MENU
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

SAVATAGE

Progressive Metal • United States


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Savatage picture
Savatage biography
See also:

- Trans-Siberian Orchestra
- John Oliva's Pain

Great band from New York formed by brothers Jon/Chris Oliva that started in 1981 under the name of AVATAR, and late in 1983 change the name to SAVATAGE, date when they released his first work "Sirens". At the beginning of their career the musical style was oriented to classic 80īs Heavy Metal, but in 1989 they change a bit his music introducing more keyboards and giving a symphonic/metal sound to his works. "Sirens", "Dungeons Are Calling" and "Hall Of The Mountain King" are the most notable albums of the early period. In 1989, with the change of sound they released "Gutter Ballet" an album with very god reviews that was follow with a long tour, after this, the release two albums more, "Streets" in 1991 and "Edge of Thorns" in 1993, this year was also a tragic date, because this year a drunk driver killed Chris Oliva, one of the founded members, but after this the band returns with a new album "Handful Of Rain", maybe a bit harder than the previous, but with the same symphonic/metal sound follow with the release of a live album in Japan and a Chris Oliva tribute album with songs recorded live from they early period.

1995 was the real change of sound and the beginning of a great concept albums, with the release of "Dead Winter Dead", a concept album about Sarajevo War, with the collaboration of a orchestra on the album, this album was follow with two compilations and in 1997 "The Wake Of Magellan" saw the light, a great concept album about "Fernando De Magallanes" and one of the best or the best symphonic/orchestra/metal albums ever made, this album was also the last album with the Zak Stevens (lead singer since "Edge Of Thorns"), but the band returns in 2001 with another concept album called "Poets And Madmen" with a similar sound to the 1989īs "Gutter Ballet", and the return to vocals of Jon Oliva, original member and lead singer from "Sirens" to "Streets".

Besides SAVATAGE, most of his members play on a side-project called TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, a orchestra-metal band with three albums, first two oriented to Christmas sound and the last one is a concept album about Beethoven music (this one especially recomended). Also exist another side-proje...
read more

Savatage official website

SAVATAGE MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

SAVATAGE forum topics / tours, shows & news


SAVATAGE forum topics Create a topic now
SAVATAGE tours, shows & news
No topics found for : "savatage"
Post an entries now

