Hall of the Mountain King

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All Music Guide - Geoff Orens
With band members, critics, and fans unhappy with the commercialism of Fight for the Rock, Savatage began to disintegrate. However the new found acquaintance of producer Paul O'Neill not only changed the group's fortunes but soon pointed them in new directions. O'Neill, who was looking for a metal band to record some of his musical ideas, agreed to produce the group's next album, which became Hall of the Mountain King. A return to the form of Dungeons Are Calling, Hall of the Mountain King was the great album the band had always threatened to make. Featuring blistering guitar riffs, numerous tempo changes, and over-the-top screeching vocals, Savatage were finally captured ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Geoff Orens
With band members, critics, and fans unhappy with the commercialism of Fight for the Rock, Savatage began to disintegrate. However the new found acquaintance of producer Paul O'Neill not only changed the group's fortunes but soon pointed them in new directions. O'Neill, who was looking for a metal band to record some of his musical ideas, agreed to produce the group's next album, which became Hall of the Mountain King. A return to the form of Dungeons Are Calling, Hall of the Mountain King was the great album the band had always threatened to make. Featuring blistering guitar riffs, numerous tempo changes, and over-the-top screeching vocals, Savatage were finally captured by decent production after two albums of attempts to put a pop sheen on their music. Returning mostly to dark fantasy subject matter, "Devastation," "Legions," and the epic title track sounded more confident and tighter than anything on their previous two records, featuring dynamic rhythms courtesy of bassist Middleton and drummer Wacholz. The catchy pop-metal of "Strange Wings" was ironically a better song than any of the band's more blatant attempts at commercialism. Meanwhile, "24 Hours Ago," one of three tracks the group co-wrote with O'Neill, was an impressive opener with an interesting tempo changes and personal lyrics that pointed to the direction the band would soon take. Fans of the later, more progressive Savatage might not enjoy the group's earlier work, but this is a fine place to start looking.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678177521
  • Catalog Number: 81775
  • Sales rank: 33,893

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 24 Hours Ago (4:56)
  2. 2 Beyond the Doors of the Dark (5:07)
  3. 3 Legions (4:57)
  4. 4 Strange Wings (3:45)
  5. 5 Prelude to Madness (3:13)
  6. 6 Hall of the Mountain King (5:55)
  7. 7 The Price You Pay (3:51)
  8. 8 White Witch (3:31)
  9. 9 Last Dawn (1:15)
  10. 10 Devastation (3:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Savatage Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Johnny Lee Middleton Bass
Criss Oliva Guitar
Jon Oliva Vocals
Steve Wacholz Drums
Bob Kinkel Keyboards
Technical Credits
Savatage Songwriter, Producer
James A. Ball Engineer
Johnny Lee Middleton Contributor
Paul O'Neill Producer
Criss Oliva Contributor
Jon Oliva Contributor
Steve Wacholz Contributor
James A. Boff Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Love Savatage

    I have grown up with the band from the early 1980`S, this is my personal favorite. Jon and Chris Olivia are great musicians, and it is so sad to see chris without us any longer due to a death from a car accident. Yet, Jon has produced Trans siberian orchesta, this keeps chris alive. I recommend this to anyone wanting to know the history of Savatage. Long live the king!

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