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

Band of the Month – Theory of a Deadman

Like The Rock Riff on Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/TheRockRiff

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

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.

You can follow the band on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TOADM

You can follow Dean Back on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/TheoryDean

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Theory Of A Deadman Dave Brennerby ~ChibiStalker16 Source:http://chibistalker16.deviantart.com/art/Theory-Of-A-Deadman-Dave-Brenner-316356665

Theory Of A Deadman Dave Brennerby ~ChibiStalker16
Source:http://chibistalker16.deviantart.com/art/Theory-Of-A-Deadman-Dave-Brenner-316356665

Frontman of the week – Chris Daughtry

For the latest rock music news “Like” The Rock Riff on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheRockRiff

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

Today I feature a charming and talented singer and guitarist, Christopher Adam Daughtry born on the 26th of December 1979. Chris was born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina and raised in Lasker up until the age of 14. At age 16 Daughtry started to take singing seriously. He took guitar lessons from blues rock guitarist Matt Jagger and sought advice from Andy Waldeck (frontman for From Earth to Andy) who is credited on Daughtry’s debut album. He performed with rock bands during high school at local venues even once opening for his future bandmate Brian Craddock’s band, My Dog Lucy.

Chris’s high school band went by the name of Cadence where he sang lead and played rhythm guitar, they produced one album All Eyes On You in 1999. Later on Chris joined Absent Element again singing lead vocal and playing rhythm guitar. Absent Element released an album called Uprooted in 2005. In 2005 Chris auditioned for the CBS singing contest Rock Star:INXS, he did not make the cut for the filming of the show. Former Daughtry drummer Joey Barnes auditioned as well and made the cut, but later dropped out due to disagreements regarding the contract.

The majority of people first heard of Chris Daughtry when he auditioned for American Idol Season 5. He auditioned in Denver, Colorado and sang The Box Tops’ ” The Letter” which was covered by Joe Cocker. Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson gave him the go-ahead, but Simon Cowell felt Chris seemed too robotic. Judge for yourself here:

Daughtry made it into the Top 24 and on the 1st March 2006 Chris impressed the audience and the judges with his raw performance of Fuel’s “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)“, which is a great song and I was introduced to the song by listening to Chris’s performance on American Idol. I didn’t have the privilege to watch Chris’s journey on American Idol, but looked it up on Youtube years later. Chris was offered the opportunity to become Fuel’s lead singer, since the band was without a lead singer at that time, but although flattered Chris denied the offer. Chris performed a rendition of “I Walk The Line” by Johnny Cash on American Idol, it caused a little bit of controversy because the audience claimed that it sounded quite similar to Live’s version of the same song and that the band was never credited on the show. In the pre-performance interview a lot of content gets cut and Chris defended himself by saying that he did mention in the pre-performance interview that he was doing a different version from a band that he respects.

On the 2nd of August 2008 at the  Tom’s River Fest in Tom’s River NJ, Daughtry, Ed Kowalczyk, and Live performed Live’s rendition of “I Walk the Line” together, which just proved that there was no need for any concern from Live’s fans.

Chris Daughtry was in the final four and on May 10th 2006 he unfortunately found himself in the bottom 2 with Katharine McPhee. Daughtry was eliminated and seemed quite stunned at the result.

After leaving American Idol Chris Daughtry appeared on numerous television shows which has become quite common for eliminated contestants from American Idol as the show progressed.

On the 10th of July 2006 it was announced that Chris had signed a record deal with RCA Records and 19 Entertainment. Daughtry’s self-titled debut album was released on November 21st 2006. The album reached number one on the Billboard Charts. The album features a guitar solo by Slash on the track “What I Want”, which isn’t too shabby considering its Daughtry’s debut album. How many musicians can boast about that?

