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WITCHCROSS BIO

 

Witchcross is a long running classic doom metal band from the Chicago area that have been putting on infamously macabre Horror Doom Metal shows for two decades, and whom lead singer Count William Jannusch, also known from another horror metal band, Ravensthorn, originated from and once again is focused more than ever on. Currently they are releasing the very Horror and Occult based “Crypt of the Undead” album(2015), but their history is very fascinating.

Nocturnal Doom was a band formed by lead vocalist/song writer Count William Jannusch in 1987, at the age of fifteen. The line-up changed several times before lead guitarist Dereck Anderson joined and the band recorded the “Shades Of Despair” album in 1991 with Dan Lamb-drums, and Gary Oakley-bass. After gigging all over Chicago and Indiana, playing all age metal clubs and roller rinks, the band developed a strong following. Soon problems with the line-up began again, and Dereck and Bill decided to hire a new drummer and bassist.

Soon after, the band recruited drummer Gary Pedersoli and bassist Roger Massey in the Summer of 1992, and the band changed their name to Witchcross. By the end of the year, they had a whole albums’ worth of original material and were also playing a catalogue of Ozzy era Black Sabbath classics live too.

In 1993, Witchcross recorded their debut self- titled album in a local college recording studio and heavily released it on professionally printed cassettes and later cds. Then heavy live concert gigging began again.

Over the years the band continued to do shows all over the Chicago,IL. and Indiana area. Band members also split into other band projects over the years, while still regrouping to perform with Witchcross. Count William Jannusch did Ravensthorn(who went on to release three albums- “House Of The Damned”(2002-now currently re-released as a remastered edition cd-2015), “Hauntings And Possessions”(2004-Hellion Records-Germany(Hellion Records.de)-followed by a four day stay overseas for a two date festival concert performance in Germany in 2005), and “Horrors Of The Black Mass”(2012) –also available through Hellion Records.de) and also in the years before that, Shadowlord(playing and recording regularly throughout the middle nineteen nineties, releasing a full album self titled cd in 2000). Dereck did: The Devil Inside, and they released a very bluesy cd album. Witchcross always reunited and performed more concerts, as well as writing a myriad of new original material, and performing as a Black Sabbath tribute band at many other shows.

By 2008, Witchcross decided to record another album that would be entitled “Innocence And Evil”, and released it professionally on cd, self-financed, and distributed through underground distros and local record stores. Many more live concert performances continued on a regular basis, though also once again the band began focusing more on other band projects and kinda slowed down, Count William once again drifted further into Ravensthorn, with the band playing out a lot more and becoming immersed in the band’s “Horrors Of The Black Mass” album project and promotional live concert shows that went on for a few years at several studios before being released in 2012, though during this time Witchcross was still playing out live on a regular basis between Ravensthorn(heavy metal band) shows…

When Witchcross began the recording for 2014’s “Crypt Of the Undead” album at Chicago’s The Dead Room Studios with engineer producers Joe Duhr and Chad Elliott,and final mastering done by Sasch Machyne (of Mighty Monster Records-Germany). They wanted to properly capture the band’s live sound, and they finally did. For once the band was 100% focused and also captured in a recording properly, and wickedly in the right way..

Currently, in 2015, Witchcross is releasing a very heavy and Occult based third album of wickedly produced Horror Doom Metal Musick, working together stronger than ever, a 13 song album, called “Crypt Of The Undead” on Germany’s Metalizer/Battle Cry Records, and also performing many new concert shows all over the place. Another very heavy new Witchcross record will be in the works at the end of 2015 too!!!

COVEN BIO

It wouldn’t be a stretch to consider COVEN to be the progenitor of what we now know as occult rock; years before every other heavy band proclaimed to be performing rituals on stage and draping themselves in powerful symbolism – Jinx and co were living it. The furore that surrounded the 1969 release of Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls persisted for many years afterwards, the band dogged by controversy everywhere they went.

