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Dungeons Are Calling Import, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Dungeons Are Calling
  2. By The Grace Of The Witch
  3. Visions
  4. Midas Knight
  5. City Beneath The Surface
  6. The Whip
  7. Metalhead
  8. Before I Hang
  9. Stranger In The Dark
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 23, 2002)
  • Ltd ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B0000645KU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,770 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A Kid's Review on October 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
savatage was one of the few american metal bands that wasn't thrash, just strait up traditional heavy metal in the same vain as iron maiden or judas preist. in a time when metal was dominated by thrash(metallica,megadeth,slayer,anthrax,testament)
on one side, then pop metal on the other, you had bands like savatage that didn't follow movments or genre's but created there own style,dngeons are calling" was one of the heavest 80's metal albums, so what if it's not thrash? this is better then anything by slayer,megadeth or metallica (acctauly, equaled w/ ride the lightning) or any other thrash band. just heavy (...) metal, no speed this,thrash that,death what ever, chriss oliva was my favorite american guitarist, his playing was better then any other at that time, in any kind of metal, mustaine,alex scholnic,hammet,hetfeild,king and hennamen were all great but chriss was better then all of them.
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Originally released in 1985, Dungeons are Calling was the second release from Florida-based heavy metal band Savatage. If you're only familiar with the band from their later, more progressive rock operas, an album as raw as this one may come as a bit of a shock. This is old school Savatage, when they were all about razor-sharp riffs, headbanging rhythms and occult/dark fantasy-based lyrics. Yes, it's cheesy and yes, it's dated. It's also completely awesome if you happen to love the early `80s heavy metal sound.

With classic songs like "City Beneath the Surface" and "The Dungeons are Calling," this EP is a must-have for any serious Savatage fan, as well as anyone who loves old school heavy metal.

Edition Notes: Dungeons are Calling was reissued on CD in 1994. The reissue featured digitally remastered sound and a pair of bonus tracks - "Fighting for Your Love" and a live version of "Sirens.

Edition Notes 2: So what sets the Silver Anniversary Edition of Dungeons Are Calling apart from the earlier reissue? This version also features digitally remastered sound, and includes four bonus tracks: "Metalhead," "Before I Hang," "Stranger in the Dark" and an untitled track. The untitled track is a weird little drums and vocals number, but the others are vintage Savatage, and totally fit the mood of the rest of the album. As an added bonus, the Silver Anniversary Edition features extensive liner notes on the band's early years written by original drummer Steve "Dr. Killdrums" Wacholz. To get the full story you'll have to get the reissue of Sirens as well, but I figure die-hard Savatage fans would plan on buying that one anyway. Unfortunately the Silver Anniversary Edition does not contain the two bonus tracks from the earlier version.
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I still have fond memories of buying this album shortly after getting the excellent Power Of The Night. I used to crank Dungeons while mowing lawns in my neighborhood. Probably not good on the ears but it made the job more enjoyable! This album contains three of my all-time favorite Savatage songs: the title track, By The Grace Of The Witch, and Midas Knight! All of them are heavy rockers that should be played at full volume. Criss' playing smokes throughout this album. His tone is great and I always loved his use of octaves to double a guitar line. Of the other three songs from the original album, Visions and City Beneath The Surface are pretty good but I never really cared for The Whip. One re-issue of this album has a good live version of Sirens. A later re-issue has a classic song called Before I Hang that I never knew about! If you are new to Savatage you probably know their later albums. Their early stuff up to Hall Of The Mountain King is heavier and more straightforward rock without any piano or strings, except for the occasional ballad.
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In some circles this has been called an EP. Given it only had six tracks in it's original state I can sort of see the point but the fact is that the tracks aren't exactly short and in terms of style, it's the sort of EP that makes you feel you've got a lot more for your money in the same way that Anthrax' Attack of the Killer B's EP does.

The version I have in my greasy paw at present is the version digitally remastered by Eddy Schreyer and includes two bonus tracks which in this instance really does cement that this should be viewed as more of an album than anything else.

In terms of the tracks that came with the release originally there are a number of belters and my personal fave raves would have to be The Dungeons Are Calling and City Beneath the Surface, both of which have featured on later live and best of compilations such are their quality. Taken as a whole the fairly traditional heavy metal style of the bands earlier releases is continued and lyrically the concerns are pretty much always somewhat vaguely fantastical and gothic. The fairly trad metal skull cover of the original artwork also gives fair warning to the prospective listener as to what sort of metal attack they are letting themselves in for.

The production on this remastered version (sorry, ain't heard the original) is good in that it doesn't update things too much and try to put too much of a sheen onto proceedings. The musicianship as ever with Savatage is good and the overall feel is right. Fans of their first two full length albums can buy this secure in the knowledge that the overall standard of this offering is on par with the first two facemelters, albeit the fewer tracks probably mean you should buy those first two albums first.
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