5 / 5
"Maiden, Priest, Dio, a touch of Malmsteen, a tad bit of King Diamond, Alice Cooper … this, is Heavy Metal, and it is as fine as it can ever be … thank you DUNGEON WOLF, you have put a very broad smile on an old man's face."
(The Metal Wanderlust)
9 / 10
"Songs like the epic 'Worker Metal Might', the predestined live anthem 'Slavery Or Steel', and 'Last Alive', scoring with a catchy chorus, hardly ever leave their ears once they've settled down … the instrumental work of the trio is first-class … the album will almost certainly be among my personal Top 10 of the year 2018."
4 / 5
"... very interesting ... a refreshing and really weird album that I played amazingly often … somewhere between US and Proto Metal ...
DUNGEON WOLF have created their very own Metal, which relies heavily on melodies, catchy choruses and earworm quality …"
86 / 100
"... a multifaceted and well-balanced debut album … you can understand it from first song 'Hidden Dreams' … the vocals' solutions provided are various and astonishing and the spaces for guitar's solos, always really inspired, are several … the album goes on in its diversity, without never appearing boring …"
8,5 / 10
"... the underground has always been the core that kept this music alive even in the most difficult times … DUNGEON WOLF … use their Metal and 70’s Hard Rock influences and create an album that is unique and true to the core … releases like this one are the answer to those who believe that True Metal has nothing new to offer to its audience. Yes it still does and DUNGEON WOLF are here to prove it ..."
(Behind The Veil)
8 / 10
"... mix of catchy melodies, weird guitar solos and ... mercilessly good vocals ... very strong album with a lot of variety ..."
7 / 10
"‚Slavery Or Steel‘ radiates its own charm, with various quirks, for which one does not blame the band ... here is heart-blood at work and the band does what it does, honest ... high-gloss spoiled Metallers should keep their hands off ... the fan of pure Metal teaching may like to test DUNGEON WOLF."
(Rock Castle Franken)
7 / 10
"… a nice album of Epic Heavy Metal, that offers a wide range of styles, melted with their own Epic Heavy Metal roots."
6,58 / 10
"Probably many will think back to Manowar at their 'Hail To England' times ... the guitar solos are well maintained at DUNGEON WOLF ... over long, this disc could become cult just because of the easy-to-understand lyrics …"
3 / 5
"With DUNGEON WOLF we're reaching into the deepest, darkest corners of the American Heavy Metal underground … guitarist and vocalist Deryck Heignum … he's a talented and exceptional one … his style echoes traditional neoclassical forms, yet provides enough diversity and technicality to please most fret aficionados … impressive guitar work …"
"‚Slavery Or Steel‘ is the cream of the crop as far as new Metal offerings are concerned! Kudos to everyone involved with DUNGEON WOLF’s grade A debut!"
(Heavy Metal Time Machine)
"… I can only compare DUNGEON WOLF with such bands as Cauldron Born, Dawnbringer and Skullview … the answer to those who believe that True Metal has nothing new to offer to its audience. Yes it still does and DUNGEON WOLF are here to prove it."
(Behind The Veil)
"… unique guitar techniques … very cool stuff … this band stand's out …"
"… epic passages, powerful guitar and great rhythms … DUNGEON WOLF made a thrilling debut with new resonance, revisiting Classic Metal and its multiple sub genres in a very persona style, creating an excellent sound. I recommend this album to metal lovers in all its forms …"
(Rockers And Other Animals)
"… singer Deryck has an incredible vocal range … a varied journey to every corner of the traditional Heavy Metal genre … 'Slavery Or Steel' is atmospheric, melodic and captivating."
"… filled with energy … guitars painting the image of some sort of darkness rising from the surface to terrify them all …"
(The Median Man)
"… progressive … epic … technical … power … speed … and good old Heavy Metal … some really good songs here …"
(Hard Rock Info)
"… takes the term flamboyant to a new level, for the better … sounds very attractive … a fun album to listen … great guitars and vocals … if you are into it, DUNGEON WOLF are your band and 'Slavery Or Steel' is your new passion."
"… DUNGEON WOLF is brimming with a unique feeling … a voice out of the bowels of Jean Valjean … solos of madmen furious … a clean production that highlights the work of compositions … do not spin around the honeypot, 'Slavery Or Steel' is an experience that will leave traces … absolutely listen!"
||Florida • USA
||Classic Heavy Metal
||Slavery Or Steel
||September 7th, 2018
Attention: This is absolutely no material for the high-gloss-spoiled masses of superficial listeners and in-between consuming perfection fetishists. And that neither musically nor in terms of cover-art and optical representation of the band - DUNGEON WOLF
wants to be just that, so extraordinary, cranky and standing for itself!
As a true believer, totally devoted to CLASSIC HEAVY METAL, vocalist and guitarist Deryck Heignum performs his music with complete passion.
And the fully convinced also has a big heart for the concerns of the working class, as he shows textually equally impressive with the fascinating song highlight "Worker Metal Might".
In fact, the fabulously self-made debut album "Slavery Or Steel" is a treat for lovers of the old, original musical values of the genre. With the Metal gods!
Whether DUNGEON WOLF amazes progressively, or rises epic, whether he electrifies with power or speed bonds - master Heignum combines all the components of his varied songs with artistically fabulous bravery.
Because the fantastic time when Heavy Metal was still genuine and was primarily characterized by knights, swords, castles, dragons, demons, and all sorts of dark mysticism, will never lose its great appeal!
Moving from the frigid land of Cleveland, Ohio to humid Florida, Deryck teamed up with master of the bass and studio engineer Stan Martell along with expert drummer Austin Lane and the three recorded 2015’s "A Dark Formation" under the band name Stormlurker.
The release by Stormlurker was critically acclaimed with its combination of Thrash and traditional Metal. Unfortunately, due to being under funded it never made its mark on the Metal scene the way it should of though a sonic representation is to be found here.
The three Metal maniacs got together again in 2017 under the name DUNGEON WOLF in order to record a more melodic and much more traditional album entitled "Slavery Or Steel".
German label Iron Shield Records signed DUNGEON WOLF in early March. May these legendary album gets the exposure it deserves!
The very deliberately created old-school frontcover of the album clearly reveals that the timeless sound of the glorious 80s is honored herewith:
Official release date of "Slavery Or Steel": September 7th, 2018
Planning on the 2018 release the band asked for a couple of early reviews to create a buzz and received the following accolade from the review site Heavy Metal Time Machine:
"'Slavery Or Steel' is the cream of the crop as far as new Metal offerings are concerned! Kudos to everyone involved with DUNGEON WOLF's grade A debut!".
"Slavery Or Steel" is poised to make one of the biggest explosions with a debut release that the Metal scene has seen in quite some time due to the absolute original sound, top notch songwriting and production that is second to none. (Markus Eck)