A couple of months ago I wrote an article about a sensational new old school metal band that is bringing back the sound and vibe of British heavy metal; bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, who opened many an eye and ear to what metal would become. That band is White Wizzard. In an age of overdone, drop-tuned sludgy screamo metal, White Wizzard are a breath of fresh air, that remind us that intricately played music need not be devoid of melody and soul to be heavy, and a singer who can actually sing is still an ideal to aspire to.
The band’s 7-song EP, High Speed GTO turned many a head in 2009, but internal differences led band founder and bassist Jon Leon, to dismantle his project and reassemble it, with more fitting pieces. The new line-up includes guitarists Erik Kluiber and Chad Bryan, drummer Giovanni Durst, and vocalist Wyatt ‘The Screaming Demon’ Anderson.
White Wizzard 2.0, spent part of 2009 in the studio recording their first full CD, Over The Top, which will hit the streets in March. As exciting and powerful as their debut EP was, Over The Top, is even better. Since there is no getting away from the inevitable comparisons they will receive to early iron Maiden, the simplest way to describe Over The Top is to call it the best 80’s era Maiden album never released. Call it homage, or imitation, or influence, White Wizzard makes no apology for their Maidenesque sound. The band’s musical talent, and Jon Leon’s songwriting ability negate any need for apology.
Over The Top is full of that classic British metal vibe. Songs like “40 Deuces,” “Out of Control,” “Strike of the Viper” and the title song, will get your blood pumping with metal overload. Rolling bass lines, entwined with a sweet dual guitar onslaught, and hammering skins, all glued together with Wyatt Anderson’s powerful voice.
Metalholic caught up with White Wizzard in Joplin, Missouri on their way to kick off their tour with Korpiklanni, Tyr and Swashbuckle. The Screamin’ Demon sat down for a few questions about the tour, the new CD, hot women of metal, and what he wears beneath his denim and leathers…
You can find songs from the new CD, and the band’s EP on their MySpace site. Catch ‘em online, and catch ‘em on tour!