"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."
Classic Early Savatage
Christopher Fryer | United States | 11/17/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Basic Straight Forward Metal
Justiceforall | Home | 07/21/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This a good album but it is just a basic straight forward metal release. I find Sirens to be much better. This is solid but for a band like Savatage it was a little dissapointing. Listening to there later stuff you realize they are capabale of alot more. If you like basic straight forward rock/metal than this album is for you, but if you really want to hear the brilliance of Savatage then you should check out there concept albums and rock opera's. The songwriting, the music, and the lyrics all surpass albums like this. That is what made Savatage a much better band then everyone else, the fact that they became unique. I would recommend, Streets, Handfull Of Rain, Dead Winter Dead, Edge of Thorns, Wake Of Magellen all over this album. This is still good though because Savatage rules."
Blows Metallica Away!
Eriban | CA, USA | 10/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
""The Dungeons Are Calling" is, quite simply, Savatage's best album ever. Every track blisters with heavy metal power courtesy of Criss Oliva, one of the greatest guitar players to ever burn the strings. Coupled with John Oliva's patented Savatage howl, this has got to be one of the best metal albums I've ever listened to. The live "Sirens" is unbelievably awesome and showcases the unquestionable power that Savatage exhibits during their live performances. For those of you who like Metallica, give this album a try... it's a hundred times better than the trash that metal-wannabe-band puts out! HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!"