Festival

Festival

by Jon Oliva's Pain
     
 

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Jon Oliva's Pain have endured now for some seven years and four albums…and that's just referring to the band bearing that name, never mind the man's personal life. And this is mentioned because it is the untimely death of Oliva's baby brother Criss, all the way back in 1993, that continuesSee more details below

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Jon Oliva's Pain have endured now for some seven years and four albums…and that's just referring to the band bearing that name, never mind the man's personal life. And this is mentioned because it is the untimely death of Oliva's baby brother Criss, all the way back in 1993, that continues to both haunt and fuel his creativity, transforming what at first appeared to be just a project parallel to Savatage (as well as Oliva's most successful endeavor, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) into a de facto heir apparent -- not least stylistically speaking, given Oliva's ongoing efforts to finish any pieces of music left by his brother while composing lavish progressive heavy metal in his own vision, which is then suitably roughed up by his histrionic vocals and slightly warped lyrics. Released in 2010, Festival is another perfect case in point, thanks to the effortless melding of class and brute force, instrumental complexities, and pure adrenalin to be found on well-rounded headbangers like "Lies," "The Evil Within," and "I Fear You." Sprinkled in among these mandatory metallic tent poles are a number of minor and major departures, including the deliberate yet dramatic "Death Rides a Black Horse" (which drags on a tad, but remarkably weds Queen and Black Sabbath without great effort), the string-laden ballad "Now," and the authentically jazzy piano midway through "Afterglow." Topping all this are Oliva's touching promises to carry on, somehow, reverberating through the epic "Winter Haven" -- another song partially credit to Criss that surely won't leave a dry eye in the house. Even more than a great song, the latter makes plain that Festival -- though far from perfect, as evidenced by the very forgettable title track -- is a heavy metal album with a heart, and that's a rare, rare specimen indeed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/2010
Label:
Afm Records
UPC:
0884860018029
catalogNumber:
600180
Rank:
88659

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Performance Credits

Jon Oliva's Pain   Primary Artist
Jon Oliva   Indexed Contributor,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Howard Helm   Piano,Keyboards
Jim Morris   Guitar
Tom Morris   Guitar
Casey Grillo   Percussion
Matt LaPorte   Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Hammered Dulcimer
Jason Blackerby   Percussion,Choir, Chorus
Kevin Rothney   Bass,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jesse Morris   Choir, Chorus
Christopher Kinder   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Dana Piper   Guitar
Scarlett Pumpernickel Choir   Choir, Chorus
Laurien Moahi   Guitar
Tom McDine   Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Todd Latorre   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Howard Helm   Orchestration
Tom Morris   Producer,Engineer,Orchestration
Jon Oliva   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Orchestration,Concept
Jason Blackerby   Engineer
Laporte   Composer
Christopher Kinder   Producer,Engineer,Orchestration,Concept

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