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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 11/12/16

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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.

2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q3

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 11/12/16.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 3 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 1933
2 4 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 1845
3 1 SKILLET “Feel Invincible” 1763
4 2 PRETTY RECKLESS “Take Me Down” 1605
5 6 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize” 1593
6 7 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1527
7 9 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1374
8 5 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 1348
9 10 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 1277
10 8 GREEN DAY “Bang Bang” 1025
11 11 THRICE “Black Honey” 932
12 13 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 877
13 14 DINOSAUR PILE-UP “11:11” 754
14 15 ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader” 650
15 19 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 649
16 18 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 635
17 16 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 633
18 22 METALLICA “Atlas,Rise!” 631
19 12 KORN “Rotting In Vain” 629
20 17 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 627
21 20 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 603
22 27 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 496
23 23 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 471
24 26 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 452
25 24 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Heathens” 428
26 25 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die” 419
27 28 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 389
28 21 METALLICA “Hardwired” 388
29 35 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 303
30 44 KORN “Take Me” 268
31 34 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 267
32 32 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 257
33 29 TRAPT “It’s Over” 252
34 31 KALEO “Way Down We Go” 250
35 33 ONE LESS REASON “Break Me” 242
36 37 I PREVAIL “Stuck In Your Head” 231
37 52 STARSET “Monster” 204
38 43 ADELITAS WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace) 203
39 30 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Push” 202
40 40 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 197
41 45 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 186
42 47 AVATAR “Night Never” 168
43 36 OF MICE & MEN “Real” 168
44 41 TWELVE FOOT NINJA “Invincible” 163
45 42 JIMMY EAT WORLD “Sure and Certain” 160
46 48 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 151
47 46 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 141
48 51 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 137
49 50 JUDAH & THE LION “Take It All Back” 123
50 53 NONPOINT “Divided..Conquer Them” 111

 

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

NONPOINT – “Divided…Conquer Them”

Is it pure coincidence or deliberate that Nonpoint’s “Divided…Conquer Them” cracks the Top 50 the week after the most divisive election in recent memory?  It doesn’t really matter either way.  It’s just good to see Nonpoint back on the chart regardless of the reason.  “Divided…Conquer Them” starts out with a cool (almost jazzy) vibe that carries through the first verse with subdued vocals from frontman Elias Soriano.  As the intensity builds, the signature sound of Soriano’s impassioned delivery takes center stage, powered by a driving rhythm.  Just when you think that the song is about to take off, they come back down to the subdued vibe of the first verse, a nice unexpected twist. There is something inherently cool about Nonpoint in general, and on this song especially.  Never ones to conform to a sound just for the sake of radio, one thing that really impressed on the band’s latest single is the acapella ending that is as powerful as the rest of the track with musical accompaniment.
 

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

Last week, I predicted that the current trend suggested that Pretty Reckless would be surpassed by Disturbed and Highly Suspect, dropping Taylor Momsen and company out of the top 3 for the first time in recent memory. What I didn’t predict is that Skillet would also be surpassed by both bands after a six-month climb to #1. Disturbed’s “Open Your Eyes” is now #1, followed by Highly Suspect’s “My Name Is Human” at #2.  After weeks of songs firing up the chart, we may now see other songs that have climbed slowly have a chance to battle for #1. Unless there is a shift in the trend, it’s likely that Five Finger Death Punch’s “I Apologize” and Volbeat’s “Seal The Deal” will both enter the top 4 next week.  They’ll both need a decline to reach #1, but stranger things have happened.  Keep an eye out for Ghost’s “Square Hammer” and Avenged Sevenfold’s “The Stage” for a possible move towards the top as well.
 

