Trans-Siberian Orchestra is an Americanrock band that was founded in 1996 by producer, composer, and lyricistPaul O'Neill. The band brings together a fusion of classical music, heavy metal, and theatrical performances. Trans-Siberian Orchestra is known for their unique style, which combines symphonic metal with stage productions.
The band originated in the United States and is based in various cities across the country. While the band has had rotating members over the years, it was initially formed by Paul O'Neill, from Columbus, Ohio, who brought together musicians such as Jon Oliva, from The Bronx, New York City. However, the group's home base is considered to be in Tampa, Florida.
Some of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's most famous songs include "Christmas Canon," "Wizards in Winter," and "Carol of the Bells." These tracks perfectly exemplify the band's ability to seamlessly blend classical compositions with rock instrumentation. The group has also released several successful albums, including "Christmas Eve and Other Stories,""The Lost Christmas Eve," and "Night Castle."
In the 1970s, O'Neill, the group founder and leader, delved into the realm of rock music by forming the progressive rock band Slowburn, where he served as the lyricist and co-composer. During this period, the band recorded what was intended to be their debut album at Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios, with engineering done by Dave Wittman.
Despite Wittman accurately capturing the sound O'Neill envisioned in his mind, the complexity of O'Neill's melodies, spanning two to three octaves, presented challenges. Rather than releasing an album that didn't meet his satisfaction, O'Neill decided to shelve the project. Nevertheless, he continued his involvement in the industry, working at Contemporary Communications Corporation, also known as Leber & Krebs.