Artists (H)

Habu

– To The Stars (2014) NOT RATED


Hackensack

– Up the Hardway (1974) 3.50 stars


Haikara

– Haikara (1972) NOT RATED


Haken

– Aquarius (2010) 4.50 stars
– Visions (2011) 4.50 stars
– The Mountain (2013) 4.50 stars
– Restoration (2014) 4.50 stars
– Affinity (2016) 4.00 stars

In my opinion, Haken is one of the best and most creative newer Prog-Metal bands around. The music includes many influences, and the overall talent is amazing. Often breathtaking and brilliant, the albums are quite diverse with long, complicated tracks, atmospheric and moody at times, in-your-face and slamming at other times, and generally Haken includes a treasure trove of styles woven together into a style all its own.


Half Past Four

– Land of the Blind (2016) NOT RATED


Halo Tora

– When The Bones Shake (2013) NOT RATED


Hamadryad

– Conservation of Mass (2001) 4.00 stars
– Safe in Conformity (2005) NOT RATED
– Intrusion (2010) 4.00 stars
– The Black Hole (2017) NOT RATED

A better-than-average Canadian band with heavy Yes influences on its debut album, especially considering the lead vocalist (debut album only) sounds almost exactly like Jon Anderson and the keyboards (Hammond, Moog, and classic Mellotron) seem straight out of the Rick Wakeman playbook. For fans of classic Yes , as well as for those craving more from Glass Hammer and other contemporary acts of similar style, Hamadryad might just be a band you’ll also appreciate when it comes to its debut.

But beware, the second and third albums sound very little like Yes due to a change in the lead singer—his lower range and somewhat gruffer, lazier, and less precise style, somewhat remind me of a cross between Francis Dunnery (It Bites) and Peter Gabriel (Genesis)—and the beefing up of the guitars with more unique keyboard sounds (as opposed to the Wakeman-esque vintage sounds). But considering the drastic change of overall style, these albums are also quite decent. I do, however, prefer the style of the debut. Regardless, I’m hoping for more material in the future.


HammerFall

– Legacy of Kings (1998) 3.50 stars
– Crimson Thunder (2002) 3.50 stars


Hammerforce

– Dice (2009) 3.50 stars


Hand

Kintsugi (2014) 2.00 stars


Hands

– Hands (1996) 4.00 stars
– Twenty Five Winters (2002) 4.00 stars
– Strangelet (2008) 4.00 stars


Hangar

– Infallible (2009) 4.00 stars


Hangover Paradise

– Mirrors (2013) 4.00 stars
– Out Of Sight (2017) NOT RATED


Hanoi Rocks

– Bangkok Shocks Saigon Shakes Hanoi Rocks (1981) 3.50 stars
– Oriental Beat (1982) 3.50 stars
– Self Destruction Blues (1982) 3.50 stars
Back to Mystery City (1983) 4.00 stars
Two Steps From the Move (1984) 4.50 stars
– All Those Waisted Years (1984) 4.00 stars
– Twelve Shots on the Rocks (2002) 4.00 stars
– Another Hostile Takeover (2005) 4.00 stars
– Street Poetry (2007) 4.00 stars


Happy the Man

– Happy the Man (1977) 4.00 stars
– Crafty Hands (1978) 4.00 stars

When I listen to albums by this band, I’m somehow reminded of the lighter, jazzier tunes off of Jean-Luc Ponty’s best releases (Cosmic Messenger-era), only without the actual violin itself. Add a touch of bands such as Camel or some Canterbury Prog-Rock groups along with some spacier elements from instrumental acts such as Ozric Tentacles, and that’s pretty much what Happy The Man delivers. Nothing overly exciting, mind you, but more than pleasant.


Hardline

– Double Eclipse (1992) 3.50 stars


Hard Stuff

Bulletproof (1972) 4.00 stars


Harem Scarem

– Harem Scarem (1991) 4.00 stars
– Mood Swings (1993) 4.00 stars
– Human Nature (2007) 4.00 stars
– Hope (2008) 4.00 stars


Harlequin

– Victim of a Song (1979) NOT RATED


Harlequin Mass

– Harlequin Mass (1978) 3.50 stars


Harllequin

– Archangel Asylum (2008) 3.50 stars


Harlow

Harlow (1990) 4.50 stars


Harmonium

– Harmonium (1974) NOT RATED
– Les Cinq Saisons (1975) NOT RATED


Harmony

– Dreaming Awake (2003) 4.50 stars
– Chapter II: Aftermath (2008) 4.50 stars
– Theatre of Redemption (2014) 4.00 stars


Hartmann

– 3 (2009) 4.00 stars
– Balance (2012) 4.00 stars


Harvest

– Underground Community (2009) 3.50 stars
– Chasing Time (2012) 3.50 stars
– Northern Wind (2014) 3.50 stars


Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion

– Future Past (2010) 4.50 stars
– Powerplay (2012) 4.00 stars
– HFMC (2015) NOT RATED


Hatfield and the North

– Hatfield and the North (1974) 4.00 stars
– The Rotters’ Club (1975) 4.50 stars

See my “Hatfield and the North – An Overview” for more information.


Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate

– Broken But Still Standing (2017) NOT RATED


Hawk

– Africa She Too Can Cry (1972) NOT RATED


Hawkwind

– In Search of Space (1971) 3.00 stars
– Space Ritual (1973) 3.00 stars
– Hall of the Mountain Grill (1974) 3.00 stars


Haze

In the End: 1978-88 (1993) 3.00 stars


HB

Frozen Inside (2008) 3.00 stars


Head East

– Flat as a Pancake (1974) 4.00 stars
– Get Yourself Up (1976) 3.50 stars
– Gettin’ Lucky (1977) 4.00 stars
– Head East (1978) 4.00 stars
Live! (1979)
– A Different Kind of Crazy (1979) 3.50 stars
– U.S. 1 (1980) 2.50 stars
– Onward and Upward (1982) 2.50 stars


Head With Wings

– From Worry To Shame (2018) NOT RATED


Headpins

– Turn It Loud (1982) 4.00 stars
– Line of Fire (1983) 4.00 stars
– Head Over Heels (1985) 3.50 stars

See my “Headpins – An Overview” for more information.


Heads or Tales

– Eternity Becomes a Lie (1995) 3.50 stars


Headspace

– I Am Anonymous (2012) 4.50 stars
– All That You Fear Is Gone (2016) 4.50 stars

The band features both Adam Wakeman (son of Rick) on keyboards, and Damian Wilson (Threshold, Landmarq, etc.) on vocals…two reasons enough for me to have grabbed the albums the moment they came out. Excellent Prog-Metal!


Heart

– Dreamboat Annie (1976) 4.00 stars
– Little Queen (1977) 4.00 stars
– Magazine (1978) 3.50 stars
Dog & Butterfly (1978) 4.00 stars
– Bébé le Strange (1980) 3.50 stars
– Private Audition (1982) 3.00 stars
– Passionworks (1983) 4.00 stars
– Heart (1985) 4.50 stars
– Bad Animals (1987) 3.50 stars
– Brigade (1990) 3.50 stars
– Rock the House Live! (1991) 3.50 stars
– Desire Walks On (1993) 3.00 stars
– Jupiter’s Darling (2004) 3.50 stars


Heartbreakers

L.A.M.F. (1977) 4.00 stars


Heart of Cygnus

Over Mountain, Under Hill (2009) 4.00 stars


Heart of Sun

– Heart of Sun (2007) 4.50 stars


H.e.a.t

– H.e.a.t (2008) NOT RATED
– Freedom Rock (2010) 4.50 stars
– Address the Nation (2012) 4.00 stars
– Tearing Down the Walls (2014) 4.50 stars


Heat (DE)

– Old Sparky (2012) NOT RATED
– Labyrinth (2014) NOT RATED
– Day In, Day Out (2016) NOT RATED
– Night Trouble (2017) NOT RATED


Heather Findlay Band

– I Am Snow (2016) 3.50 stars


Heaven & Earth

– Windows to the World (2000) 4.00 stars
– A Taste of Heaven (2004) 4.00 stars
Dig (2013) 4.00 stars


Heaven & Hell

– The Devil You Know (2009) 4.00 stars


Heavenfall

– 7 Sins (2011) 4.00 stars


Heavenly

– Coming From the Sky (2000) 3.50 stars
– Dust to Dust (2004) 4.00 stars
– Virus (2006) 4.00 stars
– Carpe Diem (2009) 4.00 stars


Heavens Edge

– Heavens Edge (1990) 3.50 stars


Heavy Bones

– Heavy Bones (1992) 4.00 stars


Heavy Pettin

– Rock Ain’t Dead (1985) 3.00 stars


Heavy Water Experiments

– Heavy Water Experiments (2008) NOT RATED


Hedersleben

– Orbit (2017) NOT RATED


Heir Apparent

– One Small Voice (1989) 4.00 stars


HeKz

– Caerus (2014) 4.50 stars
– Invicta (2018) NOT RATED


Heliopolis

City of the Sun (2014) 4.50 stars


Helix

– White Lace & Black Leather (1981) 3.00 stars
– No Rest for the Wicked (1983) 3.50 stars
– Walkin’ the Razor’s Edge (1984) 3.50 stars
– Long Way to Heaven (1985) 4.00 stars
– Wild in the Streets (1987) 4.00 stars
– Back for Another Taste (1990) 3.50 stars


