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!

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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!

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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 –
The Jed Foundation –
Bring Change 2 Mind –
International Bipolar Foundation –
Young Minds –


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


Band of the Month – Flyleaf

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Flyleaf is a Christian, American hard rock band which formed in the Belton and Temple, Texas regions in 2002. The band’s origin’s dates back to when Lacey Sturm decided to play dark, hard-edged songs she wrote as a teen to drummer James Culpepper. After playing together for a brief period, they decided to recruit guitarists Sameer Bhattacharya and Jared Hartmann. Former members of a local band who decided to call it quits. In 2002, bassist Pat Seals joined and the band formerly known as Passerby was born.

As Passerby the band released 3 EP’s and played over 100 shows in Texas alone over the span of two years. In 2004, Passerby played a showcase for RCA Records in NYC, RCA passed on the band, but the President of Octone Records was very interested. The band waited for two days at a truck stop in their van anticipating a call from Octone Records. On the 7th of January 2004, the record label announced the band’s arrival to the label on their official website.

In March 2004, Flyleaf travelled to Seattle to record an EP with Rick Parashar after which they toured with Skillet, Staind, 3 Doors Down and Breaking Benjamin to promote their self-titled EP. At the end of June 2004, the band officially changed their name to Flyleaf, due to another band already owning the rights to the name “Passerby”. In October 2004, the EP was released as “Flyleaf”, resulting in their first official single and video for the EP version of “Breathe Today”.

In 2005 the band recorded their first full-length album with Howard Benson. On the 4th of October 2005 the record was released under “Flyleaf”. Appearances on the album include Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction and Ryan White of Resident Hero. The album produced four mainstream singles namely “I’m So Sick”, “Fully Alive”, “All Around Me” and “Sorrow”.

In the summer of 2006, Flyleaf played the main stage at Family Values Tour 2006, later that year the band toured with Disturbed, Stone Sour and Nonpoint on the Music As A Weapon III Tour. An exclusive EP was sold at the tour Music As A Weapon EP which features an acoustic version of “Fully Alive” and three previously unreleased tracks. A portion of the funds made from selling the EP was donated to World Vision.

In 2007, Flyleaf toured with Three Days Grace and through Australia during the Soundwave Festival. The band toured Europe with Stone Sour and Forever Never. Flyleaf headlined the Justice & Mercy tour with Skillet and Dropping Daylight. A second leg of that tour featured Sick Puppies, Kill Hannah and Resident Hero. Flyleaf joined the Family Values tour in 2007.

Flyleaf’s songs  featured in many movies (Resident Evil: Extinction, The Nightmare Before Christmas) and video games (Sims 2, Rock Band, Guitar Hero). On the 30th of October, the band released a digital EP  titled Much Like Falling EP.

On the 26th of April 2008, the band released their fourth video “Sorrow” from their debut album MTV2. The band toured with Seether later that year, but the band had to cancel five shows due to complications concerning Lacey Sturm’s voice.

When the band finished recording their second album , the band had to whittle down 30 songs to only 14. Flyleaf reunited with producer Howard Benson and Chris Lord-Alge mixed the album. The album titled “Memento Mori” was released on the 10th of November 2009. Flyleaf debuted two songs titled “Chasm” and “Circle” when they embarked on a small acoustic tour in Afghanistan for the United States Armed Forces. Their first single “Again” was published on the band’s MySpace page and released on iTunes.

Starting in Seattle, Washington on the 28 September 2009 the band held VIP listening parties throughout the country, by inviting fans to be among the first to hear the band’s new material and to see brand new videos before they aired. The band teamed up with Eventful and fans were given the opportunity to demand that their city be included in the “Road to Memento Mori” using Eventful’s “Demand It!” service. Due to overwhelming demand over 10 events took place, where fans got the chance to see Lacey, Sameer and Jared perform.

Flyleaf’s video for “Beautiful Bride” was shot in early August 2009, by Don Tyler. The video was featured on Yahoo! the day that Memento Mori came out.

