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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 2/16/17

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 2/16/17

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.

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)

CINDERELLA – “Long Cold Winter” (1988)

Cinderella’s “Long Cold Winter” is actually a song about a love lost.  The song has nothing to do with the temperature; it’s just poetic license.  However, living in a cold climate that has already been pummeled with snow (and still only half way through the season), this song has been running through my head in recent weeks.

If you look at the photo featured above, it’s plain to see why Cinderella has always been looked at as a “hair band.”  Aesthetics aside, their music has always been more in the realm of blues-based hard rock bands like AC/DC and Led Zeppelin.  Had they arrived on the scene a decade earlier with a different look, there’s an excellent chance that they would have been looked at as one of the great bands of the generation.

“Long Cold Winter” is a brooding, slow-tempo blues rock song that, if not for Tom Keifer’s distinct vocals, may leave you thinking that it was Led Zeppelin as you listen.  Although it is about lost love, the song captures the melancholic feeling that you get from the winter blues.  If “hair band” is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Cinderella mentioned, I strongly suggest listening to “Long Cold Winter” to see that they are being unfairly categorized.
 

 

SAVATAGE – “Dead Winter Dead” (1995)

If ever there was a band that comes to mind during the winter, it is Savatage.  Well…sort of.  While this underrated band flies below the radar of many, Savatage spawned the tremendously popular Trans-Siberian Orchestra (a band whose music transcends genre preference).  The Savatage name and perception as a metal band ended up creating a barrier to the masses.  Founder Jon Oliva admitted to being frustrated that the success of “Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/4” (originally featured on the Dead Winter Dead concept album) came under the TSO moniker.

Dead Winter Dead was the first Savatage album after the tragic passing of Oliva’s brother (Criss), who was killed by a drunk driver in 1993.  Criss was the original lead guitarist for the band.  This album featured Al Pitrelli on guitars.

The title track off of the album is a gritty rocker that chugs along underneath theatrical vocals.  Like sun breaking through dark, ominous clouds, Pitrelli’s guitar work shines like a beacon of light.

If you’re only familiar with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and have yet to discover what Savatage has to offer, this is a good place to start, before working your way backwards through their catalog.
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

MACHINE HEAD – “Davidian” (1994)

In 1994, a little heavy metal band from California released an album called Burn My Eyes.  Combining groove-laden Pantera-esque riffs with the thrash metal speed of Slayer and Exodus, Machine Head rose to the top of the metal genre in the mid-‘90s.  One of the more socially aware bands during that time period, the band screamed and tore their way through topics such as the L.A. riots, abuse, urban decay and disillusion for society.  Although their sound has changed a bit in recent times, “Davidian” is a great song that provides a snapshot of life in the mid-‘90s.

 

SOULFLY – “Back to the Primitive” (2000)

Upon leaving Sepultura in 1996, Max Cavalera immediately went to work and started his new band, Soulfly.  Taking the Brazilian tribal influences evident in Sepultura’s roots, Soulfly continued on its course by mixing Brazilian tribal drumming and world music with thrash metal, resulting in a groove-heavy eclectic sound.  The debut of Soulfly boasted a plethora of top-named musician contributions such as Roy Mayorga on drums, Tom Araya from Slayer, Burton C. Bell and Dino Cazares from Fear Factory and Chino Moreno from Deftones.  The band is still going strong, with an album recently released in 2015.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

LORDI – “It Snows In Hell” (2006)

They wear monster masks and litter the stage with horror props, but despite the showmanship, ultimately it’s about the music. Layered and pounding, at times playful, at times chilling, this is some powerful melodic metal. This one comes from the band’s 2006 breakout album, The Arockalypse, and is likely to be performed when the band comes all the way from Finland for their much-anticipated American tour.

 

DAVID READMAN – “Evil Combination” (2007)

When he’s not fronting for Pink Cream 69, Voodoo Circle or Almanac, this busy vocalist can be found putting out some amazing solo material.  This melodic metal piece comes from his 2007 self-titled album.  He is currently reforming that project, bringing on some Dutch musicians and changing the name, slightly, to The David Readman Band.  New music is expected soon!

Billboard Top 25 Hard Rock Albums – 1/28/17

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 1/28/17.  Top 25 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 25:

      1. HALESTORM – ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs ep
      2. METALLICA – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
      3. ICE NINE KILLS – Safe Is Just A Shadow (Re-Shadowed And Re-Recorded)
      4. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Stage
      5. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      6. SKILLET– Unleashed
      7. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      8. NIGHTWISH – Vehicle Of Spirit: Live At Wembley Arena, London/Ratina Station, Tampere +
      9. HIGHLY SUSPECT – The Boy Who Died Wolf
      10. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      11. KORN – The Serenity Of Suffering
      12. GONE IS GONE – Echolocation
      13. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      14. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      15. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Who You Selling For
      16. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
      17. GHOST – Meloria
      18. JIMI HENDRIX – Machine Gun: The Fillmore East: First Show 12/31/1969
      19. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit
      20. ALLUVIAL – The Deep Longing For Annihilation
      21. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      22. BAD COMPANY – Playlist: The Very Best Of Bad Company
      23. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
      24. GOJIRA – Magma
      25. THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH – Exhale

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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 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

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Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2016 compiled by Nielsen SoundScan and ranked by sales data.

