For the people…by the people!

Here at Grindstore HQ we’d just like to get started with a massive thank you to everyone who has been giving their musical suggestions for the playlist over the last week. After much deliberation it has been decided that not only will we be putting up the top 26 songs, but also the entire playlist because it was SO hard to choose the best ones and we think you all deserve to see the awesome music collection that you came up with.

So…if you are sitting comfortably with your headphones in your ears, we will begin with the A – Z top rock picks playlist:

  • Motorhead – Ace of Spades
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – By the Way
  • System of a Down – Chop Suey
  • Disturbed – Down with the Sickness
  • Metallica – Enter Sandman
  • Bullet for my Valentine – Four Words to Choke Upon
  • All American Rejects – Gives You Hell
  • AC/DC – Highway to Hell
  • Blink 182 – I Miss You
  • Greenday – Jesus of Suburbia
  • Muse – Knights of Cydonia
  • The Darkness – Love is Only a Feeling
  • Metallica – Master of Puppets
  • Queens of the Stone Age – No One Knows
  • Metallica – One
  • Slipknot – Psychosocial
  • System of a Down – Question!
  • Lost Prophets – Rooftops
  • Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • Dragon Force – Through the Fire and the Flames
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Unholy Confessions
  • The Offspring – Vultures
  • My Chemical Romance – Welcome to the Black Parade
  • Foo Fighters – X-static
  • Stone Gods – You Brought a Knife to a Gun Fight
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – Zephyr Song

So there you have it…A – Z of awesome rock songs from hard rockin’ classics to punk rock perfection.

We understand that this may not suit everyone, so now is your chance to pick your own favourites from the complete list of tracks we have compiled over the last 7 days…give your ears a treat with these little beauties!


  • 30 Seconds to Mars – A Beautiful Lie
  • Slipknot – All Hope is Gone
  • Motley Crüe – All in the name of Rock
  • Motorhead – Ace of Spades
  • Bullet for my Valentine – All these things I hate
  • Lamb of God – Ashes of the Wake
  • Foo Fighters – All My Life
  • Incubus – Are You In
  • Avenged Sevenfold – A little piece of heaven


  • Lamb of God – Black Label
  • Tenacious D – Beezleboss
  • Greenday – Basket Case
  • Stone Gods – Burn the Witch
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Bat Country
  • Deep Purple – Black Night
  • Black Label Society – Bleed for Me
  • AC/DC – Back in Black
  • The Darkness – Black Shuck
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – By the Way
  • Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet with Butterfly Wings
  • Coheed and Cambria – Blood Red Summer


  • Black Veil Brides – Carolyn
  • Audioslave – Cochise
  • Paramore – Crushcrushcrush
  • Nine Inch Nails – Closer
  • Metallica – Creeping Death
  • Iron Maiden – Can I play with madness
  • Black Sabbath – Crazy Train
  • Pantera – Cemetery Gates
  • Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
  • System of a Down – Chop Suey
  • Nirvana – Come as you are


  • Disturbed – Down with the Sickness
  • Black Label Society – Demise of Sanity
  • Bullet for my Valentine – Deliver us from Evil
  • Blink 182 – Dammit
  • Slipknot – Duality
  • Shinedown – Devour
  • Sonata Arctica – Don’t say a word
  • Kenny Logins – Danger Zone
  • Steel Panther – Death to all but Metal


  • Foo Fighters – Everlong
  • Slipknot – Eyeless
  • Metallica – Enter Sandman
  • Skindred – Electric Avenue
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  • Alice Cooper – Feed my Frankenstein
  • Inme – Firefly
  • Metallica – Fuel
  • Blink 182 – Feeling This
  • Bullet for my Valentine – 4 Words to choke upon
  • The Darkness – Friday Night
  • Flyleaf – Fully Alive
  • My Chemical Romance – Famous last words


  • Slipknot – Get This
  • All American Rejects – Gives you hell


  • Killswitch Engage – Holy Diver
  • Solo – Halo
  • The Hives – Hate to say I told you so
  • Cancer Bats – Hail Destroyer
  • Muse – Hysteria
  • AC/DC – Highway to Hell


