ANGEL WITCH

NWoBHM / Heavy Metal • United Kingdom
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Angel Witch is a British heavy metal band which formed in London, England in 1977 as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement.

History

The band was formed, originally under the name of Lucifer, and was initially composed of guitarist and vocalist Kevin Heybourne, guitarist Rob Downing, drummer Steve Jones, and bassist Barry Clements. Lucifer split and Steve Jones joined up with Bruce Dickinson to form Speed. The remnants of Lucifer became Angel Witch, with the exceptions of Barry, who was replaced by Kevin Riddles, and Steve Jones, who was replaced by Dave Hogg. The following year Rob Downing left the band. Angel Witch's first song to achieve mainstream popularity was "Baphomet", which was included on a compilation titled Metal for Muthas. This song drew a fair amount of attention to the band, and they eventually signed a recording deal with EMI. However, the deal was soon canceled, due
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Angel of LightAngel of Light
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'82 Revisited'82 Revisited
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ANGEL WITCH Angel Witch album cover 4.38 | 37 ratings
Angel Witch
NWoBHM 1980
ANGEL WITCH Screamin' 'N' Bleedin' album cover 2.92 | 6 ratings
Screamin' 'N' Bleedin'
NWoBHM 1985
ANGEL WITCH Frontal Assault album cover 3.58 | 6 ratings
Frontal Assault
Heavy Metal 1986
ANGEL WITCH As Above So Below album cover 3.90 | 10 ratings
As Above So Below
Heavy Metal 2012
ANGEL WITCH Angel of Light album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Angel of Light
Heavy Metal 2019

ANGEL WITCH EPs & splits

ANGEL WITCH Sweet Danger album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Sweet Danger
NWoBHM 1980
ANGEL WITCH Loser album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Loser
NWoBHM 1981
ANGEL WITCH They Wouldn't Dare album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
They Wouldn't Dare
NWoBHM 2004

ANGEL WITCH live albums

ANGEL WITCH Angel Witch Live album cover 2.25 | 2 ratings
Angel Witch Live
NWoBHM 1990
ANGEL WITCH '82 Revisited album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
'82 Revisited
NWoBHM 1996
ANGEL WITCH 2000: Live At The LA2 album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
2000: Live At The LA2
Heavy Metal 2000
ANGEL WITCH Burn The White Witch: Live In London album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Burn The White Witch: Live In London
Heavy Metal 2009

ANGEL WITCH demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

ANGEL WITCH 1978 Demo album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
1978 Demo
NWoBHM 1978
ANGEL WITCH Demo 1979 album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Demo 1979
NWoBHM 1979
ANGEL WITCH Give It Some Tickle album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Give It Some Tickle
NWoBHM 1981
ANGEL WITCH Psychopathic album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Psychopathic
Heavy Metal 1987
ANGEL WITCH Twist Of The Knife album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Twist Of The Knife
Heavy Metal 1990
ANGEL WITCH Resurrection album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Resurrection
Heavy Metal 1998

ANGEL WITCH re-issues & compilations

ANGEL WITCH Doctor Phibes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Doctor Phibes
NWoBHM 1986
ANGEL WITCH Screamin' Assault album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Screamin' Assault
NWoBHM 1988
ANGEL WITCH Resurrection album cover 2.25 | 2 ratings
Resurrection
Heavy Metal 1998
ANGEL WITCH Sinister History album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sinister History
NWoBHM 1999

ANGEL WITCH singles (3)

.. Album Cover
3.00 | 2 ratings
Sweet Danger
NWoBHM 1980
.. Album Cover
3.50 | 2 ratings
Angel Witch
NWoBHM 1980
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Goodbye
NWoBHM 1985

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ANGEL WITCH Angel Witch

Album · 1980 · NWoBHM
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I hear lots of Iron Maiden in here. Especially on their first album. Wait a minute! This came out a whole year BEFORE Iron Maiden's eponymously titled debut album. Just goes to show that even though a band can present the world with something incredible and unique that it doesn't mean that they will be the ones to reap what they sow. ANGEL WITCH is the perfect example of that and despite really never doing anything better after this debut album, they still have it on their resume that this DID come out before anything Maiden released, therefore deserving a spot in music history which according to the ratings it certainly hasn't gone unnoticed. Not saying that MAIDEN totally ripped them off or anything but they come to mind first as the closest heirs to this particular sound of NWOBHM. In fact there is more than the sound that is a connection here.

The band was originally formed under the name of Lucifer but split up leaving original drummer Steve Jones to join up with Bruce Dickinson to start the new band Speed. Small world or wall smirled? The remnants of Lucifer are what became ANGEL WITCH on this debut album.I have the 25th Anniversary Expanded Version (oh so far behind am I!) and it has countless bonus tracks. Overall the original album is mandatory for any metal collection and the bonus tracks are quite pleasant and worth having in their own right. ANGEL WITCH will forever deservingly be known for their contribution to the metal scene for this one album but also serve as a history lesson for the reality of the musical world at the time when before the internet it was quite easy to borrow a band's entire sound without anyone knowing and basically stealing the legacy leaving the original creators only a footnote in history.

ANGEL WITCH Angel Witch

Album · 1980 · NWoBHM
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Kevin Heybourne's Angel Witch have gone through a range of different lineups - they broke up not just once but twice between this debut album and the followup - but it's really this debut for which they'd be remembered, a strange and unique mixture of old, new, populist and experimental.

Combining punk rock-tinged vocals with updated Sabbath-inspired riffs and lyrical subject matter, and mashing up occult allusions on the one hand with cheesy singalong bits on the other (just try and get the refrain from the first song out of your head once you've heard it!), the band played a key role in plotting out how the NWOBHM would contribute to expanding the parameters of traditional heavy metal.

ANGEL WITCH Angel Witch

Album · 1980 · NWoBHM
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Debut and best album from Kevin Heybourne & co. At the time of release this was one of the heaviest of the NWoBHM albums and should have been the start of a long and prolific career amongst the top ranked bands such as Iron Maiden & Saxon but sadly it was not to be.

Includes the singles 'Angel Witch' and 'Sweet Danger' as well as heavier tracks such as 'Angel Of Death' and my personal fave 'White Witch' which is a subtle mix. All the songs are driven by Kev's riffs and memorable vocals and lyrical themes of the occult and the mysterious. The album cover painting matches and enhances the lyrics and music and hangs in London's famous Tate Gallery.

As with most NWoBHM albums this is nearer to Black Sabbath than what we now call Heavy Metal but in 1980 this was as heavy and evil as it got. If you pick this one up make sure to get the 30th Anniversary Expanded Edition which includes an extra CD of demo's & singles plus the BBC Friday Rock Show Session all of which are worth hearing.

So this album is five stars all the way and a must have in any NWoBHM collection. Lets be hearing you ... 'You're an angel witch, you're an angel witch'.

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