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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:
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  • Album Name:
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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, Dangerdog Music Reviews will review albums from the following categories. If you questions about your genre, email me.

  • Melodic Hard/Heavy Rock
  • Melodic Psychedelic/Space Rock Rock
  • Progressive Rock
  • Melodic Alt/Indie Rock
  • Blues Rock
  • Glam/Sleaze Rock/Metal
  • Album Oriented Rock (AOR)
  • Traditional/Melodic Heavy Metal
  • Power Metal
  • Progressive Metal
  • Symphonic Metal
Dangerdog Music Reviews will NOT review:
  • UPDATE: as of AUGUST 1, 2015, INSTRUMENTAL ALBUMS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED (Exceptions may be made for artists who have been reviewed in the past.)
  • Anything that has 'core' in its description
  • Anything with death/dirty/black/hardcore vocals
  • Ambient/Electronic/Industrial Rock/Metal
  • Hip Hop/Rap (Totally sucks)
  • Dance/Club/Trance Music
  • Country/Bluegrass Music
  • Nu/Rap Metal
  • Black/Death Metal
  • Anything that promotes hatred or violence against 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) We prefer a physical CD for review. Demos or CDRs will not be reviewed. Additionally, an Electronic Press Kit (EPK) or digital download will be accepted for review for artists and labels outside the US and Canada, or those bands doing only digital delivery of their music. The EPK must be the complete album, and the sound files must be 320kbps or better, with promo materials and album cover artwork. Finally, we do not review streaming material.

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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What most people don't understand is that UFOs are on a cosmic tourist route. That's why they're always seen in Arizona, Scotland, and New Mexico. Another thing to consider is that all three of those destinations are good places to play golf. So there's possibly some connection between aliens and golf.
   Alice Cooper

Why be boring? Have some fun. Rock shows should be like movies: I don't go to a movie hoping it'll change my life.
   Alice Cooper