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Billboard Top 25 Hard Rock Albums – 3/4/17

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 3/4/17.  Top 25 albums ranked by multi-metric ranking, including traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).  The chart is compiled by Nielsen Music.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 25:

      1. METALLICA – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
      2. OVERKILL – The Grinding Wheel
      3. JOURNEY – Journey’s Greatest Hits
      4. METALLICA – Metallica
      5. QUEEN – Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection
      6. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      7. GUNS N’ ROSES – Greatest Hits
      8. BON JOVI – Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Collection
      9. NICKELBACK – The Best Of Nickelback: Volume 1
      10. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      11. AC/DC – Back In Black
      12. SKILLET– Unleashed
      13. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 1
      14. METALLICA – …And Justice For All
      15. METALLICA – Master Of Puppets
      16. FOO FIGHTERS – Greatest Hits
      17. LINKIN PARK – Hybrid Theory
      18. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      19. 3 DOORS DOWN – The Greatest Hits
      20. HIGHLY SUSPECT – The Boy Who Died Wolf
      21. LED ZEPPELIN – IV
      22. SHINEDOWN – The Sound Of Madness
      23. SYSTEM OF A DOWN – Toxicity
      24. AEROSMITH – Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits
      25. THREE DAYS GRACE – One-X

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Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2016

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2015

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Archives

My Rock and Roll Journey: Michael Del Pizzo – Sunflower Dead – Chapter 3

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Written by Michael Del Pizzo (Sunflower Dead)

Let’s Start A Death Metal Band!  What Do We Know?  We’re Gonna Learn…Quick!

What’s up rock fans?  Here I am, back for another installment of “My Rock and Roll Journey.”  So far, we have discussed key moments that led me to my path, unknowingly rocked out to Metallica in front of disapproving Catholic school girls, and even realized that I could scream like the guy in Death rather easily at a young age.  What we haven’t discussed yet is the actual moment playing in a band started.

And thus…We begin…Making mistakes…

When I was around 14, I went to lunch with my mother and her friend who noticed I was wearing a Metallica T-shirt.  She asked if I played in a band.  My mom immediately said “NO!”  I said that I didn’t, but quietly thought…“I am GONNA!”  Problem was, I didn’t play anything except the piano (not exactly a heavy metal instrument).  Worse than that, there was only one kid in my neighborhood to start a band with.

Some things are just meant to be in life, even if it’s just for a moment to set you on the right path.  This is one of those moments.  The kid in my neighborhood and I were getting into heavy metal at the same time.  Better than that, his father played guitar and was giving him lessons.  I figured…here we go!  He could teach me what he learns and we will both play guitar and start our band.  That lasted all of 20 seconds.

From the first time I picked up a guitar, I felt one thing… this instrument BLOWS!  I hated it.  The guitar still remains way too singular to keep me occupied.  Yeah, yeah, yeah, I see all the things that can be done on it.  It’s just not for me.  That also meant (at the time) that the bass would not be for me.  I figured a bass would be just like a guitar.  Of course, I grew to learn the differences between the two.  The bass (had I picked one up) would have been great for me, but it wasn’t meant to be.  This left drums and vocals.  I thought…let me be a drummer.  Problem was, who had drums?  Who had the money for drums?  Who was gonna teach me to play drums?  And damn, they are loud!  So yeah, that was out too.

Just like that, within moments, I became a vocalist, who couldn’t sing…AT ALL!  What I could do was scream like the guy in Death.  I firmly believe limitations create opportunity (remember that my friends).  I figured that if I all I could do was scream, and all my friend could do was play basic power chords on guitar, since we both loved this super heavy death metal…LET’S START A DEATH METAL BAND!

We began immediately.  I specifically remember it being a cold Friday night.  My friend had this thing called a reel-to-reel recorder.  He said that he was going to record himself playing guitar and I could scream over it.  So, he started playing all these riffs that had nothing to do with each other, but sounded really heavy coming through his white Ibanez guitar and Peavey combo guitar amp.

