Global Warning Import, Limited Edition
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2008's Global Warming is the third Jon Oliva's Pain album, and like 2006's Maniacal Renderings, the album contains some guitar parts written by Jon's late brother (and Savatage co-founder) Criss Oliva. Not surprisingly, these are the songs that sound closest to the old Savatage sound. Still, I wouldn't call this a throwback album. While the earlier JOP albums seemed like a step back from Savatage's rock opera style and more towards the old school metal sound, Global Warning seems like a return to center. It's still undeniably a metal album, but it's a more versatile, more melodic effort. Heavy hitting songs like Stories (there's the patented Jon Oliva scream!), You Never Know, and Adding the Cost are balanced out by more melodic tunes like Walk upon the Water and Firefly. Oliva's unique voice is in great shape on this album, and so are his songwriting skills. Even after 25 years, you still get the sense that he is growing and progressing as an artist, which is pretty remarkable.
Disgruntled Savatage fans (I probably fall into this category) will still feel some disappointment that there isn't any new Savatage material, but if you can get past that, you'll find a lot to love in these Jon Oliva's Pain albums (not to mention Zak Stevens's Circle II Circle albums). The Mountain King is still alive and well, and is still a creative force to be reckoned with.
The band is at the top of their game here, sounding even better than their first go-round on the first Circle II Circle album. Worth singling out is Matt LaPorte, who eerily seems to be channeling the sprit of Criss Oliva in much of Global Warning's fretwork.
Highly recommended pick of the year, along with Circle II Circle's Delusions Of Grandeur, which also showcases that band at their best, as well.
Hopefully this will get him the attention he deserves... I even give it 6 stars.
Thank You Jon Oliva for making our lives worth living
Now It's different, It's music, from start to the end. The legend is back, It's mountaing king again, his own style, his voice, his creativity and soul. It looks like the whole band has settled down and tried to contribute to good music this time. Matt is going better, in my opinion his musical talent is top notch but I'm waiting for him to settle down, to mellow more, If I'm not rude. He is in a very difficult position, being the one to replace Criss. It's not being good or bad, It is the unevidable stress of replacing somebody. He is a very fine guitarist who definitely does not need to prove anything to anybody.
Jon and Savatage has such a big place in my heart. Jon Oliva is a really different person, he has his own classifications. I'm only comparing him to his previous work. And yet I don't feel i can demand a second Gutter Ballet from Jon Oliva today, he is the Jon Oliva of today, and I expect a good album from a person whom I'm somewhat familiar. And, now he DID. This is not a second "Streets", this is a good Jon Oliva album. If you know him, if you feel you want to listen Jon again, here he is. Global Warning is really GOOD.
I wish I could thank guys for doing so good albums. I wish i could give Jon a real big hug. Thanks man.
Last word: don't get irritated by the album cover. It's OK.
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I was so ready to love this new Jon Olivia cd ... maybe that is where I went wrong, setting my expectations before I even heard it. Read morePublished on December 1, 2009 by SumoNeko
For Casualities i bought this album, in mail, the postman told me the box wet, i check it, and was wet and the box was broken, this was on june, since then i don't receive the two... Read morePublished on July 13, 2008 by Raul Rosa Martinez
What can I say but good job? Jon Oliva produces another great album and shows why he is one of the best songwriters in metal. Read morePublished on June 24, 2008 by King Lerxst
First let me say I am a huge Oliva fan that dates back to Savatage's beginning. But I am dissapointed in this release. Read morePublished on June 5, 2008 by Jason C. Dalton