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Underworld 14 November 2010
Primitai certainly sound like they've benefitted from this stint as
main support on this White Wizzard tour, sounding tight and full of
energy. Promoting new album 'The Line Of Fire', this London-based
5-piece metal machine deliver a set of well crafted, powerful and epic
sounding songs, with crunching riffery and quality soloing, whilst
retaining a strong sense of melody.
influences clearly lean towards the classic old school metal sound, with
Maiden and Priest springing to mind, and the likes of 'The Craft' and
'The Line Of Fire' get fists pumping and heads banging down the front. A
great reception for a promising band.
pretty hard to keep up with the numerous line-up changes that have
blighted White Wizzard's first few years, but tonight sees the
culmination of the first UK tour of the now hopefully settled, long term
line-up of this much talked about band.
I was highly
impressed with White Wizzard's set at this year's Download festival with
Michael Gremio taking vocal duties, but tonight gives us a chance to see
the band with new permanent vocalist Peter Ellis taking over. The set is
a good balance of material from last year's 'High Speed GTO' mini-album
and the latest album, 'Over the Top'.
Primitai's set, the responsive crowd continue the fist pumping and
headbanging as the band launch into 'Over The Top'. '40 Deuces' and'
Celestina' are followed by the impressive 'Shooting Star', a new single
exclusively available on this tour and a touching tribute to Ronnie
James Dio, the song's subject matter. Nice to see the proceeds from this
single going to Dio's Children Of the Night charity too.
Control' cranks up the tempo and keeps heads banging whilst the epic and
slightly darker 'Iron Goddess Of Vengeance' provides a highlight of the
set. The band don't let up as they pound through to the finishing line
with 'White Wizzard' & 'March Of the Skeleton' with 'High Speed GTO'
wrapping things up to a good response.
impossible to review this band without mention of their similarities to
Iron Maiden. Musically, they're very similar indeed with founding member
Jon Leon's bass style replicating Steve Harris's galloping bass runs in
singer Peter Ellis's voice is a dead ringer for that of Bruce Dickinson.
He also had a habit tonight of repeatedly shouting 'scream like you mean
it London!' in exactly the same way as Dickinson's trademark 'scream for
me London' (or wherever else he may be that night).
have an eponymous song title in 'White Wizzard', and they even have a
roadie jumping on stage at the end in a White Wizard's mask, bearing a
striking resemblance to Eddie of course.
where the band sell themselves short in my opinion. There comes a point
where they seem to be going beyond wearing Maiden's influence on their
sleeves and border on pastiche. A clearly talented band, they're capable
of more than this and should be striving for a bit more of their own
identity, which I'm sure will come a little further down the line.
as with Earache label mates Cauldron and Enforcer, it's great to have an
exciting young band with the talent, interest & enthusiasm to go back to
the classic metal sound of the NWOBHM which for me has still never been
beaten. Just a bit less Maiden and a bit more Wizzard please.