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Savatage - Sirens



8.1 | 234 votes |
Release date: 11 April 1983
Style: Progressive heavy metal

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01. Sirens
02. Holocaust
03. I Believe
04. Rage
05. On The Run
06. Twisted Little Sister
07. Living For The Night
08. Scream Murder
09. Out On The Streets
10. Lady In Disguise [1994 CD reissue bonus]
11. The Message [1994 CD reissue bonus]
12. Target [Demo] [2002 Metal Blade reissue bonus]
13. Living On The Edge Of Time [Demo] [2002 Metal Blade reissue bonus]
14. Island Of The Kings [Hidden Track] [2002 Metal Blade reissue bonus]
15. In The Dream [Acoustic Version] [2011 EarMusic reissue bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1983: 16

Additional info
Re-released in 1994 with 2 bonus tracks, then again in 2002 by Metal Blade with 3 bonus tracks, and then once more in 2011 by EarMusic with 1 more bonus track.

Guest review by
nicaZe
Rating:
7.8
So, here's where it began for one of the world's coolest metal bands, the impervious Savatage, and while it may not be considered their best work, Sirens shows the band at a level of high aggression they wouldn't reclaim until the legendary Hall Of The Mountain King. Despite the climate of the metal scene at the time, their debut doesn't really sound like anything that was knocking around, and it still has an original, timeless quality. Even though Jon Oliva wouldn't introduce Broadway elements into his music until the epic Gutter Ballet, you can still hear some theatricality here, especially during the bitching title track, which opens the album with one of Criss Oliva's best and most venomous riffs. Hell, there's no disputing this is the best song on here (with the exception of the mighty, Judas Priest-riddled ''Rage''), I mean, just take one listen to that middle eight. Jon's shrieks are so high they could break glass. It's the kind of moment that makes you love this band.

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published 28.04.2012 | Comments (2)

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Comments: 22   Visited by: 290 users
25.02.2012 - 02:53
JohnDoe
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No comments here yet? I'm amazed such a good album gets such little recognition; surely the album is far from perfect, but the songwriting and performance are really good, the music is expressive and full of energy.
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13.07.2012 - 15:31
Rating: 9
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by Guest on 25.02.2012 at 02:53

No comments here yet? I'm amazed such a good album gets such little recognition; surely the album is far from perfect, but the songwriting and performance are really good, the music is expressive and full of energy.


Simple but beautiful arrangements, amazing riffs and solos, aggressive and emotional vocals ... As a whole - one of the masterpieces of this great band !!!
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25.05.2016 - 23:07
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Tage Westerlund
Written by Vasil de Shumen on 13.07.2012 at 15:31

Written by Guest on 25.02.2012 at 02:53

No comments here yet? I'm amazed such a good album gets such little recognition; surely the album is far from perfect, but the songwriting and performance are really good, the music is expressive and full of energy.


Simple but beautiful arrangements, amazing riffs and solos, aggressive and emotional vocals ... As a whole - one of the masterpieces of this great band !!!


I have to agree about vocals, most 80's bands in a genre could work emotional on vocals, even if lyrics sucked
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30.09.2018 - 14:50
Rating: 8
Jope Steele
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I wouldn't say it's best kind of Savatage album, but a successful one nevertheless. Not any highly memorable songs here though.
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30.09.2018 - 23:39
Rating: 7
Redel

Written by Jope Steele on 30.09.2018 at 14:50

I wouldn't say it's best kind of Savatage album, but a successful one nevertheless. Not any highly memorable songs here though.

Oh, I would say the title track is highly memorable here. Other than that, yeah, not that much to dig here probably.
But indeed a significant album for the band back at the time.
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01.10.2018 - 12:44
Rating: 8
Jope Steele
Steelmeister
Written by Redel on 30.09.2018 at 23:39

Written by Jope Steele on 30.09.2018 at 14:50

I wouldn't say it's best kind of Savatage album, but a successful one nevertheless. Not any highly memorable songs here though.

