Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Witchfinder General - Friends of Hell (1983, Heavy Metal Records)

This NWOBHM band from Stourbridge was formed in 1979 and it was only after their demise that they gained notoriety as being pioneers of Doom Metal. WG was unafraid of worshipping Black Sabbath and unafraid of playing a little slower than their peers making their style uncommon for its time and place.

Yes, this album has a truly tasteless album cover but I enjoy the melancholic masterpiece hiding under that facade. Sabbath fans will love the riffs, hooks and catchiness here. The lyrics suffer on occasion as on the slow acoustic ballad "I Lost You" and their first outing "Death Penalty" was a bit better but songs like "Love on Smack" make up for it. This is fairly light-hearted Doom Metal band having a kick-ass time.

Try this on if you like Angel Witch, Candlemass, Trouble, or even Paradise Lost.

Get It Here

Or: Friends of Hell - Witchfinder General

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