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Billboard Top 25 Hard Rock Albums – 1/21/17

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 1/21/17.  Top 25 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 25:

      1. METALLICA – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
      2. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Stage
      3. SKILLET– Unleashed
      4. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      5. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      6. KORN – The Serenity Of Suffering
      7. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      8. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
      9. HIGHLY SUSPECT – The Boy Who Died Wolf
      10. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Who You Selling For
      11. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      12. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      13. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
      14. TESTAMENT – Brotherhood Of The Snake
      15. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Best Of 2005-2013
      16. SIXX: A.M. – Prayers For The Blessed, Vol. 2
      17. GOJIRA – Magma
      18. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit
      19. DISTURBED – Disturbed: Live At Red Rocks
      20. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      21. CHEVELLE – The North Corridor
      22. GHOST – Meloria
      23. ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero
      24. BAD COMPANY – Playlist: The Very Best Of Bad Company
      25. PIERCE THE VEIL – Misadventures

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Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2015

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Archives

Billboard Top 25 Hard Rock Albums – 1/14/17

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 1/14/17.  Top 25 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 25:

      1. METALLICA – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
      2. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Stage
      3. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
      4. SKILLET– Unleashed
      5. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      6. KORN – The Serenity Of Suffering
      7. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      8. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      9. HIGHLY SUSPECT – The Boy Who Died Wolf
      10. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      11. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
      12. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      13. SIXX: A.M. – Prayers For The Blessed, Vol. 2
      14. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Best Of 2005-2013
      15. PIERCE THE VEIL – Misadventures
      16. DISTURBED – Disturbed: Live At Red Rocks
      17. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit
      18. TESTAMENT – Brotherhood Of The Snake
      19. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Who You Selling For
      20. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      21. LED ZEPPELIN – The Complete BBC Sessions
      22. GOJIRA – Magma
      23. JIMI HENDRIX – Machine Gun: The Fillmore East: First Show
      24. ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero
      25. CHEVELLE – The North Corridor

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Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2016

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2015

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

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Billboard Top 25 Hard Rock Albums – 1/7/17

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 1/7/17.  Top 25 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 25:

      1. METALLICA – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
      2. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
      3. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Stage
      4. SKILLET– Unleashed
      5. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      6. KORN – The Serenity Of Suffering
      7. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      8. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      9. HIGHLY SUSPECT – The Boy Who Died Wolf
      10. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      11. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      12. SIXX: A.M. – Prayers For The Blessed, Vol. 2
      13. DISTURBED – Disturbed: Live At Red Rocks
      14. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
      15. LED ZEPPELIN – The Complete BBC Sessions
      16. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Who You Selling For
      17. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      18. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Best Of 2005-2013
      19. TESTAMENT – Brotherhood Of The Snake
      20. PIERCE THE VEIL – Misadventures
      21. JIMI HENDRIX – Machine Gun: The Fillmore East: First Show
      22. ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero
      23. GHOST – Popestar (EP)
      24. LAMB OF GOD – The Duke (EP)
      25. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – Letters From The Labyrinth

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Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

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Billboard Top 25 Hard Rock Albums – 12/31/16

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 12/31/16.  Top 25 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 25:

      1. METALLICA – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
      2. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
      3. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Stage
      4. SKILLET– Unleashed
      5. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      6. KORN – The Serenity Of Suffering
      7. ZAO – The Well-Intentioned Virus
      8. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      9. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      10. HIGHLY SUSPECT – The Boy Who Died Wolf
      11. SIXX: A.M. – Prayers For The Blessed, Vol. 2
      12. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      13. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      14. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Who You Selling For
      15. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Best Of 2005-2013
      16. DISTURBED – Disturbed: Live At Red Rocks
      17. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
      18. TESTAMENT – Brotherhood Of The Snake
      19. LAMB OF GOD – The Duke (EP)
      20. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      21. CHEVELLE – The North Corridor
      22. LED ZEPPELIN – The Complete BBC Sessions
      23. ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero
      24. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – Letters From The Labyrinth
      25. PIERCE THE VEIL – Misadventures

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Top 135 Hard Rock Songs of 2015

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2015

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 12/3/16

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 12/3/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. ANIMALS AS LEADERS – The Madness Of Many
      2. IN FLAMES – Battles
      3. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Stage
      4. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
      5. KORN – The Serenity Of Suffering
      6. SUPERJOINT – Caught Up In The Gears Of Application
      7. THE NEAL MORSE BAND – The Similitude Of A Dream
      8. DOPE – Blood Money, Part 1
      9. SKILLET– Unleashed
      10. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      11. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      12. TESTAMENT – Brotherhood Of The Snake
      13. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      14. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Who You Selling For
      15. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival

