Origin: Florida, USA  
Genres: Traditional Metal, Progressive Metal
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Savatage

In the course of their twenty or so years of existence, Savatage developed into one a standout /hard rock bands around. Their earlier work is harder, forging a true American power metal sound, while the later albums have more of an accessible hard rock sound with with slight progressive touches. Led by the indominable Oliva brothers (vocalist Jon and guitarist Criss), albums like the classic debut Sirens, the career-defining '87 class Hall Of The Mountain King, and the excellent rock opera Streets in 1991 put Savatage on the metal map for good. Alas, tragedy befell the band in 1993 when Criss Oliva was struck by a drunk driver and killed. Though the band perservered and even prospered in the years following, it was never quite the same for Savatage again. The later years saw a different side to the band, with Jon Oliva himself taking a back seat to new vocalist Zach Stevens, even leaving the band for a time. By the late nineties side projects such as Trans-Siberian Orchestra (featuring pretty much the entire band at one time or another) became the focus for the members, with Savatage's last album, Poets And Madmen, appearing in 2001. Though there was never a formal announcement of a breakup, it has long been thought that the band was no more, and Jon has said as much in recent interviews, stating that TSO, his own band Jon Oliva's Pain, and Stevens' Circle II Circle were the main projects moving forward. There has an announcement of a reunion at Wacken Open Air in 2015.

Current Members

Jon Oliva

keyboards/vocals (ex-Doctor Butcher, Jon Oliva's Pain)

Zachary Stevens

vocals (Circle II Circle)

Chris Caffery

guitars (ex-Doctor Butcher, ex-Metalium)

Al Pitrelli

guitars (ex-Megadeth, ex-Vertex)

Johnny Lee Middleton

bass

Jeff Plate

drums (ex-Metal Church, Machines Of Grace)

Former Members/Guests

Damond Jiniya

vocals

Criss Oliva

guitars RIP: October 17, 1993, car accident, age 30

Alex Skolnick

guitars (ex-Attention Deficit, Metal Allegiance, Testament)

Keith Collins

bass (ex-Burning Starr)

Steve Wachholz

drums (ex-Crimson Glory)



Discography



Sirens  
1983 Par
  1. Sirens
  2. Holocaust
  3. I Believe
  4. Rage
  5. On The Run
  6. Twisted Little Sister
  7. Living For The Night
  8. Scream Murder
  9. Out On The Streets
  10. Lady In Disguise
  11. The Message
  • Jon Oliva
  • Criss Oliva
  • Keith Collins
  • Steve Wachholz
1983 Readers' Album #7





The Dungeons Are Calling  EP
1985 Combat
  1. The Dungeons Are Calling
  2. By The Grace Of The Witch
  3. Visions
  4. Midas Knight
  5. City Beneath The Surface
  6. The Whip
  7. Fighting For Your Love
  8. Sirens
  • Jon Oliva
  • Criss Oliva
  • Keith Collins
  • Steve Wachholz



Power Of The Night  
1985 Atlantic
  1. Power Of The Night
  2. Unusual
  3. Warriors
  4. Necrophilia
  5. Washed Out
  6. Hard For Love
  7. Fountain Of Youth
  8. Skull Session
  9. Stuck On You
  10. In The Dream
  • Jon Oliva
  • Criss Oliva
  • Keith Collins
  • Steve Wachholz



Fight For The Rock  
1986 Atlantic
  1. Fight For The Rock
  2. Out On The Streets
  3. Crying For Love
  4. Day After Day
  5. The Edge Of Midnight
  6. Hyde
  7. Lady In Disguise
  8. She's Only Rock 'N Roll
  9. Wishing Well
  10. Red Light Paradise
  • Jon Oliva
  • Criss Oliva
  • Johnny Lee Middleton
  • Steve Wachholz



In The Hall Of The Mountain King  
1987 Atlantic
  1. 24 Hrs. Ago
  2. Beyond The Doors Of The Dark
  3. Legions
  4. Strange Wings
  5. Prelude To Maddness
  6. Hall Of The Mountain King
  7. The Price You Pay
  8. White Witch
  9. Last Dawn
  10. Devastation
  • Jon Oliva
  • Criss Oliva
  • Johnny Lee Middleton
  • Steve Wachholz
1987 Readers' Album #8




Gutter Ballet  
1989 Atlantic
  1. Of Rage And War
  2. Gutter Ballet
  3. Temptation - Revelation
  4. When The Crowds Are Gone
  5. Silk And Steel
  6. She's In Love
  7. Hounds
  8. The Unholy
  9. Mentally Yours
  10. Summer's Rain
  11. Thorazine Shuffle
  • Jon Oliva
  • Criss Oliva
  • Chris Caffery
  • Johnny Lee Middleton
  • Steve Wachholz
1989 Readers' Album #5




