Witchfinder General (band)

Witchfinder General (band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Witchfinder General

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Background = group_or_band
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Origin = Stourbridge, England, United Kingdom
Genre = Heavy metal Doom metal
Years_active = 1979–1984
Label = Heavy Metal Records
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URL = [http://www.witchfindergeneral.net Official site]
Current_members = Gary Martin Dermot Redmond Rod Hawkes Phil Cope
Past_members = Zeeb Parkes Steve Kinsell Johnny Fisher Kevin McCready Graham Ditchfield

Witchfinder General are 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.


Witchfinder General formed in 1979 in Stourbridge, England, as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement during the early 1980s. They are 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 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 will not perform live again, the band recently finished recording their third full length album, entitled " Resurrected.


Current line-up

* Gary Martin - vocals (2007 - present)
* Phil Cope - guitar (1979-1984, 2006-present) (all recordings, bass on "Death Penalty", "Friends of Hell" and "Music" single (as Woolfy Trope))
* Rod Hawkes - bass (1982-1984, 2006-present) (on "Live '83")
* Dermot Redmond - drums (1983-1984, 2006-present) (on "Live '83")

Former members

* Zeeb Parkes - vocals (1979-1984) (all recordings)
* Johnny Fisher - bass (1979-1980)
* Kevin McCready - bass (1981-1982) (on "Burning a Sinner" and "Soviet Invasion" singles,"Buried Amongst the Ruins")
* Steve Kinsell - drums (1979-1982) (on "Burning a Sinner" and "Soviet Invasion" singles,"Buried Amongst the Ruins")
* Graham Ditchfield - drums (1982-1983) (on "Death Penalty", "Friends of Hell" and "Music" single)


tudio albums

* "Death Penalty" CD/LP (Heavy Metal Records 1982)
* "Friends of Hell" CD/LP (Heavy Metal Records 1983)
* " Resurrected" CD (Buried By Time & Dust Records 2008)

Live albums

* "Live '83" CD (Nuclear War Now! 2006)
* "Live '83" CD (Nuclear War Now! 2007 - Corrected speed on CD)


* "Burning a Sinner" 7" (Heavy Metal Records 1981)
* "Soviet Invasion" 12" EP (Heavy Metal Records 1982)
* "Music" 7" (Heavy Metal Records 1983)

Other releases

* "Buried Amongst the Ruins" CD (NWN! Productions / Buried By Time & Dust Records 2007)


External links

* [http://www.witchfindergeneral.net Official website]

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