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HardrockHaven.net by Managing Editor - 2d ago

by Derric Miller — Managing Editor — Just in case you haven’t been paying attention, Tad Morose’s first studio album Leaving the Past Behind came out in 1993. For a band that has never really gotten their due for their mix of victorious German Metal mixed with Swedish Progressive tendencies, the band just keeps on keepin’ on. Proof of that is with their new studio release Chapter X, an amazingly versatile, heavy and accomplished album even the most cynical critic would have a tough time finding a lowlight on … unless they are big fat liars, that is. The band’s last release, St. Demonius, was a bit underwhelming. Tad Morose on their worst day couldn’t write a bad song, but with such a discography behind them, the bar was set extremely high. With Chapter X, they’ve set the bar higher than it’s ever been, and then some … Somewhat ironically, perhaps, the album begins with “Apocalypse.” If you remember lead singer Ronny Hemlin from his Steel Attack days, he always had the sheer power to bring the Metal, but he wasn’t always the most controlled technical singer. Basically, his full voice and head resonance wasn’t fully developed, albeit if he [...]
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HardrockHaven.net by John Kindred - 4d ago

by Chris Willow — Guest Columnist — Exclusive interview with Doogie White – ex-Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow vocalist Doogie White is one of the best classic heavy rock vocalists in the world. The range, flexibility, melodic and characteristic strong voice with a cracking bottom and sharp high note place him in the finest line of hard rock singers like Ronnie Dio, Bon Scott, David Coverdale, Graham Bonnet and Ian Gillan just to name a few. He started his career with his own Band ‘La Paz and after he joined melodic Rock band Midnight Blue and Praying Mantis and finally was noticed by Ritchie Blackmore and recorded the last ever Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow studio album called ‘ Stranger In Us All’ in 1995. He was doing very well and manage to sing properly and within his heart many Deep Purple songs and previous Rainbow songs. This Scottish vocalist sings with passion, sings truly, sings like a Scotsman in the battlefield, brave and loud and his characteristic voice cuts like a knife. After leaving Blackmore’s Rainbow in 1997. He was taking part in numerous live and studio projects with many iconic artists like Jon Lord (R.I.P), Yngwie Malmsteen and Michael Schenker. He was [...]
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HardrockHaven.net by John Kindred - 5d ago

by Arta Gailuma — Photojournalist — July 4, 2018, at The Asylum in Birmingham, UK — Nearly every time I see a gem of a band at The Asylum in Birmingham, the room is pretty empty. Brummies, you’ve got no idea what you’re missing out on! One of those bands, that most definitely need to be seen live is the Australian group Voyager, who, as usual, put on a brilliant, fun and very energetic show. Prog Metal fans, put this band on your “to see” list! Two local bands as supports: Progressive Metal band from Birmingham – A Titan, A Deity Alternative Rock band from Lemington Spa _ Endercast Voyager Concert Photo Gallery [See image gallery at hardrockhaven.net] Band: Daniel Estrin – vocals, keys Simone Dow – guitars Scott Kay – guitars Alex Canion – bass, vocals Ashley Doodkorte – drums Websites: www.voyager-australia.com www.facebook.com/voyageraustralia/ www.facebook.com/ATitanADeity/ www.facebook.com/Endercasttheband
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by Karen Compere — Journalist — Crystal Viper’s latest studio album, Queen of The Witches, was just recently released, but the Polish band came back with a fantastic EP titled, At The Edge Of Time. Released June 29 via AFM records and available in multiple formats, including digital download, streaming, and 10-inch vinyl. The EP includes five new recordings from the Heavy Metal band. As it is a short 20 minute EP, the songs come together in a way that makes perfect sense. The album kicks off to a fantastic start with the title track, “At The Edge of Time.” It’s a fast-paced Metal track with the sweetly melodic voice of Marta Gabriel floating on the track in a mesmerizing way. The lead into “When The Sun Goes Down” is a well thought out version as well. A version of “When The Sun Goes Down” was on the previous album, but this new iteration is called the ‘Giallo Version.’ This version features a church organ that makes the listener pay close attention before the heavy guitars kick into gear. It’s Polish language twin, “Zwiastun Burzy,” while the same song the feel of it is different in another language. “When Are [...]
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by Franco Cerchiari — Sr. Journalist — While some have lumped Redemption into the genre of Progressive Rock and Metal, they are in fact, difficult to pigeonhole. Certainly there are characteristics of this incredible band’s music that does fall within the realm of the Progressive, they, along with others who possess the ability to fuse many different genres within their music, (Evergrey, Threshold, Pagan’s Mind, Sun Caged,) Redemption has once again come up with a stellar release titled Long Night’s Journey Into Day, released on the Metal Blade Records label. The follow up to 2016’s excellent The Art Of Loss, the boys of Redemption have taken a sensitive matter and written a collection of songs that cause the listener to think about the lyrics and what it is they would feel if they too were subjected to the musical topic at hand. Getting their CD name from the Eugene O’Neill’s play “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” a somber, affecting performance about the crumbling of a family overwhelmed with addiction, Redemption has said of their album title, “….we inverted the phrasing of the title to show what Redemption’s message is all about. It’s a journey and at times a struggle. But [...]
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HardrockHaven.net by John Kindred - 1w ago

