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IMO the best vocals on a Savatage Album

I was hooked with Hall of the Mountain King and totally sucked in by the debut of Edge of Thorns. Handful of Rain is the the pinnacle (if not the flag planted at the top) of Savatage's career before becoming the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) many years later. The vocals are smooth and mature, not a garage metal band anymore, this is the top. While it was with great tragedy to come this far, the rewards of perseverance have given us this fantastic album.


Yes, the name on the album says "Savatage", but this is basically a Jon Oliva solo album. It is my understanding that Jon played every instrument on this album except for lead guitar and vocals. I'm actually surprised this album was made. Jon's brother/guitarist Criss Oliva was killed in a drunk driving accident shortly before recording of this album began. I believe this album was a way for Jon to grieve and keep the band going. But, the music is great and the vocals by Zak Stevens are stellar. Alex Skolnik is listed as the guitar player but I don't think he played a single note on this album. He was the touring guitar player. Nonetheless, this is another great Savatage album. Definitely worth picking up


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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Handful of Rain, Savatage
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Aug 02, 1994

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