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Click to read the Riot V - Armor Of Light music review

In the early Eighties, one of the first American metal bands that caught my interest was New York's Riot, founded by guitarist Mark Reale (1955-2012). Albums like Narita and Fire Down Under were classics of ... [ Read More ]

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Stryper - God Damn Evil Music Review

Stryper: God Damn Evil

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal
4.5/5.0

As I write this review, the ubiquitous box store chain Wal-Mart is refusing to sell Stryper's latest and tenth studio album. Why? They don't like the title, God Damn Evil ... [ Read More ]

Kardinal Sin - Victorious Music Review

Kardinal Sin: Victorious

Melodic/Heavy/Power Metal
4.5/5.0

Swedish band Kardinal Sin was not always Kardinal Sin. Beginning in 2001, they were an Accept cover band, but they quickly began to write their own music ... [ Read More ]

Heartwind - Higher And Higher Music Review

Heartwind Higher And Higher

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal
4.0/5.0

Hailing from Sweden, Heartwind is the creation of two musicians and long time friends, guitarist Goran Engvall (ex-Hitworks) and keyboard player Mikael Rosengren ... [ Read More ]

Riot V - Armor Of Light Music Review

Riot V: Armor Of Light

Heavy/Power Metal
4.5/5.0

In the early Eighties, one of the first American metal bands that caught my interest was New York's Riot, founded by guitarist Mark Reale (1955-2012). Albums like Narita ... [ Read More ]

Thrust - Harvest Of Souls Music Review

Thrust: Harvest Of Souls

Traditional Heavy Metal
4.0/5.0

While my recollection of Chicago's Thrust is murky at best, I do recall the minor (and hilarious) heavy metal hit Posers Will Die from their 1984 debut album ... [ Read More ]

Perfect Plan - All Rise Music Review

Perfect Plan: All Rise

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR
5.0/5.0

The plan was perfect: create a new band in the grand tradition of AOR melodic hard rock. Formed in Sweden in 2014 Perfect Plan follows in the foot steps of other successful ... [ Read More ]

Crystal Ball - Crystalizer Music Review

Crystal Ball: Crystalizer

Melodic Heavy Metal
4.5/5.0

Constant consistency is a good thing for a band. For Switzerland's Crystal Ball it means their tenth album, Crystalizer, the fourth in six years, and another ... [ Read More ]

Volster - Perfect Storm Music Review

Volster: Perfect Storm

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal
5.0/5.0

Sometimes it takes a long time and a long road to get to where you're going. Volster has its roots in the Nineties Swedish band Masquerade. Guitarist Ulf Andersson and ... [ Read More ]

Ross The Boss - By Blood Sworn Music Review

Ross The Boss: By Blood Sworn

Heavy/Power Metal
4.0/5.0

Taking a break from heavy metal super group Death Dealer, legendary guitarist Ross Friedman returns to his solo project Ross The Boss. By Blood Sworn is his ... [ Read More ]


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Click to read the Mindmaze - Resolve music CD Album review

Resolve marks the return of Allentown's Mindmaze, after a three year hiatus from the studio. Their third album offers a new and stable line up with new drummer Mark Bennett assisting bassist Rich Pasqualone ... [ 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.