White Wizzard’s Over The Top: Two Cent Review
Artist: White Wizzard
Album: Over the Top
Release date: February 23
Hell, meet ice: Earache Records, the underground label that waged an unholy war on glam-metal in the late ’80s, is now parenting a band as preposterous as Steel Panther. That head-scratcher aside, it was only a matter of time before someone picked up a bottle of Consort and sprayed new life into hair metal, now that every other strain in the genre has been exhaustively revisited. Like a Republican who calls himself a Libertarian, White Wizzard might get away with being classified as NWOTM (or NWOBHM), but with lyrics that would make cheese melt (“Can you feel the strike of the viper?!”), squeaky-clean production and some of the goofiest imagery in recent metal memory, these Los Angelenos aren’t fooling anybody: This is about as lite as metal gets. It might be hard to keep a straight face listening to 3 Inches of Blood and Into Eternity, but at least they’ve breathed new fire into the wailing falsetto. And if it’s Iron Maiden you’re after, well, then buy some more Maiden albums. Are White Wizzard oblivious to “Spinal Tap” or too keenly aware of the spoof? Either way, consider this another piece of evidence that irony is dead indeed.
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