When he was done he said…“It’s your turn.”  I was like…“What am I going to scream?”  He handed me a cassette j-card from the band Possessed and said…“Just scream their lyrics into the microphone over the guitar parts I just played.”  So, I did, and I’ll tell you what, it sounded really cool to hear myself recorded.  Man, I would love to have those reels today.  I’m sure it’s total dog shit, but what fun it would be to listen back.

We played like this for a little while but realized we weren’t getting anywhere.  I believe we were missing some key components to being in a band (like songs – haha).  This motivated me to go home and start writing lyrics and songs titles on my own like “Consuming Devastation” and “Monstrosity.”  I had no music of my own, and since my friend never really wrote songs, we were going to need members, specifically ones who could write songs with us.  And then…BOOM!  Destiny reared its head once again.

At the exact time my neighborhood friend and I were death metaling out, my other friend (Jim) was going through his own musical journey.  I hadn’t seen Jim all winter long, but when I did see him in the summer time, he had long hair, and started telling me he was into rock and heavy metal.  I was like… “No shit, me too!”  (BTW, Jim is affectionately known as “Jaboo”…you know, the lead guitarist in Sunflower Dead).

I’ve known Jim since we were about 5 years old.  What I didn’t know, was that while I was trying to start a band with my neighborhood friend, Jim had been taking guitar lessons from a guy who had played some guitar solos on Cinderella’s first album.  He told me he was learning to play songs by Van Halen and Yngwie Malmsteen.  I thought that was interesting…very interesting.

I said to him… “Why don’t you come over to my friend’s house this weekend?  We’re starting a death metal band.”    

He said…“What’s death metal?”

I said…“Don’t worry about it, just come over and play a few guitar solos over my friend’s riffs and I’ll scream.”  Jim agreed, but he still tells me to this day that it was the second biggest mistake of his life (the first being listening to his Mom when she suggested taking guitar lessons – haha).

When that weekend came around, Jim (Jaboo) came over with his red G&L Invader guitar and little combo amp.  He plugged in and started ripping it up.  I was like…“DAMN!  This dude can play!” Within minutes, we recorded a demo with my neighborhood friend playing rhythm guitar and Jim playing a ripping solo.  I mean it was awesome, and I know it’s awesome because I still have it on cassette.  We asked Jim to be in the band right there and said… “You help us write songs and play those solos.  We’ll get a drummer and bassist and come up with a name.”

Later that night, Jim and I wrote our first song in my parent’s basement (the first of many songs together).  The song was called “Questions.”  It was a death metal ballad (haha).  I still have the piece of paper that we wrote the lyrics and the actual music notes on.  Truth is, it wasn’t really a ballad, but it was slow and grindy instead of lightning fast.  We realized then and there that groove would always be an important part of our songwriting.

I believe (within a few weeks) that we had a few songs written and a band name.  We started with Eliminator (because I was a huge Overkill fan).  That didn’t work, so we moved on to Nemesis (only to find out it was taken).  We then settled on Thanatos and thought it was so cool.  Of course, that was taken too, but what did we know?  That is the main thing…WHAT DID WE KNOW?!

The answer to that question is…NOT MUCH!   I learned that very quickly, as Thanatos would only last like 5 months.  All major problems in bands seem to happen when you start adding people into the fold.  Why?  Because people suck ass!  Seriously though, it’s because we were very young and stupid.

The first major mistake we made was choosing a “cool” guy who wanted to play drums instead of choosing a trained drummer who was into the vision of the band.  The truth was, the drummer we chose was very early on in his drumming, and he wasn’t up to par.  Not that I was any good either, but all I was doing was screaming.  You HAVE TO have a good drummer…ALWAYS!  Anyways, that drummer wasn’t into death metal (and neither was Jim to be honest).  At first, this wasn’t an issue, but it very quickly became one.

Remember, chose people who are capable and down with your vision or it won’t work.  The second major mistake was allowing someone to join the band who really knew nothing, but acted as if he did, and we listened to him.  In our case, we added a bassist who had a good “look,” but not much else (except bad vibes).  His bad vibes created a division in the band.

