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Top 10 Metal Albums of 2016

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By Andy Cheung

 

1 – DEATH ANGEL – The Evil Divide

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

 

 

2 – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – Incarnate

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

 

 

3 – ANTHRAX – For All Kings

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

 

 

4 – GOJIRA – Magma

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

 

 

5 – TWELVE FOOT NINJA – Outlier

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

 

 

6 – AMON AMARTH – Jomsviking

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

 

 

7 – OPETH – Sorceress

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

 

 

8 – KATATONIA – The Fall of Hearts

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

 

 

9 – LACUNA COIL – Delirium

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

 

 

10 – SUICIDAL TENDENCIES – World Gone Mad

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

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 11/5/16

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 11/5/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN – Dissociation
      2. JIMI HENDRIX – Machine Gun:  The Filmore East : First Show 12/31/1969
      3. RED FANG – Only Ghosts
      4. ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero
      5. MESHUGGAH – The Violent Sleep Of Reason
      6. SKILLET – Unleashed
      7. DANCE GAVIN DANCE – Mothership
      8. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      9. DISCIPLE – Long Live The Rebels
      10. OPETH – Sorceress
      11. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      12. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
      13. GHOST – Popestar (EP)
      14. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA -Transit Blues
      15. DARKTHRONE – Arctic Thunder

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

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

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

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

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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Music Discovery Monday – 8/15/16

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Music Discovery Monday – 8/15/16

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

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

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

BUMBLEFOOT – “Devil On My Shoulder”

From 2006 to 2014, Bumblefoot was one of the guitarists in Guns N’ Roses.  The lineup received much less fanfare than the current reunited lineup, but it certainly wasn’t due to lack of talent.  Long before joining GNR, Bumblefoot was a prolific solo artist.  His time in the band just helped to raise his profile, a position that he is using to benefit others.

“Devil On My Shoulder” is a single that was released earlier this year.  All proceeds from the song are being donated to Road Recovery (a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping young people battle addiction and other adversities).  They do this by harnessing the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises, and now wish to share their experience, knowledge and resources.

For “Devil On My Shoulder,” Bumblefoot joined forces with vocalist/guitarist Milan Polak,  Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and drummer Thomas Lang.

According to Polak…“the song is about battling your daily demons that could be anything from procrastination to depression to drug abuse, and everything in between.”

At the onset, the pacing of “Devil On My Shoulder” creates a palpable tension, like that of a racing heart.  Polak delivers the meaningful lyrics as if he is singing the story of his life.  The musical framework and the storytelling give the song a classic Queensryche feel, with a hint of Kansas in the vocal harmonies.  From the riffs to the leads, Bumblefoot’s outstanding guitar work shines throughout (as does Polak’s).

It is highly recommended that you watch the lyric video when listening to “Devil On My Shoulder.”
 

 
WHITFORD / ST. HOLMES – “Shapes”

While Joe Perry has gotten plenty of ink about his work with Hollywood Vampires, and Steven Tyler the same for his solo country album, one Aerosmith side project has flown well beneath the radar of many.  As the rhythm guitarist in a band with two larger-than-life figures, Brad Whitford is used to having the spotlight shining brighter on his bandmates.  The same is true for Derek St. Holmes, who has spent his career living in the shadow of Ted Nugent.  This duo, who recorded their first album together 35 years ago, both embrace their “role player” labels.

Whitford explains…“We love the idea of being in a rock band that’s really about the music, not about personalities.  We don’t have to worry about a Steven Tyler or Ted Nugent or anybody else.  We’ve all been guys in a more supporting role in big bands, so an opportunity like this is really rare.”

From the first note of “Shapes,” you can tell that this project is all about delivering the type of blues rock that defined hard rock in the ‘70s.  There is a distinctly raw factor to the song that is both nostalgic and refreshing at the same time.  Straight-forward rock and roll with supremely talented musicians never goes out of style.  What is most amazing about this project is that there was a 35-year gap between their two albums, and only the two named members remain, and yet, there is a cohesive chemistry to their sound that feels like they’ve been playing together all along.
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

INTRONAUT “Fast Worms”

In the realm of progressive metal, there are few bands that can make it interesting enough for the average listener to not get bored.  Los Angeles’s Intronaut makes things interesting by incorporating elements of metalcore, progressive rock and jazz, combining it all into their own unique sound.  From their album The Direction of Last Things, “Fast Worms” is a heavy eclectic tune with weird time signatures and melodic choruses.  Even though their compositions are technical in nature, the song is still musical, with the groove being in the right place at the right time.

