Year : 2018
Style : Heavy Metal , Hard Rock
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + front
Size : 132 mb
Comprised of members that went on to join and form bands such as SAVATAGE, METAL CHURCH, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and CIRCLE II CIRCLE, WICKED WITCH came to light when Zak Stevens and guitarist Matt Leff met while at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California and then added the Boston-based rhythm section of Mark Stewart and Jeff Plate, with whom they recorded several demos and slugged it out on the highly competitive New England club circuit.From 1989 through 1992, WICKED WITCH played about 200 shows and recorded two demos, the first with Bob St. John (EXTREME, DURAN DURAN) and the other with Paul David Hager (VAN HALEN, DEVO). After features in Metal Edge and some strong radio support, Zak left the band after a show at the Xfinity Center Ampitheatre in Boston to join SAVATAGE, with Plate following the next year. Matt Leff then put together the band TRIGGER EFFECT and would later rejoin former WICKED WITCH bandmates Stevens and Plate in MACHINES OF GRACE.
Zachary "Zak" Stevens (born March 5, 1966), is best known as the former lead vocalist of the band Savatage. He is currently the singer for progressive power metal band Circle II Circle. Stevens is also a drummer and has a degree in psychology but is not, as is often reported, a licensed, practicing psychologist.Stevens first achieved fame singing for a band called Wicked Witch. However, after Savatage co-founder Jon Oliva stepped down from the fore of the band at the conclusion of their tour in support of Streets: A Rock Opera in 1992 to concentrate on other projects, namely his other band Doctor Butcher and a Broadway-bound musical entitled Romanov, Savatage required a replacement. Jon hand-picked his replacement, who was discovered and introduced to the band by Criss Oliva's best friend and guitar technician Savatage's lead guitarist, and their long-time producer Paul O'Neill heard demos of Stevens and wanted him to sing for the band. After an initial audition, Stevens was considered to be the right man for the job and joined Savatage in 1993. He first appeared on the album Edge of Thorns. Stevens's vocals were considered to be a departure from that of Jon Oliva, and some Savatage fans prefer to distinguish between the Jon Oliva lead albums and those with Stevens on lead vocals. The album Dead Winter Dead contains lead vocals from both Oliva and Stevens and contains the song "Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)", which gave rise to and became a hit for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In 1996, Stevens appeared along with other Savatage members in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra project. His last album recorded with Savatage was The Wake of Magellan (1997), which some fans consider to be Savatage's best work in the post-1993 Savatage canon.In 2000, Stevens quit Savatage, citing that he wanted to spend more time with his young family. During the winter of 2001, Zak started his comeback. His Savatage connections remained evident, as Jon Oliva produced the first Circle II Circle album, Watching in Silence, and guitarist Chris Caffery recorded guitar on some songs. Oliva and Caffery also co-wrote several of the songs on Watching in Silence. In 2003, Stevens's band left Circle II Circle to join Jon Oliva's band Pain. Stevens then hired an all-new band. Circle II Circle has released three additional full-length albums since, 2005's The Middle of Nowhere, Burden of Truth in 2006, and Delusions of Grandeur in 2008. In April 2014 "Ancient Rites of the Moon", the first album of the Stardust Reverie Project (Graham Bonnet, Lynn Meredith, Bill Hudson and Melissa Ferlaak), was released. "Mighty Roar" becomes one of Stevens' most impressive songs to date.During several gigs with Circle II Circle, not only were certain Savatage songs played but also entire albums featuring Stevens, among them The Wake Of Magellan and Edge Of Thorns. After the reunion of Savatage, he performed on July 30, 2015 on the first time ever two-stage show at Wacken Open Air festival performing with Savatage as well as Trans-Siberian Orchestra. After this, he was invited to sing with TSO on stage for their Winter 2015 tour. In November 2015, Zak appeared as the host on the second Stardust Reverie project album Proclamation of Shadows.
Before his time fronting Savatage and his own band Circle II Circle, vocalist Zak Stevens was in a band out of Boston called WICKED WITCH alongside future Savatage band mate drummer Jeff Plate. Wicked Witch was formed in 1989 when guitarist Matt Leff met Stevens at the Musicians Institute. They recorded several songs over a few years, none of which made it to a proper album release… until now.20th Century Music, known for their reissues of rarities, just released the CD "Wicked Witch Of Boston", a limited edition CD including the sessions the band did with Bob St. John (Extreme, Duran Duran, etc) and Paul David Hager (Van Halen, Devo, etc).The 20th Century Music label has at long last collected the available Wicked Witch recordings on one self-titled compilation. It’s titled "Wicked Witch of Boston", which I have to guess is for some legal reason.These recordings are quite raw demos, and I do mean raw. The label obviously put some effort into restoring and remastering these recordings, and the result is pretty satisfactory.In terms of musical style, Wicked Witch played hard rock that was very much in keeping with the late ‘80s and early ‘90s trends. Not quite glammed-up hair metal, but not heavy metal either.It’s melodic hard rock along the lines of a keyboard-less House of Lords, Winter Rose and maybe Tora Tora.I’m a big Zak Stevens fan, so hearing this early, pre-Savatage material is a welcome development even if the sound is in demo quality.It’s definitely worthwhile if you like his singing, or are just into finding obscure and unreleased ‘80s hard rock.A Limited Edition of 1,000 copies.
Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, ex-Savatage) - Vocals
Jeff Plate (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, ex-Savatage) - Drums
Matt Leff (ex-Machines of Grace) - Guitars
Mark Stewart - Bass
01. Fly Away
02. Rainbow's End
03. Love Lies
04. Live and Let live
05. Danger Game
06. Love Teacher
07. Lost in Confusion
08. Soul to Fire
09. This Time
11. Just a Game
12. The Moment
13. Midnight Rain
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