  • Apocalyptica – I’m Not Jesus
  • Blink 182 – I Miss You


  • Greenday – Jesus of Suburbia
  • Enter Shikari – Juggernauts


  • Alestorm – Keelhauled
  • Tenacious D – Kickapoo
  • Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name
  • Queen – Killer Queen
  • Led Zeppelin – Kashmir
  • Muse – Knights of Cydonia
  • The Offspring – Kristy are you doing ok?
  • Motley Crüe – Kickstart my heart
  • 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite
  • New Found Glory – Kiss Me
  • Murderdolls – Kill Miss America
  • System of a Down – Kill Rock ‘n’ Roll
  • Stone Gods – Knight of the living dead


  • Slipknot – Left Behind
  • Murderdolls – Love at first fright
  • Greenday – Longview
  • The Darkness – Love is only a feeling
  • Queens of the Stone Age – Little Sister
  • Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing
  • Lamb of God – Laid to rest


  • Paramore – Misery Business
  • Murderdolls – My dark place alone
  • Evanescence – My Immortal
  • Metallica – Master of Puppets
  • AFI – Miss Murder
  • Kings of Leon – Molly’s Chamber
  • Creed – My Sacrifice
  • Tenacious D – Master Exploder
  • Lamb of God – More time to kill


  • Queens of the Stone Age – No one knows
  • Linkin Park – Numb
  • Nightwish – Nemo
  • My Chemical Romance – Na Na Na
  • Metallica – No leaf Clover
  • Guns ‘n’ Roses – November Rain
  • Stone Sour – Nylon 6/6
  • Beastie Boys – No sleep ‘till Brooklyn
  • Machine Head – Now I lay thee down
  • Lamb of God – Now you’ve got something to die for


  • Lamb of God – Omerta
  • Metallica – One
  • Linkin Park – One Step Closer
  • Thunder – Once in a Lifetime
  • Alestorm – Over the Seas
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside
  • Slipknot – Opium of the People
  • System of a Down – Old School Hollywood
  • Prodigy – Omen
  • Falling Red – Out of control


  • Muse – Plug in Baby
  • Slipknot – Psychosocial
  • Black Sabbath – Paranoid
  • Nickleback – Photograph
  • Paramore – Pressure
  • Slipknot – People – Shit
  • Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze
  • Guns ‘n’ Roses – Paradise City
  • Def Leppard – Pour some sugar on me
  • Finger Eleven – Paralyzer


  • Queens of the Stone Age – Quick and to the pointless
  • System of a Down – Question!


  • Lost Prophets – Rooftops
  • Bullet for my Valentine – Room 409


  • Metallica – St Anger
  • Fall Out Boy – Sugar we’re goin’ down
  • You Me @ Six – Save it for the bedroom
  • Metallica – Sanitarium
  • Bullet for my Valentine – Scream Aim Fire
  • My Chemical Romance – Sing
  • 30 Seconds to Mars – Search and Destroy
  • Stone Sour – Say you’ll haunt me
  • Nirvana – Smells like teen spirit
  • Tool – Stinkfist
  • Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
  • Kings of Leon – Sex on fire
  • Alice Cooper – Schools out


  • Blink 182 – The Rock Show
  • Tenacious D – Tribute
  • System of a Down – Toxicity
  • Dragonforce – Through the fire and the flames
  • Foo Fighters – The Pretender
  • Bullet for my Valentine – Tears don’t fall
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Trashed and Scattered
  • AC/DC – Thunder struck


  • Muse – Uprising
  • Muse – Undisclosed Desires
  • Metallica – Unforgiven
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Unholy Confessions
  • Skillet – Under my skin
  • Marilyn Manson – Unkillable Monster


  • Good Charlotte – Victims of Love
  • My Chemical Romance – Vampires will never hurt you
  • Slipknot – Vermillion
  • System of a Down – Violent Pornography
  • Linkin Park – Valentines Day
  • 30 Seconds to Mars – Vox Populi
  • The Offspring – Vultures


