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  • Audio CD (October 24, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J7O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Savatage was born in the suburbs of Tampa, Florida in the early 1980's—the product of two brothers, Jon (vocals and keyboards) and Criss (guitar) Oliva, plus hard-hitting drummer Steve "Doc" Wacholz. Savatage quickly developed a loyal following throughout Florida, and in 1983, the band released its debut album, Sirens. The following year, Savatage signed to Atlantic ... Read more in Amazon's Savatage Store

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If you like metal or rock opera, I must definately reccomend this CD.
Jason Ramboz
It is a concept album with two stories; the one you hear in the music and the words, and the one you read in the jacket.
"reaven"
Savatage is one of the best rock/metal bands out there, and this is one of their best albums.
David M. Owens

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By David M. Owens on July 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Savatage is one of the best rock/metal bands out there, and this is one of their best albums. Unlike most sellout bands, Savatage isn't tremendously popular, and the main reason is because they don't do sellout work: Dead Winter Dead is an album about the Bosnia/Serbia situation from a few years back after the breakup of Yugoslavia, and it isn't terribly commercial because of that.
What it is, though, is some of the best lyric-writing and songwriting available, all rolled up into one fantastic "rock opera", complete with an accompanying poem (libretto, if you will) in the CD lyric notes. Very slick, and also a lot more than you get with most other Cd's nowadays.
The range on the album is pretty good: You get fast songs and "heavy metal" songs like "Starlight" and "Doesn't Matter Anyway", and then you drop right back into more emotional and heartfelt songs, like "This Isn't What We Meant", and "Not What You See". Combine that with an incredible instrumental of Carol of the Bells, a traditional Christmas carol, that they called "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24", and you get a varied and very enjoyable album.
To sum up Savatage, and this won't do them justice, imagine Metallica, but with piano and keyboard accompaniment, great melodies, awesome lyrics, and one of the most talented singers, with a tremendous range...do that and you might be able to imagine Dead Winter Dead.
If you can't do that, just buy the CD. It's under 10 bucks, so you can't go wrong!
If you like this, and "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo" especially, you might want to pick up Trans-Siberian Orchestra's albums; they're a pseudo-Savatage side-project, with similar style.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. T. Nite on August 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
With this album, Savatage erases the memory of the good-but-unremarkable "Handful of Rain." Dead Winter Dead is an Excellent, thought-provoking, tear-jerking rock opera about the war in Sarajevo and the toll it takes on people's lives. Ultimately, DWD suggests, there is one force more powerful than fear and hate . . .
Musically, DWD maintains a fine balance between hard-rock and more melodic, symphonic work, sometimes in the same song. Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24) is a fine example -- crashing guitar and screeching violins combine for a memorable rendition of a familiar Christmas carol. The other instrumentals jump out as well -- the eerie Mozart and Madness, and the jubilant electric-guitar version of Beethoven's 9th (called "Memory" here).
There's not a bad song on this album -- Jon Oliva's gruff voice is not as solid as Zak Stevens', but fits the two tracks he sings. Every song contributes to the story, but stands alone as well. If you don't get goosebumps at some point on the first listen (Mine was during the polyharmony on "One Child"), check your pulse.
I only gave this four stars because, as good as it is, The Wake of Magellan is that much better.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "kuzco1" on December 16, 2003
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I bought this album a few years ago based on the song Christmas Eve(Sarajevo 12/24) that I first heard on The Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas Eve and other Stories album. I listened to the album a couple of times, liked a few songs but thought it was'nt anything special.
Well after going to see TSO live I thought I dig this one out and listen to where the inspiration for TSO came from. Well I've been listening to this album pretty much continuously now, for the last few weeks. Maybe I just didn't listen close enough the first time, but now I think this is by far one of the best concept albums ever recorded.
The songs take you on a journey and tell the story of how war can change you and your perception of the world. Some reviewers think this is a dark album, and a downer, I don't agree. I think it has all the elements of a great story. The exuberance of 'This is the Time' that is changed by pettiness and greed (I am), and shattered by war (This Isn't what We Meant, Dead Winter Dead, One Child) only to come to the realization that you don't have to be a follower, you can stand up for your own belief's, and overcome prejudice and hate (Not What You See). Also the combination of Classical influences mixed with the best progressive metal you'll hear, this side of Dream Theater, are done flawlessly.(I hope this lineup gets back together for a future album) The music sets the tone for the songs, even without the lyrics which are very strong and thought provoking on their own.
I would highly recommend this album to anyone who likes to be moved by music as well as entertained. A great effort all around.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This was the first album of Savatage I ever heard. I was astonished. I had never heard such great music in my life. The theme of the album on itself inspires me, but the way they bring it is just fabulous! Allmost the entire album I had shivers running down my spine. They way they combine Hard Rock and classical music is unique. Many other groups tried it but thay are the first to succeed in it! Great greater, greatest!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonathon Rose on February 20, 2001
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A brilliant rock opera- Concept album about three lost souls in the Bosnian wars. The music is loud and powerful. Combines classical within the rock format. Mozart and Beethoven both have their music incorporated within it are content. Read the booklet in order to understand the story line and the poetry helps also. Zak's vocals have never sound better, and the two songs Jon sings are perfect for his voice. The album will make you question all you really hold dear and feel when the only one left who morn's is the gargoyle. This could be performed on stage and would blow Tommy out of the water. This album is poetry put to music buy at once!
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