Origin: England  
Genres: NWOBHM
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One of the least conventional NWOBHM groups to emerge from that scene, in part because of the perception that they were a Satanic band (the album of cover of Give 'Em Hell is quite obvious, but actually very little else of the band has anything to do with black metal). Witchfynde's style is quite hard to pin down, as the songs range from standard 70's hard rock to traditional NWOBHM to the downright sinister (such as the awesome title track of Stagefright). By the time of the third album, the band seemed a bit more focused, but only slightly so -- inevitably, the lack of a real direction led to their being relegated to cult status. Personal opinion: Stagefright has the best songs, Cloak And Dagger is the most consistent, Give 'Em Hell the quirkiest, and Lords Of Sin the most conventional.

The band reformed in 2000 with a new vocalist, and in late 2001 released The Witching Hour, featuring some older material re-recorded as well as some new tunes. A followup, Play It To Death, was in the works for several years before being released in 2008. Incidentally, the old vocalist (Luther Beltz), after some disputes with the other members, decided to form his own band, amusingly entitled Wytchfynde.

Current Members

Luther Beltz

vocals (ex-Wytchfynde)

Montalo (Trevor Taylor)


Tracey Abbott


Ian Hamilton


Gra Scoresby


Former Members/Guests

Steve Bridges


Harry Harrison


Andro Coulton


Pete Surgey


Edd Wolfe



Give 'Em Hell  
1980 Rondelet
  1. Ready To Roll
  2. The Divine Victim
  3. Leaving Nadir
  4. Gettin' Heavy
  5. Give 'Em Hell
  6. Unto The Ages Of The Ages
  7. Pay Now Love Later
  • Steve Bridges
  • Montalo
  • Andro Coulton
  • Gra Scoresby

1980 Rondelet
  1. Stagefright
  2. Doing The Right Thing
  3. Would Not Be Seen Dead In Heaven
  4. Wake Up Screaming
  5. Big Deal
  6. Moon Magic
  7. In The Stars
  8. Trick Or Treat
  9. Madeline
  • Steve Bridges
  • Montalo
  • Pete Surgey
  • Gra Scoresby

Cloak And Dagger  
1983 Mausoleum
  1. The Devil's Playground
  2. Crystal Gazing
  3. I'd Rather Go Wild
  4. Somewhere To Hide
  5. Cloak And Dagger
  6. Cry Wolf
  7. Start Counting
  8. Living For Memories
  9. Rock And Roll
  10. Stay Away
  11. Fra Diabolo
  • Luther Beltz
  • Montalo
  • Pete Surgey
  • Gra Scoresby

Lords Of Sin  
1984 Mausoleum
  1. The Lord Of Sin
  2. Stab In The Back
  3. Heartbeat
  4. Scarlet Lady
  5. Blue Devils
  6. Hall Of Mirrors
  7. Wall Of Death
  8. Conspiracy
  9. Red Garters
  • Luther Beltz
  • Montalo
  • Edd Wolfe
  • Gra Scoresby

The Best Of Witchfynde  COMPILATION
1996 British Steel
  1. Give 'Em Hell
  2. Unto The Ages Of The Ages
  3. Ready To Roll
  4. Leaving Nadir
  5. Gettin' Heavy
  6. Pay Now Love Later
  7. Stagefright
  8. Wake Up Screaming
  9. Moon Magic
  10. In The Stars
  11. The Devil's Playground
  12. I'd Rather Go Wild
  13. Cloak And Dagger
  14. Cry Wolf
  15. Stay Away
  16. Fra Diabolo

The Witching Hour  
2001 Neat
  1. The Other Side
  2. Stab In The Back
  3. You'll Never See It Coming
  4. Leaving Nadir
  5. Hall Of Mirrors
  6. In Your Dream
  7. Give 'Em Hell
  8. Conspiracy
  9. Wake Up Screaming
  • Harry Harrison
  • Montalo
  • Pete Surgey
  • Gra Scoresby

Play It To Death  
  1. Play It To Death
  2. Holy Ground
  3. Elements
  4. Sticks And Stones
  5. The Darkest Places
  6. Life's A Killer
  7. Three Wise Monkeys
  8. Shame The Devil
  9. Love Like Sin
  10. Paint It Black
  • Harry Harrison
  • Montalo
  • Pete Surgey
  • Gra Scoresby

Royal William Live Sacrifice  LIVE
  1. Give 'em Hell
  2. Why Dontcha
  3. The Divine Victim
  4. Twilight Lady
  5. Gettin' Heavy
  6. Leaving Nadir
  7. Into the Ages of the Ages
  8. Wake Up Screaming
  9. Pay Now - Love Later
  10. Paranoid (Black Sabbath cover)

The Lost Tapes Of 1975  COMPILATION
2013 Bad Omen
  1. . Grimoire
  2. Madam Noname'
  3. Halfway
  4. Pastiche
  5. Slow Down
  6. Valkyrian Ride
  7. Tetelestai

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