In 1989 four lads from Bocholt in central Germany didn't know that heavy metal had been declared dead. They were in their practice room and were busy polishing their latest songs. Even back then, 8 years before Hammerfall appeared on the scene, and up to the present day, Sven D'Anna (vocals), Sören van Heek (drums), Michael Maass (guitar), and Volker Leson (bass) alias WIZARD musical fashions and trends have been like water off a duck's back for them. The only thing that counts for them is the absolute will to write one good metal album after another and to keep the flame burning for the best kind of music in the world.
Their demo "Legion of Doom" (1991) and their first two self-produced albums, "Son of Darkness" (1995) and "Battle of Metal" (1997) helped WIZARD to an excellent reputation in the European underground scene. Another aspect was their great shows with the masses of leather, chains, studs and pyros, as well as the charismatic character of singer Sven D'Anna, who is blessed with a unique voice within the German metal community. So it was no wonder that their album, " Bound By Metal " (1999) released by B.O. Records was impatiently awaited by their huge die-hard fans and welcomed when it arrived in the shops. In 2000 WIZARD signed a long-term record deal with Limb Music Products (LMP) and attained a world-wide success with their two best-to-date albums, "Head Of The Deciever" (2001) and " Odin " (2003). The latter was even licensed for sale in Japan! Numerous one-off shows and gigs in Wacken, at the "Bang Your Head" Festival, an extensive European tour with Grave Digger and Symphorce, as well as the formation of Fanclubs all around the world (even in South Africa) mark the great turning point in the career of "Germany's answer to Manowar", as the Bocholters are being called. They had finally made the leap from being a popular underground band to one of the most talked about metal acts in Germany.
Wizard's new album THOR is out now!!