SAVATAGE Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to SAVATAGE

Buy SAVATAGE Music


Hall of the Mountain KingHall of the Mountain King
Import
Ais 2011
Audio CD$6.04
$9.35 (used)
Streets: A Rock OperaStreets: A Rock Opera
Atlantic Off Roster 1991
Audio CD$6.14
$4.37 (used)
Power of the NightPower of the Night
Import
101 DISTRIBUTION 2010
Audio CD$5.92
$6.67 (used)
Dungeons Are CallingDungeons Are Calling
Import
101 DISTRIBUTION 2010
Audio CD$6.18
$7.10 (used)
Fight for the RockFight for the Rock
Import
Edel Europe 2011
Audio CD$5.96
$4.45 (used)
Gutter BalletGutter Ballet
Atlantic Off Roster 1990
Audio CD$20.95
$4.35 (used)
Poets & MadmenPoets & Madmen
Import
Ais 2011
Audio CD$5.74
$6.40 (used)
Gutter BalletGutter Ballet
Import
Ais 2011
Audio CD$5.94
$4.91 (used)
Handful Of Rain CD JAPAN Import 1994 XRCN-1147Handful Of Rain CD JAPAN Import 1994 XRCN-1147
Audio CD$32.06
$3.25 (used)
Collector's EditionCollector's Edition
Import
Imports 2015
Audio CD$11.77
$18.69 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
SAVATAGE STREETS (A ROCK OPERA) 2 DISC VINYL SEALED USD $25.55 [0 bids]
Savatage - Fight For The Rock Cassette Tape USD $5.00 Buy It Now 50m 6s
SAVATAGE Gutter Ballet CASSETTE TAPE 1989 HEAVY METAL ALBUM USD $5.00 Buy It Now 55m 20s
RARE Cassettes Rigor Mortis, Savatage, Alice Cooper, Trick or Treat USD $20.00 Buy It Now 3h 9m
SAVATAGE Dungeons Are Calling CD ORG Metal Blade Records 3984-14076 Heavy Metal USD $14.00 Buy It Now 4h 14m
SAVATAGE Sirens / The Dungeons Are Calling CD ORG Metal Blade CDZORRO 83 Heavy USD $12.00 Buy It Now 4h 14m
SAVATAGE Dead Winter Dead (Compact Disc, CD 1995) ATLANTIC 82850-2 USD $10.49 Buy It Now 5h 39m
REIGN - Now & Forever Savatage, Omen, Metal Church, Virgin Steele, Armored Saint USD $14.99 Buy It Now 8h 50m
Poets & Madmen by Savatage USD $8.95 Buy It Now 10h 19m
Savatage - Edge Of Thorns - CD - Original 1993 Release USD $6.39 [0 bids]
11h 2m
Savatage Return To Wacken CD new USD $14.99 Buy It Now 13h 21m
SAVATAGE FIGHT FOR THE ROCK LP 1986 DMM PRESS NM TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA USD $22.99 Buy It Now 14h 21m
Savatage - Gutter Ballet NEW CD USD $8.55 Buy It Now 15h 37m
Savatage Dead Winter Dead Japan import cd bonus track USD $14.99 Buy It Now 16h 7m
Poets & Madmen [Japan] by Savatage (CD, Apr-2001, Crown) Import bonus live track USD $14.99 Buy It Now 16h 7m
SAVATAGE SATYRICON POSTER USD $9.99 Buy It Now 16h 14m
SAVATAGE - FIGHT FOR ROCK - 10tr LP - GER 1986 - 1st PRESSING USD $22.99 Buy It Now 16h 29m
POWER CHORDS, ANTHRAX,OVERKILL,SAVATAGE,- PROMO COMP. SEALED CASSETTE USD $6.99 [0 bids]
16h 38m
SAVATAGE - Fight For The Rock 1986 cassette ATLANTIC 81634-4 HEAVY METAL USD $9.99 Buy It Now 17h 18m
Edge of Thorns Savatage CD USD $43.19 Buy It Now 19h 11m
SAVATAGE Dead Winter Dead CD Orig BMG USD $5.75 Buy It Now 19h 11m
Savatage - Sirens Hail of the mountain king Power of the night Cassettes USD $30.00 Buy It Now 19h 41m
Savatage Power of The Night digipack CD new USD $9.99 Buy It Now 20h 19m
Savatage ?- Handful Of Rain - 1994, Import UK CD, Bullet Proof Records, USD $9.99 Buy It Now 22h 35m
SAVATAGE - Handful of Rain - CD ** Brand New ** USD $16.75 Buy It Now 1 day
REVERENCE Gods Of War + 1 JAPAN CD Avatar Savatage Crimson Glory Tokyo Blade Rio USD $28.50 Buy It Now 1 day
SAVATAGE Japan 10 tracks CD, HANDFUL OF RAIN USD $29.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Savatage 'Fight For The Rock' LTD Ed 1000cop Pic LP Picture Disc Vinyl Record EX USD $34.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Savatage 'Power Of The Night' LTD Ed 1000cop Pic LP Picture Disc Vinyl Record EX USD $39.99 Buy It Now 1 day
