Savatage release The Dungeons Are Calling
The Dungeons Are Calling is the second studio album by Savatage, released in 1985 on Metal Blade Records.
Though the album was not released until 1985, most of the songs featured on the album and Sirens had been in the bands set list since 1979, and were part of the Live In Clearwater and City Beneath The Surface EP's. Though it is a loosely based concept album, the title track, contrary to popular belief, is not about Hell or torture. The song is about the horrors of drug use. The song used many metaphors, which have been sometimes misunderstood.
The tracks on this album were recorded on the second day of the three day process that encompassed the band's previous album, Sirens, in 1980. This album, as well as Sirens, has been cited by many death metal bands as a major influence. Critics and fans alike consider this EP and Sirens to be the two earliest examples of death metal music, with some even calling this album the first ever death metal album.
The album cover is a picture of a human skull with a homemade syringe, the cover is in reference to the title track of the album.