Savatage
Fight for the Rock


1.5
very poor

Review

by Drew Tyler USER (69 Reviews)
March 3rd, 2014 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This album actually makes me angry.

Back in the mid 1980's, Savatage were nothing more than an up and coming metal band trying to hit it big like so many other acts at the time. The band specialized in a traditional metal style that was highly influenced by the likes of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, and fans were responding well to the band's sound. Releases like 1984's “The Dungeons are Calling” had not garnered much mainstream attention, but had succeeded in building a respectable fan base. And then one day someone decided that it would be a good idea to write pop songs and release them under the band's name. The resulting album was one of the most laughable and pathetic blunders of the 1980's metal scene.

The overwhelming majority of this album is comprised of watered down commercial-sounding pop music that only succeeds at sounding forced and awkward coming from a metal band. Song's like “Out on the Streets” and “Cry for love” are of the romantic variety and obviously pander to women. It would seem that Savatage were in love with love songs, because unfortunately this album has very little else to offer. Even if one is to accept that this album is not for metalheads, and tries to objectively give this a fair listen, and even if you dig 80's pop, you will still hate this album with extreme prejudice.

Despite the obviously overdone and terrible pop-rock style that encompasses much of the record, “Fight for the Rock” has a few heavy moments, but very little creativity and a lot of repetition kill any badass hard rock vibe the band was going for. The album kicks off with the riff driven, anthem-like title track showing off the band's heavier side, but showcases some really terrible lyrics. Lines such as “Fight for the rock, you know, You Know you better fight for the rock, Fight for the rock 'n roll”, come off as ridiculously cheesy and lazy. Instrumentally the intro track serves as a decent yet forgettable opener that really doesn't accomplish much of anything aside from drilling the chorus into your head over and over along with a very overused riff, and it only gets worse from then on. Keyboards are used in awkward places, overuse of choruses only bore and annoy listeners, and vocalist Jon Oliva tries way to hard to do his best Vince Neil impression.

One of the lone bright spots found on this disaster of a record is the extremely dark and melodic track “Hyde”. Coincidentally it is the heaviest track and it demonstrates the band playing to their strengths. Haunting vocals and heavy riffing with clever soloing makes this song sound like it could have been released among some of the band's classic material. But this one song simply isn't enough to salvage this album.

By the early 90's, the band stopped performing songs from “Fight for the Rock” live and even band members have publicly come out and admitted to not being “too fond” of the record. Fortunately for Savatage, this album didn't stop them from finding success later on. Not even a year later the band released “Hall of the Mountain King”, one of their most highly regarded and classic releases. Overall “Fight for the Rock” can be seen as the lone blemish on an otherwise long and successful discography, and should be avoided by anyone looking to give them a try.



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ThrashTillDeath94
March 3rd 2014


607 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The full album:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcVtAy3ZK_U

This album makes me want to smoke.

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BigHans
March 3rd 2014


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

is it pop or just pop metal

manosg
March 3rd 2014


6519 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Damn, props for reviewing this one even though it's bad. Their previous album was better than this one and Sirens even better. Will read the review in a while.

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KjSwantko
March 3rd 2014


9446 Comments


I've always avoided this album but I may give it listen just so I personally know how bad it is.

warlordfun
March 3rd 2014


398 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Great review have a pos. Album is lame though

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Necrotica
March 3rd 2014


10062 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Nice work, this album is fucking atrocious. Definitely the band's worst

ThrashTillDeath94
March 3rd 2014


607 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Hans, I would say that this album is 90% pop rock and 10% metal.

And thanks for the quick responses. I'm a little surprised by the amount of comments this has gotten
in such a short time.

BigHans
March 3rd 2014


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

wow this sucks hard, and Im a pop metal apologist

Spec
March 3rd 2014


27269 Comments


All their other albums are rated highly and then there's this. Just fucking sitting there at a two average.

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manosg
March 3rd 2014


6519 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Indeed and for a good reason. Sirens destroys this one and their discog from Hall of the Mountain King and after is on a whole another level.

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
March 3rd 2014


6481 Comments


Never listenend to this, and probably for a good reason. Just taking a guess that this is no Gutter Ballet, so it's probably not even worth my time.

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ThrashTillDeath94
March 3rd 2014


607 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah you could say that. It hardly sounds like anything they have done before or since. I'm just glad that people reacted negatively to this back in the 80's, or else Savatage might have made a string of pop-rock albums instead of the classics we have now.

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
March 3rd 2014


6481 Comments


Good point, we definitely don't need another one of these albums.

KILL
March 3rd 2014


72086 Comments


out on the streets m/

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manosg
March 3rd 2014


6519 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Just read the review and it's very good, pos.

The reason for this album being so poor, was that their company forced them to do this record more commercial. So the band used songs that Jon Oliva had written for a more mainstream appeal and for other artists.

ThrashTillDeath94
March 3rd 2014


607 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah I heard that before. Considering that Savatage weren't huge at the time, they probably had no
other choice but to go along with the label or be dropped.

Glad you dig the review.

TPM731
March 3rd 2014


238 Comments


This could be retitled Executive Meddling: The Album.

MeatSalad
March 3rd 2014


14900 Comments


rock defended

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ksoflas
March 4th 2014


439 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Well said. Pos'd.
Red Light Paradise rules though.



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