone music project (not tied to one of Sixx’s books).  Because of their resumes, the band is not shackled by the constraints of what active rock radio is “supposed” to be.  The end result is a unique, but incredible, track like “Stars.”  If Sixx: A.M. ever becomes a full-time band instead of a side project, there is no telling how bright their “star” will shine.

 

 

7 – WE ARE HARLOT“Denial” – Three years in the making, We Are Harlot finally made their debut in 2014 with their first shows ever taking place at major hard rock festivals (Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma).  Of course, this is no ordinary new artist, featuring Asking Alexandria vocalist, Danny Worsnop, Sebastian Bach guitarist, Jeff George and Silvertide bassist, Brian Weaver.  “Denial” is a pure, energetic rocker that builds from the first piano note into a GNR-like crescendo from the Appetite For Destruction days.  Drummer, Bruno Agra, sets the pace with powerful, almost frenetic beats, laying the foundation for beautifully melodic vocal harmonies and a guitar riffs and leads that harken back to 80s heavy metal.  This incredible debut single is definitely one of the most underrated tracks of the year.

 

 

8 – CHARM CITY DEVILS“Shots” – It isn’t often that your first time hearing a single is in concert, but that was the case with “Shots,” a killer track by Baltimore rockers, Charm City Devils.  The room was electrified as the band performed this song in front of a capacity club crowd when they opened for The Winery Dogs over the summer.  Dirty, gritty and raw like Motley Crue, GNR and Buckcherry, CCD represents everything that there is to love about timeless hard rock music.  At face value, the song may seem like a party anthem, but a deeper look into the lyrics shows that it is actually about the downward spiral that often times goes hand-in-hand with addiction.  Serious meaning aside, “Shots” is the type of song that triggers involuntary head banging and fists being thrown in the air!

 

 

9 – RATED X – “Fire And Ice” – Hard rock music may have suffered a downturn with the arrival of grunge in the 90s, but the truly talented musicians of the golden era that was the 80s never went away; they just faded from the spotlight.  The term “supergroup” often times indicates a one-off project, but Rated X promises to be the exception to the rule.  Featuring the extraordinary vocals of Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple, Yngwie Malmsteen), Karl Cochran (the longtime guitarist on JLT’s solo albums) and the legendary rhythm section of Carmine Appice (drums) and Tony Franklin (bass), Rated X is a force to be reckoned with.  “Fire And Ice” is just the tip of the iceberg of what this band is about to unleash on the hard rock world.  With big melodic hooks, and a sound that is tailor-made for an arena, Rated X is a reminder that the heyday of hard rock is still very much upon us!

 

 

10 – ASKING ALEXANDRIA“Moving On” – Asking Alexandria is known for an aggressive, intense style that straddles various genres, but they have stated that they are heavily influenced by mainstream hard rock acts, Aerosmith in particular.  Without using any screaming or growling that goes hand-in-hand with Metalcore, Asking Alexandria has tapped into their inner Aerosmith with “Moving On,” an emotional, moving, melodic track that gives the listener an inside look at living life on the road.  Although not quite in the same vein as the power ballads that defined 80s hard rock and heavy metal, this song is as close as you can get to a power ballad in the current hard rock music climate.  It’s not surprising that the band’s most mainstream single is also the one that has garnered the most attention at radio.

 

 

11 – TRIVIUM“Villainy Thrives” – More often than not in hard rock today, the music and melody pulls you in, but in the case of “Villainy Thrives,” the raw, emotional delivery of thought-provoking lyrics takes center stage.  For those who have no patience for the injustice that takes place when evil acts go unpunished, “Villainy Thrives” will hit close to home.  The term “thinking man’s metal” used to be reserved for acts like Queensryche and Dream Theater, but if ever there was a modern hard rock act that fits the description, Trivium is it.  While the big hook is in the melodic chorus, there is something very powerful about hearing the lyrics “meet the vessel of your reprisal… retribution calls.”  Thinking man’s metal for sure!

 

 

12 – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – “Wrong Side Of Heaven” – FFDP proves time and time again that they belong atop the hard rock music food chain.  Is there another band that could put out a two-part album less than four months apart and have singles off of each dominate Active Rock radio?  The bands anthems of rage are unrivaled in the genre, but “Wrong Side Of Heaven” is less about rage, and more about their continued desire to acknowledge the contributions of U.S. military veterans, and assist those who suffer from PTSD and homelessness.  While “Wrong Side Of Heaven” is a powerful song in its own right, to fully appreciate its impact, the video is a must-watch!  Those interested in helping to further the band’s cause should visit www.5fdp4Vets.com.

 

 

13 – LONGREEF“Battle Plan” – In 2013, Aussie rockers, Longreef, made their mark in the U.S. with their clever and melodic single, “She Likes The Ladies.”  Taking a 180-degree lyrical turn with “Battle Plan,” the band has delivered a beautifully melodic and emotional piece about the bullying epidemic that has reached all corners of the world.  This song was the inspiration for Hard Rock Daddy’s special National Bullying Prevention Month campaign in October.  What makes this song so powerful is that is comes from a very personal place, as the band’s frontman, Josh Barker, was bullied during his school years.  He revealed the details of his bullying experience during an interview with Hard Rock Daddy to start the month-long bullying prevention campaign.  There will be a lot more coverage on these rising stars in the coming year on Hard Rock Daddy (details to be announced in the near future).

 

 

14 – BLACK LABEL SOCIETY“Angel Of Mercy” – There is no disputing that Zakk Wylde is one of the greatest hard rock guitarists of all-time.  His signature sound is as instantly recognizable as a distinct vocalist.  That being said, some of Wylde’s most memorable moments occur on his slower, more melancholic, southern-influenced songs like “Angel Of Mercy.”  Fans of Wylde’s guitar playing will be satiated by the shredding solo which captures the emotion of the song, but it is his raspy, soulful vocals that really bring “Angel Of Mercy” to life.  From the beautiful string arrangements to the guitars that cry out in pain, this inspired track by BLS offers a cathartic journey for those who have suffered the loss of someone close to them.

 

 

15 – SEETHER“Words As Weapons” – Choosing between “Same Damn Life” (Seether’s latest single) and “Words As Weapons” was extremely difficult, but in the end, this track gets the nod because of how much it stands out as unique in today’s Active Rock landscape.  Tribal drumbeats lay the foundation for beautiful, poetic melancholy to flow through angst-ridden lyrics.  For many longtime hard rock music fans, “grunge” and “alternative” are terms that are closely associated with the demise of a nostalgic time period.  “Words As Weapons” is a perfect example of the band’s ability to incorporate both into a sound that appeals to the masses.

 

 

16 – ROYAL BLISS – “Home” – While a band with a similar sounding name gets a lot of attention, Royal Bliss continues to fly under the radar to some degree, although the band’s latest album, Chasing The Sun, has already produced standout singles “Cry Sister” and “Turn Me On.”  This stellar track doesn’t really have a natural “home” on active rock radio like the previous singles, but it deserves to be recognized as one of the best songs of the year.  In a day and age when a lot of music is “enhanced” by technology, “Home” pays homage to the golden days, when music was written and performed by artists who let the music flow from their soul.  True music fans will appreciate the message as much as they do the song.

 

 

17 – NOTHING MORE“This Is The Time (Ballast)” – Is it possible for a song to enjoy too much radio success?  Usually not, but “This Is The Time (Ballast),” might be the exception to the rule.  This is not to say that the song wasn’t worthy of all of the attention (because it was), but the prolonged success started to turn people unfairly against the band (the downside of a singles-driven world).  Those who dug deeper into the band after hearing this track were rewarded with one of the best albums of 2014.  “This Is The Time (Ballast)” is merely the tip of the iceberg of what Nothing More has to offer, as is the follow-up single, “Mr. MTV.”  If you are a music fan that appreciates an album as a musical journey, make sure to listen to Nothing More’s album in its entirety.

 

 

18 – JOE LYNN TURNER & GEORGE GAKIS – “Street Of Broken Dreams” – Most hard rock music fans know Joe Lynn Tuner as one of the greatest vocalists of all-time.  Very few are familiar with his close friend, George Gakis, an outstanding singer in his own right, whose bluesy delivery is reminiscent of David Coverdale.  Gakis, who considers JLT his mentor, wrote this song as the antithesis of “Street Of Dreams,” one of JLT’s biggest hits with Rainbow.  “Street Of Dreams” has a fairytale ending; “Street Of Broken Dreams” is about when things fell apart in a relationship.  A beautiful acoustic intro explodes into an upbeat, infectious melodic rocker with huge hooks.  You may not have known who George Gakis was before listening to this track, but you’ll never forget him after you’ve hit the replay button over and over on the best power ballad to come out in recent memory.

 

 

19 – HELLYEAH – “Moth” – When Hellyeah released “Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood)” earlier in the year, it seemed destined for this list, but it ended up getting bumped for “Moth,” the follow-up single off of the band’s latest album, Blood For Blood.  Chad Gray is as intense as ever, but he shows a more vulnerable side on this melodic track with thought-provoking lyrics.  It’s not surprising that this has become the band’s most successful single to date because it has a broad appeal, but you have to give Hellyeah credit for staying true to the sound that fans have come to expect.

