Hot off the Press

2015

Every year, Hardrock Haven staffers compile their Top 10 best releases. Our writers and photojournalists have diverse interests, allowing Hardrock Haven the ability to cover a broad spectrum of music. This is quite evident when you read through the varied selections for the year. Here are the [...]
by Chris A. – Sr. Photojournalist — Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister — 1945 – 2015 “Death is an inevitability, isn’t it? You become more aware of that when you get to my age. I don’t worry about it. I’m ready for it. When I go, I want to go doing [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — For the 22nd installment in their Bootcamp series, which spotlights overlooked new and vintage Metal demos, the Divebomb label set its sights on Wichita Falls, Texas-based band Obscene Jester. The hard working band made a name for themselves in the [...]
by Christophe Pauly – Senior Photojournalist — June 19-21, 2015 at Val de Moine Sport Complex in Clisson, France — France’s annual music festival, known to the world as Hellfest, marked its 10th anniversary this year. Featuring musical acts from the Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, [...]
by Zane Cash – Photojournalist – May 24, 2015 in Pryor, OK.– Rocklahoma 2015 wraps with day 3 featuring: Tesla, Breaking Benjamin, Queensryche, Of Mice & Men, The Winery Dogs, Motionless In White, Aranda, Otherwise, Islander, Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel and more [...]
by Steve Patrick – Senior Columnist — It seems that no modern rock band receives more hype and praise than Rival Sons. All of that attention is not only valid, but it’s been earned since their 2009 inception by doing things the old fashioned way: putting out great records and [...]
by Steve Patrick – Senior Columnist — Saturday, May 16th at Rock on the Range 2015 was the day when fans of old school British Heavy Metal should have been in heaven. Not only were Judas Priest the headlining performers on the main stage, but metal legends Saxon also played a brief, but [...]
by Steve Patrick – Senior Columnist — For many all over the globe, VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show provides news and information on their favorite hard rock and metal bands. Radio personality and music nerd Eddie Trunk helms the show along with co-hosts/comedians Jim Florentine and [...]
by Steve Patrick – Senior Columnist — Swedish metal legends In Flames often returned to Central Ohio to play their 2nd Rock on the Range on Saturday, May 16th. The band pioneered the genre of melodic death metal in the Gothenburg scene in the early 90’s. Nowadays, In Flames are [...]
by Zane Cash – Photojournalist – May 23, 2015 in Pryor, OK.– After raining most of the night, it was time for Day 2 of Rocklahoma 2015. Due to the amount of rain that soaked Pryor, Okla., throughout the night, most everyone began calling the festival “Rainlahoma” or [...]
by Steve Patrick – Senior Columnist — Breaking Benjamin are no strangers to the Rock on the Range stage. The band performed at the very first ROTR back in 2007. Since that time, the band has undergone some pretty drastic lineup changes, but the vocals and lyrics of Benjamin Burnley are [...]
by Steve Patrick – Senior Columnist — Swedish metallers Sabaton have played the United States numerous times over the last few years usually paired up with some of their European contemporaries, however, rarely are they presented with a challenge like playing in front of an American [...]
by Zane Cash – Photojournalist – May 22, 2015 in Pryor, OK.– Every Memorial Day weekend, music fans make their way to Pryor, Okla., for the biggest three-day party to take place in the middle of a cow pasture. Even with rain in the forecast for all three days, fans showed up with [...]
by Steve Patrick – Senior Columnist — Up-and-coming L.A. rock band Dorothy made their Ohio debut at this year’s Rock on the Range festival in Columbus. Currently the band only has a self-titled EP available to their fans, but a full-length debut record is on the horizon. [...]
by Steve Patrick – Senior Columnist — The members of Shaman’s Harvest are no strangers to the Rock on the Range stage. In 2010, the band played the festival for the first time in support of their album Shine. Now 5 years have passed and the band has made their triumphant return to [...]
by Steve Patrick – Senior Columnist — On Saturday May 16th, the new supergroup known as Saint Asonia played their first show in front of a live audience at the Rock on the Range music festival in Columbus, OH. Not too shabby for a first gig. Saint Asonia is made up of vocalist Adam [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — 2014 in Sabaton’s camp was a real trial of fire. After having introduced the new line-up to their audience with their live album Swedish Empire Live, they convinced the disbelievers with a full length studio effort Heroes. A year later, the [...]
by Chris A. – Senior Photojournalist — May 17, 2015 at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, OH. — Day 3 wrapped with the final wave of experienced ROTR veteran bands and many first time, up and comers closing the festival down with metallic ecstasy. Rock On The Range 2015: Day 3 Concert [...]
by Chris A. – Senior Photojournalist– May 16, 2015 at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, OH. — On day 2 the line up for Rock On The Range 2015 continued to showcase experienced ROTR veteran bands and many first time, up and comers. Rock On The Range 2015: Day 2 Concert Photo Gallery « [...]
by Chris A. – Senior Photojournalist — May 15, 2015 at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, OH. — America’s Greatest Rock Festival Does It Again For three consecutive years, America’s greatest rock festival, Rock On The Range, was completely sold out with over 100,000 rapid [...]
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