Power of the Night was Savatage’s third release, and follows the same path as Sirens and Dungeons Are Calling. Forget spandex and power ballads, this is metal for metal’s sake. Songs like Power of the Night and Warriors are pure metal anthems, and are great representatives of the early American power metal sound. The Oliva brothers continue to improve their songwriting abilities, though there are a few less than stellar moments (i.e. Skull Session). Savatage had not yet moved into their epic rock opera stage, so enjoy Power of the Night for what it is – fast and furious power metal madness!
NOTE: While the standard version of Power of the Night is a bargain, you may want to spend a few more dollars on the German import reissue by SPV. It hasn’t been remastered, but the 2002 SPV reissue does have a few extras that make it a better buy. It features 2 additional tracks – live versions of Power of the Night and Sirens, but the real bonus is that the liner notes have been expanded to include several pages of very detailed information about the band during this particular stage of their career. When added to the chapters from the other SPV Savatage reissues, you’ll get the real story behind one of the best (and most underrated) metal bands of all time.