CATCH 22 - AWAKEN cd metallica maiden dio testament pantera savatage priest NEW! USD $8.98 [0 bids]
USD $11.68 Buy It Now
1 day
CATCH 22 - SOULREAPER cd metallica maiden dio testament pantera savatage priest USD $8.98 [0 bids]
USD $11.68 Buy It Now
1 day
CHRIS CAFFERY - FACES 2004 1PR 2XCD SET NEW! SAVATAGE TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA USD $7.99 Buy It Now 1 day
SAVATAGE - Power Of The Night Vinyl USD $18.99 Buy It Now 1 day
SAVATAGE/LIZZY BORDEN BEST OF CD LOT HEAVY METAL 1980s thrashing USD $19.99 Buy It Now 1 day
ANGEL WITCH SINISTER HISTORY VINYL LP RARE LE 306/666 EX.COND. savatage venom US USD $89.99 [0 bids]
USD $139.49 Buy It Now
1 day
TROUBLE TALES OF BRAVE ULYSSES ORIG VINYL LP METAL BLADE84 savatage eric clapton USD $28.99 [0 bids]
USD $44.00 Buy It Now
1 day
Savatage - Sirens 1983/95 Metal Blade Records Japan W/OBI Rare OOP HTF USD $38.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Savatage - Edge Of Thorns 1993/97 Victor Japan W/OBI Rare OOP HTF USD $48.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Vintage Savatage Gutter Ballet Cassette Tape HAIR METAL NEW USD $7.49 Buy It Now 1 day
Savatage Dead Winter Dead Cassette Tape 11z USD $6.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Ghost in the Ruins: A Tribute to Chris Oliva by Savatage (CD, Apr-2000, Nuclear. USD $12.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Savatage - Dead Winter Dead (CD, Oct-1995, Atlantic) USD $10.95 Buy It Now 1 day
SAVATAGE - POETS AND MADMEN 1CD BRAND NEW SEALED USD $14.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Handful Of Rain Savatage Audio CD USD $14.05 Buy It Now 1 day
Savatage - Handful of Rain [New CD] USD $10.19 Buy It Now 2 days
Savatage - Dead Winter Dead [New CD] UK - Import USD $10.08 Buy It Now 2 days
METAL Promo CD Helloween-Blind Guardian-Savatage-Angel Dust-Hammerfall-Sentenced USD $4.95 Buy It Now 2 days
Savatage - Dead Winter Dead [New CD] UK - Import USD $8.97 Buy It Now 2 days
Savatage - Handful of Rain [New CD] USD $9.00 Buy It Now 2 days
ATTICK DEMONS Let's Raise Hell + 1 JAPAN CD Iron Mask Deadlyforce Savatage USD $24.50 Buy It Now 2 days
Savatage Wake Of Magellanae UK vinyl LP NEW sealed USD $62.43 Buy It Now 2 days
PRETTY MAIDS Same First 12" vinyl album LP par Records Savatage Avatar NWOBHM USD $40.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Savatage Still The Orchestra Plays Greatest Hits CD new jewel case USD $11.25 Buy It Now 2 days
SAVATAGE - THE WAKE OF MAGELLAN - 13tr 2LP - GER 1997 - 1st PRESSING USD $95.99 Buy It Now 2 days
SAVATAGE - Sarajevo Mega Rare 12" Picture Disc Promo Dead Winter Dead Single LP USD $259.99 Buy It Now 2 days
DOCTOR BUTCHER s/t 2-CD **sealed** Savatage - Chris Caffery - Chris Oliva USD $6.99 [0 bids]
2 days
CHRIS CAFFERY Faces 2-CD **sealed** Savatage - Chris Oliva USD $1.99 [1 bids]
2 days
Gutter Ballet [Savatage] [4029759040521] New CD USD $11.98 Buy It Now 2 days
SAVATAGE Handful Of Rain + Dead Winter Dead CRCL-4781/82 CD JAPAN NEW USD $194.95 Buy It Now 2 days
Dead Winter Dead by Savatage (CD, Oct-1995, Atlantic (Label)) USD $5.17 Buy It Now 2 days
Mad Trax 2 Beyond Metal Zone By Metallica Surgin Savatage UK G/F 2x LP ELP1281 USD $19.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Chris Caffery - W.A.R.P.E.D (CD, Sep-2005, Black Lotus (USA) DIGIPAK SAVATAGE USD $4.83 Buy It Now 2 days
CAGE - ASTROLOGY cd savatage priest metal Supremacy Steel Annihilation SEALED! USD $8.98 [0 bids]
USD $11.68 Buy It Now
2 days
SAVATAGE - DEAD WINTER DEAD CD 1995 JAPAN ZERO XRCN-1249 USD $16.19 Buy It Now 2 days
SAVATAGE - HANDFUL OF RAIN CD 1994 JAPAN XRCN-1147 OBI ZERO USD $17.59 Buy It Now 2 days
