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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 2/2/17

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 2/2/17

Each Thursday, Hard Rock Music Time Machine takes a journey back in time to feature a variety of songs that date back as far as the ’70s.

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

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

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

DEF LEPPARD – “Women” (1987)

When Def Leppard’s Hysteria came out 30 years ago, the world was a much different place.  The album that launched Def Leppard into the upper echelon of rock acts remains their most successful release to date.  One of the first singles released was “Women” – a song that goes back to the creation of the gender.  It’s not exactly a song of empowerment, but that was then and this is now.

Fast forward to 2017…an anthem about women takes on a whole new meaning.  There have always been political movements, but the common bond was never a gender.  Many people in America thought that 2017 would be historic because we would have our first woman president.  After a shocking election, 2017 is historic for women, but it is not because the glass ceiling was broken.  Rather, it is historic because millions of women have been galvanized by troubling political times.  They are poised to be the next populist group to make their voices heard.

Given the circumstances, it seems appropriate that Def Leppard’s “Women” comes from an album entitled Hysteria.  This album offers proof positive that good things can come from troubling times, and that the seemingly impossible can be achieved with unwavering determination.

Hysteria is the first Def Leppard album to be released after drummer Rick Allen tragically lost his left arm in a car accident.  Rather than finding a new drummer, the band stuck by their bandmate as he learned to play drums with one arm.

The tour to support Hysteria featured Def Leppard playing in the round.  This gave the audience a unique perspective that is rarely seen in rock and roll.  I still remember seeing this tour.  We were seated on the side of the stage that allowed us to see backside of Allen’s drum kit.  It was awe-inspiring to watch.  It seems impossible, but losing an arm arguably made Allen and even better drummer than he was before.

If a one-armed drummer can become the star of the show, you have to believe that anything is possible.  It gives me hope that the women of today will become the driving force for change in the future.

 

 

QUEENSRYCHE – “Resistance” (1990)

Opening for Def Leppard on many Hysteria tour dates was Queensryche.  Keeping with the theme of the women’s movement, the band was touring in support of their 1986 release, Rage For Order.  It wouldn’t be long after that Queensryche would release their epic, politically-charged concept album, Operation: Mindcrime.  While Mindcrime is the quintessential Queensryche album for die-hard fans, the band garnered their most commercial success with the follow-up album, Empire.

Although the title track of Empire featured Queensryche’s political views front and center, most of the other songs tackled the more customary rock theme…matters of the heart.  However, one other song stayed with the political theme, and seems particularly poignant today – “Resistance.”

The title of this song has become a battle cry for the opposition to the current administration of the United States.  A lifetime ago, “Resistance” was merely one of the deeper cuts on an album filled with hits.  Today, it represents something much more meaningful.
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES – “How Will I Laugh Tomorrow” (1988)

In my opinion, the first thrash metal album released by Suicidal Tendencies was 1988’s How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can’t Even Smile Today.  The band’s first two albums were rooted in punk and hardcore, but when this album was released, I was blown away by the sheer musicianship and thrash-filled style change.  What made this such a breakthrough album?  The addition of a rhythm guitarist to the lineup, the intense soloing of Rocky George and  the addition of Robert Trujillo (Metallica) on bass.  The songs became more lengthy and structured, and the sound quality was highly polished.  This is one of the best thrash albums to be released in the 1980s.

 

JUDAS PRIEST “Freewheel Burning” (1984)

When this song came out (off of Defenders of the Faith) in 1984, it shook the metal world and knocked us all on our asses.  Sure, there were thrash metal bands playing that speed, but none that incorporated the speed of this song with the elements that Judas Priest displayed…Dave Holland’s drumming, Ian Hill’s thunderous bass, the heavy, fast riff wizardry of Glenn Tipton and KK Downing, topped off with the soaring operatic vocals of Rob Halford.  This was unheard of before “Freewheel Burning.”  This song always takes me back to my middle school years, sitting at the back of the bus with a boom box blasting it.  I memorized every drum fill, every screech of the guitar and every lyric while sketching the Judas Priest logo on my notebook.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

BRUCE DICKINSON – “Devil On A Hog” (2005)

When not fronting Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson has put out some amazing solo albums.  This rocker comes from his 2005 album, Tyranny of Souls.  His vocals are as powerful as ever, against a backdrop of driving guitars and pounding drums.  The music is fierce, but always melodic and insanely catchy.

 

AIRTIME – “Headstream/River Runs Deeps” (2007)

Airtime saw guitarist/vocalist Rik Emmett of Triumph pair with Michael Shotton of Von Groove.  They put out only one album together, Liberty Manifesto, but it is filled with everything that made them both stars.  This one tiptoes in on acoustic guitar before racing into some heavier melodies, and shows that, twenty years after Triumph, Emmett could still belt out some powerful notes.

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 1/19/17

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 1/19/17

Each Thursday, Hard Rock Music Time Machine takes a journey back in time to feature a variety of songs that date back as far as the ’70s, the ’80s (the glory days of hard rock), hidden gems of the ’90s and hard rock/metal songs of the new millennium (as recent as a few years ago).

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

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

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

IRON MAIDEN – “2 Minutes To Midnight” (1984)

Back in 1984, I remember pumping my fist and banging my head as Iron Maiden played “2 Minutes To Midnight” on the Powerslave tour, never giving a thought to the meaning of the lyrics.  It was the year that people were mostly talking about George Orwell’s famous work.  And though the Cold War was still a threat, it certainly wasn’t top of mind.  Nor was the Doomsday Clock (which is what this song is referencing).

