|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Associated acts||Holy Grail, Overloaded, Cellador, Midnight Reign, Gypsyhawk|
|Past members||Lewis Stephens
Wyatt "Screamin' Demon" Anderson
James J. LaRue
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 Devils Cut" released in 2013. The band is supported by their mascot who has appeared on all of their albums.
"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, which would be released in mid-2008. The band also filmed a music video for the demos opening track "High Speed GTO", which won the award for Best Music Video in the 2008 Action On Film Festival. Although the band was doing relatively well, artistic tensions within the group led to Leon firing all members of the band, who went on to form a similarly styled band, Holy Grail.
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. 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.
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. The North American tour was followed by a short UK tour with Edguy in March 2010, which began at Hammerfest II. 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.
In March 2010, White Wizzard was nominated for Best New Artist in the Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2010.
On 5 October 2010, Earache Records released the band's new single, Shooting Star, on YouTube.
On September 19, 2011, the band released its second full-length album, Flying Tigers.
In April 2013 Century Media Records announced White Wizzard would release a third album titled 'The Devils Cut'. The album would feature the stable line-up of Jon Leon, Giovanni Durst, Will Wallner, Jake Dreyer and Joseph Michael.
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. After releasing the EP, Leon and the rest of the band disagreed on what musical direction to take and split apart. 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..
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.
By September 2010 the lead vocals had been taken over by Peter Ellis.
On February 2, 2011, second vocalist Wyatt Anderson returned to the band, replacing a departing Peter Ellis.
White Wizzard has worked exclusively with Producer/Engineer, Ralph Patlan, since 2008.
On June 27, 2011, the band announced that it had parted ways with Wyatt Anderson once again.
On May 1, 2012 British guitarist Will Wallner joined the band just days before a show in Tokyo, Japan.
On October 5, 2013, during a European Tour in support of the record "The Devils Cut," Joseph Michael was fired from the band for refusing to play a show in Cardiff Wales.
On October 9, after the loss of its fifth vocalist, White Wizzard was dropped by Earache Records  and the next day, Giovanni Durst, Will Wallner and Jake Dreyer made statements announcing their departure from White Wizzard.
White Wizzard is notable among many heavy metal bands for drawing influence from older, traditional heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Dio. These influences include melodic guitar riffs combined with aggressive drumming and wailing or singing vocals.
- White Wizzard (2008, EP)
- High Speed GTO (2009, EP)
- Over the Top (2010)
- Shooting Star / We Rock (2010, 7" Vinyl Single)
- Flying Tigers (2011)
- The Devil's Cut (2013)
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