by Anabel DFlux — Sr. Photojournalist — Anabel DFlux had a great time catching up with party punk band We Are Wasted, based out of Santa Clarita, California. From songs about having a great time, getting the crowd boozed up, We Are Wasted is a wild ride and one you don’t want to miss! The group chatted about their musical endeavors as a whole, their live performances (including their epic show with Buckcherry), current album, and what’s coming next for them. We Are Wasted is Dylan Breen, Ryan Fulkerson, Josh Saunders, Tim Falco … Anabel: Hey hey! Thanks so much for chatting with me today! How are you? DYLAN: Super! Thanks for asking! RYAN: Doing good. TIM: I’m/We’re doing great! So happy to be here today and thank YOU for having us! Anabel: I just have to chime in here- your band name is such a fun one! What have been the most amusing comments or questions you’ve heard in regard to your name? DYLAN: The name definitely flows with our lifestyle! Most people love it and want to come party with us, Others think it will hold us back from “making it” but we’re happy with the direction the [...]
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HardrockHaven.net by John Kindred - 1w ago

by Arta Gailuma — Photojournalist — July 1, 2018 at Mote Park in Maidstone, UK– With a different time slot this year, the end of June and the beginning July, instead of the usual end of July; Ramblin’ Man Fair was taking over for a weekend the beautiful Maidstone Park which is one of the largest in South East England with more than 450 acres of parkland and a 30- acre lake, great connections to London and perfect for close and far festival goers. In its first three years, Ramblin’ Man Fair has already managed to hostnames like Scorpions, Dream Theater, Whitesnake, Black Stone Cherry, ZZ Top, Black Star Riders and plenty others. Festivals forth edition had Mott The Hoople and The Cult headlining the main stage. A family-friendly, well-organized festival with a very relaxed atmosphere. A large parkland area with catering vans, market stalls, three stages and lots of space to chill. Definitely not a festival for going crazy- don’t expect moshpits or streams of crowd surfers, nevertheless great atmosphere. The only downside was the constantly clashing bands. There were quite a few people around wanting to see two or even three artists playing at the same time, but [...]
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HardrockHaven.net by John Kindred - 2w ago

by John Kindred — Publisher — June 29, 2018 at The Scene in Independence, MO. — Guitar legend George Lynch returned to Independence with his band Lynch Mob. The band consistently is an ever-changing lineup of musicians, which currently features bassist Sean McNabb, drummer Scott Cogan and vocalist Nathan Utz. The crowd of fans waited eagerly and patiently for Lynch to take the stage. Preceded by three opening bands, Lynch Mob took the stage at 11 pm and performed a balanced set of Dokken and Lynch Mob classics, the band rocked the house for an hour and a half playing 15 songs. Quite the blast from the past, absolutely no filler tracks here, excluding the cover of “Red House” the set was split evenly between seven Dokken and seven Lynch Mob songs. Nathan Utz recently took over vocal duties for Oni Logan, with big shoes to fill; he handled lead vocals originally sung by Don Dokken, Oni and Robert Mason with relative ease. Scott Cogan brought a whole lot of energy to the stage bashing away on his drum kit, providing backing vocals and taking center stage for Dokken’s “Unchain the Night.” The group’s performance of “When Heaven Comes Down” [...]
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The autumn weather usually brings cool weather, but this autumn on the east coast of the USA, things are going to heat up with the Guitarmageddon tour … featuring three virtuoso guitar players shredding up the stage with their guitar heroics! Joe Stump, David Mercado (Shadow Eden) and Desiree Bassett will be headlining this tour, a must for those who enjoy melodic shred guitar. According to ShredGuy Artist, David Mercado, “Years of hard work, constant touring and the lineup change have made 2018 a watershed year for SHADOW EDEN and our most successful to date …” The year started with three scheduled demo performances at the Morley/ Ebtech exhibit during Winter NAMM. Appearing alongside such monster axe-slingers as George Lynch, Kiko Loureiro, and Mark Tremonti, helped David Garner the attention of Sam Ash corporate who approached David about doing clinics for the music retail giant. “I’m extremely grateful for this awesome opportunity and Morley pedals was eager to sponsor the clinics. The response to the Morley clinics went so well, I decided to put together my own tour called ‘Guitarmageddon.” David explains, “I’m a huge fan of and grateful to YouTube for the help it gives emerging artists to showcase [...]
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by Franco Cerchiari — Sr. Journalist — Some 11 years after 2007’s Appointment With Death comes the polished, cleaner version of Lizzy Borden, titled My Midnight Things the album has been released on the Metal Blade Records label. Formed in 1983 by lead singer “Lizzy Borden” and his brother Joey Scott, the moniker came from the infamous ax-wielding woman who was tried (and acquitted) in the murder of her parents in 1812. My Midnight Things hits (for the most part) on all the right chords, with the songs being musically tight, melodious, most of which are accessible, cheerful, and upbeat and with a certain bit of surprise the keyboards taking a more prominent place than heard on past releases. Heavy guitar riffs are plentiful, but certainly on the hardest song on the release “Our Love Is God.” Overall though, coming across almost not as heavy as that which is heard on Appointment With Death, the sounds heard here rest somewhere between Melodic Metal with elements of Melodic Hard Rock. Starting strong, My Midnight Things is a fun album to turn up loud, sing along to but as the album plays out, the latter half of the record just doesn’t unite [...]
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