MUSIC DISCOVERY MONDAY – 6/5/17
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)
BOBAFLEX – “Turn Me On”
If ever there was a band that belonged on Music Discovery Monday, it’s Bobaflex. Although the band released their first album in 2003, they still fly under the radar for many nearly a decade and a half later. Every time that I feature the band on Hard Rock Daddy, I wonder if this is the song that will help give them the attention that they deserve (especially at radio).
Bobaflex is one of the more diverse, unique bands in rock today. They can blow you away with songs like “Chemical Valley,” “I’m Glad You’re Dead,” and “A Spider In The Dark,” or dazzle you with inspired covers. Their recent cover of Pink Floyd’s “Hey You” is every bit as good as the original. And, before Disturbed became a household name to non-rock fans with their cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound Of Silence,” Bobaflex did an equally brilliant version. In fact, the vocal harmonies in their cover were even more impressive.
Combining the mystical quality of “Hey You” and the bittersweet harmonies of “The Sound Of Silence,” Bobaflex once again hits it out of the park with “Turn Me On.” The intense emotion of the song is brought to life with the band’s signature vocal harmony sound (which is as good [or better] than any modern hard rock band). The crisp and clean acoustic guitar is complemented by haunting, psychedelic electric guitar accents.
I wouldn’t change a thing about Bobaflex’s approach to songwriting or performing. Hopefully, they will get the recognition that they deserve one day, but if they don’t, it will not be because of a lack of talent. More likely, it will be because they are a unique band that cannot be easily pigeonholed into rigid radio formats. Don’t wait for radio. Just delve into the catalog of Bobaflex…you can thank me later.
KILLCODE – “Kickin’ And Screamin’ “
It’s not unusual for me to scratch my head in disbelief when thinking about the rock scene in America. I see bands that are admired in places like Europe, South America and Asia, yet they don’t seem to have a home on American rock radio. Often times, these are legacy acts who enjoyed success in the U.S. back in the day. However, they are not the only ones who are underappreciated stateside.
Watch the video for “Kickin’ And Screamin’” as you listen to a band that features everything that you loved about the timeless rock and roll of the ‘70s and ‘80s. The band is playing to frenzied crowds of music fans in the know. Their sound is tailor-made for a big stage with raucous crowds. It’s modern-day arena rock at its finest.
If the band originated from another country, you could understand why they are not as big in the United States, but Killcode is from NYC. In fact, before I ever heard anything from the band, I met frontman Tom Morrissey hanging outside of small club in the East Village of NYC. We talked for a bit as he told me about his band that was playing rock festivals around the world. If you love pure, good ole fashioned rock and roll, make sure to check out Killcode.
ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout
BLOODCLOT – “Kali”
What do you get when you combine the sheer power and intensity of John Joseph from the Cro-Mags, Joey Castillo and Nick Oliveri from Queens of the Stone Age and Todd Youth of Danzig and Agnostic Front? You get a hardcore, ballsy, loud, and vicious supergroup named Bloodclot. From their new album Up in Arms, their first single is reminiscent of old school hardcore punk with some modern production value.
THE RUINS OF BEVERAST – “Towards Malakia”
In the realm of black metal, The Ruins of Beverast recently released their latest album, Exuvia. The song “Towards Malakia” is a great example of this talented band’s writing and composition, coming up with some dark, atmospheric, evil-sounding moods. Not the typical blast-beat, fast-paced riffage that you find with most death and black metal bands, The Ruins of Beverast prefers to scare you with their drop-downed tuning, ominous sounds and chock-full-of-melancholy, doom-ridden feel. Their music is what a nightmare sounds like. Fans of atmospheric doom will love this.
ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout
EDGUY – “Ravenblack”
German power metal veterans Edguy will be releasing a compilation album entitled Monuments on July 14th. It will include 22 old songs, 5 new songs, and a previously unreleased track from 1995. This is one of the new songs, and the album’s opener.
DREAM EVIL – “Creature Of The Night”
Swedish metal band Dream Evil released their sixth studio album last month, the aptly named, Six. They released their first five albums all during the last decade, so it’s been seven long years since their last one. The wait was worth it.
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