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Top 135 Hard Rock Songs of 2015

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2015

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums Archives

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 11/26/16

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 11/26/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Stage
      2. ATTILA – Chaos
      3. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
      4. KORN – The Serenity Of Suffering
      5. DOPE – Blood Money, Part 1
      6. TESTAMENT – Brotherhood Of The Snake
      7. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Who You Selling For
      8. WOLVES AT THE GATE – Types & Shadows
      9. SKILLET– Unleashed
      10. MOTHER LOVE BONE – On Earth As It Is: The Complete Works
      11. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      12. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      13. DARK TRANQUILITY – Atoma
      14. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      15. GLENN HUGHES – Resonate

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Top 135 Hard Rock Songs of 2015

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Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 11/19/16

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 11/19/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Stage
      2. TESTAMENT – Brotherhood Of The Snake
      3. DOPE – Blood Money, Part 1
      4. KORN – The Serenity Of Suffering
      5. MEMPHIS MAY FIRE – This Light I Hold
      6. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
      7. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Who You Selling For
      8. UPON A BURNING BODY – Straight From The Barrio
      9. CROWBAR – The Serpent Only Lies
      10. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      11. DEE SNIDER – We Are The Ones
      12. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      13. SKILLET– Unleashed
      14. SERPENTINE DOMINION – Serpentine Dominion
      15. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six

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Music Discovery Monday – 10/3/16

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Music Discovery Monday – 10/3/16

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.

This week, in an exclusive interview with Hard Rock Daddy, Thirteen Reasons frontman Marc Adam Kahn shares the meaning behind the band’s single, “Unbreakable.”

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)

THIRTEEN REASONS – “Unbreakable”

Many things can inspire you to check out a new artist.  Because of Music Discovery Monday, I’m always on the hunt for music that is flying below the radar.  One of the best ways to find these hidden gems in on social media.  If you believe in the power of signs (which seems to happen more after a loss), some are just too striking to ignore.  So what does this have to do with “Unbreakable” by Thirteen Reasons?  Personally speaking…a lot.

Having lost both parents, there are ebbs and flows throughout the year where the realization of the loss strengthens depending on the calendar.  Early October is one of the more difficult times of the year for me, as it marks the anniversary of my mother’s passing and her birthday as well.  It should also be noted that 13 is a number that has deep meaning to the bond that I shared with my father.

As I scrolled through my Facebook page recently, I came upon a post by Thirteen Reasons drummer, Daren Pfeifer, talking about the loss of his mother a year-and-a-half ago, and his dedication of “Unbreakable” to her.  A song that is dedicated to the recent loss of someone’s mother, by a band named Thirteen Reasons?  Was this one of those signs that I mentioned above?

I listened to “Unbreakable,” and then immediately reached out to Pfeifer to discuss featuring the song on Music Discovery Monday.  The signs may have inspired me to listen to the song, but the music itself is what inspired me to feature it in this forum.  Opening with a cool, Everlast vibe, the song quickly transitions into a powerful melodic rocker with an uplifting message.

Formed this year, these Philly rockers aim to “bring rock back to where it belongs, inside the hearts and souls of anyone who needs a victory, a good time or an escape.”  They’re off to a good start with “Unbreakable.”  Expect to see more of Thirteen Reasons on Hard Rock Daddy in the coming months.

 

In a Hard Rock Daddy exclusive, Thirteen Reasons frontman Marc Adam Kahn shares the meaning and inspiration behind “Unbreakable”

“Unbreakable” is definitely a self-empowerment song.  I didn’t strive for it, but it kind of turned out that way.  Writing has always taken me to a place I needed to go, not just where I wanted to go.  I was basically pissed off because of things not going my way for a very long time.  Everyone has a talent or particular skill they can hone in on.  If we can only get to that place each day where we feel completely centered with a raging peace, we can accomplish whatever we want.  That’s what I struggle with.  I felt cornered, disrespected, rejected, but powerful.  It pulls from many of the struggles I’ve been going through lately, as well as the ones others close to me are facing, especially dealing with loss, grief or unresolved matters.  We can all use a lift.  I know I can. ‘Unbreakable’ is knowing nothing can hurt you and nothing can stand in your way.  If you knock me down, I’ll still get up, no matter what. This is what ‘Unbreakable’ is for us, and I hope listeners will interpret it any way they want.”
 