 

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…

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Heart Of War”

LAMB OF GOD“The Duke”

THREE DOORS DOWN“The Broken”

FROM ASHES TO NEW“The Last time”

ART OF DYING“Torn Down”

DOROTHY“Dark Nights”

MEMPHIS MAY FIRE“This Light I Hold”

 

DROP IT…

Jimmy Eat World“Sure And Certain”

Twenty One Pilots – “Heathens”

Dinosaur Pile-Up “11:11”

Kaleo“Way Down We Go”

Kings Of Leon“Waste A Moment”

Judah & The Lion“Take It All Back”

Pretty Reckless “Take Me Down”

Green Day“Bang Bang”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Disturbed gets their turn at the top of the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart this week.  It looks the time has come to start cycling through songs nearing the end of their airplay life.  Last week, an aging Skillet single grabbed the top spot, and quickly began to lose spins immediately afterwards – falling to #3 as it was passed by both the new leader and sudden radio darlings Highly Suspect.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

No changes in Top 10 songs, aside from a shuffling of the order…

Metallica has the only song new to the Top 20 this week, looking to replace themselves with another rapidly released single…

Korn and Sixx A.M. both squeak into the Top 30 with their latest releases…

Starset has the week’s highest debuting song, premiering in the Top 40.  Adelita’s Way joins them in that tier…

Nearly three months after the first signs of airplay, Amity Affliction finally cracks the Top 50, joined by a Nonpoint single that took six weeks to break through.
 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Disturbed – “Open Your Eyes”

Highly Suspect“My Name Is Human”

Avenged Sevenfold“The Stage”

 

FALLING

Metallica – “Moth Into Flame”

Green Day“Bang Bang”

Korn – “Rotting In Vain”
 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

While back-to-back changes at the top might give the appearance of turnover at radio, the largely stagnant Top 20 tells a different story, with several artists frequently replacing themselves in the higher elevations (adding to the sameness).  With the typically slow holiday period approaching, listeners in many markets may find themselves thinking it’s Groundhog Day instead of Christmas.

 

WRAP-UP

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

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 8/6/16

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 8/6/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. CHEVELLE – The North Corridor
      2. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      3. CANE HILL – Smile
      4. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      5. VARIOUS ARTISTS – 2016 Warped Tour Compilation
      6. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark Before Dawn
      7. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      8. GOJIRA – Magma
      9. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      10. PIERCE THE VEIL – Misadventures
      11. HELLYEAH – Unden!able
      12. ROB ZOMBIE – Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser
      13. INVENT, ANIMATE – Stillworld
      14. NONPOINT – Poison Red
      15. THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH – Exhale

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 7/30/16

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 7/30/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. CHEVELLE – The North Corridor
      2. NONPOINT – Poison Red
      3. INVENT, ANIMATE – Stillworld
      4. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      5. VARIOUS ARTISTS – 2016 Warped Tour Compilation
      6. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      7. VANNA – All Hell
      8. GONE IS GONE – Gone Is Gone
      9. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      10. BIG BUSINESS – Command Your Weather
      11. GOJIRA – Magma
      12. HELLYEAH – Unden!able
      13. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark Before Dawn
      14. PIERCE THE VEIL – Misadventures
      15. WHITECHAPEL – Mark Of The Blade

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 7-9-16

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 7-9-16.

The 7-9-16 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 –  “Generation Idiot” – NONPOINT

#14 –  “Lost & Alone” – FROM ASHES TO NEW

#13 –  “Take It All” – POP EVIL

#12 –  “Feel Invincible” – SKILLET

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

#10 –  “Stick To Your Guns” – SICK PUPPIES

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

# 8 –   “Black Honey” – THRICE

# 7 –   “The Eagle Has Landed” – AVATAR

# 6 –   “Paranoia” – A DAY TO REMEMBER

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

# 4 –   “Human” – HELLYEAH

# 3 –   “Asking For It” – SHINEDOWN

# 2 –   “Defeated” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

# 1 –    “Stronger” – THROUGH FIRE

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 6-25-16

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 6-25-16.

