formed in Florida in 1978 as Avatar, led by brothers Jon and Criss
Oliva. A few years later they changed their name to Savatage. They
were pursuing a strong Judas Priest and Iron Maiden influenced sound.
Throughout their twenty years plus in metal, they have wrote many
songs and have influenced many bands themselves. Savatage has had
quite a few line-up changes over the years, but what is now showcased
once again on their new album, "Poets & Madmen," is
the return of Jon Oliva on vocals. I'll admit that I never really
was into Savatage, but after listening to this album I plan on checking
out the their whole repertoire, from beginning to the present. "Poets
& Madmen" is filled with songs that remind you of the eighties,
and also how the band has progressed. Some of my favorite tracks on
this CD include "There In The Silence," "Commissar,"
"Drive," and so on. Even the tracks that weren't my favorites,
were pretty good as well. My favorite track is probably "Morphine
Child." It's a ballad of epic per portions. There are twelve
tracks and over sixty-five minutes of music on this album. This album
was a good surprise for me, and hopefully the rest of you will give
this CD a chance as well. Savatage deserves it.