  • Greenday – Wake me up when September ends
  • My Chemical Romance – Welcome to the Black Parade
  • Family Force 5 – Wake the dead
  • The Blackout – We’re going to hell
  • Madina Lake -Welcome to Oblivion
  • Atreyu – When two are one
  • Paramore – We are broken
  • Greenday – Welcome to Paradise
  • Metallica – Whiplash
  • Lamb of God – Walk with me in Hell
  • Bullet for my Valentine – Watching us die tonight
  • Korn – Word Up
  • Tenacious D – Wonderboy
  • Paramore – When it rains
  • Coheed and Cambria – Welcome Home


  • Kiss – X-ray eyes
  • Foo Fighters – X-Static


  • My Chemical Romance – You know what they do
  • 30 Seconds to Mars – Year Zero
  • Stone Gods – You brought a knife to a gun fight
  • Skindred – You can’t stop it
  • Evanescence – You
  • Greenday – You lied
  • Black Sabbath – You won’t change me


  • Escape the Fate – Zombie Dance
  • Enter Shikari – Zzzonked
  • Periphery – Zyglrox
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – Zephyr Song
  • Korn – Zombie
  • Stone Sour – ZZYZX Rd

Phew!! So there you have it. You should all be very proud of yourselves for coming up with such an epic list of rock songs! Well done! Now go crack open a beer / stick the kettle on / have a biscuit / put your rock hands up and scream at your cat…whatever you do to celebrate…go forth and give it your best!

Welcome to the Danger Days

Gerard Way, Ray Toro, Mikey Way and Frank Iero are the New Jersey rockers who form  and 2011 sees the nearing of the bands 10 year anniversary. Having formed in September, Gerard Way brought the band together after re-evaluating his life when he witnessed the horrific 9/11 plane crash. This week’s blog takes a look at one of the most successful rock bands on the planet and how they got to where they are today.

In 2002 the band got their first taste of main stream success with the release of their second album ‘Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge’ after having toured with the likes of Avenged Sevenfold. This album captivated the teenage rock scene with its fresh new sound and hammering tunes including ‘Helena’ and ‘I’m Not Okay (I Promise)’ and brought to light a whole new meaning to the alternative rock scene.

After a wealthy success off the back of ‘Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge’, Way and the boys came back with a bite when they released ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ in 2006. The macabre feel of the album was a massive success with old and new fans alike and when they held a one off gig at the Hammersmith in London, the tickets sold out in just 15 minutes. When interviewed about the theme of the album, Way described death coming to the person in the form of their fondest memory which is why the album is based on a parade, laden with deathly skeletal figures and ghostly apparitions. The art work for the album went down a storm along with some epic tracks including the suited and booted ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’, the violent minded ‘Teenagers’, and the rocky ballad ‘I Don’t Love You’. The tours revolving around this album were a sight for sore eyes with over 130 gigs worldwide and a mind blowing array of theatrical costumes and blinding pyrotechnics.

The release of their 2010 album ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ saw the band take a different approach to their music, taking out the theatrical aspects and stripping everything down before giving it a sprinkle of that magical MCR dust. The first release off the album was “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)”, the perfect sing along track if you’re a bit useless at remembering the words! It gained momentous acclaim from fans and critics alike and it is featured on Sims 3: Late Night, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and was also part of the transition sequence on Russell Howard’s Good News! Not bad for the first album single!

As if it wasn’t already, Danger Days has certainly cemented the bands rock status and whether or not you are a fan of MCR, it’s guaranteed that there is at least one song they have released which will get you tapping your feet and desperately trying not to break out into song.

Some of the fan artwork off the back of ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ was just as haunting and dramatic as that off the album cover, so we would love to see what you guys and girls have got up your sleeves. Whether it’s from the early days of Three Cheers or cartoon crazy pictures of the Killjoys, we want to see what you’ve got! Make it loud, make it proud and show some love for the multi platinum rock gods!

Pinch and a Punch…Now Let’s Get Down to Business!

