THE DUNGEONS ARE CALLING is a menacing and loosely construed concept album about the horrors of drug addiction. Many listeners may have simply taken the lyrical themes at face value and thought the band were just exploring occult and fantasy ideas. On later albums vocalist Jon Oliva's personal battle with substance abuse became more clearly stated. This six song EP was recorded at the very same January 1983 one day session in Tampa that spawned their debut album SIRENS, but was related over a year later. Of the two releases, DUNGEONS is actually the superior collection of songs. It's easily the heaviest album Savatage ever recorded due to the down-tuned guitar and bass, the dark lyrical content and simply ferocious performances. All all of the tracks are solidly written power/doom metal fare, but the title track, "Midas Knight" and "City Beneath The Surface" would be my picks for standouts. The only song that seems lacking IMO would be "Visions (Of Hell)" which just isn't quite as good as the other 5 songs. Still, a very solid EP indeed and a personal favorite.