The forward-thinking themes and powerful imagery explored by COVEN paved a pathway for those open-minded enough to follow. Their influence has been far reaching – from those who shy away from acknowledging this right through to those who worship unreservedly at the altar of COVEN. Jinx Dawson is also recognised as being the instigator of using the “sign the horns” with her hands – a call to arms and a symbol that is used frequently in heavy music across the globe.

 

I know that Witchcross should be on the 1993 to 2003 top 1oo  / top 150, albums of the era list…..but this band has the spiritual connection. wave length, head space, to the foundational bands Coven / Black Sabbath / Mercyful Fate / King Diamond…..I will say straight away that my favorite band from this part of planet metal is Sindrome….this is just subjective….!!!! We do have that event at the KICK ASS METAL offices were we listen to  the top 30 to top 40 albums of all-time from Friday Night to Sunday Morning, then we dig in to our Symphonic Metal and Classical Music Library , and yea so I am going with the Witchcross album “Crypt of the Dead” to go on that TOP 30 albums list that we do every weekend…!!!

I will have to dig through all the copies of the heavy metal fanzines from the era’s that influenced this webzine, this is the kind of metal that we love the most, just heavy metal flavored heavy metal, this is a gothic metal-age/ avant-garde-age/death metal-age publication. So the gothics that read this page….this band is fucking essential to every serious heavy metal collection….!!!!! The heavy metal hall of fame part of this publication is just the top upper-echelon of the top-tier of the gold standard of World-Class Heavy Metal, a proper heavy metal book can only hold 500 to 700 bands…so there is that !! ….!!!! The office I work from has 33,000 square feet, makes a good library for a serious music collection and nothing else, I image the heavy metal hall of fame that the likes of Gary Scahffer talks about to be a college university sized place….i realized i wanted mine if i raise the money for that to be like a haunted house, and just each room just to be its own genre, and the farther you walk down the hall the farther you get in to the present, but for sure it has to be like a haunted house !!!! ….ha ha !!!!!! I have to sift through these pages to find you the top 100’s in each style, the news part of this places adds thousands of band each decade, because news is just news, so you know when to get to the record store…..!!! So for the top 100s Witchcross will be on various top 100’s list in this publication. But just letting you know to get the back catalogue and my subjective/objective favorite is Witchcross “Crypt of the Dead”…..!!!!! I was offered the book offer 2 weeks ago, and my offer was $2 million dollars, why fuck around…so ha ha that dude left my office, like he seen a ghost or something….get the fuck out..don’t let the door hit you on your ha ha…..i really do not want to run a book/hall of fame on under-budget….!!!!  I wanted to say everything killer metal, and kick ass will be interconnected here…!!! Sometimes I will make sure, that bands are on certain top 100’s, because so you can print out the article, and have fun collecting, everything again as a old metal fan, or as someone new to heavy metal, just the essentials, with 3 or 4 months of perfect perfection hitting the stores, when music is timeless, it should not matter what top 100 list they are one, but i want the readers to have a razorsharp focus on this band. And you know what to do !!!

 

 

 

 

Abattoir- Vicious Attack

Accept- Restless and Wild

Acid- Acid

ACID * MANIAC

Agent Steel- Skeptics Apocalypse

Agent Steel * Mad Locust Rising

Anacrusis- Screams and Whispers

ANGEL DUST- INTO THE DARK PAST

Angel Witch * Angel Witch

ANNIHILATOR * ALICE IN HELL

Annihilator * Never, Neverland

ANTHRAX- FISTFUL OF METAL * MEGAFORCE RECORDS

Anthrax * ARMED AND DANGEROUS * MEGAFORCE RECRODS

Anthrax * Spreading the Disease … features songs written by Neil Turbin…

Anvil- Metal on Metal

ANVIL- FORGED IN FIRE

Anvil- Live in concert

Anvil-Worth the weight

ANVIL CHORUS * THOUGHT CRIMES

Anvil Chorus * The Killing Sun

Artillery * Fear Of Tomorrow

ARTILLERY * TERROR SQUAD

ARTILLERY * By Inheritance

ATHEIST- PIECE OF TIME

ATHEIST- UNQUESTIONABLE PRESENCE

ATTACKER * BATTLE AT HELM’S DEEP

ATTACKER * THE SECOND COMING

ATTACKER * GIANTS OF CANAAN

ATTACKER * SINS OF THE WORLD

BATHROY * BATHORY

Bathory * The Return…

Bitch * Damnation Alley

Bitch- Be My Slave

Black Flag “Damaged”

