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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 9/5/15

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 9/5/15.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. ***Click on the hyperlinked titles to read full album reviews***

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE – Venom
      2. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark By Dawn
      3. SOULFLY – Arcangel
      4. LAMB OF GOD – VII: Sturm Und Drang
      5. CATTLE DECAPITATION – The Anthropocene Extinction
      6. STRAY FROM THE PATH – Subliminal Criminals
      7. FEAR FACTORY – Genexus
      8. FAITH NO MORE – Sol Invictus
      9. SAINT ASONIA – Saint Asonia
      10. SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter
      11. ROYAL BLOOD – Royal Blood
      12. HALESTORM – Into The Wild Life
      13. FOO FIGHTERS – Sonic Highways
      14. JOE SATRIANI – Shockwave Supernova
      15. THREE DAYS GRACE – Human

 

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 8/29/15

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 8/29/15.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. ***Click on the hyperlinked titles to read full album reviews***

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. FEAR FACTORY – Genexus
      2. MISS MAY I – Deathless
      3. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark By Dawn
      4. LAMB OF GOD – VII: Sturm Und Drang
      5. CATTLE DECAPITATION – The Anthropocene Extinction
      6. SAINT ASONIA – Saint Asonia
      7. WE CAME AS ROMANS – We Came As Romans
      8. TERROR – The 25th Hour
      9. JOE SATRIANI – Shockwave Supernova
      10. SIRENS & SAILORS – Rising Moon: Setting Sun
      11. RED SUN RISING – Polyester Zeal
      12. SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter
      13. INCUBUS – Trust Fall (Side A) (EP)
      14. HALESTORM – Into The Wild Life
      15. AUGUST BURNS RED – Found In Far Away Places

 

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 8/22/15

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 8/22/15.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. ***Click on the hyperlinked titles to read full album reviews***

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. SAINT ASONIA – Saint Asonia
      2. LAMB OF GOD – VII: Sturm Und Drang
      3. KNUCKLE PUCK – Copacetic
      4. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark By Dawn
      5. WE CAME AS ROMANS – We Came As Romans
      6. 2015 WARPED TOUR COMPILATIONS – Various Artists
      7. JOE SATRIANI – Shockwave Supernova
      8. SYMPHONY X – Underworld
      9. SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter
      10. TEENAGE TIME KILLERS – Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
      11. AUGUST BURNS RED – Found In Far Away Places
      12. KATAKLYSM – Of Ghosts And Gods
      13. HALESTORM – Into The Wild Life
      14. ROYAL BLOOD – Royal Blood
      15. THREE DAYS GRACE – Human

 

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

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 8/15/15.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. ***Click on the hyperlinked titles to read full album reviews***

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. LAMB OF GOD – VII: Sturm Und Drang
      2. WE CAME AS ROMANS – We Came As Romans
      3. JOE SATRIANI – Shockwave Supernova
      4. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark By Dawn
      5. 2015 WARPED TOUR COMPILATIONS – Various Artists
      6. SYMPHONY X – Underworld
      7. COUNTERPARTS – Tragedy Will Find Us
      8. NORTHLANE – Node
      9. AUGUST BURNS RED – Found In Far Away Places
      10. BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME – Coma Ecliptic
      11. SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter
      12. HALESTORM – Into The Wild Life
      13. ROYAL BLOOD – Royal Blood
      14. HIGHLY SUSPECT – Mr. Asylum
      15. THREE DAYS GRACE – Human

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That Metal Show – Season 13 Finale, Episode 12: Joe Satriani, Artie Lange, Jim Breuer, Yngwie Malmsteen

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MUSICAL GUEST:  Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie became the only guest musician to perform in two episodes in one season.  The guys discussed Yngwie’s book, Relentless.  The book features a story about how he came to join Alcatrazz, and discusses the numerous releases that he has been a part of that people may not even know about.  In the book, Yngwie talks about how his style evolved.  Many people think that his neo-classical style was inspired by Ritchie Blackmore, but it was actually inspired by the playing of Genesis keyboardist, Tony Banks.

His wife/manager put together the idea for the tour that Yngwie will be doing this summer called “Guitar Gods.”  Some of the guitarists joining him will be Uli Jon Roth, Bumblefoot and Gary Hoey.

