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Oliver Hartmann Shadows & Silhouettes CD Album Review

Oliver Hartmann: Shadows & Silhouettes

AOR Melodic Rock

For nearly 20 years, vocalist and guitarist Oliver Hartmann has been active in the European hard rock and heavy metal scene. From the founding of At Vance to collaborative ... [ Read More ]

Opeth Sorceress CD Album Review

Opeth: Sorceress

Melodic Progressive Rock/Metal

In some sense Sweden's Opeth can remind you of Forrest Gump. Led by the mercurial chameleon Mikael Akerfeldt, Opeth and their music are "like box of chocolates: you ... [ Read More ]

Easy Trigger Ways Of Perseverance CD Album Review

Easy Trigger: Ways Of Perseverance

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal

The last we heard from Italy's Easy Trigger was a the end of 2012 and their debut album, Bullshit, a solid album of melodic hard rock and metal in the Eighties ... [ Read More ]

Legion War Beast CD Album Review

Legion: War Beast

Traditional Heavy Metal

Formed just before the turn of the century in New Jersey by brothers and guitarists Frank and Joe Adamo, Legion is a traditional heavy metal. In the space of ... [ Read More ]

Bernhard Welz Stay Tuned 1.5 CD Album Review

Bernhard Welz: Stay Tuned 1.5

AOR Melodic Rock

Sometimes rock musicians and stars, something not mutually inclusive, can be really good guys. Rather than trashing hotel rooms or getting drunk and beating up ... [ Read More ]

Badmotorfinger Heroes EP CD Album Review

Badmotorfinger: Heroes EP

Heavy Rock/Metal

Apparently titling their first album It's Not The End was a bit of foreshadowing for Italy's Badmotorfinger. They return this year with a new EP, Heroes, a mixed bag of six ... [ Read More ]

Metal Witch Tales From The Underground CD Album Review

Metal Witch: Tales From The Underground

Traditional Heavy Metal

Metal Witch's second full length album is appropriately titled, Tales From The Underground, because that's where the band has been lingering about. Begun in ... [ Read More ]

Seven - Shattered CD Album Review

Seven: Shattered

AOR Melodic Hard Rock

England's Seven had a bottle rocket-like existence between 1989 and 1990, spinning two singles in the latter year and performing with the likes of Richard Marx ... [ Read More ]

Stargate Longing For Light CD Album Review

Stargate: Longing For Light

Melodic Heavy Metal

Greek metal band Stargate is a band that seems to be in a consistent state fluidity and instability. They released their first eponymous album in 2004, but the ... [ Read More ]

Exile Of Heaven - The Illusion Of Randomity CD Album Review

Exile Of Heaven: The Illusion Of Randomity

Melodic/Heavy/Power Metal

Randomity. Is that a word? When a band's native language is not English, I sometimes wonder what they have in mind when crafting lyrics or an album title. But ... [ Read More ]

Eternal Champion - The Armor Of Ire CD Album Review

Eternal Champion: The Armor Of Ire

Traditional Heavy Metal

Half way between San Antonio and Austin Texas lies the small village of Wimberley, population about 2,600 souls, and home to American epic heavy metal band ... [ Read More ]

Grim Reaper - Walking In The Shadows CD Album Review

Grim Reaper: Walking In The Shadows

Traditional Heavy/Power Metal

It may be a stretch for some, too much of a strain on your memory, but I remember England's Grim Reaper. I had their first two albums 1983's Rock You To Hell ... [ Read More ]

Seventh Wonder - Welcome To Atlanta Live CD Album Review

Seventh Wonder: Welcome To Atlanta

Progressive Power Metal

Besides being the premier heavy metal festival in America, there are many things to love about ProgPower USA. One is you get to see many European and ... [ Read More ]

Fractal Cypher The Human Paradox CD Album Review

Fractal Cypher: The Human Paradox

Progressive Metal

Fractal Cypher, a progressive metal band from Montreal, enters the heavy metal arena with their debut album, The Human Paradox. Prior to the release the band ... [ Read More ]

Icy Steel Through The Ashes CD Album Review

Icy Steel: Through The Ashes

Melodic/Heavy/Power Metal

I had to look up there location. Icy Steel, a traditional heavy metal band comes from the city of Sassari on the island of Sardinia. I think that's a first for Dangerdog ... [ Read More ] - New fiction, crime fiction by Craig Hartranft
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England's Seven had a bottle rocket-like existence between 1989 and 1990, spinning two singles in the latter year and performing with the likes of Richard Marx. Then they were gone. But some remembered them ... [ Read More ]

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Click to read the Praying Mantis - Legacy CD album review

The history of UK's Praying Mantis goes back better than 40 years. The band predated the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, but the same phenomena propelled them to the spotlight. Mostly, over last decade or so, like much of classic rock and metal, they've flown under the mainstream ... [ Read More ]