Black Veil Brides

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Formed 2006 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Current Members (Click on member’s name for Wiki):

Andy Biersack, vocalist, keyboardist

     @AndyBVB Twitter

     @andybvb Instagram

Ash Purdy, bassist

     @AshleyPurdy Twitter

     @ashleypurdyinc Instagram

Jinxx, rhythm guitarist, violinist, backing vocalist

     @JinxxBVB Twitter

     @jinxxed4life Instagram

      Jinxx Facebook

Jake Pitts, lead guitarist

     @JakePittsBVB Twitter

     @jakepittsbvb Instagram

Christian “CC” Coma, drummer

     @ceesespieces Instagram

     @ccbvb Twitter

   @OfficialBVB Twitter

    BVB’s Facebook

   BVB’s Instagram

   BVB’s YouTube

   BVB’s MySpace

Resources: Accessed 9-30-2013.

Miss May I

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Formed 2006 in Troy, Ohio, USA

Current Members:

Levi Benton, unclean vocalist

     @Levi_Benton Twitter

     @levi_benton Instagram

Justin Aufdemkampe, lead guitarist

     @JustinMMI Twitter

     Justin’s Facebook 

Ryan Neff, bassist, clean vocalist

     @whosryanneff Twitter

     @whosryanneff Instagram

BJ Stead, rhythm guitarist

     @whosrobertseed Twitter

     @whosrobertseed Instagram

Jerod Boyd, drummer

     @jerodboyd Twitter

     @jerodboyd Instagram

   @missmayiband Twitter

    Miss May I’s Facebook

   Miss May I’s Instagram

   MMI’s YouTube

   MMI’s MySpace

Resources: Accessed 9-28-2013.



A Day To Remember

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Formed 2003 in Ocala, Florida, USA

Current Members (Click on members name for Wiki):

Jeremy McKinnon, vocalist

     @Jeremy McKinnon Twitter

     @therealjeremymckinnon Instagram

Neil Westfall, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist

     @NW44 Twitter

     @neilwestfall44 Instagram

Joshua Woodard, bassist

     @joshuawoodard Twitter

     @joshuawoodard Instagram

Alexander Shelnutt, drummer

     @alexshelnutt Twitter

     @alexshelnutt Instagram

Kevin Skaff, lead guitarist, backing vocalist

     @Kevineffinskaff Twitter

     @kevineffinskaff Instagram

     Kevin’s Facebook 

   @WhereisADTR Twitter

    ADTR Facebook

   ADTR Instagram

   ADTR YouTube

   ADTR MySpace

Resources: Accessed 9-28-2013.



Three Days Grace

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Formed 1992 in Norwood, Ontario, Canada

Members (Click on members name for Wiki):

Adam Gontier, former vocalist

      Adam’s Facebook 

      Adam’s MySpace

Brad Walst, bassist, backing vocalist

Neil Sanderson, drummer, percussionist, keyboardist, backing vocalist

    @neil_threedaysgrace Instagram

Barry Stock, lead guitarist

     Barry’s Facebook 

Matt Walst, current vocalist, rhythm guitarist


   @threedaysgrace Twitter

    3DG’s Facebook

   3DG’s Instagram

   3DG’s YouTube

   3DG’s MySpace

Resources: Accessed 9-25-2013.



The 10 Best Hard Rock/Metal Songs About Addiction and Recovery

The 10 Best Hard Rock/Metal Songs About Addiction and Recovery

Music helps us through the hardest of times including those times when we fall and try to pick ourselves back up.  Many musicians grapple with drugs, alcohol, and other addiction and recovery.  Some are successful and others have a continual struggle.   Some artists lose their way and die too early.  There are so many brilliant musicians who have had their lives abbreviated.  Some rockers actually recover and sometimes replace their bad addictions for healthier ones such as exercise.  Sharing their struggles and successes help others.

I changed the order of these songs several times as they are meaningful in different ways.  Listen to them in any order or shuffle as your mood dictates.  Here is a list of the ten best hard rock/metal songs about addiction and recovery:

10.   “It’s Been A While” by Staind

This song is for anyone who struggles with drugs and relationships.  The words to the song touch upon the reality for many addiction is about self-loathing and trauma.  The main figure of the song realizes that it has been a while since he felt anything.  Staind was formed in 1994 in Springfield, Massachusetts.  The vocalist, Aaron Lewis, has set out on a country music career since 2011.

9.   “Deal With The Devil” by Pop Evil

“Deal With The Devil” is off of the album Onyx from Pop Evil.  The song lyrics ask,

When you’re high who you flying for? When you ride who you riding for?  When you toast who you drinking for?  When you play, got a deal with the devil.

Pop Evil is a rock band from Grand Rapids, Michigan and is known for their single “Trenches”.  The opening scene is of a woman breathing hard and you know she is craving drugs as she proceeds to shoot up with heroin.  Be  forewarned that the video will be a trigger for users.  I chose not to post it here for those of you who are struggling to stay clean right now.

8.  “My Own Prison” by Creed

Creed is an American rock band from Florida.  The vocalist, Scott Stapp, talks openly about his alcohol and drug addiction.  He is living soberly now.  He battled depression and addiction and it culminated into a forty foot fall off of a balcony.  He has a solo career now and also wrote a book Sinner’s Creed.

7.  “Save Me” by Shinedown

Brent Smith, the singer of Shinedown, has had a tremendous physical transformation after going through recovery.   He traded drugs and alcohol for working out and eating right.  He looks like, and is, a different person.  His honesty about his addiction, recovery, and life makes Shinedown one of the most successful bands in the world.

6.  “Truth Hurts” by Bullet for My Valentine

One more drink, one more pill, Just one more line to make me feel, Like I have something left to give,  Cause without it I’m just giving in.  

Bullet For My Valentine almost broke up because of the issues with alcohol and drug abuse.  Many fans including myself are thankful the band corrected themselves and got on a path of control.  Working through their problems, they released their album, Temper Temper of which this track is number two.

5.   “Fine Again” by Seether

Seether is a South African alternative metal band.  The band is probably best known for the single, “Broken” featuring Amy Lee, then girlfriend of Shaun Morgan.  Seether’s frontman, Shaun Morgan, has had addiction to a combination of substances.

4.  “Animal I Have Become” by Three Days Grace

Three Days Grace (3DG) has reorganized with vocalist, Adam Gontier, pursuing a solo career and 3DG enlisting My Darkest Days singer, Matt Walst, also brother of 3DG bassist, Brad Walst.  Adam Gontier has been very open and supportive to all the people who are struggling with addiction.  The entire One-X album is a dedication to those struggling with addiction and recovery.

