System of a Down

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

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

Serj Tankian, vocalist, keyboardist

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Shavo Odadjian, bassist

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Daron Malakian, guitarist, vocalist

John Dolmayan, drummer

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Resources: Accessed 7-15-2013.


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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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