Savatage ‎– The Dungeons Are Calling (Silver Anniversary Collections Edition)

Metal Blade Records ‎– 3984-14418-2
CD, Remastered


1 The Dungeons Are Calling 4:53
2 By The Grace Of The Witch 3:13
3 Visions 3:01
4 Midas Knight 4:21
5 City Beneath The Surface 5:49
6 The Whip 3:27
Bonus Tracks
7 Metalhead 4:46
8 Before I Hang 4:12
9 Stranger In The Dark 5:01
Hidden Track
99 Piper Rap 1:42

Companies, etc.



Recorded at Morrissound Recordings, Tampa.
Originally mastered at Criteria Recording, Miami.

Tracks 10 to 98 are silent tracks, each 4 seconds.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 039841441826
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Label Code: LC6705
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): SONOPRESS 50584631/14418-2 01
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI LB 47
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0748
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): SONOPRESS 50584631/14418-2 01
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI LB 47
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0773

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February 8, 2018

After the release of their 1983 debut, Savatage were quick to follow up with this EP, 'The Dungeons Are Calling', that consists of songs that were originally recorded for 'Sirens', but left off due to time restraints.

Overall the selection of tracks is good, but these are pretty much leftovers from the bands previous release, and that's exactly what they sound like. 'City Beneath the Surface' and the title track are standout songs that prevents this EP from being a complete waste, but the rest of the songs are pretty average, especially when compared with Savatage's later material.

As with their first record, the production could be better, but it's raw, grittiness suits the music perfectly, giving it a distinctive 80's metal sound.

'Dungeons' has since been released with 'Sirens' on one CD, "how it was meant to be", according to Savatage mastermind Jon Oliva, which is probably just as well, because as a stand-alone release, I don't think there's much worth picking up here unless you're a dedicated member of the Savatage Legion.