Savatage: Hall Of The Mountain King-80’s-1987.

Savatage (/ˈsævətɑːʒ/) was an American heavy metal band founded by brothers Jon and Criss Oliva in 1979 at Astro Skate in Tarpon Springs, Florida. The band was first called Avatar,[1] but, shortly before the release of their debut album Sirens (1983),[2] they changed their name to Savatage, as Avatar was already taken by another band. Savatage is considered a significant member of the American heavy metal movement of the early-to-mid-1980s and has been cited as a key influence on many genres, such as power metalprogressive metalspeed metalthrash metaldeath metal and symphonic metal.[3][4][5][6]

Savatage has released eleven studio albums, two live albums, four compilations and three EPs. The band first reached substantial commercial success with its third studio album Fight for the Rock (1986), which peaked at number 158 on the Billboard 200.[7] Its next four albums—Hall of the Mountain King (1987), Gutter Ballet (1989), Streets: A Rock Opera (1991) and Edge of Thorns (1993)—were also successful but more critically acclaimed than Fight for the Rock.[7][8] On October 17, 1993, six months after the release of Edge of Thorns, guitarist Criss Oliva was killed in a car accident. Following his death, Jon (along with producer Paul O’Neill) decided to continue Savatage in memory of his brother. The band released four more studio albums, and went through several line-up changes before going on an extended hiatus in 2002. During the years—partly even before the hiatus—members founded various new bands such as Jon Oliva’s PainTrans-Siberian OrchestraCircle II Circle and Doctor Butcher. On August 2, 2014, Savatage announced that they were reuniting for the 2015 Wacken Open Air;[9] despite having discussed the possibility of more shows and new music,[10][11][12] the band went on hiatus once again. Although Savatage technically remains inactive, half of the members of the band claimed in interviews during late 2020 and early 2021 that they have been working on new material for a possible follow-up to Poets and Madmen (2001).[13][14][15]

Discography:

DemoDemo1983 
SirensFull-length1983
The Dungeons Are CallingEP1984
In the DreamSingle1985 
Hard for LoveSingle1985 
Power of the NightFull-length1985
Out on the StreetsSingle1986 
Fight for the RockFull-length1986
Hall of the Mountain KingSingle1987 
Strange WingsSingle1987 
Hall of the Mountain KingFull-length1987
Gutter BalletSingle1989 
Of Rage and WarSingle1989
When the Crowds are GoneSingle1989 
Hard Acts to FollowSplit1989 
Gutter BalletFull-length1989
When the Crowds are GoneEP1990 
Sammy and TexSingle1991 
Jesus SavesEP1991 
Streets: A Rock OperaFull-length1991
From the Dungeons to the StreetsCompilation1992 
Edge of ThornsSingle1993 
He Carves His StoneEP1993 
Savatage / Overkill / TestamentSplit1993 
Edge of ThornsFull-length1993
ChanceEP1994 
Handful of RainSingle1994 
Handful of RainFull-length1994
Live DevastationLive album1995
Dead Winter DeadFull-length1995
Japan Live ’94Live album1995
From the Gutter to the Stage: The Best of Savatage 1981-1995Compilation1995
Ghost in the Ruins: A Tribute to Criss OlivaLive album1995
One ChildSingle1996 
The Best and the RestCompilation1997 
The Wake of MagellanFull-length1997
Turns to MeSingle1998
Japan Live 94Video1998 
BelieveCompilation1998
2 Originals of SavatageBoxed set2000 
DriveSingle2001 
CommissarSingle2001 
Poets and MadmenFull-length2001
Essential Music Videos: Bang Your HeadSplit video2004 
Still the Orchestra Plays: Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2Compilation2010
The Ultimate BoxsetBoxed set2014 
Return to WackenCompilation2015
Collector’s PackageBoxed set2015 
Hollywood Babylon (Live 1990)Live album2019 
Jon Oliva
Vocals (1983-1993, 2000-2002, 2014-2015), Keyboards (1986-1992, 1993-2002, 2014-2015)
See also: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, ex-Doctor Butcher, ex-Jon Oliva’s Pain, ex-Avatar, Oliva, ex-Alien, ex-Black Diamond, ex-Metropolis
Johnny Lee Middleton
Bass, Vocals (backing) (1985-2002, 2014-2015)
See also: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Big Shooter, Cold Blooded Sapphire, Johnny Lee Middleton, ex-Lefty
Chris Caffery
Guitars, Vocals (backing) (1989-1990, 1994-2002, 2014-2015)
See also: ArtensionChris CafferySpirits of FireTrans-Siberian OrchestraDoro (live), ex-Doctor Butcher, ex-Metal Church (live), ex-Tim Ripper Owens (live), ex-John West, ex-Metalium, ex-Rondinelli, ex-Big Mouth, ex-Dirty Looks, ex-Witchdoctor, ex-Adam Bomb (live), ex-Heaven (live), ex-Spread Eagle (live)
Zak Stevens
Vocals (lead) (1993-2000, 2014-2015)
See also: Archon AngelCircle II CircleTrans-Siberian Orchestra, ex-Wicked Witch of Boston, ex-Machines of Grace
Jeff Plate
Drums (1994-2002, 2014-2015)
See also: Alta ReignTrans-Siberian Orchestra, ex-Wicked Witch of Boston, ex-Machines of Grace, Sunsonic, ex-Metal Church, ex-Chris Caffery (live), ex-John West, ex-Doctor Butcher
Al Pitrelli
Guitars, Vocals (backing) (1994-1999, 2002, 2014-2015)
See also: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, ex-Widowmaker, ex-Van Helsing’s Curse, O’2L, ex-Megadeth, ex-Alice Cooper, ex-Asia, ex-Blue Öyster Cult, ex-CPR, ex-Danger Danger, ex-Flesh & Blood, ex-Hotshot, ex-Michael Bolton, ex-Mojo Bros., ex-Morning Wood, ex-Place Called Rage, ex-Talas, ex-Vertex

