Artists (W)

Waken Eyes

Exodus (2015) 4.00 stars


Walfad

– An Unsung Hero, Salty Rains & Him (2014) 4.00 stars


Wallenstein

– Blitzkrieg (1971) 3.50 stars
– Stories, Songs And Symphonies (1975) NOT RATED


Wally

– Wally (1974) 3.50 stars
Valley Gardens (1975) 4.00 stars
– Montpellier (2010) NOT RATED


Wandering Vagrant

– Get Lost (2018) NOT RATED


War Babies

– War Babies (1992) 3.50 stars


Warder

– Escape Plan (2012) 3.50 stars


Warhorse

– Warhorse (1970) 4.00 stars
Red Sea (1972) 4.00 stars


Warmachine

– The Beginning of the End (2006) 3.50 stars


Warpicks

– Age of Exploration (2016) 4.00 stars


Warpig

Warpig (1970) 4.00 stars


Warrant

– Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich (1989) 3.00 stars
– Cherry Pie (1990) 3.00 stars
– Dog Eat Dog (1992) 4.00 stars
– Ultraphobic (1995) 3.50 stars
Belly to Belly – Volume One (1996) 1.50 stars


Warrior

– Fighting for the Earth (1985) 3.50 stars


W.A.S.P.

– W.A.S.P. (1984) 5.00 stars
– The Last Command (1985) 4.00 stars
– Inside the Electric Circus (1986) 4.00 stars
– The Headless Children (1989) 4.50 stars
– The Crimson Idol (1992) 4.00 stars
– Still Not Black Enough (1995) 3.50 stars
Helldorado (1999) 4.00 stars
– Unholy Terror (2001) NOT RATED
– Dying for the World (2002) 4.00 stars
– Dominator (2007) 4.00 stars
– Babylon (2009) NOT RATED
– Golgotha (2015) 4.00 stars


Waste Lagoon

– Shadow Chaser (2001) 4.00 stars


The Watch

– (The Night Watch) Twilight (1997) 4.50 stars
Ghost (2001) 4.50 stars
Vacuum (2004) 5.00 stars
– Primitive (2007) 4.50 stars
– Live (2008) 4.00 stars
– Planet Earth? (2010) 4.50 stars
– Timeless (2011) 4.50 stars
– Tracks From The Alps (2014) 4.50 stars
– Seven (2017) 4.50 stars


Wayne

Metal Church (2001) 3.50 stars


Waysted

– Vices (1983) 2.50 stars
– Save Your Prayers (1986) 4.50 stars


Weather Report

– I Sing The Body Electric (1972) NOT RATED
– Sweetnighter (1973) NOT RATED
– Heavy Weather (1977) 3.50 stars
– Night Passage (1980) NOT RATED
– This Is This (1986) 3.50 stars


The Web

– I Spider (1970) NOT RATED


Weed

– Weed…! (1971) 4.00 stars


Weedpecker

– Weedpecker (2013) NOT RATED
– II (2015) NOT RATED
– III (2018) NOT RATED


Weend’o

– You Need To Know Yourself (2012) NOT RATED
– Time Of Awakening (2018) NOT RATED


Welcome

– Welcome (1976) 3.50 stars


Welcome Inside The Brain

– Welcome Inside The Brain (2015) NOT RATED
– Celebrate The Depression (2017) 4.00 stars


West, Bruce & Laing

Why Dontcha (1972) 4.00 stars


Westworld

– Westworld (1999) 4.00 stars
– Skin (2000) 4.00 stars


W.E.T.

– W.E.T. (2009) 4.50 stars
– Rise Up (2013) 4.50 stars


Wetton Manzanera

– Wetton Manzanera (1987) 2.50 stars


White

– White (2006) 3.50 stars


White Heart

– Vital Signs (1984) 3.00 stars
– Hotline (1985) 3.00 stars
– Don’t Wait for the Movie (1986) 3.50 stars
– Emergency Broadcast (1987) 3.50 stars
– Freedom (1989) 4.00 stars
– Powerhouse (1990) 4.50 stars
Tales of Wonder (1992) 4.50 stars
– Highlands (1993) 4.50 stars
– Inside (1995) 4.50 stars


