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by Cameron Edney – Guest Columnist – The Plague of a New Age: While She Sleeps guitarist Sean Long Talks Soundwave, ‘This is the Six’ and Awards! Having formed in Sheffield in 2006 while she sleeps quickly gained a large following and by 2010 the band were playing UK’s Sonisphere [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – While 2012 found the members of Porcupine Tree scattered and working on other various projects, the band chose to close out the year with the release of Octane Twisted. This double-CD release contains two live shows; one recorded in Chicago, and the other [...]
by Jonna Ambur – Photojournalist – DECEMBER 28, 2012, MOHEGAN SUN/WOLF DEN, UNCASVILLE, CT – The Wolf Den is the venue inside the Mohegan Sun Casino. It’s general admission to a free show, but the club only holds about 300 people. That didn’t stop thousands from standing in [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Hailing from the land of pizza and pasta, Naughty Whisper whip up a fairly tasty concoction of hard rock, metal, Goth, and sleaze that is topped off with impeccable modern production. It’s not going to blow your mind or anything like that, but it’s [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Asylum Pyre is “the place where you burn the fools” according to the band. Heavy and heady stuff HAS to follow such a declaration. The European act is doing their very best to make that a fact. Asylum Pyre may be a new name for fans of female fronted [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Neo-Star Nova Z is the colorful moniker of multi-instrumentalist Brian Waymire, and he’s just released his latest CD entitled Omega Factor. Basically this is a five song EP, but Brian has added instrumental versions of some songs, plus a number of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – Veteran German power metal band Mob Rules is back with a new album, their seventh overall, titled Cannibal Nation. A decade ago or so, back when they only had an album or two to their name, the prospect of a new Mob Rules album wouldn’t have [...]
by Sherry Thomas – Columnist – Seven Kingdoms’ third offering (the second with powerhouse vocalist Sabrina Valentine), The Fire Is Mine, delivers pure heat from start to finish. The album, which was released on Nightmare Records, shows that the band is going in the right [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – It is nearly impossible to claim that AOR legend Jimi Jamison has been one to neglect his fans and audience in any way: 2011 saw the release of two full-length studio collaborations, the highly acclaimed Kimball – Jamison duet album and the lesser [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – It only took around 11 years, but the most talented band to come out of Sioux Falls, S.D. in over a decade finally released an album of original music — 26 songs to be exact. Well, not all are originals; each band member chose one cover song, so [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – December 15, 2012 at Vamp’d in Las Vegas – Dokken front man Don Dokken brought his annual acoustic West Coast trek to Las Vegas for a special performance at Vamp’d. The venue is one of the Valley’s best with great acoustics and [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Guitarist Tore St Moren has spent the majority of his professional career as a member of Jorn. Since 1999, he also has worked in other bands, such as Rain, Street Legal, Carnivora and Arctutus. After years of working with the celebrated Jorn Lande, Tore St [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – William Shakespeare once wrote, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Well, to paraphrase the bard, a Kane Roberts album by any other name would still sound as sweet. You see, when the Rambo-emulating guitarist who gained a following by [...]
Every year, Hardrock Haven staffers compile their Top 10 best releases. Here’s the writers’ favorites from 2012: Alex’s Top Ten for 2012 01. Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth 01. Dokken – Broken Bones 02. Rick Springfield – Songs for the End of the World 03. Katy Perry – The [...]
by Trevor Portz – Columnist – Offering up a solution to something most wouldn’t deem a problem, Croatian depressive-metallers Ashes You Leave have apparently discovered The Cure for Happiness. Certainly bearing some resemblance to now-extinct Finish rockers Sentenced (and the offshoot [...]
by Christophe Pauly – Photojournalist – After 20 years of band history, the original band members Thom Blunier (guitar), Thomas Muster (guitar), and Roger Tanner (drums), but also the band’s two young guns, Dominik Pfister (bass) and most particularly singer John Prakesh, have [...]
by Christophe Pauly – Photojournalist – Hardrock Haven’s Christophe Pauly recently caught up The Pineapple Thief’s Bruce Soord. Soord talked with Pauly the history of the band as well as his inlfuences and the their latest album All the Wars. Hardrock Haven: First, The Pineapple [...]
by Christophe Pauly – Photojournalist – Hardrock Haven’s Christophe Pauly recently caught up with prog-rocker Neal Morse. Morse was kind enough to talk with Pauly about his current and past projects. Hardrock Haven: My first question is about your creativity. I listened to your [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Sonja Perenda probably is not a familiar name to many outside of her native Austria, but this operatic singer is out to change that. Sonja has released her debut album entitled Time Has Come, and it should do wonders. Not purely operatic or symphonic [...]
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