Edge Of Thorns
Over a career spanning twelve albums and countless live performances, Savatage has become a band of staggering power and limitless
creativity. Formed by Jon and Criss Oliva in the early ‘80s, Savatage quickly established itself at the cutting edge of the Hard Rock world. Tempering savage Metal attacks with haunting orchestrations and a distinctive melodic sense, the band has pushed the artistic envelope of their genre and, in the process, garnered a large world-wide following.
The unexpected death of guitarist Criss Oliva who was hit and killed by a drunk driver in 1993 shattered the band.
Savatage continued on with various line-ups and released a total of 12 studio albums plus 2 live albums. At their 25th anniversary in 2007, Jon Oliva announced the defi nite breakup of Savatage.
Originally relaeased in 1993 is the 8th studio album of the band and the last album to contain the talents of guitarist Criss Oliva who died in a car accident being hit by a drunk driver in the year of release. It is also the first Savatage album which features Zachary Stevens removing Jon Oliva on lead vocals.
“A lot of the songs were crafted for Criss’ playing. We all know what happened next. The loss of Criss was devastating to all of us. To this day it’s still
hard for me to deal with. I remember the last songs Criss, Paul and I wrote together were: “All That I Bleed” and “Miles Away”. These are still my
two favorites on the album.” (Jon Oliva 2010)