Best 15 Rock Songs of 2015

 

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The year 2015 had a lot of amazing rock music moments. When I started to compile this list it was easier than it has ever been before!

Please take some time to appreciate the talented musicians featured here:

 

Number 15: In This Moment – “Sex Metal Barbie”

 

In This Moment have their own unique style and niche fan base. The song discusses the prejudice that women in the hard rock/metal music industry face. Maria Brink displays her flair and tenacity in this unique video.

 

Number 14: Apocalyptica – “Cold Blood”

 

Franky Perez joined Apocalyptica in 2014 as a touring member, but I think his voice compliments the band  perfectly. “Cold Blood” delivers a visual feast combined with excellent instrumentalists. A rock performance with class.

 

Number 13: Trivium – “Silence In The Snow”

 

Silence In The Snow hits the ground running and Matt Heafy’s vocal delivery on this track is impeccable not to mention the mesmerizing video the band released.

Number 12: Breaking Benjamin – “Angels Fall”

 

Breaking Benjamin released an enchanting ballad and personally a song that I don’t think many rock fans will tire of.

 

Number 11: We Are Harlot – “Dancing On Nails”

 

In 2015 the metal world lost a talented vocalist and the rock industry gained a fantastic new band “We Are Harlot” with charismatic vocalist Danny Worsnop. I had this video on repeat for weeks after I heard it for the first time. It is a great song to introduce the band to a new fan base and it makes you forget your inhibitions.

 

Number 10: The Fuel – “Revolution”

 

The Fuel got signed to Record Label Suburban Records on the 8th of December 2015. I love discovering new bands that are relatively unknown and delivers quality production and songs I can sink my teeth into. The Fuel is one of those bands and one of my greatest discoveries this year. “Revolution” is a fantastic song and I can’t help lip-syncing every time I hear it!

Check out their Band of the Month feature on The Rock Riff here: https://therockriff.wordpress.com/2015/11/17/band-of-the-month-the-fuel/

 

Number 9: Highly Suspect – “Lydia”

 

This song was nominated for the 58th Grammy Awards for Best Rock Song and after the song peaked at Number 4 on the US Mainstream Rock Songs chart I think we all know that this song has made a major impact on 2015. A great rock song that builds anticipation with a unique arrangement and the vocalist’s voice becomes more urgent as the song progresses.

 

 

Number 8: Halestorm – “I Am The Fire”

I had a difficult decision to make when I wanted to make a choice between “Amen” and “I Am The Fire” by Halestorm. The reason I chose “I Am The Fire” is in part due to the escalating notes that Lzzy sings at 2:45 in the video. My jaw just dropped when I first heard that part. We all know that  Lzzy can sing, but she just took it to another level. The band creates a fantastic ebb and flow along with Lzzy’s vocals on this track.

 

Number 7: Bullet For My Valentine – “Venom”

The band’s new material took me by surprise, because I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. A rock song that everyone can relate to about removing toxic people in your life and having no regrets.

 

 

 

Number 6: Nothing More – “Jenny”

This song didn’t strike me at first, but after I learned the story behind the song I was hooked. The song is very personal to lead vocalist Jonny Hawkins about his aunt “Jenny” who has schizophrenia and his sister Jenna who has bipolar disorder. The band partnered with many organisations to bring awareness to people suffering from mental illness. The band partnered with the following organisations:

To Write Love on Her Arms – http://twloha.com
The Jed Foundation – http://www.jedfoundation.org
Bring Change 2 Mind – http://bringchange2mind.org
International Bipolar Foundation – http://www.ibpf.org
Young Minds – http://www.youngminds.org.uk

 

Number 5: Papa Roach – “Gravity” ft Maria Brink

The style and variety in this song is appealing. Jacoby depicts his vulnerability in the song’s lyrics. Having Maria Brink from In This Moment perform on this track adds another dimension to the song and I feel it makes the song more relatable. I’m in love with the music video, it matches the title of the song as it adds a surreal quality to the track.

