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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 [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – V.H.F. is the brainchild of drummer Todd “Vinny” Vinciguerra. The three-piece trio also features bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) and guitarist Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger, Whitesnake, TSO). The V.H.F. moniker comprises the initials from [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – If you check out the cover of Red Zone Rider’s self-titled release and see the sci-fi-ish artwork – a motorcycle rider in the desert with a space-scene behind – the last thing you’d probably expect is a thick, juicy slab of heavy [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Most people, if they think of the Australian thrash metal scene in the late ‘80s at all, will most likely name Mortal Sin as the standout band. The scene boasted another impressive talent in Addictive, a Sydney-based band that actually [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – German melodic/power metal supergroup Unisonic is back with their second full-length album, titled Light of Dawn. Unisonic of course features bassist Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69), drummer Kosta Zafiriou (ex-Pink Cream 69), and guitarist [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Former Stratovarius mastermind Timo Tolkki, yes the one who swore he was retiring from the music scene, is back with the second volume in his Avalon symphonic metal opera series. The new album is titled Angels of the Apocalypse and finds [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Do you remember Vanilla Ninja? This Estonian all-female band, whose music skillfully balanced on a border between radio-friendly pop rock and keyboard-driven ‘80s-infused pomp rock, enjoyed some success in the mid-2000s. Then, they ended up [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Promoting themselves with a combination of words “rock” and “sex” and all possible derivations of the two, Midnight Sin may appear to be an Italian answer to Steel Panther. The title of their debut Sex First, released via Bakerteam [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Voyag3r (pronounced Voyager Three) has released its debut album titled Doom Fortress. The album features six instrumental songs. What sets Voyag3r apart from its peers is that the band’s focus lies within the confines of soundtrack music from the ‘70s [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – After the days under the moniker of Black Country Communion, a supergroup that created an enormous buzz among the rock fans all around the globe, there comes a time to introduce another brainchild of Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham. With the [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – If you were a guitar player with solid chops and were looking to release an album that let you display them all, you’d want to put together something like Nick Miller’s debut release – Parallel Universe. This six-track EP gives the Aussie [...]
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