The 13 Best Rock Songs Of 2013

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The past year has been great for hard rock music and as a hard rock music lover, I will like to share my Top 13 best hard rock songs of 2013. Thank you for supporting The Rock Riff this past year and I hope we will share many more years together. My list will start at Number 13 and lead up to my Number 1 song of 2013.

13. Love Sick Rock ‘n Roll – Taxi Violence

I had the pleasure of seeing South African band Taxi Violence perform at Kirstenbosch this year supporting Seether on their semi-acoustic SA tour. I love the pureness and the groove of the song, it’s really refreshing.

 

12. Here’s To Us – Halestorm

Halestorm’s crowd-favourite, hard rock anthem comes in at Number 12, the band has had a bumper year with a promising future. They kicked off the year with an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performed at the Bandit Rock Awards, Lzzy Hale sang a duet with David Draiman on Device’s cover of “Close My Eyes Forever”. They supported Alter Bridge on their UK and European tour, the highlight of Halestorm’s year was winning a Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Category.

 

11. Never Never – Korn

From their latest album The Paradigm Shift comes ” Never Never” a song about relationships and the feelings we as people experience when we have been hurt by loved ones. The video for this song was one of my favourite music videos of the year.

 

10. Adrenalize Me – In This Moment

The provocative and sexy single from In This Moment comes in at number 10. The dark, gritty guitars combined with Maria’s powerful vocals topped with a great chorus is a great combination. the music video for this song is creepy, sexy and very entertaining.

 

9. Live It Up – Airbourne

Everyone’s favourite Ozzie rockers delivered an adrenaline pumping track sure to tantalise and entertain their audience at any of their live shows. The band never cease to deliver some head-banging tracks and “Live It Up” was no exception.

 

8. Going To Hell – The Pretty Reckless

The Pretty Reckless returned in a big way last year after Hurricane Sandy destroyed their studio mid-recording, wiped out the majority of the band’s gear as well as a slew of demos and near-completed recordings for their new album. They had to rebuild, this song addresses the tragedy and how the band struggled to regain their footing.

 

7. Slow Suicide – Scott Stapp

Scott Stapp’s solo career continued in 2013 when he released his second solo album “Proof Of Life” on the 5th of November 2013. After reading Scott Stapp’s 2012 Memoir Sinner’s Creed, the listener understands the song and music video so much better. I really admire Scott for using his own life and experiences as a method of educating others who face the same challenges. The music video for the song depicts time periods in his own life and how he was saved by music and his family. It’s a powerful song and it has a powerful message to convey.

 

6. Conquistador – Thirty Seconds To Mars

An upbeat song of defiance and courage with an infectious beat underlined by the chill-inducing backing vocals of Knights of the White Shadow. Thirty Seconds To Mars are an innovative band and this song just seems to verify that. Despite not being released as a single the song has been featured in the “Become Immortal” trailer for the video game,WWE 2K14 & Need For Speed Rivals.

 

5. Vilify – Device

2013 saw the debut of a new industrial metal band named Device, fronted by David Draiman of Disturbed. “Vilify” was the first single released off of their self-titled album. The powerful and potent single was a great introduction to the album. The music video features David Draiman’s wife Lena as the android/robotic figure.

 

4. Adrenaline – Shinedown

Shinedown released Adrenaline as a single off of their 2012 album “Amaryllis” in 2013. The title for the song is self-explanatory and it is a straight-up hard rock song. Powerful, pounding drums and roaring guitars dominate the song and it does not disappoint.

 

3. Do Me A Favor – Stone Sour

Stone Sour released “Do Me a Favor” as a single on February 12th, 2013. The first time I heard the song I was hooked. I listened to it about 5 – 10 times the same night I heard it. It’s an aggressive song, but it has a really fantastic chorus which creates a nice contrast. “Do Me A Favor” comes from “House of Gold and Bones – Part 2”.

 

2. Hail To The King – Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold released their sixth studio album Hail To The King on the 27th of August 2013. The title track and lead single off the album was released on the 15th of July 2013. The song has , in my opinion, one of the best intro’s I have ever heard, combining the guitars and drums in a sinister way. M.Shadows enters the song 1 minute and 10 seconds into it, with some powerful and threatening lyrics. The song has a unique dynamic and takes the listener on a medieval journey. The music video is one of the best videos I have seen this year. All in all a fantastic delivery from A7X. Enjoy!

