Savatage release Handful of Rain
Handful of Rain is a heavy metal album by Savatage that was released in 1994.
The first album since the death of their lead guitarist, Criss Oliva, the music is often dark in reflection of brother Jon Oliva's loss.
The title track was originally released as an abridged version, missing it's second verse. Some editions of the album (for instance, the "Rock Masters" version released on the iTunes Store) include the omitted piece, referred to by the band and fans alike as "The Barmaid Verse". "Chance" is about Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania during World War II who defied government orders by signing exit visas for thousands of Jewish refugees. "Castles Burning" is about Giovanni Falcone, an Italian magistrate killed by the mafia in 1992. "Alone You Breathe" is a tribute to Criss which reuses the chord progression (albeit in a different key) and lyrics from the Streets song "Believe" in its long coda, although the lyrics do not mirror his death and the song is not literally about him. The tour in support of this album was documented in the live release, Japan Live '94, which was released in 1995.
The album also marks the first time Savatage would write a trademark vocal canon in a song. The third section of "Chance" has at one point, five overdubbed vocals from singer Zak Stevens.