Handful of Rain

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Going through a lot of personnel changes can make a band's output very erratic -- in the '80s and '90s, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath went through so many personnel changes that you never knew if a new album would be decent, mediocre or quite forgettable. But personnel changes haven't prevented Savatage from being impressively consistent. In 1993, Savatage suffered a cruel blow when guitarist and founding member Criss Oliva was killed in a car crash. But the band bounced back nicely with Handful of Rain, which was the first album it recorded after Criss' death and found him being replaced by former Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick. With a lineup consisting of Skolnick, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Going through a lot of personnel changes can make a band's output very erratic -- in the '80s and '90s, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath went through so many personnel changes that you never knew if a new album would be decent, mediocre or quite forgettable. But personnel changes haven't prevented Savatage from being impressively consistent. In 1993, Savatage suffered a cruel blow when guitarist and founding member Criss Oliva was killed in a car crash. But the band bounced back nicely with Handful of Rain, which was the first album it recorded after Criss' death and found him being replaced by former Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick. With a lineup consisting of Skolnick, singer Zachary Stevens, bassist Johnny Lee Middleton and drummer Steve Wacholz, Savatage delivers an album that is melodic, ambitious, often operatic and consistently absorbing. Jon Oliva, who had co-founded Savatage with brother Criss back in 1978, is listed as a co-producer and a keyboardist, but not as an actual member. The songs are dramatic, passionate and intense, but they're also quite melodic -- in fact, melody and aggression are equally important on this excellent album. Appropriately, Savatage dedicated Handful of Rain to Criss' memory.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/1998
  • Label: Steamhammer Europe
  • EAN: 4001617180228
  • Catalog Number: 1802

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Taunting Cobras (3:21)
  2. 2 Handful of Rain (5:00)
  3. 3 Chance (7:49)
  4. 4 Stare into the Sun (4:42)
  5. 5 Castles Burning (4:38)
  6. 6 Visions (1:25)
  7. 7 Watching You Fall (5:20)
  8. 8 Nothing Going On (4:08)
  9. 9 Symmetry (5:03)
  10. 10 Alone You Breathe (7:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Savatage Primary Artist
Johnny Lee Middleton Bass
Jon Oliva Keyboards
Alex Skolnick Guitar
Steve Wacholz Drums
Zachary Stevens Vocals
Technical Credits
Gary Smith Contributor
Howard Helm Engineer, Contributor
Tom Morris Engineer
Paul O'Neill Producer
Jon Oliva Composer, Producer
Bob Kinkel Engineer
James Morris Engineer
Judd Packer Engineer
Mark Prator Engineer
Andy VanDette Mastering
Gary Smith Cover Art
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    11 years old and loving savatage since I've been 4

    I am picky about my music , but savatage has been my favorite group since I can remember.

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