SAVATAGE

(UNITED STATES)

GUTTER BALLET

(1989)
LABEL:

SPV STEAMHAMMER

GENRE:

HEAVY METAL

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"If the members of Savatage are still young, they are already at the top of their creativity and will realize with "Gutter Baller" what will remain as one of their best albums."
NOISE (21.11.2003)  
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Two years after "Hall Of The Moutain King" comes this new Savatage album. Their previous opus and the tour that followed allowed the Americans to make a name for themselves. A second guitarist appeared on the booklet: Chris Caffery. If he does not play, he will participate in the tour that will follow. Paul O'Neill, the producer, has almost become a member of the band and pushes them to innovate. The name of the album is his idea.

On "Gutter Ballet", Savatage continues on the same way as their previous production. The orchestrations are however more present. The mixture between these and a heavy metal of the origins is their strong point. The members of the formation are still young but appear already at the top of their creativity and will carry out here what will remain like one of their best albums.

This one contains some of the band's most memorable tracks. 'Of Rage And War' which opens it is a rather heavy, traditional but successful track. The rest is fortunately more creative. 'Gutter Ballet' is a beautiful song, written on the piano by Jon Oliva, who has clearly improved on the vocals. The most poignant song of the album is the ballad 'When The Crowds Are Gone', a superb track reinforced by the extraordinary talent of Criss Oliva on guitar. He splashes the album with his talent with thunderous solos. The two instrumentals, 'Temptation Revelation' and 'Silk And Steel' are the perfect example.

All the tracks of this "Gutter Ballet" deserve a particular attention so much the group shows inspiration. Savatage signs once again a superb record and appears at the best of its form giving the impression that nothing can hinder its way.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Of Rage And War - 04:47
02. Gutter Ballet - 06:20
03. Temptation Revelation - 02:56
04. When The Crowds Are Gone - 05:45
05. Silk And Steel - 02:56
06. She's In Love - 03:51
07. Hounds - 06:27
08. The Unholy - 04:37
09. Mentally Yours - 05:19
10. Summer's Rain - 04:33
11. Thorazine Shuffle - 04:43

LINEUP:
Chris Caffery: Guitares / Claviers
Criss Oliva: Guitares
Johnny Lee Middleton: Basse
Jon Oliva: Chant / Claviers
Steve Wacholz: Batterie
   
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