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What We Review

Mostly I review what I know best: melodic hard rock and heavy metal in the following categories.

  • Melodic Hard Rock
  • Progressive Rock
  • Melodic Alt/Indie Rock
  • Blues Rock
  • Glam/Sleaze Rock/Metal
  • Album Oriented Rock(AOR)/Melodic Rock
  • Traditional/Melodic Heavy Metal
  • Power Metal
  • Progressive Metal
  • Symphonic Metal
I will not review:
  • Instrumental Music (as of 01/08/2015)
  • Nu/Rap Metal
  • Black/Death/Extreme Metal
  • Rap, Hip Hop, Country, World, Dance, Trance, Ambient, Industrial, or Pop
  • Anything that has 'core' in its description
  • Anything with death/dirty/black/hardcore vocals
How to submit your music for review

NOTE: Submission does not guarantee a review. Due to the high volume of submissions and requests for review, better than 200 each month, it is impossible for to me to review everything, though I try to listen to everything. Currently, I'm only reviewing seven albums a week. Obviously, not everybody will make the cut.

Before submitting a request for review, please review What We Review and our Submission Guidelines below. Artists, publicists and labels may send a submission inquiry to:
Craig Hartranft, Managing Editor, craig [at] dangerdogmusicreviews [dot] com

Independent, Unsigned Artists
Please include the following in your email:

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  • Band Name:
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Labels and Publicists
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Submission Guidelines (the fine print)

1)Submission does not guarantee a review. Due to the high volume of submissions and requests for review, better than 200 each month, it is impossible for to me to review everything, though I try to listen to everything. Currently, I'm only reviewing seven albums a week. Obviously, not everybody will make the cut.

2) When possible I prefer a physical CD for review. An Electronic Press Kit or digital download, including full album, art work, band photos, and one-sheet, will be accepted for review for artists/labels outside North America. I do not review streaming material.

3) Generally, I will not review material more than 60 days old from the time you are reading this. For instance, if today were November 1, 2015, I would accept requests for material released after September 1, 2015, but not before.

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