“On November 18, 2007, the band was the winner of multiple awards at the “2007 American Music Awards” (ABC Television). The winning categories were: 1) Pop or Rock: Favorite Album – Daughtry; 2) Adult Contemporary Music: Favorite Artist; 3) Favorite Breakthrough Artist. On December 6, 2007, the band was nominated for four 50th Annual Grammy Awards: Best Rock Album for Daughtry, Best Rock Song for “It’s Not Over“, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal for “Home”, and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “It’s Not Over”. ” -Quote obtained from Wikipedia

On May 6th 2009 Daughtry performed “No Surprise” their first single of their second album ‘Leave This Town’ on American Idol. Chris Daughtry wrote the song with Nickelback’s vocalist Chad Kroeger. Leave this Town was released on the 14th of July 2009, Chris Daughtry made history with its release, because he became the first American Idol alumnus to have two consecutive number one albums. This is quite an achievement since he didn’t even win the competition. Leave This Town was the first album that Daughtry wrote and recorded as a band, since their debut album was written and recorded before the band was officially formed.

On the 2nd of July 2009 Daughtry performed an acoustic cover of Lady Gaga’s Poker Face and the video has received over 25 million views on Youtube. I’ll be honest at first I didn’t really like the cover (I didn’t take it too seriously at first), but the more I listened to it the more it grew on me.

You can view it here:

Chris Daughtry is a huge comic book fan and he was delighted when Daughtry got the opportunity to write and record a song for the video game Batman: Arkham City. “On September 5, 2011, Daughtry tweeted that the song “Drown In You” is exclusive to the soundtrack and will not be featured on his upcoming album.” – Wikipedia, 18th September 2012

On September 15th 2011 Daughtry posted Renegade on their official website, a song from their upcoming album Break the Spell. On the 19th of September 2011 Daughtry posted Crawling Back To You another song off of their upcoming album.

Chris Daughtry provided vocals on a Sevendust track called ‘The Past’ on their album Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow. Alter Bridge members Mark Tremonti and Myles Kennedy appear on the same album which should give you an idea of the calibre of talent featured on the album. In the same year Chris provided backing vocals on Theory of a Deadman’s track ‘By The Way’ which was featured on their third album ‘Scars and Souvenirs’. Chris also appeared on the song ‘Slow Down’ on the album Revelation by Third Day. In 2009 Daughtry collaborated with Timbaland on the track ‘Long Way Down’ on Timbaland’s album Shock Value II featuring various artists including Chad Kroeger, Justin Timberlake, One Republic and The Fray to name a few. During this time Chris also co-wrote a few songs with band Day of Fire.

In 2010 Chris and Jason Wade performed a duet on Lifehouse’s fifth album Smoke & Mirrors on the song ‘Had Enough’. Chris also co-wrote a song with Kris Allen for his debut album. Chris Daughtry performed lead vocals on a cover of Def Leppard’s song Photograph with Carlos Santana on his album titled Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time which featured many talented rock stars such as Linkin Park, Scott Stapp, Chris Cornell and Jacoby Shaddix to name a few.

I think what sets Chris Daughtry apart from other rock stars is his charisma, his trademark vocal belting technique, his honesty and that he is a great father and a family man. Average people can relate to him and many people got to know him in the course of his American Idol journey. In my opinion his elimination from American Idol may have been the best thing that could have happened to his career, because he didn’t have to conform to the contractual obligations I imagine that a winner from American Idol will have. He became well-known and he was free to pursue his career in the way he wanted.

“Belting (or vocal belting) is a specific technique of singing by which a singer produces a loud sound in the upper middle of the pitch range. It is often described as a vocal register, although some dispute this since technically the larynx is not oscillating in a unique way.Singers can use belting to convey heightened emotional states.” – Wkipedia, 18th September 2012

The lyrics from his song ‘Life After You’ has been quoted countless of times, specifically “All that I’m after is a life full of laughter”, because it resonates with so many people. I really admire his relationship with his wife Deanna, because they were married before he auditioned for American Idol and stayed together ever since. I can’t even imagine the strain a marriage would have to bear when one partner becomes famous overnight. I really admire both of them for enduring that challenge and still being able to raise 4 children well. It requires daily work to keep a relationship going without all those others factors thrown in. So I salute both of them and wish them all the happiness they deserve.

