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by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – Swedish hard rock/heavy metal wrecking crew Fatal Smile returned this year with a new album, their fifth overall, titled White Trash Heroes. The hard rocking and relentlessly touring band has released a string of very impressive albums in recent [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – UK-based technical metal band Synaptik makes their debut this year with a full-length album titled The Mechanisms of Consequence. Synaptik is a new band, but its members have an established track record. Guitarist Ian Knight, vocalist John Knight [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist – Shaman’s Harvest’s fifth studio album, their first since 2009, finds the band ready to cement their position amongst the best in the U.S. hard rock scene. Smokin’ Hearts… is the Shaman’s debut release for Mascot Records and after a tumultuous [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – American hard rockers Tango Down are back with a new album, their fourth overall, titled Charming Devil. The band made a major splash with their previous album (2012’s Identity Crisis), thanks in large part to the addition of David Reece [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Overloaded is the latest release by Italian bass master Alberto Rigoni. In a departure from his older releases, Rigoni has moved his music in a much more progressive and heavier direction without neglecting the core melodies that have always filled his [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – You don’t really have to be a staunch Maiden follower with Eddie the Head’s lovely face smiling from every t-shirt in your closet to know what this book is all about. One quick look at the front and back cover should be enough to get it. [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – The wait is finally over. This Fall if you were looking for an album that explodes with huge guitar riffs and explosive vocals than World On Fire featuring Slash and Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will ignite your world. This is the third album by [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Swiss melodic rock kings Gotthard are back with a new studio album, their eleventh overall, titled Bang!. It’s the second album since the unfortunate death of founding vocalist Steve Lee, whose shadow still looms large over the band. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally released in 2008, Are You Ready to Rock was the third album from Swedish melodic rockers Eclipse. In recent years Eclipse, which features singer/guitarist Erik Martensson (also with W.E.T.) – has become one of the brightest [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Ronny Lee is a name that might not have been a trademark in the world of rock and perhaps is not so widely known. This status quo, however, may be just about to change as his debut album Original Retro comes out this year – the seasoned [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Midnight Rising is the fourth progressive metal release from the trio that calls themselves Oceans of Night. This Scott Mosher led project blends melodic progressive rock with heavy metal, and delivers it with a bit of theatrical flair. Oceans of Night is [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – How many bands from the ‘80s were thought of as promising or attention-grabbers back in the day, only to fall into obscurity and be lost in the midst of time as soon as the decade ended? A countless number, perhaps, as one can count on their [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – The Chimpz swing back onto the scene with a raucous new EP and rap-rock fans should be happier than a kid getting a barrel full of dancing monkeys for Christmas. One of the tracks (“Right to Left”) has already been featured on the record-breaking [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – There have been some major changes in the Evergrey camp since the Swedish dark progressive metal pioneers released their 2011 album Glorious Collision. Drummer Hannes Van Dahl left to join Sabaton, so former Evergrey drummer Jonas Ekdahl [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – There has been a resurgence in recent years of Toto-inspired AOR. Bands like Sonic Station, Lionville and Houston have all done well revisiting that classic sound, but the unquestioned leader of the new AOR pack is Sweden’s Work of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Lest we think that British rock is all Coldplay and Radiohead, here comes York-based Scream Arena to remind us that British rock n’ roll used to be fun. The band hooked up with melodic rock veteran Paul Sabu (Only Child) to bring [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Don’t be fooled by the title of the ninth endeavor of the Swedish Power Metal giants! Even though the title of Hammerfall’s newly released album suggest there’s been some kind of (r)evolution going on, the truth is that it has the band [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Traditional heavy metal has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, with classic bands like Saxon, Angel Witch and Satan releasing albums worthy of the NWOBHM glory days, and bands like Enforcer, Visigoth and Skull Fist taking up the [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – How many bands are to the point where they are putting out multiple albums per year? Well, it wasn’t too many months ago that Hardrock Haven covered Miss Crazy’s 2014 release Resurrection Hard Rock, and lo and behold … they already have a new [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – California-based Hailey Woodruff is aiming to do it all, and her debut release simply entitled LP shows that she comes pretty darn close. Hailey paints herself as a solo artist, and taking a page from the Phil Vincent playbook, she does everything on her [...]
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