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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 [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer – Requiem For The Indifferent is the latest release from veteran Dutch rockers Epica. Founded in 2002, this female-fronted symphonic-orchestral-progressive-death-Gothic-metal group continues to refine and perfect its somewhat over-the-top sound in what is the band’s [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – In the international music industry of today, releasing a standard CD is all that is expected. Single or EP releases seem a thing of the past for metal in particular, but really it has more to do with the band in question. A lesson learned through the case [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – German heavy-melodic-metal legends Rage are back with their brand new album 21, that’s how many studio works they have put out since their formation in 1985. One has to hand it to Rage, they have been through the various twists and turns of the music [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – And just when you thought major labels no longer invest on newcomer acts, comes Battle Beast. The plainly titled Steel is their debut album, issued by Nuclear Blast in an attempt to increase their slice of the pie labeled as New Wave of Traditional Heavy [...]
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