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WITCHFYNDE Stagefright Lemon CDLEM61 (39:09)

Before Venom, black metal was alive and well with Witchfynde. And while their debut was a true black metal classic, this second opus from 1980 was far more experimental.

With new bassist Pete Surgey on board and Montaloís guitar on top form, the opening title track is akin to Black Sabbath at their doomiest; a theme that appears sporadically throughout the album.

Itís quite a melodic album in places, and while the production is pretty poor, itís all good NWoBHM.

Doing The Right Thing sounds a little lost, and thereís a touch of Thin Lizzy to Would Not Be Seen Dead In Heaven. Overall a good metal album, but less consistent than the debut, and the booklet contains a decent history, discography and lyrics making for a good package.


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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