 

TMS TOP 5:  Top 5 Desert Island Hard Rock Albums

  1. Aerosmith – Rocks
  2. AC/DC – Powerage
  3. Van Halen – Van Halen
  4. Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
  5. UFO – Strangers In The Night

 

GUEST:  Joe Satriani

Satriani and Yngwie go back a long way.  He was introduced to Yngwie’s music by Kirk Hammet.  When he first listened to it, he was convinced that somebody sped up the tape.  He was giving guitar lessons at the time, and admitted that even he couldn’t play Yngwie’s style.  Eddie mentioned that Satriani and Yngwie are two of the most successful artists that have thrived doing mainly instrumental music.

Jim asked if the transition into a full band like Chickenfoot was difficult.  Satriani said that they just focused on highlighting the best of what each member brought to the table.

Satriani discussed his book, Strange Beautiful Music, his latest album – Unstoppable Momentum and his incredibly innovative Chrome Dome box set, which features a chrome statue of his head wearing sunglasses.  The removable sunglasses contain two USB drives that hold his entire studio catalog (available on www.Satriani.com).

One of the things that he loved about the book is hearing the stories about himself and his various projects from a different angle because it was through the prism of other peoples’ perspectives.

Right after his album Surfing With The Alien came out, Satriani was struggling with figuring out how to be a solo instrumental artist.  His big break came when he received a call to audition to open for Mick Jagger on a solo show at The Bottom Line in New York City.  He ended up touring with him for several months, and learned what it meant to be a rock star.

While there is nothing planned as of this moment, the hope is that Chickenfoot will record another album when everyone’s schedules align.

He will be going back out on tour overseas this summer in support of Unstoppable Momentum, but before he leaves, he’s going to be playing in Westbury on Long Island (back where it all started).

 

GUESTS:  Comedians Artie Lange and Jim Breuer

This was the first time on the show for the comedians, who are both huge fans of the show.

Artie Lange said that it is his favorite show on television.  A favorite quote about the show of Jim’s was when Lange said…“I’ve never seen a show where you treat the former drummer of the Scorpions (Herman Rarebell) like he was Tom Cruise on The Tonight Show.”

Lange, who has battled drug addiction for many years, loved watching the show during his last stint in rehab.  According to Lange…“Nothing is better for heroin withdrawals than this show.”

He talked about his first concert being the AC/DC Back In Black tour at the age of 14.  His friend’s older brother gave him what he thought was Coca Cola, but it turned out to be Jack Daniels and Coke.  He also talked about how times were different back in the day and told a story about when he was at a Yankee game with his father as a kid in the late 1970’s; his father’s friend asked him to hold his beer while he rolled a joint.

Lange has a nightly show on DirecTV called The Artie Lange Show.  His second book, Crash and Burn, is coming out on paperback in June.  He is also going to be filming a Comedy Central special in Newark, NJ.

 

Jim Breuer often watches the show while traveling on planes.  He talked about how he is very loud while wearing headphones and agreeing with things that are said on the show, usually while the person next to him is watching cooking shows or something else much tamer than That Metal Show.

Breuer’s first metal concert was Iron Maiden and Judas Priest at the Nassau Coliseum.  He talked about how people threw lit M-80’s at the show.  He was also at the show that got Priest banned from Madison Square Garden after the fans ripped out the seats and threw them around like Frisbees.

Breuer is in the process of recording a metal album as a singer.  It is being produced by Volbeat’s Rob Caggiano.  He jammed with Brian Johnson during the recording session, the same night that Johnson played with Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden.

His upcoming plans include:  Rock On The Range and a Motorhead Cruise.  His comedy special – And Laughter For All –  is available for download on Netflix, and he has a new album coming out in the fall on Metal Blade Records.  Breuer will be doing both a comedy and a metal set at Rock On the Range.

At the end of the interview, before “Stump The Trunk,” Eddie revealed that Breuer was actually the one who came up with the concept for the segment when they did it on Breuer’s radio show.

