Hot off the Press

September 2013

by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – Defy Tolerance occupy that middle ground between rock and metal. Heavier than Hinder, but not quite as gruffly bruising as, say, Five Finger Death Punch. This album—their debut—is bulging with muscle yet sports plenty of commercial hooks, but never [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas - Columnist – German AOR Label signs Greek-based melodic rock band. Déjà vu? Well, the renowned AOR Heaven seems to be keeping an attentive eye over the Greek rock industry having already signed such artists as Andy Rock and Wild Rose. This time they picked up Athenian [...]
by Steve Patrick - Senior Columnist – Dutch songstress Floor Jansen has gone through quite a lot in the last few years and she lets all her emotions flow through on ReVamp’s sophomore record Wild Card. The ex-After Forever and current Nightwish vocalist again collaborated with her [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Of all the tools in a guitarist arsenal, the pick may be the most overlooked. The guitar pick, or plectrum, typically is made of plastic, nylon or tortoiseshell but also can be made from rubber, wood, glass or stone. What may not be obvious is that these [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – One of Dallas, Texas’ most promising band Serosia is heading out on a West Coast trek with Sevendust slated to kick off in Las Vegas September 18th at the Hard Rock Cafe. This is the perfect concert bill, as both bands are huge on lyrics and writing great [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Dreams of the Heart is the third release from melodic rock act D’Ercole, and it certainly is a solid one. Never one to be caught resting on his laurels, Phil Vincent continues to produce solid music – this time in conjunction with guitarist Damian [...]
by Derric Miller - Managing Editor – The morphing of a punk-laced Indy rock band to Corporate Rock mammoths is sometimes a sad, sell out tale … and sometimes it ends up giving the masses songs, to name a few, like “Black Balloon,” “Name,” “Slide” and “Iris,” creations that [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – August 31, 20132 at Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, NV. – What better way to bid adieu to summer than with a free Puddle Of Mudd Concert on Labor Day weekend in Las Vegas? Fremont Street Experience wrapped up its very successful Rock Of Vegas [...]
by Steve Patrick - Columnist – There are some things in life that are worth waiting for and Paul McCartney & Wings’ new Blu-ray/DVD Rockshow is most certainly one such thing. The deluxe 2013 release of Rockshow is a welcome treat for those McCartney fans who did not see Rockshow during [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – British heavy metal band Saxon is gearing up for an extensive U.S. Tour slated to kick off on Sept. 12. Saxon will make a special stop in Las Vegas on October 2nd at Vamp’d. In this exclusive interview for Hardrock Haven, drummer Nigel Glockler discusses the [...]
by Anabel Dflux - Photojournalist – Hardrock Haven’s photojournalist Anabel Dflux sat down with David Sanchez of Havok, at the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, CA, to talk about their music videos, future plans, and metal. ::: Listen to the interview ::: Your browser does not support this [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – “Not only is it Mikey’s last parting shot, it’s my last parting shot,” Al Jourgensen confirmed yet again last week, this time in his interview to Loudwire magazine. “I am not doing another Ministry record without Mikey. Zero. None.” Guitarist [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas - Columnist – Redrum, the Greek-German melodic hard rock band are back with a brand new second studio album Victim of Our Circumstances. Fronted by renowned AOR/melodic hard rock Michael Bormann the band delivers a rather unconventional blend of melodic rock with a rather [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Many metal fans are familiar with the work of Mat Sinner through his time with German power metal masters Primal Fear, but there is so much more to Mat than just the bass guitar. Besides massive bass chops, Mat is also a fine songwriter, producer, and the [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Heart Attack is the second full-length album from San Francisco-based heavy metal band Space Vacation, another in a growing scene of old school metal bands that has been dubbed the New Wave of Traditional Metal. Now signed to the Pure Steel [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas - Columnist – In one form or another the reunited Thin Lizzy have been touring or playing live for the past fifteen years. It was 1996 when John Sykes decided to bring back the latest Thunder & Lighting formation of the band to pay tribute to the music of Phil [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Swedish rockers, House of Shakira will release their album Pay to Play on Sept. 23 on CD. On Oct. 7 the album will be available through digital outlets. This is the second album with lead singer Andreas Novak. It is supposed to be their best album by far, and it [...]
by Steve Patrick - Columnist – America’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band has finally released their first Blu-ray entitled Rock for the Rising Sun and it was well worth the wait. The film, directed by Casey Patrick Tebo, chronicles Aerosmith’s most recent tour of Japan in late 2011 [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – If melodic hard rock is your religion, then you’ll want to make Faith Circus part of your creed. Hot damn if some of the songs on this new album aren’t good enough to put you on your knees thanking God, Jesus, or your deity of choice. Granted, the devil [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Hunger is the fourth and latest from Tragik, a trio fronted multi-talented musician and songwriter Phil Vincent. Based in Rhode Island, Tragik puts out intense melodic rock clearly influenced by some of the greatest metal acts of all time. Hunger is modern rock [...]
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