MUSIC DISCOVERY MONDAY – 8/14/17
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)
COLDSPELL – “Call Of The Wild”
Sweden the home base for a number of great hard rock and metal bands that don’t get the attention that they deserve in America. Aside from the fact that there is just so much music out there these days, there isn’t really a radio format to expose melodic rock bands in the U.S. Even bands with a lengthy history don’t necessarily have an outlet to showcase new material.
Coldspell released their first album in 2009, but one listen to “Call Of The Wild,” and you’d think that their formation took place at least two decades prior. Although the band’s sound is distinct, you can hear some very cool influences that instantly draw you in and make you take notice. The more I listened to the track, the more I started hearing hints of other great rockers from Queensryche to Yngwie Malmsteen to Dokken, and at times, shades of Black Sabbath. Regardless of the influences that you may hear, one thing is clear, this is a powerful unit with a sound that makes you want to dig deeper into what they have to offer.
STATION – “All You Need Is A Heartbeat”
There was a time when the New York City hard rock and metal scene was thriving. Though many of the clubs that were once a home for the genre are nothing more than a memory today, based on my personal experience, I see a resurgence happening with some really talented bands. NYC’s melodic rock band Station definitely falls into that category. As you listen to the band’s single “All You Need Is A Heartbeat,” you are taken on a journey back in time to the feel-good days of the ‘80s, when the world just seemed like a happier place to live. While it may seem like I’m waxing nostalgic for days gone by, it’s only because the sound of that era has never lost its luster for me. In a world that feels too busy and (often times) less joyful, Station is a reminder that life doesn’t always have to be so serious. It’s refreshing to hear such an upbeat song with a beautifully infectious hook. Definitely looking forward to more features on the band in the near future.
ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout
BYZANTINE – “New Ways To Bear Witness”
This groove metal band from West Virginia recently released their sixth studio album, The Cicada Tree. I am thoroughly impressed with it. The band grooves like Pantera with some great thrash moments, double time speed drumming, and tasty guitar riffs and solos. Their music is also pretty progressive, with lyrical content lamenting about the plights of American society. Fans of Meshuggah and Lamb of God will dig this.
PRONG – “Divide And Conquer”
Old school crossover band Prong also released a new album entitled Zero Days. “Divide And Conquer” is classic Prong with some modern elements to it. With Tommy Victor being the only original member left in the band, the music reflects his writing style and compositions. One of the hardest working men in the metal scene, Victor has recorded, produced, and played with bands such as Danzig, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and Trent Reznor. Looks like he finally found some time to resurrect Prong (which is a good thing).
ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout
KRYPTONITE – “Keep The Dream Alive”
A few weeks ago I reviewed the newest release from Swedish metal band The Poodles. This new one is a collaboration between their lead singer, Jacob Samuel, and writer/producer Alessandro Del Vecchio. It’s melodic rock very much in keeping with The Poodles sound, with big hooks and memorable refrains. The entire album is packed with quality songs.
CASSIDY PARIS – “Talk About It”
I’ve followed guitarist Steve Janevski’s work ever since I discovered Australian power metal band Black Majesty over ten years ago. His daughter shows us that talent runs in the family, as she releases her first single, “Talk About It.” It’s upbeat melodic rock with ‘80s influences, as well as more modern touches from artists who inspired her, like Taylor Swift and Avril Lavigne. The fourteen-year-old got her first exposure joining her dad on stage at his gigs, and in November she will be performing at shows with his newest band, The Radio Sun, in Japan.
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