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Music Discovery Monday – 1/16/17

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Music Discovery Monday – 1/16/17

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)

AS LIONS – “Bury My Dead”

Children of highly accomplished people in any field take a risk when they follow in the same footsteps of parents that have achieved great success (especially those that are household names).  I must admit that had I known that Bruce Dickinson’s son Austin was the frontman of As Lions, it would have inspired me to check out the band.  However, I only discovered the familial connection after being instantly drawn to “Bury My Dead” as soon as it came on the Octane, and then doing follow-up research about the band.

While Austin followed in his father’s larger-than-life footsteps, he is to be commended for doing his own thing, with his own sound, in a band that doesn’t even remotely resemble Iron Maiden.  As Lions more than stand on their own as a band that blends a variety of influences to develop a sound that is an ideal fit for today’s active rock scene.

Many younger bands strive to just become relevant, but the one thing that may have been passed down from one rock generation to another is the desire to be much more than relevant.  From the beginning, the band has had high aspirations.  According to their bio…“We had a mission statement to each other and to the music.  And that was to create the biggest, baddest, hard rock we could, and on an almost cinematic scale.”

If “Bury My Dead” is an indication of what’s to come from As Lions, their goal certainly seems attainable.
 

 
NIGHT RANGER – “Somehow Someway”
The opening notes of Night Ranger’s latest single, “Somehow Someway,” have a classic Motley Crue vibe before transitioning back into the more melodic, AOR sound that they have become known for since they began 35 years ago.  Nicely blended into the song is a Journey influence on some of the vocal runs and the harmonies.  It’s fitting that L.A. is mentioned in the song, as it was once the hub for melodic hard rock.  Some people may classify this incredible, feel-good song as “nostalgic,” but I’d prefer to call it timeless.  If you have an appreciation for musicianship, melody and harmonies, you’re going to love this track as much as you did the early work that turned you on to Night Ranger in the first place.
 

 

 

ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

SOEN – “Sectarian”

Being a fan of original Opeth drummer Martin Lopez, I was thrilled to hear a new Soen single from their upcoming new album, Lykaia.  Much like Opeth, Soen is progressive metal at its finest.  It combines the drumming chops of Lopez with the style of metal he excels at; progressive, heavy, and intricate.  Borrowing his influential playing from Opeth (with a Tool-esque sound), Soen soars to new heights with a great first single.  I am excited to hear the rest of the album when it is released.

 

WHITECHAPEL – “Mark of the Blade”

Deathcore titans Whitechapel returned in 2016 with a new album, Mark of the Blade.  Fans of the deathcore genre will find this album a pleasing saga of the continuation of the Whitechapel sound.  Typically, the band screams and growls through every song with a frenzy, but this album boasts some clean vocals by lead singer Phil Bozeman.  The band also features three guitar players to add to the chaos of heavy, fast riffing.  You want chaos with death metal vocals?  Whitechapel is your band.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

HEVIDENCE – “Dig in the Night”

Hevidence produces melodic metal with virtuoso guitar work that shifts effortlessly between neoclassical speed and classic rock.  Guitarist Diego Reali and his brother Stef founded the band Evidence in 2010 and released their debut album the following year.  They’ve since changed the name slightly and switched out some band members, returning with their second album, Nobody’s Fault.

 

NITERAIN – “Don’t Fade Away”

This Norwegian glam metal band’s debut album, Crossfire, was a hit with critics and fans in 2013.  They returned in late 2016 with their sophomore effort, Vendetta, and have crafted another fun melodic album with heavy Motley Crue influences.  This catchy number is one of the more laid back tracks (and the lone ballad on the album), with a chorus that really stays in your head long after the last note is played.

 

SUBMISSIONS

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 1/7/17

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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.

 

JUST PUBLISHED!

TOP 100 HARD ROCK SONGS OF 2016

TOP 50 ACTIVE ROCK SONGS OF 2016 (by spins)

 2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q4

 
The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 1/7/17.  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 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 2052
2 2 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1976
3 3 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1803
4 4 METALLICA “Atlas, Rise!” 1760
5 5 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 1701
6 6 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 1655
7 7 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 1388
8 8 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 1240
9 9 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 926
10 11 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 912
11 14 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 805
12 13 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 795
13 12 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 767
14 15 KORN “Take Me” 751
15 17 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 645
16 18 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 630
17 19 STARSET “Monster” 582
18 21 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 570
19 20 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 554
20 22 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 502
21 23 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 481
22 24 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die” 431
23 28 PRETTY RECKLESS “Oh My God” 379
24 26 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 334
25 27 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 330
26 29 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 310
27 30 ADELITA’S WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)” 302
28 31 AVATAR “Night Never Ending” 263
29 38 BLEEKER “Highway” 252
30 32 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 252
31 33 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Breaking Now” 239
32 37 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 225
33 35 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 217
34 36 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 215
35 41 BADFLOWER “Animal” 195
36 40 METALLICA “Hardwired” 178
37 39 ONE LESS REASON “Break Me” 163
38 42 3 DOORS DOWN “The Broken” 141
39 43 NONPOINT “Divided…Conquer Them” 118
40 44 LAMB OF GOD “The Duke” 114
41 47 CROWN THE EMPIRE “Weight Of The World” 108
42 46 DOROTHY “Dark Nights” 106
43 48 THREE DAYS GRACE “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” 101
44 49 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Heavydirtysoul” 98
45 45 SYLAR “Dark Daze” 96
46 52 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Stressed Out” 93
47 54 K.FLAY “Blood In The Cut” 92
48 50 AFI “White Offerings” 86
49 53 OTEP “Royals” 84
50 57 LIKE A STORM “Pure Evil” 82