 

 

20 – THE FAMILY RUIN“Let’s Go” – Another in a long line of British hard rock acts, The Family Ruin has a direct connection to fellow Brits, Asking Alexandria (they were one of the first bands signed to AA guitarist’s new label – KBB Records).  In spite of the “family” connection, “Let’s Go” was only given limited exposure on SiriusXM’s Octane, for reasons that are still unclear.  The song is a perfect fit for Octane, and it offers something that makes it stand out among many other songs played regularly on the station.  Radio dropped the ball on this track, but they will come around when this band inevitably takes off.

 

 

21 – WOVENWAR“All Rise” – Every once in a while, when a band changes singers, they “rise” to an entirely new level.  Fronted by ex-Oh Sleeper frontman, Shane Blay – who replaced Tim Lambesis after he was convicted in a murder-for-hire plot of his wife – the former members of As I Lay Dying have created a sound with Wovenwar that appeals to a much broader audience.  With Blay at the helm, the band’s intense, heavy style is infused with a melodic sound.  “All Rise” is one of many outstanding tracks from the band’s debut album.  While no one ever wants to live through a real-life TV drama, the former members of As I Lay Dying may end up benefiting in the long run if Wovenwar reaches their full potential.

 

 

22 – SAHAJ TICOTIN“The Mission” – Like his band (Ra), vocalist extraordinaire, Sahaj Ticotin is vastly underrated.  There are few (if any) vocalists that could bring to life a song from Queensryche’s epic Operation Mindcrime concept album like Ticotin, using only acoustic guitars and his voice.  Aside from Geoff Tate’s incredible vocal ability, what makes “The Mission” special is Queensryche’s ability to create depth with layered nuance.  It takes a lot of self-assurance to even attempt to cover a classic Queensryche song, much less doing it in the most bare-bones way possible.  With unrivaled power and emotion, Ticotin made the song his own…a “mission” that would have been impossible for most.

 

 

23 – DEMON HUNTER – “The Last One Alive” – A mainstay on Christian Rock radio for over a decade, Demon Hunter crossed over to Active Rock in a huge way with “The Last One Alive.”  Ryan Clark, the band’s founder, frontman and sole remaining member of the original lineup is a creative tour de force.  In addition to his work with Demon Hunter, he and his brother founded Invisible Creature (a highly-regarded design and illustration studio).  Not surprisingly, imagery is a big part of the band’s appeal.  Driven by principles, but recognizing the flaws of the human condition, the band delivers a positive, yet realistic message in a melodic, heavy way.  “The Last One Alive” is a perfect example of the band’s approach.

 

 

24 – TESLA – “So Divine” – After a six-year hiatus between studio releases, Tesla returns with a vengeance on “So Divine,” a song that features Jeff Keith’s instantly-recognizable raspy vocals.  It’s hard to believe that this band has been making classic hard rock music for over three decades.  “So Divine” is as good as the songs that defined the band in the early years.  From the cool Megadeth-esque intro to the shredding leads at the end, and everything in between, this song kicks ass!

 

 

25 – SWEET CYANIDE – “Better At Goodbyes” – SiriusXM’s Octane got it right when they jumped on this track, and then got it wrong when they inexplicably jumped off just as quickly.  With some modern touches added, at its core, “Better At Goodbyes” is an homage to Guns N’ Roses, Buckcherry and the like.  The band who dubs themselves “New York City’s favorite bastard sons” have shared the stage with some top hard rock acts, so hopefully they will get the attention that they deserve sooner rather than later.

 

 

#26 – 50

 

26  – HEARTIST – “Skeletons” – Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than to be good, but in this case, Heartist is fortunate to be blessed with both attributes.  Leveraging the power of an ingenious social media strategy to build excitement around the band before they ever played a single show, Heartist took to the stage for the first time in their hometown with an existing fanbase.  Little did they know that the person booking the show also worked in A&R at Roadrunner Records.  Serendipitous circumstances aside, the band’s recognition is well-deserved.  With a goal to bring honest emotion back into heavy music, Heartist hit it out of the park with “Skeletons,” a stirring anthem that blends haunting lighter moments with Bryce Beckley’s powerfully tortured vocals.

 

 

27 – BUCKCHERRY“Say Fuck It” – What do you get when you infuse AC/DC-inspired riffs into a saccharine sweet pop song?  “Say Fuck It!”  The song had a familiar ring the first time that I heard it, but couldn’t place it.  Eventually, I figured out that I heard it once when my daughter was listening to a Kidz Bop CD.  Josh Todd’s edgy, ballsy vocals bring this song (from their EP entitled Fuck) to life.  You can’t help but crank it up and groove to the music that would otherwise be considered a very guilty pleasure if not for the fact that it was coming from Buckcherry.

 

 

28 – JUDAS PRIEST“Redeemer Of Souls” – While trends come and go, the classic heavy metal sound that Judas Priest has honed over the past four decades has never gone out of style.  Although legendary guitarist, K.K. Downing, has retired, with Richie Faulkner taking the reins, the band has not missed a step.  “Redeemer Of Souls,” the title track off of the band’s latest release, is classic Priest at its best.  Age is clearly just a number when it comes to Rob Halford, whose vocal style and range are superior to many vocalists that are half his age, and he proved on the Redeemer Of Souls tour that he can still “deliver the goods” in a live setting.

 

 

29 – BLACK VEIL BRIDES“Heart Of Fire” – Back in the heyday of heavy metal, Judas Priest mastered the art of the dual guitar and defiant lyrics.  Fast forward to today…Black Veil Brides have taken on that role for modern hard rock acts.  Though they are unfairly criticized at times for inexplicable reasons, the fact of the matter is that BVB continues to produce quality, anthemic music that speaks to those who feel cast aside by society for one reason or another.  “Heart Of Fire” picks up where the band left off with their smash-hit, “In The End.”

 

 

30 – THREE DAYS GRACE – “I Am Machine” – The transition from frontman Adam Gontier to his replacement Matt Walst began with a tour and will culminate in a new album in 2015.  So far, the early results with Walst at the helm have been very positive, although it’s safe to say that fans of the band are probably chomping at the bit to hear the full album, as only two singles have been released during 2014.  This was a very close call, but “I Am Machine” gets a slight nod over “Painkiller” (the debut single), because it’s got a little edge to it, and really lets Walst put his stamp on the new sound of the band.

 

 

31 – THE WINERY DOGS“Time Machine” – To fully appreciate just how incredible The Winery Dogs are, you should listen to their eponymous debut album in its entirety and go see them in concert whenever you can.  The band was named the top headliner of the year on Hard Rock Daddy against some very tough competition.  Choosing a single to showcase everything that this power trio supergroup – featuring Richie Kotzen (vocals/guitars), Mike Portnoy (drums) and Billy Sheehan (bass) – has to offer is virtually impossible.  “Time Machine” is not only a great introduction to the band, but also fits well in this block of “machine” themed songs.  With the mystique of Led Zeppelin, featuring vocals that rival Chris Cornell and Ian Gillian at their best, shredding bluesy guitars, insane bass lines and arguably the greatest rock drumming of this generation, “Time Machine” is a journey back in time to master musicianship.

 

 

32 – FLYING COLORS – “Mask Machine” – Finishing off the “machine” block is “Mask Machine” by Flying Colors (yet another Mike Portnoy supergroup).  Clearly, drumming is not the only energetic element to Portnoy’s repertoire, as the tireless “machine” never seems to take a moment to stop and smell the roses.  “Mask Machine” fuses some legendary influences together to create a hard rock song that is unlike any other on this list.  The heavy bass intro, reminiscent of Rush’s “New World Man,” seamlessly transitions into a guitar riff that is reminiscent of Judas Priest’s “The Ripper,” before the cool vocals kick in.  Haunting and melodic, “Mask Machine” showcases the band’s immense talent and unique sound, while also paying homage to Rush at times (especially the drum fills).  You don’t have to be a fan of prog rock to appreciate what Flying Colors brings to the table.

 

 

33 – SEASONS AFTER – “So Long, Goodbye” – After a three-year hiatus, this Kansas quintet is back with a vengeance.  From Seasons After’s latest release, Calamity, Scars & Memoirs (a title that describes the band’s music business horror stories), “So Long Goodbye” is a single that has yet to get the recognition that it truly deserves.  There is no explanation as to why a song like this gets limited exposure on stations like SiriusXM’s Octane, while numerous songs of lesser quality get put into heavy rotation.  “So Long Goodbye” features impressive dual guitars, shredding solos and infectiously melodic vocals, and if logic prevails, the band should become a mainstay on Active Rock radio.

 

 

34 – AMARANTHE“Drop Dead Cynical” – Featuring three vocalists, and a sound that straddles more than one genre, this unique Swedish act has found the right balance on “Drop Dead Cynical” to make it a good fit on Active Rock radio.  By combining Lzzy Hale-inspired female vocals with a Rammstein-esque electronic elements, Amaranthe stands out with their instantly-recognizable sound on the extremely catchy “Drop Dead Cynical.”

