Music Discovery Monday – 10/24/16
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.
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)
AIRBOURNE – “It’s All For Rock N’ Roll”
These days, you hear a lot of noise being made about the death of rock n’ roll. It’s simply not true. However, 2016 has been a rough year for rock n’ roll when it comes to the loss of iconic rock legends. Perhaps the greatest loss for the genre was the passing of Lemmy Kilmister. Although he is gone, Lemmy will not soon be forgotten by the masses or by the artists that he inspired.
One of the bands that toured extensively with Motorhead is Australia’s Airbourne. In fact, Lemmy played the part of a truck driver in the promo video for “Runnin’ Wild” (the title track of Airbourne’s debut album). Lemmy’s passing – along with memories of other hard living rockers like Bon Scott and Keith Moon – helped to inspire this rock n’ roll anthem that is very much is the same vein as fellow Australians, AC/DC. “It’s All For Rock N’ Roll” is more than just a tribute to fallen rock icons. This song is for everyone who loves rock n’ roll, from the fans to the crew to those on stage. Rock n’ roll is more than just music; it’s a lifestyle whose essence is perfectly captured in this fist-pumping anthem.
THE RADIO SUN – “Standing On The Edge Of Love”
Australia is home to more than just AC/DC, and bands inspired by AC/DC (like Airbourne). One of the more underrated bands that hails from Down Under is The Radio Sun, a melodic rock band that will make you nostalgic for the carefree days of the ‘80s. If there was a sub-genre for “feel-good” rock songs, “Standing On The Edge Of Love” would be a perfect fit. Sweet, powerful vocal harmonies are complemented by arena rock riffs and a guitar leads that take you on a trip back in time. If you’re a fan of Journey, Def Leppard and Nelson’s early work, you’re going to love The Radio Sun!
ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout
WOVENWAR – “Censorship”
For those into metalcore, and wondering what happened to As I Lay Dying, Wovenwar is the answer. After As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis went away to prison, the remaining members formed Wovenwar in 2013. Honor is Dead, the band’s sophomore release, continues the metalcore spirit with heavy riffs and a mix of screaming and clean vocals by Shane Blay (Oh, Sleeper). Wovenwar’s sound may remind listeners of As I Lay Dying, but with a slight change in vocal direction. With a brutal, metalcore sound, Wovenwar is destined to make its mark as a new band that stands on its own.
DARK TRANQUILITY – “Atoma”
One of the longest-lasting Swedish melodic death metal bands, Dark Tranquility, is set to release their eleventh studio album, Atoma. The band has been around since the late ‘80s, and it seems that their music gets better and better with age. Dark Tranquility is a perfect example of no-frills, straight-forward, melodic death metal that doesn’t use gimmicks. All of the musicians are extremely talented on their instruments, and the songwriting is top-notch. The choruses will make you want to sing and growl along, and the use of clean vocals in between the growls just adds to the song’s mood. Give this album a listen. I guarantee it will make you a fan.
ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout
EXISTANCE – “Breaking the Rock”
Old school metal is alive and well in France, as demonstrated by the blistering riffs and pounding rhythm of this title track from Existance’s latest album. This track stands out on an album that bounds with endless energy, clean (but powerful) vocals, and twin guitar harmonies.
KEE MARCELLO –“Wild Child”
Guitarist and vocalist Kee Marcello has left his hair metal days with Europe far behind him, focusing instead on a bluesier melodic hard rock. “Wild Child” comes from his fourth solo album, Scaling Up. Interestingly, although it sounds nothing like Europe, this one was originally recorded as a demo for their 1991 Prisoners in Paradise album.
CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout
FATES WARNING – “Seven Stars”
“Seven Stars” breaks from the gates with a great intro, surrounded by the excellent rhythm line supplied by Joey Vera (bass) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums). Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti add wailing lead guitars and heavy chords. Ray Alder’s tremendous vocals complete this all-around great track whose theme and chorus are instantly appealing and memorable. This tune is from Fate’s most recent release, Theories of Flight.
ARIADNA PROJECT – “Face My Destiny”
Argentina’s Ariadna Project has been belting out melodic power metal since the early 2000s. This track is from their third full-length album, Novus Mundus. “Face My Destiny” is bold and introspective with a bright and determined rhythm (along with supporting arrangements). Heavy chords provide a dramatic backdrop for Emmanuel Gerbam’s excellent vocals and the brilliant guitar work of Rodrigo Alejandro Gudiña.
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