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White Wizzard – Flying Tigers [2011]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on 19th August 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: White Wizzard
Album: Flying Tigers
Release year: 2011
Genre: Classic Heavy metal


Though being a long time listener to Heavy Metal the album „Flying Tigers“ (released via Earache) is my first contact to White Wizzard which was founded in 2007 in Los Angeles. Before listening to the music I’ve tried to get some information about the band it’s history and it´s current members. My first attempt led me to the band’s homepage (http://whitewizzard.net/) and (surprise) there is almost not a single information to be found. So I followed the MySpace link that is placed on the homepage and (surprise again) the last update of the band’s MySpace-Site was made in October 2010. No further information wherever you look. Next I checked out Google and (why am I not surprised anymore?): no relevant hints.

Only Wikipedia knows little about the band, but I don’t want to bore you with it because it is hardly worth mentioning.
So finally I came to the conclusion, that White Wizzard is not the most lively band in the world.

But now let us take a closer look at the music now. After first listening to the album I thought it was a little boring. But being a great fan of fair play I decided, to give White Wizzard a few more listening sessions. And after one day of heavy rotation I knew it´s a little boring. White Wizzard play classic Heavy Metal. The songs are always melodic, some are faster, some are not. Thirty years ago they would have been exciting but nowadays they are only one among millions. Please do not misunderstand: The music is not bad, the songs contain a lot of sing-along tunes, the arrangements sound professional, the production is powerful (yet a little too polished), the musicians know how to play their instruments and the singer is really good. They play their music in the tradition of early Iron Maiden, Tygers of Pan Tang, etc., unfortunately without the rough and aggressive attitude that characterized those pioneer bands. And even the classic Heavy Metal has undergone some changes and developments (see Hammerfall, Edguy or Sabaton) and these influences seem not to have touched White Wizzard. If you asked me about any outstanding song on this album you could see me shrug. Sure, “Starchild”, “Demons and diamonds” (more than 9 minutes long), “Dark alien overture” (jazzy influences and great guitar works) and “War of the worlds” with a slightly oriental touch (by the way: the second half of the album is definitely the better one) are remarkable pieces of hard rock music but all songs lack the special something that makes them being a classic song.

So who should buy this album? I think it´s an album for all those who liked the early metal albums, especially those that were released during NWOBHM. If you don’t expect to discover a new “Frost and fire”, a yet unknown “Melissa” or another “Angel witch” you’ll probably be satisfied.

All other friends or pure Heavy Metal: At first try the originals.

3/5

Thorsten