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England (1977 – 1980, 1982 – 1983, 1984 – present)

Angel Witch is a British heavy metal band assembled in 1977 in England. They were closely associated with the (New wave of British heavy metal) movement together with bands such as Iron Maiden and Saxon.

The band was founded under the name of Lucifer and initially comprised guitarist and vocalist Kevin Heybourne, guitarist Rob Downing, bassist Kevin Riddles and drummer Steve Jones. Lucifer split and Steve Jones joined up with Bruce Dickinson to form Speed. The remnants of Lucifer became Angel Witch in the following year,when Dave Hogg joined on drums. Eventually Rob Downing left the band.

Angel Witch’s first song to achieve mainstream popularity was “Baphomet”, which was included on a compilation entitled Metal for Muthas. This song drew a fair amount of attention to the band and they eventually signed a recording deal with EMI. However, the deal was soon cancelled, due to the bad performance of their first single released under the EMI label which was entitled Sweet Danger and lasted a single week in the British charts.

In 1980 Bronze Records picked up the band and they soon proceeded to record and release their debut album, self-titled Angel Witch. This album is considered one of the most notable from the NWOBHM, but subsequent to the album’s release, the band’s structure began to fall apart. Kevin Riddles and Dave Hogg left the band to join Tytan, and despite Heybourne’s attempts to continue Angel Witch with other musicians, the end of the band was declared and he joined Deep Machine.

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