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1997 reissue on Edel of their 1986 Concrete album with anacoustic version of ’If I Go Away’ added as a bonus track,for a total of 11 cuts.

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  • Savatage had put out three full blast metal attacks in a row in the form of Sirens, Power of the Night and The Dungeons Are Calling. After which they changed gears for this album which sees the band take a step back from the leather and spikes traditional metal fare of their previous offerings for a more acceptable commercially version of themselves. Not that this isn’t quite obviously Savatage for anyone who knows them well but for a newcomer who had merely heard the name Savatage as an inside tip from some more established metalhead this album could perhaps be somewhat of a confusion and fans of this mob have often pointed to this album as somewhat of a blip in the bands catalogue.

    Specifically the points to consider when viewing this album in relation to their other albums is that the lyrics were somewhat dumber. The change in style can be viewed in a number of manifestations. Firstly there are songs like the title track that despite the dumb title is pretty muscular really even if the lyrical bent is the sort of tosh that Euro bands and third tier 80’s style Hollyrock bands have peddled relentlessly over the years, full of hollow sentiment about how ready to rock we all are and how you’ve gotta, well, Fight for the Rock. But all up, as I said, not a bad song musically and that carries the song a long way towards acceptance in a sort of numbskull way.

    Other tunes on the album are more infested with the softer play for cash sentiments of much of this release such as Crying for Love although that’s not to deny the guilty pleasure that a number of these tunes can elicit in the listener as the band are not wholly submerged into a candy coated version of 80’s metal, the bands utterly metallic nature proving too strong to be totally watered down and thus we get a number of good riffs and melodies.

    To be fair, some of the way this album has come to be viewed by the bands fanbase is to a certain extent unfair given it at least shows the band willing to stretch out and become more open to the use of slower structures that allow their songs to breath more. And it has to be said this expanded use of dynamics did pay dividends for the band on later releases. The simple fact is that this band had the talent to address a number of hard rock and metal styles – in fact also styles way outside of the hard rock universe, but here the transition is just too abrupt, the use of cheesy mid 80’s keyboards/organs and other studio trickery not really gelling with the music. Not to mention the cheesy band photos that were just so far from their previous look and the thing just doesn’t feel right. Though their cover of Wishing Well does provide a few chuckles….

    But as I said, some good riffs and a few good ideas. But not the Savatage we were used to in the early days and nowhere near the more inclusive and interesting experience we became accustomed to in their later years.

    For completists only.

    Posted on February 18, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Let’s be sincere to ourselves: this is the worst Savatage album. It looks like Poison and Dokken. There’s not one great song. Period.

    Posted on February 18, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This is almost glam crap! The saving points are 1) its Savatage, 2) Criss, Jon, and the boys still rock, 3) its kind of heavy and 4) another interesting morph of Savatage. Even the guys in the band agree that this wasn’t so great. But for about $10 adding this to your collection isn’t too risky, especially if you love this excellent band. DO NOT make this your first purchase of Savatage.

    Posted on February 18, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • While no way can you compare this this cd with Hall of the Mountain king, Gutter ballet and Edge of Thorns; it is still as good as the latter Savatage cd’s involving Handful of rain, Dead winter deadThis cd is a good basic rock/metal album with great singing and guitar playing, but the songwriting is not up to snuff.Never the less it is comparable to the latest releases by Ac/dc and Kiss.It one could give 10 stars, I would give it 6/10

    Posted on February 18, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I think that Fight for the Rock is a satisfying disc from Savatage. All ten of the tracks are listenable and energetic. The album is in a straightforward hard rock musical vein. The musicianship and songwriting are fulfilling. I admit that I’ve never been completely satisfied with the sound quality, though–the production emits quite a bit of bass. That aside, I don’t find the sound quality to be totally terrible–it’s all right. Jon Oliva does a good job with the vocals. He has a unique voice, and I’ve never heard another singer that resembles him. Criss Oliva does well with the guitar playing. This disc includes a couple of cover tunes: “Day After Day” from Badfinger and “Wishing Well” from Free. Keyboards are also used throughout the disc. Most of the songs are straight-ahead hard rockers, but there are some subtler ones, too (“Out on the Streets,” “Day After Day,” and “Crying for Love”). I consider the power ballad “Day After Day” to be my favorite song of the album. It’s a really nice track. Jon Oliva especially does well with the vocals. The power ballad “Out on the Streets” is an updated version of the original song that’s included on Savatage’s first album Sirens. I think that both versions are worthwhile. “Crying for Love” is a tune that’s a cross between a straightforward hard rocker and a power ballad–it’s listenable and melodic. The gothic-flavored keyboard intro to “The Edge of Midnight” is interesting and cool. The heavy, energetic “Hyde” also features a foreboding beginning. “Red Light Paradise” is another aggressive one that contains an ominous intro. The CD insert includes the song lyrics and some photos of the band. The cover photo is interesting, too. Fight for the Rock is an enjoyable album from Savatage.

    Posted on February 18, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now