 

 

35 – FOO FIGHTERS – “Something From Nothing” – The latest Foo Fighters single had Active Rock radio programmers tripping over themselves to get the song into heavy rotation.  Though such unbridled enthusiasm for other songs simply doesn’t exist, “Something From Nothing” has proven to be more than just a flash in the pan, and with good reason.  Though the song is not a “typical” sounding Active Rock track, Dave Grohl and co. have combined elements of funk, grunge and more to come up with arguably their most memorable song to date.

 

 

36 – MICHAEL SWEET“I’m Not Your Suicide” – Ever since the black and yellow spandex Stryper days of the 80s, Michael Sweet has been writing meaningful lyrics intent on empowering others.  Fast forward to 2014, and Sweet is still spreading his words of encouragement, albeit without the over-the-top stage wear.  “I’m Not Your Suicide” is about delivering a heartfelt message that shows that we are all bigger than any bullying or belittling that we may endure, and that we are all meant to shine in our own way.  This dynamic track goes back and forth between emotive verses and larger-than-life, arena-style choruses in signature Michael Sweet style.

 

 

37 – SWEET & LYNCH“September” – It’s been 13 years since the 9/11 attacks that shook America to its core.  For many (especially those that experienced the attacks from afar), the anniversary of 9/11 is, for all intents and purposes, “business as usual.”  However, for those of us who experienced the attacks in a much more personal way, the anniversary of 9/11 will always be a somber day of reflection.  Falling into the latter category, hearing “September” for the first time when it was released this year on the anniversary of 9/11 was an intense and moving experience.  Lost in the emotions of the song, and Michael Sweet’s incredibly passionate vocals, is the fact that teaming up with George Lynch (Dokken) is an inspired move that will undoubtedly be very nostalgic and exciting for fans of 80s metal.

 

 

38 – SHAMAN’S HARVEST – “Dangerous” – Shaman’s Harvest has had to overcome a fair share of adversity throughout their career (which spans nearly two decades), the latest being a throat cancer diagnosis for frontman, Nathan Hunt, during the recording of the band’s latest release, Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns.  With Hunt’s cancer in remission, Shaman’s Harvest is once again making a radio impact with “Dangerous,” a gritty, southern rock track that features Hunt’s soulful, distinct delivery.

 

 

39 – CROBOT“Nowhere To Hide” – It isn’t often that you find modern hard rock bands citing legendary bands of the 70s as their main influence, but Crobot is exception to the rule.  A few notes into “Nowhere To Hide,” it’s easy to see that Crobot marches to the beat of a drummer that is different from their fellow hard rock brethren on the scene today. Funk, blues, meal, dirty, groove, rock…Crobot is all of the above and then some.  Backed by a rock-solid rhythm section and blues guitar that harkens back to a bygone era, Brandon Yeagley’s soaring vocals help create a timeless sound that would have been just as relevant 40 years ago as it is today.

 

 

40 – SEVENDUST – “Karma” (acoustic) – Originally featured on the band’s 2010 release, Cold Day Memory, “Karma” garnered radio attention again this year after Sevendust released their acoustic album, Time Travelers & Bonfires.  With some bands, acoustic versions of songs fail to capture the essence of the original, but Sevendust has a way of bringing their stripped down songs to life, due in no small part to Lajon Witherspoon’s incredibly soulful voice.

 

 

41 – PAPA ROACH“Face Everything And Rise” – When it comes to tapping into raw emotion and connecting with lyrics, few are on the same level as Papa Roach frontman, Jacoby Shaddix.  With “Face Everything And Rise,” off of the band’s upcoming release (F.E.A.R.), Shaddix once again delivers his signature, tortured, angst-ridden sound.  Screams of rage complement anthemic, melodic choruses that will undoubtedly have fists flying in the air when the band performs this intense track in a live setting.

 

 

42 – TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION“Monster In Me” – Texas Hippie Coalition is not your ordinary hard rock act.  The band’s larger-than-life frontman, Big Dad Ritch, describes the THC’s sound as “red dirt metal” (like Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top had a child and Pantera ended up raising it).  The description alone should have you intrigued enough to check out this underrated band.  “Monster In Me” is cool, gritty and seductive in a way that makes it the ideal song for “dancers” to showcase their skills on poles around the world.

 

 

43 – HINDER“Hit The Ground” – Replacing a singer like Austin Winkler is no easy task, especially when you consider the contribution that his distinct style had to the overall sound of Hinder.  Many wondered if the band would be able to continue on as one of the rising stars in the genre.  It’s only one song into the Nolan Neal era of Hinder, but based on “Hit The Ground,” the band looks poised to pick up where they left off before Winkler’s unexpected departure.  The Hinder sound is alive and well, and Neal seems to be the ideal choice to allow the band to “hit the ground” running as one of the top hard rock acts today.

 

 

44 – GEMINI SYNDROME – “Mourning Star” – Last year, Gemini Syndrome was a dominant force on SiriusXM’s Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown with their debut single, “Stardust.”  Inexplicably, the follow-up single, “Mourning Star” received very little attention at radio.  With cryptically poetic lyrics like “I found my way through recapitulation, everything is still a haze,” the band definitely fits squarely into the “thinking man’s metal” category.  Gemini Syndrome should be commended for their unique ability to weave thought-provoking, emotive verses with grandiose, anthemic, theatrical moments that would be the perfect accompaniment to a rebellious march.

 

 

45 – 3 YEARS HOLLOW“For Life” – What do you get when you mix progressive rock, hair metal and pop punk influences, a Sevendust connection and a desire to create meaningful melodic hard rock?  3 Years Hollow – a Quad Cities powerhouse quintet.  With Sevendust’s Morgan Rose as their A&R guy, and Clint Lowery as their producer, you might think that 3YH arrived overnight, but they are the product a years of hard work, and it shows in their inspired music.  “For Life” – a powerful song about facing your demons and coming out on the other side – is just a sample of what this band has to offer.  Get to know the band from this track and then go and check out the rest of the album.  You will not be disappointed!

 

 

46 – REVOLVE – “Stranded” – You probably haven’t heard of Revolve yet, but it won’t be long before this band makes a big impact on Active Rock radio with their debut single, “Stranded.”  After going through some lineup changes and a name change, this Baltimore hard rock outfit is poised to make their mark in the coming year.  Like 3 Years Hollow, Revolve was produced by Sevendust’s Clint Lowery.  The band definitely will appeal to Sevendust fans, and fans of bands like Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin (to name a few).  “Stranded” features the incredibly melodic vocals of Thommy Michaels, a tight, driving rhythm section and the dynamic dual guitars of the badass power couple that is Debbie Barlow and Dave Phelps.

 

 

47 – RIVAL SONS – “Open My Eyes” – Sometimes, all it takes to turn a vision into a reality is making the “right” connection.  Rival Sons is living proof that this is true.  According to guitarist, Scott Holiday…“a random find on the Internet points me to (vocalist) Jay Buchanan.  In 13 seconds, I realize I have just come across the singer I’ve looked for over the last 10-12 years of my life.”  This serendipitous connection is something to be celebrated by fans of legendary hard rock bands, Led Zeppelin in particular.  Many bands are influenced by Led Zeppelin, but most can’t capture the mystique that made them so unique.  With “Open My Eyes,” Rival Sons offers up a modern-day version of the classic Zep sound.  If you’re a fan of songs like “Your Time Is Gonna Come,” this track will definitely “open your eyes” to Rival Sons.

 

 

48 – AVATAR“Bloody Angel” – Back in the early 90s, Type O Negative made their mark on the world with their highly-acclaimed Bloody Kisses album.  Two decades later, Avatar has shown that they have more in common with Type O than their “bloody” titles.  Like their Brooklyn brethren, these Swedish rockers have a unique ability to intertwine punishing moments of raw intensity with dark, moody melodies.  “Bloody Angel” is an exhilarating musical roller coaster ride that you’ll want to ride again and again.

 

 

49 – SEBASTIAN BACH – “All My Friends Are Dead” – Many people probably don’t realize that Sebastian Bach is still making kick-ass records because of limited radio outlets for his style of music.  His latest album, Give ‘Em Hell, is arguably his best work since Slave To The Grind with Skid Row.  “All My Friends Are Dead” showcases a lot of what the album has to offer, but Bach/Skid Row fans should definitely make it a point to check out the entire album.  If you are a fan of classic Skid Row albums, you will love Give ‘Em Hell.

 

 

50 – WAYLAND“Get A Little” – In the 70s, Rush gave us “Working Man,” and Loverboy gave us “Working For The Weekend” in the 80s, but there hasn’t been a true anthem of the working man for the past several decades…until now!  With “Get A Little,” Wayland has perfectly crafted a song that caters to those whose life is defined by the Monday – Friday, 9-5 grind.  Wayland’s feel-good style is a throwback to a time when music was made to lift the spirits of the listener.  Listening to “Get A Little” makes you want to head straight to the bar for happy hour to hoist a few with friends and leave the troubles of the world behind.