As a teenager, there is a feeling of immortality, and concern over the events of the world took a back seat to typical high school life.  It was easy to avoid current events back then, as you had to deliberately watch the news or read the papers.  The ubiquity of social media and 24/7 news channels have made it impossible for the teens of today to enjoy such blissful ignorance.

The 9/11 attacks robbed citizens of the United States of our innocence, but once things settled down, it didn’t feel like time was running out on the Doomsday Clock.  With a much different perspective today than 1984, it feels like “2 Minutes To Midnight” may be something that we reminisce about.  Of course, this feeling only applies to those who believe in climate change and arguably the most dangerous group of world leaders in our lifetime.  These days, when I listen to my favorite track off of Powerslave, it is not with my fist pumping or my head banging, just a sense that this song may be more relevant than many are willing to admit…

“As the madmen play on words and make us all dance their song to the tune of starving millions to make a better gun.”

 

 

JUDAS PRIEST – “Some Heads Are Gonna Roll” (1984)

It’s purely coincidental that my second selection also comes from 1984.  Back in 1984, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden were among the biggest names in metal.  Their music provided the soundtrack to the youth of many Gen Xers.  Like Maiden, Priest wasn’t shy about writing thought-provoking lyrics that questioned power in the wrong hands.

Like “2 Minutes To Midnight,” “Some Heads Are Gonna Roll” was just a song that made you bang your head and pump your fists when it was played live on the Defenders Of The Faith tour.  Fast forward to today, and the song’s lyrics take on an entirely different meaning.

Judas Priest had its share of government interference with the PMRC, but I never realized just how prophetic the lyrics to “Some Heads Are Gonna Roll” were at the time.  Check them out as you listen to the song to see what I mean…

“If the man with the power can’t keep it under control, some heads are gonna roll.”
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

RAMMSTEIN – “Ich Tu Dir Weh” (2009)

Rammstein, in my opinion, is the best reason to learn German.   These industrial metal giants from Germany made it big in the States with their single “Du Hast,” and has had quite the following since that time.  “Ich Tu Dir Weh” comes from their 2009 album, Liebe ist fur alle da, and boasts the Rammstein signature heavy groove and Till Lindemann’s baritone vocals.  When the band plays this song live, they use a ton of pyrotechnics.  Interesting side note: the song was banned in Germany for its lyrical content.  My German isn’t very good, but that’s not going to stop me from singing along when I see these guys in June.

 

SUPERJOINT RITUAL – “Fuck Your Enemy” (2002)

After Pantera’s disbanding, the remaining members of the iconic metal band formed their own projects.  Dimebag Darrell and Vinny Abbott formed Damageplan.  Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown formed Down.  In between recording and touring with Down, Anselmo decided to continue with another project called Superjoint Ritual.  Of all the side projects during this time, Superjoint was the only band that I felt captured the spirit of Pantera (even turned up a notch).  Superjoint took Pantera’s groove and embellished it with hardcore punk, and sprinkled in a little death metal as well.  The result was a heavy, fast and furious metal masterpiece.  “Fuck Your Enemy” comes from the band’s first release, Use Once and Destroy.  Give this song a listen.  I dare you to not move along with the groove!
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

ALLEN LANDE – “Just A Dream” (2005)

Allen-Lande sees two consummate metal vocalists pairing up and singing brilliantly against each other to the backdrop of melodic metal.  Russell Allen (Symphony X) and Jorn Lande (Jorn, ex-Masterplan) made their team debut in 2005 with The Battle, which included this favorite.  The songs were co-written, produced, and performed together with Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Starbreaker, Last Tribe), who would also contribute heavily to the collaboration’s next two albums, before being supplanted in 2013 by guitarist Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius).

 

JORN – “Song For Ronnie James” (2010)

In 2010 the metal world mourned the loss of one of its superstars, Ronnie James Dio.  There were numerous tributes to the legendary vocalist, but perhaps none so poignant as Norwegian vocalist Jorn Lande’s 2010 release, Dio.  In addition to some excellent covers of Ronnie James’s work with Dio, Rainbow and Deep Purple, the album included this moving original.

Music Discovery Monday – 1/16/17

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Music Discovery Monday – 1/16/17

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

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

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

AS LIONS – “Bury My Dead”

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

SOEN – “Sectarian”

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

 

WHITECHAPEL – “Mark of the Blade”

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

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

HEVIDENCE – “Dig in the Night”

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

 

NITERAIN – “Don’t Fade Away”

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

 

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Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2016

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

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

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 9/22/16

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 9/22/16

Each Thursday, Hard Rock Music Time Machine takes a journey back in time to feature a variety of songs that date back as far as the ’70s, the ’80s (the glory days of hard rock), hidden gems of the ’90s and hard rock/metal songs of the new millennium (as recent as a few years ago).

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

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

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

W.A.S.P. – “The Idol” (1992)

When you think of rock concept albums, one of the best of all-time – W.A.S.P.’s The Crimson Idol – is often times overlooked.  Lyrically and musically, the album ranks right up there with classics like Queenryche’s Operation: Mindcrime and Rush’s 2112.  In some ways, it’s unfair to cherry-pick one particular track from a concept album because you lose context, but in the case of The Crimson Idol, the songs are strong enough to stand on their own.  The challenge then becomes choosing just one to share.