Flyleaf toured throughout the United States with Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace from January to March 2010. They embarked on a headlining tour called the “Unite & Fight” tour accompanied by 10 Years and Fair to Midland on the 28th of April 2010 to the 6th of June 2010. The band continued with the second leg of the tour from the 10th of September 2010 to the 23rd of October 2010 with Story of the Year and performed at various festivals the rest of the year.

They released an animated  music video for “Chasm” on the 22nd of September which was created by Giles Timms. At the end of the Unite & Fight tour in November, Lacy collaborated with Apocalyptica on the song/video “Broken Pieces” and partnered with Australian singer Orianthi on her song “Courage” The band released their next single “Arise” from Memento Mori.

On the 15th of November 2010, Lacey announced to her fans that she and her husband Josh are expecting a baby boy in 2011. On the 7th of December 2010, Flyleaf released an EP titled “Remember To Live”.

On the 22nd of January 2011, Jared announced that he and James were busy building a recording studio and preparing to record some demos for the new album. In February 2011, the band started pre-production on their next album at Treelady Studios in Pittsburgh, PA.

On the 1st of June 2012, Flyleaf announced on Twitter that the new allbum and single would be called “New Horizons”. The single premiered on radio on the 1st of August 2012 and was released on iTunes on the 21st of August 2012. On the 4th of September 2012, the band released a video for “New Horizons” on Fuse. Flyleaf released another single entitled “Call You Out” on the 25th of September 2012. On the 22nd of October 2012, the band announced that Lacey Sturm was leaving  and she expressed that with the birth of her son Joshua “Jack” Sturm combined with the recent death of one of the band’s lead audio engineers(Rich Caldwell) that she finally knew the true meaning of “Memento Mori” (an object kept as a reminder of the inevitability of death). “New Horizons” was released on the 30th of October 2012.

In a statement written by Pat Sears, it was announced that Kristen May (formerly of Vedera) was to be Lacey Sturm’s replacement. The band released a new single with Kristen on vocals on the 18th of June 2013 called “Something Better”  featuring P.O.D. front man Sonny Sandoval. A new EP “Who We Are” was released on the 9th of July 2013.

On the 29th of March 2014, Don Gilmore was announced as the producer for their upcoming album. On the 20th of May 2014 it was revealed that the band was now signed to Loud & Proud Records. “Set Me On Fire” , the lead single from the upcoming album “Between The Stars” premiered on the 1st of July through Revolver. The release date for the album is the 16th of September 2014.

I discovered Flyleaf one day when I watched the video for “Broken Pieces”, I was extremely impressed by Lacey’s voice and the video that I decided to listen to her band’s material. I was captivated by Lacey’s voice and presence. Flyleaf has a unique sound and approach to the rock music genre. I was shocked by Lacey’s departure as I’m sure all the band’ s fans were.

I recently watched the band’s latest video for “Set Me On Fire” and I really liked it. I started to read all the comments on the video and was surprised by the fans’ reactions to the new vocalist. Some fans had really nasty comments and I feel that this is very unfair. Lacey was talented, captivating and a true artist. Kristen is not Lacey, but that does not necessarily mean that fans have to automatically reject her. She didn’t cause Lacey to leave the band, she saw a great opportunity to advance in her career. This couldn’t have been an easy decision for Kristen, because she had some big boots to fill. Kristen is charismatic, talented and she deserves a fair chance from Flyleaf’s fans. A vocalist is an important part of a band, but is by no means the only part of a band. After all,  this is the music business, not politics. Keep an open mind and don’t judge too quickly.


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Rock Regards,

Lauren K

New Music Alert: Drown Incus – Narrow Path

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If you have been salivating to hear some new rock music, look no further. Drown Incus is an alternative rock band  from Lucerne, CH founded in 2006.

The band released their debut album “Latter Days” on the 31st January 2014. Their first single off the album is called “Narrow Path” and they released a music video to go with the song which you can watch below the post. Four musicians, then in three separate bands, met through a local musician’s message board.

The band consists of Andrea Brueckner (Lead-Guitar), B.Base (Bass-Guitar), Marino Tschirren (Lead Vocals) and Mike Sky on the Drums. The band cites their biggest influences as being great rock bands such as Breaking Benjamin, Evans Blue, Tool and Alter Bridge.