 

 

#51 – 75

 

51 – STEEL PANTHER“The Burden Of Being Wonderful” – If you are a fan of 80s hair bands, you should be very thankful to Steel Panther for carrying the torch that was once abruptly extinguished by the grunge movement.  Will they spark another hair band revolution?  Not likely, but they will not be deterred from bringing joy to the Aqua Net generation with their humorous brand of hair metal.  “The Burden Of Being Wonderful” is a comedic, nostalgic journey back to the days when power ballads were all the rage.  This is quite likely the only Panther song that could be reviewed without requiring a parental permission slip, so be warned that this is not a band for the morally uptight or the religious right.

 

 

52 – URIAH HEEP – “One Minute” – In this day and age, virtually every hard rock band that dates back to the 70s is a household name, although Uriah Heep is not one of them.  The band formed in 1969, and with the exception of a 10-yr gap around the turn of the century, they have been releasing albums on a fairly regular basis.  Heavily laden with the Hammond organ, “One Minute” is a soulful, upbeat track with a positive message.

 

 

53 – STARSET – “Carnivore” – Following up their juggernaut single, “My Demons,” the release of “Carnivore” was met with much less fanfare at radio, although it is a great song in its own right.  Of course, this is not a singles-driven band anyway; they are more of an artistic journey that is meant to be experienced.  To begin your Starset journey, it is strongly recommended that you visit their website at www.StarsetOnline.com.

 

 

54 – FRAMING HANLEY“Criminal” – “Criminal” is a melodic, feel-good, modern rock track that features tight musicianship beneath Kenneth Nixon’s rangy vocals.  From the smooth, subdued verses to the powerfully catchy choruses, Nixon delivers in a memorable way.  For those old enough to remember the 80s, the background vocals will take you on a journey back to the “Centerfold” days of the J. Geils Band.

 

 

55 – POP EVIL – “Torn To Pieces” –  When Pop Evil goes back into the recording studio to record their next album, they are going to be challenged to repeat the astronomical success that they have had at radio with the singles off of Onyx.  “Torn To Pieces” made its mark earlier this year.  The song showcases a more subdued side and emotional side of the band, at times reminiscent of slower-tempo Red Hot Chili Peppers tunes.

 

 

56 – MESSAGE TO VENUS – “Hollow” – Defining themselves simply as “21st Century Rock,” Message To Venus is a quartet from San Juan, Puerto Rico that delivers a powerful, driving brand of hard rock.   While most artists strive for a record deal, Message To Venus is a proud D.I.Y. band.  It’s fitting that “Hollow” is about living the life that you want by making choices for yourself, not others.

 

 

57 – GREY – “Use Me” – Formed in 2012, Macedonian quintet, Grey, is an interesting blend of hard rock, metal, alternative and classic rock.  The end result is a powerful unit that blows you away with their intensity.  “Use Me” starts out hauntingly dark and melancholic before the band kicks in and hits you like a punch to the gut.  Many modern hard rock bands that play with this kind of intensity resort to screaming and growling, but Grey takes the opposite approach, showcasing the immense vocal talents of Croatian singer, Zoran Misic-Zox.  It is extremely rare for a relatively new act to have such chemistry and cohesion.  Grey is definitely a band that will be a force to be reckoned with in the very near future.

 

 

58 – OTHERWISE – “Darker Side Of The Moon” – The first single off of the band’s latest release, Peace At All Costs, is an energetic rocker that features tight musicianship and breaks that are as important to the song as the music itself.  According to Otherwise frontman, Adrian Patrick, the song “is just the beginning of the journey that we plan to take with everyone.  The Moon is a heavenly body that we’ve come to cherish and worship throughout our meager lives…but there is another side to it that most of us know nothing about.”

 

 

59 – THE USED“Revolution” – “All revolutions are impossible until they happen…then they become inevitable,” states the voiceover at the beginning of “Revolution.”  A politically charged anthem that gets your blood pumping and your fists flying in the air, “Revolution” is both thought-provoking and inspiring.

 

 

60 – WICKED TONGUES – “Electric” – Rival Sons may be the ones grabbing the attention for Led Zeppelin inspired music, but it won’t be long before the world discovers the equally-talented Wicked Tongues.  Blues-based hard rock at its finest from this California quartet that features a pounding rhythm section (Ryan Shaw & Elias Berlinger), the outstanding classic rock guitar playing of Michael Conway and the outrageously stellar vocals of Mason Betsch (think Robert Plant meets Ian Gillan in their respective primes).  Definitely a band to watch in the new year!

 

 

61 – KYNG – “Electric Halo” – A few things come to mind when listening to Kyng’s “Electric Halo.”  The first is that it’s hard to believe that this is a three-piece band that, according to their bio, “finds grandiosity in simplicity.”  And the other is that frontman Eddie Veliz was ready to turn his attention towards other pursuits if Kyng didn’t take off, calling this attempt “his last hurrah.”  Although the band is often categorized as “stoner metal,” their sound transcends the genre, and will appeal to fans of hard rock music in general.

 

 

62  – THEORY OF A DEADMAN (featuring ALICE COOPER) – “Savages” – When Theory Of A Deadman released “Drown” earlier in the year, it looked like a shoo-in to be featured on this list, but the combination of T.O.A.D. and Alice Cooper on “Savages” was too cool to pass up.  This unlikely pairing is one of the more inspired of its kind in recent memory in the hard rock genre.  Each brings their own unique approach to the song, and complements the other perfectly.

 

 

63 – ALLEN/LANDE – “Lady Of Winter” – The opening moments of “Lady Of Winter” are reminiscent of Savatage’s “Edge Of Thorns,” but the song quickly transitions into an incredibly melodic, power metal ballad.  The joining of forces between extraordinary vocalists Russell Allen (Symphony X) and Jorn Lande (Masterplan) is a stroke of genius.  With “Lady Of Winter,” this dynamic duo has set the bar for collaboration projects at a stratospheric level.  You don’t need to be a fan of power metal to appreciate this musical masterpiece!

 

 

64 – NICKELBACK – “A Million Miles An Hour” – The second single off of Nickelback’s latest release, No Fixed Address, “edges” out the first single “Edge Of A Revolution” on this list.  It’s inexplicable why a band that writes melodic songs (often with adult subject matter) like “A Million Miles An Hour” is judged so harshly by supposed hard rock music fans and critics.  Aside from the fact that they are a tremendously talented and entertaining live band, they write songs that appeal to the masses.  “A Million Miles An Hour” uses just the right amount of vocal effect to highlight the subject matter of the song in a clever way, for those open-minded enough to appreciate what the band has to offer.

 

 

65 – CRAZY LIXX – “Hell Raising Women” – 80s hard rock and heavy metal may run its course at one point in time, but the passion for the music never diminished, particularly in Europe.  Swedish rockers, Crazy Lixx, fired up the DeLorean to take us “back to the future “with “Hell Raising Women,” a throwback to the bygone days of the 80s.  Unlike the hair bands that favored style over substance, Crazy Lixx delivers quality hard rock in the Skid Row, GNR, Aerosmith vein.

 

 

66 – SLIPKNOT – “The Devil In I” – For the most part, Slipknot is generally too heavy for Active Rock radio, but they found the perfect balance with “The Devil In I” to satisfy their fans and appeal to the masses.  This song has been a juggernaut both on the SiriusXM Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown and the MediaBase Active Rock charts.  Although still significantly heavier than the work that Corey Taylor does with Stone Sour, this track will appeal to those who favor Stone Sour over Slipknot.

 

 

67 – GRAND DESIGN – “Rawk ‘N Roll Heart Attack” – Listen to Grand Design’s “Rawk ‘N Roll Heart Attack” just once, and you’ll be singing it in your head for the rest of the day.  Infectious melodies and huge hooks make it virtually impossible to avoid grooving to the music.  Want the recipe for a “Rawk ‘N Roll Heart Attack?”  Equal parts “Cherry Pie” (Warrant) and “Pour Some Sugar On me” (Def Leppard), and sprinkle in some “Hot Cherie” (Hardline) for good measure.

 

 

68 – REVOLUTION SAINTS – “Turn Back Time” – Journey meets Night Ranger meets Whitesnake as the latest supergroup power trio joins forces to create music that most definitely “turns back time.”  Journey drummer, Deen Castronovo, finally gets his chance to shine as a lead vocalist, and delivers with flying colors.  In fact, with a vocal style that is eerily similar to Steve Perry, you have to wonder why Journey didn’t give him the chance to pull double duty before bringing on Arnel Pineda.  Brilliant vocal harmonies are to be expected with Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees) in the band.  And, of course, Doug Aldrich’s guitar work is stellar as usual.  Revolution Saints probably won’t be anything more than a side project, but if they chose to pursue the band on a full time basis, they would have no shortage of fans ready to embrace their brand of melodic hard rock.