“The Idol” is an outstanding representation of the The Crimson Idol album, and should whet your appetite enough to make you want to experience the full album as it is intended.  Originally, this album was slated to be a Blackie Lawless solo record, but was put under the W.A.S.P. moniker due to fan pressure.  If the fans were able to have their voices heard in the early ‘90s before the internet and social media, one can only imagine what kind of resistance Lawless would have been met with these days.  Regardless of labeling, the fact of the matter is that The Crimson Idol is not only one of the best concept albums of all-time, but one of the best rock albums of all-time.  Personally speaking, this one is worthy of being a desert island disc.

“The Idol” is just the tip of the iceberg as to what this album has to offer.  After you check this song out, I strongly suggest listening to the album in its entirety.
 

 
IRON MAIDEN “Can I Play With Madness?” (1988)

While W.A.S.P.’s The Crimson Idol concept album is one that is not nearly as well-known as it should be, Iron Maiden’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is well-known, but some may not realize that it is a concept album.  Maiden lyrics are always intelligent and often times historically-based, so those listening to the songs outside of the confines of the album might not realize that there is an overarching storyline.

Like most of Maiden’s work, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is the brainchild of bassist Steve Harris.  The idea for the album came to Harris after reading Orson Scott Card’s Seventh Son.  According to Harris…

“It was our seventh studio album and I didn’t have a title for it or any ideas at all.  Then I read the story of the seventh son, this mystical figure that was supposed to have all of these paranormal gifts like second sight and what have you, and it was more, at first, that it was just a good title for the seventh album.”

“Can I Play With Madness?” is the lead single from an album that also includes classics like “The Evil That Men Do” and “The Clairvoyant.”  The song is about a young man who wants to learn the future from an old prophet with a crystal ball.  The young man thinks that he’s going mad, and looks to the old prophet to help him with visions/nightmares.  What’s notable about the song is the fact that it starts with powerful vocal intro before launching into the traditional Maiden galloping pacing.
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

ICED EARTH “I Died For You” (1996)

One of the most under-rated thrash/metal bands is Florida’s Iced Earth.  The band has released more than eleven albums, including some with former Judas Priest singer Tim Owens sing for them.  “I Died for You” – from the band’s album The Dark Saga – is the song that got me interested in Iced Earth.  Probably one of the most metal love songs ever written, the album follows the story line of one of my favorite comic books, Spawn.  The cover of the album was even drawn by the comic book creator, Todd McFarlane.  This song and the album is classic Iced Earth…heavy, melodic and memorable.

 

NEVERMORE “Enemies of Reality” (2003)

In the realm of thrash metal, Jeff Loomis is a pretty well-known name because of his playing style and impressive guitar work.  Couple that with the songwriting and vocals of Warrel Dane, and you have a great thrash metal band.  “Enemies of Reality” is a great all-around metal tune from their fifth album of the same.  The song’s subject matter is dark and nihilistic through and through, the guitars complex and the rhythm section intricate enough (but not overpowering) to allow for the vocals and guitars to stand out.  Loomis now plays for Arch Enemy, but fans of Nevermore will notice that his guitar playing in his former band was much more open, free and complex (probably due to his collaboration with Dane).  Let’s hope for a reunion one of these days.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

BADLANDS – “High Wire” (1989)

In the late ‘80s, having just finished a successful tour with Ozzy Osbourne in support of The Ultimate Sin, guitarist Jake E. Lee received some shocking news in a telegram from Sharon Osbourne…he was fired.  He would then team with former Black Sabbath members Ray Gillen and Eric Singer to form Badlands.  “High Wire” opens the band’s self-titled debut album. They would go on to release a second album, Voodoo Highway, shortly after which they would break up.  Though they never reunited, and Ray Gillen would die a few years later, in 1998 they put out a third album, Dusk, from previously unreleased material.

 

KIX – “Cold Blood” (1988)

American hard rock band Kix formed in the late ‘70s and put out their first album in 1981, but it was with 1988’s Blow My Fuse that they achieved their first major commercial success. They put out their latest album just two years ago, and remain active on the concert scene, where they never skip this hit from their breakout album.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

PAUL GILBERT – “Fuzz Universe” (2010)

“Fuzz Universe” is the title track to the 3rd full-length album from guitar virtuoso Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X).  Gilbert composes music in a wide variety of styles.  His amazing hand speed is always on display, along with his clear articulation of complex passages and his notable staccato picking technique.  Sit back and enjoy this excellent, epic jam.

 

CHICKENFOOT – “Dubai Blues” (2011)

“Dubai Blues” is part of the great Chickenfoot III album, which is actually the second release from the band, not the third.  Sammy, Satch, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith are at the top of their game here.  Musically excellent and immensely cool, this great tune speaks to having all of the riches in the world (except for the girl).

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 8/25/16: The Year – 1986

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 8/25/16

Each Thursday, Hard Rock Music Time Machine takes a journey back in time to feature a variety of songs that date back as far as the ’70s, the ’80s (the glory days of hard rock), hidden gems of the ’90s and hard rock/metal songs of the new millennium (as recent as a few years ago).

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

Today’s theme is…The Year-1986.

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

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

TRIUMPH – “Somebody’s Out There” (1986)

On September 11, 1986, one of my favorite albums of all-time was released, Triumph’s The Sport Of Kings.  Like much of this vastly underrated band’s work, this album was filled with feel-good songs, “Somebody’s Out There” in particular.