3.   “Life is Beautiful” by  Sixx A.M.

Sixx A.M. is the hard rock band consisting of Nikki Sixx (also bassist for Mötley Crüe, photographer, and radio host), DJ Ashba (also guitarist for Guns N Roses), and James Michael.   This track is hopeful and helps the addict to realize that life is beautiful and someone will miss them when they are gone.  Every person, regardless of the bad things they have done, will be missed by someone if they die.

2.  “Hate Me” by Blue October

This song is so raw and real and honest.  Blue October’s, Justin Furstenfeld, is an amazing lyricist.  The lyrics to this song really touch on feelings we all have of inadequacy and disappointing those who love us the most.  Watch the video here:

1.  “The Death of Me” by Asking Alexandria

I wanted some of the songs to have a more positive feel.  Many can be depressing and introspective.  “The Death of Me” talks about the resolve of Danny Worsnop, vocalist of Asking Alexandria, and that he is back and better than ever!

That is my list of the best hard rock/metal songs about recovery.  Here are other songs that received honorable mention.

“Mr Self Destruct” by Nine Inch Nails, “No Excuses” by  Alice in Chains, “The Great Divide” by Scott Stapp, “Beyond The Realm’s of  Death” by Judas Priest, and “Suicide Messiah” by Black Label Society

Are there other songs that have helped you on your road to recovery?  Share them with others here.  accessed 9-18-2013. accessed 9-24-2013 accessed 9/25/2013.




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Formed 1998 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Current Members (Click on members name for Wiki):

Mark Hunter, vocalist

     @chimairamark Twitter

      @harkmunter Instagram

      Mark’s Facebook 

Emil Werstler, guitarist

     @EmilWerstler Twitter

     @emilwerstler Instagram

      Emil’s Facebook 

Matt Szlachta, guitarist

     @szlachtology Twitter

     Matt’s Facebook

Jeremy Creamer, bassist

     @allinaline Twitter

     Jeremy’s Facebook 

Austin D’amond, drummer

     @FNAustile Twitter

     Austin’s Facebook 

Sean Zatorsky, keyboardist, backing vocalist

     @Seanzscreams Twitter

     @seanzscreams Instagram

      Sean’s Facebook 


   @chimairaband Twitter

    Chimaira Facebook

   Chimaira YouTube

   Chimaira MySpace

Resources: Accessed 9-23-2013.




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Formed 1998 in Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA

Current Members (Click on members name for Wiki):

Lzzy Hale, vocalist, guitarist

     @LZZYHALE Twitter

      Lzzy’s Facebook 

      Lzzy’s Instagram

Arejay Hale, drummer

     @ArejayHale Twitter

     Arejay Facebook 

     @arejayhale Instagram

Joe Hottinger, guitarist

     @thejoestorm Twitter

     Joe Hottinger Facebook

     @thejoestorm Instagram

Josh Smith, bassist

     @jodowa Twitter

     Josh’s Facebook 

     @jodowa Instagram


   @Halestorm Twitter

    Halestorm Facebook

   Halestorm YouTube

   Halestorm MySpace

Resources: Accessed 9-16-2013.



Nonpoint and Otherwise Concert Review and Photos



Nonpoint and Otherwise Concert Review and Photos


The show was on a late summer evening in 2013.  The weather was balmy and pleasant.  I saw Nonpoint and Otherwise at the historic Castle Theatre in Bloomington, Illinois.  This venue is very small and has a nice stage with an intimate feel.  Local bands Clippoint and Polarity opened.  The final opener was Primer 55, a solid metal band from Atlanta, Georgia.

Otherwise is a hard rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada.  Their song, “I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures)” is a great song about getting cheated on.  They lyrics:

I’d rather be blind than to see your eyes,  I’d rather be deaf than to hear your lies

I’d rather be broke than to sell my soul, I gave you my all but you’ll never know

No I’m not going to  hurt anymore, I’ve already walked through that door

The catchy hook and the timeless subject of infidelity makes it a sure hit.  Watch the video here:

The band had family that had traveled from Chicago in the audience and dedicated fans who knew every single word to every song.  Ryan Patrick, the guitarist came up to one of those fans and acknowledged her immediately.  Then he came right up to me and gave me a hug.  That is what I love about the small venue.  You can really connect with the artist so closely.   Vassilios “V” Metropoulis, the bassist, of Otherwise did a lot of work for the band including sound check, carrying equipment, selling merchandise and posing for pictures.


Adrian Patrick
Ryan Patrick
Andrew Pugh
Badass Adrian Patrick

Nonpoint is a metal band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida with Puerto Rican roots.  They have played huge venues like Download Festival but small venues like The Castle Theatre as well. The vocalist, Elias Soriano, had locs down to his waist and was wearing an old Snoop Dog shirt.  Robb Rivera, the drummer, has his stuffed “Animal” from the Muppets keeping his kit company.

Elias Soriano’s voice is hypnotic and the rhythm makes you want to bang your head all night.   Nonpoint played all their hits including “Bullet With a Name On It”, “Left for You”, “I Said It”, and their cover “In The Air Tonight”.  One of their biggest fans was V Metropoulis from Otherwise.  He got in the middle of the pit and got it moving.  Security started moving up to control him and then they realized he was from Otherwise.  He was fine and I am glad to say there were no injuries in that pit.

Elias Soriano’s wife and sweet daughter with protective ear gear was in the crowd.  She was watching her daddy work. That is so nice that he is able to bring his family to be together on the road.



Adam Woloszyn
Adam Woloszyn
Elias Soriano
Elias Soriano


Dave Lizzio
Dave Lizzio


Elias Soriano
Elias Soriano




I am always amazed at the graciousness of these rock stars and their true relationship with their fan base.  They understand that we are all fans and love to rock!

Ryan Patrick, Suzie Soule, & Corky Gainford


V Metropoulis, Andrew Pugh, Suzie Soule, & Adrian Patrick



Rasheed Thomas, Suzie Soule, & Adam Woloszyn

Additional photos are viewable on Instagram here 


Resources:, accessed 9/11/2013

Butcher Babies

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Formed 2010 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Current Members (Click on members name for Wiki):

Heidi Shepherd, vocalist, unclean

     @HeidiTheButcher Twitter

     @heidithebutcher Instagram

Carla Harvey, vocalist 

     @carlaharvey Twitter

    @carlacoates Instagram

Henry Flury, guitarist

     @HenryFlury Twitter

     @henryflury Instagram

Jason Klein, bassist

     @JasonTheButcher Twitter

     @Jasontheklein Instagram (private)

Chrissy Warner, drummer

     @ToothlessChris Twitter

     @chrissythebutcher Instagram

   @ButcherBabies Twitter

    Butcher Babies Facebook

   Butcher Babies Instagram

   Butcher Babies YouTube

   Butcher Babies MySpace

Resources: Accessed 9-9-2013.