The 6-25-16 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 –  “Generation Idiot” – NONPOINT

#14 –  “Take It All” – POP EVIL

#13 –  “I Don’t Care Anymore” – HELLYEAH

#12 –  “Aggressive” – BEARTOOTH

#11 –  “The Eagle Has Landed” – AVATAR

#10 –  “Stick To Your Guns” – SICK PUPPIES

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

# 8 –   “Asking For It” – SHINEDOWN

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

# 6 –   “Paranoia” – A DAY TO REMEMBER

# 5 –   “Stronger” – THROUGH FIRE

# 4 –   “Black Honey” – THRICE

# 3 –   “Defeated” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

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

# 1 –    “Human” – HELLYEAH

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 6/4/16

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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.

Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.

 2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q1

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 6/4/16.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 1 VOLBEAT “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” 2223
2 2 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Dark Necessities” 1773
3 3 SIXX: A.M. “Rise” 1551
4 5 SHINEDOWN “Asking For It” 1471
5 4 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “My Nemesis” 1466
6 10 CHEVELLE “Joyride” 1235
7 7 GHOST “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” 1227
8 6 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Happy Song” 1075
9 8 DISTURBED “The Sound Of Silence” 1025
10 9 RED SUN RISING “Emotionless” 974
11 11 HALESTORM “Mayhem” 959
12 12 HELLYEAH “Human” 934
13 13 SICK PUPPIES “Stick To Your Guns” 886
14 15 POP EVIL “Take It All” 801
15 14 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Paranoia” 784
16 16 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Here I Am” 756
17 19 BLINK 182 “Bored To Death” 598
18 18 KALEO “No Good” 590
19 17 DEVOUR THE DAY “Lightning In The Sky” 587
20 20 ROB ZOMBIE “Get High” 576
21 21 3 DOORS DOWN “In The Dark” 461
22 23 HOLY WHITE HOUNDS “Switchblade” 437
23 24 AVATAR “The Eagle Has Landed” 401
24 35 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Ashes Of Eden” 341
25 25 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Running With Giants” 340
26 44 DEFTONES “Phantom Bride” 314
27 31 ESCAPE THE FATE “Remember Every Scar” 281
28 32 LIKE A STORM “Break Free” 260
29 34 SEVENDUST “Death Dance” 257
30 37 TRIVIUM “Dead And Gone” 254
31 33 THROUGH FIRE “Stronger” 245
32 27 MONSTER TRUCK “Don’t Tell Me How To Live” 240
33 26 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE “Hate By Design” 222
34 40 BEARTOOTH “Aggressive” 202
35 30 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Ride” 193
36 29 FOALS “Mountain At My Gates” 191
37 36 CHEAP TRICK “When I Wake Up Tomorrow” 187
38 41 THRICE “Black Honey” 186
39 43 STITCHED UP HEART “Monster” 180
40 39 CHRIS CORNELL “Nothing Compares 2 U” 172
41 42 ONE LESS REASON “Where Were You?” 167
42 46 CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN “Soundcheck” 129
43 73 SKILLET “Feel Invincible” 120
44 48 DOROTHY “Raise Hell” 117
45 45 TREMONTI “Dust” 112
46 47 MEGADETH “Post-American World” 110
47 53 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Trouble” 108
48 52 KONGOS “Take It From Me” 100
49 56 NONPOINT “Generation Idiot” 99
50 61 3 DOORS DOWN “Still Alive” 98

 

 

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

NONPOINT – “Generation Idiot”

“Generation Of Idiots” is frenetically melodic,  controlled yet chaotic, angst-filled statement about the human condition in America today.  At least, that’s my interpretation of a song that seems to also be somewhat politically charged, which wouldn’t be surprising given the train wreck the current election cycle has become.  Regardless of the exact meaning behind the song, Nonpoint’s latest single will undoubtedly connect with their fans, and should enjoy a nice rise up the Active Rock chart.  This is one of a handful of bands on the scene today that has a true signature sound, due in large part to the unique vocal style of Elias Soriano.  Nu metal, rap rock…it doesn’t matter what label you place on the band.  “Generation Of Idiots” delivers what you want to hear on Active Rock radio.
 