At the time of the album’s release, I was celebrating a new kind of freedom that I had never experienced before.  It was a time of innocence and hope for a limitless future.  This song was the perfect soundtrack for the moment.  Little did I know that 15 years to the day later, my life would be forever changed and innocence would be lost forever, but I digress.

Triumph had been one of my favorite bands throughout my childhood.  While the band was huge in Canada, I was in limited company growing up in the suburbs of America, where the only Canadian power trio that anyone talked about was Rush.  Although I was also a huge Rush fan, there was something cool about being a Triumph fan in America.

The tour for The Sport Of Kings was the only time that I got to see Triumph in a live setting, but it was a concert that stands out near the top amongst hundreds of others.  The arena had a capacity of around 7,000.  My friends and I arrived just before Yngwie Malmsteen took the stage as the opener, so we settled in at the other side of the arena (for general admission seating).

Just as Triumph took the stage, we started to weave our way towards the front.  Although we expected to meet with resistance, we somehow managed to politely work our way to within 30 feet of the stage.  I still remember Rik Emmett’s facial expressions to this day.  A decade later, I would have an up-close-and-personal meeting with Gil Moore (a story for another day).  When I think back to 1986, “Somebody’s Out There” is one of the first songs that comes to mind.  Good times!
 

 
BOSTON – “Amanda” (1986)

For the most part, much of the music that defined my youth blends together into one nostalgic memory.  However, there are a handful of songs and albums that represent a crystal clear moment in time as if it happened yesterday.  Boston’s Third Stage is one of those albums.  Perhaps it was the release of the first new music by the band after a lengthy eight-year period of darkness, or perhaps it was the vibe of the album which, though melodic, is tinged with melancholy.

It was the perfect album for the perfect moment in time.  It was a time of change for me personally, and though it was mostly uplifting, there was also a hint of melancholy in dealing with some major changes.  Any number of songs could have been chosen to feature, but “Amanda” is the one that captured that period in time more than any other.

I still remember sitting on a long bus ride as “Amanda” blared through the headphones of my Walkman as I anticipated a long-awaited reunion.  Gazing out the window in the dark of night with the street lights whizzing by in a blur, it felt like I was living inside a video for the song.  So much has happened over the past 30 years since that moment, but hearing it again makes me feel like I am re-living the moment.  The power of song…
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

METAL CHURCH “Watch The Children Pray” (1986)

Thrash metal was HUGE in 1986, due in large part to a backlash to the tons of hair metal bands popping out of the woodworks.  One of the most underrated thrash bands was San Francisco, California’s Metal Church.  The Dark was the band’s second album.  It cemented their status in the thrash metal genre.  Having toured with Metallica and Anthrax, Metal Church was one of the best bands in the genre to have released an album in 1986.  The band has re-formed over the years and still tours to this day.

 

SLAYER  “Raining Blood” (1986)

1986 was a watershed moment for Slayer with the release of the legendary album Reign in Blood“Raining Blood” is the band’s trademark song.  From the thunderous thumping of the toms by Dave Lombardo, the opening riff of Kerry King and the late Jeff Hanneman to the screams of Tom Araya, this song is classic Slayer at their best.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

CINDERELLA – “Nobody’s Fool” (1986)

The video opened with two women in polka dot mini-skirts getting into their polka dot convertible.  The hair and the fashions (for the models and the band) were so ‘80s, just like the great headbanging music.  But it’s vocalist Tom Keifer who steals the show on this power ballad from Cinderella’s debut album, Night Songs. Kiss’s Gene Simmons had discovered the band, but couldn’t get them signed.  Jon Bon Jovi later succeeded.  Keifer most recently put out an exceptional solo album, 2013’s The Way Life Goes.

 

IRON MAIDEN – “Wasted Years” (1986)

This was the first of several hits from Iron Maiden’s sixth album, Somewhere In Time. Bruce Dickinson’s voice soars as always, and he is ably backed up on vocals by guitarist Adrian Smith, who wrote the song.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

FATES WARNING – “Guardian” (1986)

In 1986, prog metal was building a foundation far from the mainstream.  Fates Warning, founded a few years before in Hartford, Connecticut, was a pioneer in the genre as they established their own success.  Their third album, Awaken the Guardian, debuted in the top 200 where it stayed for four weeks.  “Gurardian” was lauded as the highlight of the album.  Fantastic guitar work (Jim Matheos/Frank Aresti) opens this epic heavy metal anthem about the sorrow and sacrifice of a protector.  The changes-of-pace are excellent.  The track is sung brilliantly by John Arch in what would be his final album with the band.  The rhythm line of Steve Zimmerman on drums and Joe DiBiase on bass is outstanding.  Give a listen to the entire album.

 

TESLA – “Changes” (1986)

Still going strong after 30 years, Tesla debuted in 1986 with one of the best overall albums of all-time, Mechanical Resonance.  “Changes” is a deep cut (and my personal favorite).  I love how the introspective opening builds up to an explosive entrance of the legendary hard rocking sound that they established so long ago.  Jeff Keith, Frank Hannon & company are simply at their best from all aspects of music, lyrics and performance right up to the awesome finish.

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 7/28/16: All About The Ladies

Hard Rock Music Time Machine - L.A. Guns - All About The Ladies

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 7/28/16

Each Thursday, Hard Rock Music Time Machine takes a journey back in time to feature a variety of songs that date back as far as the ’70s, the ’80s (the glory days of hard rock), hidden gems of the ’90s and hard rock/metal songs of the new millennium (as recent as a few years ago).

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

July’s theme is “All About The Ladies,” featuring hard rock / metal songs with girl’s names in the title.

