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by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s been nearly 30 years since the debut album from Danish cult heavy metal act Witch Cross was released, but the newly reformed band is finally back with a follow-up, titled Axe To Grind. Only bassist Jan Normark and guitarist Mike [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – The Science-Fiction melodic metal fanatics from Norway, Keldian, are back with their third studio effort, Outbound. Albeit they took half a decade off between their second and third releases, distance does really make the heart grow fonder because [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – The more you have to say, the less notes you play. Aleks Sever proves this adage with knowing elegance on her debut instrumental album released last September. Each phrase she plays is poised at a high-strung distance from the next, and the result [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Symphonies of the Night marks the triumphant return of Leaves’ Eyes to the symphonic metal arena. Take everything about Leaves’ Eyes and magnify it – this means bigger vocals, tighter performances, heavier riffs, and of course, more power. This [...]
by Ron Higgins – Columnist – After taking a three year hiatus and losing founding member and band namesake Michael Eden, Eden’s Curse are back with an impressive melodic metal masterpiece for their 4th full-length album. For the uninitiated, Eden’s Curse began as a studio project [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Danish melodic/progressive metal band Royal Hunt is back with a new album, their 12th overall, titled A Life To Die For. The band has been busy of late. The last couple of years have seen the return of fan favorite vocalist DC Cooper, a [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Now Or Never’s self-titled debut finds a group of musicians, already masters of their craft through various stints in other bands, joining forces to fuse hard rock and heavy metal together in storming fashion. “Reach Out For The Sky” is a sensational [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – Live footage of this recently hatched supergroup performing in Tilburg, Holland has been shot with unpretentious good taste. And it transparently shows that Steve Morse remains this outfit’s main draw. His jazz fusion erudition may be somewhat [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Metal Church is not one of those bands you’d call “political,” at least not outright. But if you go back to songs like “Deafening Hypocrisy,” “Ivory Towers,” “More Than Your Master,” and even existential songs like “Blinded by [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – Dario Lorina has been turning heads on the guitar aficionado circuits for years. First as an awkward, but technically brilliant teenage virtuoso with amateur clips on YouTube, then (at 16) as the late Jani Lane’s underage axeman, and now as the [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – Punk princess Avril Lavigne returns to the scene with her fifth self-titled studio release. The album finds Avril collaborating with Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger. The self-titled release features the edge punk vibe along with heart tugging ballads that [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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