 

 

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…

SONS OF TEXAS“Blameshift”

HUDSON“Cast Out”

FIFTYWATT FREIGHT TRAIN“Whiskey & Hate”

EVE TO ADAM“Lucky”

3 PILL MORNING“Electric Chair”

THE WORD ALIVE – “Made This Way”

FROM ASHES TO NEW“Lost And Alone”

 

DROP IT…

Cage The Elephant“Trouble”

Kongos“Take It From Me”

Catfish And The Bottlemen“Soundcheck”

Twenty One Pilots – “Ride”

Foals“Mountain At My Gates”

Holy White Hounds“Switchblade”

Red Hot Chili Peppers“Dark Necessities”

Blink 182“Bored To Death”

Bring Me The Horizon“Happy Song”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

The margin is shrinking, but Volbeat remains at the top of the latest Mediabase Active Rock Airplay Chart for a fifth straight week.  The Red Hot Chili Peppers closed the gap by nearly 20%, but that wasn’t nearly enough to dethrone the reigning leaders, who still lead by 450 spins.  Shinedown climbs to #4, and should easily leapfrog Sixx A.M. by next week.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Not a single difference in the songs that make up the Top 20 this week.  Within the Top 20, Chevelle has the most notable position change, climbing quickly to #6 …

Six songs enter the Top 30.  Five are newly arrived, joined by Sevendust’s return to the tier.  However, several of the songs showed little growth, rising due to songs previously ahead of them falling back …

New to the Top 40 this week are Thrice and Stitched Up Heart

Five tracks make their Top 50 debut, led by the lead single from the forthcoming Skillet album.

 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Red Hot Chili Peppers“Dark Necessities”

Shinedown“Asking For It”

Chevelle – “Joyride”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Five Finger Death Punch“My Nemesis”

Bring Me The Horizon“Happy Song”

Foals – “Mountain At My Gates”

 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

As I said last week, it’s just a matter of math and time before the Red Hot Chili Peppers unseat Volbeat at the top of the airplay chart.  Early trends suggest that the change could come as soon as next week.  More than likely, it will take two weeks for it to happen, which would have their lead single at #1 when their new album hits the streets.  In a perfect world, that’s how every band would draw it up.

 

WRAP-UP

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

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 6-4-16

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 6-4-16.

The 6-4-16 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 –  “I Bring The Weather With Me” – THE AMITY AFFLICTION

#14 –  “Lost And Alone” – FROM ASHES TO NEW

#13 –  “Generation Idiot” – NONPOINT

#12 –  “Dead And Gone” – TRIVIUM

#11 –  “The Eagle Has Landed” – AVATAR

#10 –  “Aggressive” – BEARTOOTH

#9 –   “Joyride” – CHEVELLE

# 8 –   “Paranoia” – A DAY TO REMEMBER

# 7 –   “Defeated” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

# 6 –   “Black Honey” – THRICE

# 5 –   “Asking For It” – SHINEDOWN

# 4 –   “Human” – HELLYEAH

# 3 –   “Hate By Design” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

# 2 –   “My Nemesis” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

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

 

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 5-28-16

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 5-28-16.

The 5-28-16 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.

NOTE:  There was no Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown during the week of 5/21/16.  It was pre-empted by coverage of the Rock On The Range festival.

