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3 stars Classic metal era Savatage, without as much Savatage spirit.

We find Savatage riding another transitional train. Here it is the short (thankfully) delve into radio formatted hard rock. Two releases would do this, with Power of the Night being much more enjoyable.

The songs rock powerfully, with emphasis on standout tracks, the rest being delegated to competent filler. Criss is shown flowering as a guitarist, and Jon works ever closer to his delicious swagger. Some songs just balls to the wall hammer on. Unusual has some fiery guitar flairs, biting viciously. It is just a shame that the lyrics that are found on this album are the worst Savatage ever had, well, it would get worse on the following album...

Warriors is another definite standout. The screeching metal is fantastic, and it rocks uniquely in a Savatage manner. the small keyboard fills and sound effects don't hinder the music, which is fairly strong. Necrophilia is more of the same metal style, and shows a bit of stagnation that doesn't fully impress me. Criss is sure a fine guitarist, though. I just don't think too highly of the executed musical ideas.

Washed Out is almost thrash metal, but it is painfully simplistic. I like it, however, it isn't the highlight. Not exactly filler, but you won't miss much from skipping it. That solo is juicy, though. Hard For Love cements Savatage's new moniker as a hair band. The groove rock is generic and uninspired, and the lyrics are pathetic. They gut their powerful assault in favor of a radio single, and it doesn't work. Fountain Of Youth has more interesting nature, but it still doesn't fully impress. I am glad to hear the spirit of Savatage returning, though.

Skull Session is more classic metal, with a lusty bent. The rhythm section is superb, and Criss wails skillfully on his guitar. This is quite the menacing track. Stuck On You has one of the catchiest grooves on the album, and probably the highlight of Sav-meets-glam. Jon and his wild screams do well to add a more dangerous sound, overall.

In The Dream closes well enough. It is another glimpse of the supposed band maturity in the form of a competent ballad. Jon's impassioned singing is strong, and it doesn't sound terribly forced. I can't say it is an absolute success, though.

In all, this is the only real quality dip for Savatage in their impressive career. the songs range form above average to below average classic heavy metal. This could be good or bad, depending. Not Savatage's highlight, but not a failure. Average.

Best Moment - Warriors

Wost Moment - Sav-meets-glam

*** Weak and hair sprayed stars

Alitare | 3/5 |


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