EPs [Heavy / Power] » Hammer Witch (US) - Return To Salem [EP] (1987)
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    Artist: Hammer Witch
    Release: Return To Salem [Mini LP]
    Year: 1987
    Genre: Traditional Epic Heavy Fuckin' Metal
    Country: USA (New Orleans/Texas)
    Bitrate: 320kbps
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    Wayne Abney- Vocals & Bass (NULL & VOID, MOTHER THUMB)
    Frankie Dee - Guitars (TRASHED)
    Sal Torneo - Drums (IRUN, AMILLION POUNDS, TEXAS METAL ALLIANCE, THE STINK, MAX CADY)

    HAMMER WITCH was a US Heavy Metal band founded in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1985, by Bassist Wayne Abney, Guitarist & Vocalist Frankie Dee, Guitarist George David and Drummer Terry Sims.
    With enough songs for a complete set of their own music, the band toured the New Orleans area club circuit and occassionally opened for national acts too.
    After recording their first demo, (the six song "Demo '86"), the realization set in that the band needed to explore new territories and expand its horizons because their material was proving to be too Heavy for local audiences.
    Frankie Dee's former band mate from TRASHED, Bo Topousis had since moved to Ft. Worth, Texas and formed the band IRUN consisting of displaced Louisiana musicians seeking a more liberal metal environment.
    Upon seeing the scene, Bo urged his friends in Hammer Witch to "come to the promised land", which they did in late 1986.
    When George unexpectedly left Hammer Witch, Bo stepped in as guitarist and brought Irun’s drummer Sal Torneo in to replace Terry.
    Topousis left the group in February of ’88 thus beginning the 3 piece format of the band, consisting of Wayne Abney, Frankie Dee, and Sal Torneo.
    The band then booked time at Inside Tracks Studios in Denton, Texas with producer Randy Williams, and laid down the tracks which would become their debut on vinyl.
    In 1987 the band released the six song Mini LP, "Return To Salem", which perfectly showed off the band's PRIEST, WARLORD & METAL CHURCH influenced sound.
    Only 1000 copies of the Mini LP were pressed (on DTA Records), and it was only ever on plain black vinyl, beware the picture disc bootleg!
    Buoyed by positive reviews of the record and some airplay too, the band kept up a punishing live schedule over the next few years, until personal differences resulted in the exit of Frankie Dee in late 1989.
    Wayne took over vocals and Darrin Kobetich was brought on board as guitar player.
    In 1991, they released the cassette only "Legacy Of Pain" album, which saw Hammer Witch go in a totally different direction from the first release.
    This heavier more aggressive Groove/Thrash Metal style divided opinion amongst fans, and the badly distributed cassette sold poorly.
    Scott Shelby, lead guitar player from GAMMACIDE joined the line up in 1993 and helped fill out the live sound during the last year of the band’s existence.
    During this year the band released a final demo, "Carve Your Own Doom", which consisted solely of the title track song.
    1994 saw Hammer Witch split.
    Darrin and Sal immediately went on to form AMILLION POUNDS with Darrin's brother Adam on vox, guitar and banjo and bassist Chance Lehman.
    After 10 years and two recordings this band also called it quits.
    Sal then played with THE STINK for some time before joining MAX CADY.
    He also plays live with TEXAS METAL ALLIANCE.
    Wayne and Scott formed the short-lived NULL & VOID before Wayne put together another band, MOTHER THUMB.
    Hammer Witch have recently re-released their "Legacy Of Pain" album on digitally remastered CD for the first time.
    You can get a copy through CD Baby.

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    01. Burned At The Stake
    02. Psycho
    03. Live For Metal
    04. Brainchild
    05. Judgement Day
    06. Return To Salem
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