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Billboard Top 25 Hard Rock Albums – 1/14/17

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 1/14/17.  Top 25 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 25:

      1. METALLICA – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
      2. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Stage
      3. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
      4. SKILLET– Unleashed
      5. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      6. KORN – The Serenity Of Suffering
      7. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      8. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      9. HIGHLY SUSPECT – The Boy Who Died Wolf
      10. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      11. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
      12. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      13. SIXX: A.M. – Prayers For The Blessed, Vol. 2
      14. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Best Of 2005-2013
      15. PIERCE THE VEIL – Misadventures
      16. DISTURBED – Disturbed: Live At Red Rocks
      17. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit
      18. TESTAMENT – Brotherhood Of The Snake
      19. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Who You Selling For
      20. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      21. LED ZEPPELIN – The Complete BBC Sessions
      22. GOJIRA – Magma
      23. JIMI HENDRIX – Machine Gun: The Fillmore East: First Show
      24. ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero
      25. CHEVELLE – The North Corridor

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Billboard Top 25 Hard Rock Albums – 1/7/17

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 1/7/17.  Top 25 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 25:

      1. METALLICA – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
      2. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
      3. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Stage
      4. SKILLET– Unleashed
      5. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      6. KORN – The Serenity Of Suffering
      7. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      8. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      9. HIGHLY SUSPECT – The Boy Who Died Wolf
      10. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      11. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      12. SIXX: A.M. – Prayers For The Blessed, Vol. 2
      13. DISTURBED – Disturbed: Live At Red Rocks
      14. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
      15. LED ZEPPELIN – The Complete BBC Sessions
      16. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Who You Selling For
      17. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      18. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Best Of 2005-2013
      19. TESTAMENT – Brotherhood Of The Snake
      20. PIERCE THE VEIL – Misadventures
      21. JIMI HENDRIX – Machine Gun: The Fillmore East: First Show
      22. ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero
      23. GHOST – Popestar (EP)
      24. LAMB OF GOD – The Duke (EP)
      25. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – Letters From The Labyrinth

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Billboard Top 25 Hard Rock Albums – 12/31/16

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 12/31/16.  Top 25 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 25:

      1. METALLICA – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
      2. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
      3. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Stage
      4. SKILLET– Unleashed
      5. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      6. KORN – The Serenity Of Suffering
      7. ZAO – The Well-Intentioned Virus
      8. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      9. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      10. HIGHLY SUSPECT – The Boy Who Died Wolf
      11. SIXX: A.M. – Prayers For The Blessed, Vol. 2
      12. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      13. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      14. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Who You Selling For
      15. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Best Of 2005-2013
      16. DISTURBED – Disturbed: Live At Red Rocks
      17. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
      18. TESTAMENT – Brotherhood Of The Snake
      19. LAMB OF GOD – The Duke (EP)
      20. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      21. CHEVELLE – The North Corridor
      22. LED ZEPPELIN – The Complete BBC Sessions
      23. ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero
      24. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – Letters From The Labyrinth
      25. PIERCE THE VEIL – Misadventures

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Billboard Top 25 Hard Rock Albums – 12/24/16

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 12/24/16.  Top 25 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 25:

      1. METALLICA – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
      2. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
      3. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Stage
      4. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      5. KORN – The Serenity Of Suffering
      6. SKILLET– Unleashed
      7. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Best Of 2005-2013
      8. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      9. SIXX: A.M. – Prayers For The Blessed, Vol. 2
      10. HIGHLY SUSPECT – The Boy Who Died Wolf
      11. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      12. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      13. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Who You Selling For
      14. DISTURBED – Disturbed: Live At Red Rocks
      15. NIGHT RANGER – 35 Years And A Night In Chicago
      16. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      17. LAMB OF GOD – The Duke (EP)
      18. TESTAMENT – Brotherhood Of The Snake
      19. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – Letters From The Labyrinth
      20. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
      21. SIXX: A.M. – Prayers For The Damned, Vol. 1
      22. ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero
      23. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      24. LED ZEPPELIN – The Complete BBC Sessions
      25. JIMI HENDRIX – Machine Gun: Fillmore East: The First Show 12/31/69

