MUSIC DISCOVERY MONDAY – 7/31/17
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)
WAYWARD SONS – “Alive”
The blues of Led Zeppelin meets the darkness of Black Sabbath at the onset of “Alive” by Wayward Sons, a new project created by frontman Toby Jepson (Little Angels). It all comes together quickly when Jepson enters with soaring vocals that bring back memories of what Ray Gillen could have been had his life not been cut short at the age of 34.
If you’re a fan of classic rock bands like Zeppelin, Sabbath and Whitesnake, you’ll instantly gravitate towards Wayward Sons. The band is that good. If you’re someone that likes to dig deeper into lyrics, you’ll appreciate the poignant message that this British rocker is delivering on “Alive.” The song offers a sobering dose of the reality that, while we may have our differences, in the end, each of our individual journeys ultimately take us to the same destination. Life is filled with conflicts and disappointments, but it goes by quickly, so there is no time to waste. The message, if you read between the lines of the song, is to seize the day.
It’s hard to believe that this is Jepson’s first new album in 20 years. Suffice it to say that when Wayward Sons’ debut album, Ghosts Of Yet To Come, is released on September 15th, it will be a moment to remember.
HELL IN THE CLUB – “I Wanna Swing Like Peter Parker”
The dirty, sleaze rock of early Motley Crue infused with punk/thrash sensibilities is what comes to mind as you immerse yourself in “I Wanna Swing Like Peter Parker,” the latest single from Hell In The Club. For nearly two minutes, you feel like you’re speeding down the highway in a high-octane muscle car. And then, without warning, the song stops on a dime and changes course to something entirely unexpected. Rather than spoil the surprise, I’d prefer that you experience it for yourself. It doesn’t take long for the song to shift gears back towards the intensity of the early verses. Through the years, a number of rock songs have referenced superheroes, but it’s hard to think of another one that focuses on a superhero’s civilian persona in the same way that this rocker does. Creative, clever, rock and roll from this underrated Italian unit.
ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout
DESTROYER OF LIGHT – “Into The Smoke”
I love me some sludge/doom/stoner metal…tuned down, heavy, slow riffs that are reminiscent of Black Sabbath and Down. Austin, Texas’ Destroyer of Light nailed the sound and song composition with “Into the Smoke,” a single off of their new album, Chamber of Horrors. Add an amusing and entertaining music video, and these guys have a new fan.
TAU CROSS – “Killing The King”
This post-punk/gothic metal supergroup recently released a new album entitled Pillar of Fire. The band consists of members of Amebix, Voivod, Misery and War//Plague. Elements of the song will remind listeners of old school industrial goth bands like Killing Joke and Bauhaus (with some modern metal infused). The songs that I’ve heard so far have been impressive…a good mixture of hard rock, metal, punk and goth. I look forward to digging deeper into the album.
ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout
LYNCH MOB – “Main Offender”
George Lynch jams out on this latest release from Lynch Mob. Over the course of nearly 30 years, he’s been the only permanent member of the band, but he’s ably accompanied here by original vocalist Oni Logan. This one is from their upcoming album, The Brotherhood.
TOWER OF BABEL – “Stardust”
Tower of Babel pairs shredder Joe Stump with vocalist Csaba Zvekan for a classic Rainbow sound with touches of European power metal. This one comes from their upcoming second album, Lake of Fire.
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