NUMBER 1 : Addicted To Pain – Alter Bridge

I suppose it’s no secret that I’m a HUGE Myles Kennedy/Alter Bridge fan, so this might not surprise dedicated The Rock Riff readers. Although I’m well aware that this might make me seem biased, but I’m sure that almost everyone will agree that the Number 1 spot is well-deserved. Addicted To Pain gets in your face and doesn’t let up for 1 second. A fast-paced, aggressive song heightened by Myles Kennedy’s vocals. The song is about a person who is being used in a relationship and is too blind to realise it. The song is written from the perspective of the “witness” /friend who can see what is happening but has no power to stop it. Alter Bridge made a triumphant return from their 2010 album ABIII with the release of “Fortress”. They will continue their tour in support of “Fortress” in  2014, which will include Sweden, Japan, UK, Australia, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands and the US.

Fortress has received critical acclaim. It currently holds a score of 81 out of 100 on review aggregator Metacritic, indicating ‘universal acclaim'” – Quote obtained from Wikipedia

Thank you for reading and supporting The Rock Riff in 2013, I hope 2014 will be even better!

Regards,

Lauren K

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Band of the Month – The Pretty Reckless

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The Pretty Reckless are an American hard rock band from New York. The band now consists of  Taylor Momsen (Lead vocals, Rhythm guitar), Ben Phillips (Lead guitar, Backing Vocals), Mark Damon (Bass) and Jamie Perkins (drums).

The band The Reckless formed in 2009, but changed their name to The Pretty Reckless to avoid trademark problems.  Taylor Momsen worked with different producers for two years before she met Kato Khandwala, she liked him, because he was a rock producer as opposed to a pop producer. Kato introduced Taylor to Ben Phillips and the three of them started writing songs together. At the time three unnamed musicians was hired to perform alongside Taylor Momsen. The band played their first concert on the 5th of May 2009 at the Annex in New York, seven concerts followed and then the band’s lineup changed. The band’s new line-up consisted of Momsen on vocals, John Secolo on guitar, Matt Chiarelli on bass, and Nick Carbone on drums. The latest line-up’s first show together also took place at the Annex theater on the 3rd of June 2009. The band recorded some demos in 2009 and opened for The Veronicas in 2010. In 2010 three of the band members left, leaving Taylor Momsen looking for three new members to complete the band’s line-up.

Ben Phillips, Mark Damon and Jamie Perkins are part of the band’s current line-up. The band signed with Interscope Records and planned to release their debut album in 2010. The band’s main influences are The Beatles, Oasis and Nirvana. Taylor Momsen’s personal influences include Joan Jett and Kurt Cobain. On the 30th of December the band released a new song called “Make Me Wanna Die” and offered to their fans as a limited-time free download on Interscope Record’s website. The song appeared on the movie Kick-Ass’s Soundtrack and features in the end credits of the film. On the 9th of April 2010 the band performed at the “Vans Warped Tour 2010 Kick-Off Party” and they played at The Bamboozle music festival on the 1st of May 2010. Their first EP released on the 22nd of June 2010 and received mixed reactions It contained four songs, three of which was released on their debut album these are “Make Me Wanna Die”, “My Medicine”, “Goin Down”. Their debut album “Light Me Up” was released on the 27th of August 2010. The US release of Light Me Up was delayed not being released until February 2011. “Miss Nothing” was the second single released from Light Me Up. The Evanescence tour was the third worldwide concert tour for the American rock band Evanescence. The Pretty Reckless was the opening act for their tour. The band was confirmed as the opening act for the Guns ‘n Roses Chinese Democracy tour in November of 2012. In 2012 two more singles off of the band’s debut album was released namely “You” and “My Medicine”, music videos for both singles were made.

The Medicine Tour was the second headlining tour by the band in support of their album “Light Me Up” and their 2012 EP Hit Me Like A Man. The tour consisted of 52 North American shows, 5 South American shows and 2 shows in Asia.

Their second EP “Hit Me Like A Man” featured 3 new songs and 2 live versions of songs off of their 2010 release Light Me Up. On the 6th of October 2012 a soundtrack called Frankenweenie Unleashed! was released to support the film Frankenweenie, the Target version of the soundtrack included a new song by The Pretty Reckless called “Only You”. In November 2012 Taylor Momsen turned to Twitter to vent her frustration with the havoc that Hurricane Sandy caused. All of thier recording equipment had been destroyed due to he fact that New York City was pounded by the storm.

