Witchfinder General (GBR)

Heavy Metal , Epic Heavy Metal , NWOBHM , Stoner, Sludge
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Witchfinder General (GBR)

Príspevokod užívateľa Horex » 03 Okt 2018, 17:15

Witchfinder General - Friends Of Hell (1983) (Heavy Metal Records Reissue 1998)

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Year : 1983 (Heavy Metal Records Reissue 1998)
Style : Heavy Metal , NWOBHM , Doom Metal
Country : United Kingdom
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 132 mb


Bio:

Witchfinder General was a heavy metal band from Stourbridge, England. They were part of the new wave of British heavy metal scene and have been cited as a major influence on the doom metal genre.They were named after the 1968 British horror film Witchfinder General. Witchfinder General formed in 1979 by Zeeb Parkes & Phil Cope in Stourbridge, England, as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement during the early 1980s. They were strongly influenced by Black Sabbath, and are widely recognised today as one of the pioneers of the doom metal style. The band's importance became acknowledged mostly after they disbanded.The band (minus vocalist & writer Zeeb Parkes) reformed in November 2006, with new vocalist Gary Martin. In 2007 the band released Buried Amongst the Ruins, a compilation CD featuring the "Burning a Sinner" single, the Soviet Invasion EP, and four live tracks including a live version of the unreleased track "Phantasmagorical". Whilst stating they would not perform live again, the band released their third full-length album, entitled Resurrected, in 2008.

Album:

“Friends of Hell” is the sophomore release by the short lived but newly resurrected Witchfinder General. This album reeks of killer riffs and solos that will have you humming for weeks. Witchfinder General offered a “balls to the wall” approach to heavy metal at the time – glorifying drug use, sex, and the occult shamelessly, also taking what Black Sabbath begun and making it catchier than ever!This is a slight improvement compared to the timeless “Death Penalty” although other reviews might state the opposite. The composition has more direction compared to their previous release where it seemed they were more or less growing into their style. Phil Cope’s guitar playing is more solid, knowledgeable, and professional showing his improvement as a musician and as a songwriter. No longer are the solos put on the backburner, instead they are more declarative and in the front of the mix. Zeeb Parkes, while sounding too much like Ozzy Osbourne at times, shows his improvements by offering more harmonies, general direction, and standing apart from the guitar work as his own separate entity.One poor attribute about this release (but not completely detrimental to the album as a whole) is the single “Music”. Witchfinder General were obviously using this piece as a tool to attract a wider audience but this song fumes with clichés and overall cheesiness that would be expected from a song like “Turn Up the Radio” by Autograph. From the lame metaphors about music being Parkes’ wife right down to the repetitive chorus layered with a tin sounding synthesizer voice, this weak song utterly sucks. While the lyrics of “I Lost You” mildly stink of over-emotion, they are accompanied nicely by Cope’s acoustic guitar which gives the track a nice complimentary feel to the rest of the album; this track is harmless.“Friends of Hell” is an essential pickup for doom and traditional heavy metal fans. “Love on Smack” and “Friends of Hell” are just two of the many noteworthy track

Line-Up:

Zeeb Parkes - Vocals
Phil Cope - Guitars
Rod Hawks - Bass

Tracklist:

01. Love on Smack 04:15
02. Last Chance 03:53
03. Music 03:08
04. Friends of Hell 06:05
05. Requiem for Youth 04:35
06. Shadowed Images 04:20
07. I Lost You 02:56
08. Quietus 06:27
09. Reprise (Instrumental) 00:38

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