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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 [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist — If thinking about a contemporary band that embodies the term “pomp rock” in the strict sense of the word, the Finnish melodic rock act Brother Firetribe is one of the first that come to mind. What’s been started as one of many side-projects of [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist — Altered Sky is fulfilling their fairy tale while they paint stories with their self-written material. This Glasgow rock band has an ambitious feat ahead of them with 3 U.K. tours. The contagious words of lyricist Ana Nowosielska let this female fronted [...]
by Marija Brettle – Columnist — The Robin 2, Concert Venue in Wolverhampton, April 23. 2014 — After almost two decades, former Whitesnake and outstanding rock guitarist Adrian Vandenberg is finally back in music with the brand new band Vandenberg’s MoonKings and self-titled [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist — Put Springsteen, Mellencamp, and latter-day Bon Jovi into a musical blender and the result might sound very much like guitarist/singer/songwriter John Taglieri. If you must hang a tag on it, call it “all American working man rock ‘n’ roll.” [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist — New York-based rock act Bob Dee with Petro – comprised of the singer/guitarist Bob Dee and his backing band – released their greatest hits compilation entitled Burning Rain just a while ago. Having chosen the large number of 17 tracks [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Once again, the Italian metal scene has given the world another gem of a band. Old Man’s Cellar, a five-piece hailing from Modena, has successfully blended modern techniques and old school hair metal influences into a lively and enjoyable debut [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist — In recent years, we could observe the huge development of the ‘female fronted’ rock subgenre – from the alternative rock and such acts as Halestorm to the symphonic metal represented by Nightwish or Within Temptation, to name just the few. One [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Released at the tail end of last year, Raided Land is the fourth album from Germany’s Human Fortress, and the first to feature Gus Monsanto (ex-Adagio, ex-Revolution Renaissance) on vocals. Monsanto is the band’s third singer in as [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Just when you thought there weren’t any bands making good, classic-style melodic death metal anymore, here comes Words of Farewell with their second album, titled The Black Wild Yonder, to make you remember everything you loved about [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist — There is so much doubt thrown in the direction of the sinfully sexy Taylor Momsen. Fronting The Pretty Reckless has caused opinion to swirl involving the talent of the former actress. Going to Hell is the second studio offering from the band. Admittedly, [...]
by Chris A. – Senior Photojournalist — Miss May I have grown from a local Troy, Ohio band to a legitimate national metal act sharing the stage with artists like Killswitch Engage, Five Finger Death Punch and more. With a new album, epic production by legendary metal producer Terry Date [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist — Five years after their critically acclaimed debut Pale Sister Of Light saw the light of day, Free Spirit return with their sophomore effort, entitled All The Shadows Of Darkened Lights. Two singles off the album – “Living Tattoo” and [...]
by Anabel Dflux – Senior Photojournalist — April 26th, 2014 at Bar Sinister in Hollywood, CA. — William Control took over L.A.’s premier goth club; Bar Sinister. Saturday night’s fiasco involved a DVD filming, special guests, fetish dancers, and much, much more! A dapper dark [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) scene may have gotten most of the attention from fans and the press (and rightly so) back in the early ‘80s, but the heavy metal sound and spirit were certainly not confined to the UK. [...]
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