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Witchhammer

Germany, 1486: The Dominican inquisitors Kramer and Sprenger publish "MALLEU. MALEFICARUM" "The Hammer of the Witches", the most important book on th. Headhunt and execution of witches and heretics in medieval Europe. The book features detaile. information on how to recognize, judge and execute the witches. MALLEU. MALEFICARUM was approved by the Catholic Church in the year of 1487.

Norway, 1986: Five guys from the Sarpsborg area in southeast Norway get together to for. Withchammer, playing compromiseless thrashy HM with melodic overtones and drawing inspiratio. to many of ...read more

Germany, 1486: The Dominican inquisitors Kramer and Sprenger publish "MALLEU. MALEFICARUM" "The Hammer of the Witches", the most important book on th. Headhunt and execution of witches and heretics in medieval Europe. The book features detaile. information on how to recognize, judge and execute the witches. MALLEU. MALEFICARUM was approved by the Catholic Church in the year of 1487.

Norway, 1986: Five guys from the Sarpsborg area in southeast Norway get together to for. Withchammer, playing compromiseless thrashy HM with melodic overtones and drawing inspiratio. to many of their lyrical concepts from the MALLEUS MALEFICARUM, from which the name als. is derived. Only this time, the hammer is here to stay...

Originally a four piece in their first incarnation in August '86, they were joined by Finn C. Gjerlaugsen just in time for their debut gig in November. Finn freed lead singer Per Ståle Petterse. from the fourstringer, leaving him to concentrate on the vocals. Guitarists Tor Erik "Totto" Håkonsen and Peder Kjøs and drummer Jan Erik "Gokki" Eid. Were completing the lineup. Being one of the first real metal bands in the area, Withchamme. Immediately gained a strong local following.

After a year of writing more original material and appearing live in the local area, Witchhamme. headed for Borg Studios and a demo recording just after X-mas '87. At first . Four track project, this eventually led to the recording of a whole album's worth of material. Finishing as late as in September '88. At this time the band had gone from strength to strength, wit. the most notable achievement being a top ranking in the HM category of a national "Battle of th. Bands" contest. Extensive touring as support act to more well-know. Norwegian bands such as Artch and TinDrum has also taken place. Per was at this time a wel. reputed vocalist, having appeared in several cabarets and musicals. He has been an important piec. in "big" musicals such as "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Les Miserables".

While pushing the tape of the album to record companies, guitarist Peder Kjøs suddenly left in Apri. '89, just one weeek before the band was to hit the road with Artch for an extensive Norwegian tour.

Luckily, Frank Wilhelmsen was lurking just around the corner and joined the band just in time. Th. tour was a huge succes for the band. Gaining a strong following throughout the country an. ecspecially on the West Coast, Witchhammer had suddenly established themselves as one of th. finest live HM acts in Norway. The guys returned to the West Coast in August to headline the annua. Thrash Festival in Bergen.

This line-up didn't last long. Frank quit the band in October the same year, only to be replaced b. Morten Skute in November. Morten came in from Metal Thunder , ironically the band Frank lef. for....

March 1990 saw the band finally releasing their "1487" album on their own label. No satisfactor. deals had been reached during the past year, and the only way of getting it out was by doing i. themselves. Now a sold-out item, the album got distribution in Europe through Semaphore, as wel. as underground distribution in Scandinavia. A few copies eve. Found their way across the Atlantic. Good reviews in mags such as Metal Forces and meta. Hammer may have accellerated the sales...

The release of the album took the band to the road once again, this time on their own. Playing i. most major Norwegian cities and of course headlining the Thrash Festival '90 in Bergen. Withchammer got one of their Oslo gigs broadcasted nationally on a cable television channel. The TV appearance gave the band a whole lot of attention, and the album "1487" soon became a hi. in HM shows an radiostations throughout the country.

Once again taking part in the National Battle of the Bands contest, Withchammer anded up a. 6th being the only thrash metal act in the contest.

In January '91, the five headed for Stockholm to play with fellow thrashers Equinox on . Swedish festival, causing majorinterest in the band there as well. Back in Norway, the ban. Headlined another big West Coast thrash festival - this time in Haugesund - in May.

July takes the band to Studio2 (formerly Borg Studios" to record the followup to "1487" . Finishin. in August, the self-produced album contains 9 tracks of intense, technical thrash metal. Somewha. rougher, yet more melodic than before, fans are going to be stunned by the direction the bank no. has taken. The band has matured cosiderably after their last studio effort, much due to moe liv. experience. A label will be sought for the release of he album, as to secure a more stable distributio. and availablility. Again a four-piece as Morten left in late September, Witchhammer is hungrier an. more aggressive than before, ready to conwuer Europe with their own band of techical Norwegia. thrash metal!

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1487
1990

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