MUSIC DISCOVERY MONDAY – 4/17/17
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)
SNAKECHARMER – “Follow Me Under”
The band is called Snakecharmer, but if you were to name the band after the story of the members, “Unsung Heroes” would be an appropriate moniker to use. Reason being…it’s quite possible that you don’t know the names of the incredibly talented members that make up the band, but you do know the impressive list of artists that they are associated with. There are far too many artists to mention in this forum, but if you’d like to learn more about the background of each of the six members, check out the band’s website.
Though this sextet is only about to release their second album, the band’s collective experience dates back decades, so it’s no surprise that their sound is rooted in the ‘70s and ‘80s.
“Follow Me Under,” the latest single from Snakecharmer’s upcoming release (Second Skin) is everything that you love about classic rock. At times, the sound will remind you of Deep Purple’s mid-‘80s reunited lineup; at others, you’ll feel the uplifting vibe of songs like “Never Been Any Reason” (Head East). Classic rock is one way to describe this song that gets better with each listen. Timeless is probably a more fitting description though.
Can you classify a band like this as a supergroup if the members are not well-known as individuals? Based on talent, songwriting ability and resume, I’d say the answer the question is a resounding YES!
CRAZY LIXX – “Wild Child”
Crazy Lixx has been through their share of lineup changes, including having to replace both guitarists within the last year or so, but the band never seems to miss a beat. If you long for the glory days of the ‘80s, these Swedish sleaze rockers will make you feel like you’ve taken a journey back in time. The band’s latest single, “Wild Child” blends the sweet vocal harmonies of classic Dokken with the energy of early Skid Row. The arena rock days may be nothing more than a fading memory at this point in time, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t bands out there creating music that would send an arena crowd into a frenzy. Crazy Lixx does it as well as any band on the scene today.
ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout
THE OBSESSED – “Razor Wire”
The Obsessed recently released their fourth album, Sacred. It’s a solid album full of hard rocking, sludgy tunes like their first single, “Razor Wire.” This latest album, which is much heavier than their previous work, is the band’s first in over 20 years. The Obsessed is one of the main staples of the heavy metal/doom rock genre. It’s refreshing to see acts like this come back to the limelight.
HARLOTT – “First World Solutions”
Looking for some good, straight-forward thrash metal? Australia’s Harlott is what you’re looking for. Their third full-length studio album, Extinction, appears to be an early contender the best thrash album of the year. Parts of Slayer, Testament, Exodus, and pretty much every old school thrash band’s influences can be heard here.
ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout
MARK SLAUGHTER – “Hey You”
Slaughter frontman Mark Slaughter will be releasing his second solo album, Halfway There, on May 26th. He is producing and engineering it himself, in addition to writing all the songs, singing, playing guitar and most of the other instruments as well. This is the first single from the new album.
WARRANT – “Only Broken Hearts”
Glam metal band Warrant hit it big in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. They had broken up by 2000, but reunited briefly with the original lineup in 2008. After frontman Jani Lane left the band again (and died tragically in 2011 from acute alcohol poisoning), they soon settled on ex-Lynch Mob vocalist Robert Mason as their new frontman. He and the rest of the band shine here, on the first release from their upcoming new album, Louder Harder Faster (due out in May).
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