Momsen tweeted: “Our studio, all its gear, all our guitars, destroyed… fuckyouhurricanesandy… At least we are safe. There are thousands less fortunate,  our thoughts are with you, hang in there.”

Read more at http://www.artistdirect.com/entertainment-news/article/taylor-momsen-band-pretty-reckless-see-equipment-loss-due-to-hurricane-sandy/10297408#p1EwYpehk6v2VW1o.99

On the 11th of December the band’s fourth single called “Kill Me” was released. The song featured on the last episode of Gossip Girl, but the song won’t be included on the new album. On the 9th of January Amp Rock TV released a video of Taylor Momsen and Ben Phillips performing an acoustic version of “Cold Blooded”. On the 30th of May 2013 the band released a new teaser trailer for their new album “Going To Hell”. The first single off the new album will be bear the same title as the album “Going To Hell”. The song was released on the 24th of September and a music video will follow soon. The “Going To Hell Tour” will be the band’s third headlining tour and it will be in support of their second album. The tour begun on the 20th of September 2013.

I decided to feature The Pretty Reckless as the Band of the Month, because they are entertaining to watch. The band isn’t afraid of controversy and sound great live. The Pretty Reckless are gutsy, talented and determined to delight their fans.

You can follow Taylor Momsen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/taylormomsen

You can follow The Pretty Reckless on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPROfficial

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Frontman of the Week – Gavin Rossdale

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Early life and career

Gavin McGregor Rossdale born on the 30th of October 1965 is the lead singer and guitarist for the British rock band Bush.

Gavin was born in Killburn, London, England to mother Lucy Stephen who was of Scottish descent and father Douglas Rossdale who was a doctor of Russian Jewish descent. When Gavin was 11 years old his parents got divorced and he was raised primarily by his father and aunt. Lucy Stephen was later remarried and she moved to Tampa, Florida. He has a younger sister Soraya and an older sister Lorraine who had a daughter called Jade.

Gavin Rossdale had a brief modelling stint with his then good friend Marilyn. Gavin’s sister Lorraine had a boyfriend who was in a band called The Nobodyz and he taught Gavin how to play bass guitar, but Gavin later switched to playing rhythm guitar.

At the age of 17 Gavin had left Westminster High School and started playing semi-professional football until he was sidelined by an injury. He decided to form a band called Midnight formerly known as Little Dukes. Midnight produced a few singles and a bunch of publicity photos. In 1991 Gavin decided to move to Los Angeles, lived where he could and took whatever part-time jobs that were available at the time. One of these part-time jobs was as a production assistant on video shoots. After 6 months he spent some time in New York City with his friend Bill MacAdam, before he returned to England motivated and inspired to start a new band. He met up with Scottie Mac whom he had met in LA around this time. In 1992 Gavin formed Future Primitive whose original line-up (previously known as The Diceheads) included screenwriter Sacha Gervasi who decided to leave the band in order to pursue a film-making career.In the summer of 1994 the band changed its name to Bush and released a promo called Sixteen Stone.

Bush

Gavin became the lead singer/songwriter for the post-grunge British rock band Bush. Their first album Sixteen Stone was released in 1994 and it was a huge commercial success. Bush experienced almost overnight success from playing small pubs in London to headlining festivals in the US which was a result of their non-stop touring. Some critics labelled Bush as an inferior incarnation of bands such as Nirvana and the Pixies, this criticism followed them throughout their career. Rossdale’s voice and lyrics was termed by some to be an imitation of Nirvana’s lead singer Kurt Cobain. The band reached Superstar status in the US, but failed to make an impact in the UK, mainly due to the UK’s Pop dominated charts. The exception came in the form of their single “Swallowed” which reached #7 in the UK. Bush faced some challenges when they changed record labels, changed management and added to that an extended hiatus. Eventually all these obstacles caused the band to split in 2002.

Bush’s albums up to this point in their career include Razorblade Suitcase, Deconstructed, The Science of Things and Golden State. None of the aforementioned albums matched the sale success of their debut album.

Post-Bush Era

After Bush had been on hiatus for two years Gavin Rossdale formed Institute in 2004. Their first album “Distort Yourself” was released on the 13th of September 2005 and enjoyed moderate success. The single “Bullet-proof skin” was used in the movie Stealth. Bullet-proof skin is still one of my favourite rock songs, I discovered the song while watching a DVD compilation which features numerous rock music videos. I listened/watched the video constantly and I still love it.

