HELLWITCH (USA/FL)


HELLWITCH arose from the depths of HELL in October 1984. Formed by guitarist Patrick Ranieri and drummer/vocalist, Harry Tiyler. An inaugural recording session, conducted in the living room of their apartment in Gainesville, FL. produced the immortal 1984 'Nosferatu' demo. The project expanded into a full band set up in February of 1985 with the introduction of current PRECIPICE drummer Dave Silverthrash (Silverstein), replacing Tiyler, and Andy Adcock on bass/guitar. That July, HELLWITCH played it's first show ever with local Punk band ROACH MOTEL. This signaled an intensive live campaign spanning the next three years, which saw HELLWITCH sharing the stage with such heavies as CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, G.B.H., CORONER, DARK ANGEL, KREATOR, DEICIDE, DEATH, MORBID ANGEL, ATHEIST, AGNOSTIC FRONT, D.R.I., ANTHRAX, NUCLEAR ASSAULT and many others. The first official studio demo, 'Transgressive Sentience', was recorded in January 1986. Taken from this recording was a remixed version of the track 'Torture Chamber' which appeared on the compilation album 'Thrash Metal Attack', released by New Renaissance Records in July of 1987. The band's second studio demo, 'Mordirivial Disemanation', was released in June of 1987. In July of 1988 Pat relocated to Fort Lauderdale and reformed HELLWITCH, drafting Frank Watkins on bass and Steve Rincon on drums. This trio recorded a three track rehearsal/demo in March of 1989. This effort included a cover version of DEATH's 'Archangel'. This line up was the band's weakest, so new members were sought in mid 1989. Pat then enrolled bassist Jesse Trevino and Joe "Witch" Schnessel on drums. That June, Flight 19 Records (Switzerland) issued two cuts from the 'Mordirivial Disemanation' demo as a limited edition 7". That August, Trevino was replaced by bassist Tommy Mouser. October of 1989 brought about a contract with Wild Rags Rec. for the debut album 'Syzygial Miscreancy', recorded at the renown Morrisound Studios with veteran Thrash producer Scott Burns. Released in March 1990 the album sold strongly and made a sizable impact on the international underground Metal media.



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TRANSGRESSIVE SENTIENCE 1986 DEMO

Xeroxed covers with a studio tape. Lyrics included on separate piece of paper

TRACK LISTING:
- Nosferatu
- Satan's Wrath
- Torture Chamber
- Fate At Pain's End

TRANSGRESSIVE SENTIENCE 1986 DEMO TAPE:

 

MORDIRIVIAL DISEMANATION 1987 DEMO

Xeroxed covers with a studio tape. Lyrics included on separate piece of paper

TRACK LISTING:
- Degeneration
- Nosferatu
- Purveyor of Fear
- Pyrophoric Seizure

MORDIRIVIAL DISEMANATION 1987 DEMO TAPE:

 

1989 REHEARSAL DEMO

Cassette cover with studio tape. No lyrics

TRACK LISTING:
- Archangel (Death cover) 
- Mordirivial Disemanation
- Viral Exogence

1989 REHEARSAL DEMO TAPE:

 

ANTHROPOPHAGI 1994 DEMO

Xeroxed covers with a studio tape. Lyrics included on separate piece of paper

TRACK LISTING:
- Days of Nemesis
- At Rest
- Anthropophagi
- Torture Chamber
- Fate at Pain's End


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