Former Savatage frontman Zak Stevens got in touch with Metalholic for a new Circle II Circle interview. Steven’s talked about the band’s new studio album, “Seasons Will Fall“. The record marks the band’s sixth studio effort, and the first to feature new drummer Adam Sagan, keyboardist Henning Wanner and guitarists Christian Wentz and Bill Hudson. Hudson has toured with the band since 2008, but this is his first studio recording with the band.
Stevens began his career as vocalist for Wicked Witch and he was a vocal student when Savatage vocalist Jon Oliva decided to step down from the band. A call for singers went out and Stevens name was given to Savatage guitarist Criss Oliva by his best friend and guitar tech, Dan Campbell. Stevens voice was decidedly different from that of Jon Oliva, but according to Stevens, it was Criss Oliva’s wife who insisted Zak was the right guy for the job. The band ultimately agreed. Stevens shares that story in the interview below.
Stevens recorded four studio albums with Savatage including the wonderful, “Wake of Magellan“, which Stevens recently performed in its entirety with Circle II Circle at Wacken. Zak left Savatage in 2000 to spend time with family and in 2001 he formed the progressive power metal outfit Circle II Circle. His ties to Savatage remained intact as Jon Oliva produced the band’s 2003 debut release, “Watching in Silence”. Savatage guitarist Chris Caffery lent his fretwork to much of the album. Oliva and Caffery also co-wrote many of the songs on the record with Stevens. A trend that would continue on the band’s 2005 sophomore effort, “The Middle of Nowhere“.
Stevens would also work with various members of Savatage in the offshoot, Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
This winter, Circle II Circle released “Seasons Will Fall” which the band will take on the road this year. You can listen to our interview with Zak Stevens below and get the details as well as take a look back at his friendship with Criss Oliva and much more.