 

OPETH – “Sorceress”

Opeth’s album, Sorceress, isn’t due out until September, but being a huge fan of the band, I was excited to hear the title track.  Opeth’s music is progressive, technical and atmospheric.  Every album from this great band has been a different journey, and this song is no exception.  From their death metal beginnings, Opeth has evolved into a progressive metal band over the years.  “Sorceress” is everything that I expected from them.  Unfortunately, the wait to hear the entire album is still two months away.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

EVERGREY – “Distance”

Sweden’s Evergrey returns next month with a new album, The Storm Within.  These veterans of progressive metal have been delivering quality material for over 20 years now, yet still manage to sound fresh and inspired with every new release.  They have perfected a balance of heavy riffs with deep yearning.

 

SERIOUS BLACK – “As Long As I’m Alive”

An all-star lineup of musicians combined forces to bring us one of last year’s best power metal albums, As Daylight Breaks.  They are back with “As Long As I’m Alive,” the first single from their upcoming sophomore album.  The guitars are blazing and Urban Breed (Tad Morose, Bloodbound) is all over those melodic vocals.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

OSION  “All In Vain”

Finland’s Osion is a relatively new band (formed by in 2014).  They fall squarely in the melodic metal genre, with excellent musicianship and a refined production sound.  Bright and energetic, “All in Vain” has plenty of licks and tons of drive generated by the guitar work of Perttu Anttonen and Erkko Joronen.  Rob Lundgren, who seems to be everywhere these days, lends his awesome vocals to the tune.  Looking forward to hearing a lot from this group.

 

SAILING TO NOWHERE – “Sailing To Nowhere”

Italy’s Sailing to Nowhere’s debut album, To The Unknown, was released in October of 2015.  With a Scandinavian metal flavor, you’ll hear terrific driving rhythms, plenty of power, good musicianship and excellent vocals.  Marco Palazzi’s voice reminds me of Robin McCauley; it plays off well against Veronica Bultrini’s vocal accompaniment.  The guitar work of Andrea Lanzillo and Luca Giuliani is first-rate, especially the solos.

 

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 6/30/16

Hard Rock Music Time Machine - Ozzy Osbourne - 2002

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 6/30/16:  The Year – 2002

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.

For this month’s theme, we take a journey back to the year 2002.

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)

Hard Rock Daddy was founded in March of 2013, but you might say that it was “born” in 2002 when I became a father for the first time, a bittersweet moment having lost my father the year before.  The songs that I’ve chosen this week bridge the gap between two years that brought both tragedy and a new outlook on life.  Both songs (which have specific meaning) were released in 2002, and each comes from an album that was released in 2001.

 

OZZY OSBOURNE – “Dreamer” (2002)

Ozzy Osbourne’s eighth studio album, Down To Earth, was released just a month after 9/11.  With the world still in shock and metal still far from the mainstream, this album is one that is under the radar to some degree. “Dreamer” – one of two singles from the album – is a song about Osbourne’s vision for a better world for his children where they were happy and safe.  The Prince Of Darkness refers to this song as his “Imagine” (John Lennon).

Bringing a child into a world that had lost all innocence for me was more than a little daunting.  Having experienced 9/11 in an up-close and visceral way, the thought of raising a child in a post-terrorist America nearly made me forgo the idea altogether.  Ultimately, the choice to proceed as planned ending up giving new meaning to a life that had been filled with confusion and loss.

For numerous reasons, Ozzy Osbourne has been a major part of my personal rock and roll journey, not the least of which is taking my son to see him perform live in concert (he was only 7 at the time).