Bullet For My Valentine

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Formed 1998 in Bridgend, Wales

Current Members (Click on members name for Wiki):

Matthew “Matt” Tuck, vocalist, rhythm guitarist

     @MattieValentine Twitter

Michael “Padge” Paget, lead guitarist

     @MichaelPaget Twitter

Michael “Moose” Thomas, drummer

     @moosebullet Twitter

     @moosebullet Instagram

Jason “Jay” James, bassist

     @jaybfmv Twitter

   @bfmvofficial Twitter

    BFMV Facebook

   BFMV Instagram

   BFMV YouTube

   BFMV MySpace

Resources: Accessed 9-8-2013.




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Formed 2009 in Highland Park, California, U.S.A.

Current Members (

Jill Janus, vocalist

     @JillJanus Twitter

Blake Meahl, guitarist

Ian Alden, bassistCarl Wierzbicky, drummer

Anthony Crocamo, guitarist


    Huntress Facebook

   Huntress Instagram

Resources: Accessed 9-2-2013.




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Formed 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

Current Members (click on member’s name for Wikipedia):

Adrian Patrick, vocalist 

    About Adrian Patrick

Ryan Patrick, guitarist

    About Ryan Patrick

    @ryanpatrick1988 Instagram

Corky Gainsford, drummer

    About Corky Gainsford

    @corkygainsford Twitter

Vassilios Metropoulos, bassist

     About Vassilios Metropoulos

Andrew Pugh, guitarist

    @andysnafu Instagram

    @AndySnafu Twitter

     @WEareOTHERWISE Twitter

    Otherwise Facebook

    Otherwise YouTube

    Otherwise MySpace

Resources: Accessed 8-28-2013.  Updated 3-17-2014.




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Formed 1997 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.

Current Members (click on member’s name for Wikipedia):

Elias Soriano, vocalist

     @EliasBLC44 Twitter

Robb Rivera, drummer

     @RobbRiveraNP Twitter

     Robb “El Martillo”Rivera Facebook

Rasheed Thomas, guitarist

Dave Lizzio, guitarist

    @Cheesebone82 Twitter 

Adam Woloszyn, bassist


    @nonpointofficial Instagram

     @Nonpoint Twitter

     Nonpoint Facebook

    Nonpoint YouTube

   Nonpoint MySpace

Resources: Accessed 8-28-2013.



All That Remains

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Formed 1998 in Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Current Members (click on member’s name for Wikipedia):

Philip Labonte, vocalist

     @philthatremains Twitter

     Philip’s Facebook 

Mike Martin, guitarist

    @mikemartinatr Twitter *5k followers and no tweets?

Oli Herbert, guitaritst

    @OliHerbert4Real Twitter 

Jeanne Sagan, bassist     

     @burnthiskiss Twitter 

Jason Costa, drummer

     @fluffscabatr Twitter

     @ATRhq Twitter

    ATR’s Facebook

    ATR’s YouTube

   ATR’s MySpace

Resources: Accessed 8-26-2013.




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HIM (His Infernal Majesty)

Formed 1991 in Helsinki, Finland

Current Members (click on member’s name for Wikipedia):

Ville Valo, vocalist

Mikko Viljami Lindstrom, guitarist

Mikko Paananen aka Migé Amour, bassist

Mika Karppinen aka Gas Lipstick, drummer

Janne Puurtinen aka Emerson Burton, keyboardist

    HIM Facebook

    HIM YouTube

   HIM MySpace

Resources: Accessed 8-26-2013.




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Formed 2001 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Current Members (click on member’s name for Wikipedia):

Michael Poulsen, vocalist, guitarist

Anders Kholholm, bassist

Jon Larsen, drummer

Rob Caggiano, guitarist

     @RobCaggiano Twitter 

     @robcaggiano Instagram

   Volbeat Instagram

     @VOLBEAT Twitter

    VOLBEAT Facebook

    Volbeat YouTube

   Volbeat MySpace

Resources: Accessed 8-26-2013.  Updated 4-30-2014.



Carnival of Madness Photos and Videos

Carnival of Madness 2013 including Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet, In This Moment, and We As Human

Carnival of Madness

Carnival of Madness













The photos and video are from the show on Sunday, August 18, 2013 in Bloomington, Illinois at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum.  I was lucky and won a spot to meet the bands from my local radio station, 96.7 I-Rock.  Every band member was very gracious and nice.  The Carnival of Madness performers who tour with the bands and perform carnival acts and fire twirling even expressed the humility of the artists involved with the tour.  The show was very good and all the bands rocked the house.

We As Human began the night and rocked the house.  We As Human is a Christian hard rock band.  The fans loved them.  For every show, the drummer takes a picture of the band with the fans in the background and they post it to their Facebook page.


We As Human











The next band to perform was In This Moment.  The singer, Maria Brink, receives a lot of attention wherever she goes as she is a beautiful woman.  Maria Brink is a featured vocalist on the Five Finger Death Punch song Anywhere But Here.  ITM’s single Blood has been on the top of the Billboard Rock charts peaking at number nine.



In This Moment



In This Moment


















Video of In This Moment performing Blood

Skillet performed next and really brought the energy to the night.  John Cooper exclaimed that his A.D.D. made him keep doing a machine gun maneuver.  The sweat was pouring off his body and their set was incredible.  Skillet brings a very positive, Christian message as well.


































Video of Skillet performing Monster. The camera was shaking because of the speaker vibrations. I was almost directly underneath the speaker so the sound quality was compromised.

Papa Roach took the stage next and brought the tracks that we all know and love.  Jacoby Shaddix said that they have been making music for twenty years!  That is a testament to their staying power as rock legends.


Papa Roach

Papa Roach


Papa Roach

Papa Roach


Papa Roach

Papa Roach


























Video of Papa Roach performing Forever. Again the sound was compromised because of my location directly beneath the speakers.

The final performer was Shinedown. Shinedown‘s Brent Smith has had an incredible transformation physically and he performs better than ever.  Shinedown‘s lyrics speak to their fan’s souls giving them some of the most enthusiastic fans

























































Additional photos are viewable on Instagram here

We As Human

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Formed 2006 in Nashville, Tennessee  U.S.A.