Black Flag “My War”

Black Flag “Slip It In”

Black Flag “Live ’84”

Black Flag “Loose Nut”

Black Flag “In My Head”

Black Flag “Who’s Got the 10/2”

Black Sabbath- Mob Rules

BLIND ILLUSION- THE SANE ASYLUM

BLOODLUST “GUILTY AS SIN”

BLESSED DEATH * KILL OR BE KILLED * MEGAFORCE RECORDS

BLITZKRIEG * A TIME OF CHANGES

CACOPHONY- SPEED METAL SYMPHONY

Candlemass-Nightfall

Cage- Astonomy

Cathedral- Supernatural Birth Machine

CELTIC FROST- MORBID TALES

Celtic Frost- Emperors Return

Celtic Frost- To Mega therion

CELTIC FROST- INTO THE PANDEMONIUM

Chastain * Mystery of Illusion

Chastain * Ruler of the Wasteland

Chastain * The 7th of Never

Chastain * The Voice of Cult

Chastain- For those who Dare

CHASTAIN- IN A OUTRAGE

COVEN * WITCHCRAFT REAPS MINDS AND DESTROYS SOULS…direct influence on MERCYFUL FATE

Coven * Jinx

COVEN13 * Worship New Gods

CIRITH UNGOL * FROST AND FIRE

CIRITH UNGOL * KING OF THE DEAD

Crimson Glory- Crimson Glory

CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER * CONVICTED

Culprit- Guilty As Charged

 

Dark Age- Dark Age 1984 Gnarly Records/ Greenworld

 

DARK ANGEL * DARKNESS DESCENDS

DARK ANGEL * LEAVE SCARS

DEF DEALER * KEEPER OF THE FLAME

DEF DEALER * JOURNEY INTO FEAR

DEATH- SCREAM BLOODY GORE

DEATH * LEPORSY

DEATH- SPIRITUAL HEALING

DEATH- HUMAN

DEATH-INDIVIDUAL THOUGH PATTERNS

DEATH * Symbolic

Death Angel- The Ultra-Violence

Death Angel “Frolic Throgh the Park

DEATH ANGEL- ACT III

Death Strike-Fuckin’ Death

Ded Engine * Ded Engine … aka ” Hot Shot ” in Europe

Ded Engine * Hot Shot

Ded Engine * Hold A Grudge

Deep Switch- Nine inches of God

DESTRUCTION- INFERNAL OVERKILL

 

DESTRUCTOR “MAXIMUM DESTRUCTION”

 

Détente “Depths of Death”

Diamond Head * Diamond Head…1980 …aka Lightning to the Nations

Diamond Head- Lightning to the Nations

Diamond Head- Behold the Beginning

Discharge * Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing

Dream Death- Journey Into Mystery

DOCTOR BUTCHER- DOCTOR BUTCHER

EXCITER- HEAVY METAL MANIAC

Exciter- VIOLENCE AND FORCE * ON MEGAFORCE RECORDS

EXCITER  HEAVY METAL MANIAC/ VIOLENCE AND FORCE …1989 CD …ON MEGAFORCE RECORDS

Exhorder- Slaughter in the Vatican

EXODUS- A LESSON IN VIOLENCE-  October 31st, 1984 1984 ADVANCE CASSETTE

EXODUS- BONDED BY BLOOD

EXODUS- PLEASURES OF THE FLESH

EXODUS- A LESSON IN VIOLENCE (LIVE @ STUDIO 54 + 1986 demo with Paul Baloff)

EXODUS-ANOTHER LESSON IN VIOLENCE (LIVE)

EXODUS- BONDED BY BALOFF (A.L.I.V::REMASTERED)