It’s been nearly 15 years since “Dreamer” was released as a single.  To this day, it still conjures up bittersweet emotions.  In many ways, the song is even more relevant in today’s world of chaos than it was after 9/11.  The dream for a better world continues…
 

 
NICKELBACK – “Too Bad” (2002)

While Ozzy Osbourne’s Down To Earth was released a month after 9/11, Nickelback’s Silver Side Up was released on the same day as the most devastating act of terror on American soil.

“Too Bad” – the second single off of the album – was released in February of 2002, a time when the raw, painful emotions of 9/11 had started to turn to a numbing disbelief.  Although the song has an upbeat, melodic feel, the lyrics address a different kind of hopeless feeling brought on by more typical trials and tribulations of life.

The summer of 2009 was a time period where my family was dealing with our own trials and tribulations during a time of change.  One of the brightest spots of that summer, however, was taking my son to see Nickelback (his first concert) at my favorite venue in the world.

For some reason, this band is often times ridiculed, but they will always have special meaning to me.  For what it’s worth, they put on a hell of a show (albeit less kid-friendly than one would expect).
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

OPETH “Master’s Apprentices” (2002)

I wasn’t sure if 2002 marked the decline or the continuation of Nu Metal, but I’m glad that some of my favorite metal bands were making great music back then.  Case in point: Opeth’s sixth studio album, Deliverance, and this monster of a song, “Master’s Apprentices.”  This song has everything!  Heavy, crunchy guitar chugs? Check.  Double-bass, thrash drumming? Check.  Death metal growls?  Check.  Odd-time signature?  Check.  For good measure, Mikael Akerfeldt even sings clean while the song winds down to a progressive jazzy feel before exploding back to the death metal frenzy.  Seeing Opeth play this song live is a treat and an experience all fans of metal should witness at some point.  And yes, I was one of headbanging fans singing along at their last show.

 

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE “Fixation On The Darkness” (2002)

In 2002, metalcore started coming into the mainstream after being underground for several years.  Being a fan of both the metal and hardcore genres, I was immediately interested in this new mixture (similar to the crossover bands back in the ‘80s).  One of the first metalcore bands to come out around this time was Massachusetts’s Killswitch Engage, with their second album, Alive or Just Breathing.  “Fixation on the Darkness” is chock full of heavy emotional grooves, sing-a-long choruses and a riff that makes you want to move.  This song is a perfect example of metalcore at its finest.  Fronted by Howard Jones (who replaced Jesse Leach after recording this album), this song will have you screaming along and/or breaking something.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

DARIO MOLLO & TONY MARTIN – “Poison Roses” (2002)

Italian guitarist Dario Mollo and ex-Black Sabbath singer Tony Martin teamed up in the late ‘90s to bring us a tour de force of melodic metal with The Cage.  The project was so well-received by fans that they teamed up a few years later for The Cage II, which included this reproachful masterpiece.  They would team up again ten years later, in 2012, for a third installment.  All three albums are highly recommended.

 

PRIMAL FEAR – “Silence” (2002)

Ralf Scheepers should have been the replacement for Rob Halford when Judas Priest parted ways with him in 1996.  Tim “Ripper” Owens is also an amazing singer, but Scheepers’s vocals were a perfect fit for Priest.  Instead, Scheepers would go on the following year to team up with bassist/vocalist Matt Sinner to found power metal giants Primal Fear, and never look back. This powerful selection comes from their 2002 album, Black Sun.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

DIO – “Along Comes A Spider” (2002)

2002 saw the ninth studio album from Dio, Killing the Dragon.  The dragon in this case was a symbol of technology.  Dio was concerned for its misuse to perpetrate injustice, and warned that it could keep people enslaved.  “Along Comes A Spider” warns not to let this sneak up on you if you only hear and don’t listen.  This was the first album with Doug Aldrich (Burning Rain, Whitesnake).  There are plenty of thick riffs, zesty licks and terrific solos throughout the song.  Mainstays Jimmy Bain (bass) and Simon Wright (drums) rounded out the lineup of the band on this underrated album (which was produced by RJD).

