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Friends of Hell

Witchfinder General

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Album Review

Between the raw Black Sabbath influences and its silly cover featuring another bunch of scantily clad models in medieval garb, Witchfinder General's second album, Friends of Hell, is very similar to its predecessor. Most of the songs navigate familiar Sabbath territory with special kudos going to the extended outro jam of "Quietus Reprise," and the memorable alternating riffs of "Love on Smack" and the title track. The intro drum beat of "Last Chance" is lifted straight out of "Iron Man," but the band's two hit single attempts, "Music" and "I Lost You," fall absolutely flat.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '00s

In their time, Witchfinder General was considered one of the less-important bands to emerge from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, but they have become a popular early influence among bands in the doom metal scene. Formed in 1980 by Zeeb Parkes (vocals), Phil Cope (guitars), Woolfy Trope (bass), and Graham Ditchfield (drums), the band was heavily influenced by Black Sabbath and released only two albums, 1982's Death Penalty and the following year's Friends of Hell, before breaking up....
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  • £7.11
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 1983

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