The third major mistake we made was choosing sides because of the division that was created.  The result was us deciding to kick out my neighborhood friend that I started the band with.  Think about that, my friend and I were the two guys in the band who actually liked death metal.  Once we kicked him out, it was only a matter of weeks before I was told that we needed to change the musical style of the band or I was out.  Guess what…I was kicked out! (haha)

Just like that, what had begun with a conversation with my mother’s friend, came to fruition and ended in a matter of a year.  Would this be the end?  Obviously not… there are many, many, many more mistakes to make in bands before I could do music at an only 50% retardation rate in SFD (haha).  Till the next chapter…Stay Weird!!!

RELATED ARTICLES:

My Rock and Roll Journey: Michael Del Pizzo – Sunflower Dead– Chapter 1

My Rock and Roll Journey: Michael Del Pizzo – Sunflower Dead – Chapter 2

MORE “MY ROCK AND ROLL JOURNEY” STORIES

TONY HOUSH – Seasons After

SAL COSTA – Smashing Satellites

JOEY “CHICAGO” WALSER – Devour The Day

ADAM TROY – Sonic X

SHAUN SOHO – Crash Midnight

TONY LA SELVA – Ugly Melon

Billboard Top 25 Hard Rock Albums – 2/25/17

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 2/25/17.  Top 25 albums ranked by multi-metric ranking, including traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).  The chart is compiled by Nielsen Music.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 25:

      1. METALLICA – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
      2. QUEEN – Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection
      3. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      4. METALLICA – Metallica
      5. JOURNEY – Journey’s Greatest Hits
      6. GUNS N’ ROSES – Greatest Hits
      7. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      8. BON JOVI – Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Collection
      9. GALACTIC EMPIRE – Galactic Emire
      10. NICKELBACK – The Best Of Nickelback: Volume 1
      11. AC/DC – Back In Black
      12. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 1
      13. BLACK SABBATH – The Ultimate Collection
      14. LINKIN PARK – Hybrid Theory
      15. JUDAS PRIEST – Turbo 30
      16. SKILLET– Unleashed
      17. FOO FIGHTERS – Greatest Hits
      18. 3 DOORS DOWN – The Greatest Hits
      19. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      20. LED ZEPPELIN – Mothership
      21. HIGHLY SUSPECT – The Boy Who Died Wolf
      22. METALLICA – …And Justice For All
      23. EVANESCENCE – Fallen
      24. METALLICA – Master Of Puppets
      25. THREE DAYS GRACE – One-X

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Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2016

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2015

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 2/11/17

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HRD RADIO REPORT 

The HRD Radio Report showcases the weekly Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by AllAccess.com), and appears every Tuesday on HardRockDaddy.com.  The HRD Radio Report digs deeper into the weekly Active Rock charts, providing commentary, reviews, recommendations and predictions.  It also features opinion pieces on chart action and the music business in general.

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

TOP 100 HARD ROCK SONGS OF 2016

TOP 50 ACTIVE ROCK SONGS OF 2016 (by spins)

TOP 30 OCTANE BIG ‘UNS COUNTDOWN SONGS OF 2016

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 2/11/17.  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 METALLICA “Atlas, Rise!” 2071
2 2 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 1997
3 3 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 1988
4 4 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1340
5 5 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 1324
6 7 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 1262
7 9 PRETTY RECKLESS “Oh My God” 1257
8 10 KORN “Take Me” 1190
9 8 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 1153
10 6 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 1088
11 12 STARSET “Monster” 1019
12 13 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 923
13 14 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 906
14 16 BLEEKER “Highway” 859
15 15 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 856
16 17 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 708
17 11 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 690
18 18 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 479
19 23 SKILLET “Back From The Dead’ 453
20 20 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 440
21 41 NICKELBACK “Feed The Machine” 435
22 22 K.FLAY “Blood In The Cut” 435
23 19 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 419
24 21 ADELITA’S WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)” 402
25 25 HALESTORM “Still Of The Night” 383
26 24 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 369
27 30 ALTER BRIDGE “My Champion” 354
28 28 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 333
29 29 AVATAR “New Land” 301
30 32 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 252
31 27 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 251
32 34 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Heavydirtysoul” 244
33 35 BADFLOWER “Animal” 243
34 33 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Breaking Now” 224
35 31 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 214
36 73 ALL THAT REMIANS “Madness” 209
37 37 LETTERS FROM THE FIRE “Worth The Pain” 201
38 36 CITIZEN ZERO “Lure And Persuade” 179
39 75 MASTODON “Show Yourself” 177
40 38 CROWN THE EMPIRE “Weight Of The World” 153
41 55 MISSIO “Middle Fingers” 134
42 40 RADKEY “Dark Black Makeup” 123
43 45 SEPTEMBER MOURNING “20 Below” 110
44 39 OTEP “Royals” 98
45 43 THREE DAYS GRACE “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” 96
46 42 DOROTHY “Dark Nights” 92
47 47 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Cold Cold Cold” 85
48 46 THE REVIVALISTS “Wish I Knew You” 81
49 44 LIKE A STORM “Pure Evil” 81
50 60 DED “Anti-Everything” 76