 

W.A.S.P – “Shadow Man” (2002)

In their 20th year together, Blackie Lawless’ W.A.S.P. cranked out their 10th album.  2002’s Dying For the World was Blackie’s dedication to the victims of 9/11.  The album was produced from start to finish in less than a year, which is uncharacteristic for Lawless who usually takes years to perfect an album.  The album’s lead song, “Shadow Man,” is a driving, mid-tempo track that features Lawless’ signature rasp and growl vocals and infectious rhythm, plus plenty of hot guitar licks throughout from guitarist Darrell Roberts.

 

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 5/19/16

Hard Rock Music Time Machine - Rainbow - DIO

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 5/19/16

Each Thursday, Hard Rock Music Time Machine takes a journey back in time to feature a variety of songs that date back as far as the ’70s, the ’80s (the glory days of hard rock), hidden gems of the ’90s and hard rock/metal songs of the new millennium (as recent as a few years ago).

Whenever possible, it will also contain interviews from featured artists discussing the inspiration and meaning behind their songs.   On the last Thursday of each month, we will be doing special themes that feature songs based on specific categories or years.

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

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

RAINBOW – “Starstruck” (1976)

For the better part of my youth, Rainbow was my favorite band.  Ironically, I didn’t truly discover them until they were on their third singer (Joe Lynn Turner).  From the moment that I heard Difficult To Cure, I was hooked.  I immediately went out and bought the entire back catalog on vinyl, and fell in love with all of the Ronnie James Dio albums, which included Rising (still my favorite album cover of all-time).

This past week marked two momentous occasions, one happy and nostalgic, the other bittersweet and mournful.

May 17th was the 40th anniversary of the release of Rising.  Listening back to this timeless  classic, I found myself thinking back to a fateful day in 1996, when I had the chance to hang out with RJD (one of my childhood heroes) at his record release party for the Dio album, Angry Machines (read full story).  It is, to this day, one of the greatest rock and roll experiences that I’ve ever had.

If ever there was an appropriate song title for meeting one of your idols, “Starstruck” is it.  I admit that I was a bit “starstruck” when we first said hello, but after a few drinks at the bar and a lengthy music discussion, I felt like I was reminiscing with an old friend.  It was my only chance to meet RJD, but it left a lasting impression on me.

Needless to say, RJD’s passing (which occurred on 5/16/10) was incredibly devastating for me (as it was for millions of other heavy metal fans).  He was a star in every sense of the word, but his true magic was his gratitude, humility and ability to make you feel like a friend.

“Starstruck” is one of the more well-known songs on Rising, but it seemed like an excellent choice to honor someone whose contributions to heavy metal are immeasurable.
 

 
RAINBOW – “A Light In The Black” (1976)

If Rising was released today, it would likely fall under the category of “EP.”  The album only featured six songs, but two of them were over eight minutes long, including the album closer, “A Light In The Black.”  Songs this long typically don’t get much (if any) radio play, so this track is something of a hidden gem for those who are not die-hard Rainbow fans.  The vocal parts are very straight-forward, and yet, incredibly haunting and powerful.  Ritchie Blackmore’s riffing over a locomotive rhythm section takes up the majority of the song, but it’s RJD’s vocals that bring the song to life.  Not surprisingly, the lyrics are a bit cryptic and mystical, but it can be interpreted as someone going to meet their maker…an eerie foreshadowing of his ultimate demise, which occurred decades later.

R.I.P. RJD! \m/\m/
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

KING DIAMOND “Welcome Home” (1988)

King Diamond used to scare the crap out of me when I was younger, with his satanic face paint, upside down crosses, and evil, macabre lyrical content.  As I got older, I learned to look past all of the theatrics, and appreciate his songwriting, imagery and overall great musicianship of everyone in his band.  “Welcome Home” – from King Diamond’s third album, Them – was one of the songs that exhibited all that and more.  Whether it’s King Diamond’s screeching falsetto, Andy LaRocque’s guitar virtuosity, or Mikkey Dee’s drumming, Them will live on as one of King Diamond’s classic albums of all time. 

