MUSIC DISCOVERY MONDAY – 9/4/17
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)
INGLORIOUS – “Change Is Coming”
Change is inevitable. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes not so much, but either way, it’s the reality that we all live with. About 25 years ago, a change happened in the rock music world that relegated supremely talented musicians to a virtual scrapheap. Back then, angst was all the rage. The stage that once was reserved for rock stars was open to a group of musicians that looked like they could have just as well been in the audience.
Thankfully, these days, the change that seems to be happening is a new appreciation for a classic, bluesy, hard rock sound. There aren’t many that are positioned better for this resurgence than British rockers, Inglorious.
The band, which features a heavy groove, bluesy guitars, and the soaring vocals of frontman Nathan James, is a reminder that classic never goes out of style. Inglorious is modern day classic rock at its best. If you’re a fan of bands like Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Led Zeppelin, and Badlands, make sure to check out “Change Is Coming,” and then dig deeper into whatever music you can find from the band.
JEFF SCOTT SOTO – “Song For Joey”
Because Music Discovery Monday is edited ahead of time, there isn’t a lot of room to make last-minute changes to include a song released on the same day. However, the exception is being made today for a very personal reason.
Over the past few years, I’ve gotten to know Jeff Scott Soto a bit beyond the stage. He is not only one of the most talented singers around, but also one of the best people that I’ve had the pleasure to spend time with. The show with his band SOTO was one of the highlights of the year for me in 2016. Those memories are somewhat bittersweet now after the recent untimely passing of JSS’s friend and bass player, David Z.
JSS was already dealing with a personal tragedy that hit even closer to home. In January of this year, Soto’s brother, Joey, suffered a few heart attacks resulting in him only being alive with the help of machines and medical science.
With the help of his friend, Paulo Mendonca, JSS poured his emotions into a song simply titled, “Song For Joey.” Originally, this song wasn’t even planned to be released to the public. It was only meant for Soto to share with his family.
The song will be featured on JSS’s upcoming solo release, Retribution, but it was released today for another reason. Today’ is Joey’s birthday. Sadly, Joey won’t be able to celebrate or remember this birthday.
In some ways, it almost feels like an invasion of privacy to listen to this beautiful tribute, especially as you watch the video and see the love between the two brothers in pictures. Clearly, the bond that JSS and Joey shared was strong, especially when it came to music. Aside from the obvious homage to his brother, Soto acknowledges the distance that happened between the two in recent years as life got in the way.
“Song For Joey” is a painful reminder not to take anything for granted. After all, no one is promised tomorrow.
ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout
GWAR – “Fuck This Place”
Who doesn’t like GWAR? These over the top metallers from another planet have the best stage show that I’ve ever seen. Attendees at a GWAR show should be expected to be sprayed with fake blood, pus, and anything else that the band feels like spraying during their show. On top of that, they actually write some pretty tunes. GWAR’s new album, The Blood of Gods, is set to be released in October. Their first single, “Fuck This Place,” is an awesome intro to the rest of the album. Even with the loss of Brockie (Odorous) several years ago, the band seems to have regrouped for a great album. It’s obnoxious punk meets metal and every bit of GWAR that we all love. Just don’t sing this out loud at work.
LEO MORACCHIOLI – “Africa”
One of the most talented musicians that I’ve seen recently is Leo Moracchioli. He runs a studio in Norway called Frog Leap Studios, and his claim to fame is performing and recording cover songs in metal. Case in point, his most recent cover of Toto’s “Africa.” His remake of the song has every element of metal that I love. It holds true to the original, but has injected such impressive playing and arrangement to this song, that it’s made me listen to it over and over again. The addition of Rabea on lead guitar and the beautiful voice of Hannah Boulton made this song so much better. The musician and the metalhead in me highly approve!
ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout
ARGUS – “You Are The Curse”
Twin guitars attack hard in every song on Argus’s upcoming new album, From Fields of Fire. This Pittsburgh band brings us more classic metal with doom metal undertones.
EPICA – “The Solace System”
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica released their seventh studio album, The Holographic Principle, just a year ago. They are following it up with an EP, The Solace System, consisting of six new songs written and recorded during the same sessions. Remaining on full display is their trademark interplay between operatic and harsh vocals set against a rolling backdrop of layered instruments.
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