 

 

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

AMERICAN GRIM – “Idols”

The industrial overtones of Marilyn Manson…the frenetic intensity of Rob Zombie…the swagger of Faith No More…the raw punk edge of The Ramones…the sleaze rock vocal style of Faster Pussycat’s Taime Downe.  Who the hell would ever think to create a rock and roll stew with all of these ingredients?  American Grim…that’s who!  The band’s latest single (“Idols”) from their upcoming debut album (Freakshow) may not easily fit into some subgenre, but who cares?  The bottom line is that this song rocks.

Aside from the fact that the album is about “an entire generation of kids being over medicated, under educated and mass media manipulated,” there is very little information about the band on their website.  Their “about” section on their Facebook page simply reads…“critics claim they understand.”  I may not understand what that exactly means, but I do understand that Active Rock radio sorely needs bands like this to shake things up and (hopefully) create a ripple effect that reverberates to other new artists.  Don’t wait for the crowds to arrive…jump on this bandwagon early and enjoy the ride!
 

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

Last week, it was predicted that Shinedown would leapfrog Green Day to take over the #2 position.  They came up 10 spins short, but it is almost a guarantee that they will unseat Metallica at the top next week.  Both Metallica and Green Day have hit their peak, and are now on the way down, while Shinedown is still on the rise.  It looks like their eventual challenger is going to be The Pretty Reckless (as predicted several weeks ago), but it could take some time as the gap is still over 700 spins.
 

 

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…

AMERICAN GRIM“Idols”

EVE TO ADAM“Tongue Tied”

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Right Here And Now”

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

SHALLOW SIDE“Renegade”

NEVER SAY DIE“Like A Nightmare”

THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH – “Lifeline”

AS LIONS – “Aftermath”

 

DROP IT…

Twenty One Pilots“Heavydirtysoul”

K-Flay“Blood In The Cut”

Cage The Elephant “Cold Cold Cold”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

The Revivalists“Wish I Knew”

Highly Suspect“My Name Is Human”

Green Day – “Still Breathing”

Ghost“Square Hammer”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Metallica holds onto the top spot in the latest Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart with Green Day still at #2.  The fast approaching object in their rear view mirror is  Shinedown, still at #3, but closing ground quickly.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

No new songs crack the Top 10, just some minor order shifting…

Skillet has the only debuting song in the Top 20…

Nickelback just misses joining the Top 20, and settles for leading two songs into the Top 30 this week instead…

All That Remains has the week’s highest debut; Mastodon joins them in the Top 40…

Also new to the Top 50 this week are the chart debuts of newcomers Missio and Ded.
 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Shinedown – “How Did I Love”

Pretty Reckless“Oh My God”

Nickelback“Feed The Machine”

 

FALLING

Ghost – “Square Hammer”

Highly Suspect – “My Name Is Human”

Avenged Sevenfold“The Stage”
 

 

 TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

Shinedown looks ready to take over the top spot next week (barring an unexpected reversal of fortune).  If that happens, they will likely have a substantial lead over other contenders that are still moving up, so it could be an relatively extended stay at the top.  Then again, Pretty Reckless could have something to say about that.

 

WRAP-UP

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

F**K OFF Grammys!  Metal Doesn’t Need You!

