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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 2/18/17

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HRD RADIO REPORT 

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

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

TOP 100 HARD ROCK SONGS OF 2016

TOP 50 ACTIVE ROCK SONGS OF 2016 (by spins)

TOP 30 OCTANE BIG ‘UNS COUNTDOWN SONGS OF 2016

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 2/18/17.  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 3 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 2181
2 1 METALLICA “Atlas, Rise!” 1961
3 2 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 1821
4 7 PRETTY RECKLESS “Oh My God” 1338
5 6 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 1309
6 8 KORN “Take Me” 1239
7 5 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 1214
8 9 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 1202
9 4 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1133
10 11 STARSET “Monster” 1123
11 12 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 987
12 13 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 962
13 15 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 915
14 14 BLEEKER “Highway” 897
15 21 NICKELBACK “Feed The Machine” 685
16 16 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 553
17 19 SKILLET “Back From The Dead’ 543
18 18 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 507
19 17 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 502
20 22 K.FLAY “Blood In The Cut” 486
21 24 ADELITA’S WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)” 423
22 25 HALESTORM “Still Of The Night” 412
23 20 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 410
24 26 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 393
25 23 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 387
26 27 ALTER BRIDGE “My Champion” 386
27 28 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 350
28 39 MASTODON “Show Yourself” 329
29 29 AVATAR “New Land” 306
30 32 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Heavydirtysoul” 287
31 36 ALL THAT REMIANS “Madness” 281
32 30 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 273
33 33 BADFLOWER “Animal” 234
34 37 LETTERS FROM THE FIRE “Worth The Pain” 217
35 38 CITIZEN ZERO “Lure And Persuade” 204
36 34 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Breaking Now” 202
37 35 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 178
38 41 MISSIO “Middle Fingers” 173
39 42 RADKEY “Dark Black Makeup” 139
40 40 CROWN THE EMPIRE “Weight Of The World” 125
41 43 SEPTEMBER MOURNING “20 Below” 120
42 0 INCUBUS “Nimble Bastard” 119
43 50 DED “Anti-Everything” 115
44 49 LIKE A STORM “Pure Evil” 89
45 47 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Cold Cold Cold” 87
46 48 THE REVIVALISTS “Wish I Knew You” 83
47 46 DOROTHY “Dark Nights” 79
48 57 FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES “Lullaby” 77
49 56 GOJIRA “Stranded” 77
50 53 YOU ME AT SIX “Give” 77

 

 

 

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

INCUBUS – “Nimble Bastard”

The evolution of Incubus is the culmination of a journey that began over two decades ago. Bands like this, who unapologetically blur the lines between genres sometimes find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to radio play.  However, Incubus has managed to garner radio attention even when it felt like the songs weren’t necessarily a great fit, particularly on Active Rock radio.  This time around, these “nimble bastards” from California have landed right in the sweet spot of the format with their latest single, “Nimble Bastard” (from their forthcoming album, 8).  Vacillating between slower, more moody moments and uptempo melodic moments with a heaviness that hasn’t been associated with Incubus in recent times, this song is a perfect fit for Active Rock.  It’s no surprise that it has already cracked the Top 50 this week.  This song should have legs and make a meaningful climb if early spins are any indication of what’s to come.
 

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

Last week, I predicted that Shinedown was a virtual lock to unseat Metallica and take over the #1 position this week.  Brent Smith and company easily made that prediction come true, gaining nearly 200 spins as their closet competition lost significant spins.  They now hold a lead of 800+ spins over The Pretty Reckless, who, as predicted several weeks ago, is making their move towards the top.  Even if Shinedown plateaus, they should still hold the top spot for at least a month.  With no other artists in reasonable striking distance, “How Did You Love” can coast to a lengthy stay at the top.  Of course, there is always the possibility that they suffer the same fate as Metallica and Green Day in recent weeks and starting trending down as soon as next week.  Time will tell…
 

 

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…

BLACKLITE DISTRICT“Living In A Nightmare”

AS LIONS – “Aftermath”

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Right Here And Now”

AMERICAN GRIM“Idols”

EVE TO ADAM“Tongue Tied”

NEVER SAY DIE“Like A Nightmare”

I PREVAIL“Alone”

MOTIONLESS IN WHITE“Eternally Yours”

 

DROP IT…

Twenty One Pilots“Heavydirtysoul”

K-Flay“Blood In The Cut”

Cage The Elephant “Cold Cold Cold”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

The Revivalists“Wish I Knew”

You Me At Six“Give”

Highly Suspect“My Name Is Human”

Green Day – “Still Breathing”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

As expected, Shinedown roars into the #1 position on the new Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart.  Metallica and Green Day both slip back one notch as their airplay takes a heavy hit. However, the momentum was so strong for new “King Of The Hill” that they would have claimed the lead without any slippage involved.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Starset breaks into the Top 10  with nice spin gains of more than 10%…

New to the Top 20 this week is the latest from Nickelback and the debut of K.Flay

Mastodon has the high debut in the Top 30 this week…

Missio leads a pair of newcomers in the Top 40….

Veterans Incubus have the highest charting song among three new entries (and one re-entry).
 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Shinedown – “How Did I Love”

Starset “Monster”

Nickelback“Feed The Machine”

 

FALLING

Ghost – “Square Hammer”

In Flames – “The Truth”

Avenged Sevenfold“The Stage”
 

 

 TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

Radio can be (and sometimes is) pretty fickle, and the fortunes of a song can reverse on a dime, but at the moment, it looks like the top spot on the chart could be in the same hands for the next month easily enough.

