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  • Audio CD (December 1, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: REVOLVER RECORDS
  • ASIN: B0000087M6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,861 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The notorious metal album with one of the most controversial covers ever released

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Many classic albums came out of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal,and this is one of them.
James Simpson
Most current minded metal heads will usually ignore an album like this, but for true historians of the genre, this is a must have.
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The main thing however that holds back most of this album from being truly great is the subpar production.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on July 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Originally put out in 1982, this was the Witchfinder's first of two 'proper' releases. Top notch NWOBHM / doom metal to be fully experienced here. Best tunes include "Invisible Hate", title track "Death Penalty", the powerful "Burning A Sinner" and "R.I.P.". Line-up: Zeeb Parkes - vocals, Phil Cope - guitar, Woolfy Trope - bass and Graham Ditchfield - drums. This is WELL worth checking out. Should appeal to fans of Iron Maiden, Saint Vitus, Saxon, Grim Reaper and possibly Candlemass. A should-have.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Simpson on November 8, 2008
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Many classic albums came out of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal,and this is one of them.
A classic debut for one of the era's classic cult bands,Witchfinder General forge a sound of doom on this album,unlike anything heard...since Black Sabbath's Volume 4.
In many ways this makes up for the loss of the old Sabbath sound,lost since 1974,and certainly changed with the vocals of Ronnie James Dio.
Witchfinder General's lead vocalist does a good job at imitating Ozzy,and his voice and lyrics capture a real urgency and poignancy that makes the music stand out.
Many classics abound,but the most enduring are the epic title track,a dark journey into loneliness and madness and of past wrongs never to be righted.
The band's grand anthem,"Witchfinder General" is one of the golden classics of the NWOBHM,evoking images of terror and blood,very much like the Vincent Price film that the band derives there name from.
Truly classic doom metal,reccomended for fans of Black Sabbath,British Metal and Doom Metal.
Excellent and very underrated masterpiece.
Note:HILARIOUS cover art,practically worth the price by itself!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tom P. the Underground Navigator on August 1, 2010
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Coventry's Witchfinder General were like the black sheep of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. While most of the bands in the scene were pioneering an embryonic form of thrash metal consisting of sped-up Judas Priest and Motorhead song structures, these guys were still longingly clutching their 10-year-old Black Sabbath records and formed the band in 1979 as a means to create similar sounds of their own.

While perhaps not in the league with the work of said Birmingham heavy metal progenitors, Witchfinder General's debut LP "Death Penalty," released in January 1982, has a few things going for it. The overall spirit is one of drug-addled abandon (i.e., sex, drugs and rock & roll), a key facet of the sound to begin with. The lyrics to "Free Country" drive this point home: "Lines of speed on a mirror face/Sniff it up through a biro case." These could be seen as a little tongue in cheek, that and the infamous LP sleeve photos of a beautiful naked blond woman before and after a pillaging by the Witchfinders. With this all but banned cover art along with the overt drug references, "Death Penalty" remained something of a rare collectors item throughout the '80s and went unreleased on CD for much of the '90s.

That said, to me there aren't as many standouts here as there would be on the follow-up but on the LP's B-side are two songs that are among the group's best ever, the first being "Witchfinder General," which I first heard on Lars Ulrich and Geoff Barton's 1990 "NWOBHM: '79 Revisited" compilation. Totally vintage and catchy with a mindblowing riff interlude from guitarist Phil Cope. Brilliant. The other is "Burning a Sinner," a song along the same lines with a Sabbath-y song structure that really makes it effective and memorable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phil On on November 23, 2002
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When I bought this album I was about 13 and a huge Black sabbath fan!How could I resist the name of the band and most of all the cover at that age-by the way I'm not Nicole but Phil, Nicole's husband.Witchfinder General is one of the first Black Sabbath's clones, the voice is VERY close to Ozzy's, the riffs are VERY close to IOMMI's-the solos are pretty FAR but anyway..., the songs are VERY Sabbath-alike.
Technicaly speaking, those guys are bad but I think it's the whole package that makes it worth.
It's fun(dark but fun),pretty heavy and once again...the cover is just so hilarious.
Witchfinder general certainly didn't invent the powder but probably showed the way to bands like TROUBLE, St VITUS or even the great CATHEDRAL.
Anyway W.G. was doing Black Sabbath when Black sabbath wasn't doing it anymore.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Uriah Rose II on July 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is it. Friends Of Hell was cool, but this is my favourite of the 2. This one is a little less Black Sabbath sounding Friends Of Hell then the second, but STILL has that vibe. I think the title track Witchfinder General is their standout, and the one most people have heard.
Unlike the second disc (Friends Of Hell) I like all the tracks on this one. The guitar tone was even better on this one for some reason. The subject matter is pretty much what most of the bands were singing about at the time, drugs, ect... but not bad.
They always had heavier looking album covers then the music anyway. This one only features one nakad chick, front and back.
Still not PC, but again, not as shocking as when it first came out in the early 80s.
I've been listening to these guys since I was an early teen back in the day when it was still new in fresh. Now that I'm in my 30s, I find I STILL listen to them constantly.
If you like Sabbath, or a score of other doom/stoner bands, I think you'll really dig this. The only annoying part I find is Zeebs queal/queech on Invisable Hate. Not sure why they didn't fix that in the studio to begin with. You'll know when you hear it. Other then that, I'm into it. One of a long list of my favorite albums of all time.
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