Already four albums into a career that was, at last, starting to pay dividends for the band, "Hall Of The Mountain King" was to prove a milestone in the band's history. And looking back a kind of albatross around their necks.
Signed to Atlantic Records after the commercial success of the 1986 "Fight For The Rock"-album, the 'TAGE delivered an all-encompassing barrage of precision Power Metal. A far cry from the concept and technically superb albums of the 90's.
It is therefore easy to forget just how good a Power Metal-band SAVATAGE where. From the razor sharp riffing of "24 Hrs Ago" and "White Witch" to the utter brilliance of the title track this albums lacks nothing in terms of energy and passion. The rolling guitar riff of "Legions", the thunderous opening to "Devastation" preceded by a beautiful acoustic piece from the much missed Criss Oliva all handled by the strong vocals of Jon Oliva whose voice is enjoying a renaissance on the 'TAGE's latest world tour.
Subsequent SAVATAGE-releases although perhaps having better songs, better production etc. have never managed to capture the raw Heavy Metal-spirit that is in "Hall Of The Mountain King".
Tipped to be as big a player along side MAIDEN and METALLICA, SAVATAGE never have reached their potential and even to this day the fans are crying out for a return to the halcyon Metal-days.
Go and see them in concert and which song gets the loudest cheer? "Hall Of the Mountain King" and why, because MADNESS REIGNS!