The New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal might not be “new” anymore, but one act has always flown its flag high and proud – the American band WHITE WIZZARD. The group, founded a decade ago by bassist Jon Leon, has won over fans around the globe with potent heavy metal that builds on the timeless work of genre pioneers such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Diamond Head. In 2018, the group returns with their fourth album (and M-Theory Audio debut), “Infernal Overdrive,” which marks the return of vocalist Wyatt “Screaming Demon” Anderson and original guitarist James J. LaRue.
WHITE WIZZARD are recognized as one of the first bands to bring back classic/traditional heavy metal via 2009's “High Speed GTO” EP, which Metal Hammer referred to as a “fun blast of NWOBHM-centric metal.” Since then, the band has released three acclaimed full-length albums on Earache Records and toured across the US, Europe and Japan. Now, with “Infernal Overdrive,” produced by Ralph Patlan (Megadeth, UFO, Flotsam and Jetsam), the group is firing on all cylinders like never before. The album is over an hour long and captures all the ingredients of past WHITE WIZZARD work but expands upon the template with seasoned maturity, outstanding musicianship and a widening of influences including ‘70s hard rock and progressive rock/metal.