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Jon Oliva's Pain


Progressive Metal

3.44 | 24 ratings

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4 stars Oh, I hope it isn't about the weather!

And it isn't. No, this is varied symphonic progressive metal. And it rarely speaks of anything remotely affiliated with metal. The beginning track has thick keyboard lines as the entire band shows their mettle in an interesting way. Very epic feeling, and quite the grandiose beginning. Then it all flows into Look at the World, which waves its theatrical influence on its sleeve. The nostalgic lines, the warm vocals, and the expertly crafted composition.

This album is much more adventurous than the first two releases, and the lyrics are a bit stronger. They rock hard as ever, with thick metal slabs in the shape of Adding the Cost. Those soaring guitar bits amidst ferocious singing is quite a treat. In all, the material feels more complex and cohesive.

Long time Savatage fans will get a large hit of nostalgia when Before I Hang emerges. It feels much like a Streets track, and is quite the highlight. Those melodies are great, too. Firefly dips into progressive rock territory with its flowing waves of keyboards and guitar washes. The lyrics are imagery-laden, and the song is very strong.

Master has a menacing feel, and is a bit more creative than normal. The ride is a dive into folk rock, at the beginning. It is catchy as hell, too. O to G has to be the prettiest moment on the entire disc. Those vocals are so touching, and the lyrics tell of a friend long lost.

Or is Walk Upon The Water the most Beautiful song? I don't know, but this track is quite poppy in its metal symphony approach that Oliva does so well. this album suffers from the unoriginality the previous release did, but it is a stronger effort in all. Stories is some catchy thick metal, and Open Your eyes features Jon doing some strong singing. You Never Know brings it all back to classic metal straight from the 80's.

Someone/Souls is the final track, and it is perhaps the best in all. IT features very soft and ethereal guitars. Very flowing and warming. Again, this album suffers from some unoriginality, and the melodies aren't always perfect, but the material here is very solid.

Best Song - Someone/Souls

Worst Song - It is all pretty good

**** Strong Stars

Alitare | 4/5 |


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