I was recently surprised when I discovered the Los Angeles-based band White Wizzard and their new album, Infernal Overdrive. With spectacular songwriting and execution throughout, the real diamond on this record is vocalist Wyatt “Screamin’ Demon” Anderson. He is easily one of the best kept secrets in American metal these days. So, I reached out to their record company because I wanted to know about Mr. Anderson, and I had the opportunity to chat with him about the band and the album.
How’s it going, Wyatt?
Things are great. Thanks.
I have to say, I had never heard of White Wizzard before Infernal Overdrive, but, man, I am a huge fan now!
Cool. Glad you like the record.
You’ve been in and out of the band in the past. Feel good to be back playing with these guys?
Hell, yeah! It’s great to be back in the studio with them writing and playing music.
Where did the nickname, “Screamin’ Demon” originate?
When I was younger and just starting out someone suggested something like “banshee” but that seemed like what you would say about female singer so “demon” was a lot more masculine.
I really dig the video for the song, “Storm the Shores.” As the son of a USMC veteran father, it meant a lot to me seeing the video and Wizzard’s support of the US military.
Well, it’s something we all feel pretty strongly about.
To me, it’s the greatest Iron Maiden song they never wrote.
(Laughing) Thanks, that means a lot.
To me, you are easily a vocalist that can hold is own with such legends as Bruce Dickinson and Rob Halford. In fact, Infernal Overdrive sounds like Painkiller-era Priest.
Yeah, easily two guys who were a big influence on me growing up. I mean, they’re two of the best to ever perform in metal.
Thanks for spending some time with Skullsnbones.com.
Naw, man, the pleasure was all mine.
If you’re looking for something new to spice up your collection, check out White Wizzard. Bands like this need to be hear and supported.