 

PUT IT ON THE TABLE: Joe Satriani

If you could be in any other bandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience (playing tambourine, just to be in the band)

One song you wish you wrote“Third Stone From The Sun” – by Jimi Hendrix

One vice – Wise potato chips.

Best concert you ever attended – Rolling Stones in Oakland last year

First album you bought with your own moneyAre You Experienced? By Jimi Hendrix

First rock or metal song that you learned how to play“Communication Breakdown” by Led Zeppelin

Weirdest news story or rumor that you’ve heard about yourself – That I am actually Voldemort

Favorite new band – The Winery Dogs

 

PICK OF THE WEEK:

Eddie – Raven – Rock Until You Drop documentary DVD

Jim – Hatriot – Dawn Of The New Centurion

Don – Kyng – Trampled Sun

 

THROWDOWN:  AC/DC’s “For Those About To Rock” vs. “Highway To Hell” (songs, not albums).

Satriani – “Highway To Hell”

Breuer – “For Those About to Rock”

Lange – “For Those About To Rock”

Eddie – “Highway To Hell” (original pick) changed to “For Those About To Rock” (when he realized that it was songs not albums)

Jim – “For Those About To Rock”

Don – “Highway To Hell”

 

This wraps up Season 13 of That Metal Show.  Check out the links below for recaps of every episode from this past season.  Stay tuned for a Hard Rock Daddy interview with Eddie, Jim and Don in the near future!

 

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That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 4:  Ted Nugent, Gary Hoey

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 5:  Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti, Matt Nathanson, Steve Brown

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That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 7:  Mick Jones, Leslie West, Lita Ford

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 8: Mick Mars, Tom Keifer

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 9: Dee Snider, Chris Caffery

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That Metal Show: Season 12 Finale

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That Metal Show (Season 12 Finale)

The following is a recap of this week’s show…

MUSICAL GUEST:  Jake E. Lee

 

IN-STUDIO GUESTS

Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult)

Blue Oyster Cult still does 70-80 shows each year.  The band has a new box set called The Complete Columbia Albums Collection, which features 16 CDs and a DVD.  It includes a CD of rarities, a live album and codes to download a number of concerts.  The band, originally called Soft White Underbelly, was influenced by the psychedelic scene in California.  When they became Blue Oyster Cult, they adopted a heavier sound.  Dharma discussed the famous 1981 Black & Blue Tour (a co-headlining tour with Blue Oyster Cult and Black Sabbath featuring Ronnie James Dio). Dharma revealed that the decision of which band would headline on any given night was determined by the band that had the bigger following in the city in which the concert took place.  Blue Oyster Cult is going to be doing an acoustic album of their songs, and possibly touring to support it.

 

Steve Whiteman, Brian Forsythe (KIX)

The Kix reunion started as a handful of regional shows, but eventually became something big.  The band never thought that they broke big enough to warrant a reunion, but the audience loved them at Rocklahoma.  Whiteman discussed the band’s early videos and said that they were “God-awful” and “sucked.”  He also said that the label sucked also for encouraging them to do it.  The band members are all involved in various projects, so there is no set timetable for recording a new album, but it is something that is being discussed.  The band’s latest album/DVD is called Live in Baltimore, which Whiteman said was shot by his mom.  They are enjoying playing more nowadays than they did back in the 80’s because the pressure is gone.

 

 

PUT IT ON THE TABLE:

If you could play in any other band…

BD – Grateful Dead

SW – The Archies

BF – Rolling Stones

 

Song you wish you wrote…

BD“Boys Of Summer” – Don Henley

SW“Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen

BF“Tumblin’ Dice” – Rolling Stones

 

Your one vice…

BD – Single Malt Scotch

SW – Farting

BF – Cookies

 

Best concert ever attended

BD – Jimi Hendrix & The Experience at Stony Brook University in 1968.

SW – A band called “fun” with his kids at the 930 club in DC.

BF – Steve Miller Band in 1974.

