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Gaines, Justin

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Justin Gaines

Justin Gaines

So what is a clean-cut corporate type doing writing about hard rock and heavy metal anyway? I’ve never been in a band, and never even had long hair. Still, the one constant in my life since I first heard Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” at the tender age of 11 has been an insatiable appetite for all kinds of melodic rock and metal. I follow this kind of music obsessively, have a CD collection that’s fast approaching 3000, and love to write about the music that means so much to me.

I love all kinds of melodic rock and metal, including classic bands like Journey, Survivor, Rush, and ELP, 80’s rockers like Dokken, Leatherwolf, Dio, and Hurricane, modern melodic rock bands like Ten, Fair Warning, Gotthard and Pink Cream 69, progressive metal bands like Dream Theater and Vanden Plas, power metal bands like Blind Guardian and Brainstorm and more extreme bands like Dark Tranquillity, Therion, Borknagar, and Hypocrisy. I’m also a fan of old school rockabilly artists like Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent and Chuck Berry, as well as the occasional pop and punk band such as Green Day, Social Distortion, the Misfits, the Outfield, My Chemical Romance, and the Corrs. Other than great melodies, the main thing I look for in a band is a first-rate vocalist. My “holy trinity” of vocalists includes DC Cooper, Jorn Lande, and Danny Vaughn.

Since I can’t play an instrument and couldn’t hold a tune if my life depended on it, I turned to reviewing to express my love of this kind of music and. I started reviewing on (where I’m close to becoming a Top 100 reviewer) and am proud to be a part of the staff at Hardrock Haven.

I’m always happy to “talk shop” with fellow fans. Whether you think my reviews are dead-on, or you think I totally missed the point, feel free to drop me a line at


1 Comment on Gaines, Justin

  1. Hi man, how are you today?
    Well, this is Isaque, from brazil, I play in the band krig

    In bellow line you can see a link to download our new album Narcissistic Mechanism – 2010, and of course we would love to have our cd reviewed at your page.

    Thanks for the opportunity
    Take care
    God bless


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