Hot off the Press

May 2013

by Nikiforos Skoumas - Columnist – It has been a good five years since the release of Redrum’s debut album No Turning Back. The Greek-German outfit fronted by renowned singer Michael Bormann has returned with a new offering in melodic hard rock effectively shattering one’s perception of [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Artlantica’s debut album, Across The Seven Seas, is a compilation of Neo-classical charm and witty instrumentals. The band comes from the remnants of Artension and Angel of Eden and includes guitarist Roger Staffelbach, vocalist John West, and keyboardist [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Hey Vanity is not something you yell at someone looking in a mirror. Rather it is a four-piece indie rock band that hails from Essex in the UK. This guitar-driven quartet has just released their debut EP entitled Breathe, Bleed, Grow, and a solid debut it is. A [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – Fans of that Scandinavian neo-sleaze sound will think Christmas has come early when they hear the combustible licks and red-hot hooks of Santa Cruz, the Finnish band poised to make some serious noise in the retro-rock revival realm. If you like your [...]
by Chris A. - Senior Photojournalist – Grey skies welcomed the attendees to the 2013 Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio’s Crew Stadium on the opening Friday morning. Now an institution and in its seventh season, Rock On The Range brings some of the best rock n’ roll [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – Devour The Day featuring former members of Egypt Central, Joey “Chicago” Walser and Blake Allison, have released their debut album Time & Pressure on Fat Lady Music. Their first single “Good Man” Is currently heating up the Active [...]
by Anabel Dflux - Photojournalist – Kristof Bathory talks about their latest album Anathema, the band’s symbolism, and what fans should expect from Dawn of Ashes in the future. Hardrock Haven: Congratulations on your newest album, Anathema. How are the fans responding to it? Kristof [...]
by Ron Higgins - Columnist – Although rock operas and concept albums seem to be all the rage right now, if there was ever an artist who was meant to release a symphonic power metal rock opera, Timo Tolkki would be it. But if you’re going to embark on such a noble adventure and you’re the [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – It is always sad to see the division of a band that has made such a great impact in the music business. In respect to both parties you deal with the card you are dealt with and move on. Queensyrche singer Geoff Tate has done just that with the release of [...]
by Chris A. - Senior Photojournalist – “Device” the new project by Disturbed front-man David Draiman is making waves in the heavy metal world. Selected as the 2013 “Best New Talent” Draiman’s taken the act on the road where his touring band is comprised of [...]
by Anabel Dflux - Photojournalist – May 11, 2013 at Bar Sinister in Hollywood, CA – Brainchild of Kristof Bathory, Dawn of Ashes formed in 2001 and has since been a prevalent force in the heavy music scene. The band’s sound is derived from a unique combination of genre elements, [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – If you’re weary of modern hard rock that is so blatantly mainstream that every song is designed around ear-candy hooks and radio-ready choruses, then you’ll want to avoid this new Age of Days (formerly Age of Daze) album. But if you can’t get enough of [...]
by Anabel Dflux - Photojournalist – Currently based in Toronto, ON, Canada, The Rabid Whole (also known by the acronym TRW) is a band that plays a mixture of rock, industrial, electronica, and alternative music. Vocalist and guitarist Andreas Weiss talks with Hardrock Haven’s Anabel [...]
by Derric Miller - Managing Editor – Just listen to the opening scream from Sean Peck (Cage) on Death Dealer’s ode to themselves “Death Dealer” from their new album War Master and explain to someone how he isn’t one of the biggest names in metal? He’s the next generation Rob [...]
by Marija Brettle - Columnist – APRIL 13, 2013 INTERVIEW AT THE METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY IN LEEDS, U.K. In late 2008, four Californian retro rockers decided to be a band and called themselves, Rival Sons. From the start their mission was to bring back the real, honest and soulful sound of the [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Here’s a surprise: front-runners of highbrow math metal suddenly put their rational calculations on the backburner to release an album of remarkable emotional depth. The second record by prog metal trio Abnormal Thought Patterns (and their first [...]
by Jonna Ambur - Senior Photojournalist – MAY 3, 2013 at MOHEGAN SUN ARENA in UNCASVILLE, CT. Shinedown is from Jacksonville Florida. Producing hit albums since 2003, Brent Smith (vocals), Eric Bass (bass/piano), Zach Myers (guitar) and Barry Kerch (drums), rocked the Mohegan Sun Arena. [...]
by Steve Patrick - Columnist – Danish metal outfit Volbeat recently toured North America alongside support bands Spoken and Danko Jones in conjunction with the release of their latest studio album Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies. The record is the first to feature to feature the [...]
by Cynthia Jo - Columnist – Slayer is officially over. The founding member and guitarist of the thrash-metal band, Jeff Hanneman, passed away last Thursday May 2, 2013 of liver failure at Hemet Valley Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 49-years-old. About two years ago, the guitarist and [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – The metal world recently experienced a major loss with the death of Slayer guitarist, Jeff Hanneman. Hanneman died Thursday, May 2 of liver failure. He was only 49. A spider bite was said to play a crucial role in his death. He was born in Oakland, Calif. on [...]
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