 

#15 – “Generation Idiot” – NONPOINT

#14 –  “Aggressive” – BEARTOOTH

#13 – “Take It All” – POP EVIL

#12 – “Avalanche” – BRING ME THE HORIZON

#11 –  “Chevelle” – JOYRIDE

#10 –  “Defeated” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

#9 –    “Death Dance” – SEVENDUST

# 8 –   “Paranoia” – A DAY TO REMEMBER

# 7 –   “The Eagle Has Landed” – AVATAR

# 6 –   “Asking For It” – SHINEDOWN

# 5 –   “Black Honey” – THRICE

# 4 –   “Hate By Design” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

# 3 –   “Human” – HELLYEAH

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

# 1 –   “My Nemesis” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

 

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Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2014

Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

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Music Discovery Monday – 11/16/15

Music Discovery Monday - Shaman's Harvest, Revolve, RJD Cancer Fund

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 11/16/15.

Each week, the HRD team shares songs that fly below radio’s radar, ranging from lesser-known artists to deeper cuts from both up-and-coming and established artists.

In addition to exposing the Hard Rock Daddy audience to new music that isn’t getting the attention that it deserves from radio, Music Discovery Monday also features a segment called “Hard Rock Music Time Machine,” which showcases older songs (from the ’70s to today) that hard rock music fans may have missed at the time of release.

In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlists beneath each section, all songs featured on Music Discovery Monday can be listened to by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles.

In this special edition of Music Discovery Monday, we celebrate rock and roll cancer survivors, and the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.  For the first time ever, we have two featured artists…Shaman’s Harvest frontman Nathan Hunt and Revolve guitarist Debbie Barlow.  Both of these cancer survivors (who are about to go on tour together) share their personal battles in a Hard Rock Daddy exclusive.

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

***NOTE:  As mentioned above, this is the first time that Music Discovery Monday has two featured artists.  The featured artists (Shaman’s Harvest and Revolve) are about to go on tour together.  Each band features a cancer survivor (Nathan HuntShaman’s Harvest and Debbie BarlowRevolve). Beneath each of their featured songs, Hunt and Barlow share personal stories about their respective battles, and the role that music played in their healing process. Please make sure to check out the Hard Rock Music Time Machine segment as well for more rock and roll cancer survivors, and a very important fund that was established after the passing of Ronnie James Dio.***

 

SHAMAN’S HARVEST – “In Chains”

If there is one word to describe Shaman’s Harvest, it would be “diverse.”  It would be easy to shower them with a number of other positive adjectives, but what sets them apart from most is their ability to deliver a variety of musical experiences on one album and make it work so well.  The two previous singles (“Dangerous” and “Dirty Diana”) off of Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns both garnered radio attention, and it looks as though they are poised to enjoy similar success with “In Chains.”   Whereas “Dangerous” was a straight-forward southern rocker and “Dirty Diana” was an inspired, bluesy cover of a classic Michael Jackson song, “In Chains” offers yet another side of Shaman’s Harvest.  There is a seamless transition between the verses (which would be an ideal fit for a modern western film), and the choruses, which feature larger-than-life gospel theatricality.  Need more?  How about some soulful blues shredding thrown in for good measure?  Nathan Hunt’s vocals are impressive enough on their own.  They become even more awe-inspiring when you take into account that he was receiving treatment for throat cancer during the recording of the album.

 

In a Hard Rock Daddy exclusive, Nathan Hunt discusses his battle with cancer…

 

What role did music play in your life when you were battling cancer?

“Making music was everything in getting over that darkness…that feeling of being alone.  I was fortunate enough to be making a record at the time. So, the cancer and treatments took a back seat (at least in my mind) to the studio work.  I didn’t have to focus on being sick or how my throat felt like sandpaper from the radiation.  I just found ways to sing around it and get it done.”

 

What challenges did you face with your music career after being diagnosed, and how did you overcome those challenges?

“Well, I kept it a secret for as long as I could (a year or so).  I wanted the record to be out, and the world to hear it before they took any other factors into account.  The songs needed to speak for themselves.  And besides all that, I wanted to deal with it privately.  It was aggressive and experimental treatment, and I reckon that I didn’t want to field the questions and awkward well-meaning hugs ‘n’ shit.”

