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Handful of Rain
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|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.
||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!
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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
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