White Wizzard

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White Wizzard
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Heavy metal
Years active 2007 (2007)–present
Labels Earache, White Wizzard Records
Associated acts Holy Grail, Overloaded, Cellador, Midnight Reign, Gypsyhawk, Monument
Members Jon Leon
Devin Lebsack
Past members Lewis Stephens
Joseph Michael
Will Wallner
Jake Dreyer
Giovanni Durst
Wyatt "Screamin' Demon" Anderson
James-Paul Luna
James J. LaRue
Tyler Meahl
Jesse Applehans
Peter Ellis
Erik Kluiber
Chad Bryan
Cory Nagatoshi[1]
Michael Gremio

White Wizzard is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2007. The band has released one demo, one EP, and three albums, Over the Top released in 2010, Flying Tigers released in 2011 and The Devil's Cut released in 2013.[2][3][4][5]

The band is supported by their mascot who has appeared on all of their albums.

History[edit]

White Wizzard was formed in Los Angeles in the summer of 2007,[6] as Jon Leon's response to the "angsty" and "screamo" music[7] that dominated the heavy metal scene at the time:

"I saw so many old school metalheads at these summer festivals, but what else is out there? Who else can they look forward to seeing after they leave the show that can really give them the same thrill? They're all still here, but there's nothing in today's scene that moves them any more - nothing that inspires them. I think we can change that."

In late 2007, White Wizzard recorded its self-titled demo, White Wizzard, which would be released in mid-2008.[6] The band also filmed a music video for the demo's opening track "High Speed GTO",[8] which won the award for Best Music Video in the 2008 Action On Film Festival.[9][10] Although the band was doing relatively well, artistic tensions within the group led to the 3 other members quitting, who went on to form a similarly styled band, Holy Grail.[11]

During mid-2008, Leon was contacted by Earache Records and asked to put the song "High Speed GTO" on Earache's compilation album Heavy Metal Killers.[8][12] Motivated by this opportunity, Leon doubled his search efforts and eventually formed the second line-up of White Wizzard. They released their EP at this time.

White Wizzard has worked exclusively with Producer/Engineer Ralph Patlan since 2008.[13]

On March 9, 2010, the band released its first full-length album, Over the Top.

The band toured North America with Korpiklaani, Týr, and Swashbuckle in January 2010.[3] The North American tour was followed by a short UK tour with Edguy in March 2010, which began at Hammerfest II.[5] White Wizzard had its live debut with its third line-up - featuring Michael Gremio and Lewis Stephens - at the famous Download Festival in June of that same year, opening the Ronnie James Dio stage on Sunday.[14]

In March 2010, White Wizzard was nominated for Best New Artist in the Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2010.

On October 5, 2010, Earache Records released the band's new single, Shooting Star, on YouTube.[15] It was also released as a 7" Vinyl Single. This is the only White Wizzard release with vocalist Peter Ellis.

On September 19, 2011, the band released its second full-length album, Flying Tigers.

In April 2013 Earache Records announced White Wizzard would release a third album titled "The Devil's Cut". The album would feature the stable line-up of Jon Leon, Giovanni Durst, Will Wallner, Jake Dreyer and Joseph Michael.[16]

On the 18th of March 2014 the band released the single "Marathon Of Dreams" via their new label White Wizzard Records; it is also the first song to feature Jon Leon on lead vocals and Devin Lebsack on Drums.[17]

Line-up[edit]

The first incarnation of White Wizzard was hastily assembled and featured bassist Jon Leon, vocalist James-Paul Luna, guitarist James LaRue and drummer Tyler Meahl.[6] After releasing the EP, Leon and the rest of the band disagreed on what musical direction to take and split apart.[10] Jon reformed the band with a second incarnation featuring vocalist Wyatt Anderson, guitarist Erik Kluiber, and drummer Jesse Applehans, though he was succeeded by Giovanni Durst after a short while..[6][10]

James-Paul Luna and Tyler Meahl formed Holy Grail in 2008.[18] As of October 2011, the.com address for White Wizzard is being used by Holy Grail.[19]

In April 2010, it was announced that guitarist Erik Kluiber had been replaced. At the same time vocalist Wyatt Anderson also left the band. The new line-up was revealed on June 8, 2010, with Michael Gremio, formerly of Nebraskan power metal band Cellador on vocals and Welsh guitarist Lewis Stephens replacing Kluiber.[14] Michael Gremio is the only White Wizzard vocalist not featured on any of their releases.