Oh, I would say the title track is highly memorable here. Other than that, yeah, not that much to dig here probably.
But indeed a significant album for the band back at the time.


That would be my first choice as well. However I don't find myself listening to it very often. To me it lacks some of the appeal that the best Savatage tracks possess.
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A Call for Parallel Institutions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=]Vw3tUXdLu2Y
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01.10.2018 - 21:53
Rating: 7
Redel

Written by Jope Steele on 01.10.2018 at 12:44

Written by Redel on 30.09.2018 at 23:39

Written by Jope Steele on 30.09.2018 at 14:50

I wouldn't say it's best kind of Savatage album, but a successful one nevertheless. Not any highly memorable songs here though.

Oh, I would say the title track is highly memorable here. Other than that, yeah, not that much to dig here probably.
But indeed a significant album for the band back at the time.


That would be my first choice as well. However I don't find myself listening to it very often. To me it lacks some of the appeal that the best Savatage tracks possess.


Dungeons -- while not far away timewise -- is surprisingly a much better release from their early days.
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09.02.2019 - 17:03
Rating: 8
Jope Steele
Steelmeister
Written by Redel on 01.10.2018 at 21:53

Written by Jope Steele on 01.10.2018 at 12:44

Written by Redel on 30.09.2018 at 23:39

Written by Jope Steele on 30.09.2018 at 14:50

I wouldn't say it's best kind of Savatage album, but a successful one nevertheless. Not any highly memorable songs here though.

Oh, I would say the title track is highly memorable here. Other than that, yeah, not that much to dig here probably.
But indeed a significant album for the band back at the time.


That would be my first choice as well. However I don't find myself listening to it very often. To me it lacks some of the appeal that the best Savatage tracks possess.


Dungeons -- while not far away timewise -- is surprisingly a much better release from their early days.


I wouldn't say it's much better but yeah I also prefer Dungeon's songs to Sirens'
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A Call for New 'Revolutionaries' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8HwtRAvalo
A Call for Parallel Institutions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=]Vw3tUXdLu2Y
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09.02.2019 - 21:58
Rating: 7
Redel

Written by Jope Steele on 09.02.2019 at 17:03

Written by Redel on 01.10.2018 at 21:53

Written by Jope Steele on 01.10.2018 at 12:44

Written by Redel on 30.09.2018 at 23:39

Written by Jope Steele on 30.09.2018 at 14:50

I wouldn't say it's best kind of Savatage album, but a successful one nevertheless. Not any highly memorable songs here though.

Oh, I would say the title track is highly memorable here. Other than that, yeah, not that much to dig here probably.
But indeed a significant album for the band back at the time.


That would be my first choice as well. However I don't find myself listening to it very often. To me it lacks some of the appeal that the best Savatage tracks possess.


Dungeons -- while not far away timewise -- is surprisingly a much better release from their early days.


I wouldn't say it's much better but yeah I also prefer Dungeon's songs to Sirens'

Well, saying that it is much better was probably exaggerating a bit. But, hey I like almost every song on Dungeons (Midas Knight is the killer track for me), while I do really not find much more than the title track on Sirens that I can remember well.
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21.03.2020 - 19:12
Rating: 6
Not my favourite Savatage album but I do appreciate the fast and furious approach with lots of great riffing.

If your gonna get it then pick up any version which is remastered, this one really needed the facelift.
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18.08.2021 - 11:00
blackwreath13

Can't believe MS uses that album cover over this beauty...

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSlpFLoGo-5p-S_UutPpKHYu9CjvQqHMfRLyQ&usqp=CAU
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18.08.2021 - 11:36
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by blackwreath13 on 18.08.2021 at 11:00

Can't believe MS uses that album cover over this beauty...