White Sister

– White Sister (1984) 4.00 stars
– Fashion by Passion (1986) 4.00 stars


White Spirit

White Spirit (1980) 3.00 stars


White Widdow

– Serenade (2011) 4.00 stars


White Willow

– Ignis Fatuus (1995) 3.50 stars
– Ex Tenebris (1998) 3.50 stars
– Sacrament (2000) 3.50 stars
– Signal to Noise (2006) 3.50 stars
– Terminal Twilight (2011) 3.50 stars
– Future Hopes (2017) NOT RATED


White Witch

– White Witch (1972) 2.50 stars


White Wolf

Standing Alone (1984) 4.00 stars
– Endangered Species (1986) 4.00 stars


Whitecave

– Impressions (2018) 4.00 stars


Whitecross

– High Gear (1992) 3.00 stars


Whitesnake

– Snakebite (1978) 4.50 stars
– Trouble (1978) 4.00 stars
Lovehunter (1979) 4.00 stars
– Ready an’ Willing (1980) 4.00 stars
– Live…in the Heart of the City (1980) 3.50 stars
– Come an’ Get It (1981) 4.50 stars
– Saints & Sinners (1982) 4.00 stars
– Slide It In (1984) 4.00 stars
– Whitesnake [aka 1987] (1987) 4.50 stars
– Slip of the Tongue (1989) 4.00 stars
– Restless Heart (1997) 4.50 stars
– Good to Be Bad (2008) 4.00 stars
– Forevermore (2011) 4.00 stars
– The Purple Album (2015) 3.00 stars


Whitewater

– Universal Medium (2017) NOT RATED


The Who

– Who’s Next (1971) 5.00 stars
– Quadrophenia (1973) 4.50 stars
– The Who by Numbers (1975) 4.00 stars
– Thirty Years of Maximum R&B (1994) 4.00 stars


WhoCares

– Out of My Mind / Holy Water (2011) 4.00 stars


Wicked Sensation

– Reflected (2001) NOT RATED
– Exceptional (2004) 4.00 stars
– Crystallized (2010) 4.00 stars


Widowmaker

– Blood and Bullets (1992) 4.00 stars
– Stand by for Pain (1994) 4.50 stars


Widowmaker (UK)

– Widowmaker (1976) 3.00 stars


Wiggy Bits

– Wiggy Bits (1976) NOT RATED


Wigwam

– Hard n’ Horny (1969) NOT RATED
– Tombstone Valentine (1970) NOT RATED
– Fairyport (1971) 4.00 stars
– Being (1974) 4.00 stars
– Nuclear Nightclub (1975) 4.00 stars
– Lucky Golden Stripes and Starpose (1976) 3.50 stars
Dark Album (1977) 3.00 stars


Wild Orchid

– Wild Orchid (1997) 4.00 stars


Wild Throne

– Blood Maker (2014) NOT RATED


Wild Turkey

– Battle Hymn (1971) 3.50 stars


Wildlife

– Wildlife (1983) 3.50 stars


Wildpath

– Underneath (2011) 3.00 stars


William Gray

– Silentio (2012) 3.50 stars


Wilson And Wakeman

– The Sun Will Dance In Its Twilight Hour (2018) NOT RATED


Wilson Phillips

– Wilson Phillips (1990) 4.50 stars
– Shadows and Light (1992) 4.00 stars
– California (2004) 4.00 stars

I realize, that for a Metal-hearted guy like me, it’s probably not cool to love a band such as Wilson Phillips, but I do, darn it, so there! Fling your insults and ridicule, I don’t care!

Seriously, I can’t help loving the outrageously stellar harmonies the gals offer. The AOR/Pop style is so darned catchy, and the production and musicianship is top flight throughout each album, but it’s the vocals that are unbelievably perfect. No matter which of the three gals is singing lead on any given track, you know her vocals will be pitch-perfect, and the multi-layered harmonies that will dominate each song are nothing short of a thrill and, therefore, unforgettable. To me, Wilson Phillips was a “lite” version of my favorite “three female lead singer” group Tantrum. But so what if the music is considered “wimpy” or “lame”  by many rock fans? I couldn’t give a flying fig! The trio’s talent is unmistakable and truly commendable. It’s no wonder that the debut album dominated the Pop Charts for months and months on end with no less than four hit singles coming directly from the album. Indeed, some of my favorite tracks weren’t even the singles, such as the breathtaking “Eyes Like Twins,” which makes the trio even more special in my eyes. My only wish is that the singers would return with some original material once again, such as what they offered on their first two albums. It’s been way too long.