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 10/29/16

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 10/29/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero
      2. DANCE GAVIN DANCE – Mothership
      3. MESHUGGAH – The Violent Sleep Of Reason
      4. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA – Transit Blues
      5. FIT FOR A KING – Deathgrip
      6. OPETH – Sorceress
      7. SKILLET – Unleashed
      8. JIMI HENDRIX – Machine Gun: The Filmore East: First Show 12/31/1969
      9. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      10. GHOST – Popestar (EP)
      11. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
      12. SONATA ARCTICA – The Ninth Hour
      13. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      14. DAYSHELL – Nexus
      15. LED ZEPPELIN – The Complete BBC Sessions

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 10/22/16

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 10/22/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. OPETH – Sorceress
      2. JIMI HENDRIX – Machine Gun: The Filmore East: First Show 12/31/69
      3. EPICA – The Holographic Principle
      4. SUICIDAL TENDENCIES – World Gone Mad
      5. SKILLET – Unleashed
      6. GHOST – Popestar (EP)
      7. SOUNDTRACK – DOOM: Original Game Soundtrack
      8. FAMOUS LAST WORDS – The Incubus
      9. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
      10. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      11. LED ZEPPELIN – The Complete BBC Sessions
      12. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      13. ALCEST – Kodama
      14. EVERY TIME I DIE – Low Teens
      15. OATHBREAKER – Rheia

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 10/15/16

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 10/15/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. EVERY TIME I DIE – Low Teens
      2. STICK TO YOUR GUNS – Better Ash Than Dust (EP)
      3. GHOST – Popestar (EP)
      4. SKILLET – Unleashed
      5. LED ZEPPELIN – The Complete BBC Sessions
      6. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
      7. GIRAFFE TONGUE ORCHESTRA – Broken Lines
      8. AIRBOURNE – Breakin’ Outta Hell
      9. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      10. THE SWORD – Low Country
      11. ALLEGAEON -Proponent For Sentience
      12. NEUROSIS – Fires Within Fires
      13. INSOMNIUM – Winter’s Gate
      14. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH– Got Your Six
      15. TOO CLOSE TO TOUCH -Haven’t Been Myself

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 9/29/16: The Year – 1976

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 9/29/16 – The Year – 1976

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 – 1976.

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)

STYX “Crystal Ball” (1976)

It’s hard to say what the evolution of Styx would have looked like if not for the key addition of Tommy Shaw in 1976.  While the band had enjoyed success before Shaw joined the band, its pinnacle inarguably came in the years following his arrival.  Shaw replaced original guitarist John Curulewski, who decided to leave the band to spend more time with his family, rather than embark upon a major tour.  (In 1988, Curulewski tragically died of a brain aneurysm at the age of 37).

I was in grade school in 1976, just starting to form my rock roots.  Styx would eventually become a big part of my life, but not until 1977 when I was mesmerized by the band’s classic album, The Grand Illusion.  It wasn’t until several years later that I discovered the title track from the band’s 1976 release, Crystal Ball.

Although Crystal Ball was Shaw’s first album with Styx, you can tell that he instantly put his stamp on the band with this title track.  The song is a perfect blend of Shaw’s melodic signature style and Styx’s arena rock sound, complete with huge hooks and vocal harmonies.  It was an outstanding introduction to a duo (with Dennis DeYoung) that would reach incredible heights.

Knowing now that DeYoung was steadfast in his desire to be the leader of the band, it’s somewhat surprising (in retrospect) to see that he allowed a newcomer to write and sing the title track.  “Crystal Ball” still stands the test of time (nearly 40 years to the day of its release).
 

 
RAINBOW“Tarot Woman” (1976)

Rainbow instantly became my favorite band when I was introduced to them by a friend in the summer of 1981.  However, by the time that I discovered them, they were already on their third singer (Joe Lynn Turner), something that I found out when I purchased the entire back catalog on vinyl.  Only then did I discover the brilliance of Ronnie James Dio, who would instantly become one of my favorite singers (and is to this day).

Unlike the more mainstream hard rock sound that is featured on 1981’s Difficult To Cure, 1976’s Rising is much more mystical.  Aside from the album cover (which remains my all-time favorite), there is something about Rising that is different than any other album that I’ve ever heard.  With only six songs, it’s surprising that it wasn’t classified as an EP.  I guess the fact that two of the songs were over eight minutes long pushed it over the top.