Well, we always use the original artwork of the first pressing, so it's never really a matter of choice nor is it always a clear sign of incompetence, stupidity and neglect.
The image you tried to link (use https:// and people may even see its full beauty) is admittedly the more well-known artwork, but it's taken from the 1985 reissue.
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18.08.2021 - 11:54
blackwreath13

Written by Starvynth on 18.08.2021 at 11:36

Written by blackwreath13 on 18.08.2021 at 11:00

Can't believe MS uses that album cover over this beauty...

Well, we always use the original artwork of the first pressing, so it's never really a matter of choice nor hardly ever a clear sign of incompetence, stupidity and neglect.
The image you tried to link (use https:// and people may even see its full beauty) is admittedly the more well-known artwork, but it's taken from the 1985 reissue.

It wasn't meant as a criticism or anything, I get it policy and all, it's just... so much better than the original.

I'm using a phone, trying to figure out what I keep doing wrong before throwing in the towel. -_-
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18.08.2021 - 12:25
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by blackwreath13 on 18.08.2021 at 11:54

It wasn't meant as a criticism or anything, I get it policy and all, it's just... so much better than the original.

All good. It's just that we originally had the "correct" artwork, but it was recently changed on a (legitimate) user request, so there's not much we can do about it.
Your picture can't be embedded, unfortunately, because the .jpg is missing at the end. But I guess this will do.

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12.12.2021 - 08:11
Ganondox

This album was ahead of it's time, very heavy for it's day while retaining the melodic complexity that a lot of early thrash metal bands lacked.
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21.01.2022 - 15:27
qlacs
"The Quaker"
Why was the artwork changed for the one on the reissue?
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21.01.2022 - 15:55
JoHn DoE

Written by qlacs on 21.01.2022 at 15:27

Why was the artwork changed for the one on the reissue?


could be worse, Fates Warning's debut album has had three covers.
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21.01.2022 - 15:55
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by qlacs on 21.01.2022 at 15:27

Why was the artwork changed for the one on the reissue?

I can guarantee you that the current image (the blue sailing ship) is the original image of the first Par Records vinyl pressing from 1983.
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21.01.2022 - 15:57
JoHn DoE

Written by Starvynth on 21.01.2022 at 15:55

Written by qlacs on 21.01.2022 at 15:27

Why was the artwork changed for the one on the reissue?

I can guarantee you that the current image (the blue sailing ship) is the original image of the first Par Records vinyl pressing from 1983.


I listened to this album on cassette, long ago and it had the cover you posted above.
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21.01.2022 - 16:08
qlacs
"The Quaker"
Written by JoHn DoE on 21.01.2022 at 15:57

Written by Starvynth on 21.01.2022 at 15:55

Written by qlacs on 21.01.2022 at 15:27

Why was the artwork changed for the one on the reissue?

I can guarantee you that the current image (the blue sailing ship) is the original image of the first Par Records vinyl pressing from 1983.


I listened to this album on cassette, long ago and it had the cover you posted above.

I stand corrected then gents... now I can see the one I saw was UK edtition: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirens_(Savatage_album)
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21.01.2022 - 16:12
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by JoHn DoE on 21.01.2022 at 15:57

I listened to this album on cassette, long ago and it had the cover you posted above.

I believe you, because I also owned this cassette a long time ago.
But I can only repeat myself: the sailing ship is the original and first cover. The much more well-known cover was used for all subsequent re-releases and re-issues, including the 1985 cassette.
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21.01.2022 - 16:35
JoHn DoE

Written by Starvynth on 21.01.2022 at 16:12

Written by JoHn DoE on 21.01.2022 at 15:57

I listened to this album on cassette, long ago and it had the cover you posted above.

I believe you, because I also owned this cassette a long time ago.
But I can only repeat myself: the sailing ship is the original and first cover. The much more well-known cover was used for all subsequent re-releases and re-issues, including the 1985 cassette.


You're probably right. I do not doubt what you state here.
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