 

 

69 – PISTOL DAY PARADE – “Rock Star’s Girlfriend” – Good, fun, straight ahead rock and roll, heavy on melody and hooks with just enough edge to appeal to Active Rock radio listeners.  With a feel-good quality, and a vocal similarity to classic Sebastian Bach, “Rock Star’s Girlfriend” will also appeal to those who grew up on 80s hard rock and heavy metal.  If you like bands like Skid Row and Dokken, check out these Detroit rockers.

 

 

70 – STONE GLORY – “Rise” – Featuring ex-Stereoside frontman, Jeff Shields, Floridian rockers, Stone Glory, first got together in 2013.  The band recorded 14 tracks for their eponymous debut album.  “Rise” is the first song that the band wrote together.  Blending melodic hard rock with a southern, bluesy sound, Stone Glory’s goal is “to create a truly original rock & roll experience.”  Shields’ soulful vocals are perfectly complemented by Stone Glory’s energetic sound.  With any luck, this band will “rise” to even greater heights than Shields’ equally-worthy former band, Stereoside.

 

 

71 – OF MICE & MEN – “Would You Still Be There” – Having endured lineup changes and a struggle to be heard, Of Mice & Men broke through in a big way with their hit song “Would You Still Be There,” from the band’s third album, Restoring Force, a title that is based on a powerful concept.  According to the band’s Facebook bio “strength often comes from starting over.  In the aftermath of a disruption, calamity or tragedy, there’s a process of restoration.”

 

 

72 – THE VIRGINMARYS – “Just A Ride” – Punk rock music is often times so frenetic that it borders on being out of control.  It’s all part of the rebellious culture that goes hand-in-hand with the genre.  With “Just A Ride,” The Virginmarys channel their punk rage and grunge sensibilities in a controlled manner that makes the song a fit for Active Rock radio.   You’d never know that this was a trio by listening to this intense track.

 

 

73 – SEVENTH WONDER – “Inner Enemy” – Progressive Swedish metalers, Seventh Wonder, have created a familiar (yet unique) sound with the highly melodic and energetic “Inner Enemy.”  Imagine Kansas on steroids with Zakk Wylde adding his signature riffs into the mix.  If you’re a fan of the vocal style of Tommy Shaw you will absolutely be a fan of Tommy Karevik, whose voice bears a resemblance to the legendary Styx vocalist.

 

 

74 – THE PRETTY RECKLESS – “Going To Hell” – The title track off of the band’s latest release has gotten considerably less attention at radio than the other singles from the album, which is somewhat confusing because it is arguably the strongest song of them all.  Of course, it you take radio out of the equation and look strictly at YouTube numbers, you would think that this song was at the top of the charts.  Taylor Momsen delivers an inspired, gritty vocal performance atop heavy riffs and a driving rhythm highlighted by double-bass drum parts.

 

 

75 – REV THEORY“Born 2 Destroy” – In a changing record industry, one of the best things that a band can do is find exposure for their music that goes beyond radio.  With songs that get played at sporting events (NHL, WWE) and on television, Rev Theory has definitely expanded their reach.  “Born 2 Destroy” is another song that is lyrically and musically poised to follow the same path as their hit songs “Hell Yeah” and “Voices.”

 

 

#76 – 100

 

76 – FOZZY“Lights Go Out” – With a professional wrestler turned frontman (Chris Jericho) and an album title like Do You Wanna Start A War, you’d think that Fozzy would be all about fighting, but “Lights Go Out” proves that Jericho is as much a lover as he is a fighter.  In an unexpected twist, the band incorporates elements of dance music into their heavy, Ozzy-esque sound.  This song is a perfect fit for the one place where hard rock and dance collide – strip clubs!

 

 

77 – SEVENTRAIN“Carry The Cross” – Seventrain is a blues metal band whose bittersweet formation came as the result of playing together at a memorial show for a close friend.  Although the band is still in its infancy, the members of the band are seasoned veterans (most notably Joel Maitoza who played drums in 24/7 Spyz).  The strongest influence that can be heard on “Carry The Cross” is King’s X, but the band draws from a number of other influences as well.  Seventrain tracked their entire album in analog and a limited use of effects, which gives them a sound that harkens back to the early days of hard rock in the 70s.

 

 

78 – US AMONGST THE REST – “Fields Of Fray” – British hard rockers, Us Amongst The Rest, were one of the bands featured on Hard Rock Daddy’s Music Discovery Monday.  They were the first band to submit their music after the launch of the weekly featured that has quickly become the favorite of HRD readers.  “Fields Of Fray” features a guitar intro that is reminiscent of Iron Maiden and then launches into a melodic brand of hard rock that is similar to the music being created by fellow Brits, Asking Alexandria and The Family Ruin.  This is definitely a band to watch in the coming year!

 

 

79 – CRASH MIDNIGHT – “151” – While modern hard rock acts sometimes cite bands from the 70s as influences, it is rare to find a band whose sound is predominantly 70s influenced.  Such is the case for Boston rockers, Crash Midnight, who clearly have an admiration for fellow Bostonians, Aerosmith.  Although they do not mention any acts from the 80s as influences, Crash Midnight will definitely appeal to fans of Def Leppard’s raw debut album, On Through The Night.  This is the type of music that Def Leppard could have been making if they didn’t choose to transition to an extremely polished sound.

 

 

80 – SOTO – “The Fall” – Jeff Scott Soto’s resume reads like a “who’s who of rock and roll,” and yet, he still seems to fly somewhat under the radar with hard rock fans.  Soto shows another side of his vast range on “The Fall,” the first single off of his latest release, Inside The Vertigo.  Shifting away from the higher register that he has used in the past, Soto embraces his edgier side on “The Fall” (both lyrically and musically).  He even throws in a scream towards the end of the song.  This new direction should have Active Rock radio programmers chomping at the bit to add this kickass track into their rotations.

 

 

81 – KILLER BE KILLED – “Wings Of Feather And Wax” – Formed in 2011, this heavy metal supergroup finally released their first album this year.  One of the heaviest tracks on this list, “Wings Of Feather And Wax” features an incredibly catchy, melodic chorus amidst the band’s distinct style which frontman Greg Puciato characterizes as “a bit of Sabbath-y doom, a bit of thrash, a bit of hardcore and punk.”

 

 

82 – BURNOS – “WarShip” – Burnos debuted on SiriusXM’s Octane with a song called “Octane.”  Strange coincidence or genius marketing move?  The latter seems more likely, but that’s neither here nor there.  While “Octane” got the band noticed, “WarShip” is the track that really grabbed the listeners’ attention, and allowed singer Melissa Burnos to showcase her powerfully melodic vocals.  The band is currently working on their debut album with Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Tremonti).  Based on the first few singles, this is a band to keep on your radar in the new year.

 

 

83 – BROTHER GREY – “If It Kills” – Brother Grey’s bio describes the band as “fresh, heavy, complex and dynamic, yet easy to digest.”  Bios have a tendency to be hyperbolic at times, but in this case, the description is 100% accurate.  From their latest EP, In Irons, “If It Kills” is a hauntingly powerful track with thought-provoking lyrics.  Backed by a dynamic rhythm section (Ryan Butler & Casey Dorriety), Chris Pierson shines with his crunching guitars and impassioned vocals.  Keep this up-and-coming band on your radar!

 

 

84 – SHALLOW SIDE – “My Addiction” – It isn’t often that a picking banjo intro leads into a melodic hard rock song.  In fact, aside from Shallow Side’s “My Addiction,” it’s hard to recall any other hard rock act leading (or even incorporating) a banjo.  While the banjo playing grabs your attention initially, and is revisited throughout the song, it is the heavy guitars, driving rhythm, emotional vocal delivery and big melodic hooks that will feed your “addiction” to this catchy rocker.

 

 

85 – RIGHTEOUS VENDETTA – “Take Over” – Hailing from a small town in Wyoming, Christian Metal band, Righteous Vendetta, has come a long way from their humble beginnings.  Like many up-and-coming hard rock acts, Righteous Vendetta are road warriors, tirelessly touring to spread their message and build their fanbase.  “Take Over” is a powerful, anthemic rocker that features heavy guitars, an aggressive rhythm section and the impassioned vocals of frontman, Ryan Hayes.

 

 

86 – THE BLOODLINE – “The Blackout” – The Bloodline is another band that was featured on Hard Rock Daddy’s Music Discovery Monday.  Formed by ex-Soil guitarist, Shaun Glass, The Bloodline is getting ready to release their debut album in the coming year, and is a band to keep an eye on.  “The Blackout” features crunching, power guitars, shredding solos and angst-ridden vocals.  Though their sound is in line with modern hard rock acts, there is a notable Iron Maiden influence that adds another layer of intrigue to their music.

 

 

87 – ADELITA’S WAY – “Dog On A Leash” – The first single off of the latest Adelita’s Way release, Stuck, is a metaphor for those who resent being at the mercy of an overbearing boss or significant other.  “Dog On A Leash” is all about delivering an anthemic, straight forward, hard rock song without resorting to special effects or enhancements.  Frontman, Rick DeJesus, definitely nailed the stripped-down, back-to-basics approach that he was going for with this track.