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 2/20/17

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Music Discovery Monday – 2/20/17

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/Editor, Hard Rock Daddy)

GRUMPYNATORS – “Take The Last Dance With Me”

“Danish Motorbilly” – now there’s a genre that you don’t hear much about (because it was most likely coined by Denmark’s Grumpynators).  When you listen to “Take The Last Dance With Me,” you’ll understand why the band needed to create their own sub-genre of rock.

Although their sound is vastly different, you can hear the influence of the most well-known band coming out of Denmark these days – Volbeat.  The band features former members and crew from Taggy Jones and Volbeat.  They also supported Michael Poulsen and company on tour.

Grumpynators cite a number of artists spanning a wide spectrum as their influences on their Facebook page: Motorhead, Metallica, Twisted Sister, Social Distortion, Megadeth, Volbeat, Ramones and ‘40s/’50s Country and Rockabilly.  A handful of these jump out at you on “Take The Last Dance With Me,”  making for a unique, entertaining, high-energy mix that leaves you tapping your feet and moving your head along to the beat.

 

 
PRIDE OF LIONS – “All I See Is You”

You may not know Jim Peterik by name, but it’s almost impossible not to be familiar with his work.  In addition to being responsible for Survivor’s greatest hits during his time as the band’s guitarist/songwriter, he also penned classics such as Sammy Hagar’s “Heavy Metal,” .38 Special’s “Hold On Loosely” and a number of other songs from well-known artists.

In 2003, Peterik formed Pride Of Lions with Toby Hitchcock.  According to Peterik, Pride Of Lions is…“my vision of the best elements of the great melodic rock era of the ‘80s updated with more modern production sounds.”  That is exactly what Pride Of Lions delivers with “All I See Is You,” from their latest album, Fearless.  If you are a fan of feel-good ‘80s hard rock, this track will take you back to a time when the world felt like a happier place.
 

 

 

ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

OVERKILL – “Goddamn Trouble”

From their latest release, The Grinding Wheel, this classic thrash metal band from New Jersey is back.  “Goddamn Trouble” is legendary Overkill…speed punk and thrash metal roots.  Bobby Blitz screams with wild abandon just as well now as he did 30 years ago.  Being one of the oldest thrash bands around – even before the “Big Four” – Overkill remains one of the most legendary and influential thrash bands in history.  Even after all these years, the band’s sound has remained true.

 

KREATOR – “Fallen Brother”

Kreator is another old school thrash metal band that has been around since the ‘80s.  One of the pioneering bands of the death metal and black metal genres, the band has evolved and changed over the years.  Their latest album, Gods of Violence, retains the speed and heaviness from their early days.  Even with their dark, evil messages and lyrical content, “Fallen Brother” pays homage to departed musicians and artists who were big influences of the band.  Watch the video and see how many faces you recognize. Thrash metal is alive and well in 2017!
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

BLOODBOUND – “Battle In The Sky”

Swedish power metal giants Bloodbound return with their seventh studio album, War of Dragons, (due out at the end of this week).  It’s another fine entry into the genre, with blazing twin guitars, some amazing choral arrangements and powerful vocals by Patrik J. Selleby.

 

CRYSTAL VIPER – “When The Sun Goes Down”

Crystal Viper is a female-fronted Polish metal band that delivers some heavy (but always melodic) music.  They were formed in 2003 by vocalist Marta Gabriel and released their debut album in 2007.  They have just released Queen of the Witches, their ninth album in only ten years.

 

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 2/11/17

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HRD RADIO REPORT 

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

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

TOP 100 HARD ROCK SONGS OF 2016

TOP 50 ACTIVE ROCK SONGS OF 2016 (by spins)

TOP 30 OCTANE BIG ‘UNS COUNTDOWN SONGS OF 2016

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 2/11/17.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 1 METALLICA “Atlas, Rise!” 2071
2 2 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 1997
3 3 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 1988
4 4 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1340
5 5 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 1324
6 7 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 1262
7 9 PRETTY RECKLESS “Oh My God” 1257
8 10 KORN “Take Me” 1190
9 8 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 1153
10 6 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 1088
11 12 STARSET “Monster” 1019
12 13 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 923
13 14 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 906
14 16 BLEEKER “Highway” 859
15 15 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 856
16 17 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 708
17 11 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 690
18 18 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 479
19 23 SKILLET “Back From The Dead’ 453
20 20 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 440
21 41 NICKELBACK “Feed The Machine” 435
22 22 K.FLAY “Blood In The Cut” 435
23 19 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 419
24 21 ADELITA’S WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)” 402
25 25 HALESTORM “Still Of The Night” 383
26 24 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 369
27 30 ALTER BRIDGE “My Champion” 354
28 28 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 333
29 29 AVATAR “New Land” 301
30 32 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 252
31 27 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 251
32 34 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Heavydirtysoul” 244
33 35 BADFLOWER “Animal” 243
34 33 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Breaking Now” 224
35 31 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 214
36 73 ALL THAT REMIANS “Madness” 209
37 37 LETTERS FROM THE FIRE “Worth The Pain” 201
38 36 CITIZEN ZERO “Lure And Persuade” 179
39 75 MASTODON “Show Yourself” 177
40 38 CROWN THE EMPIRE “Weight Of The World” 153
41 55 MISSIO “Middle Fingers” 134
42 40 RADKEY “Dark Black Makeup” 123
43 45 SEPTEMBER MOURNING “20 Below” 110
44 39 OTEP “Royals” 98
45 43 THREE DAYS GRACE “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” 96
46 42 DOROTHY “Dark Nights” 92
47 47 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Cold Cold Cold” 85
48 46 THE REVIVALISTS “Wish I Knew You” 81
49 44 LIKE A STORM “Pure Evil” 81
50 60 DED “Anti-Everything” 76

