The band formed, originally under the name of Lucifer, of guitarist and vocalist Kevin Heybourne, guitarist Rob Downing, drummer Steve Jones, and bassist Barry Clements. Lucifer split and Steve Jones joined Bruce Dickinson to form Speed. The remnants of Lucifer became Angel Witch, with the exceptions of Clements, who was replaced by Kevin Riddles, and Steve Jones, who was replaced by Steve Coleman. The following year Rob Downing left the band.
Angel Witch’s first song to achieve mainstream popularity was “Baphomet”, which was included on a compilation titled 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 manager Ken Heybourne refusing to hand Angel Witch over to professional management, and performance of their first single released under the EMI label in 1980, which was entitled “Sweet Danger” and lasted a single week on the UK Singles Chart. This was their only UK chart listing and despite being quite an achievement for a NWOBHM group, spending a single week at No. 75 (the lowest position in the charts) meant they were listed as the ‘least successful chart act of all time’ in the Guinness Book of Hit Records. This same feat was repeated by fellow NWOBHM group Grand Prix with their Keep On Believing 7″ in 1983.
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 new wave of British heavy metal,[by whom?] but subsequent to the album’s release, the band’s structure began to fall apart. The sacking of Dave Hogg, and Kevin Riddles leaving 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.
Angel Witch returned to activity on 1982, when Heybourne and two musicians from Deep Machine – namely vocalist Roger Marsden and drummer Ricky Bruce – left to assemble a new Angel Witch line-up together with bassist Jerry Cunningham. This line-up lasted a very short time, as Marsden’s voice did not fit the style of the band very well. He was fired from the band and Heybourne assumed the vocals once more.
By 1983, the band had ceased its activities, and Heybourne moved to Blind Fury. In 1984, Angel Witch was once more brought to life, this time with the help of bassist Peter Gordelier (ex-Marquis De Sade), singer Dave Tattum and with Dave Hogg returning to the drums. This line-up recorded the album Screamin’ N’ Bleedin’. Dave Hogg was sacked yet again. He was replaced by Spencer Hollman. With the new drummer they recorded Frontal Assault, which deviated heavily from Angel Witch’s previous albums, having many melodic elements.
Dave Tattum was released the same year and for a few years Angel Witch played as a trio on sporadic live performances. In 1989, they recorded a new live album, entitled simply Live.
Heybourne decided that it was in the band’s best interest to move to the United States, but the other members had no way of accomplishing that, having stable lives on their home country. Thus, an American incarnation of Angel Witch was born. It was composed of Heybourne, bassist Jon Torres (Lȧȧz Rockit, Ulysses Siren), drummer Tom Hunting (Exodus) and guitarist Doug Piercy (Heathen, Anvil Chorus). This line-up functioned quite well, and soon the band had booked a fair number of shows throughout the US. However, it was found that Heybourne had some pending issues regarding immigration, and he was arrested one day before the first concert of the band. Without Heybourne, Angel Witch was soon dissolved.
After the release of the Resurrection compilation in 2000, the band intended to play together once more, but after a series of internal conflicts, Heybourne assembled yet another line-up, with new members.
In 2009, their eponymous song “Angel Witch” was featured on the soundtrack of the action-adventure videogame, Brütal Legend.
In 2011, Angel Witch entered in the studio to record their fourth studio album, entitled As Above, So Below. It was recorded with Kevin Heybourne on guitar and vocals, Will Palmer on the bass guitar, Bill Steer on the guitar, and Andrew Prestidge on the drums. They also returned to playing live, with a second stage headline slot at Bloodstock Open Air in 2011.
One-time Angel Witch bassist Jon Torres died on 3 September 2013 of a reported heart failure. He was 51 years old.
