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2.26 | 66 ratings

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2 stars The nadir of the 'Tage, and why all great bands need at least one terrible album to light a fire under their ass...

This takes all the "bad" ideas from Power Of The Night and makes that the entire focus. I feel this album is a concept one. How to be the perfect glam metal band. No, that is a bit harsh, but they certainly lost a lot of their quality within this record.

Everything is cock rock enraged, and the accessibility turned up to extremes. The clean production and hard rock embellish is very stark from their dank and oh so tasty beginnings. There are a few redeeming points to the album. First off, a lot of the choruses are real catchy, secondly, they still sound pretty good.

The title track is probably the highlight. It rocks heavily, and the band is pretty tight. As good as the best material on Power of the Night. Still, those lyrics are awful. Then you've a strange move. They cover their own song in Out On The Streets, but they...butcher it? Yes, this is a shortened, touched up, and radio formatted version of the excellent Sirens track. They take out most of the emotion, Jon sounds like he doesn't even care, and neither should you. This is not amazing work.

Again, to be fair, the songs are certainly listenable. Everything is at least palpable to the ears. Crying for love has a somewhat diverse sound, in the keyboard effects, but it is just another rip off, er cover of Fighting For Your Love from Dungeons Are Calling, and they leave it fairly unchanged. Day After Day is lush pop rock. This sounds almost nothing like Savatage, and I am alright with that, as the song's central melody is strong enough to keep my interest, and the hooks are fine. This is not the case with the album, in general. The Edge OF Midnight has some of the worst keyboards I've ever heard, and it comes off sounding like a children's cartoon theme song about Halloween. When it begins rocking, it does a fine job, but this is not great material.

Hyde probably has the most real Savatage identity, and that makes it the strongest effort, here. The spitting venom is somewhat revisited, and it is a welcome respite to the lackluster affair of the record's other cuts. Lady In Disguise is more Savatage In Hairspray. Weak and simple. Catchy? Sure, but give me City Beneath The Surface!

She's Only Rock 'N Roll is the third "real" song here. By real, I mean approximately as good as any of the best work on their previous album, and fine listening. Wishing Well is another disappointment. The rhythm section is bland, and the song goes nowhere. The cover songs are banal, and make for very sad days for Savatage. More sex in the form of album closer Red Light Paradise. This is still one of the better songs. I can't help but feel that their vicious strength has been removed, though.

In closing, this is Savatage's worst album, by far. Nothing else they ever did comes close. There are a few nice melodies, but the production either goes from over polished and squeaky clean, to terribly muddy and poor. They never really cook, and nothing is as strong or complex, or even heavy as before. Weak, and it depresses me.

** Tear-filled stars. but even most fans reject this one.

Alitare | 2/5 |


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