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by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Welcome to the new era of blues guitar. Since Sister Rosetta Tharpe we haven’t had a female guitarist of Joanne Shaw Taylor’s spirit and drive, and since SRV we haven’t had a blues player with such a gift for improvisation. As the saying goes, you [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Andrzej Citowicz, the Polish guitarist Hardrock Haven readers should already be quite familiar with, is striking back again – this time, with a bit of Christmas spirit. A smart move, it seems – with holiday season soon to come, even the most orthodox [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Here is one of the best releases of 2013: an old obscure record by a little-known metal band with some even more obscure bonus tracks featuring Cliff Burton. The band is Trauma – one of Bay Area thrash pioneers of the early 80s, and Scratch and Scream [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – If you’re a fan of female-fronted modern hard rock, then hearing a band described as “Halestorm meets Evanescence” probably makes you drool like an insane asylum inmate jacked up on Thorazine. That’s the sound the Jessica Prouty Band (JPB) is [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – These days when rock is losing its Dionysian steam and ditches its earnest romanticism, other genres lure in those looking for some back-to-the-basics essentials. The Stimulators may not aim at cutting-edge experimentation, but the way they warm your [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Sweeney and Voss are back! Their “pakk” again comprises a good few of the most respectable names in hard rock and metal – this time the list includes the likes of Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Johnny Gioeli (Axel Rudi Pell, Hardline), Doogie White [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – San Diego based band Benedictum is gearing up for their fourth studio release Obey on Frontiers Records in North America on Dec. 3. Benedictum was first discovered by Dio guitarist Craig Goldy. He later referred the band to Jeff Pilson who produced their debut [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Start @ One is the last release from Killer Dwarfs. The legendary Canadian band has reformed to support the release of this “lost” studio album. Start @ One was originally recorded in ’93 with producer/engineer Fred Duvall and featured the same lineup that [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Once again, Billy Sherwood of Yes fame has assembled a group of some of the biggest names in progressive rock under the moniker of The Prog Collective. The contributors include John Wetton (Asia), Alan Parsons, Chris Squire (Yes), Rick Wakeman, Nik Turner [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Sooner or later there was bound to be a band that looked at Rhapsody and Hammerfall and said “yeah, we can be even cheesier than that.” That time has come, and the band to deliver the next level of over the top fantasy-based power metal is [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield and CSN fame teams up with fellow classic rock vet Barry Goldberg and young guitar gun Kenny Wayne Shepherd to refresh some vintage oldies and to concoct some originals. If the cover doesn’t tip you off, then the [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Female fronted pop punk and rock bands have always existed, but it seems that since Paramore exploded onto the scene nearly ten years ago now, this formula for success has produced an overpopulated sub-genre that is sometimes lacking in diversity. The Nearly Deads, [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – This polished combination of smooth jazz, pop, rock, and fusion should be at the top of this year’s compulsory viewing of each guitar nerd on the planet. And I’m talking about rockers especially, because if you’re a rock fan looking for a first [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Well that old cliché’ does not ring true in this case. As music fans worldwide can now enjoy the performance of Def Leppard live at The Joint forever. It seems the going trend these days for ‘80s bands to take up [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – Being a Christian metal band, Stryper undoubtedly eschews lying, so when they claim No More Hell To Pay is their best album ever, you want to believe they aren’t selling you a barrel of bullshit. Luckily, opinions are subjective, so any statement [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – The First’s second album Take Courage is sure to send this rock quintet into the big league. Hailing from the small UK market town of Wisbech on the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire border, The First follow in the footsteps of Deaf Havana and Mallory Knox to prove [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – If the Heaven & Hell Records roster can be said to have a type, it’s probably a hybrid of thrash and power metal sounds with a strong ‘80s influence. Bands like Ancient Creation, Seventh Calling and Core Device all fit that mold, as [...]
by Jonna Ambur - Senior Photojournalist – Described as a “fictional horror story where each song communicates a portion of the overall narrative,” Noctum’s Final Sacrifice, offers clear, solid vocals, rippin’ guitar solos and creative riffs supported by a rhythm section that holds [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Siren’s Cry is the latest band to make their way into the now crowded symphonic power metal scene with their debut full length album entitled Scattered Horizons. The Austrian band’s music is a melding of symphonic, progressive, and power metal, and [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Once again a strong Canadian Wind is blowing – this time it is a reunited Harem Scarem delivering a solid and complete re-recording of their classic 1993 album Mood Swings. With a fresh and clean sound plus three new tracks, Mood Swings II should appeal [...]
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