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Top 10 Metal Albums of 2016

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By Andy Cheung

 

1 – DEATH ANGEL – The Evil Divide

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

 

 

2 – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – Incarnate

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

 

 

3 – ANTHRAX – For All Kings

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

 

 

4 – GOJIRA – Magma

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

 

 

5 – TWELVE FOOT NINJA – Outlier

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

 

 

6 – AMON AMARTH – Jomsviking

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

 

 

7 – OPETH – Sorceress

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

 

 

8 – KATATONIA – The Fall of Hearts

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

 

 

9 – LACUNA COIL – Delirium

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

 

 

10 – SUICIDAL TENDENCIES – World Gone Mad

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

Rock Lives at the 2016 Epiphone Revolver Music Awards

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Written by Adam Waldman

Rock music, particularly hard rock and metal, is virtually ignored by music awards shows.  At best, it is disrespected by most with a lack of coverage and nominees that boggle the mind.  We’re used to it in the rock world.  Quite frankly, we don’t even care anymore.  There is only one awards show that means anything to us anyway – the Revolver Music Awards.

Sponsored by Epiphone, the 2016 RMAs ignored all other genres and gave well-deserved respect to hard rock and metal artists.  For the first time in the seven-year history of the awards, the show was held in New York City.

The night began as artists, both established and new, shuffled in from the cold NYC night into the black carpet area in the narrow bar attached to Webster Hall.  None of us were there to ask the artists walking the black carpet about their outfits, as is often the case on the more glamorous (but far less interesting) red carpet of other awards shows.  In true metal fashion, we care much more about substance than style.  In tight quarters, you might expect there to be some level of frustration, but we all worked together, and the artists couldn’t have been more gracious.

It didn’t take long to realize that this event was about much more than accolades.  At its core, the 2016 Epiphone Revolver Music Awards were about members of one big rock and roll family coming together for a kickass event that celebrates a lifestyle more than individual accomplishments.  That’s what makes it different from other awards shows.  That’s what makes it better than other awards shows.

Other awards shows are about a polished product that strives for perfection, or at least the appearance of perfection.  Like the metal culture, this awards show was real.  There were mishaps ranging from glitches on the screens in Webster Hall cutting out, to the Teleprompters not working at times, to the category nominees being read out of order and the five-minute delay of Ace Frehley taking the stage to close the show because of a broken guitar string.  And you know what?  No one cared!  When you’re at the coolest rock event of the year hanging out with your rock and roll brethren, these imperfections just blend into the background.

Rock and roll is not about putting on airs.  It’s about embracing the chaos.  Other awards shows have seat fillers so that the audience always looks full for the cameras.  The RMAs didn’t even have seats, but if they did, you can bet your ass that they wouldn’t have been used.  Most of the attendees used their hard-earned money to be a part of the event, and they were there to rock just like any other concert crowd.

The beauty of the RMAs is that everyone in attendance (including the artists themselves) are passionate fans.  While walking the black carpet, when asked for his thoughts about the band being nominated for having the most dedicated fans, Anthrax bassist Frankie Bello replied…“We’re all about the fans.  We’re fans ourselves, so really, we’re just fans playing for other fans.”

Out of all of the performances, Anthrax is the one that left many of us wanting more.  Their blistering four-song set bookended two new songs (“Breathing Lightning” & “Monster At The End”) with two classics (“Caught In The Mosh” & “Indians”).  Each song was received with tremendous enthusiasm from the crowd.  Can you imagine a mosh pit or crowd surfing taking place at any other awards show?

It’s not surprising that Anthrax electrified the crowd, nor is it surprising that Megadeth did the same.  Both bands are legendary, and still at the top of their game.  There were also memorable, hard-rocking performances by Stitched Up Heart and Lacuna Coil.

The RMAs celebrated hard rock and metal in style, but the event was not without its more heartfelt moments.  Zakk Wylde, who opened the show with a rendition of the National Anthem that would have made Jimi Hendrix proud, gave the most emotional performance of the night.  As he performed “In This River” – a song that he regularly dedicates to his friend Dimebag Darrell – with just an acoustic guitar, the names of the people that we lost during the most tragic year in rock scrolled on the screen behind him.

It’s fitting that the Fallen Heroes All-Star Jam (featuring Bumblefoot) closed the show.  The band paid homage to Lemmy (performing “Killed By Death” with Butcher Babies) and Scott Weiland (peforming “Plush” with Pop Evil’s Leigh Kakaty and Red Sun Rising’s Mike Protich on vocals).

Ace Frehley is the epitome of an NYC musician, which made him the perfect choice to deliver the final performance of the night with the Fallen Heroes All-Star Jam.  Ace’s former bandmate, Gene Simmons, has been fairly vocal about the supposed death of rock music.  It should be noted that while Simmons and the rest of KISS were performing on The Voice with the winner of the competition in front of a non-rock audience, Ace was playing to a passionate crowd of rock and metal fans in a NYC club during the most important awards show of the year.

