After a bit of a hiatus following their legendary reunion gig at Wacken Open Air in 2015, things are about to heat up for American pomp metal Titans Savatage.
In 2021, label 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 format. From Sirens (1983) to Poets And Madmen (2001), the albums will be heading back to stores on the finest vinyl after having been sought after by fans and collectors for a long time. All titles have been mastered for vinyl for stellar audio quality and are being reissued with enhanced artwork and extensive liner notes.
The release of the strictly limited 10″ picture vinyl single The Hourglass (limited to two thousand copies worldwide), first released on the band’s 1997 album The Wake of Magellan, 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 hearkens back to The Wake of Magellan’s marine undertones. This carefully crafted record isn’t just a must-have for fans of Savatage, but for any vinyl enthusiast.
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 favourite, 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.