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by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — When you think of hotspots for pagan and folk metal bands, Arizona probably doesn’t spring to mind. It’s not exactly prime territory for landing Viking long-ships after all. Hell, America in general doesn’t have the same kind of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — You wouldn’t think that as late as 1996 a new metal album could come out and completely define an entire genre, but that’s exactly what happened when Swedish metal band Therion released their fifth studio album, titled Theli. The [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor — There are entirely too many bands whom writers and critics call underrated. The only time all of them are right is when they use “underrated” and “Lillian Axe” in the same sentence. The album Love and War should be on everyone’s “if [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Hungarian groove merchants Ektomorf are back with a new studio album, their ninth overall, titled Retribution. Once again the band has enlisted producer/engineer Tue Madsen, and once again they’ve delivered a thick, grooving, angry [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist — Riding a wave of ‘80s nostalgia might be a good idea these days. But no matter if you think about the new ‘80s-infused bands (such as Brother Firetribe, Outloud or White Widdow) or the reunited-and-back classic acts of the genre, the majority of [...]
by Chris A. – Senior Photojournalist — He cut his rock n’ roll teeth in Type O Negative and he’s also the drummer for Danzig. Now Johnny Kelly is sitting on the drummer throne of Rex Brown’s band, “Kill Devil Hill.” John talks about joining the band, his relationship with Rex, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Well, the Souza clan certainly didn’t waste any time. Just one year after releasing their debut album Heroes of Origin, Hatriot is back with another devastating serving of thrash metal, titled Dawn of the New Centurion. Hatriot, of [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Canadian rock is much more than Rush, Helix, and Harem Scarem. Edmonton’s own Ironstorm is new to the scene, and brings female frontier metal into the mainstream of the Great White North. Formed in 2012, Ironstorm (in the band’s own words) was [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist — In spite of the majority of their musical counterparts going for odd fusions of genres and experiments that go out of hand more often than not, Scream Maker remains faithful to the traditional heavy metal sound and their classic roots. Having just [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist — In 2008, the Swedish melodic rock act named H.E.A.T emerged from the Nordic wilderness to bring catchy guitar-laden melodies and huge ‘80s-infused choruses back with their self-titled debut album. Six years later, they return after some major [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist — With their musical résumés content-rich (and their family connections influential – one of the band’s two guitarists, Sebastian LaBar, is the son of Cinderella’s Jeff LaBar ), a Philadelphia-based act Mach22 has just released their debut [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Originally self-released last year (and now given a proper CD release by the Kivel label), Unhinged is the third album from Bay Area hard rockers Madman’s Lullaby. They’re a relatively recent band, but their sound is anything but, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Melodic rock/metal vocalist David Readman, best known as the frontman for both Pink Cream 69 and Voodoo Circle, released his debut solo album in 2007. It came at a time when the Frontiers label was licensing some – but not all – of [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist — Helstar featuring James Rivera kicks off their European tour on May 6. The band is promoting their latest release This Wicked Nest on AFM Records. Helstar will kick off their U.S. trek on June 5 in Las Vegas at Vamp’d. In this exclusive interview James [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist — Bob Dee and his band Petro should be kept on radar by all modern melodic rock fans – an all-in-one guide to their output, the retrospective album Burning Rain having finally seen the light of day. It was a good occasion for Hardrock Haven to catch [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist — These days, artistic collaborations between well-known musicians are nothing rare and the number of star-studded projects spring up like mushrooms. Still, WAMI is a unique formation for many reasons – the whole idea for this project was started by [...]
by Craig Newman – Columnist — Swedish singer Anette Olzon has her first album released this year, titled Shine, with 10 songs and the first single teaser is “Lies.” It’s on her Facebook page along with the official lyric video “Falling” on her website. She is known for being [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist — After four years of hiatus, Acacia Avenue is back! The project’s mastermind, Danish axeman Torben Enevoldsen, continues his exploration of melodic rock genre, this time with the likes of Rob Moratti (ex-Saga, Final Frontier) and Steve Newman [...]
by Christophe Pauly – Senior Photojournalist — April 24th, 2014 at ProgResiste Convention in Soignies, Belgium — The Flower Kings continue their march across Europe. Hardrock Haven’s Christophe Pauly caught the band live in Soignies, Belgium and took this amazing collection [...]
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