Past Members:

Keith “Thumper” CollinsBass (1983-1985)
See also: ex-Krunch, ex-Avatar, ex-Jack Starr’s Burning Starr, ex-Solar
Steve “Doc” WacholzDrums (1983-1993)
See also: Reverence, ex-Avatar, ex-Crimson Glory, ex-Metropolis
Criss OlivaGuitars (1983-1993)
(R.I.P. 1993) See also: ex-Avatar, ex-Black Diamond, ex-Metropolis, ex-Tower
Alex SkolnickGuitars (1994)
See also: Metal AllegianceTestament, ex-Legacy, Alex Skolnick Trio, ex-Trans-Siberian Orchestra, ex-Anthrax (live), ex-Ozzy Osbourne (live), ex-Attention Deficit, ex-Exhibit-A, ex-Stu Hamm (live)
Jack FrostGuitars (2000-2001)
See also: FrostSeven WitchesThe Bronx Casket Co.Circle II Circle (live), ex-Bird of Prey, ex-Farley’s Ritual, ex-Frost Bite, ex-Speeed, ex-Randall Frost Project, Between Worlds, Aldo Nova (live), Jean Beauvoir (live), ex-Belladonna, ex-Lizzy Borden (live), ex-Marshall Law, ex-Metalium
Damond JiniyaVocals (lead) (2001-2002)
See also: Lover of Sin (live), Herman/Nebula, ex-Diet of Worms
Songs
1.24 Hrs. Ago04:56  Show lyrics
2.Beyond the Doors of the Dark05:09  Show lyrics
3.Legions04:51  Show lyrics
4.Strange Wings03:46  Show lyrics
5.Prelude to Madness03:14  instrumental
6.Hall of the Mountain King05:33  Show lyrics
7.The Price You Pay03:52  Show lyrics
8.White Witch03:22  Show lyrics
9.Last Dawn01:07  instrumental
10.Devastation03:38  Show lyrics
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1 Comment

  1. Stained Glass Assassin, March 10th, 2019

    When it comes to metal, not just power metal, “Hall of the Mountain King” has to be one of the shining moments in metal history. There’s no doubt in my mind that this particular album is one of those landmark albums that helped shape my mind to the world of metal as I know it and if I had to guess, you might feel that way as well. Aside from being Savatage’s magnum opus, this album epitomizes what it means putting your heart and soul into an album. They say, you only get out what you put in. Well, it won’t take long to realize that the guys from Savatage put every ounce of their metal souls into this album, as the output is simply a masterpiece.

    First and foremost, this is far and away, the best vocal performance of Jon Oliva’s career. I’ve enjoyed every piece of work of his, be it Savatage, his solo work or even TSO, but nothing will ever live up to “Hall of the Mountain King.” His trademark wails and shrieks once again, share center stage as the driving force of this album. Now, if you’ve listened to Savatage, this is nothing new, but the amount of emotion and passion Oliva poured into his vocals on this album can truly be heard as he belts out his haunting shrieks on “Hall of the Mountain King”. Of course, Jon’s vocal range is very diverse and there is seemingly no limit to his ability. Whether it’s clean singing, deeper raspy vocals or his harsh shouts, his voice sounds perfectly in tune with the atmosphere of the album; dark, dynamic and powerful.

    I mentioned that Jon’s vocals shared the spotlight as the driving force. That is because the second of this two headed giant of power metal brilliance belongs to his brother, Criss’ guitar work. Now, I have mentioned Criss Oliva’s magnificent guitar work before, so I won’t heap too much praise that I have for this man’s ability. Criss plays a wide variety of riffs that are simply exuberant, creating a powerful and robust sound, but also maintains a melodic touch that gives each song its own unique characteristic. The guitar tone set on this album is what I would say, the purest definition of heavy metal. It’s a sound that energizes its listener and captivates your attention while sticking with you long after you listen. The solos on “Hall of the Mountain King” erupt with such fluidity and power, yet are not simply bouts of shredding madness. Yes, there are some speedy solos, but others rely on tempo shifts and melodic sounding chords that help showcase both Criss’ songwriting and ability to wield his axe.

    I’ll admit, that due to the Oliva’s musical magical they share, that Doc Wacholz’s drums can almost seem lost within such majesty. That may hold true on many Savatage albums, but on “Hall of the Mountain King” they are just as magical and every part as important to the overall sound. The pounding on the titular track sets the tone of the song, establishing a forceful rhythm and energetic pulse that accentuates the Oliva magic. The same can be said for the bass, which is given more than enough spotlight to showcase it’s heavy, yet playful grooves (see the opening of “Legions”), while the keyboards and pianos help create an enchanting sound that only adds to the already mythological atmosphere of the album.

    From start to finish, “Hall of the Mountain King is a Tour de Force. Each song carries it own story, one that adds an additional layer to the album as a whole. From the Iron Maiden sounding “Devastation” to the speed metal laced “White Witch” and the cover of Edvard Grieg’s “Prelude to Madness”. Everything, from the songwriting, musicianship, producing, mastering, hell even the cover art is top notch. When you excel at every facet of creativity, you produced an album such as “Hall of the Mountain King” and you produce one of the pinnacles of heavy metal history.

    Highlights: “Hall of the Mountain King” “White Witch” “Beyond the Doors of the Dark” “The Price You Pay”

    Into the Abyss of Oblivion

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