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By Adam Waldman

Every year, there is a ton of hype surrounding the Grammy Awards, and every year, the awards are mocked by the metal community at large.  Sure, the nominees might show up to claim their award, but after the 2017 Grammys, metal artists should just tell them to FUCK OFF!  How many times can you be disrespected and keep coming back for more?  Hopefully, disrespecting two of the biggest acts in the history of the genre will be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back.

It took over 25 years and 12 nominations, but Megadeth finally won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance.  Of course, it wasn’t televised (as usual), and to top it off, the house band played “Master Of Puppets” by Metallica as Dave Mustaine and company approached to stage to receive their long overdue award.

The Megadeth incident alone probably wouldn’t be enough to move the needle, but what was done to Metallica was an absolute, spit-in-your face disgrace.  With all due respect to Lady GaGa – who is a true metal fan that delivered a kickass performance – how the hell was she the only one announced as she took the stage with Metallica?

Metallica is one of the biggest bands in the world, and has been for over 30 years, but somehow they were treated with the same reverence as the house band that fucked up and played their song as Megadeth was heading for the stage.

Even if you could accept both of the aforementioned slights as bad luck (which I don’t), how the hell does a production that bills itself as “music’s biggest night” not have James Hetfield’s microphone working for the first half of the song?  Hetfield was rightfully fuming over this unacceptable production mistake, which took away from what should have been one of the most entertaining performances of the evening.

It’s funny that there were no production errors during Beyonce’s self-indulgent, musical masturbation “performance,” or for any of the other stars of the show for that matter.  Heads would roll if it happened to a pop star, but since metal is treated as an afterthought by the Grammys, nothing is likely to happen.

Metallica and Megadeth are both legendary acts that built their careers long before radio would even give them the time of day.  They made it this far without mainstream acceptance for many years.  They don’t need the Grammys to continue to thrive, and neither do any other metal artists.

To many, the Grammys may truly be “music’s biggest night,” but to the metal community, this is just another night where the genre that we love gets treated like shit.  It’s time for the metal community to (once and for all) tell the Grammys to FUCK OFF!

Inferno of Rock Report – FEBRUARY 2017

Inferno Of Rock ReportBy Ian Liberman

HALL OF HEAVY METAL HISTORY

A new organization (created by artists and music executives who work in the hard rock and metal industry) held a new award show.  I have, in the past, given many dissertations regarding the lack of legitimate acknowledgement by the traditional music industry to the various genres of rock (even though these genres provide most of the sales for the music industry).  However, in this case, the new institution is relevant.

I do not want to rehash the reasoning why rock is an outcast in this forum, but if you are interested in discovering the explanation, you can check out the Inferno Of Rock Report from January.

The new organization is called the Hall of Heavy Metal History.  They are a non-profit organization working under the umbrella of another group called DAD, which provides support for hospitals and medical groups that deliver programs for adults and children with mental and physical disabilities.  The presentation took place the Anaheim Expo Center on January 18th.  It featured live music and an induction ceremony.

“The Hall of Heavy Metal History is dedicated to preserving the legacy of those legendary metal musicians who are often forgotten,” commented Hall of Heavy Metal History President / CEO Pat Gesualdo. (Loudwire)

The inductees included:  Randy Rhodes, Ronnie James Dio, Lemmy Kilmister, Vinny Appice and the Scorpions.  It was hosted by Eddie Trunk of Trunk Nation on SiriusXm.  [Click here to watch the event on YouTube]

Hopefully, this is the start of the rock industry being responsible for their own members by offering relevant awards.

 

 

SATELLITE ROCKS

If you are still on the fence about buying a subscription to SiriusXM, this part of the column is for you.  SiriusXM offers a variety of rock stations that outnumber every other music genre on their eclectic and esoteric stations.

Many of the channels are era-driven, providing you with rock music from the ‘70s through today.

For hard rock and metal fans looking to discover new music, I recommend Octane.  In addition to regular programming, the channel features special programs such as the weekly Big ‘Uns Countdown and Test Drive.  The channel also features (on occasion) a segment called Octane Unleaded (acoustic in-studio performances).

