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The Crow
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4 stars Warning, prog fans! That's a true heavy metal album, and you don't will find almost anything of prog here, except maybe some little passages of a few songs... But it's still a very good album!

This is the first Savatage's album with Paul O'Neill on production, who was looking in this time for a band with the capacity of make real their symphonic and operistic ideas (included one old idea called Streets...) And we can see a glimpse of this idea in that album, but it's nothing compared with later releases... For that, we can take that album like a first aproaching of Paul O'Neil to Savatage in a heavy metal way, but with a few points where we can see what Savatage was going to do in future releases, like in the beautiful Last Dawn, and the bombastic Hall of The Mountain King and its introduction, maybe the more symphonic and progresive parts of the album.

The Criss Oliva's guitar sound in that record is simply amazing! The powerful riffs, the crazy guitar solos, etc...He was without a doubt one of the best heavy metal guitarists of all times, forever underrated... And this is the album where we can hear his wildest offering!

The Jon Oliva's singing it's also great here, reaching the highest notes of his career... Another interesant fact in this disc, it the trash influence what we can see in tracks like The Price You Pay and Devastation.

The only weak song of the disc is White Witch in my opinion, but it's still a great a album very recommended to all later 80's heavy metal lovers!

The Crow | 4/5 |


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