Current Members (click on member’s name for Wikipedia):

Justin Cordle, vocalist

     @JustinC_WAH Twitter 

Adam Osborne, drummer

     @Adam_WAH Twitter

     Adam’s Facebook 

 Jake Jones, guitarist

    @Jake_WAH Twitter

   @oy_jonesy Instagram

Justin Forshaw, guitarist

    @JustinF_WAH Twitter

    @justinf_wah Instagram     

Dave Draggoo, bassist

    @Dave_WAH Twitter

  @weashumanofficial Instagram 

     @weashuman Twitter

    We As Human’s Facebook

   We As Human’s MySpace

Resources: Accessed 8-17-2013.



In This Moment

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Formed 2005 in Schenectady, New York, U.S.A.

Current Members (click on member’s name for Wikipedia):

Maria Brink, vocalist, pianist

     @MariaBrink Twitter 

     @mariabrinkofficial Instagram

Chris Howoth, lead guitarist

     @chrishoworth_itm Instagram

Tom Hane, drummer

    @TomHaneITM Twitter 

    @drummertomhane Instagram

     Photography by Tom Hane

Travis Johnson, bassist

     @travis_johnson_itm Instagram

Randy Weitzel, rhythm guitarist

     @RandallWeitzel Twitter

      Randy’s Facebook 

     @randyweitzel Instagram

     @OfficialITM Twitter

    ITM’s Facebook

   ITM’s MySpace

Resources: Accessed 8-17-2013.




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Formed 2001 in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.A.

Current Members (click on member’s name for Wikipedia):

Brent Smith, vocalist

     @TheBrentSmith Twitter 

Barry Kerch, drummer

     @BKerchofficial Twitter

Zach Myers, guitarist

    @ZMyersofficial Twitter 

Eric Bass, bassist

     @ebassprod Twitter 

     @Shinedown Twitter

    Shinedown Facebook

   Shinedown Instagram

    Shinedown YouTube

   Shinedown MySpace

Resources: Accessed 8-17-2013.



The Black Keys

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Formed 2001 in Akron, Ohio U.S.A.

Current Members (click on member’s name for Wikipedia):

Dan Auerbach, vocalist, guitarist

     @danauerbach Twitter 

Patrick Carney, drummer

     @patrickcarney Twitter

     @theblackkeys Twitter

    The Black Keys Facebook

    The Black Keys YouTube

   The Black Keys MySpace

Resources: Accessed 8-17-2013.



Motionless In White

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Formed 2005 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Current Members (click on member’s name for Wikipedia):

Chris Motionless Cerulli, vocalist

     @ChrisMotionless  Twitter

     @chrismotionless Instagram 

Ricky Horror Olson, guitarist

    @rickyxhorror  Twitter

     @rickyhorrorx Instagram

Joshua Balz, keyboardist

    @balzmiw Twitter

    @joshbalz Instagram

Ryan Sitkowski, guitarist

    @MIWryan Twitter

    @ryanmiw Instagram

Devin Ghost Sola, bassist

    @LonesomeGhosts Twitter 

    @LonesomeGhosts1937 Instagram

 Vinny Mauro, drummer

     @chenzomauro Twitter

      @chenzomauro Instagram

   @MIWband Twitter

    MIW’s Facebook

   MIW’s Instagram

Resources: Accessed 8-10-2013.  Updated 3-29-2014.



Upon A Burning Body

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Formed 2005 in San Antonio, Texas U.S.A.

Current Members (click on member’s name for Wiki):

Danny Leal, vocalist

     @Dannyuabb Twitter 

    @dannyuabb Instagram

Ruben Alvarez, guitarist

     @ruben_uabb Instagram

Sal Dominguez, guitarist 

    @uabbsal Instagram

Chris “CJ” Johnson, bassist 

Jonathon Gonzales, drummer

   @uponaburningbodyofficial Instagram

   @UABB Twitter

   UABB’s Facebook

  UABB’s MySpace

Resources: Accessed 8-10-2013.  Updated 5-8-2014.



Asking Alexandria Concert Photos and Videos



Asking Alexandria, Motionless in White, Upon a Burning Body, and Crown The Empire Concert Photos and Videos

The photos from this show on Thursday, August 8, 2013 in Bloomington, Illinois at the historic Castle Theatre.  I highly recommend seeing any of these bands, Crown The Empire, Upon a Burning Body, Motionless in White and Asking Alexandria know how to put on a phenomenal show.  Every act had extremely high energy.  Each band member was incredibly nice.  The size of the venue also made this particular concert an ultimate fan experience as it was the smallest venue of the tour.  Fans had opportunity to touch, smell and interact with the bands and band members.  All of the photos of this show are taken from a fan perspective.  If you were at the show, scroll down and you may find yourself.


The night started with Crown The Empire and they were incredible.  The band members were extremely nice.  The band crowded around this minuscule merch table and talked with fans and posed for pictures for hours.   Crown The Empire is going to be the biggest band to come out of this tour.


Crown The Empire




Crown The Empire

















Video of Crown The Empire performing Memories of A Broken Heart

Video of Crown The Empire performing The Fallout


The next band was Upon a Burning Body.  Their energy and fan interaction was incredible.  Their image is deceiving because they are dressed in suits but then rock out the entire time.  Danny Leal, the singer, started out in three-piece suit.  As their set continued, he kept losing pieces of his suit until he was shirtless.


Upon A Burning Body


Upon A Burning Body



















Video of Upon a Burning Body performing Texas Blood Money

Motionless in White came to the stage next and they made the entire pit go crazy.  They are a great band live and had a great performance. Motionless in White has the most interesting music videos. They are dark, contemplative, and intelligent.



Motionless In White


Motionless In White


Motionless In White



























Video of Motionless in White performing Sick From The Melt


Finally, the main event was Asking Alexandria and they delivered a fantastic performance. James Cassells is a phenomenal drummer. Danny interacted with the crowd by talking to them and taking time to even hug an excited fan. They put on a stellar show.


Asking Alexandria


Asking Alexandria


Asking Alexandria


Asking Alexandria


Asking Alexandria


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Video of Asking Alexandria performing The Death of Me

I also had the opportunity to meet some of the other fans.  Scroll down and see if you see yourself in these photos.  Come find us at upcoming concerts we attend and we would love to take a photo with you.  



Crown The Empire pre-show with Bennett Vogelman



Crown The Empire Dave Escamilla and Suzie


Crown The Empire Bennett Vogelman and a fan


Crown The Empire Bennett Vogelman and a fan2


Crown The Empire Hayden Tree and Suzie


Crown The Empire Andrew Velasquez and fans


Upon A Burning Body Danny Leal and Suzie


Asking Alexandria fan

Crown The Empire

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Formed 2010 in Dallas, Texas U.S.A.

