Hot off the Press

March 2012

by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Long running Danish melodic metal masters Pretty Maids are back with another live offering this year, their first since 2003’s Alive at Least. It Comes Alive – Maid in Switzerland is the title, and it is being released in conjunction with the band’s [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Leave it to the traditional metal merchants at the Pure Steel label to bring back another cult American heavy metal band. After more than two decades on hiatus, New Jersey-based traditional metal band Sleepy Hollow is finally back with a new album. Skull 13 is [...]
by Derric Miller Staff Writer – On the German-based band Lanfear’s sixth studio album, This Harmonic Consonance, we are once again exposed to one of the most glaringly underrated bands on the planet. (Which by the way, is how they tout themselves on their website. It just happens to be [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Much like sitcoms and slasher flicks, modern female-fronted metal bands tend to follow an established formula, leading to an overall sense of ex-changeability within the genre. Sometimes it is impossible to shake the feeling that if you’ve heard one beautiful [...]
by Bartek Paszylk Guest Staff Writer – Sure, we had to wait for this quite a bit but the important thing is that it finally happened. Vocalist Michael Kiske and guitarist Kai Hansen, both of Helloween’s Keeper of the Seven Keys fame, joined forces in an actual band! Before this we could [...]
by Cynthia Jo Staff Writer – March 2-4, 2012 OC Fairgrounds Costa Mesa, CA The 5th Annual Musink festival rolled around last weekend March 2nd through the 4th to celebrate anything music and ink. Compared to previous years it seemed less populated, yet, fans were there to enjoy the tattoos [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer – Requiem For The Indifferent is the latest release from veteran Dutch rockers Epica. Founded in 2002, this female-fronted symphonic-orchestral-progressive-death-Gothic-metal group continues to refine and perfect its somewhat over-the-top sound in what is the band’s [...]
by Deb Rao Staff Writer – March 9, 2012 at Vampd in Las Vegas, NV Jack Russell made a special appearance with his new version of Great White in Las Vegas at Vampd on March 9. They say you have to live the blues in order to sing them and in the past Jack Russell has surely paid his dues. But [...]
by Derric Miller Staff Writer – Hailing from what is purportedly one of the Top 10 most miserable cities in America — Seattle, Wash. — the smiling, crazy, energized, fun as hell guys in Zero Down should probably be a larger part of that whole calculation, because when you hear their new [...]
by Deb Rao Staff Writer – February 17, 2012 at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, NV Back by popular demand, Styx returned to Vegas for a sold out performance at the Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, NV. This was my first time at the venue and the acoustics were perfect for this outstanding [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – An inviting promise of a hearty feast of Southern rock, the first two cuts of Lance Lopez’s new album turn out to be deceptive starters. After the initial thrill the juicy, muscly guitar strutting over a life-affirming Elmore James groove on opener “Come [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – If there is one thing technology has done for regular music fans over the last 10 years, it’s made them more independent. Or at least less subordinate to the labels, the music press, TV, and radio – the traditional bastions of control of almost all access [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Starting a conversation on the topic of British melodic rock-AOR pioneers will most definitely bring up names such as Shy, FM and Heartland. Steven Newman on the other hand has been putting out solo-project albums for over a decade, an admirable servant of [...]
by Steve Patrick Staff Writer – Tommy Victor, frontman/guitarist of metal legends Prong, took some time to speak with Hardrock Haven about Prong’s new album Carved into Stone due out April 24th via Long Branch Records/SPV; how hard it is for him to stay productive; working with producer [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Christian melodic metalcore mavericks MyChildren MyBride (MCMB) return with their third offering and while self-titled albums are often indicative of a band trying something fresh and new, what you get on this eponymous effort is meat-and-potatoes metalcore. Hey, [...]
by Marija Brettle Staff Writer – He’s well known for having a very George Lynch type style and has performing on the Lynch tribute CD, Will Play For Lynch; but these days, U.K. based guitarist, producer and guitar tutor Jay Parmar is better known and admired for pulling off some great [...]
by Erik Tweedy Staff Writer – Monsters of Rock Cruise Recap: Cinderella, Tesla, Night Ranger and UFO Headline Festival Party at Sea – February 25 – 28, 2012 The first annual Monsters of Rock cruise kicked off with a huge pre-party on land in Ft. Lauderdale Florida, February 24th with [...]
by Derric Miller Staff Writer – Great White vs. Jack Russell — A Lesson in Character Assassination from The Guys Who Wrote “The Angel Song” By now, you are most likely aware that former Great White singer Jack Russell has completed a lineup for his version of Great White and is going on [...]
by Trevor Portz Staff Writer – It would seem obvious to say that Nicke Andersson is one of the most versatile and talented musicians of the modern rock and metal world. From death metal (Entombed, Death Breath), to hard rock (the Hellacopters), to noisy punk (Supershit 666), to Detroit soul [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer – If you are looking for something a little bit different, the debut album from the Italian metal band Evenoire may be just the ticket. Their upcoming album entitled Vitriol blends influences of Gothic metal, symphonic metal, and folk metal into an interesting and [...]
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