 

 

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

HALESTORM – “Still Of The Night”

Halestorm takes some recent trends (hard rock cover songs and a classic rock revival) and knocks it out of the park with their balls-to-the-wall interpretation of Whitesnake’s “Still Of The Night.”  There are a lot of powerful female vocalists out these days, but Lzzy Hale is on another level.  With a sexiness that rivals Hollywood actresses, a vocal delivery that stands toe-to-toe with the legendary voices of classic rock and an ability to appeal to rock fans across the generations, Hale is a unique talent.  Like many bands these days, Halestorm releases EPs so that they always have fresh material and can stay out on the road.  However, Halestorm is the only band that has created a recurring series of cover EPs (ReAniMate).  “Still Of The Night” is off of the latest installment (3.0).  Back in the ’80s, girls wanted to be with David Coverdale and guys wanted to be him.  Fast forward three decades, and Hale has reversed that trend (although you have to imagine that she has her fair share of female suitors).  As usual, Hale and company have delivered a kickass cover that pays homage to the original while making it their own.
 

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

2017 begins as 2016 ended – with Highly Suspect’s “My Names Is Human” sitting on top once again (despite a moderate decline in spins).  Ghost closed the gap with a moderate gain in spins, but even a replication of this week will not be enough to reach the top.  At this point, the only prediction that can be made is that radio should get back to work, because it still looks like things are on autopilot.  Here’s another prediction far from the top…Twenty One Pilots will see the return of “Stressed Out” fall off the chart once again (where it belongs).  There is absolutely no rationale for the song coming back onto the chart again long after it made its run.  If you read this column regularly, you know our feelings about the band even being on the chart in the first place.
 

 

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…

HALESTORM “Still Of The Night”

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

SHALLOW SIDE“Renegade”

ART OF DYING“Torn Down”

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Heart Of War”

BLACKLITE DISTRICT“Broken Souls”

CHRYSALIS – “My Eternity”

MEMPHIS MAY FIRE“This Light I Hold”

 

DROP IT…

Twenty One Pilots“Stressed Out”

Twenty One Pilots“Heavydirtysoul”

K-Flay“Blood In The Cut”

Head & The Heart“All We Ever Knew”

Kings Of Leon“Waste A Moment”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

Metallica“Hardwired”

Green Day – “Bang Bang”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

The beat goes on (and on and on) for Highly Suspect on top of the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart for an eighth consecutive week. Ghost and Volbeat remain second and third for their sixth straight week in those spots.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Breaking Benjamin slips into the Top 10…

The only new entry in the Top 20 is from Pop Evil

Bleeker makes a big jump into the Top 30, Avatar rises into that tier as well…

Returning to the Top 40 this week is Badflower.  Three other songs reach that strata despite having fewer spins than the week before….

There are four songs arriving in the Top 50 this week but the most interesting (and puzzling) case might be the Twenty One Pilots track that returns after nearly a year’s absence, having spent 13 weeks on the chart previously starting as far back as November 2014.
 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Green Day“Still Breathing”

Pretty Reckless“Oh My God”

Bleeker“Highway”

 

FALLING

A Day To Remember“Naivety”

One Less Reason“Break Me”

Sylar“Dark Daze”
 

 

 TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

Yes, Active Rock radio has resorted to recycling songs that ran their course over a year ago. It’s reaching the point that I can’t really even try to explain some of the things that happen without the use of very strong language.   Since I’m trying to avoid that, I’m uncharacteristically at a loss for words.
 

 

WRAP-UP

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

Top 50 Active Rock Songs of 2016 (by spins)

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It’s been proven once again this year that Active Rock radio has a handful of favorite artists that are virtually guaranteed airplay whenever a single is released.  While most of these artists are household names in Active Rock, a few newer artists have risen to this level.  A dozen artists accounted for more than half of the Top 50 Active Rock Songs of 2016. The disturbing trend of “wasted spins” on artists/songs that don’t fit the format continues to grow, and there seems to be no end in sight.

It should be noted that this recap is based solely on spin totals, not editorial opinion.  To see the songs chosen by Hard Rock Daddy, check back later in the week when the Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2016 list is published.

Using the actual spins that each song received while featured in the Top 50 of the Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by AllAccess.com), Hard Rock Daddy’s HRD Radio Report ranks the Top 50 Active Rock Songs of 2016 (below).

Active Rock fans should also check out the Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2016.

 

NEW FEATURE!

Below the chart, you will find a YouTube playlist featuring the Top 50 Active Rock Songs of 2016 (by spins). This playlist is also featured on Hard Rock Daddy’s YouTube channel – Hard Rock Daddy Network.