 

OPETH  “The Grand Conjuration” (2005)

Ghost Reveries (Opeth’s eighth studio album) has always been one of my favorite albums by the band.  “The Grand Conjuration” sums up pretty much every reason that I feel that way. Maybe it was the mood setting during the verses exploding into the heaviness of the main second verse; maybe it was the imagery; maybe it was the odd time signature of Gene Hoglan’s drumming during the heavy parts of the song.  It’s just a damn good song overall.  The rest of the album doesn’t disappoint either.  I took my son to see these guys play this album in its entirety, and he was blown away as much as I was.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

BURNING RAIN – “Our Time Is Gonna Come” (2013)

Burning Rain features founding members Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio, Dead Daisies) on guitar and Keith St. John (Montrose, X-Drive, Gunzo) on vocals.  They put out two amazing albums in 1999 and 2000, before taking a long break while pursuing other projects.  Their 2013 return was well worth the wait.  Epic Obsession lives up to its name, with a hard-driving and addictive lineup of songs filled with groove and melody, and a couple of amazing ballads as well. They wrapped up the album with a killer version of “Kashmir, but that Led Zeppelin vibe was already front and center on some earlier songs, like this haunting selection.

 

SAHARA RAIN  “Black Gold” (2009)

Sahara Rain is a melodic rock band out of Switzerland who debuted in 2009 with the album Sand In Your Hands. There is a warmth to the vocals, a yearning in the guitar work, and some subtle keyboards as melodies are built up in layers to satisfying choruses.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

SIGNUM REGIS – “Field Of Stars” (2007)

“Fields of Stars” is the first track from the eponymous debut album of Slovakia’s Signum Regis.  Standouts are the guitar licks, intricate fret-work and solos, along with terrific vocals.

 

PRETTY MAIDS – “Tortured Spirit” (2000)

Here’s a great track from Denmark’s Pretty Maids from the mid-point of the band’s career.   Their tried and true heavy metal sound is anchored by lead singer Ronnie Atkins.  “Tortured Spirit” is a great all-around track, with a thick rhythm and a tremendous, memorable refrain.

 

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 9/27/14

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 9/27/14.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. ***Click on the hyperlinked titles to read full album reviews***

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

    1. IN FLAMES – Siren Charms
    2. DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 – The Physical World
    3. GODSMACK – 1000hp
    4. EMAROSA – Versus
    5. QUEEN – Live At Rainbow ’74- Sold Out
    6. LINKIN PARK – The Hunting Party
    7. OPETH – Pale Communion
    8. TY SEGALL – Manipulator
    9. SEETHER – Isolate And Medicate
    10. THEORY OF A DEADMAN – Savages
    11. RISE AGAINST – The Black Market
    12. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – Hail To The King
    13. ROYAL BLOOD – Royal Blood
    14. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 1
    15. THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH – Oxygen: Inhale

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 9/20/14

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 9/20/14.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. ***Click on the hyperlinked titles to read full album reviews***

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

    1. THE COLOR MORALE – Hold On Pain Ends
    2. GODSMACK – 1000hp
    3. LINKIN PARK – The Hunting Party
    4. RISE AGAINST – The Black Market
    5. OPETH – Pale Communion
    6. POLYPHIA – Muse
    7. THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH – Oxygen: Inhale
    8. THEORY OF A DEADMAN – Savages
    9. TY SEGALL – Manipulator
    10. CODE ORANGE – I Am King
    11. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – Hail To The King
    12. ROYAL BLOOD – Royal Blood
    13. SEETHER – Isolate And Medicate
    14. ACE FREHLEY – Space Invader
    15. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 2

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 9/13/14

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 9/13/14.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. ***Click on the hyperlinked titles to read full album reviews***

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

    1. THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH – Oxygen: Inhale
    2. OPETH – Pale Communion
    3. ROYAL BLOOD – Royal Blood
    4. GODSMACK – 1000hp
    5. TY SEGALL – Manipulator
    6. AMY LEE Featuring DAVE EGGAR – War Story: Aftermath – Music From And Inspired By The Film (Soundtrack)
    7. ACE FREHLEY – Space Invader
    8. LINKIN PARK – The Hunting Party
    9. RISE AGAINST – The Black Market
    10. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – Hail To The King
    11. THEORY OF A DEADMAN – Savages
    12. FAMOUS LAST WORDS – Council Of The Dead
    13. SEETHER – Isolate And Medicate
    14. JEFF LaBAR – One For The Road (EP)
    15. ACCEPT – Blind Rage

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