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Dangerdog Music Reviews picks some really good albums from 2011

December 29th, 2011 by Craig Hartranft

Dangerdog Music Reviews Best of 20112011 was another banner year for all things melodic hard rock and heavy metal, progressive rock and metal. However, after reviewing more than 400 albums, and listening to nearly 200 more submissions, it’s hard, sometimes, to recall what truly stood out, what real cream rose to the top.

But being the glutton for punishment that I am, once more I’ll attempt to pick my favorites of 2011. Here’s my top picks, about 15,  in three general genres: aor/melodic (sometimes hard) rock, heavy metal, and progressive rock/metal. Again, these are in no particular order. (more…)

Tags: 2011, best music of 2011, best of, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, lists, Melodic Hard Rock, music, Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock
Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Melodic Hard Rock, Melodic Heavy Metal, Music Industry News, Power Metal, Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock

Hugo Flores working on new Factory of Dreams and Project Creation albums

October 20th, 2011 by Craig Hartranft

Hugo Flores is working on the new installment of the Project Creation series, and also on a brand new (4th) Factory of Dreams album.

Project Creation will focus on the continuation of the previous episode – Dawn on Pyther – with new discoveries including a new planet with a hidden city, an intelligent ocean and much more. Hugo is counting on the great musicians and singers that gave the epic sound of Project Creation, and also new performers to join in! (more…)

Tags: Factory of Dreams, Heavy Metal, Hugo Flores, melodic heavy metal, Music Industry News, new album, Progressive Metal, Project Creation
Posted in Heavy Metal, Melodic Heavy Metal, Music Industry News, Power Metal, Progressive Metal

Neal Morse announces massive 2 DVD/3 CD set, Testimony 2: Live in Los Angeles

September 22nd, 2011 by Craig Hartranft

Neal Morse is renowned for amazing live performances with some of progressive rock’s most accomplished musicians. With Live in Los Angeles, Neal throws down the gauntlet: 2 DVDs and 3 CDs of his incredible Testimony 2 tour, live at the Whittier Theater in Los Angeles, California.

For the first time since the original Testimony, Neal’s music is performed by the original musicians who created it: Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Eric Brenton, Rick Altizer and Mark Leniger. And with two new members (Nathan Girard and Nathan Brenton), it’s Neal’s biggest band, ever. They bring to life every nuance and detail of Morse’s extraordinary compositions, with the virtuosity and energy from some of prog’s most seasoned performers. (more…)

Tags: Inside Out Music, live, live album, Los Angeles, Metal Blade Records, Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse, new release, Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock, Testimony 2
Posted in Melodic Rock, Music Industry News, Music Video, Progressive Rock

Anubis Gate to release new self-titled album Sept 13 on Nightmare Records

August 11th, 2011 by Craig Hartranft

The music of ANUBIS GATE: Stylistically Anubis Gate is conglomeration of the classic 80′s heavy metal, a more epic 90′s ambience and a dark progressiveness of our days. You could describe it as metal with beautiful soundscapes, cool riffing, and a clear and powerful vocal performance.

Musical inspirations for ANUBIS GATE are acts such as Queensryche, Iron Maiden, Lord Bane, Tad Morose, Iced Earth, Crimson Glory, Fates Warning, King Crimson, Genesis & Savatage, but really ANUBIS GATE is in a niche of their own. (more…)

Tags: 2011, album release, Anubis Gate, Heavy Metal, melodic heavy metal, new album, new music, Nightmare Records, Power Metal, Progressive Metal, self titled new album
Posted in Melodic Heavy Metal, Music Industry News, Power Metal, Progressive Metal

Virgin Steele to release deluxe reissue of Noble Savage May 17 on SPV/Steamhammer

March 28th, 2011 by Craig Hartranft

Virgin Steele Nobel Savage coverAmerican heavy metal masters VIRGIN STEELE are proud to announce that they will be reissuing their classic 1986 album “Noble Savage”.  The album will released May 17th in North America on SPV/Steamhammer.  This deluxe reissue will be available as a double CD digipak as well as a double gatefold LP. (more…)

Tags: classic metal, deluxe edition, Heavy Metal, melodic heavy metal, Nobel Savage, Progressive Metal, reissue, SPV, Steamhammer, Virgin Steele
Posted in Heavy Metal, Melodic Heavy Metal, Music Industry News, Power Metal, Progressive Metal

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