Rock lives because its artists are as dedicated as the fans to something that is bigger than any individual award.  Rock lives because the artists are also fans, as are the industry people who are indecipherable from anyone else in the audience.  Rock lives because it brings people together at a time when the country is more divided than ever.  For three glorious hours during the 2016 Epiphone Revolver Music Awards, we were all united as one.  Anyone who thinks otherwise should make it a point to attend the 2017 RMAs and see for themselves.  I’m already counting down the days until the next rock and roll family reunion!

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 11/17/16

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 11/17/16

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)

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – “The Bleeding” (2007)

Five Finger Death Punch is arguably the biggest rock band of this generation.  They’ve become so popular that you expect every single that they release to be somewhat successful at the very least, and more often than not, battling to reach the top of the Active Rock radio chart.  Once upon a time, the band was just breaking onto the scene with their debut album (The Way Of The Fist) and their first single, “The Bleeding.”

The song, about love and loss, was written about frontman Ivan Moody’s previous band (Motograter) and his ex-fiance.  The two partings came around the same time, on the heels of the loss of a close friend.  According to Moody, “The Bleeding” is probably the most personal song that he’s ever written.

It’s hard to think of another vocalist who taps into the angst the way that Moody does, wearing his emotion on his sleeve in a visceral way that makes you feel his pain.  If you listen to the lyrics, you can almost visualize the struggle going on inside of Moody’s mind.  Like most FFDP songs, “The Bleeding” is raw, powerful and real.
 

 
THE WILDHEARTS “29x The Pain” (1994)

The Wildhearts have had a successful career in their native Britain, but have failed to achieve worldwide commercial success for various reasons, ranging from battles with their record company to drug and depression problems.  With the exception of the band’s founder/singer/guitarist/songwriter, Ginger (David Walls), the band has featured a revolving door of musicians.

Although “29x the Pain” is over 20 years old, I just discovered it recently when a friend (that I worked with in 1994) shared it on social media.  In the song, the band pays homage to a number of Ginger’s musical influences ranging from The Beatles to Kiss to Twisted Sister to Kurt Cobain to Cheap Trick and beyond.  The most notable mention is of Husker Du, whose song “59 Times the Pain” was the inspiration for “29x the Pain.”  The song is about the uplifting effect that music has on a fan.

If you’re a fan of mood-lifting Cheap Trick songs like “Surrender” and “Dream Police,” make sure to check this song (and band) out.
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

ARCH ENEMY – “My Apocalypse” (2005)

One of the most impressive and enduring death metal bands from Sweden has to be Arch Enemy, not just because of their female vocalist (Angela Gossow), but because of how great the musicianship was.  Members of the band all played in various other bands such as Carcass, Carnage, Mercyful Fate and Nevermore (to name a few).  “My Apocalypse” – from Arch Enemy’s sixth album, Doomsday Machine – is a great example of this musicianship.  It’s heavy, melodic and the intro makes the listener bang their heads and growl along.  Gossow left the band a couple years ago to manage Arch Enemy, but her replacement (Alissa White-Gluz) is just as great a frontwoman.

 

LACUNA COIL – “Swamped” (2002)

Continuing with my homage to female-fronted metal acts, Lacuna Coil was always a favorite of mine.  Although their newer albums have been a little more radio-friendly and “poppier,” their first several releases were straight-up heavy goth metal along the same lines as Type-O-Negative.  “Swamped” is from the band’s third album, Comalies.  What drew me to this band was the sheer heaviness of the riffs, coupled with the keyboards and Cristina Scabbia’s haunting voice that gave the band a goth feel that totally worked for them.  They were able to develop moods and feeling to their songs, while playing heavy riffs that any fan of metal/goth metal would appreciate.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

WHITESNAKE – “Love Ain’t No Stranger” (1984)

Whitesnake is the band that vocalist David Coverdale formed after his departure from Deep Purple.  In 1987, the band exploded in popularity with their eponymous seventh album, where they adopted a sleeker, more polished sound.  The songs they wrote for that album were nothing short of brilliant.  The commercial success that they achieved with this record was well earned, but they’d been enjoying a fair measure of success already with their earlier material.  This favorite from the previous album, 1984’s Slide It In, is representative of a grittier, bluesier sound that was still rooted in the ‘70s.

 

LOS ANGELES – “I Will Carry You” (2007)

Michele Luppi made headlines last year when he was recruited by Whitesnake as their new keyboardist and backup vocalist.  But he had a rather impressive resume prior to that recruitment, including three albums with the Italian metal band Vision Divine, and his recent work with Secret Sphere (which I’ve covered previously for Music Discovery Monday).  Here he shines on vocals in a collaboration with the band Los Angeles.