RANK ARTIST SONG TITLE TOP 50 SPINS
1 VOLBEAT “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” 35,767
2 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Dark Necessities” 32,532
3 PRETTY RECKLESS “Take Me Down” 31,920
4 DISTURBED “The Sound Of Silence” 30,330
5 SHINEDOWN “Asking For It” 28,241
6 GREEN DAY “Bang Bang” 28,041
7 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 28,030
8 CHEVELLE “Joyride” 27,926
9 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Happy Song” 26,440
10 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 25,106
11 SKILLET “Feel Invincible” 24,957
12 RED SUN RISING “Emotionless” 24,584
13 3 DOORS DOWN “In The Dark” 23,539
14 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize” 23,508
15 SHINEDOWN “State Of My Head” 23,461
16 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 23,256
17 SIXX: A.M. “Rise” 22,589
18 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “My Nemesis” 22,499
19 MUSE “Reapers” 22,235
20 POP EVIL “Take It All” 22,170
21 GHOST “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” 21,673
22 KORN “Rotting In Vain” 19,002
23 GHOST “Square Hammer” 18,992
24 METALLICA “Hardwired” 18,554
25 FOO FIGHTERS “Saint Cecilia” 18,389
26 POP EVIL “Ways To Get High” 18,342
27 BLINK-182 “Bored To Death” 17,663
28 THRICE “Black Honey” 17,455
29 PAPA ROACH “Falling Apart” 17,273
30 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Paranoia” 16,872
31 HALESTORM “Mayhem” 16,037
32 3 DOORS DOWN “Still Alive” 15,702
33 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 15,592
34 DEFTONES “Phantom Bride” 15,107
35 NOTHING MORE “Here’s To The Heartache” 14,934
36 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 14,850
37 HELLYEAH “I Don’t Care Anymore” 14,444
38 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Here I Am” 13,198
39 DEFTONES “Prayers/Triangles” 13,146
40 PROPHETS OF RAGE “Prophets Of Rage” 12,876
41 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Through It All” 12,762
42 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 12,740
43 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wash It All Away” 12,538
44 HOLY WHITE HOUNDS “Switchblade” 12,417
45 DISTURBED “The Light” 11,834
46 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Bloodfeather” 11,832
47 ROB ZOMBIE “Get High” 11,803
48 HELLYEAH “Human” 11,772
49 KALEO “No Good” 11,568
50 SICK PUPPIES “Stick To Your Guns” 11,311

 

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 12/31/16

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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.

 

JUST PUBLISHED!

 2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q4

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 12/31/16.  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 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 2080
2 2 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1943
3 3 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1821
4 4 METALLICA “Atlas,Rise!” 1761
5 6 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 1647
6 5 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 1644
7 7 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 1360
8 8 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 1212
9 9 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 935
10 10 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize” 885
11 11 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 865
12 12 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 830
13 13 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 786
14 14 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 756
15 15 KORN “Take Me” 732
16 16 DINOSAUR PILE-UP “11:11” 618
17 17 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 605
18 18 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 588
19 20 STARSET “Monster” 562
20 19 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 561
21 21 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 548
22 22 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 517
23 23 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 496
24 24 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die” 435
25 25 GREEN DAY “Bang Bang” 351
26 27 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 337
27 26 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 312
28 28 PRETTY RECKLESS Oh My God 299
29 29 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 287
30 30 ADELITAS WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace) 263
31 31 AVATAR “Night Never” 252
32 32 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 245
33 34 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Breaking Now” 234
34 33 ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader” 234
35 36 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 225
36 35 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 214
37 37 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 213
38 38 BLEEKER “Highway” 208
39 39 ONE LESS REASON “Break Me” 181
40 41 METALLICA “Hardwired” 177
41 40 BADFLOWER “Animal” 171
42 42 3 DOORS DOWN “The Broken” 153
43 43 NONPOINT “Divided..Conquer Them” 125
44 44 LAMB OF GOD “The Duke” 123
45 45 SYLAR “Dark Daze” 116
46 51 DOROTHY “Dark Nights” 110
47 50 CROWN THE EMPIRE “Weight Of The World” 106
48 48 THREE DAYS GRACE “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” 100
49 52 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Heavydirtysoul” 92
50 54 AFI “White Offerings” 86

 

 

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

DOROTHY – “Dark Nights”

One of the most unique new artists to arrive on the rock scene in recent times is Dorothy.  This is the type of band that is desperately needed to keep things fresh on Active Rock radio.  If you’ve listened to any of their music, you know that they are blazing their own trail, not writing songs to travel down the road already paved by others.  Other bands have infused a Led Zeppelin influence into their music as of late, but none of have done it with the sexy swagger that Dorothy brings to the table.  It remains to be seen if they will get enough support to make a run to the top of the chart, but with “Dark Nights,” this band once again proves that they are a force to be reckoned with in the coming year.
 

