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Classic Review: Savatage - Power Of The Night
Power Of The Night

Label: SPV
Year released: 2002
Duration: 46:46
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: March 14, 2005
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
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Rated 3.9/5 (78.05%) (41 Votes)

While "Hall Of The Mountain King" pulled Savatage out of their little rut, these boys had long been cranking some killer heavy metal since the beginning of the eighties. In fact, I wouldn't be too far out of the line in stating that the best riffs and solos Savatage ever came up with can be found on their "Sirens" debut and this sophomore effort right here. The late Criss Oliva really shines on this album as not only is his guitar work simply outstanding, the young Savatage of this album were full of energy and the chemistry between all departments of the band can be heard very well, and the music here is all dependant on where the guitars are going.

The album starts with the title cut which just about features the best damn riff Savatage have in their bag. The rest of the song too is solid and is the best one on the disc. Up until halfway point, this baby is nothing short of stellar. But there is reason enough why "Power Of The Night" is not mentioned amongst their greatest works. Although the songs after half way point on the album are not necessarily bad, they aren't exactly that great either. Here is an example of how a bad track ordering/songs arrangement can be fatal to the overall effect of the album. All the good songs are in the beginning and the not so good ones in the end. So by the time this album is three quarters of the way through, the effect of the killer tracks is gone. I am pretty sure if Savatage had mixed the track order up a little, this baby would have made more of a buzz than it did otherwise. Anyway…A good album is a good album. A very worthy addition to any heavy metallers collection.

Additional Information

Originally released in 1985

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