JON OLIVA’S PAIN and SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva will release first-ever solo album in early 2013 via AFM Records. Drum recordings for the CD began earlier this month at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida.

Commented JON OLIVA’S PAIN drummer/producer Christopher Kinder: “Drum tracks are now completed for the 11-song solo CD for Jon Oliva. Once again, we entered the hallowed halls of the great Morrisound Studios under the guide of the infamous Tom Morris, who, along with brother Jim Morris, have been a critical part on Oliva‘s music for almost 30 years. It was an exhausting two days as Jon and I recorded drums on 11 new songs. Eight for me and three for Jon (…he’s a good drummer too).

“Special thanks to Crush Drums for the amazing Sublime Maple/Ash Touring kit, supplying me with one of the best drum kits I have ever played on. Everyone was just blown away by the quality and the tone.

“So now we move on with the rest of the recording process. This is a very diverse record and definitely not a typical JON OLIVA’S PAIN record. It’s got so much flavor.”

Oliva previously stated about his decision to record a solo album: “I’ve got some weird ideas that I wanna try and I’ve got some time to do it. I don’t want do just ‘another’ JON OLIVA’S PAIN record. I’ve done four of those already. I wanna do something different. I have some material that I’ve wanted to put out for a while, that I’ll talk with the record company about, maybe putting something out quickly, like in the next four or five months, to give me more time to do this JON OLIVA’S PAIN record. I want the next JON OLIVA’S PAIN CD to be very special. I’ve got some great friends from other bands that are going to be a significant part of the next JON OLIVA’S PAIN release. We are going to do a killer JON OLIVA’S PAIN record and then an additional bonus CD with guest stars… kind of like the AVANTASIA thing, but not in a story line. [EDGUY andAVANTASIA mastermind] Tobias Sammet does a magnificent job with it, but I don’t have that much time to write a whole story, so I’ll just have some powerhouse friends from various bands come in and take it over the top.”

This past summer, JON OLIVA’S PAIN toured Europe where it celebrated the 25th anniversary of one of heavy metal’s most iconic records, “Hall Of The Mountain King” by SAVATAGE. The band performed the entire album as a special one-time-only treat for the still massive amount of loyal fans, along with songs from the DOCTOR BUTCHER album (by Jon Oliva andChris Caffery, released in 1995), SAVATAGE and JON OLIVA’S PAIN.