Music gets me hype. That’s why I’m excited to be able to write for A Beat a Day for people that get just as excited about hearing music. There’s been a lot of great tracks, great albums, and great collaborations through 2015, and I’m gonna share some of my favorites. While I might speak of an entire album, I’ll only be sharing 1 track from anything I talk about, but if you like it, check out more. Let’s get it.
Three Days Grace – Human
Three Days Grace was one of my favorite bands growing up, and I still love listening to them. This is there first album since original vocalist, Adam Gontier, left the group. Matt Walst takes on the role in this album, and even with the new vocal sound, every track feels like a Three Days Grace song.
Halestorm – Apocalyptic
Lzzy Hale (not a typo, there’s no “I” in her name) has one of the best voices in Rock music right now. This track is one of the most powerful performance off Into The Wild Life, backed by one of the stronger riffs on the album.
Stellar Revival – Love, Lust, & Bad Company
This is an album I suggest you check out. I have been waiting for this album since I saw this band live in 2012. I had never heard of them, but they played an amazing set, far better than the headliners that night. I wanted more, but their album was held in limbo by their label. From time to time I would think back to that performance and how much I wanted to hear these guys again. Well the album finally came in 2015, and it was just as good as I imagined. Unfortunately, the band has broken up since then, but some members formed a new group, Southern Gentlemen, who I’m excited to check out soon.
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
“Jaggernaut, you’re the rock guy. What’s my boy Fetty doing on your list?” Come on, you know everybody loves Fetty. It was a real toss up here between this track and “679” for me. What set this one above is a friend of mine that’s an old school punk. He has a mix CD in his car that is entirely punk rock, except for one song, Trap Queen. I laugh every time it cuts from fast riffs and gravely vocals to this song whenever it comes on when we’re driving somewhere. SQUAAA.
Motörhead – Bad Magic
I don’t know what to say about this album right now. Motörhead has provided a sound like no other for 40 years and 22 studio albums. This album was no different, it was amazing they were still out there kicking ass. I said a good amount about Motörhead in my post about the recent passing of frontman, Lemmy Kilmister. I promise this was on my list before his death, but since this is the last we’ll be hearing from Motörhead, I’m glad that it was an album as great as it was.
Stone Sour – Meanwhile in Burbank… and Straight Outta Burbank
Stone Sour is in the middle of releasing a trilogy of EPs full of cover songs, two of which came out this year, and one more (No Sleep Til Burbank) coming in 2016. Their song choices have been amazing and their personal twist on every track as been great.
Ninja Sex Party – Attitude City
A weirder choice on my list, Ninja Sex Party is a Youtube comedy band, but if I’m being honest, they are making some of my favorite music right now. Their lyrics are hilarious and their jams are just as good. This is their third album , and it reached Number 1 on US Top Comedy Albums and Number 5 on US Top Independent Albums on the Billboard charts.
Tech N9ne – Wither feat. Corey Taylor
This track is just straight up weird. Not like regular Tech N9ne weird, but a whole new level of weird. Corey Taylor is the vocalist for Slipknot and Stone Sour, and here he is with a feature on a Tech N9ne track. It doesn’t make any sense, honestly. It’s weird and heavy and I don’t know how to explain what is happening in this song, but I couldn’t stop listening to it when I found it.
Highly Suspect – Bloodfeather
This band is one I think is going places. Their debut album Mister Asylum just came out, and everything I’ve heard from it so far has been some quality rock and roll. I’m excited to get more into these guys and see where they go in the coming years.
Foo Fighters – Saint Cecilia
I was gonna stop there, but that was 9, so I figured I’d toss one more on here and even it out. Foo Fighters, man. This track/EP got me “called up to the big leagues”, gotta respect that. But really it’s just a dope EP, short and sweet.
Like I said up top, 2015 was a great year for music. There’s so much more that came out this year, I could keep writing all day. If I did, though, this would never get posted and you wouldn’t read it when it came out because it’d be way too long and overwhelming.
So from the new writer for the new genre on the site, I wanna thank all of the fans and readers for checking out A Beat a Day. Without your continuous support and hunger for new music, this site would be nothing and I certainly wouldn’t have been brought onto the team. I can’t wait to really get into it with all you lovely people in 2016.
Seriously, we can’t thank you enough. You Rock. And now we do too. Jokes.