Happy 1st March, Happy St David’s Day, Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus and all that! You’ve probably had a morning of pinching, punching, black eyes and bruising…but we’re here to make it all better! We’re entering the third month of what is rolling out to be a pretty hot year in terms of music (keep the faith, we’re sure summer is somewhere around the corner!) and there seems not a better time to give you lot the low down on all the jump up and down on the bed exciting things you have to look forward to. From highly anticipated album releases a sneaky look into some of Grindstore’s new stock for you to kit yourself out with for the festival season.

Everyone loves a good album, something which you can listen to from start to finish and just lose yourself within the meaningful lyrics, riffs and catchy choruses (and no we don’t mean Stevie Wonder’s Definitive Collection). If your generic mp3 player is lacking in rocking tunes and you want to treat your ears to some divine ditties then feast your mince pies on this must have up and coming albums list.

Starting things off we have to take a step back to the month of January which saw the release of two epic albums.

• 11.01.2011 QOTSA – Reissue of Queens of the Stone Age (1998)

As if Josh Homme and co didn’t give us enough to get over excited about the first time round…they’ve gone and released it all over again, no added sugar, colours or flavourings…just the pure lyrical genius of QOTSA.

• 24.01.2011 Architects – The Here and Now

The 5th studio album from the up and coming protagonists of post-metalcore and it is the last album to be graced with the almighty bassist Alex “Ali Dino” Dean. Moving away from the technical aspect of their usual sound, this album certainly delivers in its mission to satisfy the fans.

As we move into the recently passed February, we can take a look at D.R.U.G.S…

• 22.02.2011 – D.R.U.G.S (Destroy, Rebuild Until God Shows)

This début release is a must listen for anyone looking for vibrant, exciting and down right spot on lyrics. “If you think this song is about you, it probably is” was the debut single released in November 2010, perfect for the paranoid amongst us!

Now for the really exciting bit! What’s to come over the next couple of months? From live albums to unbelievably massive follow ups…March and April look set to have you all edge of your seat-y with anticipation!

• 14.03.2011 Rise Against – Endgame

If you want rock, if you want to experience “the end of humankind as we know it” then this is the album for you! Yes…you. Touching on actual, real life events including devastating natural disasters and political publicity, this album is guaranteed to reach into your heart with its lyrics…and then rip it out!

• 22.03.2011 Greenday – Awesome As F**k

The title says it all really! From one of the biggest punk rock bands on the planet comes a mouth watering collection of live tracks, bonus tracks and videos…an if you’re one of the technologically equipped kind, the album    will also be available in Blu-Ray! Ear bashing rock band + Techy goodness = High definition love for your senses! Wahey!

• 04.04.2011 The Blackout – Hope

And with that, this long awaited 3rd album is summed up in a nutshell. If you have bounded around in excitement for these guys before, you will quite possibly be on the verge of passing out when you get your mitts on this tasty new album.

• 12.04.2011 Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

Oh….my…Grohl!! There is nothing like saving the best till last! Wasting Light could possibly be THE most anticipated album…of all time! Dave Grohl has to be the most popular man in the music industry, if not the world! As touched on in Rock Sound (146) Grohl could be solely responsible for the extinction of the Panda and we would still find it in our hearts to forgive him! Wasting Light is the 7th studio album from the Foo Fighters and the 1st single “Rope” was released to the masses on 23rd February to which it received an astounding virtual standing ovation. We are oh so eagerly counting down the days till this guaranteed, instant classic album is released and the excitement is making us just a little bit dizzy!

Phew! Now that you’re all overly excited and ready to ram your headphones in your ears (at a responsible, socially acceptable volume level of course), why not take a sneaky peek at some of the new products we will be stocking over the next couple of months. We’ve had some great feedback from everyone so thanks a bunch guys and gals! Our lovely buyer is in the process of putting the delicious new stock on the website so keep an eye out for some of the following…

Well, we hope you’ve enjoyed this informative and very educational blog! We’ve covered some of the top album releases but are there any others you’re looking forward to? Maybe you know of an unsigned band that deserves some recognition. Let us know and we’ll give them a shout out!