SAVATAGE - Poets & Madmen CD 2001 SPV STEAMHAMMER IMPORT + 2 POSTER USD $17.99 Buy It Now 2 days
SAVATAGE - STREETS A ROCK OPERA CD 1994 JAPAN OBI AMCY-712 ATLANTIC RARE USD $16.71 Buy It Now 2 days
SAVATAGE - The Wake of Magellan (CD 1997) JAPAN OBI VICP-60079 VICTOR USD $17.59 Buy It Now 2 days
SAVATAGE - WAKE OF THE MAGELLAN CD 1997 LIMITED EDITION POSTER SLIPCASE USD $17.59 Buy It Now 2 days
POWER CHORDS CASSETTE 1987 OVERKILL RAVEN SAVATAGE TESTAMENT MALICE MANOWAR USD $2.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Savatage - Power Of The Night (cassette) USD $6.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Savatage - Power Of The Night - 1985 Vinyl 12'' Lp./ VG+/ Hard Rock Metal USD $24.99 Buy It Now 2 days
SAVATAGE Dungeons Are Calling: Silver Anniversary Collectors Edition CD SEALED USD $9.99 [0 bids]
2 days
SAVATAGE Streets: A Rock Opera RARE OOP Heavy Metal CD ATLANTIC 1991 Jon Oliva USD $3.99 [0 bids]
2 days
SAVATAGE Sirens: Silver Anniversary Collectors Edition CD Remastered 2002 SEALED USD $6.99 [1 bids]
2 days
SAVATAGE Edge Of Thorns RARE OOP Heavy Metal CD 1993 Atlantic NE USD $4.99 [0 bids]
2 days
SAVATAGE CD 2 -N- 1 SIRENS / THE DUNGEONS ARE CALLING COMBAT RARE EX- USD $29.95 [0 bids]
3 days
Power Chords Vol 1 LP Atlantic/Megaforce Compilation Anthrax Overkill Savatage USD $9.12 Buy It Now 3 days
SAVATAGE - GUTTER BALLET MEGA RARE 12" PICTURE DISC PROMO MAXI SINGLE LP MINT USD $219.99 Buy It Now 3 days
SAVATAGE - Commissar MEGA RARE 12" PICTURE DISC PROMO (Poets And Madmen) LP MINT USD $199.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Savatage - Edge Of Thorns Ultra Rare 12" Promo Picture Disc Rock Heavy Metal LP USD $219.99 Buy It Now 3 days
SAVATAGE - GUTTER BALLET. / REISSUED WITH 2 BONUS TRACKS. ( RUNNING WILD ) USD $9.77 Buy It Now 3 days
@ CD SAVATAGE - POETS AND MADMEN / STEAMHAMMER RECORDS 2001 USD $7.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Jon Oliva`s Pain (Savatage) Festival Brand New, Sealed, Multipage Booklet, OBI USD $6.30 Buy It Now 3 days
Jon Oliva`s Pain (Savatage) Tage Mahal Brand New, Sealed, Multipage Booklet, OBI USD $7.20 Buy It Now 3 days
SAVATAGE - Hall Of The Mountain King, 1 Audio-CD USD $10.57 Buy It Now 3 days
METALIUM - NOTHING TO UNDO CD NEW MASSACRE 2007 POWER SAVATAGE CIRCLE II CIRCLE USD $19.00 Buy It Now 3 days
SAVATAGE Handful Of Rain '94 JAPAN CD OBI XRCN-1147 PROG MELODIC METAL TESTAMENT USD $18.49 Buy It Now 3 days
SAVATAGE Japan Live '94 JAPAN CD OBI XRCN-1210 OOP PROG MELODIC METAL TESTAMENT USD $22.19 Buy It Now 3 days
SAVATAGE The Best And Rest '97 JAPAN ONLY CD w/OBI VICP-60166 PROG MELODIC METAL USD $18.49 Buy It Now 3 days
Mad Trax 2 - Beyond Metal Zone double LP / Metallica/ Savatage/Tygers/Exciter/ USD $4.98 Buy It Now 3 days
SAVATAGE - HANDFUL OF RAIN - (CD, Aug-1994, Atlantic) Original Release Metal USD $7.50 [0 bids]
USD $9.75 Buy It Now
3 days
Poets & Madmen [Digipak] by Savatage (CD, Dec-2011, Ear Music) USD $6.93 Buy It Now 3 days
CD SAVATAGE Edge Of Thorns - Release 1993 - Excellent condition !!! USD $13.00 Buy It Now 3 days
SAVATAGE Hall of The Mountain King vinyl LP 1987 Atlantic Records SEALED USD $75.00 Buy It Now 3 days
SAVATAGE / Streets: A Rock Opera - '94, JAPAN OBI ~RARE!! USD $7.90 [0 bids]
3 days
Savatage: Streets A Rock Opera CD 1991 Atlantic Records A2 82320 / CRC Original USD $9.95 Buy It Now 3 days
Chris Caffery Your Heaven Is Real Savatage USD $13.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Power Chords Volume 1 Cassette Tape Anthrax Ace Frehley Savatage Testament... USD $2.49 Buy It Now 3 days
BLACKSMITH Fire from within CD Gargoyle Savatage Titan Force USD $4.99 Buy It Now 3 days