 

 

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

AMERICAN GRIM – “Idols”

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

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

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

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

 

HRD SPIN CONTROL (by Adam Waldman and Jon Loveless)

Each week, we will share the songs that we think should be added to rotations, alongside the songs that we feel should be dropped from rotations, either because they are a bad fit for the format, or because they have run their course and it’s time for a new single from the artist.

SPIN IT…

AMERICAN GRIM“Idols”

EVE TO ADAM“Tongue Tied”

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Right Here And Now”

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

SHALLOW SIDE“Renegade”

NEVER SAY DIE“Like A Nightmare”

THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH – “Lifeline”

AS LIONS – “Aftermath”

 

DROP IT…

Twenty One Pilots“Heavydirtysoul”

K-Flay“Blood In The Cut”

Cage The Elephant “Cold Cold Cold”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

The Revivalists“Wish I Knew”

Highly Suspect“My Name Is Human”

Green Day – “Still Breathing”

Ghost“Square Hammer”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

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

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

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

Skillet has the only debuting song in the Top 20…

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

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

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

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Shinedown – “How Did I Love”

Pretty Reckless“Oh My God”

Nickelback“Feed The Machine”

 

FALLING

Ghost – “Square Hammer”

Highly Suspect – “My Name Is Human”

Avenged Sevenfold“The Stage”
 

 

 TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

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

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 2/13/17

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Music Discovery Monday – 2/13/17

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/Editor, Hard Rock Daddy)

PHIL CAMPBELL & THE BASTARD SONS – “Spiders”

It was just over a year ago that the hard rock and heavy metal world said goodbye to a true pioneer – Lemmy Kilmister.  Shortly after Lemmy’s passing, the members of Motorhead released a statement that they would no longer continue on without the man whose name is synonymous with the band.  The end of Motorhead didn’t mean that fans would never hear from the other members again.

For over 30 years, Phil Campbell helped to shape the Motorhead sound with his raw, gritty guitar riffs.  Campbell has been around long enough to have spawned another generation of heavy metal musicians.  With Motorhead in the rear view mirror, Campbell and his sons [Todd – guitars, Dane – drums, Tyla – bass] joined forces with vocalist Neil Starr to write and record an album under the moniker Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons.

On “Spiders” – the first single from Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons – you can hear the Motorhead influence as it chugs along with a heavy riff and thick rhythm section.  However, because of Starr’s soaring vocals and the melodic vocal harmonies, this band has its own distinct sound.

Starr may not be one of Campbell’s “bastard sons,” but this unit works so well together, you’d think that he was a part of the family.  The Motorhead connection obviously helps, but even without it, this band has tremendous potential to become one of the top hard rock acts around.

 

 
CHRISTOPHER SHAYNE – “Give A Damn”

“Hard southern rock with a blast of desert heat” is how Arizona’s Christopher Shayne describes his sound.  A cool description that accurately portrays what Shayne is all about.  Phoenix is not exactly a “hotbed” of southern rock, but that doesn’t mean that this brand of bluesy, country rock takes a back seat to those who hail from the south.

If anyone doubts that a southern rock revival is well under way, you need to look no further than artists like this who are bringing the genre back in a meaningful way.  “Give A Damn” has a definite country feel, but the edgy guitars, heavy backbeat and gang vocals place this song distinctly in the rock category.  Shayne’s soulful vocals take you back in time to southern rock’s heyday.  This song will have instant appeal to fans in both the country and rock genres.
 

 

 

ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

SEPULTURA “Phantom Self”

From their fourteenth studio album, Machine Messiah, the guys from Brazil are back with their brand of tribal-influenced, groove-filled heavy thrash.  Still without the Cavalera brothers (and to be honest, I don’t think anyone cares at this point), this album is a continuation of the Sepultura sound that is led by original guitarist Andreas Kisser.  Derrick Green is no slouch either as he screams and belts his way through dark lyrics describing our society, religion and mankind’s demise.  A great thrash album by some OG thrashers.

 

AMON AMARTH – “Raise Your Horns”

The brutal melodic death metal veterans from Sweden released their eleventh album in 2016, Jomsviking“Raise Your Horns” is a great single from this album with a video that is always a fun watch.  Continuing with their viking mythos, Johan Hegg screams about victory after a battle as we raise our beers for the warriors that have made it home and ones that have fallen.  The melody begs the listener to sing along as the band chugs along with power and precision.  (See how many musicians you recognize in the video).
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

SINNER – “Battle Hill”

Bassist/vocalist/producer Mat Sinner is a busy man in the metal world.  His work has been covered here many times with artists such as Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle, and Level 10 (to name just a few).  He starts off 2017 strong with a new album from his original band, Sinner, which dates all the way back to 1982.  Here’s a taste from Tequila Suicide (due out March 31st).

