When I found out this album was coming out I knew I had to buy it. So, it came out... and I bought it. I was not disappointed. This has some old school flavor with a little bit of maiden and priest flare to it. However, White Wizzard DO have their own unique sound. Don't think that this is just some recreation of the 80's with some standardized heavy metal songs. This album is much more more complex than that...
From start to finish The Devil's Cut will rock your socks off. It is produced very nicely and mixed well. The whole album seems to just flow. It's like one composition that is best enjoyed as a whole. It starts off with an awesome instrumental, Forge the Steal, that you would swear Steve Harris and Dave Murray were a part of... and takes of from there with Strike While the Iron is Hot. The momentum continues until the fifth track, Steal Your Mind. This is one of two slower songs. Then it picks back up and ends with the epic, The Sun Also Rises.
This album has it all, fast paced high energy songs with killer riffs and complex solos, slower well composed numbers, and I really like how there is an instrumental and an epic last track, coming in just under ten minutes long. My favorite track on the album is Lightning in my hands. It's hard, it's heavy, it's high energy and it has some of the sickest riffs I have ever heard. Kings of the Highway, Strike the Iron and Storm Chaser also stand out. The devils cut seems to be the only track that doesn't really stick out to me. Although very well done, it's just not as memorable. That aside, this album as a whole is a great listener, which is a very good thing. Gone are the days of buying a CD or a cassette just because you like one or two songs and then you find out the rest of the album is just filler or worse, downright terrible. Now, people can preview each song and if there is only one or two good tracks, then they can just buy them individually.
This album has everything a great heavy metal album should have, energy, intense riffs and killer vocals. I think White Wizzard make an excellent choice selecting Joseph Michael for vocals. He has a great voice that mixes well with the bands guitar work. Vocally, he has a large range from a darker, more sinister voice to high pitched screams and wails that could shatter glass to angry and downright evil. I think his cousin Ronnie James Dio would have been proud! So, as I was saying, if you like heavy metal buy this album. It's soft, it's hard, it's heavy and it's beautiful. A great listen whether you're working out, relaxing or cruisin' down the boulevard.