Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 5/25/15.
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.
In honor of Memorial Day, this week’s Music Discovery Monday features songs that show appreciation for the military…
ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)
NONPOINT – “Frontlines” (2010)
Nonpoint is primarily known for their brand of high-energy, intense hard rock. Written from the perspective of a soldier, “Frontlines” is a melancholic, thought-provoking power ballad that really drives home the point that our soldiers are putting their lives on the line every day to protect the freedoms that we enjoy, and too often, take for granted. The images contained within the video should serve as a stark reminder that Memorial Day is about more than just a long weekend to BBQ with friends and family…
“Frontlines’ is for our country’s armed forces. They risk their lives every day to protect the rights, liberties and lives of people whose names they don’t even know” (Elias Soriano).
OTHERWISE – “Soldiers” (2012)
While the song has a deeper meaning that goes beyond military appreciation, at its core, “Soldiers” is an uplifting anthem about the freedom that we enjoy because of the bravery of those who serve our country.
“For the Warriors who fight and die…so the rest of us may fight to Live.”
“The quote, which preludes the video itself, is a direct dedication to the brave men and women who serve in the United States military,” says Otherwise vocalist Adrian Patrick. “Their service allows our country’s citizens to pursue their individual ideas of happiness.”
EVE TO ADAM – “Immortal” (2013)
“This song is dedicated to the men and women of the United States armed services and their families for their incalculable sacrifices made on behalf of this great country.”
The aforementioned quote begins the powerful lyric video of Eve To Adam’s “Immortal,” which features a mixture of still shots and video images. Listening to this melodic anthem as you watch the video, you can’t help but to feel inspired and appreciative of our incredible military, whose perseverance and dedication is unrivaled…
“Immortal is dedicated to those whose accomplishments and influence will last way beyond their living years. It’s about those people that everybody else wants to emulate and strive to be like,” states Eve To Adam frontman, Taki Sassaris.
SAMMY HAGAR – “Remember The Heroes” (1982)
If ever there was a song that was perfect for Memorial Day, it is Sammy Hagar’s “Remember The Heroes,” which was co-written with Jonathan Cain (Journey) and features the guest vocals of Mike Reno (Loverboy). Hagar and Reno both capture the meaning of the song with their distinct, emotive vocal deliveries. From Hagar’s successful 1982 solo album, Three Lock Box, “Remember The Heroes” didn’t garner as much attention as many of the hits on the album, but it is arguably the most important song on the album.
JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – “Wrong Side Of Heaven” (2013)
Continuing their strong connection with veterans, the band turned the video for this hit single into a fund-raising opportunity for numerous advocacy groups. The effort produced over $100,000 in less than 48 hours upon release, and exponentially more awareness of stress-related disorders afflicting veterans and groups that stand ready to help.
SAVING ABEL – “18 Days” (2008)
Another band with a long-standing connection to the military, Saving Abel wrote and dedicated this song to U.S. troops serving around the world. The global nature of the missions are more familiar to the band than many, having performed for troops serving in Iraq, Qatar, Cuba, Japan and India.
TRAPT – “Living In The Eye Of The Storm” (2013)
Initially written about personal turmoil, this song turned toward veterans with an accompanying video that was intended to recognize the sacrifice of troops and their families.
ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout
ICED EARTH – “Declaration Day” (2004)
Iced Earth, out of Tampa, Florida, is a heavy metal band formed by guitarist and songwriter Jon Schaffer. “Declaration Day” comes from one of the two albums fronted by the amazing Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen). His vocals soar off the charts to evoke powerful emotion in a song of resolution and sacrifice.
FAIRYLAND – “A Soldier’s Letter” (2009)
This French band, playing arrangements dense with keyboards and vocal harmonies, is a solid contributor to the symphonic metal genre. Here, with guest vocalist Marco Sandron (Pathosray), they deliver a moving tribute to the soldier so far away from his loved ones, and fated never to come home.
LIQUID HORIZON – “Sacrifice” (2007)
German progressive metal band Liquid Horizon wrote this heart-wrenching piece about the struggle against tyranny for their 2007 concept album, Revolutions. Each song from the album focuses on a particular revolution, or struggle for freedom, from a different period in history. The complex arrangement here was conceived to lament the failed attempt by Georg Elser to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1939, thereby (hopefully) averting World War II and the subsequent Nazi atrocities. So many sacrifices, on the battlefield and elsewhere, would sadly follow.
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