Exorcist * Nightmare Theatre

EXUMER * POSSESSED BY FIR

FATES WARNING * NIGHT ON BROKEN

Fear of God * Within The Veil

FORBIDDEN- FORBIDDEN EVIL

FORBIDDEDN * TWISTED INTO FORM

 

THE GATHERING * MANDYLION

THE GATHERING * NIGHTTIME BIRDS

GRAVE DIGGER * HEAVY METAL BREAKDOWN * ON MEGAFORCE RECORDS

GRAVE DIGGER * WITCH KILLER * MEGAFORCE RECORDS

THE GREAT KAT- WORSHIP ME OR DIE!

THE GREAT KAT- BEETHOVEN ON SPEED

 

Griffin- Flight of the Griffin

Hawaii- One Nation Underground

HALLOWEEN * DON’T METAL WITH EVIL * 1984 ADVANCE ALBUM ON CASSETTE WITH ORIGINAL ARTWORK

HALLOWEEN- DON’T METAL WITH EVIL

HALLOWEEN “NO ONE GETS OUT!”

HALLOWEEN “NO ONE GETS OUT!” MOLTEN METAL RECORDS PRESSSING/ with the Vicious Demo”

Hell- Hell (1982/1986 compilation )…Demos come with 2 disc version of 2011 debut CD

H-Bomb- Attaque

HEATHEN- BREAKING THE SILENCE

HEATHEN- VICTIMS OF DECEPTION

HEATHEN-RECOVERED

HIRAX- RAGING VIOLENCE

HIRAX * NOT DEAD YET … RAGING VIOLENCE ON CD

HOLOCAUST- THE NIGHTCOMERS

Ice Age “Break the Ice”

 

 

 

Insanity- Death after Death

IRON MAIDEN- IRON MAIDEN

IRON MAIDEN- KILLERS

Iron Maiden- The Number of the Beast

Jaguar- Power Games

JAG PANZER- AMPLE DESTRUCTION

Judas Priest * Killing Machine

Judas Priest * Hellbent for Leather * aka Killing Machine

JUDAS PREIST * UNLEASHED IN THE EAST

Judas Priest- British Steel

Judas Priest- Painkiller

King Diamond-Fatal Portrait

King Diamond- Abigail

King Diamond- Them

Kreator- Endless Pain

Kreator – Pleasure to Kill

Liege Lord- Master Control

Macbre- Gloom

Malediction- Condamnes

Manowar * Battle Hymns

MANOWAR- INTO GLORY RIDE * MEGAFORCE RECORDS

MANOWAR * HAIL TO ENGLAND

Manowar * Sign of the Hammer

Manowar “Fighting The World”

 

Manowar “Kings of Metal”

Massacre- From Beyond

 

MASSACRE “BACK FROM THE DEAD”

 

MASTER- MASTER

MASTER- 1985 ALBUM UNRELEASED

 

MEDIEVAL- MEDIEVAL …aka 1983 Medieval Cassette album

Medieval- ALL KNOBS TO THE RIGHT

MEDIEVAL * MEDIEVAL …aka Reign of Terror 1986 EP

MEDIEVAL- MEDIEVAL KILLS

MEDIEIVAL “DEMOS” 2010 CD AMTEX/ MEDIEVAL — SELF REALIZED

MEGADETH- RUST IN PEACE

 

MENTORS “YOU AXED FOR IT”

MERCYFUL FATE-  “Mercyful Fate” November 25th, 1982 EP

MERCYFUL FATE- MELISSA

MERCYFUL FATE- DON’T BREAK THE OATH

MERCYFUL FATE- CURSE OF THE PHARAOHS

MERCYFUL FATE- THE BEGINNING

MERCYFUL FATE- RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE

MERCYFUL FATE- INTO THE SHADOWS

METAL CHURCH * METAL CHURCH * 1984 Ground Zero with extra track BIG GUNS

METAL CHRCH * METAL CHURCH * 1986 CD of the 1984 LP

METALLICA- NO LIFE TIL LEATHER

METALLICA- NO LIFE TIL LEATHER version w/ 16 minute Ron McGovney interview

METALLICA- NIGHT OF THE RIVETTHEADS …aka No life til leather wit Power metal bonus tracks tacked on the end, but during remastering the sound was speed-up for the effect of extra heaviness/ savage factor.