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

Predictions are fairly useless this week, given that it looks like Active Rock Radio stations are mostly on auto-pilot.  Highly Suspect finishes 2016 strong, but should be challenged in the coming weeks once people actually get back to work.  Stay tuned…
 

 

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”

HALESTORM “Still Of The Night”

SHALLOW SIDE“Renegade”

BLACKLITE DISTRICT“Broken Souls”

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Heart Of War”

9Electric – “The Damaged Ones”

FLAW“Fatal Fall”

CHRYSALIS – “My Eternity”

 

DROP IT…

Twenty One Pilots“Heavydirtysoul”

Head & The Heart“All We Ever Knew”

Dinosaur Pile-Up “11:11”

Kings Of Leon“Waste A Moment”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

Disturbed “Open Your Eyes”

Metallica“Hardwired”

Five Finger Death Punch“I Apologize”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Highly Suspect rides out 2016 in the top spot on the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart. Ghost and Volbeat remain second and third with charts as frozen as I can recall.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

How frozen were active rock stations between the holidays?  The top 45 songs are all the same as last week, with no song among them gaining or losing more than a single position in the chart.

Dorothy returns to the Top 50 with “Dark Nights,” and AFI breaks into the published chart in the final spot with “White Offerings,”
 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Shinedown“How Did You Love”

Breaking Benjamin“Never Again”

Starset“Monster”

 

FALLING

Five Finger Death Punch“I Apologize”

Dinosaur Pile-Up – “11:11”

Sick Puppies – “Where Do I Begin”
 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

It’s a dead week for radio, for most artists, for record labels and promotion companies.   Can’t really be too critical of the stuck-on-hold approach because of that, although I believe it does highlight the lack of initiative that plagues many stations today.

 

WRAP-UP

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

2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q4

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Hard Rock Daddy’s HRD Radio Report provides a weekly look at the Top 50 songs on the Mediabase Active Rock Chart.  Using the actual spins that each song in the Top 50 has received in the fourth quarter of 2016, we have compiled a ranking of the songs by spin totals.  It should be noted that this recap is based solely on spin totals, not editorial opinion.  Below the Top 50 Active Rock songs of the fourth quarter of 2016, you will find the Top 15 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown songs for the same time period.

Q4 RANK ARTIST SONG TITLE TOP 50 SPINS
1 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 23,903
2 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 20,800
3 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 20,573
4 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize” 18,798
5 GHOST “Square Hammer” 18,793
6 PRETTY RECKLESS “Take Me Down” 17,466
7 GREEN DAY “Bang Bang” 16,243
8 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 14,850
9 SKILLET “Feel Invincible” 13,907
10 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 12,985
11 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 12,740
12 METALLICA “Atlas,Rise!” 11,270
13 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 10,409
14 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 9,748
15 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 8,805
16 THRICE “Black Honey” 8,629
17 METALLICA “Hardwired” 8,494
18 DINOSAUR PILE-UP “11:11” 8,443
19 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 8,135
20 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 7,844
21 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 7,738
22 KORN “Rotting In Vain” 7,149
23 ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader” 7,143
24 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 6,583
25 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 5,827
26 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die” 5,665
27 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 5,665
28 HELLYEAH “I Don’t Care Anymore” 4,927
29 KORN “Take Me” 4,639
30 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 4,099
31 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 3,943
32 SIXX:A.M. “Prayers For The Damned” 3,839
33 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 3,781
34 PROPHETS OF RAGE “Prophets Of Rage” 3,579
35 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Heathens” 3,468
36 CITIZEN ZERO “Go (Let Me Save You)” 3,303
37 STARSET “Monster” 3,230
38 KORN “Rotting In Vain” 3,216
39 KALEO “Way Down We Go” 3,091
40 ONE LESS REASON “Break Me” 3,054
41 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 3,054
42 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 2,408
43 ADELITA’S WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)” 2,363
44 DEFTONES “Phantom Bride” 2,090
45 AVATAR “Night Never” 1,993
46 ZAKK WYLDE (f. COREY TAYLOR) “Sleeping Dogs” 1,960
47 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Push” 1,798
48 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 1,778
49 3 DOORS DOWN “Still Alive” 1,763
50 TRAPT “It’s Over” 1,723

 

Because SiriusXM’s Octane is the most influential Active Rock station in the country, we are also including the Top 15 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown songs of the fourth quarter of 2016.  This recap was compiled using a unique ranking system created by Hard Rock Daddy. This ranking system is based on a formula that awards points for each position on the weekly countdown. Like the Active Rock Chart, these rankings are based solely on numbers, not editorial opinion.

Q4 RANK ARTIST SONG TITLE
1 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die”
2 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human”
3 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love”
4 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage”
5 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize”
6 I PREVAIL “Stuck In Your Head”
7 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Push”
8 METALLICA “Atlas,Rise!”
9 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal”
10 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame”
11 GHOST “Square Hammer”
12 KORN “Rotting In Vain”
13 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again”
14 KORN “Take Me”
15 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes”

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2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q2

