Angel Witch includes: Kevin Heybourne (vocals, guitar); Kevin Riddles (keyboards, bass, background vocals); Dave Hogg (drums, percussion).
This reissue packs on 10 solid B-sides and outtakes, highlighted by the blazing "Flight Nineteen" and "Hades Paradise," the latter of which is a clear blueprint for early Megadeth. Also of note for collectors is the almost Alice Cooper-like glam of long-lost single "Loser."
Personnel: Kevin Heybourne (vocals, guitar); Kevin Riddles (keyboards, bass guitar, background vocals); Dave Hogg (drums, percussion).
Liner Note Author: Dave Ling.
Recording information: 02/20/1980.
Often overlooked as a progenitor of Britain's late-1970s metal movement in favor of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest et al., Angel Witch's eponymous debut was nonetheless a satisfying slice of Sabbath-influenced doom riffs, lyrical mysticism, and arena-ready twin-guitar melodies. For the most part, however, ANGEL WITCH delivers on tried-and-true trashing and slashing.