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4.01 | 192 ratings

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5 stars This record should be a empty vessel? Better clean ears before listening, because this album is really a masterpiece in power/symphonic metal! I am a old fan from the very beginning (as "Sirens" saw the light of day) and always loved their early work, but I excepted their '89 appeared symphonic style completely, 'cause it made them finally to legends in rock/metal history. People who call a song like the title track of this album boring, don't understand the band, never had and never will. "When The Crowds Are Gone" is one of the great ballads on this planet and it hangs really heavy on my heart. This album is the one that you should have first, it's a perfect combination of past's power metal side of the band and the new symphonic edge. The guitar work from Criss Oliva is purely beautiful and virtuosy on that record, just listen to the solos in the title track, "When The Crowds Are Gone", or "Mentally Yours" for example and make a mind about it. So sad that he died in '93, he was one of the best and most under-rated guitarists on the world. If you want to hear Savatage on their peak, listen to this record and "Streets". All people who stand this band in their way, f**k off! Sorry, but that must had been said!
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