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This experience deserves mention for one very good reason: Finland's One Desire is one of the best classic AOR melodic hard rock bands in the genre and, perhaps, the world, right now So, I also apologize, in ... [ Read More ]

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Greg Fox Renaissance Rock Orchestra - Ice Age Cometh Album Review

Renaissance Rock Orchestra: Ice Age Cometh

Symphonic Melodic Hard Rock/AOR

Keyboardist Gregg Fox has a very long musical history, beginning with playing piano at the age of five. Over the course of four decades he has been a well ... [ Read More ]

Mika Brushane Imperium - Never Surrender Album Review

Imperium: Never Surrender

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR

No. Imperium is not the European professional wrestling trio currently signed to the WWE. Imperium is the solo project of Finnish drummer and songwriter ... [ Read More ]

House Of Shakira - Xit Album Review

House Of Shakira: Xit

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR

Now into their fourth decade, Swedish band House Of Shakira has a consistent and constant career in the melodic genre. In view of this, the band marked the ... [ Read More ]

Cry Of Dawn - Anthropocene Album Review

Cry Of Dawn: Anthropocene

AOR Melodic Rock

Prolific Swedish singer Goran Edman (John Norum, Yngwie Malmsteen, Brazen Abbot, et al) introduced fans to his Cry of Dawn project with the self-titled debut in 2016 ... [ Read More ]

Sweet & Lynch - Heart & Sacrifice Album Review

Sweet & Lynch: Heart & Sacrifice

Heavy Metal Rock

I was surprised. The last we heard from vocalist Michael Sweet and guitarist George Lynch was six years ago. I thought they had done something more current. Nope ... [ Read More ]

Screamachine - Church Of The Scream Album Review

Screamachine: Church Of The Scream

Heavy/Power Metal

Rising from Italy's vast metal underground, Screamachine dropped their eponymous debut album only two years ago. Clearly influenced by veteran and iconic ... [ Read More ]

Michael Thompson Band - The Love Goes On Album Review

Micheal Thompson Band: The Love Goes On

AOR Melodic Rock

With little doubt, in his fifty-some year career, guitarist and composer Michael Thompson has become a legend for his fret work and the go-to studio musician for the ... [ Read More ]

Heaven's Edge - Get It Right Album Review

Heaven's Edge: Get It Right

Melodic Metal Rock

Here's the condensed (sort of) history of Philadelphia's Heaven's Edge. The band was formed in 1987 from the fertile rock soil of Philadelphia and New ... [ Read More ]

Circus Of Rock - Lost Behind The Mask Album Review

Circus Of Rock: Lost Behind The Mask

Melodic Metal Rock/AOR

Almost two years ago, Finnish drummer and songwriter Mirka Rantanen's solo project Circus Of Rock appeared with Come One, Come All. Focusing on strong ... [ Read More ]

Enforcer - Nostalgia Album Review

Enforcer: Nostalgia

Traditional Heavy Speed Metal

Created in 2004 as a solo project by multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter Olof Wikstrand, Sweden's Enforcer began as a one man band. Twenty years on ... [ Read More ]

Smackbound - Hostage Album Review

Smackbound: Hostage

Modern Metal Rock

Formed some eight years ago by Finnish singer and actress Netta Laurenne as covers band, Run For Cover, the band quickly changed their name to Smackbound ... [ Read More ] - New fiction, crime fiction by Craig Hartranft
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Read the Crashdiet: Automaton Album Review

The last we heard from Sweden's Crashdiet was 2019's Rust, dropped a season before the COVID pandemic put the music world on standby. But that release in itself was rather momentous. Crashdiet, one of the ... [ Read More ]

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Created in the fall of 2006 by Craig Hartranft, Dangerdog Music Reviews is an international music review blog, offering reviews of melodic heavy metal and hard rock, progressive metal, progressive rock, AOR and their various sub-genres. The key word is melodic. If you're interested in hardcore or extreme metal, you've come to the wrong place. Pictured above with Craig, Lily the Little Black Dangerdog. RIP 17.07.2020

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