 

First album ever purchased with your own money…

BD“Walk, Don’t Run” – The Ventures

SW“Meet The Beatles” – The Beatles

BF“Eat A Peach” – The Allman Brothers

 

First rock or metal song you learned to play…

BD“Pipeline” – The Chantays

SW“Rock and Roll All Night” – KISS

BF“Smoke On The Water” – Deep Purple

 

Weirdest rumor about you…

KIX – That we’re gay lovers

BD – That we’re satanists

 

Favorite new band…

BD – Foster The People

SW – Halestorm (Lzzy Hale was a student of his)

BF – The Black Keys

 

 

METAL MODEM:  Joe Satriani

His new album “Unstoppable Momentum” has a lot of energy and crazy arrangements.  He’s using a new band this time around.  Neil Schon playing with Chickenfoot while Satriani is unavailable.  Schon was the original member of Planet Us, which eventually became Chickenfoot (who will be recording and do a full tour next year).

 

 

TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT:  The viability of CD’s in current times.

Eddie Trunk – Take it.  “I love it.  It’s still my favorite format of music.”

Jim Florentine – Take it.  He thinks they’ll be around for a while, but admits that they are becoming increasingly difficult to find.

Don Jamieson – Take it.  “There’s enough old bastards like us that like the physical product.”

 

 

THE RANT:  Eddie Trunk on 80’s Hard Rock being called “Hair Bands”

Hardly any band from the MTV era wants to be called a hair band because of its derogatory implication, though the people who are using it today mean it as a compliment.  Hair band is a term that thrash bands, grunge bands and journalists came up with to disparage this type of music as style over substance when Nirvana burst onto the scene.  It is the only genre ever described for its fashion rather than its sound.

“Let’s not use the term that was coined by detractors to diminish what these talented bands had to offer.  How about celebrating these bands by simply calling them – 80’s hard rock?”

 

 

ORIGINS:  Eddie Trunk

Born in Summit, NJ in 1964.  First song he loved on the radio was “Go All The Way” by The Raspberries.  He was about 12 years old when he got KISS “Destroyer.”  From that point on, his whole life was about KISS.  His entire room was covered in KISS posters.  Trunk eventually started getting into other bands.  Three favorite bands of all-time are:  KISS, Aerosmith and Black Sabbath.  He got a job working for Megaforce Records as a result of being the only one on radio giving support to Metallica and Anthrax when they first came on the scene.

 

 

ON THE SHELF:

Eddie – Black Star Riders “All Hell Breaks Loose” (Former members of Thin Lizzy with a new singer)

Jim –  Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats “Mind Control” (From England…if early 70’s Black Sabbath was a garage band)

Don – A Pale Horse Named Death “Lay My Soul To Waste” (a cross between Type-O Negative and Alice In Chains).

 

Behind The Music Remastered: Deep Purple

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It’s no secret to any Deep Purple fan that lineup changes through the years have been plentiful.  However, most people don’t realize that that band was born out of a supergroup called Roundabout, which by design, had a revolving door policy.

Ritchie Blackmore was the original Roundabout guitarist, but he quickly grew tired of the band, and set out to create his own band with Ian Paice and Jon Lord.  The original incarnation of the band included vocalist, Rod Evans, and bassist, Nick Simper.  The Deep Purple moniker was inspired by a song by Blackmore’s grandmother’s favorite crooner, Larry Clinton and his Orchestra.

Deep Purple’s first single, “Hush,” was actually a Joe South cover song that garnered them attention in the United States.  The band was recruited to be the opening act on Cream’s farewell tour, but was fired after three shows when the audiences starting turning out to see them instead of the headliner.  Shortly thereafter, they were back playing pubs in England.

With a trend afoot towards harder music, Blackmore immediately began making lineup changes to create a heavier, blues rock sound.  When Evans and Simper were replaced by Ian Gillan and Roger Glover, Deep Purple Mark II was formed.  This version of the band is what most people envision when they think of the classic lineup, but clashing personalities prevented it from having any continuous staying power.

In spite of the heavier makeup of the band, Lord wanted Deep Purple to do something closer to his roots and play with an orchestra.  Blackmore agreed, with the caveat that they would focus on becoming heavier if it didn’t take off and allow them conquer America.

Blackmore knew that he wanted the band to follow a different path, but wasn’t exactly sure what direction to take until Led Zeppelin’s debut helped guide them towards a new sound.

