Third outing for ex-SAVATAGE main man Jon Oliva sees the creativity from the previous two albums coalesced into a brooding Prog Power Metal record the likes that Oliva hasn’t delivered since his halcyon SAVATAGE days.
‘’Global Warning’’ (no extra points for the subject mater covered) is ostensibly a mighty SAVATAGE record albeit recorded without the originals. Such is the similarity in sound and presentation that it would be difficult for it not to be. The addition of guitar riffs by the much missed Criss Oliva further instils the SAVATAGE ethos across proceedings. Therefore there’s a certain sense of comfort to be had but at the same time with the real SAVATAGE on a continual hiatus. ‘’Global Warning’’ contains all the pre-requisite Oliva trade mark swashbuckler charm and dandy, it’s more than enough to fill the gap.
From the grandiose opening of ‘’Global Warming’’ where all band members stick their oar in to the rapid, hungry Metal riffing of ‘’Adding The Cost’’ , the laconic sway of the enchanting ‘’Firefly’’ or the almost country swagger of ‘’The Ride’’ (check out the riff heavy chorus for a shot in the arm though). This is a much more rounded album than the brash more Metallic berating noise of ‘’’Tage Mahal’’ and ‘’Maniacal Renderings’.’ There’s certainly more focus and tightness in the song writing and even with the Prog Metal tag attached this is a more stream lined Hard Rock record than you first might have thought.
It’s been a long time coming for fans of SAVATAGE to finally hear Oliva get back to what he does best and even up along side ‘’Gutter Ballet’’ and ‘’Handful Of Rain’’, ‘’Global Warning’’ is a fine addition to the ‘TAGE stable of prime time recordings.
The Mountain King is back on top, where he belongs.
(Online May 12, 2008)