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White Wizzard is:

Joseph Michael - Lead Vocals
Jon Leon - Bass
Giovanni Durst - Drums
Will Wallner - Guitar
Jake Dreyer - Guitar


White Wizzard hails from Los Angeles CA. Tired of the down-tuned screamo metal that seemed to be everywhere, bass player Jon Leon formed White Wizzard in the summer of 2007. The goal was simple - to bring the songwriting, melody and good times back into metal and rock.

Over the next 5 years they released two full length albums ‘Over The Top’ (2010) and ‘Flying Tigers’ (2011) along with their debut EP ‘’High Speed GTO’ (2007). They toured the world opening for some of the most renowned names in Heavy Metal and spearheaded the underground movement of the ‘New Wave Of Traditional Heavy Metal’. Unfortunately the band was plagued by numerous line-up changes and found it difficult to build momentum.

Other than original founder Jon Leon the only other member that remained consistent was drummer Giovanni Dürst who joined in 2009. As a graduate of the Berklee College of Music (2006) Dürst incorporated his thrash influences utilizing his advanced double bass technique which has become an important part of the White Wizzard signature sound.

Towards the end of 2011, with multiple tours booked, and another line-up change the band desperately needed a lead guitarist. Enter Jake Dreyer who at the time was studying at Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Dreyer auditioned and two weeks later was touring the world.


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  • MosherSam13

    lol well metalsucks were pretty accurate and on point with a lot of the situation since every member left apart from Jon Leon. Over the Top is still one of the best newer metal albums though

    1 Jul 11:40am Reply
  • Thrasher-Ant

    I know shit went down with Joseph Michael and other band members but Joseph Michael has one hell of a voice. The Devils Cut is a brill album.

    9 May 8:30pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    I got into them about a year or two ago. Very solid heavy metal!

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • charliekilo22

    Don't rely on Metalsucks for your information. [2]

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    great band!!!!!!

    24 Aug 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    over the top is not bad

    7 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Rawzrubinzz

    Don't rely on Metal sucks for your information.

    5 Jul 2014 Reply
  • MosherSam13

    Yeah the band has sadly gone to shit :( not musically but they fell apart and all fell out with Jon Leon, there was an ongoing saga after a gig on their last UK tour, look it up on

    28 May 2014 Reply
  • American-Waste

    new album was ruined by the shitty vocals. bring back the screamin demon. Live free or die!

    25 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    Just read that all the members had left/been fired....again! Seriously, the constant line-up changing in this band is ridiculous. Makes one wonder how big the ego is with the founder guy. On top of that, I read that Earache dropped the band as wonder, when the band constantly is incomplete. Such a shame, WW's music has so much potential!

    1 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Bane1

    Shame it all went to shit with the last line up. The Devils Cut is a great album and probably my favourite WW album. Will check out what is next put out by Jon Leon/White Wizzard.

    2 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Artemius_F

    Fantastic band, but only with Wyatt "Screamin'Demon " Anderson. Two albums with him are awesome.

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • kayto1996

    Well saw a good gig last night at the borderline London-No joseph Micheal tho' guy bailed on his fans.joseph the time to call it a day is at the end of a tour-you owed that to the people who bought your records and paid for the tickets.private squabbles should not punish the fans.nevermind coz the gig was still a success without you-your sentiment below comes over a little false tho'

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Thorens

    I hear Riot, I hear Maiden, ... All combined in an awesome band. I love this.

    2 Oct 2013 Reply
  • hrxrecords

    This Is Joseph Michael Lead Singer for White Wizzard... Thank you all for checking out the new record... We are currently on tour bringing you new and classi White Wizzard Tunes... See you out there!@ \../,

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • gastoncapo666

    devil's cut the best lp so far in 2013! i fucking love it!!!!!!

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Mrozikos667

    Well, well, this new album rips! How heavy-metal you have to be to title your song "Torpedo of Truth"? The answer: you gotta be very fuckin' heavy-metal! And that's what they are: pure metal.

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • SonicX

    Don't like their "Fuck you!" attitude, but the music is alright.

    19 Jun 2013 Reply
  • nitram73

    “Raise your sword and point it to the SKKKYYYYYY!!!!” (“Strike The Iron”)

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • outerisolation

    The new album is amazing o_o

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
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