"This is almost glam crap! The saving points are 1) its Savatage, 2) Criss, Jon, and the boys still rock, 3) its kind of heavy and 4) another interesting morph of Savatage. Even the guys in the band agree that this wasn't so great. But for about $10 adding this to your collection isn't too risky, especially if you love this excellent band. DO NOT make this your first purchase of Savatage."
A satisfying disc throughout
sauerkraut | 12/21/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I think that Fight for the Rock is a satisfying disc from Savatage. All ten of the tracks are listenable and energetic. The album is in a straightforward hard rock musical vein. The musicianship and songwriting are fulfilling. I admit that I've never been completely satisfied with the sound quality, though--the production emits quite a bit of bass. That aside, I don't find the sound quality to be totally terrible--it's all right. Jon Oliva does a good job with the vocals. He has a unique voice, and I've never heard another singer that resembles him. Criss Oliva does well with the guitar playing. This disc includes a couple of cover tunes: "Day After Day" from Badfinger and "Wishing Well" from Free. Keyboards are also used throughout the disc. Most of the songs are straight-ahead hard rockers, but there are some subtler ones, too ("Out on the Streets," "Day After Day," and "Crying for Love"). I consider the power ballad "Day After Day" to be my favorite song of the album. It's a really nice track. Jon Oliva especially does well with the vocals. The power ballad "Out on the Streets" is an updated version of the original song that's included on Savatage's first album Sirens. I think that both versions are worthwhile. "Crying for Love" is a tune that's a cross between a straightforward hard rocker and a power ballad--it's listenable and melodic. The gothic-flavored keyboard intro to "The Edge of Midnight" is interesting and cool. The heavy, energetic "Hyde" also features a foreboding beginning. "Red Light Paradise" is another aggressive one that contains an ominous intro. The CD insert includes the song lyrics and some photos of the band. The cover photo is interesting, too. Fight for the Rock is an enjoyable album from Savatage."
The worst Savatage album.
Robert | 08/10/1999
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Let's be sincere to ourselves: this is the worst Savatage album. It looks like Poison and Dokken. There's not one great song. Period."
Better than the lousy reviews this cd ussually gets
Robert | Canada | 03/14/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"While no way can you compare this this cd with Hall of the Mountain king, Gutter ballet and Edge of Thorns; it is still as good as the latter Savatage cd's involving Handful of rain, Dead winter deadThis cd is a good basic rock/metal album with great singing and guitar playing, but the songwriting is not up to snuff.Never the less it is comparable to the latest releases by Ac/dc and Kiss.It one could give 10 stars, I would give it 6/10"