More places to buy SAVATAGE music online Buy SAVATAGE & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
SAVATAGE has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

SAVATAGE discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

SAVATAGE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.05 | 61 ratings
Sirens
1983
3.21 | 61 ratings
Power Of The Night
1985
2.26 | 54 ratings
Fight For The Rock
1986
3.90 | 132 ratings
Hall Of The Mountain King
1987
4.02 | 159 ratings
Gutter Ballet
1989
4.16 | 202 ratings
Streets - A Rock Opera
1991
4.03 | 146 ratings
Edge of Thorns
1993
3.84 | 92 ratings
Handful of Rain
1994
3.86 | 130 ratings
Dead Winter Dead
1995
3.83 | 128 ratings
The Wake of Magellan
1998
3.84 | 96 ratings
Poets & Madmen
2001

SAVATAGE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.93 | 17 ratings
Japan Live '94
1995
4.60 | 27 ratings
Ghost in the Ruins / Final Bell
1995

SAVATAGE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.86 | 9 ratings
Japan Live '94
1995

SAVATAGE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.59 | 8 ratings
From the Gutter to the Stage
1996
1.92 | 3 ratings
The Best and the Rest (Japanese Greatest Hits)
1997
2.00 | 2 ratings
Believe (compilation)
1998
3.50 | 6 ratings
Still The Orchestra Plays - Greatest Hits Volume 1 & 2
2010

SAVATAGE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.33 | 27 ratings
The Dungeons Are Calling
1985
2.33 | 6 ratings
One Child (single)
1996
3.14 | 7 ratings
Commissar
2001

SAVATAGE Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Edge of Thorns by SAVATAGE album cover Studio Album, 1993
4.03 | 146 ratings

BUY
Edge of Thorns
Savatage Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars On a certain level, Edge of Thorns is doomed to be forever known as the final Savatage album to feature Criss Oliva before his tragic death, so it's just as well that it sees Criss Oliva take a good share of the spotlight - partly as a by- product of Jon Oliva stepping back from being an official member of the lineup. New lead vocalist Zachary Stevens takes up the baton adeptly - the track Conversation Piece, in particular, gives him a moment to really show what he can do on that front - whilst Criss' prominent lead guitar performance makes this album a fitting memorial to his talents.
 Gutter Ballet by SAVATAGE album cover Studio Album, 1989
4.02 | 159 ratings

BUY
Gutter Ballet
Savatage Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Deploying some orchestral and keyboard hits to their grandiose style of US power metal might make you think that Savatage were running a risk of descending into flat-out pretentious pomposity, but on Gutter Ballet they walk the tightrope magnificently. Not quite going into prog metal territory but certainly letting off warning shots at its borders, not so much going full symphonic metal with the orchestral elements but instead using the strings to add a certain much to their more traditional power metal style, Savatage juggle numerous musical ingredients with skill and produce an album which is simultaneously punchy and nuanced, accessible and intricate.
 Handful of Rain by SAVATAGE album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.84 | 92 ratings

BUY
Handful of Rain
Savatage Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Handful Of Rain" is the 8th full-length studio album by US, Florida based heavy/power metal act Savatage. The album was released through Atlantic Records in August 1994. Thereīs been one lineup change since the release of "Edge Of Thorns (1993)" as guitarist/composer Criss Oliva died in a tragic car accident (involving a drunk driver behind the wheel of the other car) in October 1993. Older brother and lead vocalist Jon Oliva had already jumped ship before the recording sessions for "Edge Of Thorns (1993)" (he was replaced by Zachary Stevens), so "Handful Of Rain" is the first Savatage release not to feature at least one of the Oliva brothers in the lineup (although Jon remained the primary composer along with producer Paul OīNeill, and also performs session piano on the album). Criss Oliva is replaced here by former Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick.

So how does Savatage sound with none of the two Oliva brothers in the lineup? Well it sounds unmistakably like Savatage. While Skolnick could never replace Criss Oliva (no one could have...), he is a very capable guitarist and his contributions to the album suits the compositions perfectly. As far as the material goes, there hasnīt been much change since "Edge Of Thorns (1993)". The tracks maybe lean a bit more toward musical territory and they are maybe slightly less heavy tracks than on the predessecor, but itīs details, and overall "Handful Of Rain" is through and through the sound of Savatage.

As the case has been on the last couple of albums, the material on "Handful Of Rain" is relatively diverse, and there are both really heavy tracks like "Taunting Cobras" and "Nothing's Going On" and more epic (though still heavy tracks) like the title track and "Castles Burning", featured on the album. There are also more progressive oriented tracks on the album like "Chance", which is definitely one of the most progressive tracks in the bandīs discography, heavily influenced by musicals and featuring a multi harmony counterpoint vocal section (not completely unlike what you hear on some Queen songs). The closing "Alone You Breathe" deserves a mention too. Itīs a slow building power ballad type track, which in itīs long coda uses lyric lines from "When The Crowds Are Gone" (off "Gutter Ballet (1989)") and "Believe" (off "Streets: A Rock Opera (1991)"). As Frank Zappa would have put it: "Conceptual Continuity".

