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by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist — Canadian rock band Varga returns to the rock scene with their latest release Enter The Metal. The band reformed in 2011. Enter The Metal was produced by Julius Butty. Varga has a sound that is kind of a mix of Anvil meets Fear Factory. Enter The Metal has [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist — The South Wales band, Sonic Temple, has added to their discography. Their second album is titled The Nature of Time, and it proves that the talented duo can continue to crank out good hard rock. This album seems to pick up where the first album left off. [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist — Canadian metal band Varga has just released their new CD Enter The Metal. Vocalist and bassist Joe Varga has checked in with Hardrock Haven to discuss Enter The Metal. HRH: Joe, tell us about Enter The Metal. How does it differ from your previous [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — The power metal band Armory was founded in 2001 by Chad Fisher (guitars) and Joe Kurland (guitars/drums). The band’s first album The Dawn of Enlightenment was released in 2004 and subsequently re-recorded and re-released in 2007. After six years, the band [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — The bearded German stoner rock/doom metal/heavy rock power trio Kadavar quickly followed-up their 2012 self-titled debut EP with the full-length Abra Kadavar, which was released earlier this year. Kadavar, which can be described as the [...]
by Alex Smith Barbieri – Senior Columnist — Can you believe it been 30 years since Bon Jovi’s first album came out? Yup—their legendary debut with the megahit “Runaway” was released on January 21, 1984. It’s an interesting study in success to look back at Jon and company’s [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Dear Sanity is the debut offering from melodic hard rock newcomers LaValle. Led by guitarist Eddie LaValle and featuring bassist Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse), vocalist Carsten “Lizard” Schulz (Evidence One) and drummer Ramy Ali [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — The folks at Nuclear Blast have been on a roll lately, signing retro rock bands left and right, from Kadavar to Graveyard to Orchid. The latest addition to their roster is Austin-based Scorpion Child, who delivered their self-titled [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — The Belfast-based quartet known as Ajenda have just released a strong debut CD entitled Unrecognizable. Fans of female-fronted rock will truly enjoy the vocal butt-kicking they’ll receive from lead singer Jen, and all fans of melodic rock will [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist — December 20, 2013 at Vamp’d in Las Vegas, NV. — After being away from the music scene nearly 20 years, guitar virtuoso Jake E. Lee returned to his hometown of Las Vegas to perform to a packed venue at Vamp’d on December 20th with his new [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist — If you relish red-blooded hard rock with a southern-fried swagger, prepare to have your ears steamrolled like an 18-wheeler flattening an armadillo. It has been said that the devil has all the good music. If so, then this new album from Trucker Diablo [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist — Metal history is about to be made as one of the most prolific guitarists to emerge out of the metal genre Jake E. Lee returns to the music scene with his new band Red Dragon Cartel. The new self-titled album is slated for release January 28th via [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist — December 14, 2013 at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, U.K. — Black Sabbath continued their U.K. tour at the Motorpoint Arena on a blustery Saturday evening in Sheffield. As the venue began to fill, support act Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats hit [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor — Where the hell did these guys come from? De Van’s new album Current End of Days is only their second release, following the incredible debut Planet Botox, and they are simply one of the best bands on the planet making music today. Period. Stick a [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist — December 13, 2013 at Vamp’d in Las Vegas, NV. — Hardrock Haven is always on the lookout for breakout bands. Although LA band Burning Rain has been together since 1998, it wasn’t until December 13 that they performed their first live gig in Las [...]
by William Bradbury – Guest Columnist — Attempting to do this most likely is going to make me sound like Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, but hear me out: The inner 15-year-old in you wants to. And maybe you’ll even crawl into the closet to rock that Hybrid Theory hoodie one [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist — Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock is gearing up for the release of Bridge The Gap on Jan. 7 via Inakustik Label. The album comes in three configurations, including a deluxe edition that features a bonus track by Don Dokken entitled “Faith.” Bridge [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist — One of the most innovative and powerful drummers Carmine Appice has a Rock ‘N’ Roll resume that any musician would be proud of. Carmine has worked with some of the top alumni in the music business. His powerhouse drumming has defined him as [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Thrive is the debut solo album from Angelica Rylin, the lead vocalist of the Swedish rockers The Murder of My Sweet. Following a dream, Angelica has put together a strong melodic rock release that should have broad appeal, especially to fans of Heart, [...]
by Alex Smith-Barbieri – Senior Columnist — Tony Harnell is a member of a very exclusive club called “the best singers in rock.” Along with Steve Perry, Ann Wilson, and a few others, Harnell has proven time again on record and live that he is, indeed, one of the best singers in [...]
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