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Savatage Biography


Savatage is a heavy metal/progressive metal band founded by the brothers Jon and Criss Oliva in 1979. The band is known for recording many rock operas. Early on, Savatage was a traditional heavy metal band, who stood out from the pack due to guitarist Criss Oliva's uncommonly heavy riffing and vocalist Jon Oliva's unique vocal stylings. Following the failure of Fight for the Rock, an attempt to commercialize their sound, Savatage began moving in a more operatic direction, releasing a number of rock opera albums in collaboration with producer Paul O'Neill. After the tragic death of Criss Oliva, the band soldiered on to continued critical acclaim but diminishing commercial success. However, Oliva and O'Neill lucked out when a single from Dead Winter Dead, "Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)", managed to crack the singles chart. The song, a reworking of a classic Christmas hymn, acted as a launching pad for the immensely successful Trans-Siberian Orchestra project. Savatage is currently considered to be split up. Guitarist Chris Caffery, vocalist Zakk Stevens, and even Oliva himself have all collaborated to some extent on each others' solo projects. Rumours persist that the band will eventually perform a few farewell shows with a companion live CD/DVD release.

Savatage Metal Albums

Streets: A Rock Opera Thumbnail Image

Includes Never Before Released Bonus Track: ’desiree’.

Hall of the Mountain King Thumbnail Image

Swedish release of strictly limited edition LP picture disc (1000 copies) of the progressive heavy metal band’s classic 1989 album features 11 tracks. Vinyl Maniacs. 2004. [...]

Edge of Thorns Thumbnail Image

1997 reissue on Edel of their 1993 Concrete album with anacoustic version of ’Believe’ added as a bonus track, for atotal of 14 selections.

Power of the Night Thumbnail Image

1997 reissue on Edel of their 1985 Concrete album with anacoustic version of ’Sleep’ added as a bonus track, for atotal of 11 selections. The album [...]

Dead Winter Dead Thumbnail Image

No Description AvailableNo Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: SAVATAGETitle: DEAD WINTER DEADStreet Release Date: 10/24/1995<Domestic or Import: DomesticGenre: HEAVY METAL

Gutter Ballet Thumbnail Image

1997 reissue on Edel of their 1989 Concrete album with anacoustic version of ’All That I Bleed’ added as a bonustrack, for a total of 12 [...]

Japan Live '94 Thumbnail Image

The metal act’s 1995 album for the Intercord label, a liverecording while on tour in Japan in 1994. 12 tracks,including ’Taunting Cobras’, ’Edge Of Thorns’ and [...]

The Wake of Magellan Thumbnail Image

Japanese edition of their 1997 & 11th album. Contains 13tracks, including ’The Ocean’, ’Welcome’ and ’Turns To Me’.A Victor release.

Handful of Rain Thumbnail Image

Norway has been considered the breeding ground of Black Metal for years – knowing that, many people tend to forget that the land has hatched a [...]

Sirens Thumbnail Image