Current Members (click on member’s name for Wikipedia):

Andrew Velasquez, vocalist

     @AndrewCTE  Twitter

     @realandyleo Instagram

David Escamilla, vocalist

    @Dave_Escamilla_  Twitter

    @davescamilla Instagram

Brandon Hoover, guitarist

    @BrandonCTE Twitter

    @bandonhoover Instagram

Bennett Vogelman, guitarist

    @BennSuede  Twitter

     BennSuede Instagram

Brent Taddie, drums

    @brenttaddie Twitter

    @brenttaddie Instagram

    brenttaddie YouTube

Hayden Tree, bass

    @HaydenTree  Twitter

    @treeCTE Instagram

   @crowntheempire Twitter

    CTE’s Facebook

   CTE’s Instagram

Resources: Accessed 8-10-2013.




Best Band List


Formed 1996 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Current Members (click on member’s name for Wikipedia):

John Cooper, vocalist, bassist

     @johnlcooper  Twitter

Korey Cooper, rhythm guitarist, keyboardist

    @koreycooper  Twitter

Seth Morrison, lead guitarist

    @MorrisonSeth  Twitter

Jen Ledger, drummer

    @JenLedger  Twitter

Jonathan Chu, violinist

    @chuviolin Twitter

Tate Olsen, cellist

    @tatethecelloguy  Twitter


    Skillet’s Facebook

   Skillet’s YouTube

Resources: Accessed 8-4-2013.




Best Band List


Formed 1994 in Springfield, Massachusetts U.S.A.

Current Members (click on member’s name for Wiki):

Aaron Lewis, vocalist

Mike Mushok, guitarist

Johnny April, bassist

Sal Giancarelli, drummer, percussionist

   @staindmusic Twitter

   Staind’s Facebook

 Staind’s YouTube

 Staind’s MySpace

Resources: Accessed 7-30-2013.



Best Hard Rock/Metal Workout Playlist for Weight Training


Best Hard Rock/Metal Workout Playlist for Weight Training

The right tempo when you are working out is imperative to have the most effective workout.  According to numerous studies, the higher the tempo of the workout, the psychological effects make exertion seem smaller than when not listening to music.  This workout has been thoroughly researched.  Each song was chosen for the beats per minute and every one has a range of 85 to 150 bpm.  This workout is the perfect tempo for weight training or running at a leisurely pace.   The total time for this playlist is approximately 90 minutes.

1. “Invincible” Adelitas Way 

“Invincible” is the official theme song for WWE Superstars.  This track is a great way to start your workout by warming up and getting in the mindset to reach your goals.  Adelitas Way is a hard rock band from Las Vegas.

2. “Always” Saliva

This track is one of Saliva’s most successful songs.  Saliva is a band from Memphis, Tennessee.  The lead singer, Josey Scott, has left the band at the end of 2011 to pursue a solo Christian music career.  The band has a new singer, Bobby Aramu.

3. “Getting Away With Murder” Papa Roach

The tempo of this song picks up a little.  If you are listening to these songs in order, it is after you have warmed up and are really getting into your workout.  Papa Roach is an alternative metal band from California.

4. “Living in a Dream” Finger Eleven 

Finger Eleven is an alternative rock band from Ontario, Canada.  This track was the official song for the 2011 WWE Royal Rumble.

5. “Sick of It” Skillet

This is one of many tracks by Skillet.  Some bands just have songs at a certain tempo that is perfect for a workout.  Skillet is a Christian metal band formed in Memphis, Tennessee with members from Wisconsin.

6. “I Will Not Bow” Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin is an alternative metal band from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and is currently on hiatus.  Ben Burnley, the vocalist and one of the founders is currently the only member of the band.  The lyrics to the song put you in the right mindset when training.

7.  “Not Listening” Papa Roach 

The lyrics, ” because you’ve gotta be bigger and be faster, and be stronger” encourage you to lift more.  This song was featured in the trailer for the movie, Resident Evil: Apocalypse.

8. “Never Enough” Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch is a heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California.  The video for this song is about how appearances of what people are on the outside are not what they are truly on the inside.  The lyrics “I’d rather you hate me for everything I am than have you love me for something that I can’t”.

9. “Sound of Madness” Shinedown

Shinedown is a hard rock band from Jacksonville, Florida.  The current members are vocalist, Brent Smith, bassist Eric Bass, drummer Barry Kerch, and guitarist Zach Myers.

10. “Trenches” Pop Evil

The video for this song shows a girl hitting a punching bag and has flashbacks of a man physically abusing her and also her using drugs.  Pop Evil was formed in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  You will agree the lyrics and tempo are great for working out.

11. “Hail to The King”  Avenged Sevenfold

This single is the highly anticipated new track from Avenged Sevenfold (A7X) as of this post date.  The song is reminiscent of Iron Maiden or similar older metal artists.

12.  “Riot” Three Days Grace

Three Days Grace is a Canadian hard rock band.  This song is definitely inspiring you to get up and take action.

13. “Blow Me Away” Breaking Benjamin featuring Valora

Originally recorded for Halo 2 video game.  This version was released in 2011 and includes Sydnee Duran of Valora.

14. “Monster” Skillet

No doubt about it when you listen to this song, it makes you want to push your body harder.  The members of Skillet are vocalist John Kooper, guitarist and keyboardist Korey Kooper, drummer Jen Ledger, and guitarist Seth Morrison.

15. “You’re Going Down” Sick Puppies

Sick Puppies is an Australian rock band.  This single was used by WWE as a theme song and in one of their video games.

16.  “Ladies and Gentleman” Saliva

Another song used by WWE for Wrestlemania 23.  Saliva states they wrote is specifically for their friends at WWE.

17. “Back For More” Five Finger Death Punch (5FDP)

The lyrics to this track encourage you to keep going, “Rise! Refuse to give in, Rise! Ashes to Dust, Rise! Make’em remember your name, Rise! ’cause in yourself you can trust”.

18. “Break” Three Days Grace

Three Days Graceis a Canadian hard rock band.  The meaning of this song is about making a change and very appropriate for when you are lifting weights.

19. “Riptide” Sick Puppies

The lyrics to this song discuss going against what someone thinks you should do and being just fine the way that he is.  The song was release in 2011.

20. “Just Like You” by Three Days Grace

If you have had a bad day at home or work, you can turn up the volume on this song.  The lyrics, “You thought you were standing beside me, You were only in my way.”

21. “Face To The Floor” Chevelle 

Chevelle is an alternative metal band from Grays Lake, Illinois.  The song is about the people who got ripped off by Bernie Madoff.

