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Dungeon Wolf - Slavery or Steel

Dungeon Wolf
Slavery or Steel
by Michel Ichiman Fernandes at 17 September 2018, 4:04 AM

Deryck Heignum (Vocals and Guitar) founded the band with Stan Martell, a bass master and studio engineer and the expert drummer Austin Lane. In 2015, they recorder “A Dark Formation”. In 2017, they came back under the name DUNGEON WOLF, to record a more melodic and much more traditional album entitled “Slavery of Steel”. The eight tracks are a mix of  different Metal styles, from Progressive, to Epic, with Technical and Power/Speed tones. It is a multi-faceted debut album. According to their different inspirations and experiences, the band delivers a nice album of Epic Heavy Metal, that offers a wide range of styles, melted with their own Epic Heavy Metal roots. Like different ingredients of a recipe, with their own qualities and smells or tastes but melting smoothly and sweetly with the other components. Starting by 70’s – 80’s influences , we have “Hidden Dreams” that opens the album with a nice electric guitar opening,, introducing us to an epic word, through the story telling and the melody.

 “Worker Metal Might” that opens with a spoken intro and remembering of some Ozzy Osbourne’s songs but less oppressive or more joyful, to offer us a nice moment of good Heavy Metal, as “Last Alive” that shows the savoir-faire of the band. “Slavery or Steel”, the song that gives its name to the  album, opens with an electric and furious solo, with a great chorus, showing us why this song gives its name to the album, and the change of tune offers a different view on what the band can create in the same song, like  “While Gods Laugh” which shares the same epic mood, and is unique t as it sounds like a SEPTICFLESH song, but not so dark. We also have a cooler mood with “Borderlands” which is a ballad, more peaceful than the other songs but not sad, with a powerful guitar solo and angelic voices. And darker pieces, like “Dark Child”, a Melodic Metal song opening with darker intro and voice, and “Lord of Endless Night” with a louder voice, a nice melody, So, to resume, this album is a good Epic Heavy Metal album, offering a wide range of tones, like a painting with different shades but still showing an harmony within it.  A nice record to listen to if you want to discover new sounds, or a new way to play Epic Heavy Metal.

Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Memorability: 6
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. Hidden Dreams
2. Last Alive
3. Slavery or Steel
4. Borderlands
5. While the Gods Laugh
6. Dark Child
7. Worker Metal Might
8. Lord of Endless Night
Deryck Heignum – Vocals/Guitar
Stan Martell – Bass
Austin Lane - Drums
Record Label: Iron Shield Records


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