Hot off the Press

May 2013

by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally released in 1990, God’s Gift was the second album from UK-based thrash metal band Toranaga. The two years since their Peaceville debut Bastard Ballads found the band signed to a major label (Chrysalis) and poised to take [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – Attention Hedras Ramos is receiving this month as the guitarist on Sir Christopher Lee’s freshly released album sparks an interest in Guatemalan player’s solo work. It turns out that while awfully young, Ramos already has three solo CDs under [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Symphonic metal and Scandinavia go together like chocolate and peanut butter, thus the newest release from Finland’s Amberian Dawn should not come as a surprise. As one would expect from a band releasing their fifth studio album, the music on the [...]
by Gary Dean Ash – Columnist – May 14, 2013 at Knuckleheads in Kansas City, MO. Tom Keifer took the stage at Knuckleheads, a venue off the beaten path in Kansas City, Mo., that is near the railroad tracks and is reminiscent of Cinderella’s third album Heartbreak Station. Keifer’s [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Meroe has released their third album, Sick Society, and is already working on their next one. This heavy rock band originates from Munich and has a very ’80s style with catchy hooks and riffs that are decades old. Their sound is simple in terms of the [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – It takes guts and a certain kind of resourcefulness to compose for horror films. They say tapping into the dark side always comes back to haunt you, but for true explorers an opportunity to learn more about human nature is stronger than fear. Not [...]
by Christophe Pauly – Photojournalist – May 2, 2013 at Spirit of 66 in Verviers, Belgium – InsideOut Music’s 20th Anniversary is extremely proud to present the European tour from progressive-rock legends Spock’s Beard, who recently announce the release of their brand [...]
by Steve Patrick – Columnist – Swedish death metal pioneer Jesper Strömblad, formerly of In Flames, is currently supporting the first full-length album from his new band The Resistance alongside guitarist Glenn Ljungström (ex-In Flames), drummer Chris Barkensjö (ex-Kaamos, [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Madlife’s much anticipated fourth album, 21st Century Megalomaniac, has released, and it proves that this band is redefining metal and hard rock. Madlife formed in 2000, and ever since then, this industrial metal band from Los Angeles has continued to [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – Death Ray Vision is a new metallic hardcore metal band featuring Brian Fair of Shadows Fall and Mike D from Killswitch Engage. Death Ray Vision has just released a five-song EP entitled Get Lost Or Get Dead. In this exclusive interview for Hardrock Haven, [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – May 11, 2013 at Henderson Pavillion in Henderson, NV. On any given night in Las Vegas there is multiple choices to make for your weekend entertainment. This weekend poised the decision to choose between Dokken and The Rolling Stones. I am a huge Stones [...]
by Anabel Dflux – Photojournalist – May 18, 2013 at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, CA. Electric Child enjoyed an electrifying performance at Hollywood’s legendary Roxy Theatre on May 18. Originally formed in 2008, and an outstanding number of lineup changes later, the current members [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Glenn Hughes, the voice of rock, has quite the reputation in the music world, but he has been able to be somewhat off of the radar. Now sober and ready to conquer the music world, Hughes has released Live in Wolverhampton. He is known for his work in [...]
by Chris A. – Senior Photojournalist – May 17-19, 2013 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio ROCK ON THE RANGE 2013 AN AMAZING FESTIVAL OF EPIC PROPORTIONS “Sold Out, All Three Days… Thank you Rangers” were the words scrawled on the white board in the media tent at Columbus Crew [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Australian traditional/power metal force Lord is back with a new album, titled Digital Lies. It’s the fourth full-length from the band, which of course was formed as a solo project for (now former) Dungeon frontman Lord Tim, and while [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Aldo Guitini is a guitarist that tends to take his time when he is crafting new music. It has been over six years since part three of his Giuntini Project was released. With the assistance of Tony Martin, ex-Black Sabbath vocalist, the album doesn’t seem [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – The Distorting Glass is a four-piece electronic rock act based in London, and their music is perhaps best described on the band’s own web site as “Faustian Rock” … Think Muse meets Trent Reznor meets William Blake in a dark alley.” Founded [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – $kyhigh guitarist and lead guitarist of the Bon Jovi tribute band Bon Jersey drives home a simple point on his debut release. Fame and hype – he reminds us – don’t guarantee substance or quality. Bigger names on bigger budgets have been [...]
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