Top 14 Rock Songs of 2014

Like The Rock Riff on Facebook –http://www.facebook.com/TheRockRiff

You can follow The Rock Riff on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/TheRockRiff

2014 Highlights

2014 Highlights

So it’s that time of the year again where The Rock Riff choose the best rock songs of the year. I really like compiling the list of songs, because it is a nice way of reflecting on the year that has been. Last year I had difficulty choosing the last few entries on the list, but this year there was an abundance of choices. It was difficult to choose only 14 songs from the past year.

The list is as follows:

Number 14: Set Me On Fire – Flyleaf

Flyleaf has received some backlash regarding comparisons between the band’s ex-vocalist (Lacey Sturm) and current vocalist, Kristen May. This track proves that Kristen May is a very talented vocalist and I believe essentially the material is still representative of Flyleaf’s sound. Flyleaf’s latest album “Between The Stars” is a solid offering from the band.

Number 13: Painkiller – Three Days Grace

Another band who has had to replace their lead vocalist is Three Days Grace after Adam Gontier’s departure. No one could ever really replace Adam, but Matt Walst is a pretty decent replacement considering the success the band has experienced thus far. I had a difficult choice to make between “Painkiller” and “I Am Machine”. The band is still delivering hard-hitting material and they have not lost their momentum.

Number 12: Let The Night In – Prime Circle

I will probably never forget the moment that I heard this song live for the first time. It had a great impact on me and it was the opening track of the concert. Prime Circle hails from South Africa and has made a solid mark on the rock industry in their home country the past few years. Their latest album has a fresh feel to it and I think this song is the reason for the overall feel of the album.

Number 11: 1000hp – Godsmack

When Godsmack decides to do anything they go full-out. I really love the pace of this song and it really gets the adrenaline pumping! There are certain types of songs only this band can pull off properly and 1000hp is one of them.

Number 10: Would You Still Be There – Of Mice & Men

I was really pleasantly surprised by this song and video. Personally I’m not a fan of screaming, but this song combined both clean vocals by Aaron Pauley and screaming/unclean vocals by Austin Carlisle to a degree that I could really enjoy the song. I think this song proves that a band can be creative while still retaining credibility within the industry and with their fans.

Number 9: Words As Weapons – Seether

Seether seem to be one of the most consistent rock bands in recent history and they did not disappoint with their latest release “Isolate and Medicate”. Words As Weapons is an artistic take on deceit in our daily lives and it is one of those songs you will be humming along to in your head long after you have listened to it.

Number 8: Drown – Theory of a Deadman

Theory of a Deadman has really delivered a solid rock album with the release of “Savages” this year. The album offers a diverse range of songs that really proves that the band is not set in their ways. Production has improved and lyrically the content covers a vast array of topics.

Number 7: Heaven Knows – The Pretty Reckless

With a devil-may-care attitude Taylor Momsen serves up an in-your-face rock song with a chorus to match. Accompanied by a somewhat controversial music video, this band knows how to grab your attention. A stellar performance indeed.

Number 6: Dog on a Leash – Adelitas Way

A hard-hitting, edgy rock song, the first single from the band’s latest album “Stuck”. A visually appealing music video accompanied its release and Rick DeJesus vocals are spot-on as always.

Number 5: Million Miles An Hour – Nickelback

Nickelback has always been masters of storytelling and this song really takes the listener on a trip. 😉 The chord progression, guitars and drums combine to deliver a perfectly brewed rock song.

Number 4: Heart of Fire – Black Veil Brides

Believe it or not, but I only started listening or paying attention to this band this year. I was pleasantly surprised by the songs that I heard. The one that stood out to me, though is “Heart of Fire” the song has a really epic feel to it. The melody and chorus take it to another level. “Heart of Fire” would definitely fit in seamlessly on a movie soundtrack.

Number 3: F.E.A.R – Papa Roach

Papa Roach is back! F.E.A.R (Face Everything And Rise) is one of the singles released from their latest album of the same name. The production on this song is great and it delivers a good message in an aggressive manner which creates a unique contrast between the style of the song and it’s subject. The music video plays like a short film and it is fantastic, check it out below.

