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!