2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q1

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 12/24/16

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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 12/24/16.  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 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 2081
2 2 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1950
3 3 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1796
4 4 METALLICA “Atlas,Rise!” 1733
5 5 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 1622
6 6 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 1614
7 7 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 1315
8 8 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 1229
9 10 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 953
10 9 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize” 932
11 12 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 832
12 11 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 832
13 13 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 792
14 14 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 756
15 16 KORN “Take Me” 720
16 15 DINOSAUR PILE-UP “11:11” 644
17 19 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 600
18 18 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 597
19 17 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 548
20 22 STARSET “Monster” 533
21 20 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 529
22 21 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 525
23 23 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 498
24 24 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die” 419
25 25 GREEN DAY “Bang Bang” 353
26 28 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 326
27 27 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 326
28 40 PRETTY RECKLESS Oh My God 303
29 29 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 287
30 30 ADELITAS WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace) 275
31 31 AVATAR “Night Never” 248
32 33 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 237
33 26 ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader” 234
34 34 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Breaking Now” 224
35 37 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 221
36 35 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 212
37 36 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 212
38 39 BLEEKER “Highway” 201
39 32 ONE LESS REASON “Break Me” 184
40 42 BADFLOWER “Animal” 173
41 38 METALLICA “Hardwired” 171
42 41 3 DOORS DOWN “The Broken” 147
43 44 NONPOINT “Divided..Conquer Them” 135
44 46 LAMB OF GOD “The Duke” 116
45 43 SYLAR “Dark Daze” 108
46 60 HALESTORM “Mistress For Christmas” 99
47 50 JUDAH & THE LION “Take It All Back” 99
48 45 THREE DAYS GRACE “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” 99
49 49 SEASONS AFTER “Fighter” 95
50 52 CROWN THE EMPIRE “Weight Of The World” 94

 

 

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

THE PRETTY RECKLESS – “Oh My God”

It’s easy to see why radio jumped the gun on adding “Oh My God” – the latest single from The Pretty Reckless – to their playlists.  Although it wasn’t officially going for adds until January 3rd, a handful of stations couldn’t wait until then.  It doesn’t take much these days to crack the Top 50, so any song with a little backing and momentum can make the cut.  Of course, this is usually reserved for established bands that have already proven their mettle in the format.  The Pretty Reckless definitely fits that bill, and the beauty is that they don’t have to “taylor” their songs to sound like typical Active Rock.  “Oh My God” opens with a dirty, distorted riff that is reminiscent of Rush’s “Passage To Bangkok,” before shifting to an upbeat, aggressive punk-infused rhythm, and Taylor Momsen’s distinct vocals.  This song will undoubtedly ascend to the top of the chart sooner rather than later, and should battle for #1 in the first quarter of 2017.
 

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

As predicted last week, it looks like Highly Suspect will ride out 2016 on top.  Their spin count lead is still over 130, and there doesn’t seem to be any momentum from anyone in the rear view mirror.  With the world in holiday mode, it’s hard to envision a scenario where there is a change at the top in the final chart next week.  “My Name Is Human” was also #1 on the Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2016.
 

 

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…

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Heart Of War”

SHALLOW SIDE“Renegade”

OTEP“Royals”

VARNA“Survival Of The Fittest”

BLACKLITE DISTRICT“Broken Souls”

9Electric – “The Damaged Ones”

CHRYSALIS – “My Eternity”

AFI“White Offerings”

 

DROP IT…

Dinosaur Pile-Up “11:11”

Kings Of Leon“Waste A Moment”

Judah & The Lion“Take It All Back”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

Disturbed “Open Your Eyes”

Metallica“Hardwired”

Five Finger Death Punch“I Apologize”

Green Day“Bang Bang”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Highly Suspect extends their streak atop the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart to six weeks.  Ghost and Volbeat remain second and third as the charts grind largely to a Yuletide halt.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

No changes in the Top 10 songs (top 8 even has the same order).

Starset joins the Top 20…

Pretty Reckless was the only Top 40 debut last week, the only Top 30 breakthrough this week…

Badflower peeks into the Top 40, the lone new arrival…

Halestorm gets holiday airplay for a novelty cover, leaving Crown The Empire with the only Top 50 debut this week that has potential for the coming new year.
 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Metallica“Atlas, Rise”

Green Day“Still Breathing”

The Pretty Reckless – “Oh My God”

 

FALLING

Five Finger Death Punch“I Apologize”

Disturbed – “Open Your Eyes”

Kings Of Leon “Waste A Moment”
 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

2016 looks to be ending with a whimper, rather than a bang, which is (unfortunately) pretty appropriate.

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 12/26/16

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Music Discovery Monday – 12/26/16

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)

W.A.S.P. – “Scream”

As 2016 comes to an end, and the year-end top song list is being worked on, I thought that I would take the opportunity to shine a light on some songs from 2015 that may have flown beneath the radar of many hard rock fans.

W.A.S.P. has been a personal favorite band of mine dating back to the ‘80s, due in large part to Blackie Lawless, the band’s larger-than-life founder and frontman who boasts one of the most unique voices in rock or metal.  In my youth, I was also drawn to Lawless’ over-the-top persona, and lyrics that would make biker gangs blush.

Like many artists who have managed to survive all of the changes to the rock genre, Lawless has evolved, although his evolution is more of the personal variety than musical.  If you loved W.A.S.P. back in the day, there is nothing to stop you from feeling the same way about the current sound.  The main difference is that Lawless has found religion as a born again Christian, which has shifted the lyrical focus of his songs away from the shocking debauchery of yesteryear.

“Scream” is the lead track on W.A.S.P.’s 15th studio album, Golgotha, and album that was years in the making, marking the longest gap between albums in the band’s history.  If you missed out on this album, make sure to go back and check it out.