Number 2: Open My Eyes – Rival Sons

I had to feature this song, because it really took me by surprise this year. A friend mentioned the band on Facebook and I decided to give them a listen. This song was my favourite and it is a rare song to feature in today’s modern music industry. I really enjoyed listening to a different type of rock song. Scott Holiday’s guitar work is impeccable.

NUMBER 1: Avalon – Slash ft Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators

When “Avalon” grabs you it doesn’t let go! From Slash’s latest album “World on Fire”, this is one of Myles’s stand-out performances on the album (and that is saying something). The fast-pace of this song is infectious. This song automatically puts you in a great mood…FACT!

Thank you for sharing the countdown with us and may 2015 be an even better year for rock music.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

2014 in review @ The Rock Riff

Like The Rock Riff on Facebook –http://www.facebook.com/TheRockRiff

You can follow The Rock Riff on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/TheRockRiff

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 30,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

I would like to thank all The Rock Riff’s readers for an amazing 2014 and I hope 2015 will be even better. This blog means the world to me and thank you for reading it!!

Rock Regards,

The Rock Riff blogger.

The Rock Riff blogger.

Lauren K

Band of the Month – I Divide

Like The Rock Riff on Facebook –http://www.facebook.com/TheRockRiff

You can follow The Rock Riff on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/TheRockRiff

Source: https://www.facebook.com/idivideband The Rock Riff does not own this image. Credits to the owner/photographer

Source: https://www.facebook.com/idivideband
The Rock Riff does not own this image.
Credits to the owner/photographer

I Divide is a British rock band from Exeter, United Kingdom. They formed in 2011 with original members Kristen Hughes, Dave Mooney, Tom Kavanagh, Henry Selley and Josh Wreford. They released their first mini-album ‘What’s Worth More’ in October, independently. I Divide entered the Red Bull “Bedroom Jam” tenement in early 2012. In April the band won the tournament, which made them the 12th band to do so. Later in 2012 I Divide was announced as a support act for “Funeral for a Friend”‘s UK tour during January and February 2013. The band signed to the label “Destroy Everything Records” in March 2013 when the label itself was announced.

I Divide announced the release date of their album, track listing, artwork and album title. In March and early April the band supported post-hardcore band Yashin during their UK tour. The melodic rockers released their album titled “Last One Standing” on the 14th of April 2014 through record label Destroy Everything (DSTRY EVRYTHING). “Last One Standing” was available for online streaming one week prior to the album’s release. When the album released it entered the UK’s Top 40 Rock and Metal Album chart at 34. After the release, the band toured with British rock band Blitz Kids as a support act for their debut album.

I became aware of I Divide when they started following me on Twitter. I watched their music videos on YouTube and I was surprised by the quality of their production and the raw energy that the band possesses. It made an impact on me and I decided to feature the band on the blog. If you are looking for a new band to listen to, you should really give I Divide a listen.

You can view the band’s music video for “Follow Me”:

Take a few minutes to have a look at I Divide’s second single from their debut album “Last One Standing”.

You can follow Josh Wreford on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/joshidivide

You can follow Kristen Hughes on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Kristenidivide

You can follow Dave Mooney on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/daveidivide

You can follow Tom Kavanagh on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Tomidivide

You can follow Henry Selley on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/henryidivide

Follow the band on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/idivideband

Source: https://www.facebook.com/idivideband Photo is tagged. The Rock Riff does not own this image. Credits to the owner/photographer.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/idivideband
Photo is tagged.
The Rock Riff does not own this image.
Credits to the owner/photographer.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/idivideband The Rock Riff does not own this image. Credits to the owner/photographer.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/idivideband
The Rock Riff does not own this image.
Credits to the owner/photographer.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/idivideband The Rock Riff does not own this image. Credits to the owner/photographer.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/idivideband
The Rock Riff does not own this image.
Credits to the owner/photographer.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K