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Album Review

With band members, critics, and fans unhappy with the commercialism of Fight for the Rock, Savatage began to disintegrate. However the new found acquaintance of producer Paul O'Neill not only changed the group's fortunes but soon pointed them in new directions. O'Neill, who was looking for a metal band to record some of his musical ideas, agreed to produce the group's next album, which became Hall of the Mountain King. A return to the form of Dungeons Are Calling, Hall of the Mountain King was the great album the band had always threatened to make. Featuring blistering guitar riffs, numerous tempo changes, and over-the-top screeching vocals, Savatage were finally captured by decent production after two albums of attempts to put a pop sheen on their music. Returning mostly to dark fantasy subject matter, "Devastation," "Legions," and the epic title track sounded more confident and tighter than anything on their previous two records, featuring dynamic rhythms courtesy of bassist Middleton and drummer Wacholz. The catchy pop-metal of "Strange Wings" was ironically a better song than any of the band's more blatant attempts at commercialism. Meanwhile, "24 Hours Ago," one of three tracks the group co-wrote with O'Neill, was an impressive opener with an interesting tempo changes and personal lyrics that pointed to the direction the band would soon take. Fans of the later, more progressive Savatage might not enjoy the group's earlier work, but this is a fine place to start looking.

Customer Reviews

One of the best bands of all time!

Savatage has been one of the most influential and most underrated bands of all time. They were one of the pioneers of Progressive Metal, they influenced Thrash Metal, Power Metal, Heavy Metal and they also revolutionized Rock Operas as we know them. The Hall Of The Mountain King is one of their many masterpieces. It blends Heavy Metal, classical, progressive influences and the future sound of what is now Trans Siberian Orchestra. The track Prelude To Madness is actually Edvard Grieg's Hall of the Mountain King and Savatages HOTMK is an epic about the godlike Mountain King. If you love Heavy Metal, Rock Operas, Progressive Metal, or just fantastic I reccomend you buy this along with their whole discography as well as Trans Siberian Orchestra, Doctor Butcher, Circle II Circle and Jon Olivia's Pain discography

Best Savatage album

Even after all these years this is my favorite Savatage album. The title track is awesome!

Hall of the mountain Awesome

I really liked this album upon first getting it. I am curious and desiring to get Sirens and The Dungeons are calling though even though its different from this and the later more progressive works of Savatage. The title track is of course good but Beyond the doors of the dark is another good standout track. White Witch has to be my favorite track along with the title track and 24 hours ago. This is one of the best albums of 1987. Get it. ^^


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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Hall of the Mountain King, Savatage
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Aug 15, 1987

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