 
KLOVER JANE – “Walk Away”

It’s interesting how different people interpret music.  I was intrigued when a friend shared Klover Jane’s “Walk Away” on Facebook, and described it as having a “Seattle sound.”  While some incredible bands have originated in Seattle, labeling a band with a “Seattle sound” can be a double-edged sword because it can paint a very specific picture of a grunge band.

I hear a lot of things on “Walk Away,” but grunge is not the first thing that comes to mind.  In fact, if not for the mention of “Seattle sound,” I would have no idea where the band was from.  To be fair, even though the band hails from Seattle, they describe themselves as “100% PURE AMERICAN ROCK!”

Rane Stone is a rangy vocalist that has that “it factor.”  A hint of rasp conjures up thoughts of Axl Rose, and the soulful, southern rock influence is reminiscent of the late Ronnie Van Zant.  Guns N’ Roses meets Lynyrd Skynyrd?  I’d say that the band is more than living up to their billing of “100% PURE AMERICAN ROCK!”  Klover Jane may call Seattle home, but this is a band that should be garnering attention throughout the United States and beyond.
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

ALLEGAEON  “Subdivisions”

Technical death metal band from Colorado is back with a new album – Proponent for Sentience – that features one amazing cover song.   As you can probably imagine, “Subdivisions” by Rush is not an easy song to cover.  It is progressive rock at its best.  Allegaeon certainly does it justice by injecting their musical talents into this song.  Every band member pulls their own weight without having to sound like Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson or Neil Peart.  “Subdivisions” performed by a technical death metal band…I think Rush would approve.

 

TESTAMENT “Brotherhood Of The Snake”

2016 has been a great year for old-school thrash bands releasing new albums, including Testament.  Brotherhood of the Snake is the new single from the band’s 11th studio album of the same name.  Testament is one of the pioneers of the Bay Area thrash scene, and this is them at their best.  The current lineup is a mixture of former and original members.  Chuck Billy sounds just as great now as he did 30 years ago.  Steve DiGiorgio is back on bass, and guitar virtuosos Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson have created some of the most epic memorable riffs and solos.  To top it off, Gene Hoglan (the “Atomic Clock”) is back drumming for these thrash giants.  2016 has been a great year for thrash music indeed!
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

GLENN HUGHES – “Heavy”

Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze, Black Country Communion, California Breed, etc…that’s one loaded resume!  Pad that with some amazing solo material, like this opener from his upcoming solo album, Resonate (due out November 4th).  Fans call this legendary vocalist/bassist “The Voice of Rock,” and there’s no doubting that he’s gone back to his rock roots in recent years.  He has suggested that this album may be the heaviest he’s ever made, and this opener certainly lives up to its title.

 

GRIM REAPER – “Walking In The Shadows”

British heavy metal band Grim Reaper had some hit albums in the ‘80s before disbanding for nearly 20 years.  Frontman Steve Grimmett formed the band again 10 years ago, playing small venues and rock festivals, and now, for the first time in nearly 30 years, they have released a new album.  Grimmett is the only original member, but his vocals are still clean and powerful, and the rest of the band captures that classic Reaper sound.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

REDEMPTION  “Thirty Silver”

Redemption continues atop the ranks of prog metal. “Thirty Silver,” from their latest album Art of Loss, is a tremendous composition embodying the passion and emotion of betrayal.  A momentous introduction with powerful, wailing guitar work sets the profound tone of the track that features a guest appearance by Marty Friedman (Megadeth).  The forceful percussion and rhythm maintains the tension right through to the end.  Excellent performances all-around on this track.

 

LOGAR’S DIARY “Return To Bartertown”

Acoustic calm gives way to intensity in this new track from Logar’s Diary’s third studio album, At the Crossroads.  This German power metal outfit is a conceptual band narrating adventures of the magician Logar, a character from the roleplaying game, Earthdawn.  The track is driven by deft and aggressive percussion, traditional metal rhythms and classical reprises that carry the fantasy theme.  Melodic vocals and choruses round out this tell-tale tune.

 

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 6/23/16

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 6/23/16

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

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

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

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

ASIA – “Don’t Cry” (1983)

Modern day supergroups tend to have a very short shelf life.  It wouldn’t be surprising if many rock music fans thought that Asia fell into that category, given that the band’s most notable work came from their first two albums in the early ‘80s.  However, with the exception of a brief hiatus, the band has actually been in existence since 1981 (albeit with a multitude of lineup changes).  The one constant in the band has been keyboardist Geoff Downes, who previously played with Yes and The Buggles.  Those from the “MTV Generation” can fully appreciate the significance of The Buggles, whose claim to fame is having the first song every played on MTV – “Video Killed The Radio Star.”