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Have a rocking weekend!

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Band of the Month – Theory of a Deadman

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Theory of a Deadman originated in Canada, more specifically in Vancouver. The band was formed in 2001. The band’s name originated from a song title with the same name that was featured on their debut album, the song was later renamed “The Last Song“.

The lead singer/guitarist for the band Tyler Connolly slipped a copy of the band’s demo to Chad Kroeger at a post-concert party. Chad Kroeger obviously saw some potential in the band as they were the first act that got signed to Chad Kroeger’s record label 604 Records.  On the band’s demo was the song which would later become the “Invisible Man”. The band’s self-titled debut album was released on the 17th of September 2002. Their music stayed within the grunge genre, but delivered powerful songs like “Make Up Your Mind” and “Nothing Could Come Between Us” both of which was released as singles.

On the 29th of March 2005 the band released their second album “Gasoline”, slowly moving away from their grunge sound by incorporating more pop-and country influence into their music. Four singles from “Gasoline” landed onto the Mainstream Rock Chart and the album cracked the Top 60 of the Billboard album chart. After the release of the album the band toured with Shinedown and No Address. Theory of a Deadman went on a promotional tour in the same year which was headlined by Breaking Benjamin and The Exies.

The band performed the theme song to World Wrestling Entertainment’s No Way Out’s pay-per-view in 2006 a cover version of “Deadly Game” from the WWE Anthology album. The song was released on WWE Wreckless Intent album. They did a cover of “No Chance In Hell” which is Vince McMahon‘s theme song, the song was released on WWE The Music Vol. 8. on the 25th of March 2008. The band performed the theme song for the 24th Annual WWE Summerslam.

On the 1st of April 2008 Theory of a Deadman released their third studio album Scars & Souvenirs which delivered 8 singles namely “So Happy”, “By The Way”, “Little Smirk“, “Bad Girlfriend”, “All or Nothing”, “Hate My Life”, “Not Meant to Be” and “Wait for Me”. “By The Way” features backing vocals from Daughtry band members Chris Daughtry and Robin Diaz. With this album the band developed their own unique sound a little more with daring lyrics and flashier sound.

Theory of a Deadman attended the Juno Awards in Calgary, Alberta after taking part in a promotional tour across Canada called Journey To The Junos. Theory of a Deadman performed in the 96th Grey Cup halftime show on the 23rd of November 2008. Hinder and Theory of a Deadman supported Mötley Crüe during the fall 2008 /winter 2009 tour as well as Crüe Fest 2.

On the 9th of April 2009 Scars and Souvenirs was certified Gold by the RIAA with 500, 000 copies sold in the US alone.

In late 2010 the band announced that they were busy recording their fourth studio album which was scheduled for a mid-2011 release date. Tyler Connolly later confirmed that the album titled “The Truth Is… would be released on the 12th of July 2011. The first single, “Lowlife” was released on the 17th of May 2011. Musically not too much has changed on their fourth album, but the band had an epiphany when it came to songwriting. The band had more confidence and Tyler was willing to be more open and honest about his feelings than ever before. Tyler thought it would be fun to write a song about a Lowlife, because their fans aren’t people wearing fancy clothing or driving around in the latest cars. Their fans are regular people who like to have a good time and listening to rock music.

In 2011 Theory of a Deadman co-headlined the second annual Carnival of Madness tour with Alter Bridge. The supporting bands were Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way and Emphatic.

The band contributed a song called “Head Above Water” to the Transformers:Dark of the Moon which was released on the 14th of June 2011. The band’s record label Roadrunner Records made a free download of the song “Drag Me To Hell”  available on their website on the 16th of June 2011.

The band consists of Tyler Connolly [Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar], David Brenner [Rhythm Guitar], Dean Back [Bass], Joey Dandeneau [Drums].

I’m a fan of Theory of a Deadman’s music, because they are realistic about their goals. They don’t expect to change the world with their music, they just want their fans to love, laugh, cry and share their passion for music along with them. The band compose enjoyable, catchy and honest songs/lyrics which is refreshingly different in today’s music landscape.

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Rock Regards,

Lauren K

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