Savatage, in my opinion, is the best band for all possible emotions. They can pump you up and
get your blood going, they can make you think, and they can make you cry.
The current line up has:
DUNGEONS ARE CALLING---This
album has the same line up as sirens and the same feel. I like the raw harshness that is felt
on the is album.
POWER OF THE NIGHT---This album
has the same line up and feel as the first two. There are some mediocore songs and then there
are some really bad songs in my opinion. This album shows some internal conflicts with the band.
FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT---
This album has a new member Johnny Lee Middleton on Bass and Backing Vocals. This is not
the bands favorite album but I think it has some pretty good stuff on it. The change of Bass
players was a good move.
HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING---
This album had the biggest change musically. It had the same line up as the last album but
they added a new producer that also became a co-songwriter. They also change in a direction
that I believe to be one of the smartest. They started to incorporate a classical music sound.
For instance, the song Prelude To Madness is a rewitten work of the classical composer Greig's
Hall of the Mountain King. The following albums have a very classical music overtones to them.
Not all songs are reworks of classical composers but have classical music feel. Other songs
are just plain Rockin' Heavy Metal.
GUTTER---This is a great album. I love
Gutter Ballet, When The Crowds Are Gone, Silk And Steel, Temptation Revelation, Mentally Yours,
Summer's Rain. It includes a new member of the band that they pick up touring the road.
Chris Caffery on Guitars and Keys. I believe that It won the best Metal Album of 1989 or
"STREETS" A ROCK OPERA---
This is my most favorite album of all time. I mean better than any other artist or song. This
is the most emotionally intense album I have ever encountered. The emotion in Jon Oliva can
make you feel every word and emotion the character feels. It is a Rock Opera in every sense.
Basically it is about a man named D.T. Jesus and his claim to fame and his loss to drugs and
his come back and his rediscovery in a religous aspect. It has some religous overtones to it
that fit perfectly with the theme. I would recommend this album to any first time listener to
Savatage. If you have to order it, travel thoundsands of miles or summon the Gods of music to
get this album, just get it. Listen to the emotions of all the songs and lose youself in the
EDGE OF THORNS---This is the first
album where Jon Oliva didn't sing. A new singer named Zachary Stevens took over vocals and
does a pretty good job. It took me some time to get used to it but the feel of the band was there.
One of my all time favorite instrumentals is a tune called Exit Music. It is a simple piano piece
but I personally can feel the emotion of the artist (Jon Oliva). Check out the cool cover, if
you look close enough you can see a face in the branches in the trees.
HANDFUL OF RAIN ---This album seemed
like the last album of Savatage. Not only does it not have Jon Oliva on vocals but it is also
missing Chris Oliva. Tragically Chris was killed by a drunk driver on his way to a music
festival in Florida (Savatage is originally from Florida). There is some incredibly intricate
pieces of work on this album, including a tribute to Chris Oliva, Alone You Breathe. Even thou
the song can be interpreted in a different way, if you listen enough you can feel the emotion.
The song Chance would show a new and better (in my opinion) direction.
Dead Winter Dead---This is another
awsome album. Some of my all time favorite music pieces are on here. The classical remake of
Mozart's symphany 25, Beethoven's 9th, and the Christmas music is unbelievable and powerful.
This is another rock opera that deals with the confict in Sarajevo. It is a great storyline
and a great piece of work.
THE WAKE OF MAGELLAN---One more
rock opera. This has intertwined two true stories with two ficticous stories. One is about the
a woman reporters fight against the drug lords in Ireland, one is the struggle of a youngmans
drug abuse. One is about some stow-aways on board a cargo ship in Nova
Scotia and the way some are thrown overboard to their death. The last story is about a descendant
of the famous Magellan the explorer (the one that sailed around the world) and his coping with
growing old alone. This is another excellent album with intense emotion and intricate music.
When the Crowds are Gone*
|Streets 'A Rock Opera':|
Tonight He Grins Again*
Agony and Ecstasy
|Edge of Thorns:|
Edge of Thorns*
Handful of Rain:|
Handful of Rain*
Stare Into The Sun*
Nothing Going On
Watching You Fall
Dead Winter Dead:
Dead Winter Dead
This Isn't What We Meant*