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by Chris A. & Steve Patrick – Senior Photojournalist / Senior Columnist — On the heels of a European tour supporting Alter Bridge, Pennsylvanian rockers Halestorm are now in the middle of their own run of headlining dates here in the U.S. alongside Stars in Stereo and Redlight [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist — In the early ‘70s and ‘80s, one band that emerged out of Beantown and sold over 31 million records was Boston. Boston was the brainstorm of MIT Graduate Tom Scholz. In 1976 “More Than A Feeling” blasted over Boston radio stations such as WAAF and [...]
by Chris A. – Senior Photojournalist — December 8, 2013 at LC Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio — Halestorm fronted by energetic vocalist and guitarist Lzzy Hale, alongside her brother drummer Arejay, guitarist Joe Hottinger and bassist Josh Smith continue their North American tour. [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — Fifteen years after he last released original material, Jake E. Lee comes out of semi-retirement with a coup of an album. The tunes are brand new, and so is the band which enlists his old friend Ronnie Mancuso on the bass, and the singer and the [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Guitar virtuoso, Michael Abdow, currently on the road with Fates Warning, has just released his second instrumental solo album Life Symbolic on Shredguy Records. Hardrock Haven talks with Michael Abdow about his new album, his endorsement of Rick Hanes [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist — Russian sextet Hammerforce bring their power/progressive metal to the table with their second album Access Denied. Singing almost completely in their native language, it is an album that people from overseas may only be able to enjoy musically. “Your War (I [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — Self-iteration has always been the biggest sin of rock songwriting. Some bands allow the same tune recur once in a while – rehashed and released under a different title. Switch around a few chords, slightly change the melody, write different [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist — November 30, 2013 at Vampd in Las Vegas, NV. — What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend than enjoying some Glam Rock with Faster Pussycat at Vampd? Faster Pussycat brought their sleaze Glam Rock in true metal style kicking off the 90-minute [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Just when you think there can’t possibly be any more songs about heavy metal, Swedish traditional metal warriors Rocka Rollas return with a new offering to prove you wrong. Their latest effort, titled Metal Strikes Back, is their [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — The first band in the Divebomb label’s new Bootcamp series, which spotlights overlooked and forgotten demos (both new and old), is Dallas-based power metal band Manta Ray. The band was formed at the end of the ‘80s by [...]
by Steve Patrick – Senior Columnist — When he’s not fronting the legendary thrash band Exodus, Rob Dukes is also the driving force behind the thrash revival outfit Generation Kill. Consisting of Dukes on vocals, Rob Moschetti (Pro-Pain, M.O.D.), Jason Trenzcer (Mutilation) and [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — You have to admire the sheer honesty of someone who releases an EP instead of a full-length album simply because this is how much top-drawer material they have at the moment. Especially if that someone is an instrumental guitarist – a myopic [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Far Beyond The Stars is the long awaited full length debut release from Soctland’s Ascension. It may have taken almost a decade, but this power metal/speed metal release is one to be proud of… Blending elements of modern power metal with chunks of [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist — Nasty Crüe – spelled with the obligatory infamous “metal umlaut” (or röck döt, if you prefer) – was founded in Poland in 2007. The quartet (earlier, a quintet) is, unsurprisingly, the bastard child of ‘80s hard rock aesthetics – with [...]
by Anabel Dflux – Senior Photojournalist — Anabel had the opportunity to chat with The Iris before their set at goth nightclub Bar Sinister. Despite the bustling sounds of Hollywood Boulevard, Anabel discussed the band’s roots, inspirations, goals, and of course, Neon Noir. [...]
by Anabel Dflux – Senior Photojournalist — November 30, 2013 at Bar Sinister in Hollywood, CA. Known as one of Hollywood’s most infamous gothic nightclubs, Bar Sinister welcomed Arizona locals The Iris to their stage on November 30th, 2013. Newcomers to that venue but definitely not [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Rebuild is the latest release from Christian rockers The Letter Black, and a solid release it is. Fronted by the husband and wife team of Mark and Sarah Anthony, The Letter Black delivers a strong and varied rock-metal mix pulling from multiple genres and [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist — This album is a game-changer. Not so much for the modern hard rock genre itself, but definitely for Red Line Chemistry themselves. They have hit their stride and ascended to a fresh plateau of complexity and maturity. It fails to attain perfection, but [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — November 28, 2013 at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, U.K. — Some concerts take off after a song or two, some — toward the middle, some – just before the encore. And some abduct you and transport you from the word go. This is how [...]
by Jonna Ambur – Senior Photojournalist — November 26, 2013 at Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, CT. — Synonymous with metal. Icons in music. They are … Slayer! Tonight, Tommy Araya, Kerry King, Paul Bostaph and Gary Holt took the stage with Jeff Hanneman’s guitar proudly [...]
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