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ANGEL WITCH- Loser 7″EP (Bronze Records, UK, 1981)

The band against which the whole music business had conspired: ANGEL WITCH never got the recognition they deserved.
Maybe it was Bronze Records’ poor distribution, as the s/t LP was a collector’s item in the early 80s already, at least outside of the UK. Yet the album is perfect in every aspect and delivers nothing but earworms, has an impressive inner choreography, good production and features a coherent artwork through and through. Still, after the LP, the band disappeared into nothingness quickly, thus gaining a legendary status early on. When the 2nd LP «Screamin ‘n’ bleeding» came out in 1985, ANGEL WITCH were fighting a lost cause. Speed-, Black- and Thrash Metal and the Crossover explosion had annihilated the NWOBHM and things were still very far away from the retro waves of the 90s and 2000s that brought these bands back into the conscience of Metal fans.

The three tracker «Loser» was the final call of the original Angel Witch. Again, it was pretty hard to come by outside the UK, which is a shame, as it is the perfect NWOBHM 7″. Everything that signalized the genre can be found here and the song “Suffer” is Angel Witch at their very, very best. The two poles of catchy songwriting, with storming power and memorable singalong parts (Kevin’s vocals are just perfect!) and on the other side the gloomy overtones and the occult image: This creates a field of tension that remains interesting, even fascinating. I totally understand how people who were not even born when this was hot, make such a fuss around it. The Metal music of today just has nothing to offer that comes even close in sensation, vitality and originality. But trying so eagerly recreate these bands and times will never bring the era back

More Angel Witch here.

Loser.mp3
Suffer.mp3
Dr. Phibes.mp3

13 Comments

  1. Slaughter Lord

    One of the best (and catchiest) Heavy Metal Bands in History. And yeah, you’re right, no modern Retro Band can catch up with that!

    Cheers

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    Posted on 21-Oct-11 at 17:04 | Permalink
  2. In Cliff ’em All, an interviewer asks Metallica about their influences. Dave Mustaine answers, “Angel Witch,” and Lars can be seen shaking his head, side to side, ever so slightly. In another interview (one I can’t find anywhere on the accursed internet so I might have this rather confused and muddled), Mustaine, fielding the same question, enthusiastically names “Angel Witch” as a primary influence. This time, Lars, who sounds drunk, cries, “We are not influenced by Angel Witch!” or something to that affect.

    It makes me wonder if there were some bad attitudes toward the band from tape traders at the time, and if some foul word of mouth helped to sink this brilliant band.

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    Admin Reply:

    I would have bet my life that Lars loved Angel Witch.

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    Ramex Reply:

    http://youtu.be/4OffPIu0CB4

    The head shake in question occurs at about the 1:20 mark. I’m probably reading in too deep.

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    justin Reply:

    …he definitely shook his head.
    “How long has the band been together as Metallica?”
    “Uh…since we started”

    The chorus on “Suffer” reminds me a little bit of early KISS. 🙂

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    Posted on 21-Oct-11 at 18:26 | Permalink
  3. Tim

    Not my cup o’ tea, but I enjoyed listening to it nonetheless.

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    Admin Reply:

    Just give “Suffer” two or three more spins, maybe after the beers. You’ll love it!

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    Posted on 21-Oct-11 at 21:06 | Permalink
  4. thrashhead87

    awesome writeup and awesome record. actually the blog is even a little bit better than the ep. you got some very unique point of view on metals history. love it.

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    Posted on 21-Oct-11 at 21:17 | Permalink
  5. SUUUFFEERRRRR

    This is the first time I’m hearing SUFFER but its my favourite song ever from now!!!!!

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    Posted on 21-Oct-11 at 21:18 | Permalink
  6. kabelo

    I think you’re right Eric. Angel Witch were and still are underestimated by the industry and some metalheads. Never heard much of them on radio myself, but what a great band.

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    Posted on 22-Oct-11 at 15:06 | Permalink
  7. Tomasso

    I was really into NWOBHM when it was first happening, but being 14 and not having all that much money to spare and especially not being part of a group of guys who were all into the same music (in my class was one guy who was into Kiss at the same time – and I hate him because he saw Iron Maiden opening for Kiss in September 80 whilst I decided to stay home because I thought Kiss sucked (still do)), there were just some records that eluded me. I did buy all sorts of stuff in our local record store – Vardis, Tank, Tygers, More – but passed on Angel Witch (I still remember holding the LP in my hands but for whatever stupid reason deciding not to buy it). I consciously heard them for the first time when my new girl friend in 88 brought the LP into the household. I was way against it at first, but then “Angel Witch” just didn’t let me go. What a record. Too bad I didn’t have it back then, buying stuff like Krokus instead. Oh well… Then hardcore came, and it didn’t matter anymore anyway.

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    Admin Reply:

    But isn’t it weird to see that Hardcore now is just deader than Metal?

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    Posted on 24-Oct-11 at 18:16 | Permalink
  8. Tomasso

    There’s a book waiting to be written about that. To say it as simply as possible it’s although both styles shared a certain exuberance, hardcore was more about rage and desperation, while metal had a certain playfulness and innocence to it – and was not taking itself so seriously (whereas hc was designed to be serious as a heart attack – whenever punk tried to be funny it was usually awful – AOD being the exception, I guess). So, it’s more fun to listen to it… It sounds more honest, in a way.

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    Admin Reply:

    That’s just what I think. And I ask myself if we’re the only ones to see it this way or if maybe there’s more to it. It’s also weird that in the 80s, everybody tried to veil his Metal past, whereas nowadays, we’re spending our money buying the kind of stuff that was considered too soft after ca. 1980 (Motörhead kicking in).

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    howardx Reply:

    “It’s also weird that in the 80s, everybody tried to veil his Metal past”

    haha not everyone did!

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    Posted on 24-Oct-11 at 18:31 | Permalink
  9. divi s

    Angel Witch lives! http://www.youtube.com/user/angelwitchofficial

    buy their music!

    http://www.amazon.com/Angel-Witch/dp/B0009HL0RG

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    Posted on 25-Oct-11 at 09:38 | Permalink
  10. d.

    Finally some good stuff on 45 rpm. There is a future for GBMfBBT!

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    Posted on 30-Oct-11 at 21:24 | Permalink
  11. Nikolas

    Fucking great record, fuckin great band, i wish i will reach 100 years old and with my shaking hands i ll put this record on and some tears will clean the dust and make the sound clearer…..
    Is this fuckin metal or not?????????????

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    Posted on 09-Nov-11 at 13:29 | Permalink
  12. lost goat

    look…i know this band has some killer riffs and songs,ok. but for me..i dunno,theres a wimpiness in there that i cant put my finger on. i think its the vocals,particularly in the song “angel witch”…damn,that shit is wimpy as hell,and the godawful lyrics,who wrote those,bon jovi? but i get it,they did have some good shit

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    Posted on 09-Nov-11 at 20:26 | Permalink
  13. i’ve been listening to this a ton. pop is definitely the right genre.

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    Posted on 11-Dec-11 at 03:36 | Permalink

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