Although the norwegian Metal Warriors released only one vinyl-album, the band
has a legendary status in underground and still a great following. And for a
very good reason: Their "1487" entitled record, private pressing from
1990, is forever among the alltime-classics of European Power Metal!! Tracks
as >By this Axe I rule<, >Kill all in Sight< or the Speed-Kut >Transylvania<
are nothing but pure Power Metal Hymns that will crush your skull !! This record
is a MUST for anyone reading this !! So if you didn't know about this exciting
release till now, put it on your searchlist and ... happy hunting. It's not
easy to get anymore, but worth all effords, guaranteed!!
And now take good care: What only a few now: WITCHHAMMER recorded another album in 1991, only one year after "1487"!!! And it's available on CD now!!! No crappy CD-R, but a REAL CD, color cover, 9 tracks, perfectly in the vain of the legendary "1487"-monster!! And the best: You can order this CD thru FORGOTTEN STEEL, just visit our shop, so what you are waiting for??? If WITCHHAMMER sell enough copies, maybe they will decide to awaken the band anew??? The band is not dead...only sleeping!! You know what you have to do now!! But first read what FINN, the bass-player of WITCHHAMMER, told us about the history and present of the band:
Which year you got infected with the METAL-virus and what was the release?
FINN: This one`s easy. My cousin, Kjell Olaf had bought himself an album he played it for me and said : This is Hard Rock! The year was 1977 and the album was Love Gun by Kiss. We where 11 years old.
With what age did you start singing/playing an instrument and what was the reason
to do so?
FINN: I tried to learn playing the guitar when I was 11, took a class but i didnt find it very interesing. When I was 13 I was home from school sick, I sent my mother to the library to lend a guitar book and tried again, this time it worked much better.The reason I was bored and the guitar just hung on the wall over my bed :)
My friend Peder and myself played guitars in a band called LOADER. Peder left for WITCHHAMMER and after a while they where about to have their first gig this was october 1986. At that time the singer Per Ståle played bass, they wanted to free him from the bass so he could consentrate on singing. Peder asked the LOADER boys if they could borrow me to play the bass on the gig, they agreed. So there I was one week before the gig holding a bass for the first time, I liked playing bass so I (was) never returned to LOADER.
What are your five alltime-favorite records?
FINN: In no particular order :
Roger Waters - Amused to death
Sepultura - Roots
Megadeth - Peace sells, but who's buying
Slayer - Reign In Blood
Any album by Kate Bush
Metallica - Ride the lightning
Ozzy - Bark at the moon
Manowar - Battle hymns
Red Hot Chilipeppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Kiss - love gun
wooops got carried away there :)
Morten whilst Live-Battle
Tell us the three last records/CDs you bought, that really thrilled you!
Marilyn Manson - mechanical animals
Pink Floyd - Echoes
Red Hot Chilipeppers - Californication
5) Please give
us a discography of all bands you played with and all releases and about how
many copies each title were sold!
FINN: LOADER released one demo I dont know if it sold any at all. WITCHHAMMER released a couple of demotapes :
"Into the halls of justice"
"Let justice be done"
We also released a vinyl album in 1990 "1487" we printed 1135 copies of it gave away maybe 10, kept one each and sold the rest. :)
So if have a 1487 on vinyl be careful with it.
And of course "THE LOST TAPES" on cd recorded in 1991 and released 2000. Sales? Havent got a clue :)
(FORGOTTEN STEEL distributes this legendary must-to-have CD, visit the shop to learn more!!)
Looking back: Which of your releases do you like the most and why?
7) And which the least/why?
FINN: I like them all ,they reflect WITCHHAMMER at that point in time.
8) Did your band
(any of your bans) record songs that have never been released? Please give us
the song-titles and a short description!
FINN: There is some WITCHHAMMER songs recorded in 1993-95. Morten had left the band I played guitar and Renato joined to play bass. WITCHHAMMER got heavier and more experimental. If enough people want to I will put som of it out on our website!!
Some songtitles: "The silence", "Cold Turkey", "Like father". Some of its fast and some of its slow.
9) What was the
highlight of your carreer?
FINN: The first time I held 1487 in my hands.
10) Tell us a
funny story around your band from the past!
FINN: We used to rehearse every day. One of the things that happens when a rehearsal lasts for 5 hours is that you get very sweaty especially if you are the drummer. In the weekends when we where going to partys after rehearsal this was a problem for him. He solved it by rehearsing nude :)
Are you a metal-collector? If yes:
Vinyl or CD: what do you prefer and why?
What indescribable great question have you never been asked yet?
Any last words?:
FINN: Thanks for your interest and please visit the website www.witchhammer.com
You read it: So visit their Site and sign their Guestbook!! WITCHHAMMER RULEZ!!!