By September 2010 the lead vocals had been taken over by Peter Ellis.[20]

On February 2, 2011, second vocalist Wyatt Anderson returned to the band, replacing a departing Peter Ellis.[21]

On June 27, 2011, the band announced that it had parted ways with Wyatt Anderson once again.[22]

On September 8, 2011, Jake Dreyer was selected to become the band's new guitarist.[23]

On May 1, 2012 British guitarist Will Wallner joined the band just days before a show in Tokyo, Japan.

On August 1, 2012, the band released the song "Torpedo of Truth" with a new vocalist Joseph Michael (Midnight Reign, Peppermint Creeps),[24] cousin of the late Ronnie James Dio,[25]

On October 5, 2013, during a European Tour in support of the record "The Devil's Cut", Joseph Michael was fired from the band.[26]

On October 9, 2013, after the loss of its fifth vocalist, White Wizzard was dropped by Earache Records [27] and the next day, Giovanni Durst, Will Wallner and Jake Dreyer made statements announcing their departure from White Wizzard.[28][29][30]

On March 18, 2014 the band released the song "Marathon of Dreams" with Jon Leon as new lead vocalist and Devin Lebsack on drums.[17]

Timeline[edit]

Musical style[edit]

White Wizzard is notable among many heavy metal bands for drawing influence from older, traditional heavy metal bands[31] such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Dio.[7] These influences include melodic guitar riffs combined with aggressive drumming and wailing or singing vocals.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
EPs

References[edit]

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  2. ^ White Wizzard - Flying Tigers
  3. ^ a b "White Wizzard Prepare To Go "Over The Top" With New Album and Tour In 2010". Hot Indie News. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "White Wizzard on MySpace Music". White Wizzard. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "EARACHE NEWS: WHITE WIZZARD "OVER THE TOP" OUT NOW IN EUROPE". Earache News. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography—White Wizzard". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "YouTube - White Wizzard Interview". YouTube. 2009-11-23. 
  8. ^ a b "White Wizzard Putting Finishing Touches On New Album". Blabbermouth.net. 16 September 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Action On Film International Film Festival - 2008 Results". Action On Film. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c "White Wizzard". Earache. 2009-11-23. 
  11. ^ Bennet, J. "Holy Grail: L.A. shred lords bring back NWOBHM like it never left", Decibel, No. 065 (March 2010), p. 30.
  12. ^ "Encyclopaedia Metallum - White Wizzard". Encyclopaedia Metallum. 2009-11-28. 
  13. ^ "WHITE WIZZARD – Over The Top". Metal Excess. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  14. ^ a b "White Wizzard Unveils New Lineup". Blabbermouth.net. June 8, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-11. 
  15. ^ "White Wizzard 'Shooting Star' [NEW TRACK]". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  16. ^ "Century Media Records". Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  17. ^ a b Rosenberg, Axl. "marathon of dreams". Metalsucks. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Holy Grail". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  19. ^ "Official Website ::". White Wizzard. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  20. ^ "Pete Ellis Leaves The More I See To Join White Wizzard". Rocksins.com. 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  21. ^ "White Wizzard Announces Return Of Vocalist Wyatt Anderson - Blabbermouth.net". Roadrunnerrecords.com. 2011-02-02. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  22. ^ "WHITE WIZZARD Parts Ways With Singer WYATT ANDERSON". Blabbermouth. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  23. ^ "Guitarist Jake Dreyer Comments on Joining White Wizzard". Metal Insider. 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  24. ^ "Joseph Michael". Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  25. ^ Metal Hammer Magazine June 2013.
  26. ^ Neilstein, Vince. "White Wizzard Drama Alert!". MetalSucks. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  27. ^ Neilstein, Vince. "Earache Records Drops White Wizzard, Guitarist Explains the Truth Behind the Bag Stealing Incident". MetalSucks. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
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  30. ^ "A new page". Giovannidurst.com. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  31. ^ "White Wizzard High Speed GTO Review - Review of High Speed GTO by White Wizzard". Jay H. Gorania. 2009-11-28. 

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