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by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Italian bass master, composer, and producer Alberto Rigoni has just released his sixth solo studio album entitled Duality, returning to his more Progressive-Funk-Fusion roots. This seven track instrumental release should be on the radar of anyone who sees [...]
by Derric Miller — Managing Editor— Straight outta Compton, no, make that Sweden, ColdSpell is back with A New World Arise, a sonic form of the “ice bucket challenge” to all the bands who are just going through the motions and releasing boring, rote, that [...]
by Don Higgins – Columnist — Thrill of a Lifetime was King Kobra’s second album in two years. Unfortunately, it caused more head scratching than head banging. In the early 1980’s drummer, Carmine Appice formed the Hard Rock band King Kobra. He, along with four other talented [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Many have clamored for Ritchie Blackmore to return his fire and brimstone days when he wielded his six-string Fender Strat fronting his band Rainbow. And in 2016, the unimaginable happened. Blackmore once again resurrected Rainbow. As always, a new lineup [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Shaman’s Harvest returns with the group’s sixth studio album, Red Hand Black Deeds, and second with Mascot Records. Red Hand Black Deeds features 14 songs, with underlying social and political themes, which is a direct response to the band writing the [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — It’s a shame really that such a hierarchy exists, but it does. At one end of the spectrum are the true heavyweights within the genre of Female-fronted Symphonic/Melodic Metal bands – Lacuna Coil, Leaves’ Eyes, After Forever, Epica, Xandria, [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Here’s an interesting recipe: take 4 powerhouse female vocalists, a talented (but sadly uncredited) studio band, and a mix of songs from pop to rock – then cut them loose. The ultimate result is Exit Eden, and they are debuting an 11 track release of [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor — This kind of album needed to be released today. Like literally, whatever day you read this … THAT day. If you are paying even the slightest bit of attention to the world today, everything kind of sucks. You know what doesn’t suck? Moonlight [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — For fans of Aldaria, Vanishing Point, Lords of Black, Astralion, or Sinbreed, Serious Black featuring members of some of the finest Power Metal bands around (Helloween, Blind Guardian, Tad Morose, Firewind), have released this new album, Magic, on [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — George Lynch and Oni Logan return, once again, with their latest Lynch Mob studio album titled The Brotherhood, released on Rat Pak Records. The current Lynch Mob lineup includes bassist Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Dokken, House of Lords) and drummer Jimmy [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — If “Theatrical Metal” ever becomes a fully recognized genre American rockers Seven Spires will be the picture next to the definition. This very talented Boston-based quartet are blazing a unique musical path, combining modern Melodic Metal with touches [...]
by Derric Miller — Managing Editor — (Disclosure: Hardrock Haven has been a strong supporter of Eden’s Curse members going back to before their debut. Bassist Paul Logue was introduced to and featured on Hardrock Haven with his earlier band Cry Havoc (review, interview), and when [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Poison meets L.A. Guns, Glam, and Sleaze … Julian Angel’s take on the ’80 Hard Rock scene is encapsulated within the confines of his latest studio album titled The Death of Cool. Known for his other band Beautiful Beast, Angel recent work on movie [...]
by Joe Mis — Sr. Columnist — It is difficult for a talented group of musicians to find inspiration for a handful of good albums, but in some cases lightning strikes – and then strikes again and again… The latter is definitely the case for the irrepressible Phil Vincent, who has [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — In general, the music industry in the early 1990s was dominated by the grunge invasion. Somewhat ironically, in Poland, the same period was marked by the emergence of a considerable number of new Hard Rock acts such as Fatum, Non Iron, Lessdress, [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — American rockers Edge of Paradise have been at it as a unit for six years – and it seems that their perseverance has finally paid off. The band’s dogged determination has landed them a well-deserved deal with Universal, and their new 5-track EP Alive [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — With a mix of Canadian and American band members is the female-fronted Insatia and its sophomore offering Phoenix Aflame released on the Pitch Black Records label. While not as sweeping and epic as Xandria, Sirenia, or After Forever, fans of [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — The Italian Symphonic Power Metal band Rhapsody of Fire, previously known as Rhapsody, returns with a new album and a new vocalist and drummer. Formed way back in ’93 by guitarist Luca Turilli and keyboardist Alex Staropoli, the group obviously had had to [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Fans of old school speed or Thrash Metal owe it to themselves to check out the latest release from the Serbian four-piece called Jenner. To Live Is To Suffer is not only a decent Thrash release but what makes it unusual is that Jenner is an all female group [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Senior Columnist — Gorgeous, dramatic, melodic, galloping, loud, bombastic, and ripe with the sounds of Power, Celtic, Progressive, Folk and Heavy Metal is Orden Ogan’s latest, Gunmen, released under the AFM Records label. And oh my god is this one astonishing [...]
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