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White Wizzard
Flying Tigers

Company: Earache
Release: 2011
Genre: Traditional
Reviewer: EC

  • Little to no innovation to the sport

  • Talking about changing faces and places. This band shows on a ton of resumes with a revolving door akin to Overkill or worse. At one point they had a total uproot of singer, voice and drummer to greener pastures in Holy Grail (an ascension). Left is White Wizzard's "Flying Tigers", the pieced together fragments making up this second full length record. Fans of this new caliber of NWOBHM will shovel this on the gravy train of high speed melody and vocals. I dunno...I mean this band does it well, the style and substance of "polished to perfection" power metal that oozes and bleeds twin guitar gallops and that sense of the 80s elite. This sort of thing was built on the backs of US underground miners like Geoff Thorpe and David Chastain and I can't help but think White Wizzard would shine two decades ago. I still keep waiting on memorable songs or riffs in the midst pf Wizzard's well calculated plan. Really the whole thing just follows breakneck speed, roaring and burning with youthful energy and Saturday night exploits of spinning heaps of vinyl. Call me interested but still hesitant to call it worthy or even inspiring with little to no innovation to the sport. For God's sake take that extra Z out.

    About this Writer:
    Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    All reviews for this band:
    Flying TigersWhite Wizzard
    Eric Compton11/8/2011
    Over The TopWhite Wizzard
    Greg Watson8/9/2010
    Over The TopWhite Wizzard
    Eric Compton3/4/2010

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