HELLWITCH - USA

Syzygial Miscreancy - 1990 - Wild Rags
Omnipotent Convocation - 2009 - Xtreem


  
 
Members

S= Meatlocker>>PATRICK RANIERI>>Meatlocker
G= Meatlocker>>PATRICK RANIERI>>Meatlocker - J.P. BROWN
B= Tommy Mouser - CRAIG SHATTUCK
D= Joe Schnessel




History

Florida-based Hellwitch was a demented and technical speed metal band formed as early as 1984. The band debuted in the underground with a song called Nosferatu, following which the band kept itself in the limelight by releasing various underground offerings. The first official demo was Transgressive Sentience in January 1986. The demo propelled band to an appearance on New Renaissance Records' Thrash Metal Attack compilation. The band finally struck a deal with Los Angeles-based Wild Rags label which issued the band's debut in 1990. The LP was recorded at Morrisound Studios with producer Scott Burns.

A MLP followed on the same label before band and label parted ways. Band leader Ranieri would later complain bitterly about the label.

The band, with a shifting line-up, issued further demos in 1994 and 1998, but was never quite able to grab the spotlight. In actual fact, the band had obtained a recording contract in 1996 from Nazgul's Eyrie Productions. A shifting line-up had prevented the band from forging ahead though. Ranieri would also become a well-known underground metal video trader. On Halloween of 1998 a reformed line-up played a final show with Deicide and Acheron in Hallandale, Florida.

Hellwitch was the subject of a sampler in 2003 called Final Approach. Hellwitch played its first show in six years at the Culture Club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Saturday, July 24th as openers for Malevolent Creation. The band officially reformed in 2004, recorded a CD in 2005 called Epitome Of Disgrace, which it was shopping to labels. The band members were Pat Ranieri, Craig Shattuck on bass, JP Brown on guitar and Joe Schnessel. The band’s sole album was again released by Open Grave Records in 2007. The group signed with Xtreem Music for 2007. 2009 brought the news of a new album, called Omnipotent Convocation, in August through Xtreem Music. Jeremt Staska, who had worked with Malevolvent Ceration before, produced. The album featured Antti Boman of Demilich as a guest singer on a song. The album was issued 19 years after its predecessor.

In its time, Hellwitch opened for bands like Morbid Angel, Dark Angel and probably Angel itself. Satan was in there somewhere too.

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