Music Discovery Monday – 8/29/16
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.
This week, in an exclusive interview with Hard Rock Daddy, Harvest Falls guitarist Marc Bernuy shares the meaning and inspiration behind the band’s single, “Waiting On The Edge.”
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, Hard Rock Daddy)
HARVEST FALLS – “Waiting On The Edge”
When a band reaches out to you in personal, thoughtful way and shows true gratitude, you hope that the music moves you upon hitting the “play” button on YouTube. As I listened to Harvest Falls’ “Waiting On The Edge,” I knew that this band was destined for Music Discovery Monday. Because I was so impressed with them, I altered the editorial calendar to have their feature coincide with the release of their independent debut EP, Affinity.
The band describes their sound as “a fusion of modern alternative music and hard rock.” Interestingly, while I find an alternative undertone to “Waiting On The Edge,” because of the melodic vocal harmonies and passionate lead vocals of Ronnie Cinnella, I hear a unique blend of King’s X and Kansas. The dual guitar work of Anthony Gomes and Marc Bernuy has ‘80s metal sensibilities infused with the vibe of Tool’s “Sober.” This New Jersey rock quartet is rounded out by the solid foundation laid by drummer JR Pereira.
Harvest Falls is currently unsigned, but it certainly isn’t because of a lack of talent or quality songs. The only challenge that I can see for these up-and-comers is that they’re too unique to be easily pigeon-holed into a specific radio format. Like some other outstanding bands that I’ve featured in this format, I commend Harvest Falls for writing music from the heart rather than chasing a format. You’ll be seeing a lot more from this band on Hard Rock Daddy going forward!
Harvest Falls guitarist Marc Bernuy shared the meaning and inspiration behind “Waiting On The Edge” in an exclusive interview with Hard Rock Daddy…
“Waiting On The Edge’ is a personal story about a girl, who unfortunately never gave herself the opportunity to be more than what life planed out for her to be. It’s a story about life’s obstacles that (sadly) one couldn’t overcome. We could have crossed paths many times, but never bothered to know her name. She could have cried out for help, but we were too preoccupied to listen. ‘Waiting On The Edge’ is a song about not giving up, and also helping others instead of ignoring a situation. It relates to all of us who sometimes are trapped in the everyday routine, and to those who fear taking a risk to live a dream, and instead play it safe and live in regret. The girl in the song never had a chance, nor did she give herself the opportunity to see what could have been. Not everyone has these kinds of struggles, but we need to learn to embrace those that do. Without them, we could never truly appreciate all of the beautiful things that life has to offer. We can’t wait around for something to suddenly change or happen. We are the owners of our lives and we can’t give up. Like the message in the chorus says…‘Don’t forfeit life when nothing is set in stone.”
INGLORIOUS – “Holy Water”
There was something so powerful about ‘70s hard rock, that it still resonates with many rock fans to this day. It was the decade that laid the foundation for everything that exists in every sub-genre of hard rock and metal today. And while some of those legendary artists are still performing, the end of those days will certainly come sooner than we all hope. Thankfully, there are bands like Inglorious to keep the sound and soul of ‘70s blues rock alive and well moving forward. What makes this band even more impressive is that they have captured the essence of ‘70s hard rock in a way that makes you think that they were immersed in the music of the decade, but they weren’t even born yet!
“Holy Water,” from Inglorious’ debut album, is blues rock at its finest. The slow groove gives frontman Nathan James plenty of space to showcase impressive vocals that conjure up memories of a young Ian Gillan. Not many bands this young understand that there can be as much musicality in space as there is in shredding and jamming. This dynamic five-piece British quintet proves that they can use all of these things with equal deft within the confines of this song.
ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout
GIRAFFE TONGUE ORCHESTRA – “Crucifixion”
It must be supergroup season. “Crucifixion” is a recent release by Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, a band that features members of Alice in Chains, Mastodon and Dillinger Escape Plan. Their first single off of the album Broken Lines is a great introduction to the new sound created by these three great musicians. “Crucifixion” grooves nicely with some progressive elements, and is a great blend of influences from all three bands. If the rest of the album sounds anything like this song, I’m looking forward to the September release!
GONE IS GONE – “Stolen From Me”
The great thing about collaborations is the unexpectedness of what the songs should sound like. Gone is Gone consists of band members from Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age and At the Drive-In. “Stolen From Me” sounds nothing like any of the three bands that the members are from. The song is doomy, rumbly, and a far departure from the typical sounds of their full-time bands. At times, it is reminiscent of a post-metal feel with its catchy verses and choruses. The other songs on the rest of the album also make for an interesting listen.
ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout
SABATON – “Shiroyama”
“Surrounded and outnumbered.” These lyrics from “Shiroyama” capture the recurrent theme of Sabaton’s eighth album, Last Stand. Every song tells a tale from military history where the odds were overwhelmingly stacked against the protagonists. On every song, this Swedish band belts out their special brand of melodic power metal to a compelling story that doesn’t end well. Here they tell the tale of the final doomed stand of the Samurai against the Imperial Japanese Army in 1877 Japan.
HANSEN & FRIENDS – “Born Free”
Vocalist and guitarist Kai Hansen, best known for his work with power metal giants Helloween and Gamma Ray, comes out in mid-September with his first solo album, XXX – Three Decades In Metal. It’s his own life story, and he’s brought together an impressive supporting lineup to tell it. They rock out with power and poise on this first single.
CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout
HOLY GRAIL – “No More Heroes”
Pasadena, California is home to Holy Grail, a heavy metal band formed back in 2008. “No More Heroes” is a deep cut from their third full-length album, Times of Pride and Peril. It sports traditional, heavy, motoring rhythms, excellent guitar work (Alex Lee and Eli Santana) and some terrific vocals by James-Paul Luna (who’s got a similar tone to Tesla’s Jeff Keith). Check out the rest of the album as well. It’s solid through and through.
CERBERUS – “Lust For Blood”
Cerberus is a groove-infused progressive metal band from Mexico City, Mexico. “Lust for Blood” is the band’s most recent single to be released while they are in-between albums – their last coming in 2014. This track bursts out with an excellent wailing guitar intro (Paul Wrath) and a terrific strutting rhythm line (Khronos on drums and Jerome D’Beast on bass). Wrath belts out the vocals while providing plenty of licks and wails throughout the track. The lyrics are pretty dark (as one can imagine from the title), but they are really secondary to the great music.
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