2010 Interviews

Michael Larsson of ColdSpell

by Alex Barbieri Staff Writer Last year, Swedish band ColdSpell’s album, Infinite Stargaze, topped many hard rock “Best of 2009” lists. The band has been quiet — at least for American fans — so Hardrock Haven thought it was time to venture north to the land of the midnight sun where [...]

Kyoji Yamamoto

by Alex Barbieri Staff Writer Kyoji Yamamoto is one of the most popular and influential guitarists you probably never heard of. As the founding member of seminal Japanese bands BowWow and Vow Wow, Kyoji was one of the first guitarists to use the “touch” tapping technique. He is also the [...]

Jaime St. James of Black N Blue

by Alex Barbieri Staff Writer Black ‘N Blue is back! Lead singer Jaime St. James — aka “The Saint” — took time out from final mixing of their long-awaited new album to discuss the future of Black ‘N Blue, as well as some choice memories from his 30-plus years singing in a long-haired [...]

Jesse James Dupree of Jackyl

Deb Rao Staff Writer It is has been a blockbuster year for Jackyl. I was able to catch the band in action this year in May on Memorial Day weekend in St. Louis and after all these years, Jackyl still put on a dynamic live show. Riding high on the current release, When Moonshine And Dynamite [...]

Karl Demata: Studio Report

Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer Something intriguing and unusual is brewing down in Oxford, UK, the town where, according to the classic, “clever men know all that there is to be knowed”. Guitarist Karl Demata – best known for adding a raunchy hard-rock edge to sprawling soundscapes of UK [...]

Marc Chandler of Fools Faith

by Franco Cerchiari Staff Writer In the world of music, there is one universal fact – keep your fans wanting to hear more. While certainly touring and public appearances can keep rabid fans at bay until the next release, in the world of rock and metal, – keep the music coming. In [...]

Patrick Kennison of Heaven Below

by Alex Barbieri Staff Writer Born from the ashes of The Union Underground, Heaven Below is singer and songwriter Patrick Kennison’s comeback statement and artistic vision of what a rock ‘n f****in’ roll band should be: badass look, well-crafted songs, pro musicianship and a high energy live [...]

Dave Benedict of Default

by Deb Rao Staff Writer As the holiday season fast approaches, the winter concert season is kicking into full gear. One of the top bands to emerge onto the music scene Hinder is hitting the road with support act Vancouver’s DEFAULT. DEFAULT first burst onto the music scene in 1999 and have a [...]

Joey Concepcion of Chaos Embrace

by Alex Barbieri Staff Writer There are some well-known hot beds of metal on the planet: Los Angeles and Sweden, to name a few. Add Connecticut to the list — the home of 19-year-old guitar wunderkind, Joey Concepcion. If you haven’t heard Joey yet, you will. He’s currently recording his debut [...]
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