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Gavin was featured on the soundtrack of Sony Pictures’ 2002 film xXx with a song called “Adrenaline”. This song was the official theme song for WWE’s Unforgiven pay-per-view event in September 2002 and it was also used as was The Undertaker‘s Desire/Tribute theme of that same year. Gavin appeared as a guest for Blue Man Group’s “The Current” and he is featured in its video. The song was used in the ending credits of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

Gavin started to dabble in acting and appeared in Zoolander (2001), The Mayor of Sunset Strip (2003), Little Black Book (2004), and The Game of Their Lives (2005). Gavin played the villian Balthazar in 2005’s Constantine. Next Gavin Rossdale landed a role in How To Rob A Bank (2007) alongside Nick Stahl and Erika Christensen. Additionally Gavin appeared on the TV show Criminal Minds and he appeared on the in the 8th episode of Season 5 of Burn Notice.

In that same year Gavin Rossdale announced on his website that he is working on new music, a solo album to be more specific. He was satisfied with the sound of the album stating that he went back to his roots from Bush. Rossdale’s single “Can’t Stop The World”on which his wife Gwen Stefani sings the background vocals became the theme song for Fox’s TV program Drive.

In 2007, for the album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur he covered John Lennon’s “Mind Games”. Later in the same year Gavin finished recording his first solo album called Wanderlust and it was released on the 3rd of June 2008. The 1st single off of the album “Love Remains The Same” was released on the 1st of April 2008 and it entered the Billboard Hot 100 at Number 76, rising to 27 in October 2008, giving Gavin his first Top 40 hit since the days when he fronted the post-grunge band Bush. Gavin also provided the vocals for Apocalyptica’s killer song called “End of Me” which is the first single off of their album 7th Symphony.

The Return of Bush

On the 21st of June 2010 it was announced that Bush would be returning. Founding members Nigel Pulsford and Dave Parsons both decided not to rejoin the band. Pulsford and Parsons were replaced by Chris Traynor and Corey Britz respectively. Bush released The Sea of Memories on the 13th of September 2011. The Sea of Memories managed to peak at No. 18 on the Billboard Top 200. The first single off of the album, “The Sound of Winter” was released in July 2011 and reached number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.

Gavin co-wrote two songs for The Pretty Reckless‘s album Light Me Up. The songs are called “Fix Me” and “You”. Bush joined The Pretty Reckless on their world tour for a few dates.

Their song “Into The Blue” is featured on The Avengers soundtrack album released on May 1, 2012. They toured with Nickelback on their Here and Now tour.

I was extremely surprised when Bush made a comeback, especially after such a long seperation, but I’m glad they decided to get back to performing and creating rock music.

Personal life

In 1995 Gavin met Gwen Stefani the fearless lead singer of the punk band No Doubt. The pair met when Bush and No Doubt were on tour together. The couple married in 2002. In 2005 on a radio show called Loveline, Gavin stated that he and Gwen prefer to keep their relationship private and out of the media. Gavin had a choatic childhood and  he wanted to provide stability for his family.

On the 26th of May 2006 the Rossdale family gained a new member in the form of a son Kingston James McGregor Rossdale. On the 21st of Augst 2008 the Rossdale celebrated the arrival of another baby boy called  Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale.

In 2004 a paternity test revelaed that Gavin was the father of Pearl Lowe’s daughter, Daisy Lowe who was born in 1989. Gavin and Pearl had a brief releationship and Gavin was Daisy’s godfather. It was reported that Gavin had cut all ties with Pearl and his teenage daughter, but in 2009 numerous websites posted photos of Daisy walking with Kingston in London. Both Daisy and Gavin have said in interviews that their relationship is good and that they share a friendship.

Gavin and Gwen have homes in Primrose Hill, London and California. Gavin is an avid tennis player and a regular on the Californian celebrity tennis circuit. Gavin and Gwen are good friends with Lindsey Davenport and Roger Federer. The couple has been spotted at numerous tennis tournaments supporting Roger Federer.

Gavin has a strong and smooth voice that has the ability to stand the test of time. I admire Gavin’s dedication to his family and his determination when it comes to his music career.

You can follow Gavin Rossdale on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GavinRossdale

You can follow Bush on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bushofficial

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

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