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Witchfinder General : Death Penalty

Being described as a NWOBHM band, mainly because they came up in early 80's in Britain, this band was featured on those classic NWOBHM compilations. But now Witchfinder General stands for something else. They are a cult band that is bonded with the creation of the doom-metal genre among with other classic US bands like Saint Vitus or Pentagram.

In the scene they came up from, there were other bands that were influenced by Black Sabbath, like Witchfynde, Quartz or Angel Witch, but on Witchfinder General's music, this influence is most evident. They were probably the heaviest band in the scene.

'Death Penalty' is their debut, where there is more of a 'Sabbathian hard rock influence than on 'Friends of Hell', which is more metal. One could describe their sound as jamming 'Sabbath doom rock, as the pace is usually more mid paced than slow. The songs are very groovy and they have a slightly psychedelic edge, mostly due do the distinctive style of Phil Cope's guitar work. Vocalist Zeeb Parkes, sings in the caracteristic Ozzy inluenced style, but less tortured and moaning.

The band name and the very cool album cover (a woman - with her dress conveniently torn - being poked by the band members) make it clear that lyrically they are inspired by occult themes. This album was released on CD in 1996. If you are a fan of 80's doom and you are lucky enough to find this album go and get it, it's a classic.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Invisible Hate
2. Free Country
3. Death Pentalty
4. No Stayer
5. Witchfinder General
6. Burning a Sinner
7. R.I.P.
8. Soviet Invasion
9. Rabies
10. R.I.P. (Live)

Duration : Approx. 35 minutes.

Visit the Witchfinder General bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Baron-sam
Rotten Copper
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