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  • Audio CD (8 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Earache Records
  • ASIN: B002J0QDSM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 513,286 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Crosby on 20 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
the 80's are back everywhere else so why not in metal too!

this is an band you'll know you're either going to love or hate before you've even bought the CD. Nothing really new here, but catchy tunes with some great playing (although the band are now completely different and have a fued going with the ex members, who have another band - Holy grail)

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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Love the record. I'm bit disappointed that this is not a proper LP with a jacket. It is a PICTURE DISC. There was no mention of a picture disc in the amazon description section. So I'm a bit disappointed with it, However having said that the packaging was really good. No harm done to the LPs. Really happy with the shipping process. Quick shipping. Thank you. Great work Earache Records.
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For NWOBHMheads 27 May 2010
By Mark D. Neuhoff - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album is very unique. It differs from the recent trend in traditional metal of taking influence exclusively from Iron Maiden and Judas Priest in that it incorporates influences from the "forgotten" NWOBHM bands. In Megalodon for example, there is a background falsetto used which sounds very much like something Brian Ross would do while he was in Satan, in Celestina there is a riff taken right from Diamond Head's song Lightning to the Nations, and on March of the Skeletons there is a riff taken from one of Jag Panzer's songs on their album Ample Destruction. This album is very melodic while at the same time very creative in regards to the musicianship on each song, and anybody who appreciates the NWOBHM as a whole will enjoy this album.
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A Refreshing New Look Back At Old School Heavy Metal 15 April 2010
By Will Silk - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
"High Speed GTO" is the debut album from a Southern California metal band called White Wizzard, that has managed to capture the sound and energy of early 1980s heavy metal. Unlike the snarling vocals and machine like guitar and drums of what people today call "heavy metal"; White Wizzard harks back to the glory days of heavy metal, pulling from influences like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Saxon.

The album opens with the title track "High Speed GTO", which instantly grabs you and pulls you in. It was like hearing "Heading Out To The Highway" by Judas Priest for the first time, as the guitar and drums come in quite powerfully in the traditional New Wave Of British Heavy Metal way. When James Paul Luna begins to sing though is when you really step back and think that the album could have debuted in 1982 instead of 2009. Where as the bands seven tracks all sound tight and are executed in the traditional NWOBHM manner, it is Luna's vocals that seem to really set the band apart and cause them to stand out in my opinion. It's wonderful to hear a 21st century heavy metal vocalist actually sing for a change. "Octane Gypsy" is another fantastic track, and the band attempts to voice their opinion on foreign policy with the last track of the album entitled "Red Desert Skies".

"High Speed GTO" is a fantastic album, that unfortunately will be the only offering from this line up of White Wizzard; as Luna, along with guitarist James Larue and drummer Tyler Meahl departed shortly after the album was released to form a new group called Holy Grail. I encourage any heavy metal fan to take a listen to White Wizzard's album and judge for themselves. In my opinion, it's a great album that is refreshing to hear coming from four guys that probably weren't even in kindergarten yet when the New Wave of British Heavy Metal was originally going on.
High speed traditional metal 21 Jan. 2010
By Justin G. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you're a fan of traditional heavy metal (think 1985, just before thrash and hair metal took over), this is a great time to be alive. We're in the middle of what UK mag Metal Hammer has dubbed the New Wave of Traditional Metal (NWOTM) - a nod to the legendary New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) scene - with bands like Wolf, Icarus Witch and Cauldron bringing back the old school metal sound. One of the more exciting bands to emerge from the NWOTM is California's White Wizzard.

You're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but the cover to High Speed GTO tells you just about everything you need to know about White Wizzard. The leather jacket, the metal pins, the buttons with "High", "Speed" and "GTO" done in the logo styles of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Tank, respectively. This is a band that loves old school metal, and their album shows it. High Speed GTO is straight up Killers and Stained Class, only with a modern energy.

Apparently the band recorded High Speed GTO back in 2007 with a different lineup (everyone but the bassist split to form Holy Grail). Earache released what is essentially a demo EP to get the band's material on the market and drum up interest in their upcoming full-length debut. Well, it certainly worked for me. I love what I'm hearing and will be first in line to get a copy of Over the Top. Oh, and the bonus video for "High Speed GTO" is an absolutely priceless take on those early "Queen of the Ryche" and "Looks That Kill" type videos. It totally bumped the rating of this EP from 4 to 5 stars.

PS - I got a chance to see White Wizzard live recently, opening for Korpiklaani, Tyr and Swashbuckle. They played a killer set, and were nice guys too. If you get a chance to see them, by all means do so.
White Wizzard takes you back to the very early 80s before Glam and Thrash, for a solid dose of Heavy Metal. 27 Nov. 2009
By Nikiforos V. Skoumas - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Fresh American band "White Wizzard" is labeled as `Retro Metal' by quite a part of the press. If we are to be specific, "White Wizzard" recaptures the sound and feeling of very early 80s "New Wave of British Heavy Metal"; without denying of course that there are plenty of (pre- glam) US metal influences. The band consists of James Paul Luna (V), James Larue (G) (a very competent player), Jon Leon (B) and Tyier Meahl(D).

"High Speed GTO" is a demo that precedes their forthcoming debut. How often do bands get to release their demos in the mass market these days? Rarely. So there must be something really special about these guys. Simply they offer a fistful of classic heavy metal tracks without any downside and I have to say that playing the album made me realize that I actually missed these raw early 80s albums with double guitar leads and in your face galloping bass lines.
Indeed after playing this release a couple of time I felt the urge to go back to the albums of NWOBHM bands like "Angel Witch", "Tytan" and "Diamond Head" as well as US groups like "Salem's Wytch" and "Taiste of Iron".
"White Wizzard's" advantage is that they are focused in this particular style without experimenting too much while their songs are somewhat catchier than the material of the previously mentioned classic bands.

This is an inescapable must if you are a fan of early 80s (pre glam) metal. Sadly from the line up that cut this demo only Jon Leon remains. Lets see what they have in store for their full length album.
Classy Metal with 80s' Feel 23 Nov. 2009
By R. Reder - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Very good Heavy Metal from White Wizzard. 7 track Demo with original line up. Good production and classy metal. Recommended for those who like straight heavy metal with an 80's feel. CD includes a video track of "High Speed GTO".
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