 

 

88 – NIGEL BAILEY – “In The Name Of The King” – From Nigel Bailey’s debut solo album, Long Way Down, comes “In The Name Of The King,” an melodic hard rock track with huge riffs and beautiful vocal harmonies.  The song, in the vein of the John Elefante era of Kansas, features a big sound that is ideally suited for arenas.  If you are a fan of incredible melodies and huge hooks, check out Nigel Bailey’s solo album and also check out his work with Three Lions.

 

 

89 – ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE – “Booze And Cigarettes” – Supergroup side projects have become fairly commonplace in the hard rock genre, however, Altitudes & Attitude stands out for a few reasons.  First of all, the group was formed by two bassists (Frank Bello of Anthrax & Dave Ellefson of Megadeth), who started writing together as they traveled the world putting on “Metal Masters” clinics.  Although both Bello and Ellefson play bass on the project, they also played guitar, and Bello is the lead vocalist.  The other thing that makes this project stand out is that two metal bassists from “the big four” worked together to create straight forward, melodic rock.

 

 

90 – THE AMITY AFFLICTION – “Pittsburgh” – Often times, bands that feature screaming/growling all tend to sound alike to casual listeners, but The Amity Affliction has put their own unique stamp on the technique.  Not only can the lyrics be understood, but in this case, the tortured delivery enhances the meaning of the song.  “Pittsburgh” offers a dichotomy of sounds that doesn’t exist in other songs.  From the tortured screams to the melodic verses to the angelic sound of children singing, this song breaks all the rules, but still manages to find a perfect balance.

 

 

91 – AC/DC – “Rock Or Bust” – The title track off of AC/DC’s latest album features the classic AC/DC sound that fans know and love.  This is, by far, the most bittersweet of all AC/DC releases (due to the health issues of founding member, Malcolm Young), but one that will be greatly appreciated by the fans because it almost didn’t come to fruition.  After all these years, and trends that come and go, there is something comforting about AC/DC’s ability to stick with the music that has defined them for several decades and still be well-received by fans, radio and media alike.

 

 

92 – PERIPHERY – “The Parade Of Ashes” – Intense, dynamic, chaotic, progressive, melodic, heavy, innovative and more are terms that all accurately describe Periphery’s “The Parade Of Ashes.”  The glue that holds all of the chaotic moments together is an incredibly catchy, rebellious chorus that states “fuck your theories, we are the way we are” and some cool falsetto vocals.  It takes talent to be able to start and stop on a dime and keep things flowing, and Periphery has it in spades.

 

 

93 – ACE FREHLEY – “Gimme A Feelin’” – If you long for the classic sound that made KISS one of your favorite bands back in the 70s, look no further!  Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley continue to record albums under the KISS moniker that have little to no appeal to their longtime fans.  Meanwhile, Ace’s latest release, Space Invader, sounds like a true KISS album.  “Gimme A Feelin’” is a nostalgic journey back to the days when KISS was relevant for their music, not just the shameless monetization of their iconic logo.

 

 

94 – WE AS HUMAN (featuring LACEY STURM) – “Take The Bullets Away” – Christian rockers, We As Human, got their big break after being discovered by Skillet singer, John Cooper, but the band still had to pay their dues to get to that point.  In a true leap of faith, members of the band quit their day jobs to hit the road without lining up a single paying gig. According to vocalist, Justin Cordle, the band’s latest release “is not a compilation of songs…every song is a part of my heart, this band and our story.”  Collaborating with Lacey Sturm (Flyleaf) was an inspired decision; her tortured delivery brought the lyrics of the song to life.

 

 

95 – ISLANDER – “Coconut Dracula” – The first time that I heard “Coconut Dracula,” I couldn’t decide if it was a stroke of insanity or a stroke of genius.  After all, it’s hard to forget a song title that makes absolutely no sense, and the song had a really cool vibe to it.  Digging deeper into the meaning of the song, I discovered that it came about as a result of something that frontman, Mikey Carvajal, thought he heard his Hispanic uncle say.  As it turns out, it wasn’t what his uncle said, but he liked the way that it sounded, so he decided to write a song about it.  Lyrical content aside, the song definitely stood out as unique on Active Rock radio, and has proven to have staying power.

 

 

96 – UNISONIC – “You Come Undone” – European heavy metal supergroup featuring members of Helloween, Pink Cream 69 and Krokus had a busy year together.  “You Come Undone” is a track off of the band’s For The Kingdom EP (released in May).  The band also released a full-length studio album (Light Of Dawn) in August.  Former Helloween frontman, Michael Kiske, is as impressive today as he was during the late 80s, hitting every high note in a seemingly effortless manner.

 

 

97 – ARSON CITY – “City Of Fire” – Featuring vocalist, Patrick Wilson (Emphatic) and four members of The Wreckage, Nebraska quintet, Arson City, is more than just another hard rock band.  According to the band’s bio, they are an “all-out concept and vision, with each member of the band portraying their own character within Arson City (The Mayor, The Doctor, The Barber, The Con & The Enforcer).  The band’s fans have even gotten involved in the theater of it all, dubbing themselves “Citizens,” and becoming a part of the overall vision.  With so much similarity between many bands, Arson City is taking an interesting approach to creating something truly unique.  “City Of Fire” is best described as a combination of The Sopranos theme song (“Woke Up This Morning”) and classic Megadeth.

 

 

98 – DRAGONFORCE – “The Game” – Thunderous drums, lighting-fast guitars (that sound like a classic video game) and soaring, theatrical vocals from British Power/Speed Metalers, Dragonforce, sends adrenaline coursing through your veins as you take nearly the  5-minute ride that is “The Game.”  A little bit of Active Rock flavor is sprinkled in for good measure, as Trivium frontman, Matt Heafy, makes a guest appearance on the track.

 

 

99 – EVERGREY – “King Of Errors” – Whether you classify Everygrey as Dark Melodic Metal, Power Metal or Progressive Metal, one thing is for sure…these Swedish rockers deliver inspired, theatrical works of musical art.  The video for “King Of Errors” is as cinematic as it is musical.  Those interested in the full cinematic experience should watch the video in its entirety, but if you are just interested in hearing the music, skip ahead to the 1:45 mark.

 

 

100 – JUDAS PRIEST“Never Forget” – If you’ve made it this far, and looked at all of the songs on this list, you’ll notice that a self-imposed rule has been broken, as this is the second track off of Priest’s latest album, Redeemer Of Souls (sort of).  This song was only included on the Deluxe Edition of the album, which features a second disc with five bonus tracks.  If a rule is going to be broken, it might as well be for one of the most influential bands in the history of hard rock and heavy metal.

If “Never Forget” is good enough for Priest to use as the final song on an epic, 18-song deluxe album, it is good enough for Hard Rock Daddy to use as the final song on the musical journey that was this epic, year-end list.  When you listen to the song, pay close attention to the lyrics that seem to hint that this may be Priest’s swan song.  Although my hope is that their legendary career (which now spans 45 years) will continue, the possibility remains that the band won’t record another album.  If that is the case, not including this incredibly moving power ballad will always be looked upon with regret.

“We leave with no regrets…we will never forget.  We’ll play until the end…it’s not over, not over my friends.  We are together tonight…reunited, for all of our lives.  And we thank you for it all…we will NEVER FORGET!”

 

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS LIST AND LISTEN TO THE PLAYLISTS.  PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. \m/\m/

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Music Discovery Monday – 12/8/14

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Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 12/8/14.

Each week, the HRD team shares songs that fly below radio’s radar, ranging from lesser-known artists to deeper cuts from up-and-coming and established artists.

In addition to exposing the Hard Rock Daddy audience to new music that isn’t getting the attention that it deserves from radio, Music Discovery Monday also features a segment called “Hard Rock Music Time Machine,” which showcases older songs (from the 70s to today) that hard rock music fans may have missed the first time around.

All of the songs featured on Music Discovery Monday can be heard on the embedded YouTube playlists beneath each section.

This week, Music Discovery Monday features an interview with Bobaflex’s Marty McCoy.

 

 

ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

BOBAFLEX – “Never Coming Back”

The follow-up single to “I’m Glad You’re Dead” off of Bobaflex’s most recent release, Charlatan’s Web, is an intense, melodic rocker that moves along at a frenetic pace (see full Hard Rock Daddy Review).  Like the video, the band is a throwback to the old days, when bands traded off lead vocals.

In a recent interview, Bobaflex’s Marty McCoy, the lead vocalist on this track, shared his insight on the inspiration for the song and creation of the video, which was directed by his brother, Shaun….

“I was in a really long relationship and on a very long tour.  I had a couple of days left before I came home to see the girl who I was with at the time (who I’m still with now).  She called me up and said ‘I just can’t do this anymore.’  I couldn’t believe it, because I was just about to come home to see her. 

We didn’t talk for about a week.  During that time, I wrote the song at six in the morning on a park bench in a rest area parking lot.  It was one of those songs that wrote it self as all of the emotions came pouring out of me. 

