Origin: Stourbridge, England  
Genres: Doom Metal, NWOBHM
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Last update/review: February 27, 2023

Witchfinder General

One of the most beloved NWOBHM bands of all time, Witchfinder General was also one of the few bands of that era to opt for the classic early Black Sabbath dirge rather than the more uptempo metal of most of their countrymen. They recorded only two albums in their short career, the absolute classic Death Penalty and the capable followup Friends Of Hell, the albums receiving widespread fan approval not only for the great music but also the infamous album covers, featuring topless model Joanne Latham (a friend of the band) and her cohorts under the guise of tortured would-be witches. The original incarnation didn't last long, as the band was done by 1984, but a modified lineup emerged in 2006 and a final album, Resurrection, came out in 2008.

Last Lineup

Gary Martin


Phil Cope


Rod Hawkes


Dermot Redmond


Former Members/Guests

Zeeb Parkes


Kevin McCready


Kid Nimble (Steve Kinsell)


Graham Ditchfield



Death Penalty  
1982 Heavy Metal
  1. Invisible Hate
  2. Free Country
  3. Death Penalty
  4. No Stayer
  5. Witchfinder General
  6. Burning A Sinner
  7. R.I.P.
  • Zeeb Parkes
  • Phil Cope
  • Kid Nimble

Soviet Invasion  EP
1982 Heavy Metal
  1. Soviet Invasion
  2. Rabies
  3. R.I.P.
  • Zeeb Parkes
  • Phil Cope
  • Kevin McCready
  • Kid Nimble

Friends Of Hell  
1983 Heavy Metal
  1. Love On Smack
  2. Last Chance
  3. Music
  4. Friends Of Hell
  5. Requiem For Youth
  6. Shadowed Image
  7. I Lost You
  8. Quietus Reprise
  • Zeeb Parkes
  • Phil Cope
  • Rod Hawkes
  • Graham Ditchfield

Live '83  LIVE
  1. Free Country
  2. Burning a Sinner
  3. Witchfinder General
  4. Requiem for Youth
  5. Shadowed Images
  6. Friends of Hell
  7. Death Penalty
  8. Last Chance
  9. Invisible Hate
  10. Quietus
  11. No Stayer
  12. Love on Smack
  • Zeeb Parkes
  • Phil Cope
  • Rod Hawkes
  • Dermot Redmond

  1. The Living Hell
  2. The Gift Of Life
  3. Final Justice
  4. Bryn-Y-Môr
  5. Brutal Existence
  6. Euthanasia
  7. A Night to Remember
  8. The Funeral / Beyond The Grave
  • Gary Martin
  • Phil Cope
  • Rod Hawkes
  • Dermot Redmond

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