 

Number 4: Pop Evil – “Footsteps (Go Higher)”

An inspiring and unique offering from Pop Evil for their fifth studio album. I love the pop art/comic book look of the video and it is executed flawlessly. A song that you will be singing for the rest of the day! 😀

 

Number 3: Bring Me The Horizon – “Throne”

An epic stadium-sized rock song. I can just imagine the audience going crazy when this song is being performed live. An empowering, electronic lyrical force that will make you believe the sky’s the limit. Prepare to hit the replay button!

 

Number 2: Disturbed – “The Sound of Silence”

I was flabbergasted when I heard this song for the first time. I couldn’t believe that David Draiman was singing, I have never heard him sing like he did on this track. A cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” was the last cover that I expected Disturbed to do. This song will definitely gain Disturbed a new fan base. I have witnessed friends on Facebook share this song and I know they don’t listen to rock/metal music. The art direction for the music video is superb and the viewers can get ready for some serious goosebumps. Enjoy!

 

NUMBER 1: Shinedown – “Cut The Cord”

I was super excited when Shinedown finally made their come back after two years of near silence from the band. Their fifth album “Threat To Survival” made its arrival on the 18th of September 2015. The lead single from the album “Cut The Cord” released on the 29th of June 2015. The song not surprisingly reached No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. The song has a positive message that encourages people to let go of whatever is holding them back and a reminder to all that we control our own destiny. This song pull no punches and the video reiterates that sentiment. The band’s performance allows the viewer to appreciate their chemistry and makes you feel as if you have stepped into their private rehearsal space.

 

Here is to 2016 and may there be many more quality rock moments!

Rock Regards,

 

Lauren K

Halestorm won a Grammy!

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Congratulations to Halestorm for winning the Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal performance for Love Bites (So Do I). I’m so proud of them, “Here’s To Us”!!

A great moment for rock music!

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Halestorm nominated for a Grammy!

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I’m so proud to share this amazing news!

Halestorm has been nominated in the BEST HARD ROCK OR METAL PERFORMANCE category for the 2013 Grammy Awards!

http://www.buzzsugar.com/Grammy-Nominations-2013-26207521

Congratulations!

Lzzy Hale is the first female to nominated in this category. I really hope they win the Grammy, but either way to be nominated is a huge honour!

You can vote for Lzzy in the Loudwire Music Awards here: http://loudwire.com/rock-goddess-of-the-year-2012-loudwire-music-awards/

Vote for Halestorm in the Loudwire Music Awards:

http://loudwire.com/drummer-of-the-year-2012-loudwire-music-awards/ – Drummer of the year

http://loudwire.com/vocalist-of-the-year-2012-loudwire-music-awards/ – Vocalist of the year

http://loudwire.com/rock-band-of-the-year-2012-loudwire-music-awards/ – Rock Band of the year

http://loudwire.com/rock-album-of-the-year-2012-loudwire-music-awards/ – Rock Album of the year

http://loudwire.com/live-act-of-the-year-2012-loudwire-music-awards/ – Live Act of the year

http://loudwire.com/rock-song-of-the-year-2012-loudwire-music-awards/ – Rock Song of the year

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Halestorm captured in The Live Room

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I just had to share the latest videos from Halestorm.

They are such a talented band and these series of videos just reinforces that statement.

To view the full list of videos go here:

http://loudwire.com/halestorm-warner-sound-the-live-room-performance/?utm_medium=twitter

Lzzy has a mind-blowing voice, enjoy watching!

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Lzzy Hale and Amy Lee duet on the Carnival of Madness tour

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I forgot to post the duet when I featured Halestorm as the band of the month. So for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, ENJOY!

Lzzy Hale and Amy Lee

Lzzy Hale and Amy Lee duet in the rain on the Carnival of Madness tour.
Photo taken by Rob Fenn.