 

 

FATE’S RIGHT BAND – “My World Is Falling”

Although I am constantly in “music discovery mode,” there is simply too much music out there these days to find everything in a timely manner.  Such is the case with a recent discovery, Fate’s Right Band, a 5-piece Swedish rock act that boasts two sets of brothers.  Other than that interesting tidbit, there is very little information available about the band on their site or their Facebook page, but it doesn’t matter.  Great music is great music.

“My World Is Falling” is an upbeat, melodic rocker with a driving rhythm.  The song opens with subdued vocals in the first verse that are in the same vein as David Bowie’s “Heroes,” before launching into pure power metal vocals and shredding guitars throughout.  Listening to this song, you might think that you’ve stumbled upon a basement tape from the ‘80s, when power metal was all the rage (at least in America).  Europe has always had an appreciation for the genre, so this band is more likely to gain traction in their homeland than in the U.S., but that’s more a condemnation of the American rock market than the band itself.
 

 

 

ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

SEPULTURA “I Am The Enemy”

It is refreshing to see older bands continue to perform and record new material.  Case in point, Brazil’s Sepultura.  This longtime running thrash metal band has been going strong since 1984 (minus the original founding members Max and Igor Cavalera).  Even with the departure of founding members, the band has continued their brand of fast-paced, aggressive thrash metal with the vocals of Derrick Green.  From their anticipated 14th new release, Machine Messiah, “I Am The Enemy” is the epitome of Sepultura…political, nihilistic, and aggressive.  Looking forward to hearing the rest of the album.

 

DEATH ANGEL “Lost”

In my opinion, one of the best albums of 2016 was Death Angel’s The Evil Divide.  It’s one of those albums that you can listen to over and over again.  “Lost” shows the genius of Death Angel.  Musicianship, lyrics, delivery…Death Angel excels at all of these and more.  This song almost has a Dio feel, with Mark Oseguada’s vocals soaring over the heavy riffs of Rob Cavestany and Ted Aguilar and the thunderous rhythm section of Will Carroll and Damien Sisson.  This Bay Area band has been around since 1982.  They are one of the top thrash bands that have helped to shape the genre over the years.  Their latest album proves that they are still on top of their game.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

FIREWIND – “Ode To Leonidas”

Greek power metal giants Firewind return in 2017 with their newest album, Immortal (due out January 20th).  From the early releases, they appear to have crafted another album with the heavy harmonies and blistering guitars that made them famous.  In this epic piece, they pay homage to Leonidas, the Spartan warrior king who fell at Thermopylae, celebrated in tales told through the ages and more recently in popular culture in the movie 300.  To Leonidas, the Immortals were the elite guard of the Persian army – though the album title more likely refers instead to him and his fellow Spartans.

 

RAVENIA – “We All Died For Honor”

Three years ago, vocalist Armi Päivinen and guitarist Samuli Reinikainen formed the Finnish symphonic metal band Ravenia.  In 2014, the band released the two-track EP, Wingless.  Shortly thereafter, they decided that they wanted to do something more than traditional symphonic metal; they chose to combine their brand of metal with film score music.  The result is their first full-length album, the stirring and haunting Beyond The Walls of Death.

 

SUBMISSIONS

To be considered for Music Discovery Monday, please e-mail a link to the song being submitted on YouTube and an artist bio to – submissions@MusicDiscoveryMonday.com

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 12/17/16

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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 12/17/16.  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 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 2133
2 2 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1927
3 3 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1780
4 5 METALLICA “Atlas,Rise!” 1674
5 4 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 1629
6 8 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 1579
7 10 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 1225
8 9 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 1183
9 6 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize” 1173
10 7 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 1052
11 11 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 823
12 3 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 763
13 14 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 762
14 15 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 757
15 12 DINOSAUR PILE-UP “11:11” 704
16 17 KORN “Take Me” 695
17 16 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 640
18 18 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 605
19 25 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 583
20 21 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 555
21 22 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 546
22 24 STARSET “Monster” 514
23 19 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 497
24 26 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die” 427
25 20 GREEN DAY “Bang Bang” 414
26 23 ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader” 321
27 28 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 310
28 30 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 293
29 29 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 281
30 33 ADELITAS WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace) 264
31 34 AVATAR “Night Never” 249
32 32 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 243
33 31 ONE LESS REASON “Break Me” 239
34 39 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Breaking Now” 200
35 38 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 199
36 35 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 199
37 37 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 193
38 36 METALLICA “Hardwired” 186
39 40 BLEEKER “Highway” 176
40 53 PRETTY RECKLESS Oh My God 168
41 42 3 DOORS DOWN “The Broken” 163
42 43 BADFLOWER “Animal” 159
43 41 SYLAR “Dark Daze” 159
44 44 JUDAH & THE LION “Take It All Back” 138
45 47 NONPOINT “Divided..Conquer Them” 134
46 48 THREE DAYS GRACE “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” 125
47 45 LAMB OF GOD “The Duke” 121
48 50 MEMPHIS MAY FIRE “This Light Hold” f/J. Shaddix 98
49 49 DOROTHY “Dark Nights” 95
50 46 HEAD AND THE HEART “All We Ever Knew” 89

 

 

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

SHALLOW SIDE – “Renegade”

You will never hear Styx played on Active Rock radio, but if programmers are smart, you will hear one of their songs being spun in the near future.  Nearly four decades after it was a radio staple, Shallow Side has done a masterful job of reinventing “Renegade,” giving it enough of a modern spin to make it fit the format.  Not only have these Alabama rockers added a haunting vibe that makes you really think about the meaning behind the lyrics, but they’ve also infused this cover with a southern rock flair that is both unexpected and appreciated.  Shallow Side has kept the bones of the original intact, but has made “Renegade” their own with some surprising twists and turns and a groove that adds another layer of depth to the song.  Here’s hoping that this track gets the attention that it deserves once the holiday slowdown ends.