 

What does it mean to you to be touring with a fellow cancer survivor?

“Debbie (Barlow) is a great person.  I don’t think of her as a cancer survivor; nor myself.  She’s good people; and I like touring with good fuckin’ people.”

 

What advice would you give to others that are battling cancer right now?

I’d tell them find something bigger than themselves to focus on.  I truly believe making Smokin’ Hearts n Broken Guns saved my life.  It gave me the will to deal with those pesky docs ‘n’ shitty treatments, cuz I knew that after, I could head to the studio.  Doesn’t have to be music, but if there’s somethin’ there that’s pushing you to fight, I figure it wills that cancer bullshit right on out of ya.”

 

 
REVOLVE – “Believe”

Talent and connections only take you so far in today’s hard rock music climate.  Though the days of huge record deals have long since passed, the reality is that it still takes money to rise above the din in a very crowded genre.  Since their inception, Revolve has been one of the ultimate DIY bands.  Much of the burden to promote the band thus far has fallen on the strong shoulders of guitarist, Debbie Barlow.  Her hard work is finally beginning to pay off in a meaningful way, as this independent band is about to hit the road with Hinder and Shaman’s Harvest.  Like Shaman frontman Nathan Hunt, Barlow is also a cancer survivor, and a testament to what can be achieved in the face of adversity.  Revolve’s entire debut EP is rock solid.  Any of the songs could have been chosen for this forum, but “Believe” was selected because it fits so well with the cancer survivor story, and the fact that her unwavering belief in Revolve is now taking the band to new heights.  This hard-hitting tune features an infectious melody to go along with impressive guitar work and vocal harmonies.  If you’re a fan of bands like Sevendust, Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin, make sure to check out Revolve!

 

In a Hard Rock Daddy exclusive, Debbie Barlow discusses her battle with cancer…

 

What role did music play in your life when you were battling cancer?

“Music has always been my saving grace in life, with many things that I go through.  When I wasn’t writing music during treatments, I was staying inspired by listening to some of my favorite music.  It was truly one of my main motivators to stay focused on battling cancer. Music was never what I did, but rather ‘who I am,’ and I used it to fuel my will for life to be able to come out a survivor.”

 

What challenges did you face with your music career after being diagnosed, and how did you overcome those challenges?

“I was in a band at the time that was heavily writing recording and touring. We had big dreams to take over the music world (laughs).  Sadly, it was all to be put on an indefinite hold after hearing that ‘C’-word.  I was diagnosed with, and began treatment for, ovarian cancer.  Statistics show that most ovarian cancers are more common in women in their mid-late 50s.  I had just turned 30, so it was a rare find, and the treatment was pretty damn aggressive.  I had to make one of the toughest decisions of my life, and step down from the band, so that I could really focus on kicking cancer in the arse!  When I could find the energy in between treatments, I would grab my guitar and write a little…one song turned into two, and soon, more.  At some point, my focus changed from fear to being sort of fearless.  I think in creating music (or any art), you have to be fearless, you know?”

 

What does it mean to you to be touring with a fellow cancer survivor?

“I’m just excited to be heating up stages before Shaman’s Harvest’s set on this winter tour.  They’re a great band!  I met Nate (Hunt) at the KROCKATHON festival that we played together in Syracuse, NY over the summer…amazing pipes!  I later found out he was a cancer survivor too.

Since then, It had been on my to-do list that, if we ever had the opportunity to share a stage again, we would shed some light on being cancer survivors and working musicians.  I think that we both know that it takes a lot to overcome the diagnosis and treatment.  I went through some dark days, and I’m sure that Nate did as well.

Coming out a survivor is like a HUGE fist punch in the air that screams…‘hey  look, we  went through this crazy time of uncertainty, fear and sometimes broken confidence, but guess what, we’re not done yet…so much more music to make and stages to play!’  I really hope that more musicians/artists will share stages and their stories and be a source of encouragement.  It’s real life for us all.”

