MUSIC DISCOVERY MONDAY – 10/2/17
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)
JOSH TODD & THE CONFLICT – “Rain”
He oozes cool and swagger from every pore of his body. If you were to design a prototypical heavy metal star, he would be it. He is Josh Todd, and he is one badass motherfucker. His personality looms so large that his name might as well be Buckcherry. So, when I saw that he had a new project out, I naturally wondered how this could possibly stand on its own and not sound just like the band that he is synonymous with.
Leave it to one of the best frontmen in rock to deliver everything that you love about him in a package that feels like something new and different. With a vocal style so distinct, you can’t help but think of Buckcherry a little bit when you listen to “Rain,” but Josh Todd & The Conflict has its own sound.
Not since Queen “rocked” the world with “We Will Rock You” has a singer been able to hook you in with nothing more vocal line over a boot-stomping beat. Like the Queen classic, the song eventually adds in memorable guitar parts, but it’s the pulsating beat underneath Todd that makes you stand up and take notice.
It feels like a lifetime ago that I saw Todd with Buckcherry in a small club in NYC when they were just about to debut their first album. He owned that stage like it was a sold out arena. My first reaction was that he is the second coming of Axl Rose. Fast forward to today, and I think that he’s even better than Rose. Check out “Rain,” and you’ll see why I feel this way.
SAVAGE MESSIAH – “Hands Of Fate”
Let the music do the talking is what I imagine the mission statement to be for British rockers Savage Messiah. I always like to give you more information about the band to go with the music in this forum, but there’s not much to glean from their online bios. Aside from the fact that they formed a decade ago, and are about to release their fourth album on their third label, I don’t have much to offer (other than the fact that this is true heavy metal in every sense of the word).
“Hands Of Fate” packages the precision aggression of Metallica and Judas Priest, the energy and vocal style of European power metal, and the melodic beauty of ‘80s hard rock. Throw in some George Lynch-esque shreds for good measure, and you have an idea of what this song has to offer.
Truth be told, Savage Messiah managed to elude me until a recent tip from a diehard metal fan (who will be joining the HRD Team in the coming weeks). If you love pure heavy metal, make sure to check these guys out!
ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout
CANNIBAL CORPSE – “Code Of The Slashers”
Cannibal Corpse is finally back with their 14th studio album, Red Before Black (set to be released on November 3rd). The song and video is everything that I love about these death metal pioneers…bloody, violent, heavy, brutal, all the while pushing the boundaries of decency. Listed as one of the bands that politicians tried to ban due to their violent lyrics and imagery, Cannibal Corpse continues on with their brand of mini-horror stories for each song.
SEPTICFLESH – “Enemy Of Truth”
To continue with the year’s vast number of impressive metal releases, the death metal meets symphonic metal band Septicflesh has released their 10th studio album, Codex Omega. These four metalers from Greece perfected the death metal heavy sound and speed, and introduced elements of symphony orchestras into the mix. It’s heavy, aggressive and elegant at the same time. There are so many impressive parts to each song that it’s difficult to describe it as anything other than pure brilliance. Krimh is also one of my favorite drummers ever, so it’s no surprise that I list this album as one of my favorites.
ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout
LIONHEART – “Don’t Pay The Ferryman”
British hard rock band Lionheart started out in the ‘80s, but had broken up by 1986. Thirty years later they started up again, with a slightly different lineup, as one of seven bands performing at the three-day Rockingham 2016 melodic/hard rock festival in Nottingham, United Kingdom. On the strength of that reunion they began work on a new album, Second Nature. Here they cover a 1982 hit from Chris de Burgh.
EDEN’S CURSE – “Fly Away”
Melodic metal band Eden’s Curse began in 2006 with their self-titled debut album. A decade later, they have re-recorded it with the band’s current lineup, including new vocalist Nikola Mijic. This was my favorite song from that album, and he and the rest of the band sound terrific on this new version.
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