Origin: Florida, USA  
Genres: Traditional Metal
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Last update/review: February 20, 2010

Jon Oliva's Pain

The mighty Savatage has lapsed into inactivity in recent years, with outside projects such as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and others taking front stage. But Jon Oliva, always the heart and soul of Savatage, needed a new outlet for his music, and so he formed Jon Oliva's Pain. Oddly enough, the members he recruited to play with him also once backed up another Savatage singer (Zach Stevens, in Circle II Circle). In any case, Oliva was off and running with his new band. Basically, JOP provides the perfect fix for those wanting more Savatage, as Oliva's ever distinctive and forceful vocals are intact, and the music is more or less along the lines of mid-period Savatage -- this isn't the rawness of, say, Sirens, but it's a bit harder than some of the more recent Savatage output. And, really, no should have expected anything different -- Savatage and Oliva have always been about class, and Jon Oliva's Pain delivers exactly that.

Current Members

Jon Oliva

vocals/keyboards (ex-Doctor Butcher, Savatage)

Jerry Outlaw

guitars (ex-Genitorturers)

Joseph Diaz


Jason Jennings


John Zahner

keyboards (ex-Circle II Circle)

Christopher Kinder

drums (ex-Circle II Circle)

Former Members/Guests

Matt LaPorte

guitars (ex-Circle II Circle) RIP: April 20, 2011, heart attack, age 40

Shane French


Tom McDyne


Kevin Rothney

bass/backing vocals (ex-Circle II Circle)


'Tage Majal  
2004 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. The Dark
  2. People Say - Gimme Some Hell
  3. Guardian Of Forever
  4. Slipping Away
  5. Walk Alone
  6. The Non Sensible Ravings Of The Lunatic Mind
  7. No Escape
  8. Father, Son, Holy Ghost
  9. All The Time
  10. Nowhere To Run
  11. Pain
  12. Outside The Door
  13. Fly Away
  • Jon Oliva
  • Matt LaPorte
  • Kevin Rothney
  • John Zahner
  • Christopher Kinder

Straight-Jacket Memoirs  EP
2006 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. The Evil Beside You - Edit
  2. Time To Die
  3. The Evil Beside You
  4. The Dark (Live)
  5. People Say - Gimme Some Hell (Live)
  • Jon Oliva
  • Matt LaPorte
  • Shane French
  • Kevin Rothney
  • John Zahner
  • Christopher Kinder

Maniacal Renderings  
2006 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. Through The Eyes Of The King
  2. Maniacal Renderings
  3. The Evil Beside You
  4. Time To Die
  5. The Answer
  6. Push It To The Limit
  7. Playing God
  8. Timeless Flight
  9. Holes
  10. End Times
  11. Still I Pray For You Now
  12. Reality's Fool
  13. Only You
  • Jon Oliva
  • Matt LaPorte
  • Shane French
  • Kevin Rothney
  • John Zahner
  • Christopher Kinder

Global Warning  
2008 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. Global Warning
  2. Look At The World
  3. Adding The Cost
  4. Before I Hang
  5. Firefly
  6. Master
  7. The Ride
  8. O To G
  9. Walk Upon Water
  10. Stories
  11. Open Your Eyes
  12. You Never Know
  13. Someone/Souls
  14. No More Saturday Nights (ltd. ed. bonus track)
  • Jon Oliva
  • Matt LaPorte
  • Kevin Rothney
  • John Zahner
  • Christopher Kinder
2008 Readers' Album #66

2010 AFM
  1. Lies
  2. Death Rides A Black Horse
  3. Festival
  4. Afterglow
  5. Living On The Edge
  6. Looking For Nothing
  7. The Evil Within
  8. Winter Haven
  9. I Fear You
  10. Now
  • Jon Oliva
  • Matt LaPorte
  • Tom McDyne
  • Kevin Rothney
  • John Zahner
  • Christopher Kinder
2010 Readers' Album #63

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