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Savatage

Savatage formed in Florida in 1978 as Avatar, led by brothers Jon (vocals) and Criss (guitar) Oliva. They changed their name toSavatage in 1983, pursuing a strongly Judas Priest- and Iron Maiden-influenced style of metal. Their other members includedSteve "Doc" Wacholz (drums) and Keith Collins (bass), who was later replaced by Johnny Lee Middleton. They meanderedbetween basic metal and more commercial fare before adding second guitarist Chris Caffery and hitting their stride in 1990 withGutter Ballet. The band showed a flair for intense, melodic hard rock, dramatic balladry, and elaborate, op ...read more

Savatage formed in Florida in 1978 as Avatar, led by brothers Jon (vocals) and Criss (guitar) Oliva. They changed their name toSavatage in 1983, pursuing a strongly Judas Priest- and Iron Maiden-influenced style of metal. Their other members includedSteve "Doc" Wacholz (drums) and Keith Collins (bass), who was later replaced by Johnny Lee Middleton. They meanderedbetween basic metal and more commercial fare before adding second guitarist Chris Caffery and hitting their stride in 1990 withGutter Ballet. The band showed a flair for intense, melodic hard rock, dramatic balladry, and elaborate, operatic concepts, whichthey pursued over their next few albums. Criss Oliva was killed in an auto accident in 1993; he was replaced by formerTestament guitarist Alex Skolnick, but the new lineup was ill-received. Dead Winter Dead followed in 1995, and after a three-year absence Savatage returned with The Wake of Magellan. The Final Bell appeared in 2000, and Poets and Madmen followed itin 2001. « hide

Similar Bands: Jon Oliva's Pain, Queensryche, Circle II Circle, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Doctor Butcher

LPs
Poets and Madmen
2001

3.5
57 Votes
The Wake Of Magellan
1998

3.8
92 Votes
Dead Winter Dead
1995

3.9
92 Votes
Handful of Rain
1994

3.5
65 Votes
Edge Of Thorns
1993

4.1
110 Votes
Streets: A Rock Opera
1991

4.2
132 Votes
Gutter Ballet
1989

4.2
150 Votes
The Hall of the Mountain King
1987

4.1
168 Votes
Fight for the Rock
1986

2
46 Votes
Power of the Night
1985

3.2
44 Votes
Sirens
1983

3.6
60 Votes
EPs
The Dungeons Are Calling
1984

3.7
35 Votes
Live Albums
Ghost In The Ruins
1995

3.8
2 Votes
Japan Live '94
1995

3
1 Votes
Compilations
Still The Orchestra Plays (Greatest Hits Vol.1+2)
2010

4.3
9 Votes

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