Streets: A Rock Opera  
1991 Atlantic
  1. Streets
  2. Jesus Saves
  3. Tonight He Grins Again
  4. Strange Reality
  5. A Little Too Far
  6. You Are Alive
  7. Sammy and Tex
  8. St. Patrick's
  9. Can You Hear Me Now?
  10. New York City Don't Mean Nothing
  11. Ghosts In The Ruins
  12. If I Go Away
  13. Agony and Ecstasy
  14. Heal My Soul
  15. Somewhere In Time
  16. Believe
  • Jon Oliva
  • Criss Oliva
  • Johnny Lee Middleton
  • Steve Wachholz
1991 Readers' Album #21




Edge Of Thorns  
1993 Atlantic
  1. Edge Of Thorns
  2. He Carves His Stone
  3. Lights Out
  4. Skraggy's Tomb
  5. Labyrinths
  6. Follow Me
  7. Exit Music
  8. Degrees Of Sanity
  9. Conversation Piece
  10. All That I Bleed
  11. Damien
  12. Miles Away
  13. Sleep
  • Zachary Stevens
  • Criss Oliva
  • Johnny Lee Middleton
  • Steve Wachholz
1993 Readers' Album #12




Handful Of Rain  
1994 Atlantic
  1. Taunting Cobras
  2. Handful Of Rain
  3. Chance
  4. Stare Into The Sun
  5. Castles Burning
  6. Visions
  7. Watching You Fall
  8. Nothing Going On
  9. Symmetry
  10. Alone You Breathe
  • Jon Oliva
  • Zachary Stevens
  • Alex Skolnick
  • Johnny Lee Middleton
  • Steve Wachholz
1994 Readers' Album #14




Dead Winter Dead  
1995 Atlantic
  1. Overture
  2. Sarajevo
  3. This Is the Time
  4. I Am
  5. Starlight
  6. Doesn't Matter Anyway
  7. This Isn't what We Meant
  8. Mozart and Madness
  9. Memory (Dead Winter Dead Intro)
  10. Dead Winter Dead
  11. One Child
  12. Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)
  13. Not What You See
  • Jon Oliva
  • Zachary Stevens
  • Chris Caffery
  • Al Pitrelli
  • Johnny Lee Middleton
  • Jeff Plate
1995 Readers' Album #5




From The Gutter To The Stage  COMPILATION
1996
  1. Sirens (live)
  2. Power of the Night
  3. Prelude to Madness
  4. Hall of the Mountain King
  5. 24 Hours Ago
  6. Gutter Ballet
  7. When the Crowds Are Gone
  8. Silk and Steel
  9. New York City Don't Mean Nothing
  10. Agony and Ecstasy
  11. Believe
  12. Edge of Thorns
  13. Chance
  14. Mozart and Madness
  15. One Child
  16. Shotgun Innocence
  17. Forever After
  18. This Is Where You Should Be
  19. D.T. Jesus



The Wake Of Magellan  
1997 Atlantic
  1. The Ocean
  2. Welcome
  3. Turns To Me
  4. Morning Sun
  5. Another Way
  6. Blackjack Guillotine
  7. Paragons Of Innocence
  8. Complaint In The System (Veronica Geurin)
  9. Underture
  10. The Wake Of Magellan
  11. Anymore
  12. The Storm
  13. The Hourglass
  14. Somewhere in Time / Alone You Breathe
  15. Sleep
  16. Stay
  • Jon Oliva
  • Zachary Stevens
  • Chris Caffery
  • Al Pitrelli
  • Johnny Lee Middleton
  • Jeff Plate
1997 Readers' Album #15




Poets And Madmen  
2001 Nuclear Blast
  1. Stay With Me Awhile
  2. There In The Silence
  3. Commisar
  4. I Seek Power
  5. Drive
  6. Morphine Child
  7. The Rumor
  8. Man In The Mirror
  9. Surrender
  10. Awaken
  11. Back To A Reason
  12. Shotgun Innocence (bonus track)
  • Jon Oliva
  • Chris Caffery
  • Johnny Lee Middleton
  • Jeff Plate



Still The Orchestra Plays  COMPILATION
2010 earMUSIC
  1. Power Of The Night
  2. Hall Of The Mountain King
  3. 24 Hours Ago
  4. Legions
  5. Gutter Ballet
  6. Summers Rain
  7. When The Crowds Are Gone
  8. Ghost In The Ruins
  9. If I Go Away
  10. NYC Don't Mean Nothing
  11. Edge Of Thorns
  12. All That I Bleed
  13. Handful Of Rain
  14. Chance
  15. One Child
  16. I Am
  17. Anymore
  18. Hourglass
  19. The Wake Of Magellan
  20. Morphine Child
  21. Anymore (acoustic)
  22. Not What You See (acoustic)
  23. Out On The Streets (acoustic)




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