Ozzy’s Boneyard provides a diverse collection of hard rock classics.

Liquid Metal offers the hardest metal from all all around the world.

Some of the era related channels include: Classic Rewind, Classic Vinyl, Pearl Jam, First Wave (alternative punk) and Lithium (grunge).  There are also specialty channels that provide 24/7 music connected to particular rock artists (like Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen).

In total, you will have the potential of experiencing over 30 rock-oriented stations.  I highly recommend Trunk Nation a weekly show on Volume (the new music talk station).  It is hosted by Eddie Trunk (creator of That Metal Show).  Trunk shares his considerable knowledge and does some outstanding interviews with rock stars.  Trunk also hosts a show on Hair Nation (a channel dedicated to hard rock and metal from the ‘80s).

Overall, SiriusXM is worth the monthly fee if you are a rock and roll junkie like me.

 

 

SHORT CUTS

METALLICA AND THE GRAMMYS

If you follow this column, then you are aware of the treatment that rock and metal usually get from mainstream music awards shows.  In the last 25 years, no artist in the history of music has sold as many copies as Metallica with their “black album.”  On Sunday, February 12, Metallica is going to be featured on the 59th Grammy Awards, performing and participating as part of a special musical interlude, giving rock fans a reason to finally tune in.

 

SWEET CHILD OF MINE

Deanna Adler (mother of Guns N’ Roses’ original drummer, Steven Adler) released a tell-all book giving us an inside biographical perspective on the behind the scenes of GNR. The book is called Sweet Child of Mine.  It’s a great read.

 

EAGLES OF DEATH METAL DOCUMENTARY

The documentary Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) premieres on February 13th on HBO.  Eagles of Death Metal were performing at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris, in November of 2015, when terrorists attacked the musical venue that left 89 people dead, and the band in shock.  They lost one of their promotion people in the attack.  This documentary discusses and examines the ramifications from an emotional and business perspective, while following the band`s return to play another concert at the venue in February of 2016.

 

 

   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.

 

JANUARY 2017 TRIVIA QUESTION ANSWERS

[1]  Which Metallica album helped to inspire the band’s latest release – Hardwired To Self Destruct?  Kirk Hammett stated in an interview…”I think the idea was to make an album that was similar in approach to Kill ‘Em All.”

 

[2]  What do Skillet and DevilDriver have in common?  Both bands are Christian rock acts.
 

 

FEBRUARY 2017 TRIVIA QUESTIONS

[1]  Carmine Appice is bringing back a classic ’70s hard rock band. What band is it?

 

[2]  Lamb of God`s “The Duke” is now one of the top rotated tracks on rock radio. What was their name of the band before they became so successful?

Billboard Top 25 Hard Rock Albums – 2/18/17

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 2/18/17.  Top 25 albums ranked by multi-metric ranking, including traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).  The chart is compiled by Nielsen Music.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 25:

      1. METALLICA – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
      2. QUEEN – Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection
      3. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      4. JOURNEY – Journey’s Greatest Hits
      5. METALLICA – Metallica
      6. KREATOR – Gods Of Violence
      7. GUNS N’ ROSES – Greatest Hits
      8. TY SEAGALL – Ty Seagall
      9. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      10. NICKELBACK – The Best Of Nickelback: Volume 1
      11. STARSET – Vessels
      12. BON JOVI – Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Collection
      13. AFI – AFI (The Blood Album)
      14. LINKIN PARK – Hybrid Theory
      15. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 1
      16. 3 DOORS DOWN – The Greatest Hits
      17. AC/DC – Back In Black
      18. SKILLET– Unleashed
      19. FOO FIGHTERS – Greatest Hits
      20. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      21. HIGHLY SUSPECT – The Boy Who Died Wolf
      22. LED ZEPPELIN – Mothership
      23. THREE DAYS GRACE – One-X
      24. EVANESCENCE – Fallen
      25. METALLICA – Master Of Puppets

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 2/4/17

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HRD RADIO REPORT 

The HRD Radio Report showcases the weekly Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by AllAccess.com), and appears every Tuesday on HardRockDaddy.com.  The HRD Radio Report digs deeper into the weekly Active Rock charts, providing commentary, reviews, recommendations and predictions.  It also features opinion pieces on chart action and the music business in general.

