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How to submit your music for review

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:

  • Contact Name:
  • Band Name:
  • Country/Location:
  • Album Name:
  • Release Date (Month/Year):
  • Label (if signed):
  • Genre:
  • Similar Artists:
  • Preview Site/Website:
  • Any additional relevant information:

Labels and Publicists
Please include the following in your email:

  • Contact Name:
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  • Your Website:
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What We Review

The heavy metal and melodic hard rock genre can be difficult to define with no one artist wishing to be pigeon-holed or misrepresented. With that caveat, DMR will review albums from the following categories:

  • Hard Rock
  • Heavy Rock
  • Melodic Hard Rock
  • Progressive Rock
  • Alternative/Modern Melodic Rock
  • Blues Rock
  • Glam/Sleaze Rock/Metal
  • Adult/Album Oriented Rock (AOR)
  • Traditional/Classic Heavy Metal
  • Melodic Metal
  • Progressive Metal
  • Power Metal
  • Symphonic/Gothic Metal
  • (Melodic) Thrash/Speed Metal (no death/dirty vocals)
Generally, DMR will NOT review:
  • Anything that has 'core' in its description
  • Most anything with death/dirty/black/hardcore vocals
  • Electronica or Electro Rock/Metal
  • Hip Hop, Rap, and related nonsense
  • Dance/Club Music
  • Country and its variations
  • Nu/Rap Metal
  • Ambient Rock/Metal
  • Industrial Metal
  • Death Metal
  • Black Metal
  • Grindcore
  • Deathcore
  • Hardcore
  • Anything that promotes or glorifies hatred or violence against any race, creed, or religion, especially Christianity.
Submission Guidelines (the fine print)

1) Note the What We Review section above for our criteria. Submission does not guarantee a review. Due to the volume of material received (more than 150 submissions or requests for review each month), even with every effort to listen to everything that crosses my desk, it is quite impossible for to me to review everything.

2) Demos, CDRs or Promotional CDs will not be reviewed. We want the real thing. Additionally, we do not review streaming material. Hard copy (CD) is always preferred. (After all I am a music collecter.)

However, an Electronic Press Kit (EPK) or digital download may be accepted for review for artists and labels outside North America. The EPK must be the complete album, and the sound files must be 320kbps or better, with promo materials and album cover artwork.

3)Generally, DMR will not review material more than 60 days old from the time you are reading this, unless by prior arrangement.

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