|Give It Some Tickle||Demo||1981|
|Screamin’ N’ Bleedin’||Full-length||1985|
|Twist of the Knife||Demo||1990|
|Angel Witch Live||Live album||1990|
|’82 Revisited||Live album||1996|
|British Steel: Heavyweights of Metal Live & Loud||Split||1998|
|2000: Live at the LA2||Live album||2000|
|They Wouldn’t Dare||EP||2004|
|Burn the White Witch – Live in London||Live album||2009|
|As Above, So Below||Full-length||2012|
|Don’t Turn Your Back||Single||2019|
|Angel of Light||Full-length||2019|
|Frontal Assault / Straight from Hell||Single||2020|
|Kevin “Skids” Riddles||Bass (1978-1981)|
|See also: Tytan, ex-Lightning Lord, ex-The Deep, ex-Weapon UK (live), ex-Samson, ex-Lucifer, ex-The Fall (live)|
|Steve Coleman||Drums (1978)|
|See also: ex-Blind Fury|
|Dave Hogg||Drums (1978-1980, 1984-1985)|
|See also: ex-Blaque Jaque Shallaque, ex-Blind Fury|
|Rob Downing||Guitars (1978-1979)|
|See also: ex-Blaque Jaque Shallaque|
|Dave Dufort||Drums (1980-1981)|
|See also: ex-Nevada Foxx, ex-Troy, ex-Tytan, ex-Deep Machine, ex-E.F. Band, ex-Epizootic, ex-Kevin Ayers, ex-Lionheart, ex-Mike Oldfield, ex-Paper Blitz Issue, ex-Phantasm, ex-Screaming Lord Sutch, ex-The Scenery, ex-The Voice|
|Jerry Cunningham||Bass (1982)|
|Ricky Bruce||Drums (1982)|
|See also: ex-Touchstone, ex-Deep Machine|
|Roger Marsden||Vocals (1982)|
|See also: ex-E.F. Band, ex-Nevada Foxx, ex-Deep Machine|
|Pete Gordelier||Bass, Vocals (1984-1989)|
|See also: Marquis de Sade, ex-Soldier, ex-Blind Fury, ex-Driveshaft|
|Spencer Holman||Drums (1984-1989)|
|See also: ex-Guitar Gangsters|
|Dave Tattum||Vocals (1984-1986)|
|See also: ex-Blaque Jaque Shallaque, Dave Tattum & The Rattlesnake Bones, ex-11th Victim, ex-Bill The Murderer, ex-Jacflash, ex-Nightwing [Gbr], ex-Skin Deep|
|Grant Dennison||Guitars (1989-1990)|
|Jon Torres||Bass, Guitars (1990-2000), Bass (2002-2003)|
|(R.I.P. 2013) See also: ex-I4NI, ex-Ulysses Siren, ex-Warning S.F., ex-Pleasure and Pain, ex-Heathen, ex-The Lord Weird Slough Feg, ex-Repulsa, ex-Lȧȧz Rockit, ex-Black Pearl, ex-Demized Faith, ex-Genocide, ex-Iron Angel, ex-Psychopaths, ex-Strangers in the Night, ex-Thunderhead, ex-Zumbox|
|Tom Hunting||Drums (1990-1993, 2002-2003)|
|See also: Exodus, ex-I4NI, ex-IR8, ex-Repulsa, ex-Sexoturica, ex-Wardance, ex-Pleasure and Pain, ex-Heathen (live), ex-Piranha, ex-Quarteto de Pinga, ex-Runaway Train|
|Doug Piercy||Guitars (1990-1992)|
|See also: Blind Illusion, ex-Control, ex-Anvil Chorus, ex-The Company, ex-Heathen, ex-Ulysses Siren, ex-Cobra, ex-Delta, ex-Patricide (Ger), ex-Spastik Children, ex-Vyking|
|Lee Altus||Guitars (1993-1995, 2002-2003)|
|See also: Exodus, Heathen, ex-Die Krupps, ex-Mordred|
|Darren Minter||Drums (1994-1998, 2003)|
|See also: ex-Brutal Groove, ex-Die Krupps, ex-Heathen, ex-Dissident Aggressor, ex-SoulMotor|
|Chris Fullard||Guitars (1996, 2008-?)|
|See also: Winters|
|Myk Taylor||Guitars, Keyboards (1996-1998)|
|(R.I.P. 2003) See also: ex-Strangers|
|Richie Wicks||Bass, Vocals (2000-2002, 2002)|
|See also: Hydra Vein (live), ex-ShadowKeep, ex-Tygers of Pan Tang|
|Scott Higham||Drums (2000-2001, 2002)|
|See also: ex-ShadowKeep, ex-Samson, ex-Pendragon|
|Keith Herzberg||Guitars, Vocals (2000-2002, 2002)|
|Ace Finchum||Drums (2001-2002)|
|See also: ex-Treason, Tigertailz, ex-Tokyo Blade, ex-Crash KO, ex-Idol Threat, ex-Marseille|
|Andy Prestidge||Drums (2008-?)|
|See also: 40 Watt Sun, Warning, Winters, Obiat (live), ex-The Oath (live), ex-Lucifer, ex-Tytan, ex-Cortizone, ex-Kane|
|Alan French||Drums (2015-2016)|
|See also: ex-Sloth, ex-Mourn, ex-Reactor, ex-Firebird, ex-Purson|
|1.||Angel Witch||03:25||Show lyrics|
|3.||White Witch||04:48||Show lyrics|
|7.||Sweet Danger||03:07||Show lyrics|
|8.||Free Man||04:44||Show lyrics|
|9.||Angel of Death||04:52||Show lyrics|