Setting the stage for the experience that is Rainbow Rising, is “Tarot Woman.”  The song opens with a haunting (almost psychedelic) keyboard intro, the kind that instantly identifies a song as ‘70s rock.  Bolstered by the powerful rhythm section of Cozy Powell (drums) and Jimmy Bain (bass), the nuanced keyboards of Toney Carey and Ritchie Blackmore’s unique guitar sound, RJD takes you on a journey of mystique and intrigue.
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

JUDAS PRIEST – “Victim of Changes” (1976)

I discovered the album Sad Wings of Destiny one fateful afternoon at the back of a school bus in 5th grade.  An older kid was blasting “Victim of Changes” through his boombox as I sat there mesmerized by the screams of Rob Halford, and the guitar work of KK Downing and Glenn Tipton chugging their heavy riffs.  I Immediately went home, smashed my piggy bank and begged my father to drive me to the record store to buy this cassette tape.  Sad Wings of Destiny is easily one of my favorite Judas Priest albums of all-time.  Although I was only four-years old in 1976, and didn’t discover this album until 10 years later, this song and album made me a Judas Priest fan for life!

 

BLACK SABBATH – “Rock and Roll Doctor” (1976)

One of the most underrated Black Sabbath albums is 1976’s Technical Ecstasy.  It was not the typical gloom and doom written in previous albums.  It sounded a lot more like hard rock in the vein of Deep Purple and AC/DC, but this album provided many great songs like “Rock and Roll Doctor.”  In fact, there are songs on this album that clearly showed the band’s influence by the Beatles and other hard rock bands around at the time.  It wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, but a lot of fans didn’t care for this “newer” Sabbath sound.  It wasn’t until years later that fans appreciated the musical direction the band took with Technical Ecstasy.  It is now a part of the Black Sabbath history.  If you were lucky enough to see them live on their last tour, you got to see them play “Dirty Women” (another great song from the album).
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

BLUE OYSTER CULT – “Don’t Fear The Reaper” (1976)

Singer Buck Dharma wrote this classic tune for the Long Island rock band Blue Oyster Cult while imagining the possibility of an early death for himself.  It generated a good deal of controversy when early listeners misinterpreted the lyrics as a sort of murder/suicide pact, instead of a love song that doesn’t long for, but rather accepts, the inevitability of death.  From the opening, recurring guitar riff to the now infamous (thanks to a 2000 SNL sketch) overdubbed cowbell, the song captures a brilliant and unique sound.

 

URIAH HEEP – “Weep In Silence” (1976)

From Uriah Heep’s ninth studio album, High And Mighty, comes this compelling song of failure and lament.  This would be the final album with singer David Byron and bassist John Wetton (Asia), but the band, with just a few lapses, would continue to release great music and continue touring right up to present day.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

LED ZEPPELIN – “Achilles Last Stand” (1976)

Epic as an ancient ode chronicling battles from days of yore, “Achilles Last Stand” is a masterpiece from Led Zeppelin (off their 7th studio album, Presence – released in ’76).  Jimmy Page described the album as their most important work.  It came at a tumultuous time for the band following Robert Plant’s serious injuries from a car accident in Greece the year before.  It has been suggested that the title of this song is a direct reference to Plant’s recuperation from a broken ankle that he feared would never allow him to walk again.  “Achilles Last Stand” is fantastic in every aspect, and one of Zeppelin’s best songs ever.

 

SCORPIONS – “Pictured Life” (1976) 

“Pictured Life” is the lead track from the Scorpion’s 1976 release, Virgin Killer.  Much maligned for it’s controversial nude cover art, it forced a re-issue in with an alternate cover in some countries.  Interviews with the band assign the responsibility to their record company, RCA.  Perhaps due to this, it was the first album that garnered attention for the band outside of Europe.  Uli Jon Roth handled the lead guitar work back then.  It is one of the highlights of this retrospective tune, along with Klaus Meine’s excellent vocals.

 

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 10/8/16

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 10/8/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. GHOST – Popestar (EP)
      2. LED ZEPPELIN – The Complete BBC Sessions
      3. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
      4. KNOCKED LOOSE – Laugh Tracks
      5. SKILLET – Unleashed
      6. TOUCHE AMORE – Stage Four
      7. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      8. KING 810 – La Petite Mort Or A Conversation With God
      9. GHOST – Meloria
      10. THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT – Transcendence
      11. OF MICE & MEN -Cold World
      12. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      13. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      14. ZZ TOP – Live: Greatest Hits From Around The World
      15. BREAKING BENJAMIN -Dark Before Dawn

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My Rock and Roll Journey: Shaun Soho – Crash Midnight – Chapter 1

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By Shaun Soho (Crash Midnight)

I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock from the 60s and 70s.  Boston’s debut album was one of the first things I can remember listening to over and over.  Trying to sing along with Brad Delp was an obsession of mine (especially having no formal vocal training at the time).  I’d work for hours trying to figure out how to hit some of those crazy notes.  That shit kept me busy for a while.