I didn’t even want to show it to anyone initially, but I eventually showed it to my drummer, Tommy (Johnson), and he just came up with this vicious drumbeat.  When I sang the lyrics to the rest of the band, they loved it, and the whole song came together really fast. 

As far as the video is concerned, we got the chance to meet Dee Snider, who was a big influence on us.  My brother and I were totally inspired by the Twisted Sister videos back in the day.  I had directed the video for “I’m Glad You’re Dead.”  Shaun was so excited about it, and said that he wanted to direct the video for “Never Coming Back.”  I was happy to let him direct it because directing “I’m Glad You’re Dead” was such a huge undertaking.  He was so happy to be able to do a 1980s, cheesy video intro.  He got exactly what he wanted out of the video; it really captured his personality.

The funny thing about the video is that the little, 4-yr old kid (who is the son of one of my good friends) was telling everybody what to do, and what their lines were.  It was cheesy acting, but he can really act.  When mistakes were made, he insisted that we do it again to get it right.” 

**The full interview with Marty McCoy will be featured on HardRockDaddy.com in the near future**

 

CIMINO – “Start All Over”

When Kyle Cimino sings the first note of “Start All Over,” you can’t help but wonder if Jon Bon Jovi is performing under a pseudonym so that he can return to the edgier sound that defined him back in the “Runaway” days.  As the song progresses, this power trio from Kansas City shows that they are much more than a nostalgic homage to the early days of Bon Jovi, infusing elements that range from Buckcherry to Alice In Chains.  The end-result is a song with a familiar sound that is unique in its own way.

 

 

JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

ARSON CITY“I’m Awake”

A harder edge that you might expect upon learning that the vocals come from Patrick Wilson (ex-Emphatic), who joined forces with members of The Wreckage to become Arson City (after their own vocalist joined Emphatic).  Back story aside, this song from the band’s debut EP provides a good glimpse of the gritty, modern direction that the unit seems to be taking.

 

BLACK SWAN THEORY – “When Kings Bow Down”

Take an energetic female vocal, mix it with punk-inspired riffs and a prog-inspired solo, and you get … a surprisingly tasty treat.   This Montreal-based band (not to be confused with an Egyptian power metal band of the same name) seems to have remained largely below the radar thus far, but this song (from late 2013) more than holds its own side-by-side to similarly comprised acts that have gotten a lot more airplay and attention.

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

DIVINE ASCENSION – “Sorrow’s Sacrifice”

Hailing from Australia, progressive metal band Divine Ascension has sculpted a work of art with their latest album, Liberator. The vocals of Jennifer Borg stand out on the moving “Sorrow’s Sacrifice,” as do the guitars of Karl Szulik and Robb Inglis. A brilliant composition performed with power and emotion.
 

GRAND DESIGN – “Rawk ‘N’ Roll Heart Attack”

With an 80’s sound rich with harmonies, guitars, and a driving bass, Grand Design does Def Leppard and Warrant proud with their latest release, Thrill of the Night.  The songs from these Swedish rockers move fast and scream fun, perhaps none more so than “Rawk ‘N Roll Heart Attack.”

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

THE PRETTY RECKLESS – “Going to Hell”

Another great voice here in Taylor Momsen.  The band’s sound is schitzophrenic – and it’s completely intentional – smashing together punk, hard rock, metal and blues.  “Going To Hell,” (the album’s title-track) has a sultry, raunchy rhythm line, the perfect complement to Momsen’s vocals.

 

UNISONIC – “You Come Undone” 

Hard-driving, glory metal from Unisonic with the familiar voice of former Helloween singer, Michael Kiske.  Great rhythm and articulate, fast, wailing riffs from Kosta Zafiriou support this inspiring track from their recent EP, For The Kingdom.  Kiske hits the high notes as only he can.  You’ll feel pretty charged up after hearing this one!

 

THRESHOLD – “Autumn Red”

From Threshold’s album, For The Journey, “Autumn Red” is textbook heavy prog metal.  Hard-driving track with some funky (yet complex) interludes, and a memorable, melodic chorus.  You’ll appreciate Damian Wilson’s polished vocals and harmonies and Threshold’s musical skill.  If you like this track, check out “Watchtower On The Moon” from the same album.

 

 

HARD ROCK MUSIC TIME MACHINE

 ADAM WALDMAN

DAMAGEPLAN – “Save Me” (2004)

Today marks the 10th Anniversary of the senseless loss of legendary guitarist, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, who was shot and killed during a Damageplan performance at Alrosa Villa (a rock club in Columbus, OH).

Formed after Dimebag and his brother, Vinnie, disbanded Pantera due to their differences with frontman, Phil Anselmo, Damageplan was touring in support of their first and only album, New Found Power.

In a cruel twist of ironic fate, “Save Me” (the radio single that rose out of the ashes of Pantera) would never have been written if Pantera had continued on as a dominant arena metal band.  Dimebag would have been “saved” from a tragically early demise that came at the hand of a psychotic gunman.

I cannot think of a better song to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Dimebag’s passing on Music Discovery Monday than Damageplan’s “Save Me,” a classic groove metal song written by one of the greatest metal guitarists of all time.

 

 

JON LOVELESS

HELIX – “Vagabond Bones” (2009)

The surviving members of the Canadian band’s classic 80s lineup reunited for a studio album that proved that they had lost nothing to the ravages of time, putting together a solid hard rock album that still had plenty of sing-along songs that were simply fun, including this track that fits well into their catalog (which dates back nearly 40 years).

 

TREMONTI – “Leave It Alone” (2012)

While Myles Kennedy may have the highest profile side project among the members of Alter Bridge due to his work with Slash, he’s definitely not the only member of the band with high quality work away from the group.  Not only does this album cut provide a highlight with a relatively lengthy solo, Mark Tremonti also proves he’s a more-than-capable active rock vocalist.

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA

ASTRAL DOORS – “Lionheart” (2005)

With a nod to Ronnie James Dio, the great Nils Patrik Johansson sings up a storm for Swedish power metal band Astral Doors on this song of war and vengeance. It comes in like a lamb, but takes quick turn into a lion. It’s a tour de force of oaths and anger with sliding steel in the background.
 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

PINK CREAM 69 – “As Deep As I Am” (2004)

The intro grabs you right away as David Readman and rest of Pink Cream 69 power you through this passionate soul-searching tune.  Heavy and thick chords make appropriate statements, and the scream of Alfred Koffler’s guitar is reminiscent of Queensryche.  Especially impressive is the way that the song’s crescendo resolves to a running rhythm.
 

 
SAMMY HAGAR – “High Hopes” (1994)

One of the lesser-known great songs from the Red Rocker (circa 1994) was included as a new release in Hagar’s Unboxed compilation.  As the story goes, the song was originally amongst those rejected by Van Halen.  Can’t imagine this as anything other than solo Sammy material.

 

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 11/23/14

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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.  Whenever possible, the HRD Radio Report will feature insight from radio and record industry people, in addition to interviews with hard rock artists about their music, tours and more!

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

Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 11/23/14.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART POSITION THIS WEEK CHART POSITION LAST WEEK ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO SPINS THIS WEEK
1 1 FOO FIGHTERS “Something From Nothing” 2163
2 2 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wrong Side Of Heaven” 1903
3 4 ROYAL BLOOD “Figure It Out” 1712
4 3 SLIPKNOT “The Devil In I” 1591
5 5 SEETHER “Same Damn Life” 1478
6 7 THREE DAYS GRACE “I Am Machine” 1431
7 8 GODSMACK “Something Different” 1241
8 6 AC/DC “Play Ball” 1222
9 9 VOLBEAT “Doc Holliday” 1016
10 10 POP EVIL “Beautiful” 983
11 11 HELLYEAH “Moth” 875
12 16 IN THIS MOMENT “Sick Like Me” 823
13 13 LINKIN PARK “Rebellion” 822
14 12 BUSH “The Only Way Out” 804
15 15 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Moving On” 766
16 20 PAPA ROACH “Face Everything And Rise” 706
17 17 NOTHING MORE “Mr. MTV” 692
18 19 NONPOINT “Breaking Skin” 687
19 21 YOUNG GUNS “I Want Out” 535
20 18 NICKELBACK “Edge Of A Revolution” 529
21 14 BLACK KEYS “Gotta Get Away” 517
22 22 SIXX A.M. “Stars” 513
23 25 CHEVELLE “An Island” 503
24 23 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Born This Way” 482
25 24 MASTODON “The Motherload” 381
26 31 STARSET “Carnivore” 341
27 27 MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Reincarnate” 340
28 28 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Savages” 338
29 29 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “Dangerous” 301
30 32 LENNY KRAVITZ “Dirty White Boots” 299
31 26 WEEZER “Back To The Shack 297
32 43 SMASHING PUMPKINS “One And All” 236
33 35 LIVE “Way Around Is Through” 234
34 52 PRETTY RECKLESS “Follow Me Down” 214
35 44 RISE AGAINST “Tragedy + Time” 209
36 42 OF MICE & MEN “Feels Like Forever” 209
37 40 3 YEARS HOLLOW “For Life” 203
38 45 WE AS HUMAN “Bring To Life” 200
39 38 ADELITA’S WAY “Save The World” 197
40 49 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Drown” 195
41 46 ARCTIC MONKEYS “R U Mine?” 190
42 39 REV THEORY “Born 2 Destroy” 180
43 51 LETTERS FROM THE FIRE “Zombies In The Sun” 177
44 41 NEW MEDICINE “One Too Many” 176
45 127 NICKELBACK “Million Miles An Hour” 169
46 47 LIKE A STORM “Wish You Hell” 158
47 70 SLASH “Bent To Fly” 129
48 48 BUCKCHERRY “Say Fuck It” 128
49 34 DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 “Trainwreck 1979” 116
50 33 OTHERWISE “Darker Side Of The Moon” 112

 


PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman
 

BOBAFLEX – “Never Coming Back”

Each week, as I comb over the Top 50 Active Rock songs, I find myself wondering what programmers hear that I don’t (and vice versa).  While there are a number of great songs on the chart in any given week, there are also many that couldn’t hold a candle to my pick of the week – “Never Coming Back” – the follow-up single to Bobaflex’s dark, melodic rocker, “I’m Glad You’re Dead.”

