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Dungeon - 2002 A Rise To Power



ARTIST: Dungeon
ALBUM: A Rise To Power
LABEL: Metal Warriors
SERIAL: MWGOLD0102-5
YEAR: 2002
CD REISSUE: 2003, Limb Music, LMP 0306-057 CD

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Lord Tim - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Stevo - drums, vocals * Dakk - bass, vocals * Stu - guitars, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 A Rise To Power * 02 Netherlife (Black Roses Die) * 03 Insanity's Fall * 04 The Other Side * 05 Stormchaser * 06 Where Madness Hides * 07 Lost In The Night * 08 Life Is Black * 09 Traumatised * 10 Wasted Years * 11 Queen Of The Reich

WEBLINKS: www.dungeon.cd


Background
When I met up with Dungeon earlier this year it was made clear that the album they were working on would make 'Resurrection' pale in significance. Tim in particular was not happy with his vocal performance due to illness. I gave 'Resurrection' a good mark because, to someone outside the Dungeon camp, the problems didn't seem obvious and the final result was accomplished melodic metal. Well, it is now many months on and I have the new album 'A Rise To Power'. Were the band accurate in their assessment? After hearing this new album I sincerely doubt that an Australian band has ever produced a better melodic metal album.


The Songs
The title track is epic with a very catchy chorus and some amazing dual lead work by Tim and Stu. 'Netherlife' has an Accept style beginning with heavy riffing and soaring lead work that eventually moves into more traditional power metal territory. Iron Maiden eat your heart out on the opening of 'Insanity's Fall'. Then it's fast and furious like Rage with a huge Edguy type chorus. Dungeon rein it in for the early Queensryche sounding 'The Other Side', along with another memorable chorus. 'Stormchaser' reeks of Riot, but I think Mark Reale and the boys would be happy to call this one their own. My personal favourite track 'Where Madness Hides' is up next. Great chorus and the Gary Moore style lead work half way through sounds very cool. As with many of the songs there is extended soloing. No complaints here as Tim, Stu and guest soloist Dale absolutely shred. 'Lost In The Light' is driven by an aggressive Seven Witches style riff and more searing lead work by Tim. The albums only instrumental 'Life Is Black' showcases a softer and more melodic side to Tim's playing. Now to the only bone of contention on 'A Rise To Power'. Tim decided to go for an extreme vocal style, like that of Kreator or Children of Bodom, on the verses of 'Traumatised'. I know that he is a fan of these bands so it isn't totally surprising, but they don't necessarily fit in with the flow of the album. However, overall the song is very good with Tim switching back to melodic vocals for the excellent chorus. Rounding out the album are two superb cover versions. Firstly Iron Maiden's 'Wasted Years' and then Queensryche's 'Queen Of The Reich'.


In Summary
Tim said he was very proud of his vocal delivery on this album and he has every right to be. It certainly is a big step up from his work on 'Resurrection'. Both Tim and Stu shine with their guitar parts. This is Stu's first recorded work with Dungeon, having previously been with the Australian Bon Jovi show. He mentioned that it was quite a leap technically from his previous band to Dungeon so I think Stu deserves big kudos for his effort. Dakk and Stevo form a formidable rhythm section, Stevo in particular doing a fantastic job. The guys have also been raving about the production and it is definitely up there with the best. If this is what Dungeon are capable of doing themselves it is a scary thought what would happen if someone like Sascha Paeth got to produce. On their new album Dungeon have gone far beyond what anyone could expect from an Aussie metal band. 'Resurrection' was a good album but 'A Rise To Power' is brilliant. The production is epic, the chorues huge and the performance of the band first rate. This album is bound to catapult Dungeon into the big leagues of melodic heavy metal and give any fan of melodic metal a very, very sore neck.


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