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Click to read the Jack Starr's Burning Starr - Stand Your Ground CD Album review

While guitar wizard Jack Starr may have been MIA for the last six years, when he returns Starr never does anything halfway. Stand Your Ground is Burning Starr's seventh studio album and, like the previous ... [ Read More ]

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Fireforce - Annihilate The Evil CD Album Review

Fireforce: Annihilate The Evil

Heavy/Power/Speed Metal

Straight from the "Where have they been?" file comes Fireforce. The last and only time I encountered the power metal band from Belgium was their 2011 debut album March On ... [ Read More ]

Puppet Kings - Very Cool & Groovy EP CD Album Review

Puppet Kings: Very Cool & Groovy (EP)

Melodic Heavy Rock

Since 2011, Puppet Kings have been slugging it out in the English hard rock scene. They've shared stages with Skindred, Therapy, Kobra & The Lotus, Sons Of Icarus ... [ Read More ]

Epica - The Solace System EP CD Album Review

Epica: The Solace System (EP)

Symphonic Power Metal

Almost a year from The Holographic Principle, their seventh long player, Epica drops a six song EP The Solace System. And you may wonder why. Apparently, the six songs ... [ Read More ]

Atlas - World In Motion EP CD Album Review

Atlas: World In Motion (EP)

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR

Hailing from Manchester, Atlas was created by keyboard player and lyricist James Thorley. After designing several demos he recruited four additional musicians from the ... [ Read More ]

Jack Starr's Burning Starr - Stand Your Ground CD Album Review

Jack Starr's Burning Starr: Stand Your Ground

Melodic/Heavy/Power Metal

While guitar wizard Jack Starr may have been MIA for the last six years, when he returns Starr never does anything halfway. Stand Your Ground is Burning Starr's ... [ Read More ]

Serious Black - Magic CD Album Review

Serious Black: Magic

Melodic/Heavy/Power Metal

Serious Black, the European power metal super group, is on a roll. Returning with a stable line up, they offer Magic their third album in the same number of years ... [ Read More ]

The New Roses - One More For The Road CD Album Review

The New Roses: One More For The Road

Hard & Heavy Melodic Rock

The New Roses may be the best American hard rock band you've never heard of. Why? Because they're not from the United States. The New Roses are ... [ Read More ]

Stallion - From The Dead CD Album Review

Stallion: From The Dead

Traditional Heavy/Speed Metal

Look at the band photo below. Do not attempt to adjust your computer monitor. Germany's Stallion has indeed transported you back to the Eighties, the heroic ... [ Read More ]

Anubis Gate - Covered In Black CD Album Review

Anubis Gate: Covered In Black

Progressive Metal

It's been three years since we've had new music from Denmark's Anubis Gate, but they've been busy nevertheless. The band took on the ambitious project of ... [ Read More ]

Leprous - Malina CD Album Review

Leprous: Malina

Progressive Rock

Perhaps we can summarize at the start: same music, different album name. Leprous, the band named after the Biblical infectious disease, returns with their sixth ... [ Read More ]

Da Vinci - Ambition Rocks CD Album Review

Da Vinci: Ambition Rocks

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR

If you've never heard of Norwegian band Da Vinci, don't worry, I hadn't either. Formed back in 1986 Da Vinci's success was found largely in their native country ... [ Read More ]

Alpha Tiger 2017 Self-titled CD Album Review

Alpha Tiger: Alpha Tiger

Melodic/Heavy/Power Metal

So two years ago Alpha Tiger dropped their third album Identity, to some significant reviews and album sales. But then the shit hit the fan. On the cusp of a tour in support ... [ Read More ]

Walkway - WWIII CD Album Review

Walkway: WWIII

Melodic Hard Rock

Have you ever noticed that when a band creates a social media handle, for Facebook or Twitter for example, the formula is "band name" + rocks. Such is the case ... [ Read More ] - New fiction, crime fiction by Craig Hartranft
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Click to read the Hammerschmitt - Still On Fire Album review

With a band name such as Hammerschmitt, I'll give you one guess to their country of origin. Yeah. Germany. Hammerschmitt has been plugging away at their craft, melodic hard rock and heavy ... [ Read More ]

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Created in the fall of 2006 by Craig Hartranft, Dangerdog Music Reviews offers reviews of melodic heavy metal and hard rock, progressive metal, progressive rock, AOL and their various sub-genres. The key word is melodic. If, for instance, you're interested in hardcore or extreme metal, you've come to the wrong place.

Craig's love of melodic hard rock and metal dates back the late 60's and early 70's, and also includes classic Motown and Philadelphia blue-eyed soul. And you'd be surprised to know that his favorite music is actually classical music. Craig lives in central Pennsylvania with his wife Debi and Lily, The Little Black Dog.