HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 9/11/21

Each week on HardRockDaddy.com. The HRD Radio Report digs deeper into the weekly Active Rock charts, providing commentary, reviews, recommendations and predictions. It also features opinion pieces on chart action and the music business in general. The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 9/11/21. All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

RANK (TW) RANK (LW) ARTIST SONG TITLE SPINS
1 2 FOO FIGHTERS Making A Fire 1774
2 4 PRETTY RECKLESS Only Love Can Save Me Now 1734
3 1 MAMMOTH WVH Don’t Back Down 1650
4 3 VOLBEAT Wait A Minute My Girl 1412
5 5 CHEVELLE Mars Simula 1281
6 6 DAUGHTRY Heavy Is The Crown 1216
7 9 SEETHER Wasteland 1152
8 7 EVANESCENCE Better Without You 1139
9 8 POP EVIL Survivor 1136
10 10 ATREYU Warrior f/Travis Barker 1074
11 12 HALESTORM Back From The Dead 934
12 13 BEARTOOTH The Past Is Dead 885
13 14 FOZZY Sane 831
14 16 AYRON JONES Supercharged 804
15 15 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Darkness Settles In 769
16 21 ASKING ALEXANDRIA Alone Again 667
17 17 GRETA VAN FLEET Built By Nations 659
18 19 IRON MAIDEN The Writing On The Wall 583
19 18 DEAD POET SOCIETY .CoDA. 566
20 23 BADFLOWER Don’t Hate Me 557
21 20 ARCHITECTS Dead Butterflies 508
22 22 COHEED AND CAMBRIA Shoulders 507
23 24 FUEL Hard 467
24 26 THRICE Scavengers 451
25 27 STARSET Infected 412
26 29 DIRTY HONEY The Wire 320
27 0 BAD WOLVES Lifeline 284
28 31 TRIVIUM Feast Of Fire 256
29 30 LILITH CZAR Anarchy 248
30 28 NONPOINT Ruthless 239
31 33 BLACK STONE CHERRY Give Me One Reason 238
32 37 DED Kill Beautiful Things 211
33 32 TWIZTID Envy f/Ice Nine Kills 211
34 34 JOYOUS WOLF Fearless 205
35 35 DROPOUT KINGS Virus f/Shayley Bourget 194
36 0 PAPA ROACH Kill The Noise 164
37 25 L.A. RATS I’ve Been Everywhere 158
38 43 DEAD SARA Heroes 157
39 36 GREEN DAY Pollyanna 150
40 41 TREMONTI If Not For You 114
41 40 DOROTHY What’s Coming To Me 111
42 49 AVATAR Going Hunting 110
43 39 KINGDOM COLLAPSE Unbreakable 107
44 42 PAPA ROACH Swerve f/Jason A. Butler/Sueco 95
45 45 WEEZER All My Favorite Songs f/AJR 93
46 44 SAUL Looking To Fight 88
47 46 THE RECORD COMPANY How High 87
48 48 BLIND CHANNEL Dark Side 82
49 47 MANESKIN I Wanna Be Your Slave 82
50 52 WAGE WAR Circle The Drain 81

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK (By Adam Waldman)

BLACKTOP MOJO – “Wicked Woman”

There has been a resurgence of the Led Zeppelin influence permeating the modern hard rock scene in recent years. Some sound like lost Zeppelin tracks, while others just use the bluesy, riff-driven groove of Jimmy Page to give their song a timeless, ‘70s feel. Blacktop Mojo’s “Wicked Woman” falls squarely into the latter category. It’s just another layer to peel back in the seemingly endless onion that is the ever-evolving sound of (in my opinion) the most underrated band in rock and roll today.

While there is a Zeppelin vibe to the “Wicked Woman” opening riff, it also features the intensity of Judas Priest’s “Victim Of Changes,” and the stoner sensibilities of classic Black Sabbath riffs. With each passing release, Matt James continues to cement himself as one of the best vocalists in rock today. Impassioned, soulful, and a boundless range of styles and influences makes James one of the most versatile vocalists as well. But Blacktop Mojo is more than just a lead singer that makes you stand up and take notice.

Ryan Kiefer is a throwback to the days of the guitar gods, effortlessly blending ‘70s hard rock with ‘80s shredding into a modern sound that makes him one of the most impressive guitarists in rock today. James and Kiefer are only allowed to shine because the rest of the band provides an incredible foundation. It’s not just about being tight as a unit though. There is a chemistry with Blacktop Mojo that is virtually unrivaled by other developing artists. Having seen them live in an intimate setting, I can attest that this is not manufactured with studio tools. They are simply one of the best bands around.

It may sound like a familiar refrain coming from me, but I have to wonder again if this track or this album is the one that gets them the recognition that they so richly deserve.

HRD SPIN CONTROL

Hard Rock Daddy recommends the following tracks for airplay on Active Rock Radio…

ARTIST SONG TITLE
BLACKTOP MOJO Wicked Woman
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Set You Free
PARALANDRA Despicable
TESLA Cold Blue Steel
ICE NINE KILLS/JACOBY SHADDIX Hip To Be Scared
FROM ASHES TO NEW Light Up The Sky
ROLLING STONES Living In The Heart Of Love
SUECO Paralyzed
LOVE THE HATE Solid Ground
BIG WRECK (f. CHAD KROEGER) Middle Of Nowhere
PSYCHO HILL Dying Day

GREATEST GAINERS…

ARTIST SONG TITLE spINcrease
BAD WOLVES Lifeline 284
PAPA ROACH Kill The Noise 164
PRETTY RECKLESS Only Love Can Save Me Now 153
ASKING ALEXANDRIA Alone Again 153
SEETHER Wasteland 123

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