Hot off the Press

June 2013

by Matt Karpe – Columnist – The first impression you get upon hearing Mark Claytor is “Wow, that guy can sure play a guitar,” and that impression becomes confirmation after hearing Uprising. Thirteen instrumental songs stretched over forty minutes show the skill Claytor has when his [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Stormzone has released their fourth studio album, Three Kings. This band that hails from Ireland has been around since 2006. Right off of the bat, the album begins with a military-like sound. There are drum rolls, melodies similar to an anthem, and [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – Two-time Grammy Nominated Red is currently on the road in support of their latest release Release The Panic. Produced by Howard Benson, Red’s latest release unleashes a more melodic alternative pop rock sound. Hardrock Haven had the privilege of [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Niji Entertainment Group, the record label started by the late Ronnie James Dio and Wendy Dio, continue to revisit the Dio catalog. This go around Niji has re-released the studio album Magica which was originally released in 2000. This two-CD deluxe edition [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – The metal scene is intense lately with newcomers who pave the way. Bands like Halestorm, Clutch, Lamb of God, and Alabama Thunderpussy all come from areas like Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Virginia. These bands already have a name made for themselves. The [...]
by Alex Barbieri – Senior Columnist – Blasting Upward: An Interview with Brian Durbin of LOVEBLAST – Brian Durbin, the 26-year-old singer, songwriter and founding member of LOVEBLAST, is rightfully psyched about the release of their new EP, Hard Liquor in Big Glasses, which was [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Swedish heavy rockers Sister Sin, who happen to be female-fronted, have a re-mastered version of their first studio album Dance of the Wicked. It includes all eight tracks from the original album, three bonus unreleased demo tracks, and two cover songs. [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – June 17, 2013 at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, UK – Far from igniting the same furore as his groundbreaking albums did some 27 or even 15 years ago, Satriani’s new release Unstoppable Momentum has nevertheless done a brilliant thing [...]
by Steve Patrick – Columnist – Swedish heavy metal standard bearers Sister Sin will re-release their 2003 debut record Dance of the Wicked on Victory Records this week. The album represents an interesting time for the band when their Sunset Strip musical influences were far more [...]
by Chris A. – Senior Photojournalist – For 14 years Joel Stroetzel has played guitar as a member of the formative American heavy metal band Killswitch Engage. In this interview filmed on the back of the KSE tour bus, Joel talks about the longevity of the band, personnel changes, the [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Dangerously Addictive is the second release from Canadian punk/alternative rockers Neverfriend. Raw and aggressive, it manages to capture much of the genre’s base appeal and gives it a slightly more modern sound without altering its old school [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Californian quintet Huntress are back with the follow up to last year’s debut album Spell Eater. Starbound Beast fuses melodic heavy metal with elements of thrash and doom, and in front-woman Jill Janus, Huntress have a vocalist with such a diverse range in [...]
by Steve Patrick – Columnist – Canadian songstress Kobra Paige and her band Kobra and the Lotus are currently out on the road supporting their recently released debut eponymous album and also supporting Swedish/Danish outfit Amaranthe. KISS’ own Gene Simmons was instrumental in [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – Cutting-edge genres tend to freeze into a formula faster than you can say “kill em’ all.” It takes a special kind of touch to stick to your chosen style for decades without making it stale. Jeff Waters has always been among the rare few who [...]
Biography – Chris Baird Chris is a long time heavy metal enthusiast. Going to school in the 70’s and 80’s he had an opportunity to enjoy all the early days of British Metal and lived the Hair Metal experience. He is still very engaged in music by blending two great passions, [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Jade Hearts is the solid second release from France’s Chasing Violets – and it is a dynamic and upbeat radio-friendly album. Fronted by sisters Sarah & Mélissa Fontaine – and ably supported by AOR’s Frédéric Slama – Chasing Violets [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – This Texas “instruMETAL” trio has released their debut album. Mahogany Head Grenade may be a trio, but the power that they put out sounds so much larger than expected. They are an instrumental band, and a compelling vocalist would be promising for [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Rebirth is an apt title for Seven Witches ninth studio album. Founding member Jack Frost continues to show off his innovative guitar skills, and is joined by Ronnie Parkes on bass and Johnny Kelly on drums. The line-up is completed by new vocalist Anthony [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Judicator has released their second full album titled Sleepy Plessow. John Yelland and Tony Cordisco are surprisingly the only ones to make up this band, but there are nine guest musicians on this album. This album is supposed to tell the story of Prussia. [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – This Australian band is gunning for that big, loud, in-your-face sleaze-rock sound and while not every aspect is a perfect bulls-eye, they hit the mark more than enough to score a—wait for it—kill shot. The drums smack your ears like sonic bullets, [...]
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