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WITCHFYNDE ‘Give 'Em Hell’ Lemon CDLEM51 (2004) (49:35)

Back in the early 80s (well, late 70s actually) when the New Wave of British Heavy Metal was making strides, Venom werenít the only band playing at the demonic end.

Equally influential in the black market scene were Witchfynde, whoís 1980 (and quite collectable) debut on Rondulet is now at long last given some decent treatment.

The title track was a classic single of the period, and like much of the album mixes Black Sabbath, Black Widow and Judas Priest. Montaloís guitar is the centre point, with many solos and chunky riffs.

Bonus The Devilís Gallop kicks off with a clean guitar riff that GunsíníRoses could have stolen note for note (they probably did) before moving to a darker bluesier almost Samson like blues.

Sadly the vocals and production are limited, giving a pedestrian feel at times. Still, thereís the well aimed dig at Geoff Barton, sleevenotes and extra tracks. What more could you ask for?

****

Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly


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