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by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist — Fans of monster rock act Lordi may be familiar with Naked Idol, the hard rock band featuring ex-Lordi bassist Magnum. For those new to either of these bands, Naked Idol are another fine addition to the prolific Finnish music scene, and although they [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist — Crystal Viper, led by vocalist Marta Gabriel, is gearing up for the release of Possession via AFM Records on Jan. 21. The band was formed in 2003 and hails from Poland. Crystal Viper has a huge heavy metal arena sound. Marta Gabriel’s vocals are a cross [...]
by Alex Smith-Barbieri – Senior Columnist — Even More Kiss and Tell: An Interview with Gordon G.G. Gebert With KISS back in the headlines—they’ll be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, and also celebrate their 40thanniversary—Hardrock Haven talked to someone [...]
by Steve Patrick – Senior Columnist — Thrash metal architects Slayer had an extremely tumultuous 2013 with the tragic loss of guitarist Jeff Hanneman and the dismissal of drummer Dave Lombardo. Somehow, the band soldiered on with Gary Holt (Exodus) on guitar and now Paul Bostaph [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Its more of the same from Axel Rudi Pell on his latest release, Into The Storm… In this case – more explosive guitars, more solid vocal performances, more well-crafted songs, more of everything that has allowed the German guitar virtuoso to [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist — December 31, 2013 at The Lounge at The Palms in Las Vegas, NV. — What better way to celebrate the end of 2013 than at The Palms with Las Vegas premiere band the Sin City Sinners? 2013 has proved to be another amazing year for one of the hardest [...]
by Jonna Ambur – Senior Photojournalist — December 28, 2013 at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT. — After being punished for their cosmic crimes, GWAR, alien monsters banished to Earth, invaded New Haven, Conn. The iconic thrash band celebrated the release of their twelfth [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — If you’re looking for that melodic rock “surprise hit” of 2013, the album that sneaked in under the radar from an unexpected source (Germany’s Power Prog label) and just blew away the competition, look no further than The Sound [...]
by Jonna Ambur – Senior Photojournalist — West Virginia’s Bobaflex released their sixth full-length album, Charlatan’s Web in September of 2013. Brothers and co-frontmen, Shaun and Marty McCoy, trade off guitar and lead vocals, depending on the song, adding a unique twist to [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — After releasing a pair of mind-blowing concept albums (2004’s Mabool and 2010’s Never Ending Way of Orwarrior), Israeli progressive/death/symphonic/folk metal band Orphaned Land decided to try a different approach with their [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist — Maryland quartet Silvertung are a refreshing addition to the Hard Rock and Alt. Metal genre, and with independently released Devil’s In the Details, they prove to be more than just the average rock band. After a very short intro, there are eleven [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — California-based progressive power metal band Shadowkiller made their debut in 2013 with the Stormspell release Slaves of Egypt. The band, which features vocalist/guitarist Joe Liszt (Rocka Rollas), play a heavier, more complex brand of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — The third vintage band to be spotlighted by Divebomb Records’ new Bootcamp series (which focuses on overlooked and forgotten demos, both new and old), is Long Island NY-based Firstrike (not to be confused with Firstryke or any of the [...]
by Chris A. – Senior Photojournalist — Rock On The Range is quickly becoming a legend in the world of big-time rock music festivals. In May 2014, nearly 100,000 people will pass through the turnstiles to attend this stellar music festival. Hosted in Columbus, Ohio, Rock On The Range [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist — It is intriguing that in a year that witnessed the release of two divisive Queensryche creations under divergent incarnations, the most Queensryche-sounding album of 2013 has been issued by resurrected white-metal band Sacred Warrior, who have returned [...]
by Chris A. – Senior Photojournalist — 2013 was a pretty solid year for Rock ‘n’ Roll. As the year comes to a close, Rock ‘n’ Roll photographers are starting to post their “Best of” photos from the year. With that in mind, here is one of the best [...]
Every year, Hardrock Haven staffers compile their Top 10 best releases. Our writers and photojournalists have diverse interests, allowing Hardrock Haven the ability to cover a broad spectrum of music. This is quite evident when you read through the varied selections for the year. Here are the [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist — Cage the Gods came to the fore at the end of 2013 with their debut EP Favourite Sin. There was a great blend of hard rock which was in places sleazy and raucous and then in other parts more radio friendly and stripped down. Favourite Sin was a [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Instrumental guitarist and composer Alan Williamson is back with his latest studio album. This time around, Williamson pays homage to the 2004 EP that started it all for him by re-recording and re-releasing Another Kind of World. This new release has been [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Hardcore Superstar, the godfathers of the Swedish sleaze rock scene returned earlier this year with a new album, their ninth overall, titled C’Mon Take On Me. In the nearly 15 years since the band debuted, a whole wave of party rocking [...]
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