Wind

– Morning (1972) NOT RATED


Windchase

– Symphinity (1977) NOT RATED


The Windmill

– To Be Continued (2010) NOT RATED
– The Continuation (2013) 4.00 stars

From Norway, The Windmill plays a nice cross between Symphonic Prog Rock and AOR, with strong melodies, dynamic arrangements, and diverse instrumentation, including flute and sax. “The Gamer,” a nearly 25-minute epic on the five-track album The Continuation, is especially enjoyable and worth every penny. I’m hoping the band releases more material in the near future.


Winds

– Reflections of the I (2002) 4.00 stars
– The Imaginary Direction of Time (2004) 4.00 stars
– Prominence and Demise (2007) 4.00 stars

From Norway, the band Winds released three full-length albums of Prog-Metal between 2002 and 2007, with numerous symphonic elements and Neoclassical passages included in its sound/style. The band proved quite ambitious when it came to arranging the various tracks, adding violins, frequent (and often bizarre) grand piano solos, shifting rhythms, experimental and generally impressive guitar fills and riffs, and some unexpected chord progressions to the emotionally intense proceedings. Definitely a unique sounding group in the world of Prog-Metal. A shame the band seems to have disappeared.


The Winery Dogs

– The Winery Dogs (2013) 4.00 stars


Wingdom

– Reality (2005) 4.50 stars


Winger

– Winger (1988) 4.00 stars
– In the Heart of the Young (1990) 3.50 stars
– Pull (1993) 3.50 stars
– Karma (2009) 4.00 stars


Wings

– Red Rose Speedway (1973) 3.00 stars
– Band on the Run (1973) 4.00 stars
– Venus and Mars (1975) 4.00 stars
– Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976) 3.50 stars


Wings of Salvation

– Eternity (2010) 0.50 stars

Completely unlistenable noise with a horrific singer. Avoid!


Wings of Steel

– Face The Truth (1995) 3.50 stars


Winner

– Do You Remember (2009) 3.50 stars


Winterborn

– Cold Reality (2006) 4.00 stars
– Farewell to Saints (2008) 4.00 stars


WinterStrain

– Shifting Sands (2008) 4.00 stars


Wireless

– Positively Human Relatively Sane (1978) 3.00 stars


Wishbone Ash

– Wishbone Ash (1970) 4.00 stars
– Pilgrimage (1971) 4.00 stars
Argus (1972) 4.50 stars
– Wishbone Four (1973) 3.50 stars
– Live Dates (1973) 5.00 stars
– There’s the Rub (1974) 4.00 stars
– Locked In (1976) 3.50 stars
– New England (1976) 4.00 stars
– Front Page News (1977) 3.00 stars
– No Smoke Without Fire (1978) 3.50 stars
Just Testing (1980) 4.00 stars
– Number the Brave (1981) 3.00 stars


The Wishing Tree

– Carnival of Souls (1996) NOT RATED


Witchwood

Litanies From the Woods (2015) 4.50 stars
– Handful of Stars (2016) 4.00 stars


Withem

– The Point of You (2013) 4.50 stars
The Unforgiving Road (2016) 4.50 stars


Within Temptation

– Enter (1997) 3.50 stars
– Mother Earth (2000) 4.00 stars
– The Silent Force (2004) 4.00 stars
– The Heart of Everything (2007) 4.50 stars
– The Unforgiving (2011) 4.00 stars
– Hydra (2014) 3.50 stars


Withoutending

– Without End (2004) 4.00 stars


Without Face

– Deep Inside (2000) 3.50 stars
– Astronomicon (2002) 3.50 stars


Without Warning

– Making Time (1993) 4.00 stars
Believe (1995) 4.00 stars
– Step Beyond (1998) 4.00 stars


