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British blues-rock guitarist and 'Guitar World' columnist Will Wallner and Croatian singer Vivien Vain have completed work on a new album titled 'The Battle of Clyst Heath' set for release in 2014.

Since his departure from traditional metal band 'White Wizzard' (Earache/Century Media) in October 2013 Will Wallner has been working on new music with former White Wizzard drummer Giovanni Durst for what would become the new 'Wallner/Vain' album. Swedish bass player Bjorn Englen (DIO Disciples / Yngwie Malmsteen) also contributed bass to several tracks. The title track from the album can be heard below. Will Wallner comments:

"When I left White Wizzard it was assumed it was because of the difficulties we encountered on our 2013 European tour. In actual fact I was going to leave the band regardless to pursue making music I could be proud of artistically. For that reason I'm very excited about the new album me and Vivien have just finished. I set out to make an honest hard rock record which would express who I am as a musician and guitar player. I feel very fortunate to be able to have such talented musicians record alongside myself and Vivien. Every musician performs superbly without the need for auto-tune or 'chop and paste'. Heres a taste of what you can expect from our new album."

'The Battle Of Clyst Heath' was recorded in 2013 in Los Angeles, CA and Poland. The music draws heavily from British hard rock influences such as Rainbow, Thin Lizzy and Deep Purple. The majority of the album features a single line-up but once again features several legendary guest musicians. Full details will be announced shortly.

Formed in 2010 as a studio project in Los Angeles 'Will Wallner & Vivien Vain' have spent the past 3 years working with some of the most respected musicians in Hard Rock & Heavy Metal from bands including Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Rainbow. Their debut album (Will Wallner & Vivien Vain) was released on October 8th 2012 via Polish record label 'Metal Mind Productions' with guest musicians Derek Shernian, Carmine Appice, Jimmy Bain, Vinny Appice, Tony Franklin, Brian Tichy, Rudy Sarzo and Tony Carey.
Will Wallner Featured in 'Guitar World' Best Of 2013 - January 1, 2014

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Wallner/Vain Live as Direct Support For Jake E Lee - December 13, 2013

'Will Wallner & Vivien Vain' recently performed their debut show in Los Angeles at the world famous Whisky A GoGo to a sold out crowd as direct support for Jake E Lee's 'Red Dragon Cartel' (Jakes first show in 20+ years). Eddie Trunk, host of 'That Metal Show' on VH1 Classic, also made a surprise appearence and announced Wallner/Vain before their set.

"Main support for this show was provided by an act called Will Wallner & Vivien Vain, featuring ex-White Wizzard gutiarist Will Wallner and his wife Vivien on vocals, along with Giovanni Durst, also a former member of White Wizzard. The duo put out their debut studio album in 2010 and are currently working on a follow-up. Despite having seen Will perform with White Wizzard on numerous occasions this year, and having listened to and followed his side project ever since it began in 2010, I never got the opportunity to see them live and last night I was finally able to rectify that. As is clear from his past releases and live performances, Will is an extremely talented guitar player and he brought his A-game to the stage last night, showcasing his repertoire on that Gibson guitar of his, not only presenting the new and older Wallner-Vain material but also paying tribute to one of his guitar heroes Gary Moore with a cover of 'Thunder Rising'.

Vivien's vocals complemented his guitar play excellently and the overall vibe created by this band was more along the lines of classic Rainbow, Deep Purple, Dio and the likes. Aptly, they ended their set with covers of 'Burn' and 'Perfect Strangers' as a tribute to Jon Lord. I thought the band steadily built up the momentum song by song, hitting their peak with the Deep Purple covers, and I only wish they had a longer set because they could have easily ridden on that high for at least a couple more tunes. Aside from the two main protagonists who both put on a great show, Gio's drumming was exemplary and fill-in bassist Curt Remington played his part as well. I have no doubt that the band made some new fans last night, and hopefully it will inspire them to play more shows on a regular basis."

By Andrew Bansal - Metal Assault

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Left: Sold out crowd during Wallner/Vain's set
Right: Wallner/Vain being announced by Eddie Trunk (Presenter of VH1 Classic's That Metal Show)

Video Footage of Wallner/Vain's set

White Wizzard's Releases New Album - May 23, 2013

Will Wallner has recorded guitar solos for the new White Wizzard album 'The Devils Cut'. The album will be released on June 25th via Century Media / Earache Records. Many recent reviews of the new album have praised Will's playing:

"The key ingredients on 'The Devils Cut' are Jake Dreyer and Will Wallner, who bring a level of flash and musicality to the record that most bands would kill for."
Adrien Begrand - Terrorizer Magazine

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"It's in guitarists Jake Dreyer and Will Wallner, however, where White Wizzard truly start to live up to all that promise, as the duo brings a level of melody and flamboyance that the band sorely lacked."
Adrien Begrand - Decibel Magazine

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"Kings Of The Highway - Joseph Michael's restrained and soulful performance builds up to a scream that leads into a jaw dropping solo from Wallner (seriously, that lick at the 3:45 mark is so damn cool); it's the kind of break that will wow crowds everywhere if the band is smart enough to stick the song in their set."
Avinash Mittur - Metal Assault

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"...the key members on The Devil's Cut are guitarists Jake Dreyer and Will Wallner, who shred on the level that fans of that half NWOBHM-derived, half proggy style of heavy metal crave."
Adrien Begrand - MSN Entertainment

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"Guitarists Will Wallner and Jake Dreyer should get the lion's share of attention for their exemplary riffing and solo parts- tackling everything from pure shred to exotic dynamics and as a result keeping your ears pinned for what to expect next."
Anmeldt av Matt Coe - Eternal Terror Webzine

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"The guitar work of Jake Dreyer and Will Wallner are phenomenally inspiring throughout each song and can be compared to many of the guitar heroes of metal."
Callum Doig - SFMedia.com.au

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Century Media Records recently posted two songs taken from the new album featuring Will Wallner on lead guitar:

WHITE WIZZARD has launched tracks, "Kings Of The Highway" and "Strike The Iron," taken from their upcoming third full-length album, The Devils Cut. Due out on June 3rd in Europe via Earache Records and on June 25th in the USA via Century Media / Earache Records, The Devils Cut features artwork by Cameron Davis (http://www.cdavisart.com), who is known for his work as the lead character designer and illustrator for the Guitar Hero video game series. For a preview of this upcoming release, click the links below to stream "Kings Of The Highway" and "Strike The Iron"

Since their inception in 2007, Los Angeles' WHITE WIZZARD has stuck to their manifesto of delivering classic, denim-and-leather heavy metal to the masses. WHITE WIZZARD has now returned with a brand new slab of high-speed heavy metal for this summer. The band's main-man, Jon Leon, spent months crafting the nine songs that make up The Devils Cut before heading to the studio with a refreshed line-up of musicians to lay down the tracks. The man behind the distinctive vocal chords is Joseph Michael, ably backed up by the shredding might of Jake Dreyer and Will Wallner and the precision drumming of Giovanni Durst making WHITE WIZZARD one of the most volatile forces in the US heavy metal movement!