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Hall of the Mountain King [Import]

SavatageAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)


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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 27, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B003Q58ZS0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,447,430 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Madness Reigns July 2, 2006
Format:Audio CD
If Savatage felt that they had something to prove after the lackluster 1986 album Fight for the Rock, they certainly achieved that goal with 1987's triumphant Hall of the Mountain King.

With Hall of the Mountain King, Savatage unleashes a power metal assault that picks up right where Power of the Night left off, allowing fans to forget about the corporate rock experiment that was Fight for the Rock. Hall of the Mountain King is pure metal from start to finish, and is as powerful an album as Savatage has released. Standout tracks? Try all of them. Seriously, if you like the early Savatage sound, Hall of the Mountain King is the best of that era.

Hall of the Mountain King is also noteworthy because it marks the first Savatage album with producer Paul O'Neill at the helm. Beginning with follow-up album Gutter Ballet, the O'Neill/Oliva team would go on to totally redevelop Savatage's sound, and would pave the way for the smash hit Trans-Siberian Orchestra. You get a little preview of what is to come in the instrumental track Prelude to Madness.

NOTE: While the standard version of Hall of the Mountain King is a bargain, you may want to spend a few more dollars on the German import reissue by SPV. It hasn't been remastered, but the 2002 SPV reissue does have a few extras that make it a better buy. It features 2 additional tracks - live versions of Hall of the Mountain King and Devastation, but the real bonus is that the liner notes have been expanded to include several pages of very detailed information about the band during this particular stage of their career. When added to the chapters from the other SPV Savatage reissues, you'll get the real story behind one of the best (and most underrated) metal bands of all time.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely Confused March 12, 2006
By Zilva
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought this on spec for Hall of the Mountain King after Accept's guitarist Wolf Hoffman did a version of it (which I think is better because it's purer, but Savatage's extension is brilliant none-the-less). First listening was: ho-hum, second listening was: this ain't half bad, third listening: jammed in the CD player! This is a great metal CD - the vocals are wierd, but addictive and what a sensational range; the guitars (and vocals) remind me a bit of Accept (albeit a more learned version, more sophisticated maybe?) and a bit of a whole lot of other metal that I can't quite put my finger on, maybe even some thrash creeping in? This is seriously good metal, good riffs, power and grind. Turn it up LOUD!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank God For Savatage January 2, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Savatge were the band that started out as metal (like this album), became more progressive (like Gutter Ballet), and then eventually evolved into the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. This album is a metal must-have. Jon Oliva is such a strong vocalist. The song "Hall Of The Mountain King" is one of the greatest metal songs ever. Fans of 80s New Wave Of British Heavy Metal will enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - Madness Reigns! May 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
If Savatage felt that they had something to prove after the lackluster 1986 album Fight for the Rock, they certainly achieved that goal with 1987's triumphant Hall of the Mountain King.

With Hall of the Mountain King, Savatage unleashes a power metal assault that picks up right where Power of the Night left off, allowing fans to forget about the corporate rock experiment that was Fight for the Rock. Hall of the Mountain King is pure metal from start to finish, and is as powerful an album as Savatage has released. Standout tracks? Try all of them. Seriously, if you like the early Savatage sound, Hall of the Mountain King is the best of that era.

Hall of the Mountain King is also noteworthy because it marks the first Savatage album with producer Paul O'Neill at the helm. Beginning with follow-up album Gutter Ballet, the O'Neill/Oliva team would go on to totally redevelop Savatage's sound, and would pave the way for the smash hit Trans-Siberian Orchestra. You get a little preview of what is to come in the instrumental track "Prelude to Madness."

Hall of the Mountain King remains an essential Savatage album, and belongs in the collection of anyone who claims to be a fan of the `80s heavy metal sound.

Edition Notes: SPV's 2002 reissue of Hall of the Mountain King has not been remastered, but it does have a few extras that might make you consider replacing your older version.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album from the best band August 15, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
At the time I got HOTMK (1988)Savatage was not my favorite band they weren't even close, but after HOTMK they started to climb the ladder of my taste. This Cd summs great heavy metal, a superb guitar work the insane voice of John Oliva and the mix of classical elements that make this album unique. You can cranck it and headbang to it or you can sit and enjoy the classical parts. 24 Hours Ago: Good opening for this record 8 Beyond the doors of the dark: Starts slow and becomes one of the heaviest tunes 9 Legions: All great heavy metal from start to end. Must be great to hear live 9 Strange wings: commercial attempt 7 Prelude to Madness: Superb Instrumental mixing classical elements 9 Hall of the mountain king: Has it all guitars, screams, classical arrangements 9.5 The price you pay: Hold on to your hat on this one (or it will blow it) 9.5 White Witch: great music great lyrics about cocaine 9 Last Dawn: Short and moody Instrumental 8 Devastation: About the end of the world makes you wanna jump 10
In all this is a great album for any one into Heavy Metal or Power Metal
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past.
I like Savatage, Streets was better, but I really like this CD. It arrived new and in great shape. No complaints.
Published 20 days ago by Paul Desmarais
5.0 out of 5 stars cosmic mayhem
This album moves at a deafening rate and gains momentum till its peak at the title track (Hall of the Mountain King). One of my favorites to wake up to. Read more
Published 1 month ago by chris weber
5.0 out of 5 stars MASTERPIECE!!!!MASTERPIECE!!!!
This is a forgotten MASTERPIECE from the METAL ERA of the late 80's!!!!! Ok, there's plenty great moments from Slayer and Metallica to make everything secondary.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by FLUMINENSE
1.0 out of 5 stars Title or what? Are you referring to name of book? What is...
Sent hard rock CD instead of classical version by Edvard Grieg. Item was returned and not ordered from Amazon again. Chose to go to music store and get in person. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joanne Steuart
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully savage
Powerful, driving rock...the "Hall of the Mountain King" in particular gives me goose bumps. I'll be looking for more by this group.
Published 9 months ago by Eric Oppen
5.0 out of 5 stars music bought on impulse tends to be the best
Hall of the mountain King is an excellent CD. it shows how truly versatile Savatage was as a band and how diverse their concepts could be.
Published 11 months ago by jason peterman
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Savatage Album
This is one of the best accessible "satanic" metal albums of all time. The riffs and guitar tone are immense, the rhythms rock solid and the vocals penetrate the brain in just the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by David Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Power Metal? Hard Rock? Just damn good
I don't know what genre of music this fits into exactly. I prefer to just call it "metal". It is hard hitting, melodic and the songs are damn catchy. Read more
Published 15 months ago by C. Pedersen
5.0 out of 5 stars SAVATAGE HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING
Great 80's Hair Band. I heard the song Hall Of The Mountain King on the radio and had to get this cd. Very well priced at Amazon. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Todd Peta
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
Overall its a good album, not any bad filler songs like some bands do. It has a really dark tone to it but all the songs are good. Read more
Published 16 months ago by 80srocker
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