Company: Earache Records Release: 2010 Genre: Traditional Reviewer: Chaoslord
A bona fide metal monster
I have hit the mother load for old school metal!!! For those of you that haven't heard of this band, sit back, strap on your leather vests and studded bracelets and listen while they shatter your souls with some metal!! White Wizzard is a Los Angeles band that came into being around 2007 started out of a need to bring back old school metal to combat all the new forms that have come about.
The product White Wizzard delivers on "Over the Top" is nothing short of kick ass!! From the opening self titled track all the way through, "Over the Top" delivers a nostalgic masterpiece reminiscent of what metal was when it first began to rise to power. Founder Jon Leon has put together a band that has a fondness for the classic metal that we all grew up on. To name a few of the influences I can hear in the band: Priest, Maiden, Krokus and Overkill.
Vocalist Wyatt Anderson, appropriately nicknamed "Screaming Demon", delivers Dickinson and Halford-esque falsetto screams with a singing voice very similar to one Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth of Overkill fame. While possessing some of the latter's qualities, Anderson still has a voice all his own. Founder Jon Leon holds the duties of bassist and lead and rhythm guitar. There are also two other guitarists, Erik Kluiber and Chad Bryan.
Most songs feature a twin guitar attack, filling songs with groove laden riffs and face-melter solos to make every metal fan wail with joy!! Leon plays all guitar on the album's first three songs with the other two gents taking over afterwards. The bass is very chunky and muffled, bringing a nice low end to the songs. And drummer Giovanni Durst rounds out the quintet, bringing in fills, speed and a concrete foundation to bring this masterpiece together faster than metal fans can enact the Wall of Death. The production on this album is crisp and highlights each song as it should.
If you all are looking for something to shred your soul, spit you out and leave you begging for more, look no further than this album. I haven't stopped listening to this since purchasing it and will keep it my rotation for years to come. It's worth every penny you would pay for this. Keep an eye on this band going forward because if this release is any indication of their potential, we've got a bona fide metal monster poised to go Over the Top!! So fellow metal heads, go forth, rock on and live free or die!!!!!
About this Writer: Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.
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