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|Savatage||Primary Artist, Primary Artist|
|Johnny Lee Middleton||Bass|
|Jon Oliva||Piano, Keyboards|
|Gary Smith||Cover Design|
|Gary U. Smith||Cover Art|
Posted September 21, 2012
A few years ago, Savatage showed us they were capable of putting together a great hard rock "musical" that contained changes of pace, nuance and character arcs with Streets: A Rock Opera. But I see Edge of Thorns as their masterpiece with Criss Oliva on the guitar - the guy was a world-class musician and he is still missed very, very much. If the title track doesn't blow you away, nothing else on the album will. The piano/guitar duet and the solo piano track in the middle of the CD are excellent interludes - short, but oh so sweet. All the remaining tracks are top-notch, but the maturity and feeling expressed in "All That I Bleed" are unmatched. This was Criss' magnum opus and the next release, "Handful of Rain," was awesome because the legendary Alex Skolnick stepped into the studio for them but let me put it this way: it wasn't until the next record, "Dead Winter Dead," that they were able to recreate Criss' elegance, style and energy - and they only achieved that because they had TWO guitarists taking one man's place.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Wow. There's not enough good things to say about this one. Abso-frigging-lutely amazing guitar work by Criss Oliva. Zak Stevens on vocals sounds very powerful, he's got a great voice. Some hard-rockers, and a ballad or two. Everything is well thought out and polished. The guitar sounds very clean. Piano is used well in songs, too. Definitely get this one if you like Savatage. It's the last one Criss Oliva did with them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 7, 2011
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