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Review: Dungeon - One Step Beyond
One Step Beyond

Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 2005
Duration: 54:54
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: February 14, 2011
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating
One Step Beyond

Rated 3.57/5 (71.43%) (14 Votes)

Australia's Dungeon are a known name in the Power Metal scene despite being relative outsiders to the Europeans, who have had the upper hand since the beginning. However, their sound isn't far removed from the likes of Helloween and Edguy, and with their fourth album, the impervious One Step Beyond, the band produced their most reflective and interesting release, combining the gung-ho attitude of its predecessor with an adventurous streak which brings to mind some of Maiden's ambitions during the 80s. From raging epics like "Tarranno Del Mar" and "The Art Of War" to more melodic and guitar-driven pieces such as "The Hunger" and straight to the point opener "The Power Within" (one of the band's best songs for sure), Dungeon try every facet of the genre without sounding like they are taking chances; Lord Tim and his gang push themselves until their talents are stretched, just far enough, to keep you amazed at how skilled they actually are.

One Step Beyond is, production-wise, more stripped back than A Rise To Power, more bare bones in the percussion department, but it's a superior sound that suits them better. Tim's voice is cleaner and more sugary here, and his vocal melodies are very catchy, often layered with sweet vocal harmonies that give tracks like the awesome "Against The Wind" a real commercial feel. Coupled with some interesting and cold-looking artwork (and a live DVD if you get the limited edition – which is surprisingly well filmed), One Step Beyond is a great album full of catchy, traditional Power Metal without too much pretension that'll sweep you genre-buffs away in an instant.

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