Witchfinder General (band)

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Witchfinder General
Witchfinder General.jpg
Background information
Origin Stourbridge, England
Genres Heavy metal, doom metal
Years active 1979–1984
Labels Heavy Metal Records
Website www.witchfindergeneral.net
Past members Gary Martin
Dermot Redmond
Rod Hawkes
Phil Cope
Zeeb Parkes
Steve Kinsell
Johnny Fisher
Kevin McCready
Graham Ditchfield

Witchfinder General were a doom metal band from Stourbridge, England. They were part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene and have been cited as a major influence on the doom metal genre. They were named after the 1968 British horror film Witchfinder General.


Witchfinder General formed in 1979 by Zeeb Parkes & Phil Cope in Stourbridge, England, as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement during the early 1980s. They are strongly influenced by Black Sabbath, and are widely recognised today as one of the pioneers of the doom metal style. The band's importance became acknowledged mostly after they disbanded.

The band (minus vocalist & writer Zeeb Parkes) reformed in November 2006, with new vocalist Gary Martin. In 2007 the band released Buried Amongst the Ruins, a compilation CD featuring the "Burning a Sinner" single, the Soviet Invasion EP, and four live tracks including a live version of the unreleased track "Phantasmagorical". Whilst stating they would not perform live again, the band released their third full-length album, entitled Resurrected, in 2008.


  • Phil Cope - Guitar (1979-1984, 2006-2008), Bass (1982)
  • Johnny Fisher - Bass (1979-1980)
  • Steve Kinsell - Drums (1979-1982)
  • Zeeb Parkes - Vocals (1979-1984)
  • Kevin McCready - Bass (1981-1982)
  • Graham Ditchfield - Drums (1982-1983)
  • Rod Hawkes - Bass (1982-1984, 2006-2008)
  • Dermot Redmond - Drums (1983-1984, 2006-2008)
  • Gary Martin - Vocals (2007-2008)


Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • Live '83 CD - (2006)


Other releases[edit]

  • Buried Amongst the Ruins - (2007)


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