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by John Kindred - Publisher – Timewarp is Christian Muenzner’s first solo studio album. For the uninitiated, Muenzner is known in the death metal communities having worked with the bands like Necrophagist, Defeated Sanity and Obscura and Spawn of Obsession. Having appeared on seven studio [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – There was a time when the likes of White Lion, Poison and Warrant all ruled the airwaves. Their success spawned a throng of copycat bands, some pretty good, but most not so much. With the current retro vibe pushing for the return of the metallic hairspray, [...]
by Justin Gaines - News Editor – It’s been five years since the last Witchcraft album (2007’s The Alchemist) was released, and in that time the Swedish traditional/doom metal band more or less broke up, reformed with new members and switched record labels. Now signed to Nuclear Blast and [...]
by Justin Gaines - News Editor – Italian power/folk metal band Elvenking hasn’t had a very good track record lately. Their 2008 album Two Tragedy Poets (and a Caravan of Weird Figures) was a mostly acoustic detour, and 2010’s Red Silent Tides was completely mediocre and about as far [...]
by Justin Gaines - News Editor – Hailing from Puerto Rico, traditional/power metal band Sacred Guardian makes their debut this year with this self-titled full-length release. While you can’t always judge a book by its cover, any time you see an album cover with a fire-breathing dragon [...]
by Joe Mis - Columnist – Libertine is the upcoming solo release from Norwegian-born singer/songwriter Liv Kristine, who is more widely known as the lead singer for the symphonic folk metal powerhouse band Leaves’ Eyes and Theatre of Tragedy. Libertine is not a symphonic metal release by any [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – If you think musicians that blatantly mimic other musicians are nothing more than talentless bottom feeders, then you may want to avoid this latest album from Scum of the Earth, the band founded by ex-Rob Zombie guitarist Mike Riggs, who continues to kneel, [...]
by Justin Gaines - News Editor – When you consider the way the American heavy metal scene exploded in the mid ‘80s and then the thrash explosion of the late ‘80s, it’s obvious how some bands could be overlooked entirely by the larger metal scene, only to be rediscovered decades later. [...]
by Trevor Portz - Columnist – It’s been nearly 15 years since Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka hit the streets, an album that pushed South Carolina’s Egypt-obsessed Nile onto the top of the already large death metal pyramid. Since then, they’ve continued to carry the torch for [...]
by Justin Gaines - News Editor – Swedish gothic metal band The Murder of My Sweet is back with a new album, their second full-length, which is titled Bye Bye Lullaby. In the two years since their 2010 debut Divanity was released, the band has gone through some changes, notably a new guitarist [...]
by Justin Gaines - News Editor – It seems like every year enterprising labels manage to dig up previously unreleased material from lesser known ‘80s rock bands. More often than not, you can tell right away why no one had released it until now. The Eonian label has earned a reputation for [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – As the Olympics have finally come to a close, Dokken is also going for the gold with the much-anticipated release of their 11th studio release Broken Bones. For three decades Dokken has remained a very popular touring act selling over 10 million albums [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – With cover art showing a close-up of a woman’s leather-clad ass, member names like Nazzty, Roxx, Crash, and Sin, and song titles like “Hands of Rock” and “Wild at Heart,” nobody will mistake Excess All Areas for the latest Rush CD. This debut from [...]
by Joe Mis - Columnist – Australia’s power metal specialists Black Majesty have recently released their fifth studio album entitled Stargazer. This eagerly anticipated follow up to 2010’s In Your Honour cements the hard working quartet firmly into the realm of power metal pioneers. Black [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist – Legends is the debut offering from Austrian power metal band Dragony. The album was originally self-released in late 2011 by the band, but has been picked up for larger distribution by the Limb label. Given Dragony’s old school melodic power metal [...]
by Joe Mis - Columnist – David J. Caron’s debut release, entitled Thru Ever Ending Black, is an ambitious one. Not only does the Irish/Italian musician play every instrument and handle all vocals on the album, but he does so over a whopping 28-track, 2 CD release. Caron’s primary [...]
by Trevor Portz - Columnist – Another year, another Korpiklaani album… it would seem the masters of Finnish polka metal are intent on keeping a rigorous album release schedule rarely seen these days. If you look through the Hardrock Haven review archives, you’ll see a very positive review [...]
by Cameron Edney - Guest Columnist – Bay area Thrash Metal legends are back with album number ten, and they’re holding nothing back! Previously releasing one of the best metal albums of the past decade The Formation of Damnation set the tone for something special with this killer follow-up. [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Underneath the armor of crusty death metal clichés which have long lost their initial meaning and value, there is tearing emotion and true human sorrow seeping through conventions on Gojira’s new release. After 4 albums under its belt, the band is [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – The list of successful Aussie rock bands is a long one. There’s AC/DC, there’s INXS, there’s…uh…um…well, okay, maybe the list isn’t that long after all. But there’s a decent chance that in the not too distant future you will be able to add [...]
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