Witness

Witness (1988) 4.50 stars


Witsend

– Cosmos and Chaos (1993) NOT RATED


Wizard’s Convention

– Wizard’s Convention (1976) 3.00 stars


Wizards

– The Kingdom (2002) 4.00 stars


Wobbler

Hinterland (2005) 4.00 stars
– Afterglow (2009) 4.00 stars
– Rites at Dawn (2011) 4.00 stars
– From Silence To Somewhere (2017) 4.00 stars


Wolf People

– Ruins (2016) NOT RATED


Wolfmother

– Wolfmother (2005) 3.50 stars


Wolfsbane

– Live Fast, Die Fast (1989) 2.50 stars


WolfSpring

– WolfSpring (2010) NOT RATED


Wolverine

Fervent Dream (1999) 2.00 stars
– The Window Purpose (2001) 3.50 stars
– Cold Light of Monday (2003) 3.50 stars
– Still (2006) 3.50 stars
– Communication Lost (2011) 3.50 stars


The Wood Demons

– The Lost Domain (2017) NOT RATED


Work of Art

– Artwork (2008) 4.50 stars
– In Progress (2011) 4.50 stars
– Framework (2014) 4.50 stars


World of Silence

– Window of Heaven (1996) 4.00 stars
– Mindscapes (1998) 4.00 stars


World Trade

– World Trade (1989) 4.50 stars
– Euphoria (1995) 4.00 stars
– Unify (2017) NOT RATED


Worrall

– Worrall (1991) 3.50 stars


Wrabit

Wrough & Wready (1981) 4.50 stars
– Tracks (1982) 4.00 stars
– West Side Kid (1983) 3.50 stars


Wrathchild

– Stakk Attakk (1984) 2.50 stars


Wucan

– Vikarma (2014) 4.50 stars
– Sow The Wind (2015) 4.50 stars
– Reap The Storm (2017) 4.50 stars

In my opinion, Wucan is an outstanding “new” band from Germany playing “old-style” Hard Rock and Heavy Psych with Progressive Rock leanings. Imagine, if you will, a modern-day version of the UK’s female-fronted Babe Ruth with a heavy Retro and Stoner Rock sound that merges aspects of outfits such as Budgie, Three Man Army, May Blitz, Ten Years After, Krokodil, Birth Control, and Epitaph, plus early Golden Earring or Jethro Tull (thanks to the liberal inclusion of flute) and even a bit of Black Sabbath (but devoid of the “metallic doom” atmosphere) into its comprehensive sound/style, and that’s what Wucan brings to the sonic table.

Vocalist (and the band’s flautist) Francis Tobolsky—in all respects aside from the major “gruffness” factor—has a powerful and emotive voice in a similar vein as Babe Ruth’s Jenne Haan, Frumpy’s Inga Rumpf, Janis Joplin, Sass Jordan, Joanna Dean, and Alannah Myles—but again, stripped of about 90% of the raspiness. Therefore, on the band’s single EP—2014’s Vikarma—and two full-length platters—2015’s Sow The Wind and 2017’s Reap The Storm—this gal belts out the (mostly English and occasionally German) lyrics with the best of ’em. Holy cr*p, this woman can sing!

Even aside from the lead vocals, Wucan’s music is mighty impressive overall, and after savoring each of the band’s releases numerous times, I enthusiastically found myself rating every single one of them with 4.5 out of 5 Stars. Indeed, there is not one “filler track” on any of the platters, and each tune proves itself worthy of inclusion. So for those music fans who crave mostly driving Blues-based Hard Rock or Heavy Psych material with a touch of Progressive Rock in the Retro style of the early ’70s, and with a mixture of shorter and mid-length tracks and several extended “epics” of a more experimental nature, plus with some acoustic guitars and lighter moments amidst the electric onslaught and mayhem, Wucan should be right up your alley.


Wuthering Heights

– Within (1999) 4.00 stars
– To Travel for Evermore (2002) 3.50 stars
– Far From the Madding Crowd (2004) 3.50 stars
– The Shadow Cabinet (2006) 3.50 stars
– Salt (2010) 3.50 stars


Wytch Hazel

– Prelude (2016) NOT RATED