White Wizzard is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2007. They have released one demo, one EP and four albums: Over the Top released in 2010, Flying Tigers released in 2011, The Devil’s Cut released in 2013, and Infernal Overdrive released 2018. Throughout the band’s history, it has undergone numerous lineup changes, with only Jon Leon remaining a stable member of the band. The end of the band was announced by Jon Leon in April 2018, however, he announced that he was reassembling the band in March 2019.
ormation and early history: 2007–2010
“I saw so many old school metalheads at these summer festivals, but what else is out there? Who else can they look forward to seeing after they leave the show that can really give them the same thrill? They’re all still here, but there’s nothing in today’s scene that moves them any more – nothing that inspires them. I think we can change that.”
In late 2007, White Wizzard recorded its self-titled demo, White Wizzard, which would be released in mid-2008. The band also filmed a music video for the demo’s opening track “High Speed GTO”, which won the award for Best Music Video in the 2008 Action On Film Festival. Although the band was doing relatively well, artistic tensions within the group led to the 3 other members quitting, who went on to form a similarly styled band, Holy Grail.
During mid-2008, Leon was contacted by Earache Records and asked to put the song “High Speed GTO” on Earache’s compilation album Heavy Metal Killers. Motivated by this opportunity, Leon doubled his search efforts and eventually formed the second line-up of White Wizzard. They released the EP High Speed GTO at this time.
White Wizzard has worked exclusively with Producer/Engineer Ralph Patlan since 2008.
The first incarnation of White Wizzard was hastily assembled and featured bassist Jon Leon, vocalist James-Paul Luna, guitarist James J LaRue and drummer Tyler Meahl. After releasing the EP, Leon and the rest of the band disagreed on what musical direction to take and split apart. Jon reformed the band with a second incarnation featuring vocalist Wyatt Anderson, guitarist Erik Kluiber, guitarist Chad Bryan and drummer Jesse Applehans, though he was succeeded by Giovanni Durst after a short while.
Over the Top: 2010–2013
The band toured North America with Korpiklaani, Týr, and Swashbuckle in January 2010. The North American tour was followed by a short UK tour with Edguy in March 2010, which began at Hammerfest II. White Wizzard had its live debut with its third line-up – featuring Michael Gremio and Lewis Stephens – at the famous Download Festival in June of that same year, opening the Ronnie James Dio stage on Sunday.
In March 2010, White Wizzard was nominated for Best New Artist in the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2010.
On October 5, 2010, Earache Records presented the band’s new single, “Shooting Star”, on YouTube. It was also released as a 7″ Vinyl Single. This is the only White Wizzard release with vocalist Peter Ellis.
Lineup and label changes, hiatus: 2013–2018
In April 2013, Earache Records announced White Wizzard would release a third album titled The Devil’s Cut. The album featured the stable line-up of Jon Leon, Giovanni Durst, Will Wallner, Jake Dreyer and Joseph Michael.
Vocalist Joseph Michael was fired by Leon on October 7, following a disagreement between the two. Shortly after, guitarists Jake Dreyer and Will Wallner left the band, leaving only Leon and drummer Giovanni Durst as members. Following these disagreements and abrupt lineup changes, Earache Records parted ways with White Wizzard on October 9, 2013.
On March 18, 2014, the band released the single “Marathon Of Dreams” via their new label White Wizzard Records; it featured Jon Leon on lead vocals and Devin Lebsack on drums.
On April 1, 2016, White Wizzard released its new single “Break Out”. In July 2016, the band announced a new album to be released in 2017 called Infernal Overdrive. Guitarist James J. LaRue and singer Wyatt Anderson had rejoined the band at this point, with new drummer Dylan Marks also joining. Internal Overdrive was released on January 12, 2018. The album received mostly positive reviews and was more well received than White Wizzard’s previous release.
On April 24, 2018, Jon Leon announced the immediate end of the band on Facebook; “So unfortunately I have to announce that White Wizzard is over. There will be no more albums or live shows.”
On March 26, 2019, Jon Leon announced on the White Wizzard Facebook page that he was reassembling the band with past members. Leon also stated that he had plans to do a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new album. White Wizzard released the single “Viral Insanity” featuring Mark Boals on March 4, 2021.
|High Speed GTO||EP||2009|
|Over the Top||Single||2009|
|Over the Top||Full-length||2010|
|The Devils Cut||Full-length||2013|
|Marathon of Dreams||Single||2014|
|Flight of Icarus||Single||2021|
|Tyler Meahl||Drums (2007-2008)|
|See also: Holy Grail, ex-Huntress, ex-Jet Fuel|
|James-Paul Luna||Vocals (2007-2008)|
|See also: Holy Grail, ex-Jet Fuel|
|Giovanni Durst||Drums (2009-2013)|
|See also: Benediction, Monument, Omicida, ex-Hiss of Atrocities, ex-Will Wallner / Vivien Vain, ex-Black Trip (live)|
|Jesse Appelhans||Drums (2009)|
|See also: Crom, ex-Bad Dudes, ex-Bastard Noise, ex-Feather Wolf, ex-Upsilon Acrux|
|Erik Kluiber||Guitars (2009-2010)|
|See also: Overloaded, Void Vator, ex-Gypsyhawk, ex-Ironaut, ex-The End, ex-Omicida|
|Chad Bryan||Guitars (2009-2010, 2011)|
|See also: ex-Malicious Intent|
|Wyatt “Screaming Demon” Anderson||Vocals (2009-2010, 2011, 2012, 2016-2018)|
|See also: ex-Tempest Reign|
|Lewis Stephens||Guitars (2010-2011)|
|See also: ex-Monument|
|Michael Gremio||Vocals (2010, 2011-2012, 2019-?)|
|See also: ex-Cellador, ex-Desire to Destroy|
|Peter Ellis||Vocals (2010-2011)|
|See also: Monument, ex-The More I See|
|Jake Dreyer||Guitars (2011-2013)|
|See also: Jake Dreyer, Witherfall, ex-Demons & Wizards (live), ex-DeadRingers Guild, ex-Iced Earth, ex-Kobra and the Lotus (live), ex-DeathRiders|
|Cory Nagatoshi||Guitars (2011)|
|CJ Cussell||Guitars (2011-2012)|
|See also: ex-Written in Blood, Before the Mourning, Corrosion, ex-Meridian Dawn, ex-Nightrage (live)|
|Joseph Michael||Vocals (2012-2013)|
|See also: Midnight Reign, Sanctuary, Witherfall, ex-Omicida, ex-Omery Rising, ex-Peppermint Creeps|
|Devin Lebsack||Drums (2013-2016, 2019-?)|
|See also: ex-零壹, ex-Censura, ex-Attika 7 (live), ex-Hed PE (live), ex-Redlight King (live)|
|Dylan Marks||Drums (2017-2018)|
|See also: Beekeeper, Eukaryst, Fermentor, Raise the Guns, Unborn Salivate, ex-Cryptorchidism|