 

BONFIRE – “Locomotive Breath”

The German metal band Cacumen, founded way back in 1972, would change its name in the ’80s (for marketing purposes) to Bonfire.  The band has gone through many lineup changes, but the one constant (aside from a brief interval away) has been founder and guitarist Hans Ziller.  In 2015, the band ended an era as it shook up its whole lineup (except for Ziller), even parting ways with long time vocalist Claus Lessman.  To fill the spots, Ziller brought in bandmates from his other group, EZ Livin, including David Reece on vocals and Ronnie Parkes on bass.  The new lineup put out a quality album that year and toured hard, reassuring their fan base, but have since parted ways with Reece.  The plan then was to bring in Michael Bormann (Jaded Heart, Charade, Silent Force), who had briefly been the band’s vocalist once before, in the ’90s.  In the interim, Alexx Stahl (Purple Rising, Roxxcalibur) agreed to fill in temporarily.  However, he worked so hard and meshed so well with the band, that they made him the permanent frontman.  Here he is performing with them on their newest album, Byte the Bullet (due out in March).

 

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 2/4/17

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HRD RADIO REPORT 

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

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

TOP 100 HARD ROCK SONGS OF 2016

TOP 50 ACTIVE ROCK SONGS OF 2016 (by spins)

TOP 30 OCTANE BIG ‘UNS COUNTDOWN SONGS OF 2016

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 2/4/17.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

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

 

 

 

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

EVE TO ADAM – “Tongue Tied”

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

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

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

 

HRD SPIN CONTROL (by Adam Waldman and Jon Loveless)

Each week, we will share the songs that we think should be added to rotations, alongside the songs that we feel should be dropped from rotations, either because they are a bad fit for the format, or because they have run their course and it’s time for a new single from the artist.

SPIN IT…

EVE TO ADAM“Tongue Tied”

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Right Here And Now”

NEVER SAY DIE“Like A Nightmare”

THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH – “Lifeline”

SHALLOW SIDE“Renegade”

AS LIONS – “Aftermath”

DANGERKIDS – “Kill Everything”

 

DROP IT…

Twenty One Pilots“Stressed Out”

Twenty One Pilots“Heavydirtysoul”

K-Flay“Blood In The Cut”

Cage The Elephant “Cold Cold Cold”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

Red Hot Chili Peppers“Go Robot”

Highly Suspect“My Name Is Human”

You Me At Six “Give”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

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

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

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

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

Skillet leads four songs into the Top 30…

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

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

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Metallica“Atlas, Rise!”

Shinedown – “How Did I Love”

Pretty Reckless“Oh My God”

 

FALLING

Ghost – “Square Hammer”

Highly Suspect – “My Name Is Human”

Avenged Sevenfold“The Stage”
 

 

 TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

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

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 2/6/17

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Music Discovery Monday – 2/6/17

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)

JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE – “Sign Of The Times”

The year was 1984.  Words cannot describe how psyched I was to finally get to see Judas Priest in concert.  I missed out on the Screaming For Vengeance tour, so the adrenaline was flowing when I arrived inside the hallowed halls of the Nassau Coliseum for the Defenders Of The Faith tour.  Priest is a tough band to open for, because the crowd walks in the door ready to see the headliner.  Of course, most openers are not Great White!

Despite my eager anticipation to see Judas Priest, I was blown away by Jack Russell and company.  It was the first (and only) time that I went out the next day and purchased an album by a band that I had never heard before after seeing them in concert.

Things were simpler back in 1984.  Great White was a new band that had just released their debut album and was on the rise.  The songs from their self-titled debut fed into the debaucherous times of the decade.  Two of my favorites from the album were “On Your Knees” and “Stick It.”  They would later go on to use more innuendo, but the sexual component remained.

Time marches on, and like many bands, there was a falling out between the members.  One of the advantages that the singer has when a band breaks up is that they are often times thought of as “the sound,” especially when the vocal style is distinct.

Russell has been a favorite vocalist of mine for over 30 years (since that fateful night in 1984).  Although I hate to see tension between bands that helped shape the soundtrack of my youth, I still keep an open mind when they release new music separately.

“Sign Of The Times” lives up to its title.  Lyrically, it’s pretty far from the sexually charged songs of the ‘80s, but musically, it still hits home as much as Great White did back in 1984.  Having grown up with Great White, I’m also at a different place in life, so these lyrics resonate just as much with me (albeit in a different way).  The older that I get, the more I long for the simpler times of the ‘80s.  “Sign Of The Times” perfectly taps into the feelings that many Gen Xers feel about longing for simpler times.  Although technology and social media are largely responsible for the existence of Hard Rock Daddy, there is something to be said about the more peaceful, carefree life that I experienced before we all became slaves to the internet.  A “Sign Of The Times” indeed!

 

 

PRIMAL FEAR – “At War With The World”

It feels like Primal Fear’s “At War With The World” could have been written in recent weeks (given the current political climate), but in actuality, the song was released in 2016 before much of the chaos set in.  The lyrics… “I’m on attack, at war with the world” seem particularly poignant at the moment.  However, the song is not really about anything political (as far as I can tell).  If anything, it feels more like an inside look at someone’s internal struggle.

