This is one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time. My first copy of it was on vinyl before it ever hit a major record label. Buy this one with confidence!
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This is a masterpiece. A “kult klassik”, as you’ll read below. There isn’t a bad song here. Sirens: early Savatage’s hymn, they play it even nowadays; Holocaust: great lyrics about a great disaster, very angry vocals as in most of the songs; I Believe: don’t be fooled by the slow beggining, the end is kinda hardcore thing, breathless; RAGE: raaaaaage!!!!!speed!!!!head-banging!!!!; On The Run: another rocker; Twisted Little Sister: oh this is funny, bizarre, makes me think of a sadomasoquism session; Living For The Night: hmmm… not bad but… redundant; Scream Murder: explosive bass!!one of the best in here; Out On The Streets: Savatage’s heavy ballads rule!!!; Lady In Disguise: great ballad; The Message: a little redundant too…As you see, in general it’s a great album! Jon Oliva’s vocals are… I can’t find the word, my limited english knowledge doesn’t allow me. They simply ROCK!!!!!!!
I would’ve predicted Savatage to stomp Metallica into the earth with this album. “Kill ‘Em All”, released the same year, has nothing on this album. It’s one of a kind, heavy as hell with blistering lead runs. It doesn’t even bear comparison. It is truly original. Skip “Fight For the Rock” and pick this basher up!
First off, this is not for Sava-fanz who are expecting a “rock opera” sort of Savatage. This one is for those of us who love the thunderous, lightning fast riffs that made them one of the most underrated “Heavy Metal” bands ever. I love Savatage, and my advice to anyone who thinks “Hall Of The Mountain King” rips, must not allow “Sirens” to go unlistened to for another minute!!!Sirens is the rawest, most explosive effort I’ve ever heard from them. It’s a shame this CD hasn’t recieved more praise…..It’s right up there with “Kill’em All” from Metallica in my book. There is only “one” downfall if you can call it that….It’s too short. Sirens grows on you, and Criss O. let loose on this CD. His pure rawness, and aggression on this recording have yet to be matched in my opinion….”HOTMK” was close, but Sirens stands alone. If there was ever a listing in the Metal Dictionary that read “Diamond In The Ruff”,…..Sirens would be the definition.ON THE RUN….RUN!!!…..RUN!!!
Way back in ‘83, Savatage independently launched the first of many potent weapons, perhaps in a rebellion against the big hair party rock of the day. With Jon Oliva’s legendary pipes, his brother Criss’ nimble fingers and an adequate rhythm section, they were able to take the early metallic crunch of the underground, and a darker, more political Dio-ish lyrical base and bring the underground that much closer to the surface. ‘Sirens’ is a seminal metal release in the sense that it kickstarted a generation that would splinter into two important sub-genres; the progressive metal movement (Queensryche, Fates Warning, Dream Theater…) and the Thrash movement (Death Angel, Nasty Savage…) Also, very important in that this album was the first in a very long line of important releases from the Tampa Bay metal scene. (Nasty Savage, Death, Obituary, Deicide, Atheist…) The songs themselves cover a broad swatch of territory. The title cut, “I Believe”, “Holocaust”, “On The Run” all displaying some very fertile metallic stylings, while “Rage” and “Twisted Little Sister” show a metal band with a slight ear for punk/hardcore, if in delivery as opposed to attitude. The production is quite strong and material is not quite as dated as most of the genre. Not bad for a bunch of guys working on a self-financed independent recording! Kult Klassik!