Hot off the Press

August 2012

by John Kindred - Publisher – The United Kingdom’s recent hosting of the Olympics brought the eyes of the world upon the nation. With the focus on London and pageantry heralding the world’s greatest athletes, it is easy to overlook one of their own native sons, whose aspiring [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Lynch Mob follows up its 2009 studio album Smoke and Mirrors with this year’s EP release, titled Sound Mountain Sessions. George Lynch continues his renewed partnership with vocalist Oni Logan. Scott Coogan returns to man the drums, and Robbie Crane takes [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – As the Olympics have finally come to a close, Dokken is also going for the gold with the much-anticipated release of their 11th studio release Broken Bones. For three decades Dokken has remained a very popular touring act selling over 10 million albums [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – With cover art showing a close-up of a woman’s leather-clad ass, member names like Nazzty, Roxx, Crash, and Sin, and song titles like “Hands of Rock” and “Wild at Heart,” nobody will mistake Excess All Areas for the latest Rush CD. This debut from [...]
by Joe Mis - Columnist – Australia’s power metal specialists Black Majesty have recently released their fifth studio album entitled Stargazer. This eagerly anticipated follow up to 2010’s In Your Honour cements the hard working quartet firmly into the realm of power metal pioneers. Black [...]
by Chris A. - Senior Photojournalist – July 24th, 2012 at Riverbend Amphitheater in Cincinnati, Ohio Amazing. That pretty well sums up the 2012 version of Mayhem Festival. With hardcore monsters Slipknot headlining the tour, the fans flocked to Riverbend Amphitheater to turn out for the show. [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist – Legends is the debut offering from Austrian power metal band Dragony. The album was originally self-released in late 2011 by the band, but has been picked up for larger distribution by the Limb label. Given Dragony’s old school melodic power metal [...]
by Joe Mis - Columnist – David J. Caron’s debut release, entitled Thru Ever Ending Black, is an ambitious one. Not only does the Irish/Italian musician play every instrument and handle all vocals on the album, but he does so over a whopping 28-track, 2 CD release. Caron’s primary [...]
by Trevor Portz - Columnist – Another year, another Korpiklaani album… it would seem the masters of Finnish polka metal are intent on keeping a rigorous album release schedule rarely seen these days. If you look through the Hardrock Haven review archives, you’ll see a very positive review [...]
by Cameron Edney - Guest Columnist – Bay area Thrash Metal legends are back with album number ten, and they’re holding nothing back! Previously releasing one of the best metal albums of the past decade The Formation of Damnation set the tone for something special with this killer follow-up. [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Photojournalist – July 21, 2012 at Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, NV Just when the Las Vegas desert launched into triple digits, the Las Vegas concert scene spiraled out of control. As the only double header metal concert at Fremont Street Experience featuring [...]
by Sara McCarthy - Senior Photojournalist – August 7, 2012 at Oswego Speedway in Oswego, NY SLP Concerts and Step Up Presents are proud to present TRESPASS AMERICA with Five Finger Death Punch, a newly minted music festival set on revitalizing the metal scene with some of the most current and [...]
by Sara McCarthy - Senior Photojournalist – Battlecross, out of Michigan, delivers their version of hardcore thrash, laced with screaming guitars and intense vocals with a determination and energy that most bands would envy. They are touring as the opening act for the Metal Hammer Trespass [...]
by Derric Miller - Managing Editor – Guitarist Rich Antonelli checked in with Hardrock Haven to talk about his prior “hair metal days” in bands like $kyhigh; his current role as Richie Sambora in the Bon Jovi tribute band named Bon Jersey; his writing gig at rockerdad.org;  his [...]
by Steve Patrick - Columnist – The 3rd annual Carnival of Madness tour featuring New Medicine, Cavo, Evanescence and Halestorm recently blew through Columbus, OH on August 1st. The two that put the “Hale” in “Halestorm,” frontwoman Lzzy Hale and her drummer brother [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Underneath the armor of crusty death metal clichés which have long lost their initial meaning and value, there is tearing emotion and true human sorrow seeping through conventions on Gojira’s new release. After 4 albums under its belt, the band is [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – The list of successful Aussie rock bands is a long one. There’s AC/DC, there’s INXS, there’s…uh…um…well, okay, maybe the list isn’t that long after all. But there’s a decent chance that in the not too distant future you will be able to add [...]
by Sara McCarthy - Senior Photojournalist – July 29, 2012 at New York State Fairgrounds Infield in Syracuse, N.Y. Every year at the end of July Galaxy Communications’ modern rock radio station Krock, hosts the largest concert of the season in Syracuse, NY. What started out seventeen years [...]
by Craig Newman - Photographer – August 3, 2012 at Pacific Amphitheater Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, CA On a warm night at the Pacific Amphitheater at Orange County Fair Grounds, Cinderella and Sebastian Bach rocked the party! Cinderella performed songs from their debut album and Long [...]
by Erik Tweedy - Columnist – It seems every 3-4 months the country of Sweden gives all of us melodic rock fans another band to tune into. This time around it is the band Wigelius, named after the brothers Anders and Erik Wigelius. Not the type of band name that rolls off the tongue easily, [...]
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