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by Jonna Ambur – Sr. Photojournalist — Connecticut’s music community lost one of their own on Friday, July 15, 2016. Raymond Smith, vocalist of Metal band Tear Gas Union (TGU) passed away after injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident which also left his fiancé Allison in critical [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — Last year, the Phoenix-based band Razer released its 2nd album, surprisingly embroidered with an eponymous title. As Hardrock Haven caught up with the group’s bass player and co-producer of Razer, Chris Catero, the album sparked quite a [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Swedish melodic rockers Dynazty raised a lot of eyebrows when they reinvented themselves as a Heavy Metal band for their 2014 album Renatus. They went from playing Hardcore Superstar/Crashdiet-style Sleaze Rock to a much harder-hitting (yet still [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Sword Songs is a very appropriate title for the eighth full-length album from Swedish heavy/doom metal trio Grand Magus. The band’s evolution over the past few albums has found Grand Magus focused on shorter, catchier odes to Viking conquest and the [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — It seems to be only yesterday that the self-described “lady in a Rock n’Roll hell” – or the First Lady of the German Metal Doro Pesch debuted However, facts are that 2014 marked three decades since the world heard Warlock’s Burning The [...]
by Chris A. – Sr. Photojournalist — July 12, 2016 at Riverbend Amphitheater in Cincinnati, OH. — Corey Taylor and Slipknot traveled to the Queen City of Cincinnati, Ohio to put on an epic Metal show at Riverbend Amphitheater. Supported my California-based Of Mice and Men and the [...]
by Alex Barbieri – Sr. Columnist — They’re a modern-day sober Sid and Nancy: Singer Scotty Anarchy (a.k.a. Scott Wawrzyniak) and wife/bassist Jeanne Sagan of Connecticut Melodic Metal band, Crossing Rubicon (CR). A molten blend of ‘80s hooks and musicianship with Modern Rock power [...]
by Christophe Pauly – Sr. Photojournalist — Spain is well known for its Flamenco music, but the country has many great talents to discover in other genres. Synlakross, a Death Metal band from Valencia, is one of those groups. The band recently released its second album, Death Bullets [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — What comes around goes around, they say – as testified by the Scottish hard rock group La Paz (fronted by former Rainbow, Tank, Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force etc. as well as current Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock and Demon’s Eye [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — You’d think that long-running German Power Metal band Iron Savior might have stopped to take a breath, what with releasing the re-recorded Megatropolis 2.0 and the massive live set Live at the Final Frontier since their last studio album (the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Ah, the infamous self-titled album. When you see that from a band and it’s not their debut album, you know they’re either a) completely reinventing its sound or b) attempting to press the “reset button” on their career. Given the fact that this [...]
by Steve Patrick – Sr. Columnist — Any drinking club that featured the likes of John Lennon, Keith Moon, Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, the immortal Alice Cooper is certainly worthy of tribute. Thankfully musician-turned-actor-turned-musician Johnny Depp not only agreed with this sentiment [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — As the well-known names of the music industry join forces to create something together, a result – the emergence of a so-called super-group – is burdened with a multitude of expectations from the very start. You can deal with them in two [...]
by Chris A. – Sr. Photojournalist — July 5, 2016 at Riverbend Amphitheater in Cincinnati, OH. — For over three decades, Def Leppard has been recording and performing their brand of Hard Melodic Rock n’ Roll. In Cincinnati, the band performed a good variety of classic and [...]
Miami, Florida based Hard Rock band GEARS have announced that they’ll be hitting the road with TRAPT for a 15 date run beginning July 16th at The Publik House in Tupelo, MS and winding up August 2nd at The Metal Grille in Cudahy, WI. We’re really excited to have the opportunity to [...]
by Marija Brettle – Sr. Columnist — Lynne Jackaman of Jackaman Photo copyright John McMurtrie After her departure from the London-based rock and soul band Saint Jude, front-woman Lynne Jackaman has taken her time to craft some songs which not only highlight her soulful voice, but also [...]
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