Overall the quality of the material is high throughout, and all tracks are instantly catchy and memorable. I would have prefered a few more rockers instead of the many epic tracks, but on the other hand itīs hard not to be impressed by how skillfully executed and well written the material is, and then it matters less that the really hard rocking and faster paced tracks are relatively few. "Handful Of Rain" features a powerful and well sounding production too, and upon conclusion itīs yet another high quality release by the band. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

 Edge of Thorns by SAVATAGE album cover Studio Album, 1993
4.03 | 146 ratings

BUY
Edge of Thorns
Savatage Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Edge Of Thorns" is the 7th full-length studio album by by US, Florida based heavy/power metal act Savatage. The album was released through Atlantic Records in April 1993. A major lineup change has taken place since the release of "Streets: A Rock Opera (1991)" as lead vocalist, composer, and founding member Jon Oliva left Savatage after the tour supporting "Streets: A Rock Opera (1991)". His substance abuse and the strain of touring had taken itīs toll on him, and he decided it would be best for him to quit the band and try and solve his personal issues. Oliva is replaced here by Zachary Stevens. He stayed on as composer though, and like the case have been on the last couple of albums, all songwriting is credited to Jon Oliva, Criss Oliva, and producer Paul OīNeill. The remaining part of the lineup are Criss Oliva (guitars, backing vocals), Johnny Lee Middleton (bass, backing vocals), and Steve Wacholz (drums, percussion).

"Edge Of Thorns" succeeds what is often considered the bandīs peak period (1987-1991), and adding to that the change on the lead vocalist spot, the album wasnīt exactly created under the easiest conditions. While Zachary Stevens canīt fully live up to the incredible vocal qualities of Jon Oliva, he is still a greatly skilled singer in his own right, and a suitable replacement with a strong voice and commanding delivery, who most fans of the band quickly accepted.

Stylistically the music on the 13 track, 53:57 minutes long album is unmistakably the sound of Savatage. Hard rocking heavy riffs, blistering solos and lead themes, a pounding organic rhythm section (there are actually electric drums on this one, which take away a bit of the usually more organic sounding tone), and raw yet melodic vocals in front. Piano and keyboards are also part of the sound, but they are not as dominant as they were on the predecessor. In that respect "Edge Of Thorns" is a more guitar driven and immediate album than "Streets: A Rock Opera (1991)", which required more spins to sink in and which had more sophisticated song arrangements. There are still quite a few sophisticated tracks featured on this album too though, so itīs not a through and through raw and unpolished heavy/power metal album like some of the bandīs early releases. But why would it be this long into the bandīs career? Taking into consideration their development of sound over the years, itīs only natural that the raw power is a bit more restrained and that the overall sound is relatively polished.

Savatage vary their sound from epic mid-paced tracks, to heavy US power metal, to hard rocking energetic rockers, and a couple of more quit/mellow tracks. Highlights include "He Carves His Stone" (which is among the bandīs most hard edged tracks), the title track, "Follow Me", "Damien", and the two energetic rockers "Lights Out" and "Miles Away". The latter reminds me a bit of a hard edged Van Halen track. The material is generally well written and catchy though. The whole thing is packed in a professional, clear, and powerful sounding production, which helps bring out the details in the music. Upon conclusion "Edge Of Thorns" is another fairly strong Savatage release, but compared to the preceding three studio albums, it canīt quite live up to the extremely high quality of those. Still a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is well deserved.

 Dead Winter Dead by SAVATAGE album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.86 | 130 ratings

BUY
Dead Winter Dead
Savatage Progressive Metal

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

3 stars With a high sense of dramatic flair, instrumental proficiency, and song variety, Savatage's Dead Winter Dead is a great prog-metal experience from the '90's. It shows it's age with some ham-fisted keyboard sounds, abundance of hard rock guitar soloing, and gruff machismo vocals, but the overall experience is solid and pulled off very well, especially given its ambition.

Dead Winter Dead is a tale of the human experience during civil unrest and war; the plot is basically Oscar-bait, but the music will appeal strongly to prog metal fans who love the raw sound of the genre's infancy. Oliva and company create a thick, heavy, melodic, and dynamic sound. Part blues, part refined metal, and part faux-symphony, this album has a little bit of everything, and while I can't say that it does any one thing exceptionally well, the total package comes together for a unique and rewarding experience.

The highlights have got to be the song writing and and instrumental work. The writing is unapologetically conceptual, so don't expect many big hooks or choruses to get stuck in your head. This is an album driven by narrative, but not weighted down by it. This creates the impressions of a story without the explicitness heard on many other concept albums - a big plus for me. The songs are short, punchy, and highly varied. The playing gets the job done, especially the guitar work, which is voluminous, heavy, and filled with solo moments.

The music is dated, but it doesn't matter because when it works, it works big time. The opening and suite ("Overture" through "Starlight"), as well as the third-act suite ("Memory" through "One Child") strike me as the strongest moments. The keyboard heavy treatments of classical works, and especially the Christmas song are gimmicky, and stick-out obnoxiously in an otherwise solid song lineup. An unfortunate crossover with Oliva's Transiberian Railroad project that hams up an otherwise prog experience! The overall tone is somewhat dark, brooding, threatening, but also optimistic. There's a sensitive streak of hope that shimmers beneath the metal riffing and melodies of Dead Winter Dead that is compelling.

