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On April 29, 2014, the new EDGUY album SPACE POLICE – Defenders Of The Crown will be released. The press has already praised the album as one of the best, most traditional and heaviest albums the band has ever recorded, getting top scores in all the relevant metal magazines. Now, the video [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Hardcore Superstar, the godfathers of the Swedish sleaze rock scene returned earlier this year with a new album, their ninth overall, titled C’Mon Take On Me. In the nearly 15 years since the band debuted, a whole wave of party rocking bands [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – The bearded German stoner rock/doom metal/heavy rock power trio Kadavar quickly followed-up their 2012 self-titled debut EP with the full-length Abra Kadavar, which was released earlier this year. Kadavar, which can be described as the German [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – The folks at Nuclear Blast have been on a roll lately, signing retro rock bands left and right, from Kadavar to Graveyard to Orchid. The latest addition to their roster is Austin-based Scorpion Child, who delivered their self-titled debut [...]
by Steve Patrick - Senior Columnist – When he’s not fronting the legendary thrash band Exodus, Rob Dukes is also the driving force behind the thrash revival outfit Generation Kill. Consisting of Dukes on vocals, Rob Moschetti (Pro-Pain, M.O.D.), Jason Trenzcer (Mutilation) and Jason [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – At this point we’re well into a new wave of old school heavy rock/stoner metal/doom metal/(insert your favorite term here) bands. It seems like legions of bearded heavy rockers are emerging from all corners of the globe to take up the [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – The Finnish five-piece, Children of Bodom, continues to surpass other Scandinavia metal bands. The evolution of these brutal musicians can be traced back to their debut release of Something Wild in 1997. They can still be thought of as something wild because of [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Formed in 2004, Enforcer honestly has brought back old-school, original metal. The band hails from Arvika, Sweden. In terms of modern and popular metal bands, Enforcer needs to be heard and should be in the musical forefront. The band’s sound is its own, but [...]
by Steve Patrick - Columnist – German thrash pioneers Destruction recently released their latest studio album Spiritual Genocide on Nuclear Blast. The record is a crushing declaration from the Teutonic band that they have no intention of slowing down even after 30 years in the music business. [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – The intro of the opening track makes you double-check you are listening to Hammerfall, not to Motely Crue’s “Shout at the Devil”. But seconds later there is no mistaking these power metal troopers for anyone else in the biz. Recorded at an open-air [...]
by Justin Gaines - News Editor/ Senior Columnist – Swedish retro hard rock band Graveyard didn’t waste any time getting their third album out. Lights Out is the band’s second release in two years and second release since signing to Nuclear Blast. Graveyard’s 2011 album Hisingen Blues [...]
by Trevor Portz - Columnist – In their 20+ years as a band, Finnish rockers The 69 Eyes have shifted from leather-clad, sleazy glam rock to leather-clad, dark Gothic rock. OK, maybe that isn’t a giant leap, but the change did secure their place as a noteworthy entity, rather than just [...]
by Trevor Portz - Columnist – Loved my many, thought too cheesy to enjoy by others, the tribe that is Ensiferum has been putting out folk-infused power metal for over a decade. They survived, and thrived, after front-man Jari Mäenpää left to pursue the brilliant Wintersun and, in fact, [...]
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 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 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 Justin Gaines Staff Writer – 2012 is a very interesting time for Swedish power metal band Sabaton. At a time when the band is arguably on top of the world – impressive sales numbers at home and abroad, steady touring and being one of the only real breakout power metal bands in the US [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer – Stones Grow Her Name is the latest evolutionary step from the Finnish power / progressive metal beast called Sonata Arctica. Evolution is the key word, as Sonata Arctica now blends almost equal parts symphonic metal in with the more familiar power / progressive [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer – Imaginaerum marks the return of Finnish symphonic metal pioneers Nightwish to active duty – their seventh studio release overall. Although they’ve been in existence since 1996, realistically this is the second album of the revamped post-Tarja Nightwish, so [...]
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