MUSIC DISCOVERY MONDAY – 12/4/17
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)
PINK CREAM 69 – “Walls Come Down”
A dozen studio albums over a near three-decade career, and somehow Pink Cream 69 still flies under the radar of most hard rock fans in the United States. The band is just another example of incredible European talent that exists in (what seems like) a parallel universe to American rock fans.
From their recently released album, Headstrong, comes “Walls Come Down,” a melodic hard rocker that grabs you from the opening guitar riff. Frontman David Readman’s powerful, bluesy, soulful vocals help build intensity in short order. Powered by a driving rhythm section, “Walls Come Down” is pure, timeless rock and roll. Uwe Reitenauer’s leads – which add another layer of intrigue – sound like they come from the lovechild of Eric Clapton and Slash.
“Walls Come Down” has a fresh sound that would have been just as relevant in the ‘70s and ‘80s as it is today. If you haven’t discovered Pink Cream 69 yet, this is a great place to start.
KILLER KIND – “Darkest Days”
I initially discovered Killer Kind because I was intrigued by their former band name (Thirteen Reasons). Regardless of their moniker, this four-piece Philadelphia rock unit kicks ass with a take-no-prisoners, aggressive (yet melodic) sound.
On “Darkest Days,” frontman Marc Adam Kahn has a unique way of making you simultaneously feel uplifted and aggressively defiant. Even before Kahn enters, the band sets a dramatic tone with haunting strings and a military-esque marching drum beat. Adrenaline surges as Dizzy Krier delivers intense staccato riffs before Daren Pfeifer brings the thunder with power drumming. Pfeifer’s rhythm section counterpart (Chip Neely, bass) helps drive the freight train that is Killer Kind.
Interestingly, Killer Kind has a modern sound that would make them a great fit on Active Rock radio (for open-minded programmers), while at the same time, fitting into the melodic power metal subgenre that is pervasive in Europe.
Jump on this bandwagon early! The sky is the limit for Killer Kind.
KEVIN GRAYSON – HRD Music Scout
LIV SIN – “King Of The Damned”
Liv Sin – a heavy metal band from Stockholm, Sweden – is frontwoman Liv Jagrell’s follow-up to Sister Sin (who broke up in 2015). Jagrell is off to a great start with a whole new group of musicians that have an undeniably aggressive and heavy sound that is infused with plenty of killer hooks. Her voice so powerful and full, even when hitting some incredible highs. “King of the Damned” is off of her latest album, Follow Me.
AUDREY HORNE – “This Is War”
Audrey Horne is a hard rock band from Bergen, Norway that took their name from Sherilyn Fenn’s character in the cult television series, Twin Peaks. The band describes themselves as heavy, melodic, classic rock. With most of their members coming from extreme metal and black metal bands, it’s a wonder that they’ve slowed things down a bit, but make no mistake, they rock! “This is War” is the band’s latest single from their upcoming album, Blackout (due out early 2018).
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
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