Hellcats

– Hellcats (1982) 3.50 stars


Hellfield

Hellfield (1978) 4.00 stars
– Night Music (1979) 3.50 stars


Hellion

– Hellion (1983) 3.00 stars
– Screams in the Night (1987) 3.00 stars


Helloween

– Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I (1987) 3.50 stars
– Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II (1988) NOT RATED


Hemina

– Synthetic (2011) 4.00 stars
– Nebulae (2014) 4.00 stars
– Venus (2016) NOT RATED

To me, the band’s second album (Nebulae) is not quite so heavy, therefore I place it more into the Progressive Rock genre. All of Hemina’s albums, however, are quite good, so fans of the Prog-Metal genre who don’t mind the lighter moments would probably enjoy all the band’s releases.


Henceforth

– Henceforth (2005) 3.00 stars


Henning Pauly

– Babysteps (2006) 4.00 stars


Herd Of Instinct

– Herd Of Instinct (2011) NOT RATED
– Conjure (2013) NOT RATED
– Drone Priest (2017) NOT RATED


Hericane Alice

– Tear the House Down (1990) 3.00 stars


Herman Frank

– Loyal to None (2009) 3.50 stars
– Right in the Guts (2012) 4.00 stars
– The Devil Rides Out (2016) 4.00 stars


Heylel

– Shades of Time (2017) NOT RATED


Hidden Lands

– Lycksalighetens Ö (2014) 3.50 stars
– Halcyon (2017) NOT RATED


Hidden Lapse

– Redemption (2017) NOT RATED


High Spy

– Paralysed and Hypnotised (2015) NOT RATED


High Tide

– Sea Shanties (1969) NOT RATED


High Wheel

– 1910 (1993) 4.00 stars


Highway Chile

– Rockarama (1985) 3.00 stars


Hills

– Master Sleeps (2011) NOT RATED


Hillward

Flies in Amber Stones (2015) 3.50 stars


Hittman

– Hittman (1988) 4.00 stars
– Vivas Machina (1993) 4.00 stars


Hollow

– Modern Cathedral (1998) 3.50 stars


Hollow Earth

– Out Of Atlantis (2017) NOT RATED


Hollow Water

– Rainbow’s End (2016) NOT RATED


Hollowmind

– Soundscape of Emotions (2007) 3.50 stars


Hollowscene

– Hollowscene (2018) NOT RATED


Holly Woods

– Live It Up! (2007) 3.50 stars


The Hollywood Stars

– The Hollywood Stars (1977) 2.50 stars


Holy Barbarians

– Cream (1996) 3.00 stars


Holy Grail

– Ride the Void (2013) 3.00 stars


HolyHell

– Apocalypse (2007) 3.50 stars
– Holyhell (2009) 4.00 stars

Maria Breon has one hell of a voice! (Or should that be one “HolyHell” of a voice?) Regardless, her voice is the highlight of the band’s self-titled release. Although she possesses the operatic quality of other female vocalists in groups with similar styles, she doesn’t overuse this technique, adopting instead a more straightforward vocal approach on most of the tracks. Similarly, the band has the chops to add flourishes of Progressive and Symphonic Rock throughout, yet also doesn’t stray too far from a pure-Metal style, with all tracks having strong melodies and (dare I say) hummable choruses. Additionally, the production is top-notch, and considering the backgrounds of the various musicians involved, the material comes across as a highly professional from a band with longevity instead of being “new.” This is one band to watch!


Holy Lamb

– Salt Of The Earth (1999) 3.50 stars
– Gyrosophy (2015) NOT RATED


Holy Serpent

– Holy Serpent (2015) NOT RATED
– Temples (2016) NOT RATED


Holy Soldier

Holy Soldier (1990) 3.50 stars


Homunculus Res

Come si diventa ciò che si era (2015) 3.50 stars
– Della Stessa Sostanza Dei Sogni (2018) NOT RATED


Honeymoon Suite

– Honeymoon Suite (1984) 3.00 stars
– The Big Prize (1985) 3.50 stars
– Racing After Midnight (1988) 4.00 stars


Horakane

– Eternal Infinity (2001) 3.50 stars


Horizontal Ascension

– Horizontal Ascension (2015) NOT RATED


Host

– Hardt Mot Hardt (1976) NOT RATED


Höstsonaten

– Höstsonaten (1997) 4.00 stars
– Mirrorgames (1998) 4.00 stars
– Springsong (2001) 2.50 stars


Hot Tuna

– Yellow Fever (1975) 3.00 stars


Hounds

– Unleashed (1978) 4.00 stars
– Puttin’ on the Dog (1979) 3.00 stars


Hourglass

– The Journey Into (2002) 4.50 stars
– Subconscious (2004) 4.50 stars
– Oblivious to the Obvious (2009) 4.50 stars

On the releases The Journey Into and Subconscious, Hourglass isn’t ‘quite as heavy as the music that appears on Oblivious to the Obvious, therefore, for the most part, I prefer to label the group as Progressive Rock instead of Prog-Metal.


