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WHITE WIZZARD

OVER THE TOP

 

 

‘Over the Top’s raucous dual guitars burst forth from the speakers and it sounds like 1981 all over again – but with better production. If you can imagine everyone around you sporting long hair and wispy thin ‘taches, the Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Judas Priest and Raven patches on their denim jackets worn proudly, then you have an idea of the sound of these New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Revivalists from the City of Angels.

 

Imagine a more innocent time, when Nu-metal, Emo, Grunge, Hair metal et al weren’t even a glint in a record company man’s eye. Imagine Saxon, Motorhead, the mighty Maiden and Priest ruling the charts. Imagine a time when singing about headbangers or Satan was completely unironic and just good for a laugh (well, they were for me!). Now imagine White Wizzard back there in those heady days – they would slot in seamlessly.

 

Single handedly bringing old school metal back to the masses with a mostly new lineup from that which released the thundering “High Speed GTO EP last year, and a gloriously warm production - could White Wizzard be the saviours of metal?

 

Without a dud track present, the album roars along like a turbo charged Heavy Metal tank, taking no prisoners from the title track, through shred-fests like metal road anthem ‘Live Free Or Die’, the Priestly ‘Iron Goddess Of Vengeance’, the soundtrack to a small apocalypse that is ‘Death Race’, until closing with the band’s eponymous track.

 

“Over The Top” is a blissfully poseur-free zone - headbanging, hair shaking heavy metal played damn well by a great bunch of musicians who obviously have genuine affection for the heritage of the music we love.

Shane

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