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

Predictions get a bit trickier as the year comes to a close.  Last week, Ghost looked like they had enough momentum with “Square Hammer” to dethrone Highly Suspect this week or next, but the song ran out of steam this week.  “My Name Is Human” had a slight decrease in spins this week, but still maintains a 200+ spin lead.  Anything can happen, but at this point, it looks like Highly Suspect will ride out 2016 on top (unless they have a drastic decline in spins next week, or Ghost suddenly regains its momentum).  Look for a new #1 when 2017 begins.
 

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…

SHALLOW SIDE“Renegade”

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Heart Of War”

BLACKLITE DISTRICT“Broken Souls”

FLAW“Fatal Fall”

9Electric – “The Damaged Ones”

CHRYSALIS – “My Eternity”

CROWN THE EMPIRE“Weight Of The World”

 

DROP IT…

Head & The Heart“All We Ever Knew”

Dinosaur Pile-Up “11:11”

Kings Of Leon“Waste A Moment”

Judah & The Lion“Take It All Back”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

Disturbed “Open Your Eyes”

Metallica“Hardwired”

Five Finger Death Punch“I Apologize”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

The seasonal slowdown means that Highly Suspect makes it to a fifth week atop Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart with hardly any change in spins for the top three.  “My Name Is Human” still leads Ghost and Volbeat with one chart remaining in the calendar year.
 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

No changes in the composition of the Top 10…

Sixx A.M. jumps into the Top 20 on nearly 25% growth in airplay.  Red Hot Chili Peppers climb much more modestly to reach a new tier as well…

Adelita’s Way is the only artist to break into the Top 30 this week…

New to the Top 40 is the second single from the recent Pretty Reckless album (it’s the only new entry in the entire Top 50 for the week).
 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Metallica“Atlas, Rise”

Green Day“Still Breathing”

Shinedown“How Did You Love”

 

FALLING

Five Finger Death Punch“I Apologize”

Disturbed – “Open Your Eyes”

Alter Bridge“Show Me A Leader”
 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

It’s hard to miss the enthusiasm that radio has for “Oh My God,” the next single from Pretty Reckless.  The song wasn’t even targeted for airplay until January 3rd, but a relative handful of stations decided not to wait.  On the one hand I understand – I’d say it’s the best song on the album by a fairly wide margin – but on the other hand, it’s certainly hard to justify rushing to air prematurely with virtually any song right now considering the wide variety of singles still in the mix for those coveted adds.

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 12/19/16

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Music Discovery Monday – 12/19/16

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)

NICKELBACK – “Dirty Laundry”

The band that everyone seems to love to hate has delivered an energetic cover of Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry” that dials the heaviness up a notch and adds a cool groove, while staying fairly true to the original.  It seems fitting that a song about mass media sensationalism and yellow journalism is featured today, as we are reminded about how ineffective the media has become in a world where facts no longer seem to matter.  Critical message aside, this song can still be enjoyed by those who don’t care about the meaning behind the lyrics (provided that you are willing to listen with an open mind to one of the most maligned artists in recent memory).

 

AFFIANCE – “Africa”

There are two ways to approach a hard rock / metal cover song.  Some choose to stay somewhat true to the original, while others choose a different path and infuse a softer song with a heavy dose of adrenaline to make it their own.  Affiance chose the latter with their cover of “Africa” (arguably the most well-known song by Toto).  Those familiar with the original will hear the striking difference from the first note, and realize that “you’re not in Kansas anymore” (Wizard Of Oz reference for our younger readers).
 

 

 

ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

TRIVIUM – “The Storm”

Although this isn’t a new song, it is a new re-mix of the song ,so for those not familiar with Trivium, I present you a “new” song by the band.  “The Storm” was originally featured on Trivium’s first album, Ember to Inferno.  It has now been re-mixed for their new album, Ab Initio.  One of the best songs from their earlier days, fans of the band can hear the progression of the band’s music and vocals.  Matt Heafy’s voice has changed considerably over the years; the music was heavier and thrashier than recent releases.  Keep in mind that the guys in the band were all around the age of 17 when this album first came out.

 

IN FLAMES – “Save Me”

The melodic death metal founders from Gothenburg, Sweden are back with their 12th studio album, Battles.  Their first single from the album – “Save Me” – is classic In Flames (minus the harsher death metal vocals of yesteryear and with a lot more melody).  Older fans may not appreciate the change in direction, but regardless, the band’s attempt at moving forward and changing with the times is welcomed at a time when a lot of metal bands end up sounding the same.  Their melodic death metal roots have transformed the band into an almost melodic metalcore (which for some is not a bad thing at all).
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

DAYRIDE RITUAL – “Breaking Down”

Dayride Ritual assembles a cast of talented Florida musicians for hard rock with an abundance of groove.  Some of the guys have been playing together since they were kids, and the chemistry certainly comes through in the music.  “Breaking Down” is from their new album, Waking up Screaming.

