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Savatage|Hall of the Mountain King (2011 Edition)

Hall of the Mountain King (2011 Edition)

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With band members, critics, and fans unhappy with the commercialism of Fight for the Rock, Savatage began to disintegrate. However the new found acquaintance of producer Paul O'Neill not only changed the group's fortunes but soon pointed them in new directions. O'Neill, who was looking for a metal band to record some of his musical ideas, agreed to produce the group's next album, which became Hall of the Mountain King. A return to the form of Dungeons Are Calling, Hall of the Mountain King was the great album the band had always threatened to make. Featuring blistering guitar riffs, numerous tempo changes, and over-the-top screeching vocals, Savatage were finally captured by decent production after two albums of attempts to put a pop sheen on their music. Returning mostly to dark fantasy subject matter, "Devastation," "Legions," and the epic title track sounded more confident and tighter than anything on their previous two records, featuring dynamic rhythms courtesy of bassist Middleton and drummer Wacholz. The catchy pop-metal of "Strange Wings" was ironically a better song than any of the band's more blatant attempts at commercialism. Meanwhile, "24 Hours Ago," one of three tracks the group co-wrote with O'Neill, was an impressive opener with an interesting tempo changes and personal lyrics that pointed to the direction the band would soon take. Fans of the later, more progressive Savatage might not enjoy the group's earlier work, but this is a fine place to start looking.
© Geoff Orens /TiVo

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1
24 Hrs. Ago
00:04:56

Savatage, Performer - Criss Oliva, Composer, Lyricist - Jon Oliva, Composer, Lyricist - Paul O'Neill, Composer, Lyricist - Johnny Lee Middleton, Composer, Lyricist

2011 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2011 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

2
Beyond the Doors of the Dark
00:05:08

Savatage, Performer - Jon Oliva, Composer, Lyricist - Paul O'Neill, Composer, Lyricist

2011 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2011 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

3
Legions
00:04:50

Savatage, Performer - Criss Oliva, Composer, Lyricist - Jon Oliva, Composer, Lyricist - Paul O'Neill, Composer, Lyricist

2011 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2011 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

4
Strange Wings
00:03:45

Savatage, Performer - Criss Oliva, Composer, Lyricist - Jon Oliva, Composer, Lyricist - Paul O'Neill, Composer, Lyricist

2011 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2011 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

5
Prelude to Madness
00:03:13

Savatage, Performer - Paul O‘Neill, Composer

2011 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2015 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel

6
Hall of the Mountain King
00:05:33

Savatage, Performer - Criss Oliva, Composer, Lyricist - Grieg, Composer, Lyricist - Johnny Lee Middleton, Composer, Lyricist - Jon Oliva, Composer, Lyricist - Paul O‘Neill, Composer - Paul O'Neill, Lyricist

2011 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2015 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel

7
The Price You Pay
00:03:51

Savatage, Performer - Criss Oliva, Composer, Lyricist - Jon Oliva, Composer, Lyricist - Paul O'Neill, Composer, Lyricist - Steve Wacholz, Composer, Lyricist

2011 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2011 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

8
White Witch
00:03:22

Savatage, Performer - Criss Oliva, Composer, Lyricist - Jon Oliva, Composer, Lyricist

2011 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2011 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

9
Last Dawn
00:01:07

Savatage, Composer, Performer - Paul O'Neill, Composer

2011 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2011 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

10
Devastation
00:03:38

Savatage, Performer - Criss Oliva, Composer, Lyricist - Jon Oliva, Composer, Lyricist

2011 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2011 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

11
Castles Burning (Acoustic Version 2010)
00:04:04

Savatage, Performer - Jon Oliva, Composer, Lyricist - Paul O'Neill, Composer, Lyricist

2011 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2011 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

12
Somewhere in Time / Alone You Breathe (Acoustic)
00:04:38

Savatage, Performer - Jon Oliva, Composer, Lyricist - Paul O'Neill, Composer, Lyricist

2011 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2011 Savatage Inc. under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

Album review

With band members, critics, and fans unhappy with the commercialism of Fight for the Rock, Savatage began to disintegrate. However the new found acquaintance of producer Paul O'Neill not only changed the group's fortunes but soon pointed them in new directions. O'Neill, who was looking for a metal band to record some of his musical ideas, agreed to produce the group's next album, which became Hall of the Mountain King. A return to the form of Dungeons Are Calling, Hall of the Mountain King was the great album the band had always threatened to make. Featuring blistering guitar riffs, numerous tempo changes, and over-the-top screeching vocals, Savatage were finally captured by decent production after two albums of attempts to put a pop sheen on their music. Returning mostly to dark fantasy subject matter, "Devastation," "Legions," and the epic title track sounded more confident and tighter than anything on their previous two records, featuring dynamic rhythms courtesy of bassist Middleton and drummer Wacholz. The catchy pop-metal of "Strange Wings" was ironically a better song than any of the band's more blatant attempts at commercialism. Meanwhile, "24 Hours Ago," one of three tracks the group co-wrote with O'Neill, was an impressive opener with an interesting tempo changes and personal lyrics that pointed to the direction the band would soon take. Fans of the later, more progressive Savatage might not enjoy the group's earlier work, but this is a fine place to start looking.
© Geoff Orens /TiVo

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