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Savatage is a / 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 in 1993, 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 on indefinite hiatus. Guitarist Chris Caffery, vocalist Zak Stevens, and even Oliva himself have all collaborated to some extent on each others’ solo projects. Jon Oliva has a successful solo-project, Jon Oliva’s Pain, and Zak Stevens and Jeff Plate have worked together in Machines Of Grace.

In 2010 a best-of was released, “Still the Orchestra Plays”, including their Japan Live ‘94 show on DVD.
In 2011 their entire catalogue was remastered and reissued.

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  • Doom_Trauma

    Powerful stuff. Mindblowing.

    4 Feb 5:52pm Reply
  • shalotka

    Magellan <3

    1 Feb 11:23pm Reply
  • whiteravenmetal

    Savatage fucking rules!

    22 Jan 3:24am Reply
  • onlycharles

    Many bands with less talent and musicality have a more successful career than the Savatage, that's why the "underrated" word was used. That's we are saying.

    8 Jan 8:08pm Reply
  • UNITY_fm

    Savatage is underrated? WTF are you on?! Lots of their albums are frequently listed amongst the best and most influental metal records of all time. Underrated? No, they're not underrated at all.

    2 Jan 3:47pm Reply
  • zaniolo

    One of the MOST Underrated Bands of ALL TIME ! [14] Fucking awesome band!!!

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • TiagooMoreira

    The Dungeons Are Calling !!!

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    Hall Of The Mountain King!!!

    14 Oct 2014 Reply
  • onlycharles

    One of the MOST Underrated Bands of ALL TIME ! [13] Fucking awesome band!!!

    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • wayrams

    <3

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • rdeyahlxp

    This band would've probably been as popular as Pantera in the 90s if it wasn't for that sack of shit killing Criss Oliva by DUI.

    6 Oct 2014 Reply
  • 40belowsummer

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    3 Oct 2014 Reply
  • onlycharles

    Thanks a lot to Savatage to introduce me in Heavy Metal music \\m/ POWER OF THE NIGHT!!!!

    24 Sep 2014 Reply
  • cd619

    This band is so special to me. I love both Jon Oliva & Zak Stevens! /m/ /m/

    9 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Piske81

    It would be awesome but I don't think there is ever gonna be new material from them... In both cases I hope Zach is in

    7 Aug 2014 Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    Indeed, but also with Zachary? If this is something that might turn into recording new material I hope not, his voice somewhat annoys after a few songs. But good news nevertheless...

    6 Aug 2014 Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    I'm anxious to hear what they pick for their Wacken set list.

    5 Aug 2014 Reply
  • naturefirst

    Yeah Reunion , but crap Wacken sold out .

    4 Aug 2014 Reply
  • savaman

    wacken .. here i come

    4 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Morgahad

    dear god, savatage the gods of music finally live again :D

    2 Aug 2014 Reply
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