The discovery of Witchfynde's 'Lost Tapes' illuminates a fascinating missing link in the history of British Heavy Metal.
The reel-to-reel master tapes were quietly packed away at the bottom of a box and stored in a succession of lofts, garages and cupboards where they lay forgotten for nearly 40 years - until finally unearthed during a particularly thorough spring clean in 2013.
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In the lull between the Purple/Zeppelin/Sabbath revolution and the angry charge of punk rock and NWOBHM, in the East Midlands county town of Derby, four lads came together to create a tentatively progressive and intriguing new sound, and get heads banging in boozers all over the Peak District.
Recording a 40-minute demo of original material in 1975, Witchfynde were the unwitting spearhead of the movement that was still a long way off being dubbed the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, and from the plaintive, spacey opening of Grimoire, this earliest of artefacts is rather more nuanced and versatile than the hallowed acronym NWOBHM traditionally suggests.
On this recording you can hear these young musicians enjoying playing their first songs together, sharing varied influences and building mystical atmospheres out of extended jams with quirky interplay and a relaxed delivery.
Listen to some samples here:
'The Lost Tapes' is released on 10th of March as a double 180gm vinyl pressing only. Pre-order directly from www.Witchfynde.Bad-Omen-Records.com
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