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OLIVA: RAISE THE CURTAIN

Jon Oliva's Pain

 

Progressive Metal

4.11 | 9 ratings

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nhbiker834
4 stars The most progressive release that we've had from Jon Oliva. Some of the same elements that have been in his music in JOP and TSO and, to a lesser extent, old Savatage, are on display here. However, Jon is definitely pushing into new-ish areas for him on this album. Lots of organ playing present; there are even some horns on this album (and flute). The Mountain King's voice is as strong as ever.

Raise the Curtain - powerful organ sound; huge gang vocals

Soul Chaser - starts off great and never lets go

Ten Years - horns! Really love this track

Father Time - reminds of 70s Southern rock, but not in a bad way

I Know - power ballad; haunting piano intro; chorus could be better

Big Brother - fast organ intro; heavy

Armageddon - good song, but perhaps a bit too much like some Dead Winter Dead songs

Soldier - great lyrics; love the flute work on it

Stalker - Jon in full scary mode

The Witch - some great parts, but a bit uneven

Can't Get Away - nothing bad here, but lacks...something

Overall, a great album. Five stars for any Sava/TSO/Butcher/JOP fan; a solid four stars for anyone else.

nhbiker834 | 4/5 |

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