White Wizzard - Infernal Overdrive
Label: M - Theory
Release Date: 12/1/2018
Yes! Finally, White Wizzard is back! I can’t describe how happy I feel. I have seen this band in 2011 opening for Iced Earth and I’ve met their leader, Jon, taking a great photo with him, with me being a honored 15-year-old kid! So, this album means a lot to me. White Wizzard was one of the bands that I’ve felt in love with and I really liked every album they released.
But now, it’s time to leave behind these fan stories and talk about their new album, “Infernal Overdrive”. The album is one hour long including nine tracks. In the beginning, I was afraid to listen to it, to tell you the truth. White Wizzard had many problems and line-up changes over the years, they had a split-up or something like that and the duration of the new album was very big, so I didn’t knew what I would face up. Fortunately, Jon is a master, so every thought was just a thought and nothing else. White Wizzard is back with an amazing heavy metal album, an album that it is a lesson for every heavy metal bassist in the world! Even from the first track, the “Infernal Overdrive”, you can understand that this album has a lot to tell you.
Jon didn’t lose his ability of writing heavy metal riffs that are going to stuck in your head, without repeating his self. And these riffs are being accompanied by his extremely crazy and awesome bass lines. The bass has a lead role into this music and this is exactly what we need! Of course, as you understand, Wyatt “Screaming Demon” Anderson (yeah, the singer from the “Over The Top” and the “Flying Tigers”) is back! He is exactly the “Screaming Demon” we love to hear into the White Wizzard’s music (without implying anything about the amazing Joseph Michael, Anderson is THE voice of White Wizzard, in my opinion).
What are the album’s highlights? Oh, this is very difficult to say. For sure, a personal favorite would be the “Chasing Dragons”, which is a darker song, with a lot of mystery and of course an amazing and catchy chorus that chases dragons in my mind (yeah, that was a really bad play on words with the lyrics on the chorus), and even if the song is 8 minutes long, you don’t get bored. On the other hand, you have the “Cocoon” with this Deep Purple influenced riff from the “Perfect Strangers” song (but it’s more evil and dark) and the solo with the oriental elements and of course the 11-minute epic closing song which starts slowly and calm like a ballad and after 8 minutes it becomes an amazing heavy metal anthem! Yeah, the best choice to close this beautiful album!
To sum up, Jon and his band, White Wizzard, did an amazing job once again, delivering a honest and great heavy metal album, which every fan of this music has to listen! Congratulations guys!