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 7/2/16

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 7/2/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      2. RIVAL SONS – Hollow Bones
      3. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      4. HELLYEAH – Undeniable
      5. PIERCE THE VEIL – Misadventures
      6. MYCAH – Diamond In The Rough
      7. LETLIVE – If I’m The Devil
      8. BEARTOOTH – Aggressive
      9. THRICE – To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere
      10. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      11. LACUNA COIL – Delirium
      12. TRAIN – Does Led Zeppelin II
      13. ROB ZOMBIE – Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser
      14. SALIVA – Love, Lies & Therapy
      15. DEFTONES – Gore

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 6-18-16

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 6-18-16.

The 6-18-16 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.  Links to reviews of songs from the countdown are featured at the bottom of the page.

#15 –  “Delirium” – LACUNA COIL

#14 –  “Take It All” – POP EVIL

#13 –  “I Like It Heavy” – HALESTORM

#12 –  “Joyride” – CHEVELLE

#11 –  “Aggressive” – BEARTOOTH

#10 –  “The Eagle Has Landed” – AVATAR

#9 –   “Stronger” – THROUGH FIRE

# 8 –   “Is There Anybody Out There?” – MACHINE HEAD

# 7 –   “Hell To Pay” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 6 –   “Asking For It” – SHINEDOWN

# 5 –   “Paranoia” – A DAY TO REMEMBER

# 4 –   “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” – VOLBEAT

# 3 –   “Defeated” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

# 2 –   “Human” – HELLYEAH

# 1 –    “Black Honey” – THRICE

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 6/25/16

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 6/25/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      2. HELLYEAH – Undeniable
      3. BEARTOOTH – Aggressive
      4. TRAIN – Does Led Zeppelin II
      5. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      6. LACUNA COIL – Delirium
      7. PIERCE THE VEIL – Misadventures
      8. THRICE – To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere
      9. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      10. ROB ZOMBIE – Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser
      11. ISSUES – Headspace
      12. DEATH ANGEL – The Evil Divide
      13. DEFTONES – Gore
      14. MYCAH – Diamond In The Rough
      15. HATEBREED – The Concrete Confessional

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 6/18/16

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 6/18/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. THRICE – To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere
      2. LACUNA COIL – Delirium
      3. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      4. DEATH ANGEL – The Evil Divide
      5. ARCHITECTS – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us
      6. PIERCE THE VEIL – Misadventures
      7. ISSUES – Headspace
      8. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      9. ROB ZOMBIE – Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser
      10. MYCAH – Diamond In The Rough
      11. HATEBREED – The Concrete Confessional
      12. DEFTONES – Gore
      13. JIM BREUER AND THE LOUD & ROWDY – Songs From The Garage
      14. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      15. SIXX: A.M. – Prayers For The Damned, Vol. 1

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Music Discovery Monday – 5/16/16

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Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 5/16/16.

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

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

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

ARMORED SAINT – “An Exercise In Debauchery”

Generations of heavy metal fans are all familiar with “The Big Four” (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer), and of course, the legends of the genre, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest (amongst others).  Despite the fact that Armored Saint has connections to some of the aforementioned bands, and has a history that dates back to 1982, there is no arguing that they have not gotten nearly the attention of these other household names.

After a decade together, and some lineup changes (both voluntary and due to tragedy), the band went on a hiatus that lasted nearly as long as they had been in existence.  Their first reunion was relatively short-lived.  When the band when on another hiatus, frontman John Bush and Joey Vera both played with Anthrax.  Since 2008, the band has been re-formed  (although they have only released two studio albums in that time).  Their latest album – 2015’s Win Hands Down – has proven that this underrated band is still as relevant today as they were during their heyday, and also that they still don’t get the recognition that they deserve.

Given the state of heavy metal when they started, you might expect a song called “An Exercise In Debauchery” to wax nostalgic about the glory days of the ‘80s.  Musically, the song has the classic heavy metal sound that has stood strong for over three decades.  Lyrically, the song is not about glamorizing debauchery.  If anything, it provides a sobering look at some of the seedier elements of society today.  If you’re a fan of heavy metal, and have not yet discovered Armored Saint, their current album is an excellent place to start your journey with the band.
 

