Hot off the Press

December 2012

by Sherry Thomas – Columnist – Seven Kingdoms’ third offering (the second with powerhouse vocalist Sabrina Valentine), The Fire Is Mine, delivers pure heat from start to finish. The album, which was released on Nightmare Records, shows that the band is going in the right [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – It is nearly impossible to claim that AOR legend Jimi Jamison has been one to neglect his fans and audience in any way: 2011 saw the release of two full-length studio collaborations, the highly acclaimed Kimball – Jamison duet album and the lesser [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – It only took around 11 years, but the most talented band to come out of Sioux Falls, S.D. in over a decade finally released an album of original music — 26 songs to be exact. Well, not all are originals; each band member chose one cover song, so [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – December 15, 2012 at Vamp’d in Las Vegas – Dokken front man Don Dokken brought his annual acoustic West Coast trek to Las Vegas for a special performance at Vamp’d. The venue is one of the Valley’s best with great acoustics and [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Guitarist Tore St Moren has spent the majority of his professional career as a member of Jorn. Since 1999, he also has worked in other bands, such as Rain, Street Legal, Carnivora and Arctutus. After years of working with the celebrated Jorn Lande, Tore St [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – William Shakespeare once wrote, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Well, to paraphrase the bard, a Kane Roberts album by any other name would still sound as sweet. You see, when the Rambo-emulating guitarist who gained a following by [...]
Every year, Hardrock Haven staffers compile their Top 10 best releases. Here’s the writers’ favorites from 2012: Alex’s Top Ten for 2012 01. Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth 01. Dokken – Broken Bones 02. Rick Springfield – Songs for the End of the World 03. Katy Perry – The [...]
by Trevor Portz – Columnist – Offering up a solution to something most wouldn’t deem a problem, Croatian depressive-metallers Ashes You Leave have apparently discovered The Cure for Happiness. Certainly bearing some resemblance to now-extinct Finish rockers Sentenced (and the offshoot [...]
by Christophe Pauly – Photojournalist – After 20 years of band history, the original band members Thom Blunier (guitar), Thomas Muster (guitar), and Roger Tanner (drums), but also the band’s two young guns, Dominik Pfister (bass) and most particularly singer John Prakesh, have [...]
by Christophe Pauly – Photojournalist – Hardrock Haven’s Christophe Pauly recently caught up The Pineapple Thief’s Bruce Soord. Soord talked with Pauly the history of the band as well as his inlfuences and the their latest album All the Wars. Hardrock Haven: First, The Pineapple [...]
by Christophe Pauly – Photojournalist – Hardrock Haven’s Christophe Pauly recently caught up with prog-rocker Neal Morse. Morse was kind enough to talk with Pauly about his current and past projects. Hardrock Haven: My first question is about your creativity. I listened to your [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Sonja Perenda probably is not a familiar name to many outside of her native Austria, but this operatic singer is out to change that. Sonja has released her debut album entitled Time Has Come, and it should do wonders. Not purely operatic or symphonic [...]
by Marija Brettle – Columnist – At the Musician, Leicester, November 27, 2012 Back in the late 80’s, Danish singer and songwriter Mike Tramp, was one of the most recognizable figures in the world of rock music. He was best known for his work with hard rock bands White Lion and later [...]
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by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Well, what have we here? Metal-core that actually dares to crack—if not outright break—the mold? A metal-core band that boldly challenges what is acceptable within the genre and seeks to expand the boundaries? And we’re not just talking about [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor/Senior Columnist – Originally released in 1989, Control and Resistance was the second album from Texas-based Watchtower, one of the true underground legends of the progressive metal genre. The four years between this album and the band’s 1985 debut [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – John Corabi’s most notable claim to fame was replacing Vince Neil in Motley Crue from 1992 to ’96, recording one album with the band, the self-titled Motley Crue. His first exposure to the world came with the band The Scream, which featured guitarist [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – An album called Payback Time would seem to be one rife with anger, frustration, darkness and hopefully violence. But Swiss band Silver Dirt almost takes the expression in a new direction on their third album release, with music so professional, [...]
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