Savatage ‎– Handful Of Rain

Bullet Proof Records ‎– IRS 993 008


01 Taunting Cobras 3:21
02 Handful Of Rain 5:25
03 Chance 7:50
04 Stare Into The Sun 4:43
05 Castles Burning 4:39
06 Visions 1:25
07 Watching You Fall 5:20
08 Nothings Going On 4:09
09 Symmetry 5:04
10 Alone You Breathe 7:30

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  • Barcode: 4006759930083

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
82660-2 Savatage Handful Of Rain(CD, Album) Atlantic 82660-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
82660 Savatage Handful Of Rain(CD) Atlantic 82660 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
CDVEST 32 Savatage Handful Of Rain(LP, Album, Unofficial) Bullet Proof Records CDVEST 32 2006 Sell This Version
SPV 230-18022 CD Savatage Handful Of Rain(CD, Album, RE) Союз, Steamhammer SPV 230-18022 CD Russia 2001 Sell This Version
82660-2 Savatage Handful Of Rain(CD, Album, Promo) Atlantic 82660-2 US 1994 Sell This Version



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February 8, 2018

Released in 1994, 'Handful of Rain' was Savatage's first studio recording after the tragic death of guitarist and founding member Criss Oliva. Replaced by Alex Skolnick of Testament fame, this album catches the essence of Savatage's sound, but being released in the mid-90's, a time when most metal bands were desperately trying to adapt to suit the more grunge-inspired sound of the day, while still maintaining their own identity, it's easy to hear Savatage shift their own sound to a more groove-laden, grungy style. Imagine Alice in Chains mixed with Queen, and you're halfway there.

With heavy, crunchy guitar riffs, massive orchestrations and the trademark vocal counterpoint sections, 'Handful of Rain' incorporates a lot of the "epic" elements that the band would go on to use in later releases and with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra project. Standout performance goes to vocalist Zak Stevens, who's powerful voice truly carries the music on this album.

While things do tend to lag at times, 'Handful of Rain' is generally a solid release, and contains some of the bands most memorable songs. For example 'Chance', 'Taunting Cobras', 'Castles Burning', 'Watching You Fall' and the title track are all Savatage classics.

Whether it was the mid-90's lulling metal scene in general, or the band still mourning the loss of their brother, or maybe just a transitional period as they made tweaks to their sound, in comparison to the rest of Savatage's discography, 'Handful of Rain' comes across as mostly forgettable and irrelevant, and just sits between their power metal days and their more progressive, rock opera days.

Ultimately, it's a three-star album with five-star songs.