There’s certain stuff that does stick out.  I remember hearing “Paradise City” for the first time when I was a kid, and Van Halen’s “Jump.”  Those are the kind of songs that, looking back, you can have this real vivid memory of where you were and what you were doing when you first began listening to them.

I got into trouble all the time as a kid.  I hated listening to adults, especially teachers and those kind of disciplinary figures.  I just always wanted to be doing what I felt like or what interested me, and most of the time that wasn’t what was on their particular agendas.  I ended up getting redirected into sports and playing the drums for a while; that kept my attention at the time.  I always had so much energy that, if I wasn’t diverting it into something constructive, I’d end up raising hell or setting something on fire…which reminds me, I fucking loved Def Leppard’s Pyromania album back then.

I ended up falling out of playing drums when I got into high school.  I was listening to the classic rock stations in Boston (WZLX and WROR) religiously, but not playing music myself.  The thing about those classic rock stations (even the ones that play a decent variety) they all end up lapping themselves after a while playing the same songs over and over.

I had a brief fling with the 90s Alt/Grunge sound before really developing a distaste for it.  As I started liking less and less of what was on the modern rock radio at the time, and tuning out of those stations, that got me back into those more classic rock stations.  Since a lot of those classic rock bands weren’t making much new music (or their old stuff was just so much better) the only way to get more of the sound I really liked was to ditch radio and start digging deeper into the catalogs of those older bands.  I remember pouring through everything that the Stones, Zeppelin and Aerosmith ever did.  That sort of inclination or mentality to tear through everything I could find on bands I was into really set the stage for later on when I discovered classic punk rock.

So maybe a year or so out of high school, I picked up guitar, probably for the same reason that most guys do – to get a girl, or because they saw Ace Frehley firing fucking rockets out of his headstock or whatever.  It was cool.  I got a crash course in everything that happened in the punk scene from the 70s and 80s, glam metal, and then found myself sort of rediscovering some of those seminal bands for me, like Guns N’ Roses and early Van Halen.

I played around with the flash and vocal range of those 80s metal guys before getting bored with how contrived so many of those songs and hairdos were.  Metal never really did it for me anyway.  I always loved blues-based rock n’ roll and the more blues-based punk.  It had this grit that a lot of the bloated 70s rock shit just didn’t have.

What got me into punk, I’d say, was mostly our bass player, Bo, putting it on everywhere we fucking went, but it also came from checking out the influences of some of the bands that were my biggest heroes, and seeing so many of those classic punk influences in their music.  Like I said, when I was into a band, I’d dive in deep and find out all the guys that influenced them, see what everyone I could talk to was saying about them, or even just hear what their fans had to say about the state of music in general.

This was the early 2000s, the era of completely generic rock bands.  I’m not going to name names, but you guys all know the sound that I’m talking about.  It was like they were able to take all the worst stuff from previous decades and put it all together…the 80s lack of substance, the 90s sheer boredom, and the early 2000s lack of musical ability.  Everyone I talked to hated modern rock radio, and everything I read from fans of the bands that I liked echoed that sentiment.  That was the state music was in when we started Crash Midnight.

Bo was in the same boat as me.  We were both fed up with disappointing bullshit.  You just had band after band writing compromised garbage about absolutely nothing and everything all at the same time.  It was like these songs were written by a committee of people in some goddamn board room saying…

“What’s the most generic, non-offensive, non-confrontational, phony crap we can put out, with only a loose dedication to even being here in the first place?” 

We’d just had enough of bands coming out and not being anything close to what we wanted to hear, so finally, we were like, fuck it!  If nobody else is going to make music we want to listen to then we’ll fucking do it ourselves!

That’s how this shit started.  We were on a complete rip, ready to go take on anything we could find, and leave a scar on this bland thing that the rock music industry had become.  We put up an ad for a guitarist, and that’s when this kid named Alex split from his hometown in Ohio and took off for the east coast.  He arrived in Boston, 18 years old and without a clue about what he was walking into…

Stay tuned for chapter 2 of “My Rock and Roll Journey” – Alex Donaldson…A Cautionary Tale Of Misspent Youth

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