Amy Lee and Lzzy Hale

Amy Lee and Lzzy Hale
Photo taken by Rob Fenn
Source: https://twitter.com/Rob_Fenn/status/240174794333634560/photo/1/large

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Band of the Month – Halestorm

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Lzzy Hale

Lzzy Hale from Halestorm taken by Rob Fenn

Today I would like to feature Halestorm in my blog post for Band of the Month. I predict that they are the next big thing to hit the rock world. They are a relativley new band since they have only released 2 studio albums and 1 live album. I first became aware of Halestorm through numerous tweets about Lzzy Hale from Brent Smith‘s Twitter account (Lead singer for Shinedown). They have become quite close I assume because they have toured together in the past and the fact that they share a record label. I decided to keep an eye out for them in the future.

So I surf the internet quite a lot and at the end of the month I scour Youtube in search of good music. I have watched numerous videos of Halestorm and slowly but surely I began to warm to their music. Their music is loud with no-holds-barred lyrics combined with a frenzy of drums performed by Lzzy’s brother Arejay.

Personally I feel Lzzy is a woman I can look up to, she is feisty and strong, she follows her own instincts and she isn’t afraid to say whatever she wants. Added to that she has a killer dress sense and can rock just as hard in the rain as she can in sky-high heels.

Both Lzzy and Arejay started learning to play piano at the young age of 5. Lzzy later progressed to keytar and Arejay to drums. Lzzy started to attend guitar lessons at the age of 16. Lzzy is 3 years Arejay’s senior. Guitarist Joe Hottinger joined in 2003. Originally Lzzy and Arejay’s father Roger played bass before Josh Smith joined the group in 2004.

Their self-titled debut album was released on April 28, 2009. Their first single ” I Get Off” is a rowdy, cheeky rock song that is a really solid introduction to the band and their style. They later on released 3 more singles off of their debut album and 4 music videos. After that they released ReAniMate:The Covers which featured covers of various genres including the impressive cover of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance. You can listen to it here:

“Their second full length album, The Strange Case Of… was released on April 10, 2012 in the US,April 9 in the UK, and April 17 in Italy. In May 2012, Halestorm made history by becoming the first female-fronted band to top the active rock airplay chart with their song “Love Bites…(So Do I).” In the same month, Gibson Guitars created a signature series guitar for Lzzy Hale.” – Quote Obtained from Wikipedia.

In their quest for writing new material for their second album Halestorm wanted to add more depth and variety to their songs as well as to their lyrics. Halestorm started off by writing the fast, gritty and energetic Love Bites (So Do I) and after that Lzzy penned more fast, hard rock songs topped off with soaring vocals. After a personal setback Lzzy wrote a vulnerable and tender song and recorded it using her cellphone and sent it to the album’s producer, Howard Benson. He liked it and asked Lzzy to write more intimate songs. So after that the album had quite a few hard hitting songs and very soft, intimate songs which they soon realised sounded a little schizophrenic. Lzzy then wrote Mz. Hyde which tied the album together and became an expression of Lzzy’s split personality.

Halestorm has become well-known for their constant touring with a variety of bands including Disturbed, Shinedown, Godsmack, Stone Sour and more recently Evanescence to name a few. This has given Halestorm quite a lot of experience and the band is gelling better than they ever have before. I believe that there is no reason why Halestorm can’t move from strength to strength from here on out. Become acquainted with Halestorm, because they are here to stay!

Here is the official video for Love Bites (So Do I) from Halestorm’s Official Youtube Channel:

Halestorm

Halestorm image obtained from Halestorm’s Official Website

Lzzy Hale taken at the Carnival of Madness by Rob Fenn

Lzzy Hale on the cover of Revolver Magazine.
Image obtained from Revolver Magazine’s Official Facebook page.

You can follow Halestorm on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Halestorm

You can follow Lzzy Hale on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/LZZYHALE

You can follow Arejay Hale on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/ArejayHale

You can follow Josh Smith on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Jodowa

You can follow Joe Hottinger on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/TheJoeStorm

Enjoy!

Rock Regards,

Lauren K