A tragic event would help to launch Deep Purple into the mainstream with arguably the most memorable riff in hard rock music history.  The band was in Montreux, Switzerland to record what would become “Machine Head.”  They had rented a mobile recording studio from the Rolling Stones at the entertainment complex that was part of the Montreux Casino.

The day before they were to begin recording, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention were playing a concert in the casino’s theater.  In the middle of the concert, “some stupid with a flare gun, burned the place to the ground.”  The fire destroyed the entire complex and left Deep Purple with no place to record their album.

With an expensive mobile recording studio and no place to play, the band was forced to quickly find another recording space.  They ended up at the nearly desolate Montreux Grand Hotel and created a makeshift space.  The story of their experience became their biggest hit, “Smoke On The Water,” a phrase that came to Roger Glover in his sleep just days after the fire.

“Machine Head” had success in England, but it wasn’t as well-received initially in the United States.  The limited traction that they had built in the United States was lost when the band was forced to cancel several dates because Gillan and Blackmore both came down with Hepatitis.

It wasn’t until “Made In Japan” that Deep Purple finally started to build a large following in the United States.  The success of the album also helped boost sales of “Machine Head.”  With “Smoke On The Water” climbing up the charts, it seemed that the band had finally arrived, but there was trouble on the horizon.

Blackmore and Gillan brought out the best in each other musically, but personally, the two simply did not get along.  Blackmore and Paice had opened discussions with Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott about starting a new three-piece blues band, but ultimately decided to stay with Deep Purple as long as Gillan and Glover left the band.

Deep Purple Mark III featured Glenn Hughes on bass, and an unknown blue collar vocalist named David Coverdale, though Blackmore’s first choice was Paul Rodgers.  In a matter of weeks, Coverdale went from the obscure working class to traveling on private planes and performing in front of massive audiences.

One of the first shows with the new lineup took place on April 6, 1974 at California Jam, the west coast’s answer to Woodstock.  Hundreds of thousands of fans packed into the Ontario Motor Speedway to see Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and other notable acts.

With the concert running ahead of schedule, the promoters tried to get Deep Purple to go on stage before sunset, but Blackmore wouldn’t cooperate.  Because of the planned light show, he refused to go on stage until after sunset, and ended up hiding so that the band couldn’t be forced to take the stage.

During their performance, a cameraman kept prodding Blackmore for a camera shot.  What he received was an assault on his camera by one of Blackmore’s classic Fender guitars.  But that was only the beginning.  Unbeknownst to the rest of the band, Blackmore had planned a pyrotechnic explosion with his guitar tech, but a misfire caused several amps and pieces of equipment to go up in flames.  The band ended up helicoptering off of the stage to elude angry fire marshals.

Deep Purple’s performance at California Jam may have angered the powers that be, but when word spread about the show, American audiences were clamoring for their chance to experience the mayhem first-hand.

By 1974, Blackmore had soured on the groovy, melodic direction that the band had taken on their “Stormbringer” release, so he decided to pull the plug on Deep Purple and form Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, a band with one big ego instead of five.

With Blackmore gone, the band decided to move forward with Tommy Bolin on guitar.  Lord had planned on leaving the band after Blackmore left, but decided to stay when he heard Bolin play.  But the fans weren’t as accepting as Lord.  They made life very difficult for Bolin as he tried to replace the guitar legend.  He eventually died of a heroin overdose after he had already left the band.

In March of 1976, after a concert in Liverpool, founding members, Lord and Paice, shook hands and agreed that Deep Purple had run its course.

In 1984, the classic Deep Purple lineup reunited after being offered a large sum of money by a record company.  “Perfect Strangers” was a commercially successful album that fed off of the tension that never really went away between Blackmore and Gillan.  Although the classic lineup was back together, it wasn’t destined to last.

“We weren’t really a band,” states Glover.  “We were a dysfunctional outfit.  Ritchie was off on his own, and Gillan was drinking again, a little too much.”

Old tensions arose as Gillan wanted to tour extensively, but Blackmore didn’t.  In 1989, after an ultimatum forcing the band to choose between the two, Blackmore remained in the band.  The departed Gillan was briefly replaced by Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow).

Turner left the band in 1992, and was replaced once again by Gillan.  The band would record one final album with the classic lineup, “The Battle Rages On” (released in 1993).  However, the battle didn’t rage on for very long this time around.