METALLICA- KILL EM ALL * MEGAFORCE RECORDS

Metallica- RIDE THE LIGHTNING * MEGAFORCE RECORDS

Metallica- Creeping Death/ Jump in the Fire CD

Metallica- Master of Puppets

Morbid Angel- ABOMINATIONS OF DESOLATION

MORBID ANGEL- ALTARS OF MADNESS

MORBID ANGEL BLESSED ARE THE SICK

MORBID ANGEL * COVENANT

MORDBID ANGEL * DOMINATION

MORBID ANGEL* ENTANGLED IN CHAOS

 

Mötley Crüe “Too Fast for Love” December 15th, 1981 Leathür Records Pressing

 

Mötley Crüe “Shout At the Devil”

Motörhead – Ace of Spades

MOTORHEAD- NO SLEEP TIL HAMMERSMITH

Motorhead * Iron Fist

Motörhead  * Another Perfect Day

Motörhead * No Remorse

Motörhead * Orgasmatron

Nasty Savage- Nasty Savage

NASTY SAVAGE- INDULGENCE

 

NERVOSA were originally THE 4 HORESMAN OF THE APOCALYPSE….ala, Metallica 1982/1986 …..

Prika Amaral * Fernanda Lira * Fernanda Terra * Karen Ramos

NERVOSA * 2012

 

 

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NERVOSA * TIME OF DEATH

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NERVOSA * VICTIM OF YOURSELF

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NERVOSA * AGONY

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NME * UNHOLY DEATH

Nuclear Assault “Game Over”

 

 

OBITUARY * SLOWLY WE ROT

OBITUARY * Cause of Death

Obilevon * From this Day Forward

Obliveon * Nemesis

ONSLAUGHT- THE FORCE

Onslaught * Power From Hell * 1987 Combat Records Version

Original Sin * Sin Will Find You Out

OVERKILL- FEEL THE FIRE * MEGAFORCE RECORDS

OZ- Fire in the Brain

OZ – III Warning

Ozzy Osbourne- Blizzard of Ozz

Ozzy Osbourne-Diary of a Madman

 

Ozzy Osbourne “Tribute”

 

Pagan Altar * 1982 Demo Cassette

Pagan Altar- Pagan Altar Volume 1

PAGAN ALTAR * Judgment of the Dead …* aka Voulume 1

PILE DRIVER- METAL INQUISITION

PILE DRIVER * STAY UGLY

Pentagram- Pentagram

Pentagram- Day of Reckoning

Pentagram * Relentless 1985 debut Retitled

Pentagram- Be forewarned

POSSESSED- SEVEN CHURCHES

Raven * Rock Until You Drop

RAVEN * Wiped Out

RAVEN- ALL FOR ONE * MEFGAFORCE RECORDS

RAVEN * LIVE AT THE INFERNO * MEGAFORCE RECORDS

RAZOR- EXECUTIONERS SONG

RAZOR- EVIL INVADERS

REPULSION * SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENT

REPULSION – HORRIFIED

Riot- Fire Down Under

Riot- Thunder Steel

Riot- Privilege of Power

 

The Rods “Wild Dog”