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

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

L.A. GUNS – “The Ballad Of Jayne” (1989)

Listening to this somber power ballad by L.A. Guns, you would think that the song is about the loss of someone close, but it is actually about the death of actress, Jayne Mansfield, who died more than two decades before the song was released.

There is poetic beauty to this melancholic ode to a familiar stranger.  In many ways, we never really know the person behind their celebrity persona, but it doesn’t stop us from feeling that there is a connection in some way, especially when we are moved by their talent.

July is always a bittersweet month for me.  “The Ballad Of Jayne” perfectly captures the bittersweet emotions that I feel at the crossroads of a painful loss and a feeling of love that goes beyond words.
 

 
CRAAFT – “Jane” (1989)

For every Scorpions, Accept and Helloween, there are tons of German hard rock bands whose music goes undiscovered in America.  Craaft is one of those bands.  Though their sound was more aligned with American ‘80s hair metal bands, Craaft never made much of an impact outside of Germany, which is a shame.  Had they gotten the exposure that other similar bands received, who knows how big they could have gotten.  With “Jane,” the band showed that they could deliver a melodic power ballad as good as anyone else.  Crank it up, and imagine yourself swaying from side to side in an arena lit up by lighters as you take a nostalgic journey back in time.
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE “Rose Of Sharyn” (2004)

From their third studio album, The End of Heartache, “Rose of Sharyn” by Killswitch Engage is a heavy, hard-hitting, fast metalcore tune dripping with emotion.  The melancholic screams of Howard Jones are accented by the rest of the band’s fast playing.  Although the meaning of the song varies depending on the listener, the lyrical content is definitely one of loss and hope.  This song is a perfect example of why Killswitch Engage is one of the best metalcore bands around.

 

IRON MAIDEN – “Charlotte The Harlot” (1980)

One of the best classic Iron Maiden songs is “Charlotte the Harlot,” from their 1980 self-titled, debut album.  Written by Dave Murray, this song (and album) were performed by the original members of Iron Maiden:  Dave Murray, Steve Harris, Dennis Stratton, Clive Burr, and Paul Di’Anno.  Even though I am a huge fan of Bruce Dickinson, and the current incarnation of Iron Maiden, I have always been impressed with the vocals of Paul Di’Anno.  “Charlotte The Harlot” – which is part of a saga of songs – is about a prostitute named Charlotte.  It represents everything that Iron Maiden is known for…classic heavy metal at its finest!
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

QUEENSRYCHE – “Suite Sister Mary” (1988)

In 1988, Queensryche blew away the metal world with their third album, Operation Mindcrime, which continues to stand as one of the finest concept albums ever crafted.  Telling a twisted tale of madness and manipulation, the album is highlighted by this ten-minute epic track. Named for Mary, a prostitute turned nun (played by the talented Pamela Moore), it features some sweeping but melodic writing, and operatic lead vocals.

 

VOLBEAT – “Lola Montez” (2013)

“Feel the fire where she walks.”  Danish rockers Volbeat warned us of a femme fatale in this hit from their 2013 album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

FALL OUT BOY – “Roxanne” (2003)

Fast and badass, this remake of the Police’s timeless “Roxanne” – from Fall Out Boy’s 2003 release, Take This To Your Grave – has a lot of added power and a killer edge.  A metal/punk pace sets the tone, yet keeps the excellence of the original song intact.

 

SCORPIONS – “Loreli” (2010)

“Loreli” is a rueful, forlorn power ballad from the Scorpions off of their 2010 album, Sting In The Tail.  Klause Meine’s amazing voice has a haunting vibe to it, as he weaves the story through moving refrains and choruses.  This melodic track features the band’s classic sound, which has stood the test of time for more than 40 years.

 

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 7/2/16

HRD Radio Report - Bridge To Grace - Left Inside

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.

 2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q1

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 7/2/16.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 1 VOLBEAT “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” 2134
2 2 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Dark Necessities” 2079
3 3 SHINEDOWN “Asking For It” 1929
4 4 CHEVELLE “Joyride” 1726
5 5 GHOST “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” 1393
6 6 POP EVIL “Take It All” 1127
7 8 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Paranoia” 986
8 7 HALESTORM “Mayhem” 965
9 9 BLINK 182 “Bored To Death” 946
10 11 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Here I Am” 862
11 14 KALEO “No Good” 752
12 15 HOLY WHITE HOUNDS “Switchblade” 743
13 12 SICK PUPPIES “Stick To Your Guns” 730
14 10 SIXX: A.M. “Rise” 675
15 16 ROB ZOMBIE “Get High” 670
16 17 DEFTONES “Phantom Bride” 667
17 21 3 DOORS DOWN “Still Alive” 571
18 20 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Ashes Of Eden” 539
19 19 AVATAR “The Eagle Has Landed” 535
20 22 SKILLET “Feel Invincible” 481
21 24 HELLYEAH “I Don’t Care Anymore” 419
22 18 HELLYEAH “Human” 390
23 23 ESCAPE THE FATE “Remember Every Scar” 354
24 27 THRICE “Black Honey” 326
25 26 TRIVIUM “Dead And Gone” 310
26 25 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Running With Giants” 307
27 29 STITCHED UP HEART “Monster” 280
28 30 THROUGH FIRE “Stronger” 264
29 34 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Lost And Alone” 255
30 31 LIKE A STORM “Break Free” 249
31 32 BEARTOOTH “Aggressive” 246
32 28 SEVENDUST “Death Dance” 245
33 37 ZAKK WYLDE (f. COREY TAYLOR) “Sleeping Dogs” 233
34 35 CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN “Soundcheck” 206
35 53 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Heathens” 196
36 33 ONE LESS REASON “Where Were You?” 196
37 36 MEGADETH “Post-American World” 186
38 43 NONPOINT “Generation Idiot” 181
39 42 CITIZEN ZERO “Go (Let Me Save You)” 156
40 41 DOROTHY “Raise Hell” 144
41 47 PIERCE THE VEIL “Circles” 142
42 45 FAILURE ANTHEM “First World Problems” 142
43 39 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Trouble” 142
44 50 NOTHING BUT THIEVES “Wake Up Call” 134
45 44 KONGOS “Take It From Me” 130
46 48 VIMIC “My Fate” 120
47 49 ARANDA “Stay” 119
48 46 MACHINE HEAD “Is There Anybody Out There?” 110
49 40 CHEAP TRICK “When I Wake Up Tomorrow” 109
50 51 PUSCIFIER “The Arsonist” 108

