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Read the Angra: Cycles Of Pain Album Review

We haven't had a new studio album from Brazil's Angra since prior to the COVID pandemic, 2018's Omni. But the quintet has been busy. In 2021, they released Omni Live in Japan where they have a huge fan base ... [ Read More ]

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High Spirits - Safe On The Other Side Album Review

High Spirits: Safe On The Other Side

Hard Rock

High Spirits aka Christopher Black returns with his/their fifth album, Safe On The Other Side. Since 2009, High Spirits has always been a DIY project wherein Black ... [ Read More ]

Signum Regis - Undivided Album Review

Signum Regis: Undivided

Traditional Power Metal

Excepting their 2008 self-titled debut album and their tenth anniversary album, Decennium Primum, every other Signum Regis album has crossed my review desk ... [ Read More ]

DGM - Life Album Review

DGM: Life

Progressive Power Metal

Now into their third decade, DGM is a fixture in the Italian and international progressive metal scene. Though the original members are long gone, DGM has had ... [ Read More ]

Soledriver - Return Me To Light Album Review

Soledriver: Return Me To Light

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR

Soledriver, a new project at Frontiers Music, brings together two well-known and accomplished songwriters, producers, and multi-instrumentalists: Michael Sweet ... [ Read More ]

Care Of Night - Reconnected Album Review

Care Of Night: Reconnected

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR

Returning from Sweden is rock band Care Of Night. Launched some ten years ago, the band introduced themselves with a four song EP, Care Of Night in 2013 ... [ Read More ]

Secret Sphere - Blackened Heartbeat Album Review

Secret Sphere: Blackened Heartbeat

Symphonic Power Metal

Some 20 years ago, when I was recovering from the sordid Nineties and the rise of grunge, alt rock, and nu-metal, I discovered classic heavy metal was still ... [ Read More ]

Seventh Crystal - Infinity EP Album Review

Seventh Crystal: Infinity EP

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR

Eight months ago, Swedish rockers Seventh Crystal, formed by vocalist Kristian Fyhr, dropped Wonderland. Not everything from those recording sessions made the cut ... [ Read More ]

Angra - Cycles Of Pain Album Review

Angra: Cycles Of Pain

Progressive Power Metal

We haven't had a new studio album from Brazil's Angra since prior to the COVID pandemic, 2018's Omni. But the quintet has been busy. In 2021, they released ... [ Read More ]

Hugo's Voyage - Inception Album Review

Hugo's Voyage: Inception

AOR Melodic Rock

Hailing from the Boston/NYC area, and deriving from the Journey tribute band Voyage, Hugo's Voyage is a metaphor for the musical career of Hugo Valenti ... [ Read More ]

DMJ - Sophomore Album Review

DMJ: Sophomore

Melodic Progressive Rock

As a new musical project, DMJ had its inception in Neal Morse who, several years ago, found some of his songwriting trending to include three-part vocal harmony ... [ Read More ]

Temple Balls - Avalanche Album Review

Temple Balls: Avalanche

Melodic Metal Rock

Temple Balls. Who are they? What are they? I've been trying to figure out the meaning of their name since the Finnish band first crossed my desk in 2021 with their third ... [ Read More ]

Ignescent - Fight In Me Album Review

Ignescent: Fight In Me

Alternative Rock/Metalcore (FFV)

Arriving from Elgin, a few miles north and west of Chicago, is Ignescent a female-fronted band founded in 2008 by principal songwriter and vocalist Jennifer Benson ... [ Read More ] - New fiction, crime fiction by Craig Hartranft
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As an American and Westerner, when somebody mentions India, strange, unusual, and sometimes humorous things come to mind. Bollywood and poverty. Class stratification and Mahatma Gandhi ... [ 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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