A group of guys that took the music world by storm just over 20 years ago are still going strong today. SAVATAGE has been a staple in my music collection from the moment I heard “Hall Of The Mountain King”. SAVATAGE has always been known to house 5 of the most talented musicians going and masters of Anthem Rock when it was expected to have that one anthem on each album you produce.
Having a group of guys that sport the normal instruments that make up a Heavy Metal act as well as two of the greatest piano players that Metal had to offer it isn’t any wonder that SAVATAGE had much to offer Heavy Metal.
“Gutter Ballet” was released at the end of the 80’s when everyone started buying ridiculously overpriced plaid and jumping on the “grunge” bandwagon. Up to the their most recent CD in 2001 SAVATAGE has stayed true to their sound and their musical stylings and kept writing what we all like. Straight up Progressive music.
“Gutter Ballet” became what could be considered their definitive song. This is a song that everybody has listened to at least a dozen times. I think that one of my favourite songs off this CD would have to “When The Crowds Are Gone”. Definitely a great song, that really puts life on the road and performing into a nutshell.
I spent a lot of time listening to the great music that these guys have put out and have the utmost respect for Criss Oliva’s guitar playing. This guy is without a doubt one of America’s greatest musical exports. “Of Rage And War” is a timeless song that lyrically seems to attack the terrorists of the time as well as give our world terrorists a heads up. Jon Oliva definitely has something to say about people who glorify war or condone terrorism.
Although they have had their trials as a band flipping through band members, one thing always stays the same, the music. “Gutter Ballet” is an absolute must have for all Metalheads. SAVATAGE is one of the great bands that I can’t imagine not having around. (Online February 21, 2004)