Return On Vinyl, Limited 10" Picture Vinyl in stores beginning of August,
Pre-order for “Sirens” & “The Dungeons Are Calling” starts now
The iconic band returns with great news: After a bit of a hiatus following their legendary reunion gig at Wacken Open Air 2015, things are about to heat up for SAVATAGE.
In 2021, earMUSIC is paying tribute to the heavy metal legends with the extensive re-release of their entire studio album back catalogue on high-quality 12" LP. From Sirens (1983) to Poets And Madmen (2001), the albums will be heading back to stores on finest vinyl after having been sought after by fans and collectors for a long time. All mastered for vinyl for stellar audio quality and reissued with enhanced artwork and extensive liner notes.
The release of the Strictly Limited 10" Picture Vinyl The Hourglass (limited to 2.000 copies worldwide) on August 6 marks the forerunner of the carefully curated vinyl reissue series. The Hourglass comes emblazoned with a tailor-made, labyrinthine illustration of an hourglass, held by sixteen skeletons against a tempestuous surf. The single’s stunning, Doré-inspired visuals evoke aspects of memento mori and hearken back to The Wake of Magellan (1997) with their marine undertones. This carefully crafted record isn’t just a must-have for fans of SAVATAGE, but for any vinyl enthusiast.
Watch here for an exclusive view behind the scenes of this vinyl production:
And those who want even more classic SAVATAGE on their record shelves will not have to wait too long.
August 20th sees the vinyl re-release of Sirens (1983). Lauded by Rock Hard Germany as a “classic of metal history”, SAVATAGE’s debut album is still an absolute fan favorite, featuring songs such as Sirens or Holocaust, which have remained an inherent part in the band’s live shows.
In addition to Sirens, sophomore record The Dungeons Are Calling will be re-released at the same time. The EP, originally released in 1984, contains cuts from the Sirens sessions, which delve into metaphors about the inner workings of a drug-addled mind. The Dungeons Are Calling isn’t just as acclaimed as its predecessor, it’s also the perfect companion piece to Sirens.
On August 20th, both albums will become available as a Strictly Limited Heavyweight Coloured LP Gatefold Collector’s Edition as well as on 180g Black Vinyl Gatefold – available for pre-order now:
The Dungeons Are Calling:
Watch out for more SAVATAGE vinyl reissues throughout the year.
SAVATAGE – Masters of Metal Dramaturgy
US-American heavy metal icons SAVATAGE are one of the most influential bands in their genre. Founded 1981 by brothers Jon and Criss Oliva in Florida, the band met producer Paul O’Neill in the mid-1980s while touring with Motörhead – and the rest is history.
Under the wings of versatile producer and visionary Paul O’Neill, the band quickly evolved into the spheres of their heroes Rainbow, UFO or Rush, all while creating their very own sound.
The debut Sirens from 1983 as well as its successor The Dungeons Are Calling (1984) has been produced by Jim Morris and Dan Johnson, soon to be followed by Power Of The Night (1985) and Fight For The Rock (1986), before O’Neill directed the releases of Hall Of The Mountain King (1987) and Gutter Ballet (1989), two albums that would almost instantly become absolute cult classics.
After the publication of the concept album Streets – A Rock Opera (1991), Jon Oliva had to pass the microphone on to Zak Stevens due to health issues, but still worked on Edge Of Thorns as a producer, along with his brother Criss Oliva and Paul O’Neill, and thus stayed close to the band.
The 1993 album is not only the first one with Stevens as the singer, but also the last SAVATAGE album with Criss Oliva as a lead guitarist, before the tragedy of his fatal accident brought Testament’s Alex Skolnick to the table, who helped out recording the lead guitar for Handful Of Rain; the following tour was the first one with Jeff Plate as SAVATAGE’s drummer.
In 1995, the group, now including Al Pitrelli and Chris Caffery, released another concept album, titled Dead Winter Dead, which laid the foundation for the internationally acclaimed TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA (TSO).
Until today, members of SAVATAGE are frequently touring across the USA with TSO, reaching millions of fans with their laborious Christmas live shows.
After The Wake Of Magellan (1997), SAVATAGE released Poets And Madmen, their last studio album to date, in 2001. After a 12-year hiatus, the band played a spectacular double live show at Wacken Open Air with TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, altogether setting the unmatched standard for album- and live concepts until today.
In 2021, SAVATAGE’s highly coveted back catalogue is being re-issued by earMUSIC – the legend is alive!