When I hear of Mozart and all those other immortally blessed (attention: uphold your umbrellas!) dsheniush-kiddiwinks I’m absolutely amazed. However, their talent and abilities doesn’t affect me. It’s not envy or kinda shitty-o-stuff like this. Mozart is fantastic! Maybe it’s just that they are so completely out of reach of what I could imagine in my life or was within reach when I was a tiny and annoying wiry bubbly sack of ribaldries.
What really gets me stunned is when guys in their twenties accomplish something that is of eternal worth. Then I come to ask myself, why I’m just writing about it. 😀
So, for the maintenance of my aplomb, I won’t give it a thought, but just wirte about Saviour Machine’s highly acclaimed debut album I. (Pronounce “one”, since there’ll be a II.) The story of how I got to know this album is told in short. It was in 1998 or 1999 when I saw in a catalog this CD cover:
And their musical style was described as Ultra Wave. The time I was reading this categorization I’ve already started to get my entry into the world of music, but I didn’t know what that is, Ultra Wave. My only thought was: What ever this may be and how ever the music will sound, this category is absolutely terrific. I must have this album! And even today, this term “Ultra Wave” is an unique term. But it fits so well, since, well… I don’t know of any other band sounding like Saviour Machine’s I and II. And, believe me, I took several approaches to find a similar band – and I’m still looking for!
Which is to say, if you ever should read their former label’s marketing slogan “Kings of Epic Metal” don’t you ever belief this! They are no kings of any empire. They are kings of themselves!
But, to speak personally, biographically: Their music and appearance, including II and their Legend-Trilogy, have been setting the marks for my aesthetic taste and interest in art when I was a teenager. Symbolistic poetical lyrics using uncommon pictures. Dark, but somewhat light music full of passion, power and fragility!
“Son of the Rain”
What a powerful start! And the way his voice enters the stage, absolutely amazing! – – – When riding my bike on the street or walking through the city and listening to the lines “The sky will burn, the sky will burn / Burning the sight from your eyes / Burning the blood from the brain / Turning the force of the skies while watching the world grow insane / Watching the sea boil from the rain / Watching the free die in the mire / Watching the world melt by the fire, that burns in the night, that burns by the light, that touches your face… Shelter the sane from the son of the rain” a shudder is creeping down my back.
“A World Alone”
Some sad, lonely ballad, yet loving with a stunning melody.
“Christians and Lunatics”
If you like, you can dance to it.
Another dance floor track, in my point of view. The driving guitar riffs and the flowing piano fit so well!
“Carnival of Souls”
Includes one of my favourite guitar solos ever!
A more quiet, tender song.