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by Joe Mis – Columnist – Multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Daniele Liverani will be releasing a solo instrumental effort entitled Eleven Mysteries on 20-July-2012. Normally credited as a keyboard player and songwriter, Liverani is also an impressive guitarist, as this Lion Music [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – Australian progressive metal band Voyager just wrapped up their first-ever tour of North America, supporting Rhapsody of Fire. We recently caught up with vocalist/keyboardist Daniel Estrin and guitarist Scott Kay, who gave Hardrock Haven an update [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – July 6, 2012 at Under the Bridge Club, London, United Kingdom What began for Mick Taylor almost half a century ago in London’s sweaty clubs cram full of cranks and eccentrics, has now gone full circle. Playing last week at the 500-capacity Under [...]
by Joe Mis – Columnist – Samaroid Dioramas is the latest release from Italy’s Sunpocrisy, and if you didn’t notice, “samaroid” is “dioramas” spelled backwards… This is a sure clue that Sunpocrisy’s CD is a concept album, and in the band’s own words is about “the idea [...]
by Marcel “Mars” Groeneveld – Columnist – Lita Ford, a British born rocker who grew up on the streets of L.A., is considered one of the most important female representatives of the rock genre. As a founding member of the Runaways, Ford was part of one of the first girl [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – The most eccentric insurrectionist to ever come out of heavy metal, Christophe Godin has been laughing in the face of the genre’s conventions and the industry’s expectations ever since the release of his band’s debut record in 1998. The [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – July 5, 2012 at Brixton Academy, London, United Kingdom He came, he saw, he performed, and – presumably – has already left town, also leaving us to ponder how a chubby, stilted cat with awkward stage moves, who can’t sing, doesn’t play [...]
by Chris A. Staff Photojournalist – June 26, 2012 at Riverbend Amphitheater in Cincinnati, Ohio Rolling with the changes is something veteran rockers REO Speedwagon have been known for. A veritable “hit machine” in their heyday, their catalog of hits and familiar melodies is staggering. [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – If you’re in the mood for some heavy-hitting metalcore that rushes from the speakers like a wolf pouncing on unsuspecting prey and tears into your eardrums with fury and fierceness, then this Christian band’s sophomore album (following a debut EP last year) [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Those following closely the heavy metal scene would probably agree, there was somewhat of a minor resurgence of the guitar hero axiom in Europe during the late ‘90s with such talents as Magnus Karlsson, Jaron Sebstian Raven, Gus G and Rolf Munkes making [...]
by John Kindred Publisher – Four decades since Thunderhead recorded its debut album with the legendary producer Johnny Winter, the band has released ’75. What so special about ’75, you might ask? Well, this is the album that ABC Records shelved, requiring Thunderhead to re-record the [...]
by Jon Ousey Guest Writer – June 28, 2012 at The Intrepid Fox in London, UK Hornet were back in town tonight at Soho’s legendary rock and metal bar, The Intrepid Fox and I couldn’t wait. Rock ‘n’ roll could have pretty much summed up the scene that night as probably seventy percent or [...]
by Craig Newman Guest Writer – Carlos Bates Cruz of STONEBREED, a Los Angeles based rock band with a southern taste, sat down with Craig Newman for a brief interview. Hardrock Haven: When was the band formed? Carlos Bates Cruz: Around September or October 2009. And first show was at [...]
by Chris A. Staff Photojournalist – July 2, 2012 at Riverbend Amphitheater in Cincinnati, Ohio They are one of the most recognizable of the 80’s “hair bands” and last night in Cincinnati, Bret and the boys delivered the goods. Opening the show with “Look What The Cat [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – When it comes to rock ‘n’ roll dreams, it seems axiomatic that the fire of raw hunger belongs solely to the young. Granted, there are exceptions to the rule—rules always have exceptions—but are there any headbangers out there who would argue that Reload [...]
by Steve Patrick Staff Writer – The primary benefit of an album like Primal Rock Rebellion‘s Awoken Broken is that it allows an artist that currently performs in a timeless band, in this case Iron Maiden‘s Adrian Smith, to make music that is sonically quite different without alienating [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – The contrast of two sui generis voices – Chuck Billy’s fire-eating roar and Steve Souza’s gelastic snarl continue to stamp Dublin Death Patrol’s releases with an instantly recognisable sound. Having three guitarists proves to be not a trivial decision [...]
by Craig Newman Guest Writer – June 22, 2012 at the Staples Center at Los Angeles, CA For four decades the Scorpions have given us quality rock music with love, relationships, party and politics in their music and lyrics with respect. The band is currently on their two year farewell tour, Get [...]
by Deb Rao Staff Writer – Former Rude Girl members Leather Leone and Sandy Sledge are finishing what they started with their new band Sledge Leather. The band has just released a new CD entitled Imagine Me Alive that incorporates all of the hard edge, dark tones, and driving rhythms of Rude [...]
by Ron Higgins Staff Writer – Riot Avenue is the third release from the impressive Swedish outfit Crazy Lixx. It’s their second release on Frontiers Records, following their sophomore album New Religion in 2010 (their debut album Loud Minority was independently released in 2007). Although [...]
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