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

TOP 100 HARD ROCK SONGS OF 2016

TOP 50 ACTIVE ROCK SONGS OF 2016 (by spins)

TOP 30 OCTANE BIG ‘UNS COUNTDOWN SONGS OF 2016

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 2/4/17.  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 2 METALLICA “Atlas, Rise!” 2156
2 1 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 2034
3 5 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 1857
4 3 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1612
5 4 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 1524
6 7 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 1208
7 9 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 1200
8 10 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 1122
9 16 PRETTY RECKLESS “Oh My God” 1096
10 11 KORN “Take Me” 1095
11 6 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 956
12 12 STARSET “Monster” 938
13 13 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 875
14 14 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 858
15 17 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 826
16 18 BLEEKER “Highway” 807
17 15 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 770
18 21 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 456
19 19 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 452
20 22 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 421
21 23 ADELITA’S WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)” 390
22 26 K.FLAY “Blood In The Cut” 388
23 36 SKILLET “Back From The Dead’ 375
24 27 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 357
25 34 HALESTORM “Still Of The Night” 331
26 20 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 323
27 25 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 301
28 29 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 292
29 37 AVATAR “New Land” 281
30 38 ALTER BRIDGE “My Champion” 278
31 32 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 265
32 33 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 248
33 30 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Breaking Now” 239
34 31 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Heavydirtysoul” 237
35 35 BADFLOWER “Animal” 230
36 39 CITIZEN ZERO “Lure And Persuade” 156
37 45 LETTERS FROM THE FIRE “Worth The Pain” 147
38 40 CROWN THE EMPIRE “Weight Of The World” 135
39 41 OTEP “Royals” 123
40 42 RADKEY “Dark Black Makeup” 113
41 0 NICKELBACK “Feed The Machine” 93
42 46 DOROTHY “Dark Nights” 88
43 44 THREE DAYS GRACE “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” 88
44 48 LIKE A STORM “Pure Evil” 85
45 69 SEPTEMBER MOURNING “20 Below” 79
46 65 THE REVIVALISTS “Wish I Know” 77
47 53 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Cold Cold Cold” 76
48 50 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Stressed Out” 76
49 47 AFI “White Offerings” 76
50 70 YOU ME AT SIX “Give” 73

 

 

 

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

EVE TO ADAM – “Tongue Tied”

Many of today’s current hard rock acts seem to tailor their sound specifically to get airplay on Active Rock radio.  Eve To Adam has already been embraced by the format (although not nearly as much as they deserve), so it would be understandable for them to rely upon the sound that got them noticed in the first place.  To their credit, Eve To Adam continues to reinvent themselves, writing music that clearly is born more out of passion than a desire for radio spins.  Their latest single, “Tongue Tied,” stands out from typical Active Rock tracks because it embraces the grittier, sleazier sound of Guns N’ Roses, the alternative vibe of classic Stone Temple Pilots and bluesy guitar solos that harken back to the days of Eric Clapton with Cream.  And yet, somehow, “Tongue Tied” has a current flavor that would make it a standout track on Active Rock radio.  In a format that sometimes feels like it’s on autopilot, we need more bands like Eve To Adam to push the envelope and rise above the din. This track is a home run!
 

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

As predicted last week, Metallica, Green Day and Shinedown now make up the top 3 after strong gains from “How Did I Love” helped Shinedown to leapfrog Ghost and Highly Suspect (both of whom saw significant drops). Metallica’s “Atlas, Rise!” picks up strong momentum, while Green Day stayed flat, making their reign at the top very brief.  Shinedown is likely to move up to #2 next week, but Green Day can remain in the top 3 if they don’t suffer drastic spin declines.  Metallica and Shinedown will remain in the top 2 for at least the next month or so based on current trends.  The closest songs to them showing any strength are still 700-1000 spins behind.
 