 

WHITE WIDDOW – “Surrender My Heart”

Australian melodic rockers White Widdow return with their fourth album, Silhouette.  They continue to capture that ‘80s vibe with uplifting music delivered in layered harmonies and big, catchy choruses.

SUBMISSIONS

 
To be considered for Music Discovery Monday, please e-mail a link to the song being submitted on YouTube and an artist bio to – submissions@MusicDiscoveryMonday.com

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 12/10/16

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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 12/10/16.  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 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 2174
2 2 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1894
3 3 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1727
4 6 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 1586
5 7 METALLICA “Atlas,Rise!” 1545
6 5 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize” 1516
7 4 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 1329
8 8 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 1315
9 10 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 1112
10 11 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 1075
11 14 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 761
12 3 DINOSAUR PILE-UP “11:11” 743
13 19 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 709
14 16 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 698
15 18 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 695
16 15 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 689
17 23 KORN “Take Me” 600
18 22 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 569
19 17 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 555
20 20 GREEN DAY “Bang Bang” 552
21 24 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 530
22 26 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 507
23 21 ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader” 494
24 29 STARSET “Monster” 468
25 25 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 468
26 27 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die” 425
27 28 KORN “Rotting In Vain” 387
28 30 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 343
29 31 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 285
30 34 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 256
31 32 ONE LESS REASON “Break Me” 250
32 37 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 239
33 36 ADELITAS WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace) 223
34 35 AVATAR “Night Never” 222
35 38 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 197
36 33 METALLICA “Hardwired” 194
37 39 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 192
38 40 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 185
39 42 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Breaking Now” 163
40 41 BLEEKER “Highway” 155
41 44 SYLAR “Dark Daze” 150
42 45 3 DOORS DOWN “The Broken” 143
43 51 BADFLOWER “Animal” 141
44 43 JUDAH & THE LION “Take It All Back” 129
45 46 LAMB OF GOD “The Duke” 123
46 59 HEAD AND THE HEART “All We Ever Knew” 108
47 47 NONPOINT “Divided..Conquer Them” 106
48 48 THREE DAYS GRACE “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” 102
49 49 DOROTHY “Dark Nights” 101
50 50 MEMPHIS MAY FIRE “This Light Hold” f/J. Shaddix 95

 


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

FLAW – “Fatal Fall”

Flaw’s “Fatal Fall” blends a variety of influences, making it one of the more interesting tracks that I’ve listened to recently.  There’s an Active Rock vibe that is reminiscent of bands like Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace, a dissonant darkness that taps into the Alice In Chains vibe, a surprising hint of early Iron Maiden (“Prodigal Son”) and the heavy riffs of early Metallica.  While the song conjures up a number of other artists, the end result is something that is unique, and should find a place on Active Rock playlists…
 

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

It looked like Highly Suspect’s “My Name Is Human” had a chance to ride out the year in the #1 position.  As predicted last week, the only way for them to drop was to flatten out and have Ghost bolster its spins.  Well, this week, Highly Suspect remained flat and Ghost picked up some momentum.  There’s a chance that “My Name Is Human” will squeeze out one more week at the top, but it’s just as likely that Ghost rises to the top next week.  As long as Metallica doesn’t cannibalize themselves with another overlapping single, they seemed destined to reach #1 early in 2017 with “Atlas, Rise!”
 

 

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…

FLAW“Fatal Fall”

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

SHALLOW SIDE“Renegade”

BLACKLITE DISTRICT“Broken Souls”

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Heart Of War”

DON BROCO“Money Power Fame”

BLACK STONE CHERRY – “Way Of The Future”

ART OF DYING“Torn Down”

 

DROP IT…

Head & The Heart“All We Ever Knew”

Dinosaur Pile-Up “11:11”

Kings Of Leon“Waste A Moment”

Judah & The Lion“Take It All Back”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

Korn“Rotting In Vain”

Disturbed “Open Your Eyes”

Metallica“Hardwired”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Highly Suspect reaches a full month at the #1 spot on the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart with virtually no change in airplay.  “My Name Is Human” lost one spin (out of nearly 2,200) versus the previous week, while Ghost and Volbeat both enjoyed growth but not nearly enough to dethrone the leaders.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

A Day To Remember has a nice jump to reach the Top 10…

Korn and In Flames move into the Top 20…

New to the Top 30 this week are Through Fire and Sick Puppies

From Ashes To New and Bleeker now have Top 40 active rock singles…

Badflower has the highest chart debut this week, breaking into the Top 50 for the first time.
 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Ghost“Square Hammer”

Metallica“Atlas, Rise”

Green Day“Still Breathing”

 

FALLING

Disturbed – “Open Your Eyes”

Metallica – “Moth Into Flame”

Alter Bridge“Show Me A Leader”
 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

While the end of the year slowdown now looks to be in full effect, it seems as though we’ll see at least one more change at the top of the Active Rock airplay chart before the year officially ends.  Ghost appears well-positioned, and has momentum with only two charts remaining in the calendar year.

 

WRAP-UP

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