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This kind of album needed to be released today. Like literally, whatever day you read this … THAT day. If you are paying even the slightest bit of attention to the world today, everything kind of sucks. You know what doesn’t suck? Moonlight Desires covering some of the biggest hits of the [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — For fans of Aldaria, Vanishing Point, Lords of Black, Astralion, or Sinbreed, Serious Black featuring members of some of the finest Power Metal bands around (Helloween, Blind Guardian, Tad Morose, Firewind), have released this new album, Magic, on [...]
by Derric Miller — Managing Editor — When Mark Allen Lanoue interviewed with Hardrock Haven earlier this month, the best thing he said was that the song, “Tall Dark Secrets” didn’t make this album—the title of the release—but will be on the next one. With so many musicians [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — George Lynch and Oni Logan return, once again, with their latest Lynch Mob studio album titled The Brotherhood, released on Rat Pak Records. The current Lynch Mob lineup includes bassist Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Dokken, House of Lords) and drummer Jimmy [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — If “Theatrical Metal” ever becomes a fully recognized genre American rockers Seven Spires will be the picture next to the definition. This very talented Boston-based quartet are blazing a unique musical path, combining modern Melodic Metal with touches [...]
by Derric Miller — Managing Editor — (Disclosure: Hardrock Haven has been a strong supporter of Eden’s Curse members going back to before their debut. Bassist Paul Logue was introduced to and featured on Hardrock Haven with his earlier band Cry Havoc (review, interview), and when [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Poison meets L.A. Guns, Glam, and Sleaze … Julian Angel’s take on the ’80 Hard Rock scene is encapsulated within the confines of his latest studio album titled The Death of Cool. Known for his other band Beautiful Beast, Angel recent work on movie [...]
by Joe Mis — Sr. Columnist — It is difficult for a talented group of musicians to find inspiration for a handful of good albums, but in some cases lightning strikes – and then strikes again and again… The latter is definitely the case for the irrepressible Phil Vincent, who has [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — In general, the music industry in the early 1990s was dominated by the grunge invasion. Somewhat ironically, in Poland, the same period was marked by the emergence of a considerable number of new Hard Rock acts such as Fatum, Non Iron, Lessdress, [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — Moodier, darker, and in parts even heavier than past studio albums is Ten’s latest, their 13th, Gothica, released on the Frontiers Records label. A listen shows a mesh of Hard Rock, the Melodic, and AOR, while the smooth, rich almost operatic [...]
by Derric Miller — Managing Editor — One of the most curiously under the radar bands who have been creating top notch sleazy punk rock ‘n roll since the 1990s is The Erotics. Like the Ramones, their formula is simple. Unlike the Ramones, they are vicious, biting, caustic, acerbic, [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — American rockers Edge of Paradise have been at it as a unit for six years – and it seems that their perseverance has finally paid off. The band’s dogged determination has landed them a well-deserved deal with Universal, and their new 5-track EP Alive [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — With a mix of Canadian and American band members is the female-fronted Insatia and its sophomore offering Phoenix Aflame released on the Pitch Black Records label. While not as sweeping and epic as Xandria, Sirenia, or After Forever, fans of [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — The Italian Symphonic Power Metal band Rhapsody of Fire, previously known as Rhapsody, returns with a new album and a new vocalist and drummer. Formed way back in ’93 by guitarist Luca Turilli and keyboardist Alex Staropoli, the group obviously had had to [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Fans of old school speed or Thrash Metal owe it to themselves to check out the latest release from the Serbian four-piece called Jenner. To Live Is To Suffer is not only a decent Thrash release but what makes it unusual is that Jenner is an all female group [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Senior Columnist — Gorgeous, dramatic, melodic, galloping, loud, bombastic, and ripe with the sounds of Power, Celtic, Progressive, Folk and Heavy Metal is Orden Ogan’s latest, Gunmen, released under the AFM Records label. And oh my god is this one astonishing [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — In celebration of Edguy’s 25th anniversary, the group is preparing to take to the stage this fall for its ‘Best of Tour,’ performing the group’s greatest hits live. Preceding this outing will be the release of Monuments, Edguy’s greatest hits [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Rock Candy Records Remastered & Reloaded Lillian Axe gets the ‘Rock Candy’ sugary-sweet treatment as the label has reissued the band’s sophomore album Love + War as a “special deluxe collector’s edition,” complete with a [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Rock Candy Records Remastered & Reloaded — Lillian Axe gets the ‘Rock Candy’ sugary-sweet treatment as the label has reissued the band’s debut self-titled album as a “special deluxe collector’s edition,” complete with a [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Senior Columnist — One would be hard pressed to find anyone who considers himself or herself a true follower of Rock and Metal and not be a fan of Norway’s powerhouse, Jorn Lande. Indisputably one of Hard Rock and Metal’s most prolific and creative vocalists, [...]
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