Hot off the Press

July 2012

by Steve Patrick - Columnist – Exclusive Video Interview with Overkill’s Bobby Blitz Ellsworth at the Columbus, OH stop of the 2012 Killfest Tour, presented by Columbus Events [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist – The Stormspell label may be best known for their high quality collections of rare and previously unavailable thrash metal, but every once in a while they’ll come up with a real gem from the melodic hard rock era. They did it a few years back with their [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Built on the bedrock of contagious riffs, tight grooves, and raunchy guitar leads, Frank Hannon’s new solo record upholds the all familiar hard rock truisms with commendable conviction. Few virtuosos of Hannon’s calibre are interested these days in [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist – Are we in the middle of a revival of the classic “power/thrash” sound? In the last couple of years we’ve seen killer albums from bands like Helstar and Vicious Rumors, the return of Sanctuary after a decades-long absence, a whole new breed of bands [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – In the 1980s, in the world of rock ’n roll dominated inherently by guys, Femme Fatale was one of only a few female-fronted bands that came into the spotlight. Although the band, like many others hard rock acts of the ‘80s, has become swept away under [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – To learn a hard way how it feels to grow up in the Communist/early post-Communist country such as the 1980s/early 1990s Poland, but with a heart soaked with the American hard rock music… to dream big and to leave those dreams behind only to have them [...]
by Alex Barbieri - Columnist – Thom Gimbel. You may not be familiar with the name, but he’s played in two of the world’s biggest rock bands: Aerosmith and Foreigner. Currently, Gimbel is crossing the country on Foreigner’s summer 2012 tour promoting their new live CD, Alive & [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – 3 Pill Morning have hit the modern rock scene, not with the intention of revolutionizing the genre, but providing another high quality addition to its sometimes stagnant pantheon. Some have dubbed this style of music “fast food rock ‘n roll,” and while [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Apart from having to do with how the industry works, there is perhaps an additional reason why Kiko Loureiro likes to release his solo albums in the summer. Their sprawling, transparent melodies, dancing grooves, and easy-going vibe make these [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – There’s nothing more edifying than a young band with old school roots and passion towards guitar music in the postmodern world of digital, techno and Generation Z. The spirit lives on, it seems! Out of the ashes of the 1980s hair metal, here comes [...]
by Joe Mis - Columnist – From out of Dallas comes the hard rocking quartet that calls itself Love Stricken Demise, and they’ve just released their first EP, a four track disc called Pyschotrip. Although the band may be unfamiliar, some of the members may not be, particularly if you are [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist – It’s only been two years since the last album from Pennsylvania-based traditional metal outfit Icarus Witch, but a lot has changed. Of the lineup that played on 2010’s Draw Down the Moon, only founding bassist Jason Myers and guitarist Quinn Lukas [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – July 20, 2012 at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, the Netherlands Opening the European leg of this year’s G3 in Amsterdam, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Steve Morse have managed to sell out the 5500 capacity Heineken Music Hall, Holland’s best [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Hot on the heels of his departure from Jorn, Tore St Moren gives Hardrock Haven the inside scoop on his leaving the band and his future plans. Hardrock Haven: Tore thanks for taking time out for Hardrock Haven. Tore St Moren: Thank you – the pleasure is all [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Editor – Already a gold certified sensation in Japan, new super group Animal USA comprised of singer Mike Vescera (OBSESSION/ex-LOUDNESS) starring as METAL-RIDER, bassist Rudy Sarzo (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT, WHITESNAKE, DIO) as STORMBRINGER, guitarist Chris [...]
by Derric Miller - Managing Editor – Reverence guitarist Bryan Holland checked in with Hardrock Haven to discuss his new band and their debut release When Darkness Calls; how the band got together; his experience running an indy label Razar Ice Records; how the band uses social media to get [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – When Kane Roberts, the muscle-bound guitarist best known for slinging the axe for Alice Cooper on the legendary Constrictor and Raise Your Fist and Yell albums, released this solo effort back in ‘91, he created one of the greatest melodic hard rock [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Formed in 1976 by Mick Jones, Ian McDonald and Lou Gramm, now Foreigner is more or less a super-group on its own. With the addition of such musicians as vocalist Kelly Hansen (Hurricane, Unruly Child, Heaven & Earth), drummer Jason Bonham (the man’s [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – Warrant guitarist Erik Turner has checked in with Hardrock Haven for an exclusive interview preview of their upcoming Las Vegas concert appearance at the free Rock Of Vegas Concert Series at Fremont Street Experience on July 21st at 8 P.M. also appearing Skid [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Alright, there is going to be a little confusion over this DVD release by Ozzy Osbourne called Speak of the Devil. Fans will remember that the original live album released in ’82 comprised of performances strictly from Sabbath’s catalog. 1982′s version [...]
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