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Artist: Savatage

Title: Handful of Rain

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Category: Melodic Metal

Year: 1994

Label: Bullet Proof (England)

Catalog Number: CDVEST 32


Zachary Stevens vocals
Alex Skolnick guitar
Johnny Lee Middleton bass
Steve Wacholz drums
John Oliva keyboards


1.  Taunting Cobras  
2.  Handful of Rain  
3.  Chance  
4.  Stare Into the Sun  
5.  Castles Burning  
6.  Visions  
7.  Watching You Fall  
8.  Nothing's Going On  
9.  Symmetry  
10.  Alone You Breathe  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: M. Allen Date: August 3, 2003 at 13:28
This band is a mixed bag, dabbling in practically all the metal genres (power, melodic, progressive, etc.) making them tough to accurately describe, but one thing is for sure: they are pure metal. There is not a bad song on here, from the ripping opening rocker through the mournful, balladesque title track to the excellent closing song, resulting in the best CD of the band's career. If you crave intelligent, classy metal, SAVATAGE will slake your thirst.

From: John R Date: September 15, 2003 at 5:56
Another stunning album from Savatage despite tragically losing Criss Oliva, and Jon Oliva taking a back seat from vocals. This is a tribute to the writing and production skills of Paul O'Neill and Jon Oliva. New vocalist, Zak Stevens is a revelation and is backed by the usual powerful Savatage sound. Favourite tracks are Chance, Watching you fall and Alone you breathe.

From: Fat Freddy Date: January 2, 2004 at 11:10
"Alone You Breathe" made my cry the first time I heard it, and when I saw the band live in 1996 and heard the song live, I damn near cried in the audience. A masterpiece.

From: Dean Date: May 15, 2004 at 0:05
God, I wanted to like this so bad since i was both a huge 'tage fan and Alex Skolnick fan. After repeated listens i finally gave up- IMO this is easily the worst Savatage released. This band is so talented yet to me the songs just were not there. It suprised me to read the above posts cuz i know several who feel the same way i do. Thankfully, they redeemed themselves on the next one.

From: Slik Vicc Date: July 13, 2004 at 11:43
...err no Dean, no one agrees with you here. Great songs, great production, great album!

From: Dean Date: July 13, 2004 at 16:54
Yeah, yeah, yeah- won't be the first time or the last I'm sure. Gave it another try and still hate it. I'd even take Fight for the Rock over this. I love Savatage just not this album.

From: Propane Date: December 1, 2004 at 0:09
Hand full of rain was the only good song on this one, quite a disappointment. Never did like thrash.

From: Baris Date: January 11, 2005 at 7:16
If you don't compare it with other Savatage albums and think more generally, it can be counted as a good album. But when compared with other albums of this band in the 90s, it remains somewhat weaker. I don't want to say bad because it doesn't deserve, rather seems like an average interim-period album. Anyway some people may dig it so much, but definitely it's not an "Edge of Thorns" or "Wake of Magellan". Nonetheless the title song is so powerful.

From: AHUEA Date: January 14, 2005 at 11:23
I can't like this cd, and most people love it, there is no original tage members on it and i don't think it is the best album to continue criss legacy, best track is chance.

From: IcE Date: August 25, 2005 at 19:57
Ok... the late albums were good, and they had the magical hands of Criss. What a wonderful guitarist! But, they also had the incredible J.L.Middleton. Incredible cause he sucks!!! Very very weak ... And guys, this album is one of the most melodic from Sava, thnx to Mr. Skolnick's feeling in his solos .No crap here, just dont compare with the real Sava style

From: TIM (2) Date: November 7, 2006 at 9:07
The first album without Criss Oliva was a mixed bag. Very different from the experimental leanings of the likes of "Gutter Ballet" & "Streets"-this is just a collection of hard-hitting metal tunes. Ex-Testament shredder Skolnick abruptly left afterwards (after criticism of his live performances) but shines on the amazing "Alone You Breathe" & "Chance". Skolnick & Stevens' performances aside this was just too patchy. The title-track being especially weak. Not their best, but worth getting. 8/10.

From: Dead Planet Date: December 19, 2007 at 13:16
Definitely my favorite Savatage disc, too bad they didn't continue in this direction.......

From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 11, 2011 at 22:00
The first comment is quite good (M Allen,2003)about describing the band...yeah Savatage indoubtebly rocks!!!..."Handful Of Rain","Chance","Nothing's Going On","Symmetry" & "Alone You Breathe"(nice)my faves...89/100

From: hair metal again Date: February 8, 2020 at 16:22
superb release for the mighty SAVATAGE always offering that commercial metal big songs,that thrilling guitar lines & solos and aalways under the Oliva trademark!that line up also sounds great and the result is big!no fillers ,Handful Of Rain is essential

From: petermexico13 Date: February 10, 2020 at 19:31
Hi "hair metal again", Savatage was great the, but this is the first record since Criss Oliva´s tragic death, Jon comeback for the studio work with keys and songwriting, Zachary Stevens second álbum on vocals. The song Chance is the standout track of the álbum,fantastic arrangements! exceptional song for a good album in times of trouble for the band. Love Savatage

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 10, 2020 at 21:07
This is where Savatage starts to get a bit too Trans-Siberian for my taste, if you will. I love the first two tracks here, and "Alone You Breathe," but "Chance" rolls all the worst parts of this band together. I can't hear it without picturing frilly costumes and prissy ballet moves. The title track is one of my favorite Savatage songs from any album though.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 11, 2020 at 17:59
A guy up there in 2004 says "Never did like thrash." Which tells me that he hasn't actually heard this album, since aside from the first track, there's no thrash to be found. Anywhere.

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