Regardless of the meaning, the fact remains that this is classic power metal that will appeal to all fans of the genre.  The chorus has an Udo Dirkschneider-eque angst to it that really makes you feel the song in a visceral way.  It’s unfortunate that “At War With The World” flew beneath my radar last year.  Otherwise, it definitely would have been included in the Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2016.
 

 

 

ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

OBITUARY – “Sentence Day”

For almost 30 years, Florida’s Obituary has continuously cranked out classic death metal.  Their self-titled tenth album is no different, with classic Obituary blast beats, heavy crunchy riffs, growling vocals, horror-filled lyrics and screeching guitar solos.  It’s all part of the equation for a band that has excelled in this genre for so long.  Fans of traditional death metal will surely love this new tune.

 

WARBRINGER – “Silhouettes”

From the beginning crunch and fast tempo of the drums to the first scream, Warbringer entices the listener to bang your head along with the rest of the band.  This recent thrash metal band from California takes influences from bands such as Obituary and Overkill and mixes it with tinges of modern metal.  The result is a modern-edged thrash metal masterpiece with screaming vocals, heavy distorted guitars and fast, progressive drums and rhythm section.  Their new album, Woe to the Vanquished, is set for release in March.  If the rest of the songs are anything like “Silhouettes,” it should make for a great album!
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

STEPHEN PEARCY – “Rain”

Stephen Pearcy, best known as the lead singer for ‘80s metal superstars Ratt, has released many solo albums that have largely flown under the radar.  His latest, Smash, might just prove to be his next breakout album.  Loaded with classic melodic hard rock, and dripping with groove, it beautifully recaptures that old Ratt sound for new times.

 

RENEGADE TWELVE – “Heroes Of Mine”

Twin guitars burst to the forefront on the debut album from this five-piece, unsigned melodic metal band out of England.  Great vocals and catchy songwriting help to set this band apart from its peers.

 

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 1/28/17

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HRD RADIO REPORT 

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

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

TOP 100 HARD ROCK SONGS OF 2016

TOP 50 ACTIVE ROCK SONGS OF 2016 (by spins)

TOP 30 OCTANE BIG ‘UNS COUNTDOWN SONGS OF 2016

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 1/28/17.  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 3 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 2044
2 4 METALLICA “Atlas, Rise!” 1923
3 1 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1879
4 2 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 1700
5 6 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 1655
6 5 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 1336
7 8 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 1261
8 7 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1198
9 9 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 1143
10 10 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 1017
11 11 KORN “Take Me” 956
12 14 STARSET “Monster” 878
13 12 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 864
14 13 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 834
15 15 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 807
16 16 PRETTY RECKLESS “Oh My God” 801
17 17 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 748
18 18 BLEEKER “Highway” 665
19 24 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 423
20 21 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 408
21 25 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 398
22 23 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 388
23 26 ADELITA’S WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)” 373
24 20 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 344
25 22 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 336
26 34 K.FLAY “Blood In The Cut” 317
27 27 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 284
28 19 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 283
29 29 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 258
30 28 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Breaking Now” 245
31 32 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Heavydirtysoul” 235
32 30 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 234
33 31 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 233
34 41 HALESTORM “Still Of The Night” 226
35 33 BADFLOWER “Animal” 226
36 42 SKILLET “Back From The Dead’ 225
37 36 AVATAR “New Land” 205
38 37 ALTER BRIDGE “My Champion” 183
39 40 CITIZEN ZERO “Lure And Persuade” 146
40 39 CROWN THE EMPIRE “Weight Of The World” 133
41 46 OTEP “Royals” 115
42 49 RADKEY “Dark Black Makeup” 103
43 38 LAMB OF GOD “The Duke” 103
44 44 THREE DAYS GRACE “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” 97
45 47 LETTERS FROM THE FIRE “Worth The Pain” 89
46 45 DOROTHY “Dark Nights” 85
47 48 AFI “White Offerings” 84
48 52 LIKE A STORM “Pure Evil” 80
49 51 AS LIONS “Aftermath” 75
50 50 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Stressed Out” 65

 

 

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

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA – “Right Here And Now”

Message From Sylvia is one of the more exciting bands to grace the Active Rock airwaves in recent times.  The band’s first single – “Heart Of War” – cracked the top 30 last year.  There’s no reason to believe that the follow-up single – “Right Here And Now” won’t enjoy similar (or even greater) success.  The combination of the three Lopez-Smith brothers (formerly of First Decree) and vocalist Matthew Nevitt (ex-DoryDrive) makes for an ideal chemistry.  On “Right Here And Now,” the band showcases an impressive ability to blend the light with the dark, similar to the way that Alter Bridge transitions between soaring vocals, anguished guitars and thunderous rhythms.  At times in the song, MFS captures the melodic sensibilities of Foo Fighters.  To be able to inspire comparisons to some of the biggest names in the genre at this early stage of their journey speaks volumes about the potential of these up-and-comers.  Based on the music so far, you have to think that this is a band with staying power.  Hopefully they will get the attention that they deserve in a crowded field.
 

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

As predicted last week, Green Day’s “Still Breathing” takes over the #1 position from Ghost, and Metallica’s “Atlas, Rise!” moves up to #2.  Based on current trends and spin totals for each of these songs, they’re probably both no more than a few weeks away from hitting a plateau (if not a reversal).  Shinedown’s “How Did You Love” is poised to move into the top 3 next week. Unless something unexpected happens, these three will jockey for position at the top for at least the next month.  It looked as though The Pretty Reckless was on track to jump up to the top 3 for a reunion of dominance that took place with Green Day and Metallica during 2016, but their latest single (“Oh My God”) seems to have lost some steam for the moment.
 