“Don’t Cry” is a notable Asia song because it comes from the band’s sophomore release, Alpha, the last album before guitarist Steve Howe’s departure.  Howe would eventually rejoin Asia nearly a decade after his departure.  “Don’t Cry” takes you on a nostalgic journey back to the early days of MTV.  This keyboard-heavy track is highlighted by vocal harmonies and a progressive influence that is accessible to all mainstream rock listeners.
 

 
GTR – “When The Heart Rules The Mind” (1986)

After departing from Asia, Steve Howe went on to form another supergroup called GTR.  This group only ended up recording one album together, giving them a tenure that is similar to what many supergroups of today experience.  Although Howe had parted ways with Geoff Downes and Asia, Downes was the producer this project’s only release.  The entire album is has an AOR feel with progressive influences, and is an excellent listen for those who are interested.  The self-titled album produced one hit song, “When The Heart Rules The Mind.”  Like “Don’t Cry,” it is highlighted by a heavy keyboard sound and vocal harmonies.  This incredibly melodic tune is definitely a favorite from the mid-‘80s.  Interesting fact: The name GTR is derived from the abbreviation for “guitar” on the studio mixing console.
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

TESTAMENT  “Over The Wall” (1987)

Some of my most memorable nights were hanging out on a Saturday night and watching Headbanger’s Ball on MTV.  When this video came on, I would crank it up, bang my head and drum along (until my mom would tell me to turn it down).  Testament never had the same popularity as Metallica, but they knew how to write an awesome thrash metal tune.  In fact, in my opinion, “the Big 4″ should have been renamed “the Big 5,” and included Testament with the others.  From their first album The Legacy, Testament was all about aggression…fast, yet technical “bang your head” thrash metal.  Listen to Alex Skolnick’s solo on this song!

 

DEATH ANGEL “Seemingly Endless Time” (1990)

Because I’ve been playing the hell out of their new album, The Evil Divide (released last month), I’ve pulled out one of my favorite songs by Death Angel – “Seemingly Endless Time” – from their third album, Act III.  These Bay Area thrash masters are one of the most underrated thrash bands ever.  Listen to the aggression from the opening riff, and also when the drums enter to the “math lesson” after the numbing solo back into the main riff.  These guys seem to be able to do it all.  Although they didn’t get the notoriety that they deserved, their technical playing and songwriting on songs like “Seemingly Endless Time” has made them one of the best thrash metal bands ever.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

CRASHDIET – “Beautiful Pain” (2010)

Six years ago this glam rock band out of Sweden released this deep and moving hard rock ballad on their album, Generation Wild.  Lead vocals and rhythm guitar were handled by Simon Cruz, the band’s third frontman, who left the band just last year.  Here’s to hoping they find a new singer soon and get back to producing great music.

 

STURM UND DRANG – “Rising Son” (2007)

Storm and Stress.  While the American colonies were fighting for independence, it was a revolution of another kind, in literature and the arts, across the ocean in Germany.  This Scandinavian metal band borrows its name from that movement, and lays on thick both the storm and the stress in their 2007 debut album, Learning To Rock.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

HIBRIA – “Shall I Keep On Burning?” (2013)

Brazillian metal band Hibria penned this terrific power ballad back in 2013, off their fourth full-length album, Silent Revenge.  Iuri Sanson’s acoustic opening is captivating, and sets the tone for this song of a love lost.  The agony is amplified when the heavy rhythm line kicks in and builds to tremendous solo work from Abel Camargo and Renato Osório.  An excellent, deep cut from a talented under-the-radar band.

 

ALTARIA – “Unchain The Rain” (2004)

Finish melodic power metal group Altaria has been around since 2000.  This quartet thrives on catchy rhythms, vocals and a bright, well-produced metal sound.  “Unchain the Rain” is the lead song from the band’s second album, Divinity.  The track breaks from the gate with an upbeat tempo that characterizes their inspirational message, which holds till the end, repeating the song’s memorable refrain.

Music Discovery Monday – 7/20/15

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Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 7/20/15.

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

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

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

This week, we feature an exclusive from Tad Morose frontman, Ronny Hemlin, discussing the meaning behind the band’s single, “Forlorn.”

