Proggy, screamy, over the top and utterly riff-tastic, Savatage were a Saxon-sized slab of American heavy metal. After some pretty generic early albums, their career took a decidedly more adventurous turn with 1987 opus The Hall of the Mountain King, which combined demonic metal clichés with increasingly inventive arrangements. They ultimately became unwound by their own ambitions (‘Broadway metal’, anyone?), and split a decade ago. But to celebrate the album’s 25th birthday, heavily overweight lead singer Jon Oliva is taking his new band, Pain, on the road to perform the record in its entirety, alongside tunes from Doctor Butcher, his 1995 duet with Savatage guitarist Chris Caffery.
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