Savatage
Sirens


3.0
good

Review

by lostforwords USER (37 Reviews)
November 10th, 2010 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist


You will hear a lot of people going on and on about how Savatage write the best ballads around, and how deeply emotional their music is. You will often hear about Oliva’s tragic death and all the band’s misfortunes over the years .You will also hear that many people started listening to heavy metal because of this band, whose sound is, 1991 onwards, quite accessible, thanks among others to their symphonic arrangements. You will rarely hear about the time this band was a guitar-driven power metal act with excellent riffs and strong vocals, courtesy of Criss and Jon Oliva respectively.

This is Savatage in “Sirens”, their debut album. It draws influences by such classic metal acts as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden (Paul di’ Anno years) combined with the heaviness Black Sabbath signify, and while drummer Steve Wacholz as well as bass player Keith Collins side step in favor of the Oliva brothers, the fact that Jon Oliva has a very distinctive, harsh yet melodic, voice and that Criss Oliva used to have a trademark sound since day one (let’s all have in mind that this man later rejected an offer from Dave Mustaine to become Megadeth’s lead guitarist), explains why Savatage’s strong personality is present even in this record. Highlights are quite easy to spot ; the now classic title track, constant part of their live shows;”Holocaust”, which includes the best riffs in the record; ”I believe” which starts with a haunting acoustic part, then breaks into a galloping riff and a staccato chorus that is pretty memorable; and finally there is “Out in the streets” a semi-ballad with a really catchy, lighter in mood, chorus. The rest of the record, even though it sees the band perform a well-executed brand of power metal, is in fact nothing special, and as a result the record drags towards the middle, where Savatage may sound very enthusiastic, but are in fact betrayed by their lack of experience.

“Sirens” may sound dated today, compared to the band’s latter achievements, but it managed to introduce the group and all its talents to the metal world. Mainly the Oliva brothers, as well as their craving for darker, raw power metal, which could occasionally be enriched with fragile, sentimental melodies, especially during slower parts. Nevertheless, it didn’t do much more than imply that the band’s best days were ahead of them.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 10th 2010


6344 Comments


Short, well written and informative.

With four good songs in 9 songs overall, this could be a 3.5 as well...

Αυτό το δισκάκι δεν το έχω από Savatage γμτ....

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lostforwords
November 10th 2010


446 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"With four good songs in 9 songs overall, this could be a 3.5 as well..."

I didn't go that far, in my ears this records sounds just good overall. I mean there are indeed 4 (maybe even more)good songs, but only the title track is a real classic.

Ελπίζω να έχεις τα κλασσικά τους (απο Hall μέχρι Edge of Thorns). Αν οχι, άκου αυτά πρώτα και μετά το Sirens. Thanks και για τα καλα σχόλια παρεπιπτόντως!

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 10th 2010


6344 Comments


i can see what you are saying.

Έχω σχεδόν τα πάντα - δεν έχω το Streets - από το Hall of the Mountain King μέχρι και το Dead Winter Dead, το οποίο είναι δισκάρα ΕΠΙΕΙΚΩΣ!!!

Όπως και το Handful of Rain, βεβαίως βεβαίως!!!

lostforwords
November 10th 2010


446 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ωραίος αλλα άκου και το Streets είμαι σχεδόν σίγουρος οτι θα γίνει το αγαπημένο σου, είναι σίγουρα το αγαπημένο όλων των οπαδών τους γιατι είναι φίσκα στις γαμάτες μπαλάντες,υποθετω έχεις ακουστά το Believe ;)

vanderb0b
November 10th 2010


3473 Comments


Fuck yes a Savatage review on Sputnik! Pretty nice job, a few grammatical errors, but nothing especially major.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 10th 2010


6344 Comments


Fuck yes a Savatage review on Sputnik!

Yes my friend it is a pure delight indeed.

LepreCon
November 10th 2010


4156 Comments


Good review

Doesn't this album have a different (and indeed better) cover art though? [checks collection] Why yes, it does

lostforwords
November 11th 2010


446 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Fuck yes a Savatage review on Sputnik!"

I'm planning on writing a few more. And feel free to point out any grammatical errors, please!!constructive = welcome !!

Photon
November 11th 2010


1292 Comments


i like Gutter Ballet and edge of Thorns from these guys

TheNotrap
August 1st 2011


8133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Classic stuff with some good moments like the title track and Holocaust but their best work came after.

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ksoflas
October 29th 2012


459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ι agree in general but scream murder and twisted little sister kick serious ass too!
I think a 3.5 would be more appropriate πατρίδα.

Ηave a pos.

manosg
November 30th 2013


6736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Such a great album with excellent atmosphere.

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