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2.92 | 33 ratings | 4 reviews | 9% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Through The Eyes Of The King (4:35)
2. Maniacal Renderings (7:45)
3. The Evil Beside You (4:51)
4. Time To Die (4:26)
5. The Answer (5:38)
6. Push It To The Limit (3:02)
7. Who's Playing God (4:16)
8. Timeless Flight (6:53)
9. Holes (5:10)
10. End Times (7:51)
11. Still I Pray For You Now (3:19)

Total time (57:36)

*12. Reality's Fool (bonus track)

*12. Only You (bonus track)

Line-up / Musicians

- Jon Oliva / vocals, piano, keyboard, guitars
- Matt Laporte / guitar
- Shane French / guitar
- Kevin Rothney / bass
- John Zahner / keyboard
- Christopher Kinder / drums

Guest musicians:
- Tony Oliva / 12 string guitar (11)
- Anthony Oliva / bass (11)
- Christopher J. Oliva / acoustic & lead guitars (11 & 12)

Releases information

Locomotive Records

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JON OLIVA'S PAIN Maniacal Renderings ratings distribution

(33 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (42%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

JON OLIVA'S PAIN Maniacal Renderings reviews

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Review by The Crow
3 stars Like every Savatage's side project... This album has good songs, good production, good playing... But it lacks the magic of the incredible Florida's band!

The second studio album from the Jon Oliva's own band after Savatage was ŋtemporary? disbanded in 2002, follow the path opened with the previous 'Tage Mahal... Maybe more straight forward oriented, less symphonic and heavier, but not really different. Oliva's voice sounds more aggresive, and the production is powerful, giving the protagonism to the improved Matt LaPorte's guitars... His solos in this album are great. In the previous band's album they were not so fine...

The style of the album follow the path of the old Savatage, sounding similar than albums like Gutter Ballet or Streets... But with some actual arrangements and modern influences. But there are no surprises here... This is classic heavy metal with some prog and symphonic elements. If you like the 1988-1993 Savatage's albums, you will like Maniacal Renderings too... The Criss Oliva (Oliva's brother and a genious with the guitar, dead in a car accident back in 1993...) style is also here, while Jon used some old material composed by him. So there are no surprises... Quality, good songs and some brilliant parts, but nothing really impressive and far from the outstanding Savatage's last albums.

Best songs: Maniacal Renderings (the instrumental middle part is awesome...), The Answer (emotive and symphonic ballad...), Who's Playing God (typical Savatage's riff... I love it!) and Timeless Fight (the best of the album for me, with an impressive guitar solo and great ending...)

Conclusion: good Jon Oliva's album made with his band besides Savatage... And not reaching the levels of his masterband, but giving us some nostalgic moments. But hearing this album, I can only wish the Savatage's comeback... Then the best symphonic metal band will be back, and we will not need to hear good imitations like Jon Oliva's Pain. But Maniacal Renderings is a recommendable album anyway, for all the Savatage's fans and people interested in hearing good symhponic-progressive metal, but without too many surprises.

My rating: ***1/2

Review by clarke2001
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars A mediocre album, but on the good side of mediocrity. Do not expect much prog in here, this is mostly classical heavy metal with some extra keys thrown in. I have to admit, although the riffs and patterns sound a bit predictable, in general it manages to sound consistent, even catchy. Perfromance is flawless, solos a bit irrelevant, the music is energetic all the time. Try to imagine Black Sabbath in the 80's without getting that poppy and uninspired. Znowhite slowed down, Fates Warning without the proggy part. Running Wild plus keys, perhaps. This is ole heavy metal, nothing less, nothing more.

I won't try to get anything else from this band, but it's enjoyable enough. Two stars.

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars "Maniacal Renderings" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US power/heavy metal act Jon Olivaīs Pain. The album was released through AFM Records in September 2006. Itīs the successor to "'Tage Mahal" from 2004 and thereīs been one lineup change since the predecessor as guitarist Shane French has been added, making Jon Olivaīs Pain a sextet on "Maniacal Renderings". The two full-length studio albums are bridged by the June 2006 "Straight-Jacket Memoirs" EP.

Stylistically the material on "Maniacal Renderings" continue in the US power/semi-progressive (only the longer tracks) metal style of "'Tage Mahal" (2004). Itīs more or less a continuation of 90s Savatage with Oliva on lead vocals. While the instrumental part of the music is certainly performed by skilled musicians (all had previously played with Circle II Circle), itīs Olivaīs distinct sounding voice and passionate delivery which are in focus. The tracks are all well written, intricate (the heavy riffs and leads are often amazing), and also relatively varied in style. The album features both ballads, power ballads, progressive epic tracks, hard edged US power metal tracks, symphonic moments, and even what Iīd characterize as a full blown thrash metal song in "Push It to the Limit". I always knew Oliva would be a kickass thrash metal vocalist, and this proves it...

..."Maniacal Renderings" features a relatively well sounding production. All instruments are audible in the mix, and Olivaīs vocals are especially well produced. The drums unfortunately feature a weak cardboard box tone, and a more organic sounding drum production would have boosted the overall sound a lot. The rhythm guitars can also be a bit low in the mix on some parts, and all in all itīs just not as great a sound production as you could have wished for. When that is said "Maniacal Renderings" is still a quality US power metal release, and fans of Savatage should of course give it a listen. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

Latest members reviews

3 stars More metal, more flash, but is it deeper? In a way, yes. There is more diversity here, than on the debut. Not to mention it seems everyone has gelled together very nicely as a band. This shines very clearly on the absolute beast opening Through The Eyes of the King. The solos are furious, and t ... (read more)

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