The Late Criss Oliva: Often Ignored By Today’s Heavy Metal Guitarists

When I read guitarists influences, I read the usual suspects.  In the Heavy Metal guitar community, I rarely, if ever, hear the name of the Late Criss Oliva from Savatage. Why? That’s the million dollar question. Criss was an extremely talented and gifted guitarist that helped with Savatage’s success.  He was taken way too soon from his death in 1993.  His music lives on with many.  I’ve never forgotten Criss Oliva’s talent as he was one of my main influences.  Why some guitarists don’t speak about his contribution to Heavy Metal music baffles me…

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