Death Penalty (album)

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Death Penalty
Witchfinder General.jpg
Studio album by Witchfinder General
Released September 1982 (1982-09)[1]
Recorded 10–11 April 1982[1]
Studio Metro Sound Studios, Mansbury, England
Genre Heavy metal,[2] doom metal
Length 30:01
Label Heavy Metal
Producer Peter Hinton
Witchfinder General chronology
Soviet Invasion
Death Penalty
Friends of Hell
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal10/10[3]

Death Penalty is the debut studio album by British heavy metal band Witchfinder General. It was released in 1982 on Heavy Metal Records. The album received some criticism for the cover photograph, which featured topless model Joanne Latham. The photograph had been taken in the yard of St Mary the Blessed Virgin Church in Enville, Staffordshire, without the permission of the local Reverend.[5] The album was originally released on LP and picture disc and was later reissued on CD. Pictured on the cover is Phil Cope, Zeeb Parkes, Graham Ditchfield and a member of their road crew.[1] While Peter Hinton is credited with producing this recording, the writers Phil Cope and Zeeb Parkes always felt the credit should have gone to the engineer Robin George.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Zeeb Parkes and Phil Cope.

Side one

  1. "Invisible Hate" – 6:05
  2. "Free Country" – 3:10
  3. "Death Penalty" – 5:35

Side two

  1. "No Stayer" – 4:25
  2. "Witchfinder General" – 3:51
  3. "Burning a Sinner" – 3:28
  4. "R.I.P." – 4:04


Witchfinder General[edit]

  • Zeeb Parkes – vocals
  • Phil Cope – guitars, bass (bass credited as Woolfy Trope)
  • Graham Ditchfield – drums


  • Pete Hinton – producer
  • Robin George – engineer
  • Tim Young – mastering at C.B.S. Studios
  • Joanne Latham – cover model


  1. ^ a b c d "Phil Cope interview". Witchfinder General Official Website. November 2004. Retrieved 2014-05-07.
  2. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. Death Penalty at AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-15.
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 416–417. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.
  4. ^ Dome, Malcolm (19 November 1982). "Witchfinder General – 'Death Penalty'" (JPG). Kerrang! (29). Retrieved 2014-05-07.
  5. ^ "Updates : The return of Joanne Latham". Metal 1 March 2005. Archived from the original on 10 May 2006. Retrieved 2014-05-07.