Sirens (Savatage album)

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Savatage Sirens original cover.jpeg
Studio album by Savatage
Released April 11, 1983 (US)
November 1, 1983 (UK)
Recorded January 1983 at Morrisound Studios, Tampa Florida, United States
Genre Heavy metal
Speed metal
Power metal
Length 35:51
Label Par Records (US)
Music for Nations (UK)
Producer Danny Johnson
Savatage chronology
City Beneath the Surface
The Dungeons Are Calling
UK edition cover
UK edition cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Metal Crypt 4/5 stars[2]
Metal Forces (9/10)[3]
Martin Popoff 10/10 stars[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. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sirens" Jon Oliva, Criss Oliva 3:43
2. "Holocaust" J. Oliva, C. Oliva 4:34
3. "I Believe" J. Oliva, C. Oliva 5:25
4. "Rage" J. Oliva, C. Oliva 2:42
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "On the Run" J. Oliva, C. Oliva, Steve Wacholz 3:33
6. "Twisted Little Sister" J. Oliva, C. Oliva, Keith Collins 3:39
7. "Living for the Night" J. Oliva, C. Oliva 3:20
8. "Scream Murder" J. Oliva 3:50
9. "Out on the Streets" J. Oliva, C. Oliva 5:15
  • 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


Band members

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)
  • Danny Johnson - producer
  • Jim Morris - engineer
  • Mike Fuller - mastering
  • Terry Oakes - UK edition artwork, illustrations
  • Eddy Schreyer - re-mastering


  1. ^ a b Orens, Geoff. "Savatage Sirens review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  2. ^ Turnbull, Bruce (12 December 2010). "Savatage - Sirens". The Metal Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  3. ^ Constable, Dave (August 1983). "Savatage - Sirens". Metal Forces (1): 21. Retrieved 2015-07-03. 
  4. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  5. ^ "The Borribles Go for Broke (covers)". LibraryThing. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 

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