Sweet Savage (USA)

Sweet Savage (USA)
Joey C. Jones (Vocals), Chris Sheridan (Guitar, Back Vocals), Walt Woodwardt (Drums), Randy St. John (Drums), Laine Sheridan (Bass, Back Vocals)

Sweet Savage are a heavy metal band from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The band was originally founded by Ray Haller, Trev Fleming, Davy Bates and Vivian Campbell, now a member of rock band Def Leppard. The Sweet Savage lineup at present is Ray Haller on bass and vocals, Phil Edgar on guitar, Marty McCloskey on drums and featuring Simon McBride on lead guitar. It has been widely noted that it was the influence of the music of Sweet Savage that inspired members of Metallica, this was reflected in Metallica’s cover of the Sweet Savage track "Killing Time" for their Garage Inc.

record and as a single ‘B’ side. Sweet Savage’s last record, Regeneration, received critical acclaim on its release followed by touring throughout Europe where further proof of the albums wide appeal was seen, particularly in territories the band had never been before.

Regeneration saw the welcome return of Trev Fleming to the band both live and as the principle writer of all the albums riffs. After the release of Regeneration, founding member Ray Haller was invited at the personal request of Metallica to be present in San Francisco, California for their 30th birthday celebrations.

Here, Ray joined Metallica on vocals for a live version of Killing Time in front of a packed theatre full of fans. 2013 saw the original combination of Haller and Campbell join together once again in the form of band, Last In Line, the original Dio lineup playing the bands biggest hits.

Ray travelled to Tokyo, Japan to play in front of 30,000 fans at Loud Park Festival. With a new, fresh approach to both the sound and songwriting, Sweet Savage have taken a huge step forward with their soon to be released new record, Bang! The record is ahead of the game in terms of sound within the metal genre and features guitarist Simon McBride producing. Bang! Mixes modern heavy metal guitar riffs along with the inclusion of industrial sounds and technology to produce a record very much at the top of the advancing, new sounds within heavy metal..