Hot off the Press

July 2012

by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – Jon Lord: 1941 – 2012 Jon Lord took you outside of the mundane, the familiar, and the clichéd. Where rock guitar in the 60’s was busy constructing and establishing the essential, basic paradigms of the genre, his keyboard gave it extra [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – July 6 2012, At Sunset Station in Henderson, NV Great White who are currently on tour in support of their latest release Elation performed to a sold out audience of 5000 fans at Sunset Station in a free listener appreciation concert sponsored by Las Vegas [...]
by Christophe Pauly – Photographer – June 15th-17th 2012, in Clisson, France France’s Hellfest is an ‘extreme music’ festival held at Clisson, western France, a new location having moved from Val de Moine, on Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June 2012. Line-up: Ozzy & [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – Originally recorded in 1991, but never officially released until present day, Time Out of Mind is the second full-length album from New York-based cult heavy metal heroes Blacksmith. It follows the Heaven and Hell label’s successful Blacksmith [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Recapturing the spirit of the ‘80s hard rock scene can be almost as difficult as trying to catch an eel after dunking your hands in Vaseline, but that doesn’t stop bands from trying. This time around it’s Brazil-based Slippery having a go at hair [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Hailing from Mansfield, England and formed in the late ’70s, Savage is one of Britain’s NWOBHM bands that pioneered the way for such lofty giants such as Metallica. Their initial trek into the world of music produced the song titled “Let [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – July 12, 2012 at HMV Forum, London, United Kingdom Tired of rock, but somewhat superficial in his flirtations with world music is how Robert Plant came through this evening. Add to this his urge to distance himself from the intensity and the drama [...]
by Joe Mis – Columnist – Multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Daniele Liverani will be releasing a solo instrumental effort entitled Eleven Mysteries on 20-July-2012. Normally credited as a keyboard player and songwriter, Liverani is also an impressive guitarist, as this Lion Music [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – Australian progressive metal band Voyager just wrapped up their first-ever tour of North America, supporting Rhapsody of Fire. We recently caught up with vocalist/keyboardist Daniel Estrin and guitarist Scott Kay, who gave Hardrock Haven an update [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – July 6, 2012 at Under the Bridge Club, London, United Kingdom What began for Mick Taylor almost half a century ago in London’s sweaty clubs cram full of cranks and eccentrics, has now gone full circle. Playing last week at the 500-capacity Under [...]
by Joe Mis – Columnist – Samaroid Dioramas is the latest release from Italy’s Sunpocrisy, and if you didn’t notice, “samaroid” is “dioramas” spelled backwards… This is a sure clue that Sunpocrisy’s CD is a concept album, and in the band’s own words is about “the idea [...]
by Marcel “Mars” Groeneveld – Columnist – Lita Ford, a British born rocker who grew up on the streets of L.A., is considered one of the most important female representatives of the rock genre. As a founding member of the Runaways, Ford was part of one of the first girl [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – The most eccentric insurrectionist to ever come out of heavy metal, Christophe Godin has been laughing in the face of the genre’s conventions and the industry’s expectations ever since the release of his band’s debut record in 1998. The [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – July 5, 2012 at Brixton Academy, London, United Kingdom He came, he saw, he performed, and – presumably – has already left town, also leaving us to ponder how a chubby, stilted cat with awkward stage moves, who can’t sing, doesn’t play [...]
by Chris A. Staff Photojournalist – June 26, 2012 at Riverbend Amphitheater in Cincinnati, Ohio Rolling with the changes is something veteran rockers REO Speedwagon have been known for. A veritable “hit machine” in their heyday, their catalog of hits and familiar melodies is staggering. [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – If you’re in the mood for some heavy-hitting metalcore that rushes from the speakers like a wolf pouncing on unsuspecting prey and tears into your eardrums with fury and fierceness, then this Christian band’s sophomore album (following a debut EP last year) [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Those following closely the heavy metal scene would probably agree, there was somewhat of a minor resurgence of the guitar hero axiom in Europe during the late ‘90s with such talents as Magnus Karlsson, Jaron Sebstian Raven, Gus G and Rolf Munkes making [...]
by John Kindred Publisher – Four decades since Thunderhead recorded its debut album with the legendary producer Johnny Winter, the band has released ’75. What so special about ’75, you might ask? Well, this is the album that ABC Records shelved, requiring Thunderhead to re-record the [...]
by Jon Ousey Guest Writer – June 28, 2012 at The Intrepid Fox in London, UK Hornet were back in town tonight at Soho’s legendary rock and metal bar, The Intrepid Fox and I couldn’t wait. Rock ‘n’ roll could have pretty much summed up the scene that night as probably seventy percent or [...]
by Craig Newman Guest Writer – Carlos Bates Cruz of STONEBREED, a Los Angeles based rock band with a southern taste, sat down with Craig Newman for a brief interview. Hardrock Haven: When was the band formed? Carlos Bates Cruz: Around September or October 2009. And first show was at [...]
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