 

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“Right Here And Now”

SEPTEMBER MOURNING“20 Below”

NEVER SAY DIE“Like A Nightmare”

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

SHALLOW SIDE“Renegade”

CHRYSALIS – “My Eternity”

MEMPHIS MAY FIRE“This Light I Hold”

FIT FOR RIVALS“Novacaine”

 

DROP IT…

Twenty One Pilots“Stressed Out”

Twenty One Pilots“Heavydirtysoul”

K-Flay“Blood In The Cut”

Kings Of Leon“Waste A Moment”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

Highly Suspect“My Name Is Human”

Volbeat“Seal The Deal”

A Day To Remember“Naivety”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

As expected, the new week sees Green Day take over the #1 spot on the latest Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart.  Also up two spots this week is the new #2 song from Metallica, trailed by former #1s from Ghost and Highly Suspect.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

No new songs in the Top 10 this week (only the order has changed)…

Only one new arrival in the Top 20 – the latest from Sick PuppiesRed Hot Chili Peppers “climb” back in as well (despite losing spins over the previous week)…

K-Flay is the only new entry in the Top 30…

New entries in the Top 40 come from format powerhouses Halestorm and Skillet

The only debut in the Top 50 this week comes from As Lions, the London-based band fronted by Austin Dickinson (son of Iron Maiden’s legendary vocalist Bruce Dickinson).
 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Green Day“Still Breathing”

Metallica“Atlas, Rise!”

Starset“Monster”

 

FALLING

Volbeat – “Seal The Deal”

Avenged Sevenfold“The Stage”

A Day To Remember“Naivety”
 

 

 TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

With five of the top eight songs suffering declining airplay, it appears that attrition may shake the top of the chart up over the next couple of weeks.  That could be good news for mainstays in the format such as Breaking Benjamin and Korn, both of whom have been stuck in the 10-15 range of the chart for almost two months.

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 1/30/17

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Music Discovery Monday – 1/30/17

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)

BLACK STAR RIDERS – “When The Night Comes In”

It has never been more challenging than the present day to make a living in a rock and roll band.  That doesn’t mean that “rock is dead,” as many are quick to proclaim.  It just means that there is so much great music out there, and a limited amount of dollars to go around.  The one advantage that longstanding artists have over up-and-comers is name recognition and history.

Black Star Riders come from the DNA of legendary Irish rockers, Thin Lizzy, in particular guitarist Scott Gorham (who was in the band with Phil Lynott).  Numerous bands have stayed the course with a revolving door of lineup changes (especially singers), but to their credit, Black Star Riders wanted to blaze their own trail.  Even though their sound is similar to Thin Lizzy with Ricky Warwick’s vocals, they chose to honor Lynott by continuing on under a new moniker.

If you’re a Thin Lizzy fan, you will also be a Black Star Riders fan.  However, if you are too young to fully appreciate the brilliance of Thin Lizzy, you will have a second bite at the apple with Black Star Riders.  The timeless quality to all of their music (including their latest single, “When The Night Comes In”) would have made them just as relevant throughout the past four decades as they are today.  As the saying goes…”it doesn’t have to be old to be classic.”

 

 

DROPKICK MURPHYS – “Blood”

With the exception of AC/DC’s “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock And Roll),” bagpipes in the rock genre are far from commonplace.  Of course, if you’re familiar with Boston’s Dropkick Murphys, you already know that bagpipes most certainly have their place in rock and roll.

What started out as a bunch of friends looking to play music for fun in the basement of a barber shop has evolved into a band with staying power.  Formed in 1996, Dropkick Murphys have just released 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory (the tenth studio album of their career).

If ever there was a band of the people, Dropkick Murphys are it.  They state as much in their bio…

“The band’s main goal is to play music that creates an all for one, one for all environment where everyone is encouraged to participate, sing along, and hopefully have a good time.  In the true spirit of punk rock, we view the band and the audience as one in the same.  In other words, our stage and our microphone are yours.”

Because of the bagpipes and Irish influence of this Celtic-American punk rock band, there was a temptation to feature the band’s latest single (“Blood”) closer to St. Patrick’s Day, but the song is too good to wait on.  The more you play this one, the more it gets your “blood” pumping!
 

 

 

ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

WITHERFALL – “Nobody Sleeps Here”

What do you get when you sum up the talents of musicians from bands such as Iced Earth, White Wizzard and Into Eternity?  You get a masterpiece of a band called Witherfall.  A combination of power and progressive metal (I tend to lean more towards the progressive side), “Nobody Sleeps Here” comes from the band’s new album, Nocturnes and Requiems.  This album was a long time in the making.  While originally recorded in 2014, Adam Sagan unfortunately passed away during the final mixing of this album.  If the rest of the album is as dynamic and powerful as this song, it should be a great release.

