Music Discovery Monday – 12/19/16
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)
NICKELBACK – “Dirty Laundry”
The band that everyone seems to love to hate has delivered an energetic cover of Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry” that dials the heaviness up a notch and adds a cool groove, while staying fairly true to the original. It seems fitting that a song about mass media sensationalism and yellow journalism is featured today, as we are reminded about how ineffective the media has become in a world where facts no longer seem to matter. Critical message aside, this song can still be enjoyed by those who don’t care about the meaning behind the lyrics (provided that you are willing to listen with an open mind to one of the most maligned artists in recent memory).
AFFIANCE – “Africa”
There are two ways to approach a hard rock / metal cover song. Some choose to stay somewhat true to the original, while others choose a different path and infuse a softer song with a heavy dose of adrenaline to make it their own. Affiance chose the latter with their cover of “Africa” (arguably the most well-known song by Toto). Those familiar with the original will hear the striking difference from the first note, and realize that “you’re not in Kansas anymore” (Wizard Of Oz reference for our younger readers).
ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout
TRIVIUM – “The Storm”
Although this isn’t a new song, it is a new re-mix of the song ,so for those not familiar with Trivium, I present you a “new” song by the band. “The Storm” was originally featured on Trivium’s first album, Ember to Inferno. It has now been re-mixed for their new album, Ab Initio. One of the best songs from their earlier days, fans of the band can hear the progression of the band’s music and vocals. Matt Heafy’s voice has changed considerably over the years; the music was heavier and thrashier than recent releases. Keep in mind that the guys in the band were all around the age of 17 when this album first came out.
IN FLAMES – “Save Me”
The melodic death metal founders from Gothenburg, Sweden are back with their 12th studio album, Battles. Their first single from the album – “Save Me” – is classic In Flames (minus the harsher death metal vocals of yesteryear and with a lot more melody). Older fans may not appreciate the change in direction, but regardless, the band’s attempt at moving forward and changing with the times is welcomed at a time when a lot of metal bands end up sounding the same. Their melodic death metal roots have transformed the band into an almost melodic metalcore (which for some is not a bad thing at all).
ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout
DAYRIDE RITUAL – “Breaking Down”
Dayride Ritual assembles a cast of talented Florida musicians for hard rock with an abundance of groove. Some of the guys have been playing together since they were kids, and the chemistry certainly comes through in the music. “Breaking Down” is from their new album, Waking up Screaming.
WHITE WIDDOW – “Surrender My Heart”
Australian melodic rockers White Widdow return with their fourth album, Silhouette. They continue to capture that ‘80s vibe with uplifting music delivered in layered harmonies and big, catchy choruses.
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