I’ve been listening to White Wizzard for some time now. Years actually. No idea where I first discovered the band, but I was probably drawn in by the misspelling of “wizard”. Anytime a band misspells with Z’s or adds random umlauts over letters, their music is usually great. Now that that’s out of the way, I really didn’t know anything about the outfit before researching a little for this post. Getting going in 2007 and based in Los Angeles California, White Wizzard are driven by bandleader Jon Leon. Looks like Leon handles bass, guitars and even vocals for a couple of years (2014-2016). As if that’s not enough, he’s also the songwriter. It really seems that Jon Leon is the White Wizzard.
White Wizzard has issued two EPs and three full-length albums ahead of Infernal Overdrive due January 12, 2018, courtesy of M-Theory Audio. The EPs, White Wizzard in 2008 and High Speed GTO in 2009 are essentially the same. One track name changed (“Iraq Attack” became “Red Desert Skies”) and a bit of a different play order. In 2010 we got full-length Over the Top, Flying Tigers in 2011 and The Devil’s Cut in 2013. Lineup stability is an issue for this True American Metal band as each album is basically a totally new lineup save Leon. Vocalist Wyatt “Screaming Demon” Anderson has appeared on a couple White Wizzard releases and is back here again for Infernal Overdrive. Also returning to the mix, we get classic member James J. LaRue (guitars) and Dylan Marks (drums).
WHITE WIZZARD – Infernal Overdrive
While I’ve enjoyed every White Wizzard release, it seems clear that this more classic roster have an undefinable chemistry. This alongside some maturity has resulted in what I would peg as White Wizzard‘s most cohesive effort to date! The scathing vocals provided by Anderson just meld perfectly with the instrumentation supplied by Leon, Marks and LaRue.