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Witchfinder General (band)

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Witchfinder General
Background information
OriginStourbridge, England
GenresHeavy metal, doom metal
Years active1979–1984
LabelsHeavy Metal Records
Past membersPhil Cope
Johnny Fisher
Steve Kinsell
Zeeb Parkes
Kevin McCready
Graham Ditchfield
Rod Hawkes
Dermot Redmond
Gary Martin

Witchfinder General was an English heavy metal band from Stourbridge. 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.[1][2] They were named after the 1968 British horror film Witchfinder General.[3]


The group's logo

Witchfinder General formed in 1979 by Zeeb Parkes and Phil Cope in Stourbridge, England, as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement during the early 1980s.[3] They were strongly influenced by Black Sabbath, and have been described as one of the pioneers of the doom metal style.[citation needed] The band's importance was acknowledged mostly after they disbanded.[citation needed] Witchfinder General disbanded sometime in 1984 amidst reported controversy of their sexually explicit album covers in the UK.

The band (minus vocalist and writer Zeeb Parkes) reformed in November 2006-- with new vocalist Gary Martin. 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" in 2006. The band released their third full-length album 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; died 2008)
  • Graham Ditchfield – drums (1982–1983)
  • Rod Hawkes - bass (1982–1984, 2006–2008)
  • Dermot Redmond – drums (1983–1984, 2006–2008)
  • Gary Martin – vocals (2006–2008)



Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • Live '83 (2006)

Singles and EPs[edit]

Other releases[edit]

  • Buried Amongst the Ruins (2007)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Heavy Metal Classifications: A History of Doom Metal — Metal Descent". Archived from the original on 26 December 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  2. ^ Jennings, Christopher (9 April 2013). "10 Greatest Doom Metal Albums Of All Time". WhatCulture.com.
  3. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (1995). The Guinness Who's Who of Heavy Metal (Second ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 390. ISBN 0-85112-656-1.

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