 

 

 

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

BRIDGE TO GRACE – “Left Inside”

It isn’t often that you think of Iron Maiden when you listen to most Active Rock artists.  This is true of Bridge To Grace, although the beginning of “Left Inside” conjures up memories of another powerfully melodic vocal intro…Iron Maiden’s “Can I Play With Madness?”  While the Maiden comparison ends there, the band’s latest single does infuse a modern sound with elements of melodic hard rock from the ’80s.  If you’re a fan of catchy vocal harmonies, “Left Inside” will be right in your wheelhouse.  Songs like this add a fresh and exciting change-of-pace from the “Active Rock sound,” a description that probably sounds vague to most.  It’s kind of like when the government tried to describe “obscenity” back in the PMRC days.  They couldn’t give specifics, but rather an approach of “I know it when I see it.”  This may sound like the thoughts of someone who is nostalgic for the music of days gone by, but this thought was actually inspired by the young son of a melodic hard rock band who recently asked his father why they just played the same five songs in a row on an Active Rock station.  You might be wondering what this anecdote has to do with “Left Inside.”   It’s a sign of the times. The only way for this format to survive is to give band’s with a fresh sound like Bridge To Grace a fair amount of exposure. Once upon a time, no one thought that “hair metal” would ever go away, but it died a very quick death when it started to sound like a parody of itself.  While Active Rock doesn’t suffer from the “cheese factor” that hair metal did around the time of its demise, it is suffering (at times) from a lack of diversity of sound.

 

 

 

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…

BRIDGE TO GRACE“Left Inside”

SONS OF TEXAS“Blameshift”

DEATH DIVISION“The Truth”

CROBOT“Not For Sale”

FIFTYWATT FREIGHT TRAIN“Whiskey & Hate”

HUDSON“Cast Out”

EVE TO ADAM“Lucky”

SEPTEMBER MOURNING“Eye Of The Storm”

 

DROP IT…

Twenty One Pilots – “Heathens”

Cage The Elephant“Trouble”

Kongos“Take It From Me”

Catfish And The Bottlemen“Soundcheck”

Holy White Hounds“Switchblade”

Nothing But Thieves“Wake Up Call”

Deftones “Phantom Bride”

Blink 182“Bored To Death”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Volbeat does it again, holding on atop the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay Chart for a ninth straight week.   Red Hot Chili Peppers remain at #2, but are starting to see both Shinedown and Chevelle move into position to keep any stay at the top that they may enjoy a relatively short one (if they get there at all).

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

The order of the Top 6 songs remains unchanged.  Asking Alexandria squeaks into the Top 10…

Three Doors Down and Skillet both reach the Top 20 this week …

From Ashes To New climbs into the Top 30, joined by Like A Storm (who returns to the tier after a week’s absence, despite a minor decline in airplay)…

A new Twenty One Pilots single leads four songs into the Top 40…

Pusicfer grabs the final spot on the published chart, returning after a one week absence.

 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Chevelle – “Joyride”

Hellyeah – “I Don’t Care Anymore”

Twenty One Pilots“Heathens”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Volbeat“The Devil’s Bleeding Crown”

Sixx: A.M.“Rise”

Hellyeah – “Human”

 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

If I did the math right, it looks as though the last time a song remained at the top of the airplay chart for nine straight weeks was almost three years ago, when Avenged Sevenfold had a great run with “Hail To The King.”  Several songs have managed eight weeks at #1 during that time, either consecutively or cumulatively, but I found none that made it to nine.  I’ll worry about the last one to get ten weeks if we get there, but I don’t see that happening this time.   Worth noting however that this IS an unusual week for spins (due to holiday playlists), so songs that appear to have lost momentum on this chart could easily regain it next week when spin totals get back to normal.

 

WRAP-UP

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

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 5/12/16

Hard Rock Music Time Machine - Iron Maiden - Fear Of The Dark

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 5/12/16

Each Thursday, Hard Rock Music Time Machine takes a journey back in time to feature a variety of songs that date back as far as the ’70s, the ’80s (the glory days of hard rock), hidden gems of the ’90s and hard rock/metal songs of the new millennium (as recent as a few years ago).

