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SAVATAGE

SAVATAGE

SAVATAGE (1983–PRESENT). Jon Oliva (vocals, piano), Criss Oliva (guitar), Steve “Doc” Wacholz (drums), Keith Collins (bass). Savatage was formed by brothers Jon and Criss Oliva, vocals and guitar, respectively, in Florida, in the late seventies (when they were called Avatar). Along with drummer Steve “Doc” Wacholz and bassist Keith Collins, the band initially played a classic style of metal akin to Judas Priest or Iron Maiden. Eventually, however, they moved to include symphonic elements Read more [...]
SACRED REICH

SACRED REICH

SACRED REICH (1986–99). Phil Rind (vocals/bass), Wiley Arnett (guitar), Jason Rainey (guitar), Dave McClain (drums, then Greg Hall). Sacred Reich was a thrash metal band with punk leanings that played primarily during the mid-eighties and released the classic Surf Nicaragua record among others, before calling it quits in 1999. Much like the Crumbsuckers, DRI, and Corrosion of Conformity, Sacred Reich helped pioneer the punk/ metal crossover style that helped metal evolve and grow even harder Read more [...]
Slayer

SLAYER

SLAYER (1981–PRESENT). Tom Araya (vocals/bass), Kerry King (guitar), Jeff Hanneman (guitar), Dave Lombardo (drums, replaced by Paul Bostaph, John Dette, Lombardo again). Slayer are one of the key bands of the thrash metal scene and have been considered by some critics to be categorized in either the black or death metal scenes as well. Slayer are certainly one of the more ferocious and dark bands of the eighties and their music’s obsession with death, darkness, the satanic, and evil made them Read more [...]
Voivod

VOIVOD

VOIVOD (1982–PRESENT). Denis “Snake” Belanger (vocals, replaced by Eric Forrest, then Belanger), Denis “Piggy” D’Amour (guitar), Jean-Yves Theriault (bass, then Eric Forrest, now Jason Newsted), Michael Langevin (drums). Voivod had among the most unique sound of metal bands of the past twenty years, mixing metal with jazz and prog rock influences and creating a new sound that inspired many newer bands. The band formed in Canada in 1982 and soon established themselves as one of the Read more [...]