In this Music Monday blog, we are going to get into the latest record from White Wizzard. It is called “The Devil’s Cut.” We are going to get into the history and then the music off this new record. Let us get into the history.
White Wizzard was founded in 2007 by bass player, Jon Leon. He was looking to bring back the classic hard rock and metal sound to fans looking for it. The band released their first EP, which was called “White Wizzard,” in 2008. Even with some success at first, the band loss three of their orignal members. They went on to start a new band called Holy Grail that has similar music style. Jon Leon signed a contract with Earache Records and then started to search for members for the second line up. After filling the second line up, the band released their second EP, which is called “High Speed GTO,” in 2009. In 2010, the band released their first full length record, which was called “Over The Top.” White Wizzard was nominated for Best New Artist at Metal Hammer Golden Gods. In 2011, the band released their second record, which was called “Flying Tigers.” The band in 2013 released their third record, which was called “The Devil’s Cut.” White Wizzard put out their new single, which was called “Marathon Of Dreams,” on their new label White Wizzard Records. This is first time in history of the band that features Jon Leon on lead singer and Devin Lebsack. This band has went through several line up changes after the release of “The Devil’s Cut.” Let us get into the music.
Forging The Steel
There is a nice classic hard rock driving music at the beginning of the song. I love the guitar work at the beginning of the song. This music sounds like something out of the late 1970’s to early 1980’s. This is a nice intro song to the record.
Strike The Iron
I love the blend from the first track to the second track. The music pace has picked up. The singer sounds like someone from Riot or Saxon. I love the lyrics and singing. This song has a sound like it came right from Riot. I love the short guitar solo. They wrote a nice opening track for this record. There is a nice expanded guitar solo towards the back half of the song. I love the music towards the end of the music. It sounds like two different songs on the back half of the song.
Kings Of The Highway
I love the slower pace of this song. I love singing and lyrics. I love the theme of this song. Jon put some thought on the lyrics. He did a great job on it. This is a great song but I feel it should be a little faster. I love the guitar solo towards the end of the song. There is a guitar solo to take the song out. It has a nice fade out.
Lightening In My Hands
The beginning of the song remains me some old school Iron Maiden music. There is some nice guitar and bass playing. Even the singing remains me of Bruce. I love the lyrics. I love the guitar solo towards the end. I also love the bass playing. There is another nice well written guitar solo towards the end of the song. I love the trade-off on the guitar solos.
Steal Your Mind
There is a nice slight dark tone guitar playing at the beginning of the song. I love the slow down to bring the singer with some nice guitar work. There is some nice singing and well written lyrics. This is a great song but I just feel it is too slow for my taste. I love the short guitar solos throughout the song. It is becoming too much now. This is too long but it is a great song. I just wish it was a little faster. I love how it the pace finally picks up towards the back half of the song.
The Devil’s Cut
I love the drumming and how the guitar playing is at the beginning. The shinning light is the bass playing. It is some awesome playing. I am not too sure on how I feel about the singing from the singer. I love the lyrics. At the beginning, I just felt he was too low but as the song moves on it did get better.
Torpedo Of Truth
I love the pace and music at the beginning. There is a some nice drumming on this track. There is some nice guitar playing with some nice guitar solos. I love the singing with the back up singing. The lyrics are well written but I am not liking the title of the song that much along with the chorus. I am really not liking this song so much. I could do without it on this record.
I am loving the bass playing and drumming at the beginning. I am not liking the guitar playing so far on this song. The singing seems a little off and not really fitting with the song The lyrics are really below average. They could do so much better. Some of these songs on this record are starting to sound the same. There is a nice guitar solo towards the end of the song. It seems every song on this record does not need a guitar solo. This song could live without a guitar solo.
The Sun Also Rises
I am loving the acoustic guitar at the beginning. It is about time. I have been waiting for one song like this. I love the bass playing in the background. I love the singing and lyrics. The main part of the song sounds just like an old Iron Maiden song. The singing like some from White Lion. I am really liking this song. It has a nice driving song. This song is way too long unless. I love change of the music at the half way point. Oh! Once again another guitar solo. I love how they ended this record.
Original Line Up:
Wyatt Anderson – Lead Vocals
Jon Leon – Bass And Guitar
Erik Kluiber – Guitar
Jesse Appelhans- Drums
Current Line Up:
Joseph Michael – Vocals
Jon Leon – Guitar And Bass
Jake Dreyer – Lead Guitar
Will Wallner – Guitar
Giovanni Durst – Drums
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Closing, I have enjoyed this band since their start and I will always buy their music. I have to say this record has some great songs but overall it is pretty disappointing. I know in the past hard rock and metal music had guitar solos in their songs. I just felt they went over the top on the guitar solos. No to plug one of their songs. The singer is spot on to the original singer. I am pretty worried about this band and their future. They only have two members in this band at this time. I know this band went through several line up changes but I hope they can get it together again. There is some well written songs on this record and there are songs you will be skipping. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser