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Country of origin: Bocholt, Germany
Founded: 1989
Status: Active
Official homepage: Wizard

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Band History - Wizard (Online June 2003)

Wizard


The four guys from Bocholt started 8 years before HAMMERFALL (1989) and never looked back - for WIZARD, consisting of Sven D'Anna (vocals), Snoppi (drums), Michael Maaß (guitar) and Volker Leson (bass), there was and is only one direction: full speed ahead!

It began very promising with the legendary demo "Legion Of Doom" (1991) and the first two self-produced albums, "Son Of Darkness" (1995) and "Battle Of Metal" (1997), and in 1999, they were finally rewarded with a record deal: B.O. Records signed them. At that time, though, the four from Bocholt were already absolutely cult -no wonder: Sven D 'Anna is one of Germany's most charismatic vocalists, and WIZARD stage shows made headbanger dreams come true: leather, chains, rivets, fire spitting, pyros and lots of raised fists in the audience...

The smash album "Bound By Metal" (1999) kind of catapulted WIZARD from the underground to the elite of German Power Metal. Songs like "'Hammer, Bow, Axe And Sword", "Bound By Metal" or "Dark Wings" still belong to the standard repertoire of any decent Metal DJ. These and the fans will be delighted to hear that "Bound By Metal" will be re-released soon in a re-mastered version including a bonus track. In 2000, the band signed a long-term deal with Limb Music Products. In 2001, "Head Of The Deceiver" was released, so far, the most successful and best album in the band's history. This record, like its predecessor, got fantastic reviews by the media; and even in South Africa, a WIZARD fan club was established by die-hard fans.

The band toured and also played lots of single shows with Paul Di'Anno, EDGUY, PARAGON, GODDESS OF DESIRE, SACRED STEEL and DEATH SS, crowned by much praised performances at the Bang Your Head and Wacken festivals in Germany.

In fall 2002, WIZARD boarded the Powerhouse-studios in Hamburg to record a concept album about the nordic Göttervater Odin - at the helm: Piet Sielck (IRON SAVIOR, HEAVENLY, BLIND GUARDIAN, GUN BARREL, PARAGON). The masterpiece, simply titled "Odin", tops every one of WIZARD's releases as far as song writing and sound are concerned. A bomb like the opener "The Prophecy" and "The Powergod", epic hymns like "Thor's Hammer" and "Hall Of Odin" or catchy tunes like "Dead Hope" and "Dark God" - "Odin" is a powerful and versatile Power Metal-epos which starts at the point where MANOWAR have stopped with "The Sign Of The Hammer". In fact, it seems that with this record, WIZARD have become the heir apparent to a band that offers just MTV-compatible stuff these days. WIZARD have remained true to themselves - and they are the only real choice for anyone searching for the true Metal spirit.

Current Line-Up:
Sven D'Anna - Vocals
Volker Leson - Bass
Michael Maass - Guitars
Snoppi - Drums

Previous members:
None

Discography:

Odin (CD, limited CD, LP)

Sven D'Anna - Vocals
Volker Leson - Bass
Michael Maass - Guitars
Snoppi - Drums

"The Metal Observer" Review

2003 "Odin (CD, limited CD, LP)" - LMP

Total playing time: 56:11 (CD)
  1. The Prophecy
  2. Betrayer
  3. Dead Hope
  4. Dark God
  5. Lokis Punishment
  6. Beginning Of The End
  7. Thor's Hammer
  8. Hall Of Odin
  9. The Powergod
  10. March Of The Einherjers
  11. End Of All
  12. Ultimate War (bonus track on the limited edition)
  13. Golden Dawn (bonus track on the limited edition)
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Head Of The Deceiver

Sven D'Anna - Vocals
Volker Leson - Bass
Michael Maass - Guitars
Snoppi - Drums

"The Metal Observer" Review

2001 "Head Of The Deceiver" - LMP

Total playing time: 47:34
  1. Evitum Okol
  2. Magic Potion
  3. Head Of The Deceiver
  4. Collective Mind
  5. Defenders Of Metal
  6. Calm Of The Storm
  7. Demon Witches
  8. Iron War
  9. The First One
  10. Revenge
  11. True Metal
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Bound By Metal

Sven D'Anna - Vocals
Volker Leson - Bass
Michael Maass - Guitars
Snoppi - Drums

1999/2003 "Bound By Metal" - B.O. Records/LMP

Total playing time: 50:00
  1. Hammer, Bow, Axe And Sword
  2. Brave Warriors
  3. Dark Wings
  4. Mighty Wizard
  5. A Nice Day To Die
  6. Gladiators Of Steel
  7. Unicorn
  8. Believe In Metal
  9. Spill The Blood Of Our Enemies
  10. Battlefield Of Death
  11. Bound By Metal
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Battle Of Metal

Sven D'Anna - Vocals
Volker Leson - Bass
Michael Maass - Guitars
Snoppi - Drums

1997 "Battle Of Metal" - Bow Records

Total playing time: 75:00
  1. Thunderwarriors
  2. Named By The Devil
  3. Lost Souls
  4. Pain
  5. The Liberation
  6. You Prayed To God For Mercy
  7. Thoughts
  8. Heavy Metal Will Never Die
  9. Our Hate Will Burn You
  10. Dragon Lords
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Son Of Darkness

Sven D'Anna - Vocals
Volker Leson - Bass
Michael Maass - Guitars
Snoppi - Drums

1995 "Son Of Darkness" - Bow Records

Total playing time: 45:00
  1. In The Sign Of The Wizard
  2. Death Or Glory
  3. Rain Of Death
  4. Dawn Of Evil
  5. Lovesong
  6. Enemy Die
  7. Son Of Darkness
  8. Masters Of The Sea Of Gods
  9. Lonely Wolfe
  10. Fuck Your Ass
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Legion Of Doom (Demo-Tape)

Sven D'Anna - Vocals
Volker Leson - Bass
Michael Maass - Guitars
Snoppi - Drums

1991 "Legion Of Doom (Demo-Tape)" - Independent

Total playing time: n/a
  1. Ultimate warrior
  2. Metal law
  3. Kane, the damned
  4. Dragon eyes


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