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

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

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

IRON MAIDEN – “Fear Of The Dark” (1992)

If you’re like most fans, when you think about “classic Maiden,” your thoughts immediately go to the early ‘80s, when they released two of their best albums (The Number Of The Beast and Piece Of Mind).  The first two albums with Bruce Dickinson at the helm rank among the greatest heavy metal albums of all-time.  Some may think of “classic Maiden” as the albums that preceded Dickinson’s arrival, but most probably don’t think of their post-‘80s work as “classic,” largely because it feels too recent.  As the saying goes…“time flies.”

Yesterday marked the 24th anniversary of the release of Fear Of The Dark.  The album had some memorable moments, but none that compare to the title track that closed the album…saving the best for last.  An epic, seven-minute plus track, “Fear Of The Dark” is a song that resonates as much as Maiden’s classic work of the early ‘80s, and has become a fan favorite (especially when performed in concert).

Iron Maiden is known for a high-energy, galloping style of heavy metal.  “Fear Of The Dark” features dynamic transitions that mix their high-energy sound with slower, more haunting moments, making this one of the band’s more unique offerings.
 

 
BRUCE DICKINSON – “Darkness Be My Friend” (2002)

In 1992, Bruce Dickinson sang “Fear Of The Dark” with such conviction, that you’d think that the fear was real.  However, the lyrics to the song were actually written by Iron Maiden bassist, Steve Harris.  A decade later, when Dickinson’s 1990 debut solo album – Tattooed Millionaire – was re-released with bonus tracks, the Maiden frontman showed his affinity for the dark with “Darkness Be My Friend,” a melancholic ballad that is vastly different than his work with the heavy metal legends.

The acoustic guitar work on the song is reminiscent of the Metallica classic, “Nothing Else Matters.”  The vocals capture the emotion of The Who’s “Behind Blue Eyes,”  and the Jethro Tull-meets-Emerson, Lake and Palmer flute work adds an unexpected layer of intrigue to this powerful song that is just over two minutes long.
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

BIOHAZARD – “Shades Of Grey” (1992)

As a huge fan of the New York hardcore scene back in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Biohazard was one of those bands that provided the aggression and musical talent that I was looking for.  Of course, being a teen during that time period, all I wanted to do when I went to a show was go into the pit, stagedive, slam and mosh (all before “moshing” became a household word).  Listen to “Shades of Grey” from the band’s 1992 album, Urban Disicpline, and tell me that the song doesn’t make you want to move.  The breakdowns alone will make you want to jump into the middle of a thousand flailing arms.  Although the band has broken up – and recently re-formed without Evan Seinfeld – “Shades of Grey” will always be one of the pivotal songs from my teen years.

 

DEATH – “The Philosopher” (1993)

The first time that I heard the album Scream Bloody Gore in high school, I was floored by the sheer brutality and heaviness of the music blaring through my Walkman headphones.  I was literally scared listening to this album; the blood curdling screams, the lyrics, the heavy aggression.  It was like listening to a horror movie with the scenes acted out lyrically in my head.  Labeled as one of the first death metal albums (and a huge influence on modern death metal today), Death was, in a sense, way ahead of their time.  “The Philosopher” is off Death’s 1993 release, Individual Thought Patterns, and performed by three of my favorite musicians of all-time.  Although the band has ceased to exist since founding member Chuck Schuldiner’s passing in 2001, the impact that this band has on metal today will last for years to come.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

JOHN WETTON – “Hold Me Now” (1995)

Vocalist and bassist John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson, Uriah Heep) gets some help from Toto guitarist, Steve Lukather, on his 1995 solo album, Battle Lines.  On this heartwrenching rock ballad, Wetton delivers a vocal tour de force, with every lyric dripping with emotion as he sings about the empty relationship with his mother.

 

FAITH CIRCUS – “Hold On” (2008)

Faith Circus is a Norwegian melodic hard rock band. They’ve gone through many lineup changes, but their one constant has been vocalist Marc Farrano, who shines here on this yearnful (but optimistic) track from their debut album.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

PERSUADER – “…And There Was Light” (1999)

“…And There Was Light” is a terrific track from Persuader’s first full-length album, The Hunter.  Session guitarist Magnus Lindblom on lead guitar is the anchor of this aggressive tune with screaming, intricate riffs, matched by equally outstanding bass play from Fredrik Hedström.  The tone is completed by the raw power of Jenns Carlsson’s vocals.

 

MESSIAH’S KISS – “Night Comes Down” (2002)

Messiah’s Kiss is a German power metal band formed back 2001.  “When Night Comes Down” is a deep cut from the band’s debut album, Prayer for the Dying.  The track has a great change-of-pace beginning, which erupts into power chords and a classic metal sound, matched perfectly by Mike Tirreli’s vocals.  Excellent guitar intro and solo along with a tremendous galloping beat from Eckhard Ostra.

 Inferno of Rock Report – APRIL 2016

Inferno Of Rock Report - April 2016

By Ian Liberman

 

INFERNO OF ROCK NEWS

IN MEMORIAM

The Beatles Guru

George Martin, known as “the fifth Beatle,” died on March 8, 2016. Looking at this death from a hard rock perspective, he was responsible for the raunchy Beatles’ song, “Helter Skelter,” which paid homage to the cult family serial killer, Charles Manson.  Martin also had a lot respect for hard rock, and commented quite positively about the genre while producing UFO`s record, No Place To Run.

 

A Progressive Loss

Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer was a creative innovator of progressive rock who managed to integrate various styles of jazz, classical, hard rock and folk music into a unique mix of progressive styles that influenced many of the rock heroes that we all enjoy and respect today.  He died on March 10, 2016 at the age of 71 as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Here’s hoping that the “In Memoriam” section doesn’t become a regular occurrence in the column.

