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Released: 1997, Independent
I know, I know. This Cd is 4 years old. Well the band has broken up but are back together and recording a new CD as we speak so I will give this one a short review anyway. Savant was put together in 1991 by vocalist Bruce Miller. The lineup consists of Miller, Jason Bibber: drums, Peter Creco: guitar and Richie Leich on bass. The play a straight ahead form of melodic metal with some progressive bits thrown in. A very good mix.
The CD consists of 8 songs and clocks in at just over 44 minutes. The opening track "Once Was" kicks off with almost a minute of a human heart beating and moves into the main body of the track which has dark lyrics about cursed eternity, pain and suffering. Very good... The title track continues on in the same melancholy vein but kicks up the speed and sounds a bit Maidenish towards the end. "The Forbidden One" is one of the heavier tracks on the CD and hearkens back to the 80s (at least to these ears). The disc closes out with the 7 minute song "Nevermore". Lots of great mellow passages balanced by some great riffing make this song a highlight of the disc.
Savant are coming out with a new CD soon. They need to work a bit on the production as this one is adequate but not spectacular. Four years changes a lot of things. People get older and mature. Savant has all the tools to be a great band. Now they just need to use them. Check out more about the band at http://www.savant.org
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