White Wizzard

Album Review: White Wizzard – Flying Tigers

White Wizzard are bringing the style of NWOBHM into the modern age, kicking and screaming with their newest offering “Flying Tigers”.

‘Fight To The Death’ displays Wyatt Anderson’s vocal styling perfectly, allowing him to build upon the existing melody. When it comes to the guitar solo on this track there seems to be something missing, I’m not sure if it is purely the mix or the guitar tone, but it doesn’t sit right for me. However, the rest of the guitar work is great, sticking very closely to the bass line’s style, which is of course the driving force behind all of White Wizzard’s tracks. Jon Leon’s bass sound is beautiful in ‘West L.A. Nights’, complimented by Giovanni Durst’s crisp drumwork.

Melody is always a major feature of White Wizzard’s music, ‘West L.A. Nights’ just like previous material such as ’40 Deuces’ is set to get you singing along in your best Dickinson impression. Every album needs one slow anthemic song to break out the lighters to, doesn’t it? Well, yes…anyway… It sounds simply massive. Thanks to the excellent guitar work this track would even sound great in an acoustic setting, and that is always a good sign for a metal song. Now I don’t often say this, but the bass line in the title track ‘Flying Tigers’ is disgustingly catchy. It has wormed its way into my brain and will no doubt slowly drive me insane. Wyatt shows us exactly why his nickname mobile casino is ‘The Screaming Demon’ with some pipes to be jealous of, providing some excellent melodies. The pace quickens with ‘Night Train to Tokyo’ and ‘Night Stalker’, these tracks would go down excellently online casino if played live, I can picture the sweaty throngs of people throwing the horns as I listen. I think ‘Blood on the Pyramids’ is one of the album highlights, but I can’t As your ideal datarecovery partner casino online with decades of experience and technical knowledge, we continue to lead and reinvent the datarecovery industry. particularly put my finger on why, it is just a track which really drew me in.

Lyrically, this album darts here, there and everywhere. Yes, this does prove interesting at points, but from the mention of ships and underwater cities in ‘Fall of Atlantis’ to talk of reigns of power fuelling greedy wars in ‘Demons and Diamonds’, it just leaves me wanting for a theme and some continuity. ‘Dark Alien Overture’ provides us a quirky musical interlude. ‘War of the Worlds’ follows with the pace and rhythm to force you into air drumming along. Choosing a track to close your album must be a difficult thing, but White Wizzard definitely chose wisely. ‘Starman’s Son’ could well be the best track on “Flying Tigers”, everything just fits and makes you really feel almost involved within the music.

This revival of NWOBHM style music may well be thriving, but it needs a band like White Wizzard to keep it pushing forward.

Rating – 9

     

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