 

What advice would you give to others that are battling cancer right now?

“FIGHT!!  Stay in faith (if you are a believer).  Don’t let the disease and treatment define you, or who you really are.  You are still the same person on the inside.  You may temporarily look and feel a little different, but you’re still YOU!  Find others who are going through (or have been through) battling cancer.  There are some great stories and strengths to be shared.”

 

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

CYBERSTAR – “Eye For An Eye”

Drowning Pool vocalist Jasen Moreno and Fozzy guitarist Billy Grey are joined by Allele drummer Dusty Winterrowd for the lastest supergroup configuration to arrive on the scene.  The debut single is on target for Active Rock fans, and provides a promising introduction to this talented trio.

 

MAVERICK – “Got It Bad”

The third single from the debut album of this U.K. band is a straight-ahead rocker that puts a bit of a fresh spin on a familiar sound.  The guitar work is a particular highlight to me on this one, but there are no obvious weaknesses on display across the lineup.  Just a nice, solid track that could (unfortunately) fly under the radar far too easily in today’s crowded rock scene.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

DIVINER – “Come Into My Glory”

Guitars are chugging and heads are banging in Greece, with the release of this first single from Diviner’s first album.  Set for a November 20th debut, Fallen Empires promises metal in the tradition of Judas Priest and Ronnie James Dio, but with a modern twist.

 

DARK MOOR – “In The Heart Of Stone”

Spain’s Dark Moor has been delivering power metal with symphonic influences for 20 years. Their tenth album, Project X, continues to match the guitar of founder Enrik Garcia with the smooth vocals of Alfred Romero, and various other elements layered behind them.  A science fiction theme permeates most of the album, but is not as noticeable on this song, which gallops along playfully with some classical influences.

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

SHALLOW SIDE – “Stand Up”

Alabama rockers Shallow Side deliver on “Stand Up,” an upbeat, alternative, hard rock tune that is the title track off of the band’s latest EP.  Aggressive, driving rhythms, with really good, active guitar work accompanies the bright vocal delivery of Eric Boatright that is both melodic and inspiring.

 

SLEEPING ROMANCE – “Fire And Ice”

A “beauty and the beast” track here, with delicate lead vocals in front of rough power/symphonic metal behind it.  The contrast works well on “Fire & Ice.”  Italy’s Sleeping Romance showcases their precision and talent on this up-tempo track from their sophomore EP.
 

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BLACK SABBATH – “Children Of The Sea” (1980)

In 1979, a legendary vocalist (Ozzy Osbourne) was replaced by another legendary vocalist in Ronnie James Dio (who had parted ways with Ritchie Blackmore and Rainbow).  In an ironic, serendipitous twist of fate, Dio first met Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi at the Rainbow Bar & Grill (a.k.a. “The Rainbow”) on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.  At their first “getting-to-know-you” session in Iommi’s Los Angeles home, the duo collaborated on “Children Of The Sea.”  The rest, as they say, is history.  This incredibly moving song, brought to life by Dio’s soaring vocals, was featured on Heaven & Hell, one of the defining albums of each of their careers, and of heavy metal for that matter.  This song probably doesn’t fall under the “discovery” category for most hard rock and metal fans, but the interesting backstory and significance of the song cannot be understated.  This dynamic duo would go on to make music history together.  They would also both go on to be diagnosed with cancer later in life.  Like our two featured artists this week, Iommi is also a cancer survivor.  Unfortunately, Dio succumbed to this dreaded disease on May 16, 2010.  Though he has been gone for over five years, Dio’s legacy remains, as does his impact on funding for cancer research.  After his passing, Dio’s wife, Wendy, launched the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

 

DIO – “Gypsy” (1983)

