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Album Review

Fight for the Rock was Savatage's blatant attempt at commercial success after being prodded in that direction by their record company. The result was an album that seemed like a pale imitation of Van Halen. Even the band have pretty much disowned this one. The title track is a decent enough metal anthem, but the mellow Badfinger cover, "Day After Day," is a definite mis-step, and "Out On Streets" sounded much better on the raw version that appeared on Sirens. The rest of the record is not as much bad as it is simply bland and uninspired arena metal with "She's Only Rock and Roll," being a low point, and the menacing "Hyde," standing out from among the rest a bit. The production is quite weak and even Criss Oliva's guitar, one of the staples of the Savatage sound, is not given much chance to shine here. The album did mark the debut of the band's new bassist, Johnny Lee Middleton, who would be the only member of the group to officially appear as a member on the rest of their work. Thankfully, the band would rethink their musical approach after this record.

Biography

Formed: 1983 in Florida

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Savatage formed in Florida in 1978 as Avatar, led by brothers Jon (vocals) and Criss (guitar) Oliva. They changed their name to Savatage in 1983, pursuing a strongly Judas Priest- and Iron Maiden-influenced style of metal. Their other members included Steve "Doc" Wacholz (drums) and Keith Collins (bass), who was later replaced by Johnny Lee Middleton. They meandered between basic metal and more commercial fare before adding second guitarist Chris Caffery and hitting their stride in 1990 with Gutter...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal, Hair Metal
  • Released: 1986

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