22. “Comatose” Skillet

The tempo of this song is 85 beats per minute.  Skillet formed in 1996 by John Cooper and Ken Storts.

23.  “Pain” Three Days Grace

This song has become Three Days Grace’ biggest hit and when you hear it, you want to be in the gym.  “Pain” is on the album One-X released in 2006.

24.  “Lift Me Up” Five Finger Death Punch

This song is track 1 from the album The Wrong Side of Heaven and The Righteous Side of Hell.  The legendary Rob Halford of Judas Priest is a featured vocalist on this song.

25. “Die Trying” Art of Dying

The lyrics to this song encourage you to continue, “If it takes forever, I will die trying”.  Art of Dying is a Canadian rock band formed by Jonny Hetherington and Greg Bradley.

26. “Afterlife” Avenged Sevenfold

One of A7X‘s most popular songs but a good cool down song to listen to while stretching or finishing up your workout.  This track was released in 2008 on the band’s self-titled album.  It was written by the late drummer and a founding member of the band, The Rev.


Listen to the complete playlist here on Spotify: Optimal Music for the Gym date accessed 7/25/2013. dates accessed 7/25/2013, 7/28/2013, 7/29/2013, 7/31/2013.  . dates accessed 7/28/2013, 7/29/2013, 7/31/2013.

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Best Band List


Formed 1964 in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.A.

Members (click on member’s name for Wiki):

Ronnie Van Zant, (1/15/1948-10/20/1977) vocalist

Johnny Van Zant, vocalist

Gary Rossington, guitarist 

Rickey Medlocke, guitarist 

Mark Matejka, guitarist

Peter Keys, keyboardist

Johnny Colt, bassist

Michael Cartellone, drummer

   @Skynyrd Twitter 

   Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Facebook

 Lynyrd Skynyrd’s YouTube

  Lynyrd Skynyrd

Resources: Accessed 7-15-2013.




Best Band List


Formed 2001 in Oklahoma U.S.A.

Current Members:

Austin Winkler, vocalist (on leave 2013 Jared Weeks from Saving Abel filling in)

Joe Garvey, lead guitarist

Mark King, rhythm guitarist

Mike Rodden, bassist

Cody Hanson, drummer

   @hindermusic Twitter

    Hinder’s Facebook

   Hinder’s YouTube

   Hinder’s Instagram

Resources: Accessed 7-31-2013.




Best Band List


Formed 1989 in Brownsville, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Current Members (click on member’s name for Wiki):

Brett Scallions, vocalist, rhythm guitarist

Twitter: @NotthefakeBrett

Brad Stewart, bass guitarist 

Andy Andersson, lead guitarist, keyboardist 

Shannon Boone, drummer, percussionist

   Twitter @fuelofficial

   Fuel’s Facebook 

  Fuel‘s MySpace



Resources:  Accessed on 7-16-2013

Five Finger Death Punch

Best Band List

Five Finger Death Punch (5FDP or FFDP)

Formed 1994 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Current Members (click on member’s name for Wiki):

Ivan Moody, vocalist

Zoltan Bathory, guitarist

    @ZoltanBathory Twitter

    @zoltanbathory Instagram

     Zoltan’s Facebook

Jason Hook, guitarist

     @jasonhook_5fdp Twitter

     @jasonhook_5fdp Instagram

Chris Kael, bassist

    @5FDPChrisKael Twitter

Jeremy Spencer, drummer

    @drumsfromhell Twitter 

@jeremyspencer Instagram

@FFDP Twitter

Five Finger Death Punch

5FDP YouTube

Five Finger Death Punch



Resources: Accessed 7-15-2013.

The Sex Pistols

Best Band List


Formed 1975 in England

Members (click on member’s name for Wiki):

Johnny Rotten, vocalist

Steve Jones, guitarist

Glen Matlock, bass guitarist

Paul Cook, drummer  

   @pistolsofficial Twitter 

   The Sex Pistols Facebook 

  The Sex Pistols YouTube

Resources:  Accessed 7-19-2013.

The Clash

Best Band List


Formed 1976 in England

Members (click on member’s name for Wiki):

Joe Strummer (8/21/1952-12/22/2002), vocalist, rhythm guitarist

Mick Jones, guitarist, vocalist    

Paul Simonon, bass guitarist

Topper Headon, drummer  

   @TheClash Twitter

   The Clash Facebook 

  The Clash YouTube

The Clash Spotify

Resources:  Accessed 7-19-2013.

The Who

Best Band List


Formed 1964 in England

Members (click on member’s name for Wiki):

Roger Daltrey, vocalist

Pete Townshend, guitarist

John Entwistle, bass guitarist

Keith Moon (8/23/1946-9/7/1978), drummer  

   @TheWho Twitter 

   The Who Facebook

Resources:  Accessed 7-19-2013.

Pink Floyd

Best Band List


Formed 1965 in London, England

Members (click on member’s name for Wiki):

Syd Barrett, (1/6/1946-7/7/2006) co-lead vocalist, guitarist

David Gilmour, co-lead vocalist, guitarist

Richard Wright, (7/28/1943-9/15/2008) keyboardist

Roger Waters, bass guitarist, co-lead vocalist

Nick Mason drummer @nickmasondrums Twitter

   @pinkfloyd Twitter

   Pink Floyd’s Facebook

Resources: Accessed 7-18-2013

Avenged Sevenfold

Best Band List

Avenged Seven Fold (A7X)

Formed 1999 in Huntington Beach, California, U.S.A.

Current Members (click on member’s name for Wiki):

M. Shadows, vocalist

Zacky Vengeance, rhythm guitarist

@Vengenz1 Twitter

Synyster Gates, lead guitarist 

Johnny Christ, bassist 

Arin Ilejay, drummer, percussionist

   @TheOfficialA7X Twitter

   Avenged Sevenfold’s Facebook

 Avenged Sevenfold’s YouTube

 Avenged Sevenfold’s Instagram

  Avenged Sevenfold MySpace

Resources: Accessed 7-15-2013.



