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Doctor Butcher [Explicit]

May 9, 2005

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 9, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Black Lotus Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2005 Black Lotus Records
  • Total Length: 1:22:06
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B000QZZLDU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,097 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This is full of great guitar work with tons of solos.
Music Fanatic
It fits in very well with the four aforementioned albums, especially the first track: 'The Altar' - effin' classic!!!
E. Gaumann
Caffery talks on his website about a new Butcher album coming out soon, so that is something to look forward to.
Mike

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Music Fanatic on January 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I agree with the other reviewers -- especially the one that said this sounds like "angry" Savatage. Take the most blazing tracks that Savatage ever did and imagine an album of nothing but those songs. Chris Caffery is the MAN! This is full of great guitar work with tons of solos. And the bonus disc is not any weaker than the main disc. Both discs are 100% blow-your-face-off metal. If you're interested enough to be reading this, trust me--you need to get it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Latronica on January 15, 2009
Format: Audio CD
BOOYAH! This is metal at it's best. Jon Oliva's voice with heavy freakin' metal. Every song on this album is phenomenal. it should be in every heavy metal fan's library.

Much heavier than Savatage, Doctor Butcher just doesn't let up. Song after song is a finely crafted metal masterpiece!
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By Mike on March 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Jon Oliva was one pissed off guy. His brother, Criss Oliva, had just died in a car accident. His full-time band, Savatage, was actually getting less and less popular even though they came out with two back-to-back masterpieces. There must have been some trauma from childhood added in as well as general pissed-offedness at the world. The result? Doctor Butcher. A side project where Oliva didn't have to worry about the theatrics of Savatage, but could empty out all of the ideas floating in his head. He teamed up with another man filled with ideas; the incredibly underrated Chris Caffery, who had toured with Savatage in 1989. Together they created one of the best pure heavy metal albums of the 90's.

Oliva uses more of an aggressive style of singing, although not a death growl, as opposed to his power metal singing of early Savatage albums. This, coupled with Caffery's crushing riffs and powerful soloing makes the listener want to punch a hole in the wall. The Altar, The Chair, and Don't Talk To Me are chock full of air guitar-worthy solos and pure headbanging bliss. Yet Oliva allows some melody to seep in "Lost in the Dark," "Innocent Victim," and "Season of the Witch," although those have incredible solos and riffs as well. "Juice" serves as a perfect intro for "The Chair." While "The Chair" is heavy, "Juice" uses clean guitar to create lush melody while near the end Oliva includes his trademark evil laugh.

That being said, while the Oliva/Caffery songwriting team had enough great ideas to fill two albums, they had trouble connecting those ideas on some places, and it certainly shows. Some parts of songs seem disoriented.
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Doctor Butcher was the side project of Savatage members Jon Oliva and Chris Caffery. If you split the essential elements of Savatage's unique sound into two separate entities, the progressive, theatrical, epic elements would all go into Trans-Siberian Orchestra, while the old school straightforward (angry) heavy metal elements would go into Doctor Butcher. This is about as close to the Sirens/Dungeons Are Calling-era Savatage sound as you are going to get.

I discovered Savatage late in the game (circa Dead Winter Dead), so my preference is for their later, rock opera-type albums. Still, there's no denying that Oliva and Caffery can "bring the metal" quite well, which is what this collection is all about. Jon Oliva's screaming vocals keep pace with Caffery's guitar riffs, and the duo channel some serious anger into these straightforward metal tracks.

Doctor Butcher isn't for everyone, and probably isn't even a must-have for all Savatage fans, but if you prefer the earlier Savatage albums or the Chris Caffery solo material, you'll definitely want to check this one out.

Edition Notes: The 2005 2-disc Doctor Butcher collection from Black Lotus is the total Doctor Butcher experience. You get the self-titled 1994 album plus the demos that were released in 1996, all digitally remastered, in a nice digipack package with plenty of liner notes and photos.

Edition Notes 2: Locomotive reissued the Doctor Butcher self-titled album in 2008, but their reissue doesn't have the bonus material or deluxe packaging. If you're planning on buying the album, the still-available and still-affordable Black Lotus 2-disc set remains the best choice.
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Doctor Butcher was the side project of Savatage members Jon Oliva and Chris Caffery. If you split the essential elements of Savatage's unique sound into two separate entities, the progressive, theatrical, epic elements would all go into Trans-Siberian Orchestra, while the old school straightforward (angry) heavy metal elements would go into Doctor Butcher. This is about as close to the Sirens/Dungeons Are Calling-era Savatage sound as you are going to get.

I discovered Savatage late in the game (circa Dead Winter Dead), so my preference is for their later, rock opera-type albums. Still, there's no denying that Oliva and Caffery can "bring the metal" quite well, which is what this collection is all about. Jon Oliva's screaming vocals keep pace with Caffery's guitar riffs, and the duo channel some serious anger into these straightforward metal tracks.

Doctor Butcher isn't for everyone, and probably isn't even a must-have for all Savatage fans, but if you prefer the earlier Savatage albums or the Chris Caffery solo material, you'll definitely want to check this one out.

Edition Notes: The 2005 2-disc Doctor Butcher collection from Black Lotus is the total Doctor Butcher experience. You get the self-titled 1994 album plus the demos that were released in 1996, all digitally remastered, in a nice digipack package with plenty of liner notes and photos.
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