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Death Penalty [CD]

Witchfinder General, Witchfinder General Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (15 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Heavy Metal
  • ASIN: B0000087M6
  • Other Editions: Paperback  |  Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,841 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Invisible Hate 6:050.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Free Country 3:100.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Death Penalty 5:350.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. No Stayer 4:250.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Witchfinder General 3:510.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Burning a Sinner 3:280.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. R.I.P. 4:040.69  Buy MP3 

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy 26 Jan 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This album is a much over-looked piece of heavy metal history. It embodies all that was great about the British metal of the time; all bluesy, crunchingly heavy riffs, wailing vocals, and powerful drums. Not to mention funky bass lines!
The band seems to have the kind of cult status that gives one the impression that you have to be in on the joke to really appreciate the music. This is probably true, as the lyrics are quite absurd... Just take the title track:
"You Witches are evil, and you worship the devil... so listen to what I say"
"Who's coming to get you? Who's coming to take you away? Find you guilty witch woman, cos I'm the Witchfinder General"
If you don't take heavy metal too seriously, and are more of a maiden fan than a death metal nut, you can't go far wrong with 'Death Penalty'. It's a laugh!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doom or be doomed 27 Feb 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Classic album, heavy metal and doom metal collided and the result was great for years.
I found the album too short with at least one track missing, but on the other hand maybe the only 30 minutes are making it magical.
All the songs are great, no fillers of course, influences from Black Sabbath for sure, no boring moments, the whole album is like one top track, you can only complain for the ending cd at last. The jewelcase is eatable (only insane collectors like me know what i mean)
I like very much the artwork and the text on the back cover with the slaughtered woman, that said "Warning! This could happen to you if you tape our records!"
So, after i secure my life by buying an original copy, i can highly recommend to anyone who don't know this album to give it a try.
This album is for any heavy and doom metal fan, if you like Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Angel Witch, Trouble etc you will adore Witchfinder General. Enjoy!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Death Penalty. 28 Mar 2009
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Witchfinder General were one of the many doom metal bands promoting the scene during it's formation. Influenced by another stand out genre of the decade, heavy metal, the British band took a lot of influence from another British act, particularly in terms of vocal expression, that band being the legendary Black Sabbath, fronted by Ozzy Osbourne. The honest truth is that my experience with traditional doom, especially in terms of the bands that began to take shape in the 1980's, is underdeveloped. I consider myself a knowledgeable person when it comes to regular doom, and various sub-genres of it, but traditional doom metal went over my head. For a long time I was put off by the sound of the older generations. It was almost as if the 80's intimidated me as I grew up in the 90's and that is where most of my musical memories come from, bar the beginning of the 21st century. The 80's was an exciting period for the development of metal, in general. It saw numerous bands gain notoriety and develop the stature of bands who were well known outside metal, `the devils music'. Bands like Witchfinder General are important to the genre, even today. It is imperative for fans of the doom genre to explore the roots of the scene and to me, especially the British side of it with it's powerhouse acts like Witchfinder General. In terms of making comparisons to fellow British bands like Black Sabbath, I'm limited in how far I can go with those comparisons because, as I said, my knowledge of older generation acts is limited. I've only just begun to take an interest in traditional doom, so give it time. `Death Penalty', a 1982 release, is a powerful introduction to the old school style that Witchfinder General so coolly bring to the genres set up. Read more ›
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