 

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…

EVE TO ADAM“Tongue Tied”

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Right Here And Now”

NEVER SAY DIE“Like A Nightmare”

THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH – “Lifeline”

SHALLOW SIDE“Renegade”

AS LIONS – “Aftermath”

DANGERKIDS – “Kill Everything”

 

DROP IT…

Twenty One Pilots“Stressed Out”

Twenty One Pilots“Heavydirtysoul”

K-Flay“Blood In The Cut”

Cage The Elephant “Cold Cold Cold”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

Red Hot Chili Peppers“Go Robot”

Highly Suspect“My Name Is Human”

You Me At Six “Give”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

New week, new #1 song on the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart as Metallica continues their triumphant comeback.  “Atlas, Rise” is the second chart topper from Hardwired, knocking Green Day back to the #2 spot after just one week.   Shinedown moves up to #3 with nice growth as well.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Major increase in airplay for Pretty Reckless sees them leap into the Top 10 this week.  Solid growth for Korn brings them into the group as well…

Through Fire and Devour The Day are both new members of the Top 20.,,

Skillet leads four songs into the Top 30…

Letters From The Fire is the only newcomer to the Top 40, thanks to over a 60% increase in spins…

With only a partial week of airplay, Nickelback has the strongest debut among five songs breaking into the Top 50.
 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Metallica“Atlas, Rise!”

Shinedown – “How Did I Love”

Pretty Reckless“Oh My God”

 

FALLING

Ghost – “Square Hammer”

Highly Suspect – “My Name Is Human”

Avenged Sevenfold“The Stage”
 

 

 TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

While chart positions may not mean as much as they once did (particularly for established artists), I have to think that Metallica is quite satisfied with the airplay results for their first “normal” studio album in eight years (we’ll just try to forget Lulu ever happened).  Their release pattern for singles was nontraditional, dropping three in rapid succession,  with each subsequent release cutting into the airplay for the others.   It worked out well for them however, with two #1s and a #4, and gave them a long stretch where they had at least two (if not three) songs in the Top 40 simultaneously.  The strategy wouldn’t have worked for everyone (possibly no one else), but Metallica has once again managed to rule the rock airwaves with the approach.

 

WRAP-UP

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 2-4-17

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 2-4-17.

2-4-17 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 –  “Lullaby” – FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES

#14 –  “Eternally Yours” – MOTIONLESS IN WHITE

#13 –  “Love Falls” – HELLYEAH

#12 –  “Like A Nightmare” – NEVER SAY DIE

#11 –  “Hated” – BEARTOOTH

#10 –  “Lifeline” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

# 9 –   “Breaking New” – FROM ASHES TO NEW

# 8 –   “Never Again” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

# 7 –   “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)” – ADELITA’S WAY

# 6 –   “Atlas,Rise!” – METALLICA

# 5 –   “Alone” – I PREVAIL

# 4 –   “Breathe” – THROUGH FIRE

# 3 –   “The Bottom” – DEVOUR THE DAY

# 2 –   “My Name Is Human” – HIGHLY SUSPECT

# 1 –    “Monster” – STARSET

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Billboard Top 25 Hard Rock Albums – 2/11/17

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 2/11/17.  Top 25 albums ranked by multi-metric ranking, including traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).  The chart is compiled by Nielsen Music.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 25:

      1. AFI – AFI (The Blood Album)
      2. STARSET – Vessels
      3. METALLICA – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
      4. QUEEN – Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection
      5. JOURNEY – Journey’s Greatest Hits
      6. METALLICA – Metallica
      7. 3 DOORS DOWN – The Greatest Hits
      8. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      9. GUNS N’ ROSES – Greatest Hits
      10. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      11. BON JOVI – Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Collection
      12. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 1
      13. NICKELBACK – The Best Of Nickelback: Volume 1
      14. AC/DC – Back In Black
      15. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      16. LINKIN PARK – Hybrid Theory
      17. FOO FIGHTERS – Greatest Hits
      18. PALISADES – Palisades
      19. SKILLET– Unleashed
      20. METALLICA – …And Justice For All
      21. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Stage
      22. AEROSMITH – Greatest Hits
      23. HALESTORM – ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP
      24. METALLICA – Master Of Puppets
      25. SYSTEM OF A DOWN – Toxicity

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