Sirens (Savatage album)

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Sirens
Savatage Sirens original cover.jpeg
Studio album by Savatage
Released April 11, 1983 (US)
November 1, 1983 (UK)
Recorded January 1983
Studio Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida, United States
Genre
Length 35:51
Label Par Records (US)
Music for Nations (UK)
Producer Danny Johnson
Savatage chronology
City Beneath the Surface
(1982)City Beneath the Surface1982
Sirens
(1983)
The Dungeons Are Calling
(1984)The Dungeons Are Calling1984
UK edition cover
UK edition cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal10/10[2]
The Metal Crypt4/5 stars[3]
Metal Forces9/10[4]

Sirens is the debut album by American heavy metal band Savatage, released in 1983. The music on this album is heavier than in later Savatage albums, where the band developed their own style of progressive metal.[1]

According to front man Jon Oliva, Sirens and the long EP The Dungeons Are Calling were recorded and mixed all in one day. With most of the songs prepared no more than a week before the recording session, the band could only afford one day in the studio. The two albums together were to make Savatage's debut but since vinyl records limited the total running time, they were divided. In 2011 they were remastered and released together on the label Earmusic.

The cover of the English version published by Music for Nations and of Combat Records edition of 1985 is the same of the children's book The Borribles Go for Broke.[5] It was also used by Metal Blade Records for the first edition on CD and other subsequent versions.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Sirens"Jon Oliva, Criss Oliva3:43
2."Holocaust"J. Oliva, C. Oliva4:34
3."I Believe"J. Oliva, C. Oliva5:25
4."Rage"J. Oliva, C. Oliva2:42
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."On the Run"J. Oliva, C. Oliva, Steve Wacholz3:33
6."Twisted Little Sister"J. Oliva, C. Oliva, Keith Collins3:39
7."Living for the Night"J. Oliva, C. Oliva3:20
8."Scream Murder"J. Oliva3:50
9."Out on the Streets"J. Oliva, C. Oliva5:15
  • The track "Out on the Streets" was later re-recorded by the band on their 1986 album, Fight for the Rock and an acoustic rendition was recorded by Jon Oliva and included as bonus track in the 2010 Greatest Hits.
  • The track "Lady in Disguise" was also later re-recorded for the 1986 album, Fight for the Rock, but with different arrangements.
  • The track "Scream Murder" was covered on American progressive metal band Vanquishes' album Speed Metal Demon.
  • The track "Holocaust" was covered by American death metal band Six Feet Under and is featured on their cover album Graveyard Classics

Personnel[edit]

Savatage

Interesting to note is that in the liner notes for the album, they gave themselves roles instead of listing their instruments.

  • Jon Oliva – Shrieks of Terror (lead vocals)
  • Criss Oliva – Metalaxe (guitars, backing vocals)
  • Keith Collins – The Bottom End (bass, backing vocals)
  • Steve Wacholz – Barbaric Cannons (drums, percussion)
Production
  • Danny Johnson – producer
  • Jim Morris – engineer
  • Mike Fuller – mastering
  • Terry Oakes – UK edition artwork, illustrations
  • Eddy Schreyer – re-mastering

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Orens, Geoff. "Savatage Sirens review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 312. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  3. ^ Turnbull, Bruce (12 December 2010). "Savatage - Sirens". The Metal Crypt.com. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  4. ^ Constable, Dave (August 1983). "Savatage - Sirens". Metal Forces. No. 1. p. 21. Retrieved 2015-07-03. 
  5. ^ "The Borribles Go for Broke (covers)". LibraryThing. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 

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