 

EQUILIBRIUM – “Rise Again”

This folk/progressive metal band from Germany has released their fifth album, Armageddon.  Like the title, the subject matter on this album is dark and nihilistic, singing about the plight of the earth, the evils of mankind and how we are all to blame for the destruction of life.  The music is heavy and fast with death metal growls.  Couple that with the lyrical content, Equilibrium makes for one hell of a metal album.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

PLACE VENDOME – “Light Before The Dark”

Place Vendome united ex-Helloween frontman Michael Kiske with musicians from Pink Cream 69 and Vandenplas, to perform melodic rock crafted specially for Kiske by various songwriters in the field. The collaboration was a great success that has seen the band put out a new album every four years. They are right on schedule to release their fourth album, Close To The Sun, late next month.

 

XANDRIA – “Call Of Destiny”

They went through six singers in six albums, but Xandria may finally have settled on Dianne van Giersbergen as their vocalist.  She becomes the Dutch/German symphonic metal band’s first singer to last for more than one album, as she fronts the band on their just-released seventh album, Theater Of Dimensions.

 

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 1/21/17

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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 1/21/17.  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 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1985
2 2 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 1919
3 3 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 1917
4 4 METALLICA “Atlas, Rise!” 1817
5 6 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 1544
6 7 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 1529
7 5 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1496
8 8 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 1267
9 9 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 1083
10 11 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 939
11 12 KORN “Take Me” 871
12 13 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 844
13 14 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 789
14 16 STARSET “Monster” 744
15 15 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 724
16 19 PRETTY RECKLESS “Oh My God” 708
17 18 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 677
18 23 BLEEKER “Highway” 548
19 17 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 480
20 20 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 451
21 21 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 446
22 22 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 395
23 26 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 375
24 24 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 371
25 25 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 370
26 27 ADELITA’S WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)” 339
27 28 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 279
28 29 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Breaking Now” 247
29 30 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 237
30 32 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 227
31 31 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 218
32 35 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Heavydirtysoul” 208
33 34 BADFLOWER “Animal” 204
34 40 K.FLAY “Blood In The Cut” 162
35 33 AVATAR “Night Never Ending” 138
36 59 AVATAR “New Land” 133
37 64 ALTER BRIDGE “My Champion” 121
38 39 LAMB OF GOD “The Duke” 121
39 38 CROWN THE EMPIRE “Weight Of The World” 121
40 56 CITIZEN ZERO “Lure And Persuade” 113
41 49 HALESTORM “Still Of The Night” 111
42 53 SKILLET “Back From The Dead” 103
43 36 3 DOORS DOWN “The Broken” 102
44 42 THREE DAYS GRACE “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” 88
45 41 DOROTHY “Dark Nights” 86
46 44 OTEP “Royals” 82
47 60 LETTERS FROM THE FIRE “Worth The Pain” 80
48 45 AFI “White Offerings” 79
49 78 RADKEY “Dark Black Makeup” 78
50 47 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Stressed Out” 75

 

 

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

SEPTEMBER MOURNING – “20 Below”

September Mourning is the type of visual band that would have been a big hit back in the MTV days.  The video for “20 Below” is a cinematic experience that goes way beyond the song.  This is not to say that the song doesn’t stand on its own; it absolutely does.  Active Rock programmers would be wise to add this song into rotation immediately.  Even without the video, the song has a theatrical vibe that makes it stand out amongst other female-fronted hard rock acts today.  The sex appeal and mystique that September exudes in the video shines through in “20 Below” (even without visual aids).  Her stirring vocals offer a nice blend of power and beauty.  While September captures your attention most, the rest of the hard-hitting band creates an ideal canvas for her to paint mental images with her unique style.  This is a band on the rise that should continue to build upon their dedicated fanbase as more rock music fans discover them.
 

 
 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

Ghost looks to be the victim of bad timing.  The rise of “Square Hammer” to the top of the chart was delayed by the year-end freeze at radio.  Now that they have finally reached the top, their reign is going to end next week when Green Day’s “Still Breathing” takes over. Also on the “rise” is “Atlas, Rise!” – the third single off of Metallica’s latest album.  It looks like this duo is going to battle it out for at least the next several weeks for the #1 position.
 

 

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…

SEPTEMBER MOURNING“20 Below”

AS LIONS“Aftermath”

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

ART OF DYING“Torn Down”

SHALLOW SIDE“Renegade”

CHRYSALIS – “My Eternity”

MEMPHIS MAY FIRE“This Light I Hold”

FIT FOR RIVALS“Novacaine”

 

DROP IT…

Twenty One Pilots“Stressed Out”

Twenty One Pilots“Heavydirtysoul”

K-Flay“Blood In The Cut”

Kings Of Leon“Waste A Moment”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

Highly Suspect“My Name Is Human”

Volbeat“Seal The Deal”

A Day To Remember“Naivety”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Despite slipping back a bit, Ghost holds on to the top spot of the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart for at least another week.  Highly Suspect fell back almost the same number of spins, keeping the top two positions intact, while #3 Green Day was probably a couple days worth of increased spins short of jumping to the top.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Beartooth enjoys enough growth to reach the Top 10…

Bleeker benefits from being added nationwide by a major ownership group, and climbs strongly into the Top 20…

Amity Affliction has the only new entry in the Top 30 this week…

New singles from Avatar, Alter Bridge, and Citizen Zero all make their chart debut inside the Top 40…

Three additional songs are added to the Top 50 as well, with Skillet and Letters From The Fire being joined by newcomers, Radkey.
 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Green Day“Still Breathing”

Pretty Reckless“Oh My God”

Bleeker“Highway”

 

FALLING

Volbeat – “Seal The Deal”

A Day To Remember“Naivety”

Avatar“Night Never Ending”
 

 

 TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

No, I didn’t forget to update the three songs in the “Three Up & Three Down” section.  The most notable gainers and losers last week are the same as the most notable this week.   The format as a whole continues to struggle with moving off songs in a timely fashion, an issue that seems to really be taking hold as a permanent condition.   I’m increasingly concerned that rock radio – what’s left of it – may be steadily moving toward the model that’s long been the case with the Country format, where singles frequently take six months to run their course.