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

TAD MOROSE – “Forlorn”

Some days, you just need to lose yourself in the music and let metal be your therapy.  Today is one of those days.  Thankfully, I was turned on to Tad Morose and “Forlorn” in time to include it in this week’s Music Discovery Monday.  Amazingly, the band has been around for over 20 years, but like many Swedish bands, has not broken through in the U.S.  The lack of radio opportunities for bands like Tad Morose is a story for another day.  For today, the story is one of melancholy, and an impassioned vocal delivery by Ronny Hemlin that makes you feel the despair, yet somehow feel uplifted at the same time.  “Forlorn” features Yngwie-esque guitars and vocals that are reminiscent of Graham Bonnet’s early work with Alcatrazz.  Simply put, this is pure power metal that deserves to be heard by an audience well beyond the borders of Europe.

In a Hard Rock Daddy exclusive, Tad Morose frontman Ronny Hemlin shared the meaning behind “Forlorn.”

’Forlorn’ is a glimpse into a very possible future, and about losing something / someone – without noticing until it’s too late, leaving us with nothing but a spinning mind and regrets. Even though BIG and LOUD warnings are given to us all the time, and we’re struck down to our knees, we stand ourselves up just to receive another punch from the very same direction.  The future will be very dark unless we open our eyes and read the signs.”

 

WHILE SHE SLEEPS – “Four Walls”

A haunting chant sets the stage for a metal onslaught highlighted by melodic growling vocals where the lyrics can be understood without sacrificing any intensity.  In fact, the vocals in this case only serve to enhance the story being told in the song.  “Four Walls” is not for the faint of heart, but its melodic quality is likely to have an appeal that lies well beyond the realm of a typical metalcore audience.  Like Tad Morose, the timing of this one worked out well, having heard the song for the first time on Octane this past week.  The song addresses death with a rage so intense that it ends up being a cathartic experience…the healing power of metal, I suppose.

 

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

METAL ALLEGIANCE – “Can’t Kill The Devil”

The word “supergroup” gets thrown around quite a bit these days, but there might be a need for a new word soon because Metal Allegiance is bigger than just a “group.”  The core of the project includes Dave Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament) and Mike Portnoy (Winery Dogs & 422 other bands), but it’s the enormous cast that they’ve assembled that makes the forthcoming album one to watch for.  For the first full song—one that you could have convinced me was new Metallica without too much effort – the vocals come from Testament’s Chuck Billy, while guitars are supplied by members of Machine Head and Sepultura.  Yes, I believe “supergroup” falls a little short.

 

STRYPER – “Yahweh”

While the return of groundbreaking Christian metal band Stryper in 2013 was welcomed by many, it may be only now that long-time fans feel like the band is completely back.  There wasn’t necessarily much to complain about with the recent work, however, it’s the first track from the new album due this fall that seems certain to transport listeners back to the band’s platinum selling heyday.  The lyrics are as uncompromising as anything from the past, but it’s the combination of Michael Sweet’s soaring vocals and the blistering dual guitar work of Oz Fox and Sweet that makes this feel like the complete Stryper package.  Three decades may have passed since the band first exploded onto the metal scene, but you’d never know it from any aspect of this song…a simply spectacular effort.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

MAXX EXPLOSION – “Crazy Hot”

House of Lords members Chris McCarvill (vocals, bass, keyboards), Jimi Bell (guitar), and BJ Zampa (drums) also deliver melodic rock in a group of their own, Maxx Explosion. Through intricate musicianship, outstanding sound production, and the fact that all three contribute to the vocals, they manage a much fuller sound than most three-man bands.  Their latest single, “Crazy Hot,” (from the band’s sophomore album, Dirty Angels) was released just last week, and highlights those vocal harmonies while striking an addictive groove.

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

SERPENTINE – “Season Of The Witch”

Serpentine brings solid driving AOR/Melodic Metal from the UK.  “Season of the Witch” is a track from their most recent release, Circle of Knives.  This tune has a great buildup to the screaming guitar of Chris Gould to start things off before it settles back into a steady, driving rhythm.  You can hear Gould’s solos paying homage to his heroes: Randy Rhodes and Zakk Wylde.  There’s a heavy synthesizer presence as well (Gareth Noon).

 

BENEDICTUM – “Scream” (2013)

San Diego is home to female-fronted Benedictum, formerly known as both Bound and Regime.  Veronica Freeman has a big voice and belts out impressive screams on this appropriately named track.  Pete Wells (guitars), Aric Avina (bass) and Rikard Stjernquist (drums) grind out this solid and skilled heavy metal quartet.  This is from the band’s 4th studio album, Obey.
 