Black Sabbath

Best Band List


Formed 1968 in Birmingham, England

Members (click on member’s name for Wiki):

Tony Iommi, guitarist;

@tonyiommi Twitter

Tony Iommi’s Facebook

Ozzy Osbourne, vocalist;

@OfficialOzzy Twitter

Ozzy Osbourne’s Facebook

Geezer Butler, bass guitarist;    

@GZRMusic Twitter     

Geezer Butler’s Facebook

Bill Ward, drummer;

@billwarddrums Twitter 

Bill Ward’s Facebook

   @OfficialSabbath Twitter 

   Black Sabbath Facebook

All resources accessed 7-17-2013

Asking Alexandria

Best Band List


Formed 2008 in North Yorkshire, England

Current Members (click on member’s name for Wiki):

Denis Shaforostov, vocalist 

     @denisstoff Instagram

     @realdstoff Twitter 

Ben Bruce, guitarist

     @benafuckinga  Twitter 

     @benjaminpaulbruce Instagram

     @BB_Clothing Twitter

Cameron Liddell, rhythm guitarist

     @camafuckinga Twitter

     @cameronjamesliddell Instagram

Sam Bettley, bassist

     @samafuckinga Twitter

     Clothing Line

James Cassells, drummer

     @jamesafuckinga  Twitter

     @cassells Instagram


  @theaafamily Instagram

   @AfuckingA Twitter

   Asking Alexandria’s Facebook

 Asking Alexandria

Resources: Accessed 7-31-2013.  Updated 6-7-2015.



Led Zeppelin

Best Band List


Formed 1968 in London, England

Members (click on member’s name for Wiki):

Robert Plant, vocalist

Jimmy Page, lead guitarist

@jimmypagecom Twitter

John Paul Jones, bass guitarist, keyboardist

John Bonham (5/31/1948-9/25/1980) drummer, percussionist

   @ledzeppelin Twitter

   Led Zeppelin Facebook 

  Led Zeppelin’s YouTube


Resources:  Accessed on 7-17-2013

Papa Roach

Best Band List


Formed 1993 in Vacaville, California, U.S.A.

Current Members:

Jacoby Shaddix, vocalist

     @JacobyShaddix Twitter 

     @jacobydakotashaddix Instagram

Jerry Horton, lead guitarist

     @jerryhorton Twitter

     @jerryhorton Instagram

Tobin Esperance, bassist, rhythm guitarist, programmist

    @TobinEsperance Twitter

Tony Palermo, drummer

     @TPsmurd Twitter

   @paparoach Twitter

   Papa Roach Facebook 

  Papa Roach’s YouTube

  Papa Roach


Resources: Accessed on 7-16-2013.  Updated 4-27-2014.


Best Rock List’s Band List


Formed 1997 in Los Gatos, California, U.S.A.

Current Members (click on member’s name for Wiki):

Chris Taylor Brown, vocalist

Travis Miguel, lead guitarist 

Peter Charell, bassist 

Dylan Thomas Howard, drummer

   @TraptOfficial Twitter

   Trapt’s Facebook 

 Trapt’s YouTube



Resources: Accessed on 7-16-2013.


Best Rock List’s Band List


Formed 1981 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Current Members (click on member’s name for Wiki):

James Hetfield,  vocalist, rhythm guitarist  

Lars Ulrich, drummer

Kirk Hammett, lead guitarist 

Robert Trujillo, bassist 

   @Metallica Twitter

   Metallica’s Facebook 

  Metallica YouTube

  Metallica’s MySpace


 Resources: Accessed 7-16-2013.

3 Doors Down

Best Rock Band List

3 Doors Down

3 Doors Down

Formed 1996 in Escatawpa, Mississippi, U.S.A.

Current Members:

Brad Arnold, vocalist  @Brad3DD

Todd Harrell, bassist @Todd3DD

Chris Henderson, rhythm guitarist @Chris3dd

Greg Upchurch, drummer, percussionist @Gregupchurch

Chet Roberts, lead guitarist @Chet3DoorsDown

Justin Biltonen, bassist @JustinTC84


 3 Doors Down

 3 Doors Down Vevo

 3 Doors Down

Resources: Accessed 7-13-2013.


System of a Down

Best Band List


Formed 1994 in Southern California, U.S.A.

Current Members (click on member’s name for Wiki):

Serj Tankian, vocalist, keyboardist

@serjtankian Twitter

Shavo Odadjian, bassist

@officialsHaVo Twitter 

Daron Malakian, guitarist, vocalist

John Dolmayan, drummer

@JohnDolmayan Twitter

  @systemofadown Twitter

  System of a Down Facebook 

  System of a Down 



Resources: Accessed 7-15-2013.


Best Band List








Formed 1973 in New York City, New York, U.S.A.

Current Members:

Gene Simmons, bassist, vocalist  @genesimmons

Paul Stanley, rhythm guitarist, vocalist

Eric Singer, drummer

Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist @tommy_thayer


  Kiss (band)


Resources: Accessed 7-13-2013.



The 10 Best Hard Rock Breakup Songs


The 10 Best Hard Rock Breakup Songs

Breaking up is hard on everyone whether you are a seventeen year old girl or a fifty-five year old man.  There are a million songs about splitting up with your significant other.  Sometimes you need a song that cuts right to the issues without being too flowery or sappy about why you called it quits.  The songs on this list are definitely not sappy and reflect pain when you are cheated on or thankfulness when it is just better to move one.

10. “Disconnected” by Trapt



Trapt was formed in 1997 in Los Gatos, California when members of the band were still in high school.  The band is best known for their hit, “Headstrong”.  The best lyrics to this song: “You don’t really know me, I don’t think you’ve ever even tried We’re on the same routine and still you never have the time Who do you want me to be? And do you want me in your life? I feel so incomplete, you left me too far behind”


9. “Scars” by Papa Roach

Papa Roach

Papa Roach

Even though this song has oversaturated the radio, it is still a great song about breaking up.  It was released May 23, 2005 from the album Getting Away with Murder.  Papa Roach is a band from Vacaville, California.  The current members are vocalist, Jacoby Shaddix, lead guitar Jerry Horton, bass guitar Tobin Esperance, and drums Tony Palermo.  The band is named after Shaddix’s step-grandfather, Howard William Roatch.


8. “Hemorrage (In My Hands)” by Fuel



Fuel is a rock band from Jackson, Tennessee with current members singer/guitarist Brett Scallions, bassist Brad Stewart, lead guitarist/keyboardist Andy Anderson, and drummer Shannon Boone.  The band has transformed over the years with numerous members.  The song was written by Carl Bell, one of the founding members of Fuel.



7.  “Right Here” by Staind



Staind was formed in Springfield, Massachusetts and is known for its songs, “So Far Away” and “It’s Been a While”.  The lyrics to this song portray a one-sided relationship, “I’ve got some imperfections, but how can you collect them all and throw them in my face”  While the outright meaning of this song is that he will be right here waiting, I think that this is still a broken relationship that will not endure.



