- Product Code: SPV 085-74062 CD
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The eleventh full-length album by the legendary American Heavy/Power/Progressive Metal/Rock band.
It is the only Savatage album to not feature a title song from the album, although the title was taken from lyrics to the track "Symmetry" from the band's 1994 album, "Handful Of Rain". The album was the first since "Streets: A Rock Opera" in 1991 to feature the band's original vocalist Jon Oliva on lead vocals for all songs after the amicable departure of Zachary Stevens. It is also the first Savatage album to have guitarist Chris Caffery playing the majority of the guitar solos. This is partly due to the departure of Al Pitrelli, who left to join Megadeth prior to the album's release. However, Pitrelli was credited with the outro of "Stay With Me Awhile", the main solo of "Morphine Child", the main solo of "The Rumor" and the first part of the main solo and the outro of "Commissar".
"Poets And Madmen", Savatage's fourth concept album, finds the band continuing to write grand Metal pieces with changing time signatures and effective transitions between quiet and loud sections. However, with the return of Jon Oliva as vocalist and the departure of guitarist Al Pitrelli, the band's sound continues to evolve and change. While the years have seen Oliva's vocal range decrease, his snarling style of talk-singing is thankfully still present and is reminiscent of his work with Doctor Butcher. With Chris Caffery, the sole guitarist in the band, the band sounds leaner and yet ironically heavier than on their previous records. Oliva's limited vocal range also has put the focus more on rhythm and churning guitar riffs than melody. However, that does not mean the vocal lines are dull. In the ten-minute "Morphine Child", massive vocal harmonies fuse together Heavy Metal and cabaret musical influences that take some of the experiments the band has done before to the next level. "The Rumor", meanwhile, features the most prominent use of acoustic guitar on a Savatage album for years and finds the band moving back and forth between Folk and Heavy metal. While "Man in the Mirror" and "Awaken" sound more like streets-era Savatage, the closing ballad, "Back to Reason", admirably moves away from the admittedly moving but redundant Power ballad formula the band had been repeating for quite some time.
It's good to see Savatage still keeping their wheels turning and making quality music!!
Steamhammer/SPV, 2001 (SPV 085-74062 CD). Made in Germany. First press.
1. Stay with Me Awhile 05:06
2. There in the Silence 04:57
3. Commissar 05:36
4. I Seek Power 06:03
5. Drive 03:17
6. Morphine Child 10:12
7. The Rumor 05:16
8. Man in the Mirror 05:56
9. Surrender 06:40
10. Awaken 03:23
11. Back to Reason 06:10
Total playing time: 62:40