RUSH * A FARWELL TO KINGS

RUSH * PEMANENT WAVES

RUSH- MOVING PICTURES

RUSH * EXIT…STAGE LEFT

RUSH- SIGNALS

RUSH- GRACE UNDER PRESSURE

RUSH- POWER WINDOWS

RUSH * HOLD YOUR FIRE

RUSH * A SHOW OF HANDS

RUSH * PRESTO

RUSH * CHRONICLES

RUSH * TEST FOR ECHO

RUSH * DIFFERENT STAGES–LIVE

SABBAT- HISTORY OF A TIME TO COME

SABBAT ( NIPPON) * ENVENOM

SABBAT ( NIPPON) * EVOKE

SABBAT ( NIPPON) * DISEMBODY

SATAN * INTO THE FIRE * November 17th, 1982 CASSETTE DEMO

SATAN- COURT IN THE ACT

SAVATAGE * Sirens

SAVATAGE * The Dungeons are Calling

Scorpions- Taken By Force

SACRIFICE- Torment in Fire

SACRIFICE * FORWARD TO TERMINATION

SACRIFICE * SOLIDERS OF MISFORTUNE

SACRIFICE * APOCALYPSE INSIDE

 

SEPULTURA “Morbid Visions”

 

Sepultura “Schizophernia”

SEPULTURA- BENEATH THE REMAINS

Skullview- Kings of the Universe

Sindrome- Sindrome (2 demos on CD) * May 12th, 1999 BRUTAL RECORDS PRESSING

 

SINDROME “RESURRECTION……”

SLAUGHTER- STRAPPADO

SLAUTER XSTROYES * WINTERKILL

SLAUTER XSTROYES * FREE THE BEAST

SLAYER- SHOW NO MERCY

SLAYER- HAUNTING THE CHAPEL

SLAYER- LIVE UNDEAD

SLAYER- HELL AWAITS

SLAYER “REIGN IN BLOOD”

 

SLAYER “SOUTH OF HEAVEN”

 

SLAYER “SEASONS OF THE ABYSS”

 

SLAYER “DECADE OF AGRESSION”

 

SODOM * IN THE SIGN OF EVIL

SODOM * OBSESSED BY CRUELTY

STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH * SPEAK ENGLISH OR DIE * MEGAFORCE RECORDS

SUICDIAL TENDENCIES * SUICIDAL TENDENCES

SYRIS * Unseen Forces

Tank- Filth Hounds of Hades

Tank- Power of the Hunter

TANK- THIS MEANS WAR

TERRORIZER-WORLD DOWNFALL

Testament- The Legacy

THRUST * Fist Held High

TROUBLE * LIVE * May 2nd, 1983 CASSETTE ON METAL ENTERPRISES

TROUBLE- PSALMS 9

TROUBLE * THE SKULL

TYGERS OF PAN TANG- WILD CAT

Tygers of Pan Tang- Spell Bound

TWISTED SISTER–UNDER THE BLADE.

UFO- The Wild, The Willing, The Innocent

Unseen Terror- Human Error

Venom- Welcome to Hell

Venom- Black Metal

Venom * At War with Satan

VICIOUS RUMORS * Soldiers of the Night

VICIOUS RUMORS * Digital Dictator

VIO-LENCE * ETERNAL NIGHTMARE

Voi Vod- War and Pain

Voi Vod- RRRROOOOAAAARRR

 

Wargasm- Why Play Around ?

Warfare * Pure Filth

WARFARE-METAL ANARCHY

Warfare * Mayhem Fucking Mayhem

Warlock * Burning The Witches

Warlock * Hellbound

Warlock * True As Steel

WARLOCK “TRIUMPH AND AGONY”

Warlord-Deliver Us

Warlord * And The Cannons Of Desturuction Have Begun

Warlord * Thy Kingdom Come * 1st EP and LP on CD

Warhead * Speedy Way

WARHEAD- THE DAY AFTER

Warning- Aftermath …contains the August 23rd, 1985 “NOT A CHANCE IN HELL DEMO”

WATCHTOWER- ENERGETIC DISASSEMBLY

 

WASP “WASP” * August 17th, 1984

Wildestarr * Arrival

WITCH CROSS- FIT FOR FIGHT

Witchcross “Witchcross”

Witchcross “Innocence and Evil”

WITCHCROSS “CRYPT OF THE DEAD”

WITCHFINDER GENERAL- DEATH PENALTY

WITCHFINDER GENERAL- FRIENDS OF HELL

Witchkiller- Day of the Saxon

Zoser Mez- Vizer of Wasteland

 

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