Edge of Thorns

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All Music Guide - Geoff Orens
With the departure of Jon Oliva as lead vocalist but not as keyboardist or writer for Savatage, the band found a replacement in the former singer of Wicked Witch, Zachary Stevens. While Stevens did not have the emotional range that Oliva showed on Gutter Ballet and Streets, he had a less bombastic delivery that fit well with the new material that Paul O' Neill and the Oliva brothers and were writing. After moving towards progressive metal on the previous two albums, Edge of Thorns was a leaner, more understated guitar-driven record. The majority of the album consists of stripped-down metal anthems, recorded with less flashy guitar work and production than on previous ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Geoff Orens
With the departure of Jon Oliva as lead vocalist but not as keyboardist or writer for Savatage, the band found a replacement in the former singer of Wicked Witch, Zachary Stevens. While Stevens did not have the emotional range that Oliva showed on Gutter Ballet and Streets, he had a less bombastic delivery that fit well with the new material that Paul O' Neill and the Oliva brothers and were writing. After moving towards progressive metal on the previous two albums, Edge of Thorns was a leaner, more understated guitar-driven record. The majority of the album consists of stripped-down metal anthems, recorded with less flashy guitar work and production than on previous records. The band continued to try out new sounds, however, using an electric sitar on "Degrees of Sanity" and recording their first acoustic ballad with "Sleep," which closes the album. Edge of Thorns also includes two short solo piano instrumentals adding a note of emotional depth most metal bands never explore. Among the highlights are the pounding "He Carves His Stone" and "Conversation Piece," with its lyrics about self-mutilation. The title track remains one of the band's finest moments, with a haunting piano phrase, a fierce guitar riff, and a strong lead vocal by Stevens. A true one-off in the Savatage canon, the tragic death of Criss Oliva following the release of Edge of Thorns ended up leading the band back to progressive metal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/1993
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678248825
  • Catalog Number: 82488
  • Sales rank: 45,567

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Edge of Thorns (5:55)
  2. 2 He Carves His Stones (4:11)
  3. 3 Lights Out (3:11)
  4. 4 Skraggy's Tomb (4:23)
  5. 5 Labyrinths (1:30)
  6. 6 Follow Me (5:11)
  7. 7 Exit Music (3:09)
  8. 8 Degrees of Sanity (4:37)
  9. 9 Conversations Piece (4:11)
  10. 10 All That I Bleed (4:40)
  11. 11 Damien (3:55)
  12. 12 Miles Away (5:07)
  13. 13 Sleep (3:52)
  14. 14 Forever After
  15. 15 Shotgun Innocence
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Savatage Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Johnny Lee Middleton Bass
Criss Oliva Guitar
Jon Oliva Piano, Keyboards
Steve Wacholz Drums
Zachary Stevens Vocals
Technical Credits
Noah Baron Engineer
Scott Burns Engineer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Tim Hatfield Engineer
Jim Morris Engineer
Tom Morris Engineer
Paul O'Neill Producer
Criss Oliva Producer
Jon Oliva Producer
Judd Packer Engineer
Gary Smith Cover Design
Gary U. Smith Cover Art
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  • Posted September 21, 2012

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    Rock/metal with class

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Edge of Perfection

    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.

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    Posted April 7, 2011

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