The next day, I got out my Columbia House Record Club membership booklet and ordered the album.
When it arrived, my entire life changed. I spent hours, playing the entire album front to back. I had never heard a guitar sound like that and the riffs were completely smooth, whether they were fast or slow. The drums were like cannons and the vocals were gritty and mean. All of that was backed by a thunderous bass, which I love. SAVATAGE had become and still is my favorite band. I was lucky enough to see them live before the guitar player was tragically killed in a car accident. Their live show was even more aggressive than their records. Hall Of The Mountain King put them on the 80’s metal map and I thank god everyday that I didn’t go to bed at 1:25.
To this day, the Hall Of The Mountain King album is on my playlist. I can’t help but think that it influenced not only my musical tastes, but how I played my own music. That album was integral in making me stick with playing the bass. The lyrics, were cryptic and lent themselves to witches, demons and many of my other favorite things. It wasn’t just the sound, but the guitar player(the late, great Chris Oliva) was so good, I didn’t dare try my hand at guitar.