This album is a strong 3.5, and highly recommended for rock fans who enjoy some sensitivity in their metal, and especially for prog metal fans who want to hear an early success story that shows us that a flurry of guitar shredding alone doesn't necessarily make a great album - it takes a touch of class, too.

Songwriting: 4 - Instrumental Performances: 3 - Lyrics/Vocals: 3 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

 Streets - A Rock Opera by SAVATAGE album cover Studio Album, 1991
4.16 | 202 ratings

BUY
Streets - A Rock Opera
Savatage Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Streets: A Rock Opera" is the 6th full-length studio album by US, Florida based heavy/power metal act Savatage. The album was released through Atlantic Records in October 1991. There's been one lineup change since the release of "Gutter Ballet (1989)" as second guitarist Chris Caffery has left, making Savatage a four-piece again. "Streets: A Rock Opera" is a concept album telling the story of troubled rock star DT Jesus. The story is based on a play (titled "Gutter Ballet") that producer Paul O'Neill had written in 1979 and which he had originally intended for a Broadway musical. It remained in a drawer in his house until Criss Oliva found it, and the band picked it up and turned it into "Streets: A Rock Opera".

"Streets: A Rock Opera" sees Savatage developing their style once again. "Gutter Ballet (1989)" saw them incorporating elements from musicals, orchestration, and just a generally more sophisticated and detailed songwriting approach than before. That musical direction is continued and further developed on "Streets: A Rock Opera". The basis in the music is still heavy/power metal with the rare nod towards progressive metal. The progressive tendencies are more due to the overall concept of the release, than due to the compositions themselves, which are predominantly vers/chorus structured. Savatage challenge conventional songwriting here more than ever though and at times the tracks are relatively adventurous, although you won't be exposed to long instrumental parts or other progressive metal traits. Keyboards/piano play a more dominant role on this album than on any Savatage release before it, but they rarely function as a lead instrument. They are rather used for atmosphere, orchestration, and harmonization.

Musically "Streets: A Rock Opera" was the most diverse Savatage release up until then. It's a highly dynamic release featuring both heavy/power metal tunes like "Jesus Saves" and "Agony And Ecstasy", heavy mid-paced epic tracks like "Streets" and "Ghost In The Ruins", up-tempo energetic rockers like "Sammy And Tex" (that swing rhythm is infectiously catchy) and "Strange Reality", epic power ballads like "Tonight He Grins Again" and "If I Go Away", and shorter ballad type tracks like "You're Alive" and "Heal My Soul". All musical styles and songs are placed strategically on the tracklist to make most impact along with the concept story.

"Streets: A Rock Opera" is a well produced album, featuring a powerful, detailed, and clear sound production, which suits the music perfectly. The musicianship is as always on a high level. The rhythm section of drummer Steve Wacholz and bassist Johnny Lee Middleton are a hard pounding machine, who drives the music forward with great energy and passion, while guitarist Criss Oliva plays one great catchy riff after another and also delivers blistering solo work. Lead vocalist Jon Oliva sings with both his commanding rusty voice and in a more sensitive fashion, but always with a great melodic sensibility. His performance here is both varied and very well executed.

So upon conclusion it's safe to say that "Streets: A Rock Opera" is a very impressive high quality release. The concept isn't the most original as artists like The Who and Pink Floyd (just to mention a few) have done similar things in the past, but it still works reasonably well, as Savatage skillfully combine music and lyrics into a great whole. Even with 16 tracks and a full playing time of 68:33 minutes, the album never feels long and there's nothing on the album which feels unnecessary or doesn't live up to the high quality of the rest of the material. This is through and through a well thought out, well executed, and well produced album. A 4.5 star (90%) rating is fully deserved.

 Hall Of The Mountain King by SAVATAGE album cover Studio Album, 1987
3.90 | 132 ratings

BUY
Hall Of The Mountain King
Savatage Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Adding progressive metal accents to their power metal style, Hall of the Mountain King finds Savatage in a mood which is equal parts experimental and playful. Knocking off a metallised Grieg cover in the form of Prelude to Madness come across more like a bit of fun than a track to be taken more seriously, and I think it slightly suffers from its placement on the CD - remember, on the original album it was the opening track to side 2, so it's slightly less disruptive there as a quick goof-off than as the momentum-sapper in the middle of the running order it is on the CD. Still, aside from that one track the group are in good form and in general the album is highly enjoyable if you're after progressive power metal that doesn't take itself too seriously.
 Streets - A Rock Opera by SAVATAGE album cover Studio Album, 1991
4.16 | 202 ratings