  1. DISTURBED – Immortalized
  2. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
  3. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – Letters From The Labyrinth
  4. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
  5. MEGADETH – Dystopia
  6. DEFTONES – Gore
  7. SKILLET – Unleashed
  8. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
  9. PIERCE THE VEIL – Misadventures
  10. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark Before Dawn
  11. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
  12. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Stage
  13. ROB ZOMBIE – Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser
  14. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit
  15. KORN – The Serenity Of Suffering
  16. ANTHRAX – For All Kings
  17. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – Incarnate
  18. RUSH – R40 Live
  19. CHEVELLE – The North Corridor
  20. THREE DOORS DOWN – Us And The Night
  21. ASKING ALEXANDRIA – The Black
  22. DREAM THEATER – The Astonishing
  23. VARIOUS ARTISTS – NOW That’s What I Call Power Ballads
  24. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
  25. HELLYEAH – Unden!able
  26. AMON AMARTH – Jomsviking
  27. IRON MAIDEN – The Book Of Souls
  28. GHOST – Popestar (EP)
  29. ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero
  30. SIXX: A.M. – Prayers For The Damned, Vol 1
  31. DEF LEPPARD – Def Leppard
  32. GHOST – Meloria
  33. COHEED AND CAMBRIA -The Color Before The Sun
  34. THRICE – To Be Everywhere Is Nowhere
  35. ISSUES – Headspace
  36. VARIOUS ARTISTS – 2016 Warped Tour Compiliation
  37. GOJIRA – Magma
  38. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Who You Selling For
  39. BABYMETAL – Metal Resistance
  40. HALESTORM – Into The Wild Life
  41. BARONESS – Purple
  42. RED – Of Beauty And Rage
  43. CROWN THE EMPIRE – Retrograde
  44. MESHUGGAH – The Violent Sleep Of Reason
  45. ACE FREHLEY – Origins, Vol. 1
  46. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
  47. BEARTOOTH – Aggressive
  48. THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH – Exhale
  49. HATEBREED – The Concrete Confessional
  50. DANCE GAVIN DANCE – Mothership

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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 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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Billboard Top 25 Hard Rock Albums – 12/24/16

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 12/24/16.  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. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      5. KORN – The Serenity Of Suffering
      6. SKILLET– Unleashed
      7. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Best Of 2005-2013
      8. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      9. SIXX: A.M. – Prayers For The Blessed, Vol. 2
      10. HIGHLY SUSPECT – The Boy Who Died Wolf
      11. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      12. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      13. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Who You Selling For
      14. DISTURBED – Disturbed: Live At Red Rocks
      15. NIGHT RANGER – 35 Years And A Night In Chicago
      16. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      17. LAMB OF GOD – The Duke (EP)
      18. TESTAMENT – Brotherhood Of The Snake
      19. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – Letters From The Labyrinth
      20. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
      21. SIXX: A.M. – Prayers For The Damned, Vol. 1
      22. ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero
      23. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      24. LED ZEPPELIN – The Complete BBC Sessions
      25. JIMI HENDRIX – Machine Gun: Fillmore East: The First Show 12/31/69

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Billboard Top 25 Hard Rock Albums – 12/17/16

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 12/17/16.  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. ICON FOR HIRE – You Can’t Kill Us
      6. KORN – The Serenity Of Suffering
      7. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      8. SIXX: A.M. – Prayers For The Blessed, Vol. 2
      9. BEASTO BLANCO – Beasto Blanco
      10. HIGHLY SUSPECT – The Boy Who Died Wolf
      11. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      12. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      13. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Who You Selling For
      14. DISTURBED – Disturbed: Live At Red Rocks
      15. LAMB OF GOD – The Duke (EP)
      16. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      17. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      18. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
      19. TESTAMENT – Brotherhood Of The Snake
      20. ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero
      21. JIMI HENDRIX – Machine Gun: The Fillmore East: First Show 12/31/1969
      22. SIXX: A.M. – Prayers For The Damned, Vol. 1
      23. CHEVELLE – The North Corridor
      24. ALICE IN CHAINS – Live: Facelift (EP)
      25. MEGADETH – Dystopia

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Billboard Top 25 Hard Rock Albums – 12/10/16

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 12/10/16.  Top 25 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 25:

      1. METALLICA – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
      2. HIGHLY SUSPECT – The Boy Who Died Wolf
      3. SIXX: A.M. – Prayers For The Blessed, Vol. 2
      4. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Stage
      5. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
      6. LAMB OF GOD – The Duke (EP)
      7. DISTURBED – Disturbed: Live At Red Rocks
      8. PROTEST THE HERO – Pacific Myth
      9. KORN – The Serenity Of Suffering
      10. SKILLET– Unleashed
      11. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      12. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH -Got Your Six
      13. TESTAMENT – Brotherhood Of The Snake
      14. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Who You Selling For
      15. IN FLAMES – Battles
      16. I PREVAIL – Lifelines
      17. ANIMALS AS LEADERS – The Madness Of Many
      18. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      19. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      20. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Bad Vibrations
      21. ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero
      22. SUPERJOINT – Caught Up In The Gears Of Application
      23. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      24. SIXX: A.M. – Prayers For The Damned, Vol. 1
      25. ION DISSONANCE – Cast The First Stone

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