Active Rock should be all over this track, but whether or not they give Bobaflex the respect that they deserve, remains to be seen.  If you love great hard rock, and have an appreciation for bands with a sense of humor and nostalgia, make sure to watch the video for “Never Coming Back” (below)…

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

Time to see what’s cooking on the Thanksgiving week edition of the HRD Radio Report, as we find out who is feasting on airplay, who has been banished to the kid’s table and what I’ve picked for a tasty dessert this week.

 

CHART TOPPERS

Five weeks and counting…the Foo Fighters “Something From Nothing” remains at #1 on the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart.  They did slip back just a bit, allowing “Wrong Side Of Heaven” by Five Finger Death Punch to cut the gap in half while staying at #2.   Royal Blood surges to #3 with “Figure It Out,” while Slipknot falls back to #4 as “The Devil In I” remains essentially flat in spins.  Seether holds on to the #5 spot with “Same Damn Life,”  but Three Days Grace appears poised to overtake them if “I Am Machine” maintains its momentum.

 

 

CHART HIGHLIGHTS

While the top eleven songs in the chart remain the same (with only a few changes in the order), there were a few songs making notable progress this week, including the latest from In This Moment, who move up four spots to #12 with “Sick Like Me.”  Papa Roach also jumped up four spots with“Face Everything And Rise” (which now sits at #16), Starset’s sophomore single “Carnivore” moves up five places to #26, and there are nine place improvements for both “Tragedy + Time” by Rise Against (#35) and “Drown” from Bring Me The Horizon (#40).

Three new songs break into the Top 50 this week, with the highest debut belonging to Pretty Reckless with “Follow Me Down” (which lands at #34).  Other arrivals include “Million Miles An Hour,” the second single off of Nickelback’s latest album (premiering at #45), and Slash’s “Bent To Fly,” which comes in at #47.  .

 

 

RISING AND FALLING

RISING

Nickelback“Million Miles An Hour”  (+ 159 spins, +1590% airplay)
Chevelle“An Island” (+129 spins, +34% airplay)
Papa Roach“Face Everything And Rise” (+147 spins, +27% airplay)
Royal Blood“Figure It Out”  (+211 spins, +14% airplay)
Three Days Grace“I Am Machine”  (+132 spins, +10% airplay)

FALLING

Otherwise “Darker Side Of The Moon”  (-166 spins, -60% airplay)
Death From Above 1979 “Trainwreck 1979”  (-154 spins, -57% airplay)
Black Keys “Gotta Get Away” (-220 spins, -30% airplay)
Nickelback “Edge Of A Revolution”  (-145 spins, -22% airplay)
Volbeat “Doc Holliday” (-87 spins, -8% airplay)

 

JL’s PICK OF THE WEEK

GLORIOUS SONS – “Heavy”

Strong songs can be found in places beyond the Mediabase Active Rock Top 50.  In this case, it’s a hit from the Canadian version of the Active Rock chart.  This straight up rocker has performed well for the past three months or so.  While every song from the band may not bring quite this much to the table, taken on its own merits, this is a track that U.S. programmers looking to broaden their horizons should have taken notice of immediately; it’s just that good. One of the best songs of the second half of 2014, with a smart, well-shot video that just adds value, this is a “heavy” track.

 

I CALL B#LL$HIT!

Seven B.S. tracks last week have been reduced to five this week as Kongos and Fall Out Boy both “fall out” of the Top 50 (finally!).  That’s progress, as is the reduced amount of airplay invested in songs that aren’t remotely Active Rock (Weezer, Black Keys, Death From Above 1979, Smashing Pumpkins and Arctic Monkeys).  Still, having over 1,300 spins wasted on this sort of B.S. is an ongoing concern.

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

In the next HRD Radio Report – assuming we’ve all recovered from the Thanksgiving bounty – we’ll see how the narrowing battle for the top spot on the Active Rock chart shapes up, and see whether Papa Roach and Nickelback will continue the trend of swiftly moving singles.  Lastly, we’ll keep an eye out for the possible debut of a new song from AC/DC.   Until then, Happy Thanksgiving to all those celebrating the holiday!

 

 

WRAP-UP

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

Bobaflex – “Never Coming Back”: Hard Rock Daddy Video Review

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There’s something about Bobaflex that makes them stand out from other modern-day hard rock acts, particularly when it comes to music videos.  Following-up their dark, comedic single “I’m Glad You’re Dead” – a track with disturbing lyrics that you can’t help but sing along to with a smile on your face – the McCoy brothers are back with a video for their latest single, “Never Coming Back.” 

With an amusing, self-deprecating, campy quality, the video is a throwback to the early days of MTV (when they actually played music).  Revealing the storyline would spoil the moment for first-time viewers, but suffice it to say that the video will bring back nostalgic memories for anyone who grew up on 70s sitcoms with exaggerated laugh tracks.

The band may embrace their goofier side when it comes to making videos, but they deliver when it counts.  “Never Coming Back” is an incredibly melodic track (with great vocal harmonies) that gets your heart pumping as it moves along at an almost-frenetic pace.

Often times in hard rock today, songs with intense, driving rhythms like “Never Coming Back” feature screams and growls that are barely discernable to the listener.  Bobaflex, on the other hand, doesn’t resort to that all-too-common technique.  In fact, the singing on their latest single is the polar opposite of screaming – smooth, melodic, tasteful and cool.  Like “I’m Glad You’re Dead,” “Never Coming Back” should garner meaningful attention at radio.

Check out the video for “Never Coming Back” below…

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 5-3-14

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 5-3-14.

The 5-3-14 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.

#15 –  “Take Out Gunamn” – CHEVELLE

#14 –  “Cry” – THE USED

#13 –  “The Parade Of Ashes” – PERIPHERY

#12 –  “Take The Bullets Away” – WE AS HUMAN (Featuring Lacey Sturm)

#11 –  “This Is The Time (Ballast)” – NOTHING MORE

#10 –  “I’m Glad You’re Dead” – BOBAFLEX

# 9 –   “Dead But Rising” – VOLBEAT

# 8 –   “Would You Still Be There” – OF MICE & MEN

# 7 –   “This Means War” – AVENGED SEVENFOLD

# 6 –   “Torn To Pieces” – POP EVIL

# 5 –   “House Of The Rising Sun” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 4 –   “Weak” – SEETHER

# 3 –   “Love The Way You Hate Me” – LIKE A STORM

# 2 –    “Stardust” – GEMINI SYNDROME

# 1 –    “My Demons” – STARSET

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 4-26-14

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 4-26-14.

The 4-26-14 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.

#15 –  “Cry” – THE USED

#14 –  “This Is The Time (Ballast)” – NOTHING MORE

#13 –  “I’m Glad You’re Dead” – BOBAFLEX

#12 –  “Take The Bullets Away” – WE AS HUMAN (Featuring Lacey Sturm)

#11 –  “Would You Still Be There” – OF MICE & MEN

#10 –  “Painkiller” – THREE DAYS GRACE

# 9 –   “Take Out The Gunman” – CHEVELLE

# 8 –   “This Means War” – AVENGED SEVENFOLD

# 7 –   “House Of The Rising Sun” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 6 –   “Weak” – SEETHER

# 5 –   “My Demons” – STARSET

# 4 –   “Torn To Pieces” – POP EVIL

# 3 –   “Courtesy Call” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

# 2 –    “Stardust” – GEMINI SYNDROME

# 1 –    “Love The Way You Hate Me” – LIKE A STORM

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Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2013

Gemini Syndrome – “Stardust”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review

Bobaflex – “I’m Glad You’re Dead”:  Hard Rock Daddy Video Review

Avenged Sevenfold – “Hail To The King”:  Hard Rock Daddy Album Review

Pop Evil – “The Onyx Trilogy”: Hard Rock Daddy Video Review

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