6. “Almost Easy” by Avenged Sevenfold (A7X)



Avenged Sevenfold (A7X) is an American rock band from Huntington Beach, California.  The band consists of  vocalist M. Shadows, rhythm guitarist Zacky Vengeance, lead guitarist Synyster Gates, bass guitarist Johnny Christ, and drummer Arin Ilejay.  This song talks about the guilt of the person who commits the wrongs in the relationship.  “Shame pulses through my heart From the things I`ve done to you….Treated you so wrong, now let me make it right.”


5. “She Hates Me” by Puddle of Mudd

Puddle of Mudd

Puddle of Mudd

This song has a sing along melody but the topic is a guy who was in a short relationship that took a bad turn right away.  The lyrics make you smile because we have all been in that relationship where it seems great and then deteriorates almost instantaneously.  It is like that bad job you have for two weeks just to get that paycheck to get you by for another month.



4. “I Don’t Care” by Apocalyptica featuring Adam Gontier



Apocalyptica is a Finnish rock band and this song features the vocals of former Three Days Grace vocalist Adam Gontier.  Apocalyptica is consider symphonic metal and use cellos in their music.  The cellos certainly give the song a haunting quality but the lyrics speak to those of us have checked out a relationship.  This is the style of breakup that I am fine with.  At the beginning of the end, if I never see you again, I am fine.



3. “Better Than Me” by Hinder



“Better Than Me” is from Hinder’s debut album Extreme Behavior.  This song exudes the guilt of someone who did the wrong things in the relationship.  The lyrics: “I think you can do much better than me, After all the lies that I made you believe, Guilt kicks in and I start to see, The edge of the bed, Where your nightgown used to be”  Hinder has been in existence since 2001 and consists of singer Austin Winkler, guitarist Joe “Blower” Garvey, drummer Cody Hanson, rhythm guitarist Mark King, and bass guitartist, Mike Rodden.


2. “I Hate Everything About You” by Three Days Grace



Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band that is in transition with lead singer Adam Gontier resigning from the band due to health issue.  He has been replaced with Matt Walst.  This track is the classic question about relationships that have gone bad.  “Why do I love you?  Why do you love me?”




1. “Broken” by Seether featuring Amy Lee



Amy Lee of Evanescence was the girlfriend, at the time, of Seether vocalist, Shaun Morgan.  The song has a melancholy melody and the lyrics talk about how each of them are not good without each other.  The song is a song about hope to reconcile and how each of them is broken and do not feel right when the other one is gone.




Some Songs that definitely should be considered but did not make the list this time.  

“Call Me When You’re Sober” by Evanescence, “In The End” by Linkin Park, “With You” by Linkin Park, and “Always” by Saliva

What songs did I miss?  Let me know what songs you think should be on the list.  

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The 10 Best Patriotic Rock Songs

The 10 Best Patriotic Rock Songs and Videos

As you stare into the sky this 4th of July, it is a time to reflect and celebrate our freedom. The United States of America is the greatest country in the world. Our freedom does not come lightly. We celebrate our freedom by honoring the soldiers who gave life, limb, blood, sweat and tears to keep this country free. A lot of the records on this list are to show gratitude to our troops. Thank you to the hard rock and heavy metal artists for honoring our soldiers. After you listen to these songs and watch the videos, go out and thank a veteran, National Guard, reserve, or active duty soldier for their service.

10. “Rockin’ in the U.S.A.” KISS

Kiss Alive II

Kiss Alive II

KISS is the essential hard rock band from Detroit, Michigan. “Rockin’ in the U.S.A”. is off the album Alive II released in 1977. While this song is not a direct tribute to our troops, it conveys a message about traveling the world and returning to the best place in the world, the United States of America.

Rockin’ in the U.S.A. by KISS


9. “Warrior” Kid Rock

Recorded in 2008 as part of a National Guard advertising campaign. This song pays homage to our National Guard soldiers. Kid Rock is one of rock music’s avid philanthropists and does work with Operation Finally Home that builds homes for returning disabled veterans.


8. “Soldiers” Drowning Pool


Drowning Pool

Drowning Pool is an American heavy metal band and their song “Bodies” is popular with soldiers. Their name comes from a movie by the same name. They are ardent supporters of our soldiers and perform through the Wounded Warrior Project.

Soldiers by Drowning Pool



7. “Citizen Soldier” 3 Doors Down

Citizen Soldier

3 Doors Down


This song supports our National Guard and Reserves. It was used in a recruitment campaign when it was released in 2007. It is on their self titled album. 3 Doors Down is from Escatawpa, Mississippi and consists of Brad Arnold, Todd Harrell, and Matt Roberts.

Citizen Soldier by 3 Doors Down


6. “Soldier Side” System of a Down

Soldier Side

System of a Down


The song has a haunting melody that makes you think about the soldier who is struggling with the aftermath of war. “Soldier Side” is on the Hypnotize album of the double album Mezmerize/Hypnotize from 2005.

Soldier Side by System of a Down


5. “No One Gets Left Behind” Five Finger Death Punch (5FDP)

No One Gets Left Behind



This track is on the album War is the Answer released in 2009. Five Finger Death Punch is from Los Angeles, California and the band members are vocalist Ivan Moody, guitarist Zoltan Bathory, guitarist Caleb Andrew Bingham, bassist Matt Snell, and drummer Jeremy Spencer. 5FDP has always been an avid supporter of our troops.

No One Gets Left Behind by 5FDP


4. “MIA” Avenged Sevenfold


Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold (A7X) is an American rock band from Huntington Beach, California. The lyrics discuss the reality of war and killing. “Strangers blood on my hands, shot all I can! There were no silents night watching your brothers all die”.  This song is found on the album City of Evil.

M.I.A. by Avenged Sevenfold


3. “Don’t Tread on Me” Metallica

The Black Album



Don’t Tread on Me is a phrase on the Gadsen flag which is a historical American flag with a yellow field with a coiled snake ready to strike. The Gadsen flag is a contemporary symbol for the Tea Party or any supporter of the 2nd Amendment and the right to bear arms. Metallica released this song on their self-titled album aka The Black Album in 1991.

Don’t Tread on Me by Metallica


2. “Far From Home” Five Finger Death Punch

The video for this song is a moving tribute and testament of the sacrifice that soldiers make. This track is from 5FDP’s second album War is the Answer. I could listen to Ivan Moody’s exquisite voice over and over.

1. “Star Spangled Banner” Metallica

Metallica is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. The members are James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo.  Metallica played the national anthem in May 2013 at a San Francisco Giants game. Needless to say, it was excellent. The combination of baseball, Metallica and rock music is why it tops my list.

What are the songs you think should have made the list or do you agree with my choices?

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