After a short (but memorable) stint with Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio went on to form Dio, a band that bared his name, but was much more than a solo project.  Although much of the band’s first album (Holy Diver) was already written before his arrival, guitarist Vivian Campbell was thrust into the spotlight of hard rock and heavy metal upon its release.  Campbell and Dio did, however, collaborate on “Gypsy” (one the classic album’s more underrated songs).  Some guitarists have a sound that is so distinct that you recognize their playing from the first note.  Campbell’s work with Dio absolutely falls into that category, particularly on Holy Diver“Gypsy” not only features signature Campbell riffs, but also impressive leads surrounding Dio’s stellar vocals.  Like Dio’s former bandmate, Tony Iommi, and the two featured artists on Music Discovery Monday (see above), Campbell is also a cancer survivor (although he has had to fight another battle this year when the cancer returned).  In keeping with the Dio influence, Campbell will be releasing the first single from his latest band, Last In Line, on November 17th.  The band’s debut album will be released this coming February.

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

ART OF DYING“You Don’t Know Me” (2011)

From the album Vices and Virtues, this cut has an almost punk-influenced feel to me, but this talented Canadian band makes that work for them well enough, keeping the song accessible and listenable.   “You Don’t Know Me” is a deeper cut from a strong album.

 

NONPOINT“Hands Off” (2007)

From the album Vengeance (which featured “March Of War” as the lead single), this album cut has become one of my favorite songs from this Florida band’s entire catalog, which spans almost two decades.  Nice hard edge to the song, with a lot of energy.  There’s just a lot to like about this hidden treasure.

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

LAST TRIBE – “The Chosen One” (2008)

Magnus Karlsson wrote all of the music and played nearly all of the instruments for Sweden’s Last Tribe.  Vocalist Rickard Bengtsson shines along with Karlsson on this power metal tune from their 2008 album, Uncrowned, which features some aggressive riffs and a killer guitar solo.  Karlsson has since moved on to other projects, including Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall and Primal Fear.

 

LAND OF TALES – “Fading Away” (2008)

In 2008, Finnish melodic rockers Naiskala looked to broaden their audience by appealing to the English-speaking world.  The band was renamed Land Of Tales and singer/guitarist Kristian switched his vocals to English.  He sounds amazing in any language; even moreso on this beautiful ballad, with bandmate Palle contributing some haunting keyboards.

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

AXEL RUDI PELL – “Hole In The Sky” (1996)

Classic ‘90s metal from Axel Rudi Pell, who has always surrounded his fantastic guitar-work with talent.  This is especially true of Jeff Scott Soto’s vocals, which are front and center on this great track from Black Moon Pyramid.  Excellent rhythm and the requisite killer guitar solo make this an overall stand-out track.

 

AMOPRHIS “Silent Waters” (2007)

Amorphis has been around since 1990 (originally as a death-metal band).  However, with time and line-up changes through the late ‘90s, their signature sound has evolved into cleaner, more melodic, progressive metal.  This track is indicative of the shift.  There is a grave undertone of loss to the story line of “Silent Water,” but also a determination to retrieve what was lost.  The vocals and musicianship are both very good, conveying passion and power while also featuring an excellent guitar solo.
 

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 7-25-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 7-25-15.

The 7-25-15 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 – “Happy Song” – BRING ME THE HORIZON

#14 –  “Lydia” – HIGHLY SUSPECT

#13 –  “You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War)” – BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

#12 –  “I Won’t Give In” – ASKING ALEXANDRIA

#11 –  “Footsteps” – POP EVIL

#10 –  “Gravity” – PAPA ROACH

#9 –   “Jekyll & Hyde” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 8 –  “The Vengeful One” – DISTURBED

# 7 –   “Misery” – NONPOINT

# 6 –  “Cut The Cord” – SHINEDOWN

# 5 –  “Killpop” – SLIPKNOT

# 4 –   “Better Place” – SAINT ASONIA

# 3 –   “Nobody Praying For Me” – SEETHER

# 2 –   “Jenny” – NOTHING MORE

# 1 –   “Hush” – HELLYEAH

 

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