 
COUNTER VOID – “Pucker Up”

Finding bands to feature in this forum happens in a variety of ways.  I discovered Counter Void on Twitter after they followed Hard Rock Daddy, and their music made an instant impact on me.  Still, there is very little information provided on their social media pages to learn more about the band.  Listening to “Pucker Up” left a few immediate impressions.  The band sounds incredibly professional, and their chemistry is undeniable.  Upon doing further research, I learned that their chemistry was probably easier to develop than typical bands, given that there are only two members (Ben Hafeman and Brad Miller).  It would be an exercise in futility to tell you what instruments they each play because they both seem to play everything (although Hafeman is listed as lead vocals and Miller as lead guitar).  What I can tell you is that they get the most out of every instrument, defying the old adage…“jack-of-all trades, master of none.”  If you’re a fan of timeless, classic rock, make sure to be one of the early adopters of this intriguing duo.  Expect to see more from this band on Hard Rock Daddy in the coming months!
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

AGNOSTIC FRONT “Never Walk Alone”

New York hardcore giants Agnostic Front is back with their eleventh studio album, The American Dream Died.  “Never Walk Alone” has all of the quintessential elements of old-school New York hardcore, with some heavy elements of more modern metal.  Gang shouts, sing-a-longs, politically charged lyrics and a street-tough attitude are all found in this great release.  With guest vocals by Sick of it All’s Lou Koller, Madball’s Freddy Cricien and H2O’s Toby Morse, this album does not disappoint.  Long live Agnostic Front and the New York hardcore scene!

 

LACUNA COIL “The House Of Shame”

Milan, Italy’s Lacuna Coil is back with Delirium (their eighth studio album).  “The House Of Shame” – the first single from the album – is not typical Lacuna Coil (which isn’t a bad thing at all).  The sheer heaviness of this song weighs on you from the second that the full band kicks in, which is quite a departure from their earlier works.  Andrea Ferro’s almost death-metalish growls are only accentuated by Cristina Scabbia’s ghostly melodic vocals.  We all like to see bands – especially those with a long history – add new elements to their existing styles.  Lacuna Coil has done just that with “The House of Shame.”
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS – “Dark Light Child”

This hard rock/stoner metal band out of Cleveland packs in the groove on this driving number from their newest album.  Raw vocals and wailing guitars billow around a psychotic but precise rhythm section. Founder Michael Amott (guitar) is also a founding member of the very successful Swedish death metal band Arch Enemy.  The vocals here are less harsh, though no less potent.

 

VEGA – “Explode”

British melodic rockers Vega are back with a brand new album, Who We Are.  They come out firing on the album opener, Explode, a hard-hitting modern rock anthem.  Nick Workman’s powerful vocals are backed by layers of supporting vocals, playful keyboards, and hard-driving guitars.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

MARUADER – “Spread Your Wings”

Hard-driving Marauder is a metal band from Greece that has been around since 1991.  “Spread Your Wings” is a glory anthem, akin to most of their catalog.  Their tight and technically-skilled guitar work stands out the most on this track from their recently-released album, Bullethead.

 

THE SCREAMING JETS – “Automatic Cowboy”

Australia’s The Screaming Jets were formed in 1989 by three former members of a high school band who became infamous for a series of raucous, sometimes violent, live shows.  While they became one of the top-drawing live bands of the ‘90s in Australia, they have only achieved moderate success elsewhere.  “Automatic Cowboy” – from The Screaming Jets’ eighth album, Chrome – showcases the band’s hard-n-heavy rock sound, with a powerful strutting rhythm, topped off with wailing guitar licks.

 

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 4/26/14

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 4/26/14.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

    1. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY – Catacombs Of The Black Vatican
    2. CHEVELLE – La Gargola
    3. VARIOUS ARTISTS– Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life
    4. THE PRETTY RECKLESS– Going To Hell
    5. LACUNA COIL – Broken Crown Halo
    6. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – Hail To The King
    7. CHIODO – Devil
    8. STEEL PANTHER – All You Can Eat
    9. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH –  The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 2
    10. THE USED – Imaginary Enemy
    11. MEMPHIS MAY FIRE – Unconditional
    12. FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS – Heavy Hearts
    13. VOLBEAT – Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
    14. NICKELBACK – The Best Of Nickelback: Volume 1
    15. OF MICE & MEN – Restoring Force

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Five Finger Death Punch (Featuring Rob Halford) – “Lift Me Up”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review

Five Finger Death Punch – “Battle Born”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review

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

Volbeat – “Lola Montez”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review

Volbeat – “Cape Of Our Hero”:  Hard Rock Daddy Video Review

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 4/19/14

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 4/19/14.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

    1. CHEVELLE – La Gargola
    2. CHIODOS – Devil
    3. THE USED – Imaginary Enemy
    4. VARIOUS ARTISTS– Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life
    5. STEEL PANTHER – All You Can Eat
    6. LACUNA COIL – Broken Crown Halo
    7. VARIOUS ARTISTS – Punk Goes 90s: Vol. 2
    8. MEMPHIS MAY FIRE – Unconditional
    9. AUSTRIAN DEATH MACHINE – Triple Brutal
    10. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Going To Hell
    11. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 2
    12. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – Hail To The King
    13. ANIMALS AS LEADERS – Joy Of Motion
    14. ALESANA – The Decade EP: X
    15. SKILLET – Rise

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Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Steel Panther – “The Burden Of Being Wonderful”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

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