 

 

Instant Rock History

Ithaca Audio has put together a history of rock that features what they believe to be the best songs of several decades.  This amazing 15-minute edited footage includes:  Black Sabbath, Metallica, Rage Against The Machine and Foo Fighters.

 

 

Corey’s Bedtime Stories

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) has been busy promoting his new book, America 51, which is a highly critical book about America’s obsession with “politicians” like Donald Trump, and its lack of separation between church and state.  Being that Taylor is an atheist, nothing goes unchallenged.

 

 

Rare Nirvana

An alternative version of Nirvana’s “Marigold” has surfaced online.  Posted by an obsessive fan (RareNirvana), the song features Kurt Cobain vocally harmonizing with Dave Grohl.  Nirvana fans will definitely appreciate this version of the song.

 

 

Take a Date to the Opera

If you liked Avatar’s Hail the Apocalypse, you’ll be happy to hear that they are finished their next album, which is going to be a hard rock opera in the same vein as The Who’s Tommy. The album, entitled Feathers and Flesh, will be released in May.

 

 

Record Store Day

Record Store Day ambassadors, Metallica, will be performing live this year in Berkeley, CA at Rasputin Records on April 16th.

Some of the more notable releases this year include a digitally re-mastered release of Jimi Hendrix’s Smash Hits and a limited edition of Iron Maiden’s Empire Of The Clouds, which includes a beautifully illustrated booklet.

 

 

 

TRENDS / OPINIONS

The Best Streaming Choices for Hard Rock and Metal are…

It was just announced last week that, for the first time ever, streaming music sales eclipsed downloads.  Despite the protest of some big-name pop and hip-hop artists, streaming music is here to stay and will only continue to grow.  What does this mean for fans of hard rock and metal?

My quest to find the perfect streaming service began over a year ago when I subscribed to all of the free services.  From there, I decided to pay for the services that I thought were the best.

I am not going to indulge myself (and you) by writing a complex criteria and suggestion list for each company, but I am going to give you recommendations as to which are the best free and paid streaming solutions.

 

TOP FREE STREAMING SERVICES

CRITERIA:  Good sound, wide variety of rock/metal, limited advertising, access to top artists and new material upon release.

 

THE WINNERS:

Best Free Internet Radio Station – Slacker Radio

Slacker has limited commercials and an enormous variety of rock, new rock, new metal, etc.  An added bonus is that you can create your own personal stations.

 

Runner-up – Pandora

Pandora is also a great free station with all of the hard rock and metal that you could ever want, but it’s just a little too heavy with commercials, which kept them from coming in first place.

 

 

TOP PAID STREAMING SERVICES

CRITERIA:  Large variety of rock, hard rock and metal, the ability to download all songs and albums to a device, information about the artist, the ability to create your own artist-driven radio stations, prompt availability of new releases, access to top artists, good sound, curated playlists, cost less than $10/month (US).

 

THE WINNERS:

Best Paid Streaming Service – Google & Apple (tie)

I personally could not make up my mind when I went to purchase, and ended up with both Apple and Google, both of which check all the boxes.

 

Runner-up – Spotify

Spotify is having problems licensing new metal albums.  For example, Spotify could not offer a copy of Anthrax’s top-rated album, For All Kings, until four weeks after Google and Apple (which both had full copies available upon release).  Now that they have signed a new deal with music companies and artists, it’s possible that their status will improve in the future.

 

 

 

INFERNO OF ROCK TRIVIA QUESTIONS:

If trivia is up your alley, make sure to check out the Inferno of Rock Trivia Card Game available on Amazon or worldwide from Rock From Hell.

 

April-2016 Trivia Questions

[1] What was the highest-selling album in the last twenty-five years?

[2] What Hammer Films horror actor had a successful metal music career until his death in 2015?

[3] Which late night comedy talk show marked the first television appearance by The Who in North America?

[4]  Disturbed’s video for “Land of Confusion” was animated by a famous artist. Who was he or she?

[5]  Who was the famous artist that created the album cover for Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s Brain Salad Surgery?

A. Keith Thompson

B . R. Giger

C. Dado

D. Ito

NOTE:  Answers to April trivia questions will appear in the May Inferno of Rock Report.  If you think that you know the answers, e-mail us at info@hardrockdaddy.com.  You may just win something pretty cool!

 

March-2016 Trivia Question Answers

  1. As a tribute to Lemmy Kilmister’s love for computer games, which 2009 video game character was based on him?  Lenny Koopa

 

  1. What is Lemmium? [c]

[a] A book of heavy metal philosophy.

[b] A strange type of bird.

[c]  A new chemical element that a scientist named after Lemmy.

 

  1. Which Metallica album did David Bowie call “genius?” Lou Reed and Metallica’s “Lulu.”

 

  1. What was the name of David Bowie’s band that marked his entry into hard rock music with the son of comedian Soupy Sales?  Tin Machine

 

  1. Which band is Metallica inducting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016? Deep Purple

 

 

 

LOOKING AHEAD…

Next month, I am going to look into why there is a consensus amongst a few studies that metalheads are quite intelligent.  Is there real scientific evidence to back up this outrageous claim?  I will reach into science world to see whether this is truth or fantasy.

In May, I will also examine meditation from the perspective of the “metal for meditation movement.”  I will discuss how you can get curated metal sets by the top yogis for meditation, so get ready to rock your mindfulness!