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HARD ROCK MUSIC TIME MACHINE

 ADAM WALDMAN

D.A.D. – “Sleeping My Day Away” (1989)

American hard rock fans may very well think of D.A.D. as a one-hit wonder, and even that would be using the term loosely, since “Sleeping My Day Away” was never a huge hit for these Danish rockers in the U.S.  It is, however, the one song that received some radio airplay, although in recent months, I’ve heard “Rim Of Hell” on SiriusXM.  Both songs appeared on the band’s third studio album, No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims.  D.A.D. didn’t start out as an acronym; they ended up with the moniker after Disney threatened to sue the band for calling themselves Disneyland After Dark.  It took 25 years and 11 studio albums, but they finally found a way to cleverly sneak in their original name as the title of their 2011 release, DIC-NII-LAN-DAFT-ERD-ARK.  Clearly, the band has a sense of humor.  Ironically, as much as I like “Sleeping My Day Away,” it isn’t the song that made me remember them after all of these years.  It’s their name and the fact that their bass player, Stig Pedersen, is known for playing a 2-string bass (since he only played the “A” and “E” strings).  After you check out this song, Google “Stig Pedersen bass” so that you can fully appreciate his uniqueness.

 

GUNS N’ ROSES – “14 Years” (1991)

It’s hard to say that any GNR song flies under the radar, much less one off of the band’s epic Use Your Illusion double album, but this song was chosen for a few reasons.  It is incredibly fitting in a personal symbolic way, as my life was forever changed 14 years ago on this date.  Lyrically, most of the song does not apply to my situation, but the chorus is spot-on…

“It’s been 14 years of silence…it’s been 14 years of pain…it’s been 14 years that are gone forever, and I’ll never have again.”

“14 Years” never received the attention that many other tracks on Use Your Illusion did, but it has always been a personal favorite, due in no small part to the rollicking piano which is rare to find in a hard rock song.

NOTE:  Although the connections are not readily apparent, all of my selections this week are fitting for what this day represents to me.

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

TESTAMENT – “Practice What You Preach” (1989)

The title track and lead single from the third studio album by California thrash metal heavyweights, Testament, was a song that managed to break through into more mainstream avenues such as MTV, and helped establish the band as one of the true leaders of the thrash scene.  While they were already notable within the niche, this was a track that helped bring them attention from a broader swath of rock/metal fans and helped to cement them as key figures.

 

BARREN CROSS – “Imaginary Music” (1988)

While Stryper was the band that brought Christian metal fully into the mainstream, they were certainly not the only member of the genre.  Among the notables of the time was a Los Angeles band that had less glam and more NWOBHM influences in their sound, particularly the similarity of vocalist Mike Lee’s sound to that of Bruce Dickinson.  This was the lead track from their first album for mainstream label Enigma Records, produced by John Elefante (Kansas) and his brother Dino.  The band’s first stint lasted from the mid-80s to the mid-90s.  After a 16-year hiatus, the band returned to the scene.  The original lineup is now intact once again.

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

SISTER SIN – “Hearts Of Cold” (2012)

Sister Sin is a female-fronted band from Sweden that rocks out hard with old school metal.  Liv Jagrell has that perfect metal voice, and the rest of the band plays off of it beautifully with driving rhythms and memorable riffs.  I caught them last week here in New York, and they blew away a small audience as if they were playing to an arena.  This favorite from 2012 was one of the highlights.

 

PARADISE INC – “Steel Or Stone” (2011)

Carsten “Lizard” Schulz is the kind of exceptional and prolific vocalist whom you can follow to any band and know that you’re about to discover some amazing music.  Here he fronts for a Brazilian hard rock band on their debut album.  This uplifting ballad was a personal favorite, especially the acoustic version (linked above), which was included as a bonus track.

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

HORIZON’s END “Cover My Eyes” (2008)

Greek prog metal band, Horizon’s End, was on their way to releasing their third studio album in 2008, when they produced and shot the video for “Cover My Eyes.”  Unfortunately, they shelved the un-named album, and moved on to other projects.  They leave behind this great track as a sign of what might have been if the rest of the tracks weren’t gathering dust somewhere…

 

ELEGY – “Destiny Calling” (1997)

Ian Parry’s great vocals headline this epic and emotional song of remembrance and regret from the Netherland’s power metal band, Elegy.  A clear sign of the times for ’90s metal is the keyboard work bringing a melancholy undercurrent to the power guitars (both are the fine work of Henk van der Laars).