My first rock concert was when I went to see Daughtry live in Cape Town at the Grand West Arena on the 27th October 2010. The band put on a fantastic performance and I was enchanted the whole way through. After the show Chris tweeted that Cape Town was one of the best shows that they have ever played. My boyfriend even managed to get me Josh Steely’s pick!

Chris Daughtry previously mentioned on Twitter  that he was listening to Thirty Seconds To Mars’s This Is War album and forgot how good it was. More recently a fan asked if Chris would ever consider collaborating with Thirty Seconds To Mars and he replied that he would love to since he is a fan of their music. I hope that maybe it will happen someday, wouldn’t that be an interesting combination!

Daughtry is currently touring with Nickelback on the European leg of their Here & Now tour.

Tour dates can be found here: http://www.daughtryofficial.com/us/events

Daughtry will be releasing their music video for ‘Start of Something Good’ off of their album Break The Spell soon.

Here is a sneak peak:

Start of Something Good

Behind the Scenes of Daughtry’s new video for ‘Start of Something Good”
Source:http://www.daughtryofficial.com/us/official-photos/595029

Off of Daughtry’s debut album I love the fast-paced ‘There and Back Again’ and the aggressive ‘What I Want’.

My favourites from ‘Break The Spell’ is the feisty, adrenaline fuelled ‘Renegade’, the lovable rock tune ‘Break The Spell’ and the touching, addictive ‘Rescue Me’.

Thank you for reading!

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Chris Daughtry

Chris Daughtry has worked hard to achieve these results.
Source: https://twitter.com/CHRIS_Daughtry/status/243087241860231169

You can follow Chris Daughtry on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/CHRIS_Daughtry

You can follow Chris’s beautiful wife on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Mrsdaughtry

Follow Daughtry’s official Twitter profile here: https://twitter.com/Daughtry_News

Recently Viewed Music Videos

For the latest rock music news “Like” The Rock Riff on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheRockRiff

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

*I do not own any of these videos or the content contained within them. These videos can be viewed on Youtube as well.

ENJOY!

First up is Disturbed’s energetic Down With The Sickness, with David Draiman’s signature ‘Ooh-wah-ah-ah-ah’ inserted at the start of the song.

Second is Black Stone Cherry’s Like I Roll. I love the lead singer’s smooth and rounded vocals. The guitarists really enjoy the song as much as the audience does.

Third is Maroon 5’s One More Night video.

Fourth is Slash, Myles Kennedy and Haley Reinhart’s cover of Wild Horses which is AMAZING! Haley and Myles’s voices blend together beautifully. Slash’s guitar skills is the icing on the cake of a touching performance.

Fifth is Halestorm’s feisty Miss The Misery which is a smashing song to say the least.

Sixth is Theory of a Deadman’s Hurricane. I love the storyline of the video which is a slight departure from their usual themes. Check it out!

Seventh is Jared Leto’s tribute to Kurt Cobain for those of you who haven’t seen it yet. The resemblance is quite striking.

Eighth is Shinedown’s Unity featuring a powerful performance by frontman Brent Smith. I love the message of the song as well as seeing the band’s live performance. Keep an eye out for their upcoming music video for Enemies, its going to be a cracker!

Ninth is Hugo’s take on Jay-Z’s 99 Problems which is really impressive.

Last but definitely not least is another Slash & Myles Kennedy video with their cover of Night Train, which I can’t get enough of.

This concludes my list of interesting videos.

A fantastic article that caught my eye this week is from Loudwire.

Top 50 Hard Rock Songs of the 21st Century

http://loudwire.com/top-hard-rock-songs-21st-century/

Its a really great list, most of my favourite bands are listed as well.

Have a Rocking week!

Rock Regards,

Lauren