 

WRAP-UP

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

Music Discovery Monday – 1/23/17

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Music Discovery Monday – 1/23/17

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.

This week, we feature an exclusive interview with Frank Dimino, who discusses working with his former Angel band mate (Punky Meadows) on a song from Dimino’s most recent solo album.

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)

DIMINO – “Never Again”

Back in the mid-‘70s, Gene Simmons discovered the band Angel.  They were eventually signed to Casablanca Records (with Kiss).  The band enjoyed early success as the alter-ego (of sorts) to Kiss, dressed in all white vs. the all-black ensemble sported by their label mates.  For reasons that are still unclear, the band enjoyed more of a cult following than mass commercial success.

The ride ended quickly, as both frontman Frank Dimino and guitarist Punky Meadows left in 1981.  Dimino has kept busy through the years, although not with any projects as high profile as Angel.  When Dimino and Meadows both released albums this year, rumors swirled that there would be an Angel reunion, but nothing has materialized to date.  Meadows did provide guest guitars on this bluesy rocker that is in the same wheelhouse as classic Deep Purple.  Dimino shines on vocals, proving that he still has the pipes that once made him a part of a band that should have been bigger than they were. [Review from Hard Rock Daddy’s Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2016]

 

Frank Dimino discusses working with Punky Meadows (his Angel band mate) on “Never Again” in an exclusive interview with Hard Rock Daddy…

“The song was one of the first ones that I wrote with Oz Fox (Stryper) for the album.  When we finished writing the song, Oz had mentioned that the chord structure came from an idea that he had from Angel.  He said to me that it would be great to get Punky to play on the song.  When I called Punky to ask him to play on the album, he agreed right away.  I told him that I had a song that’s kind of like an Angel song.  I sent him the song and he recorded it in North Carolina (where he lives), and then he sent it back to me.  Even though we weren’t in the studio at the same time, we were both involved in the track itself, so that was a lot of fun.

The song, when I first started with it, was kind of just about word play.  It was fun, like a Steven Tyler or John Lennon type of thing with a story around the word play.  The lyrics just popped into my head when we started playing around with the melody.  The story is a guy/girl kind of thing, where the girl was screwing over the guy.  He’s in love with her, but he’s had it with her.  Even though he’s stuck loving her, he vows never to be with her again.”

 

 

ONE DESIRE – “Hurt”

It’s always great to discover bands for Music Discovery Monday early on in their careers.  You can’t get much earlier than this, given that One Desire will be releasing their debut album on March 24th.  If you are a regular Hard Rock Daddy reader, you know how we feel about the music coming from Frontiers Music in Italy.  This label not only gives the musicians from the ‘80s an outlet for new music, but they also deliver some of the best melodic rock around from new bands.

Finland’s One Desire was formed in 2012 when drummer Ossi Sivula started putting together musicians for his new project.  The writing process took a few years with various players.  Everything changed in 2014 when they met Jimmy Westerlund (who had several gold and platinum albums as a producer, songwriter and guitarist).  Westerlund recruited his longtime friend (vocalist) Andre Linman to add the final piece to the puzzle.  If you’re a fan of AOR music, you are going to be an instant fan of One Desire.  Within the first minute of “Hurt,” I was hooked!  Definitely looking forward to hearing more from what these Finnish rockers have to offer.
 

 

 

ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

PAIN OF SALVATION – “Meaningless”

Swedish progressive metal band Pain of Salvation recently released their tenth studio album, In the Passing Light of Day.  It is as sad and emotional as it can get.  The lyrical content and mood of the single, “Meaningless,” is depressing (at best) while showcasing the bands instrumental talents and heavy sound.  Take every tear you’ve ever shed and bottle it up.  That’s what listening to Pain of Salvation is like.
 

 
RED FANG – “Flies”

I featured a song from Red Fang when the album was released a few months back, but I have to admit, I can’t stop listening to it.  The band from Portland, Oregon released their fourth album Only Ghosts, a solid metal album that has enjoyed some commercial success.  The chords are fuzzy and heavy, and the choruses beg the listener to sing along.  Even though the subject matter of most of the songs are comical, their musicianship is nothing to laugh at.  The band is chock-full of groovy chops, memorable riffs, syncopated beats and growling vocals to boot.  My favorite album to listen to in 2017 so far!
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

ECLIPSE – “Vertigo”

Vocalist Erik Martensson pairs again with guitarist Magnus Henriksson for some premium melodic hard rock.  Sweden’s Eclipse is preparing to release their newest album, Momentum, and they deliver strong here with this first sampling.
 

 
HOUSE OF LORDS – “Oceans Divide”

House of Lords returns in 2017 with a new album, Saint of the Lost Souls.  James Christian’s vocals are as appealing as ever, with lots of layered support from the rest of the band.  Jimi Bell’s guitar work stands out, as always, even among the contributions of so many other amazing musicians.

 

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