While touring in support of the record, in November of 1993, Blackmore walked off the stage in the middle of a concert in Helsinki.  It would be his final appearance with the band.

With a tour of Japan about to kick off, the band was left without a guitarist.  They approached Japanese fan-favorite, Joe Satriani, who initially declined because he had no interest in trying to replace the legendary Blackmore.  Eventually, he gave in, and the tour was a tremendous success.  However, Satriani never aspired to become a permanent member of the band.

Satriani was replaced by Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs) in November of 1994.  Morse’s arrival created a seventh incarnation of Deep Purple that lasted until 2002, when an aging Lord amicably left the band because he no longer had the energy to continue touring.  He was replaced by Don Airey (Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne) to create Mark VIII of Deep Purple, a lineup that is still intact to this day.

In July of 2012, while Deep Purple was recording their latest album, “Now What?!” – Lord lost his battle with cancer.  According to his family, Lord was still composing music in his mind just hours before his passing, playing notes in the air while on his deathbed.

Lord’s passing deeply saddened his former bandmates, who will always consider him a part of the band.

“Souls having touched are forever entwined,” stated Gillan when reflecting on the life of his friend and former bandmate.

Deep Purple’s longevity with numerous lineup changes is something that is unlikely to ever be duplicated again in music.  The current lineup has the best chemistry in the history of the band, so there is no telling how much longer the band will go on.  When the band finally calls it a day, they will go down in history as one of the bands (along with Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin) that gave the world the spark that ignited the fire of hard rock and heavy metal.

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 6/8/13

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Album chart.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

 THE TOP 15 THIS WEEK:

  1. Volbeat – Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies
  2. Airbourne – Black Dog Barking
  3. Escape The Fate – Ungrateful
  4. Halestorm – The Strange Case Of…
  5. Rob Zombie – Venemous Rat Regeneration Vendor
  6. Pop Evil – Onyx
  7. Device – Device
  8. The Dillinger Escape Plan – One Of Us Is The Killer
  9. Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal
  10. Stone Sour – House Of Gold And Bones Part 2
  11. Killswitch Engage – Disarm The Descent
  12. In This Moment – Blood
  13. Joe Satriani – Unstoppable Momentum
  14. Linkin Park – Living Things
  15. Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell And Angels

HARD ROCK DADDY NOTES:

  • Airbourne debuts this week in the #2 position

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 6/1/13

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Album chart.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

 THE TOP 15 THIS WEEK:

  1. The Dillinger Escape Plan – One Of Us Is The Killer
  2. Escape The Fate – Ungrateful
  3. Pop Evil – Onyx
  4. Rob Zombie – Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor
  5. Volbeat – Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies
  6. Joe Satriani – Unstoppable Momentum
  7. Deep Purple – Now What?!
  8. Device – Device
  9. Halestorm – The Strange Case Of…
  10. Killswitch Engage – Disarm The Descent
  11. Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal
  12. Stone Sour – House Of Gold And Bones Part 2
  13. Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell And Angels
  14. In This Moment – Blood
  15. Red – Release The Panic

HARD ROCK DADDY NOTES:

  • The Dillinger Escape Plan debuts this week in the #1 position
  • Escape The Fate debuts this week in the #2 position
  • Pop Evil debuts this week in the #3 position

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 5/25/13

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Album chart.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

 THE TOP 15 THIS WEEK:

  1. Joe Satriani – Unstoppable Momentum
  2. Rob Zombie – Venemous Rat Regeneration Vendor
  3. Volbeat – Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies
  4. Device – Device
  5. Halestorm – The Strange Case Of…
  6. Killswitch Engage – Disarm The Descent
  7. Stone Sour – House Of Gold & Bones Part 2
  8. HIM – Tears On Tape
  9. Jimmy Hendrix – People, Hell And Angels
  10. In This Moment – Blood
  11. Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal
  12. Shinedown – Amaryllis
  13. Three Days Grace – Transit Of Venus
  14. Linkin Park – Living Things
  15. Bullet For My Valentine – Temper, Temper

HARD ROCK DADDY NOTES:

  • Joe Satriani debuts this week in the #1 position