BUY
Streets - A Rock Opera
Savatage Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars With vocalist Jon Oliva's Alice Cooper-inspired delivery honed to perfection and the band in good form, Savatage's Streets: A Rock Opera is an enjoyable listen which may get a little cheesy here and there (especially on concluding track Believe) but is entertaining enough to let me just about accept the cheese. From the opening skit, which manages to pitch itself perfectly between theatrical flair and realistic grit, the band manage an impressive tightrope act which ensures that no aspect of their sound from the progressive to the cheesy to the balls-out heavy goes wanting for attention, making this a well-rounded album which should have wide appeal to a broad range of listeners.
 Fight For The Rock by SAVATAGE album cover Studio Album, 1986
2.26 | 54 ratings

BUY
Fight For The Rock
Savatage Progressive Metal

Review by Monsterbass74

2 stars The short: The 'Tage make a foray into pop as per instructions from Atlantic or else...

I love the 'Tage, but this album is the "so-so" pop effort made by the band at the request of the record company, complete with PMRC type warning stickers... yet there were no curse words in any of the songs to be found. It has 3 strong songs and one good one revamped from the earlier days while the rest is not the best if you would wish to dig and rock out to typical 80's hard rock.

Jon's voice and piano/key playing (though my cassette notes say someone else, *Russian type name forgotten-lost cassette*, played synths, which I doubt) and Chris' guitar work are always top notch. The production is pure 80's metal with lots of "verb". Too much on the snare. It starts to sound like Kweensryche (sic).

The songs that are worth it:

The synth intro of "The Edge Of Midnight" is an obvious yet more complex homage to "Mr. Crowley." It's a good rocker with some more synths thrown in the right spots. It's my fav song here. It's worth the album alone.

"Hyde", which to some is the highlight of this album, is a prog-ish metal horror flick in a song. Kind of like what Alice Cooper would have presented... but Savatage does it much better.

"Lady In Disguise" is an upbeat (reworked song in 'Tage's old song Rolodex) ballad that has some piano and synth work. It's got a killer middle 8 and a nice bit out of the solo.

"Red Light Paradise" is another solid rocker sans the prog. Might be about a bordello.

It's not THAT bad. It's not terrible at all. It's not the Savatage we're used to.

All I know is that Atlantic wanted 'Tage to record the songs Jon Oliva wrote for other artists. These proposed songs weren't bonafide 'Tage songs save for "Midnight", "Hyde" and "Red Light". I'm sure Tina Turner or John Waite could rock some of these. I wasn't heart broken when I listened to it as a kid. I liked some of these alot. The others: a Badfinger and a Free cover, and a re-recorded work ("Out On The Streets") didn't work for me. "She's Only Rock And Roll" is kinda like a rockin'-funky vibe like. "Crying For Love" and the title song isn't very good, though.

This album? It's for the fans to gripe about. It is not like "Power Of The Night" ... not like the Savatage we know and love. They come back, however, with the killer "Hall Of The Mountain King" which is highly recommended.

(RIP Chris Oliva)

 Poets & Madmen by SAVATAGE album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.84 | 96 ratings

BUY
Poets & Madmen
Savatage Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 3.5 really

I'm a big fan of this band for almost 20 years, each album they released was unique with intelligent song writting and top notch musicianship. The last album to date of this excellent band named Poets and madmen dates from 2001 and is as I expected a good one but not really among their top 5 albums. With Oliva back behind the mic like in the glory days, he also is the main composer and the keybordist of the band since the beggining. I liked a lot the voice of Zachary Stevens he was fiting perfectly in Savatage music, Edge of thorns beinng his true mastrpice where his voice was heavenly, now he quitted in 2000 aswell Al Pitrelli gone being part of Megadeth machine in that period. Well over all sound is little darker because of the lyrics and aswell more powerful then previous works who were with progressive elemenets all over, nice pianos , solos and all, this time with Oliva back on voice the compositions sound like in their early years not far from Hall of the mountain king era but little less intresting then that album. Anyway not a single piece is weak, but the magic is not so present as on Streets or Edge of thorns for example. Even the voice of Oliva is more angry then usual. Pieces like Stay With Me A While, There In The Silence or The Rumour (Jesus) shows that Savatage has still big potential with great ideas and adventurous playing. Very solid instrumental passages as always, they don't disappoint at all with not a single labum, since the beggining they were a consistent band with imaginative instrumental sections. As I said I'm a big fan of the band and because of thet 3 stars to this one rouned up with half a star because worth it. Among the best bands ever to me.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to CCVP for the last updates

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives