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by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – With some rather interesting percussion decisions, this Texan trio packs enough hard rock huff ‘n’ puff to blow your house down. Their approach almost sounds gimmicky on paper: take the powerful riffs of modern hard rock, splice it with the [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – French guitar guru Christophe Godin continues on his cultural deconstruction mission with the trademark mixture of virtuosity and kooky humor. Most know Godin as the leader of the now legendary outfit Mörglbl – the most original, if not the [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – The band may hail from the land of pizza, pasta, and Pisa (as in, the Leaning Tower of), but their name summons up images of sleazy Sunset Strip glam-metal circa 1989. And there certainly are some glam-sleaze elements supplementing Beverly Killz’ [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – A collection of Ratt’s first five albums not only sums up the spirit of the Eighties, but also reminds us how much originality and sheer musical brilliance never received proper recognition from the industry. Ratt may have been multi-million [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – It’s been a minute since the last Heaven & Earth release. The band has been piloted by Stuart Smith since the ‘90s. And since 1998, Heaven & Earth has released two full-length albums; Stuart Smith’s Heaven & Earth 1998 and Windows [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – Most following the contemporary melodic rock scene are well aware of the Swedish female-fronted melodic hard rock group Alyson Avenue. Active in the early 2000s, Alyson Avenue released two highly regarded albums in Presence of Mind (2001) and Omega [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Back in 2002 when there was only one version of Great White, the band released Recover, an album of … covers! Collector’s Dream Records took it upon themselves to re-release the album under a different name with a slightly different track order. [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Shredguy Records’ latest release comes from instrumental shredder Tom Kopyto, whose first studio album, YTK, was released in 2000 and featured Michael Angelo Batio as executive producer. Kopyto has appeared on three compilation albums since then; Lion [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Shot Down? Get Up is the EP which will be released by the Polish guitarist Andrzej Citowicz (whom the Hardrock Haven readers had a chance to know via the interview posted a few months ago) on March 1. A self-sufficient and persistent musician, [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Mothership is a ‘70s hard rock-influenced, blues-based, heavy rock band. The band’s self-titled debut release is a 45-minute journey back in time with a focus on the bass, drums and guitar, along with the vocals. Mothership is a three-piece outfit, [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Are you looking for something to shake your speakers and rattle the windows? This latest album from melodic hard rockers Shakra has you covered. While the band may have better entries in its lengthy discography, this one is still pretty good and [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – It is possible for an album to be a disappointment and success at the same time. Take this latest release from Crashdiet; having made a name for themselves as the bad boys to beat in the Swedish sleaze-metal stakes courtesy of three anthem-filled [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Diamond Lil is another band from the Midlands in the U.K. It seems there is something in the water because Britain delivers up another quality rock band for your listening pleasure. The band’s humble beginnings for this incarnation of the band can be [...]
by Ron Higgins – Columnist – After working for two years in the legendary Abbey Road Studio with bassist and producer Chris Von Rohr, Swiss rockers Krokus are back! Their last release, the excellent 2010 Hoodoo, went platinum in their home country and this album is just as impressive. [...]
by Sherry Thomas – Columnist – South Africa’s Juggernaught has been making a name for themselves since their inception four years ago. Their debut album Act Of Goat was released in 2009 and the first pressing sold out in less than two months. In addition, they played over 300 [...]
by Sherry Thomas – Columnist – When some people hear the term “supergroup,” they assume it’s just a group of well-known musicians who are looking to make a quick buck. However, that is not the case with the power trio of dUg Pinnick (King’s X), Eric Gales (Eric Gales [...]
by Ron Higgins – Columnist – Legacy of Life is the debut album from drummer J.K. Impera’s self-titled band. Impera is a no-nonsense, no-keyboard, rock band with an impressive pedigree of musicians who have played with a veritable Who’s Who of rock. As would be expected from a group [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Hailing from the land of pizza and pasta, Naughty Whisper whip up a fairly tasty concoction of hard rock, metal, Goth, and sleaze that is topped off with impeccable modern production. It’s not going to blow your mind or anything like that, but it’s [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – It only took around 11 years, but the most talented band to come out of Sioux Falls, S.D. in over a decade finally released an album of original music — 26 songs to be exact. Well, not all are originals; each band member chose one cover song, so [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Guitarist Tore St Moren has spent the majority of his professional career as a member of Jorn. Since 1999, he also has worked in other bands, such as Rain, Street Legal, Carnivora and Arctutus. After years of working with the celebrated Jorn Lande, Tore St [...]
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