House of Lords

– House of Lords (1988) 4.50 stars
– Sahara (1990) 3.50 stars
– Demons Down (1992) 3.50 stars
– World Upside Down (2006) 4.50 stars
– Come to My Kingdom (2008) 4.00 stars
– Cartesian Dreams (2009) 4.00 stars
– Big Money (2011) 4.00 stars
– Precious Metal (2014) 4.00 stars
– Indestructible (2015) 4.00 stars
Saint of the Lost Souls (2017) 4.50 stars


Houston

Houston (2010) 4.00 stars
– Houston II (2013) NOT RATED


How Far To Hitchin

– Easy Targets (2017) NOT RATED


Howe II

– High Gear (1989) 2.50 stars


However

– Calling (1985) 2.50 stars


HSAS

– Through the Fire (1984) 3.50 stars


Hubi Meisel

– Kailash (2006) 4.00 stars


Hughes / Thrall

– Hughes / Thrall (1982) 4.00 stars


Hughes Turner Project

– Hughes Turner Project (2002) 4.00 stars
– 2 (2003) 4.00 stars


Hugo

Hugo (1997) 4.00 stars
– Time on Earth (2000) 4.00 stars
– Fire in the Night (2003) 4.00 stars


Huis

– Neither in Heaven (2016) 4.50 stars


Humanity

– When Silence Calls (2003) 3.00 stars


Human 2.0

– Colour Thinking (2018) NOT RATED


Human Temple

– Halfway to Heartache (2012) 3.50 stars


Human Zoo

– Precious Time (2006) 4.50 stars
– Over the Horizon (2007) 4.50 stars
– Eyes of the Stranger (2011) 4.50 stars
My Own God (2016) 4.50 stars


Humble Pie

– As Safe as Yesterday Is (1969) 3.50 stars
– Town & Country (1969) 3.50 stars
– Humble Pie (1970) 4.00 stars
– Rock On (1971) 4.00 stars
– Performance: Rockin’ the Fillmore (1971) 4.50 stars
Smokin’ (1972) 4.00 stars
– Eat It (1973) 3.50 stars
– Thunderbox (1974) 4.00 stars
– Street Rats (1975) 3.50 stars
On to Victory (1980) 3.50 stars
– Go for the Throat (1981) 3.50 stars
– Hot ‘n’ Nasty: The Anthology (1994) 4.50 stars
– King Biscuit Flower Hour: In Concert (1996) 4.50 stars


Hybrid Ice

Hybrid Ice (1982) 4.00 stars


Hydra

Hydra (1974) 4.00 stars
– Land of Money (1975) 4.00 stars


Hydria

– Poison Paradise (2010) 3.00 stars


Hydrogyn

– Deadly Passions (2008) 3.50 stars

Julie Westlake (along with her guitarist husband Jeff Westlake) fronts this Kentucky band, which has nothing to do with Country Rock. And the one thing that drew my attention to this band is that it is NOT one of the b’zillions of Nightwish-clone bands out there in the universe.  No symphonic overtones whatsoever, just straightforward Hard Rock with more than a few Heavy Metal touches tossed in for good measure. Granted, the band offers nothing new to the world of music, and some of the material is rather average, but a few of the tracks on the band’s half-dozen albums do command at least some attention, and Julie’s vocals are always hard-hitting and pitch-perfect. She has a straightforward style of singing (again, no operatic vocals on these albums that would put the band into the same genre as Nightwish, Without Temptation, etc.) and is always a joy to hear.


Hydrotoxin

– Oceans (1996) 4.00 stars
– Signal Denied (2007) 4.00 stars


Hypnos 69

– Timeline Traveller (2002) 3.50 stars
– Promise of a New Moon (2003) 3.50 stars
– The Intrigue of Perception (2004) 4.00 stars
– The Eclectic Measure (2006) 4.00 stars
Legacy (2010) 4.00 stars


Hypnotheticall

– Synchreality (2018) NOT RATED