MUSIC DISCOVERY MONDAY – 7/24/17
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)
GOLDFINGER – “Put The Knife Away”
Back in 1996, when Goldfinger made their debut, the hard rock music scene was in a transitional period. The band made an instant connection with numerous rock fans when they released their single, “Here In Your Bedroom.” Although it’s Goldfinger’s biggest hit, the band was more than a one-hit wonder. Their entire debut album was one of my favorites of 1996. I still remember being blown away by their high-energy performance at Irving Plaza in NYC.
The band would have a few more notable songs in the late ‘90s / early 2000s, but didn’t make much noise after that. After nearly a decade, Goldfinger has finally reemerged with their latest album, The Knife.
“Put The Knife Away” is a frenetically-paced, high-octane, melodic punk rocker that takes me back in time to 1996 when I originally discovered the band. Like “Here In Your Bedroom,” this is a song that I’ve listened to several times over. It gets better with each listen. It was originally supposed to be featured last week, but was pushed back a week to allow for a tribute to a musician who was tragically killed in a car accident.
The timing of this feature ended up being more appropriate in the long run. Though I won’t delve into the reasons, some of lyrics of the song are particularly appropriate as of this writing…
“Always right, you’re never wrong…telling me I don’t belong…just put the knife away and try and listen.”
RANCID – “Say Goodbye To Our Heroes”
Rancid (along with Green Day and The Offspring), paved the way for bands like Goldfinger to crossover into the mainstream. The band made an impact early on in their career with songs like “Ruby Soho,” “Time Bomb,” and “Salvation.” Last month, Rancid released their ninth studio album, Trouble Maker. In true punk fashion, the album (which features 17 songs) is just over 36 minutes long; only one song even breaks the 3-minute mark.
“Say Goodbye To Our Heroes” is only a little over two minutes long, but it seems appropriate given that it’s about paying homage to the band’s punk rock heroes. Expectedly, the song is raw and gritty, with gang vocals that could just as well be a group of friends in a bar singing along at happy hour. The beauty of the song is in the simplicity and the authentic connection to listeners.
ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout
ARCH ENEMY – “The World Is Yours”
Melodic death metal giants Arch Enemy are back with a new single from their anticipated new album, Will To Power. Their first single, “The World is Yours,” is classic Arch Enemy…melodic heavy guitar riffs, double bass drumming, and Alissa White-Gluz’s trademark death metal growls. In addition, this album marks the return of guitarist Jeff Loomis contributing as a song writer. “The World Is Yours” has a great sound with a strong production value. If the rest of the album sounds as good as this song, Arch Enemy could possibly be in the running for one of metal’s best releases in 2017.
WITHIN THE RUINS – “Objective Reality”
In the realm of deathcore/metalcore, Massachusett’s Within the Ruins just recently released a new album entitled Halfway Human. It’s heavy, with some pretty impressive guitar work, and even more impressive bullet-like drumming. The vocals are traditional metalcore, with screaming vocals transitioning to clean vocals for the choruses. Think of an almost progressive cross between Meshuggah and Killswitch. Fans of the genre will dig hard on this album.
ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout
THE POODLES – “Love Is Gone”
Swedish melodic metal band The Poodles returned with a brand new single this month, a cover of a 2007 hit by French house DJ David Guetta and American singer Chris Willis. Their interpretation trades, unsurprisingly, the house vibe for a hard rock beat. But they certainly deliver all the melody and catchiness of the original.
WHITE SKULL – “Will Of The Strong”
White Skull is an Italian power metal band that has been putting out music since 1988. Original vocalist Federica de Boni left the band in 2001, but returned nearly ten years later. This is the title song of what will be the band’s second album since her return, and eleventh overall.
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