|Review: Dungeon - A Rise to Power|
|A Rise to Power|
Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 2003
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: January 5, 2011
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:A Rise to Power
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (10 Votes)
Along with Pegazus and Black Majesty, Dungeon represent the cream of the crop when it comes to Australian Power Metal, and with album number three, the somewhat renowned A Rise To Power, Lord Tim and co proved just how much talent was hiding there on the other side of the world.
Fitting somewhere between Helloween, Gamma Ray, Judas Priest, and Queensryche, Dungeon blast through twelve tracks of uncompromising, no-bullshit Speed Metal, overflowing with chest-beating refrains, wailing vocal theatrics, and riff after riff after riff. With the opening title track, the band lay down their manifesto, and though it's very vigorous, A Rise to Power is melodic beyond belief, with a lot of sophistication in songs like "Where Madness Hides" and "Insanity's Fall", the best cut on here by a mile. Lord Tim is an excellent vocalist, one who sounds like every high-pitched screamer out there, but somehow is distinctive, dominating his guitar work and the manic percussion of the frankly mad Stevo. It's not all Helloween worship though, as "Traumatised" attests; a pure Destruction-esque thrash attack with some nasty vocals from Tim, and even "Stormchaser" finds Dungeon trying their hand at some Accept-style traditions.
With a warm and roomy production, A Rise to Power sounds a little different to most of the clean cut Power Metal we're used to from Limb, so those in the mood for a good headbang should give it a bash. It's the sound of a band being true to themselves, something that is increasingly hard to come by.
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