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Criss Oliva

Criss Oliva

Real/full name:
Christopher Michael Oliva
30 (born Apr 3rd, 1963)
Oct 17th, 1993
Died of:
Car accident
Place of origin:
United States (Pompton Plains, New Jersey)


Killed in a car crash. A car operated by a drunk driver crashed into Oliva's car, killing him instantly.

Criss was the brother of Jon Oliva, who was also a member of Avatar/Savatage.

In 1989, when Megadeth was searching for a new guitarist, Dave Mustaine asked Criss if he could join the band. Criss considered doing this but eventually declined the offer as he wanted to keep running Savatage.


Guitars (1977-1979)


Guitars (1979-1983)

1983 Living for the Night (Demo) Guitars
1983 City Beneath the Surface (EP) Guitars


Guitars (1975-1976), Bass (1979)


Guitars (1983-1993)

1983 Demo (Demo) Guitars, Vocals (backing)
1983 Sirens Guitars, Vocals (backing)
1984 The Dungeons Are Calling (EP) Guitars, Vocals (backing)
1985 Power of the Night Guitars, Vocals (backing)
1986 Fight for the Rock Guitars, Vocals (backing)
1987 Hall of the Mountain King Guitars, Vocals (backing)
1989 Of Rage and War (Single) Guitars
1989 Gutter Ballet Guitars
1991 Jesus Saves (EP) Guitars
1991 Streets: A Rock Opera Guitars, Bass (tracks 2, 7)
1993 Edge of Thorns Guitars, Sitar
1995 Live Devastation (Live album) Guitars
1995 Ghost in the Ruins: A Tribute to Criss Oliva (Live album) Guitars
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Guitars (1976-1977)


1993 Edge of Thorns Co-producer
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