DUNGEON CRAWL & THRONE OF IRON - The Side Quest album cover art.
  • 5.4/10
    DUNGEON CRAWL & THRONE OF IRON - The Side Quest - 5.4/10


Label: Wise Blood Records
Release date: December 16, 2022

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Wise Blood Records has just released a sampler of two bands on the same album with four songs by Dungeon Crawl and three by Throne of Iron, with the material based on games such as Dungeons & Dragon and Skyrim. Both bands are from the U.S.A., with Dungeon Crawl based out of San Francisco, California and Throne of Iron hailing from Indiana. The resulting release comes off as an EP, but feels a bit like a demo recording as a whole.

About the Album

Dungeon Crawl starts off the record with their four songs that are pretty solid Thrash Metal, and are the best songs on the album. The recordings are well executed and the songs, while not groundbreaking are a pretty good listen.

Then we get to the three songs by Throne of Iron, and wonder why the two bands are on the same record. Unfortunately for Throne of Iron, the recordings sound amateurish, and the songs uninspired. The drums are barely listenable, and the mix leaves a lot to be desired.

Final Notes

If the album were just an EP of Dungeon Crawl, it would have been much more successful for this reviewer. The addition of Throne of Iron’s low budget recordings bring down the whole release. The video above contains all of the songs on the record, so judge for yourself. Unfortunately for this reviewer, the release as a whole leaves the listener wanting more, and less at the same time.



Codie Jones – Vocals/Guitar/Bass
Kris Gillette – Guitar
Javi Gomez – Drums
Lead Guitar on “Critical Failure” by Jeff Potts
Backing vocals by Dan Gomez


Tucker Thomasson – Vocals & Guitar
Corwin Deckard – Guitar
Jacob Lett – Drums
Arzab of the Howling Abyss – Bass

The Side Quest – Tracklist

1. Minions of a Dark Master – Dungeon Crawl
2. Where the Coin Falls – Dungeon Crawl
3. Critical Failure – Dungeon Crawl
4. Chained to the Grave – Dungeon Crawl
5. Gods of Liquid Gold – Throne of Iron
6. Curse of the Lightningmancer – Throne of Iron
7. Tricksters – Throne of Iron


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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