Former Members Of GUNS N' ROSES, DIO, W.A.S.P Appear On WITCH Reissue

December 19, 2011, 5 years ago

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FNA Records is reissuing Los Angeles-based cult metallers WITCH's 1984 cult album The Hex Is On, a proper release with the addition of numerous additional tracks. The tracks on The Hex Is On...And Then Some have been given a full overhaul and sound better than they ever have.

Witch shared the stages with such notable artists like SLAYER, W.A.S.P, MEGADETH, GREAT WHITE, LIZZY BORDEN, MSG, POISON, GUNS N' ROSES, EXCITER, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, STRYPER, GRIM REAPER, LOUDNESS, STEELER, MALICE, ODIN, KEEL, WARLOCK and many other bands of the era.

Witch drummer Punky Peru states: “We wanted something heavy yet theatrical...We were trying to take part of our influences from Alice Cooper and The Sweet and mix it together with MOTÖRHEAD and DIO. The outcome was Witch.”

The tracks on The Hex Is On...And Then Some have been given a full overhaul and sound better than they ever have. Peter Wabitt proclaims, "This album finally sounds the way I always imagined it would sound. If it would've sounded this way when it first came out, we would've sold a lot more copies."

With updated artwork, the album features a Peter Wabbitt interpretation of Shakespeare's MacBeth, followed by the remastered versions of The Hex Is On, the mega-rare 'Nobody Sleeps' 12" two track single, and the Rock Climbers compilation only track 1:45. Added to the stellar tracklist is the 1988 demo for a Witch track entitled 'Take Me Away'. The last nine tracks of the Hex Is On...And Then Some represent the 1997 regathering of Peter Wabbitt and Punky Peru. Recording together for the first time in nearly a decade, we get to see the pure magic that results when these two unite. A more current version of the Witch song Take Me Away appears along with eight other tunes featuring such great guest musicians as: Slash (Guns N' Roses), Steve Stevens (BILLY DOL), Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.), Rowan Robertson (Dio), and Keith Emerson (ELP).

The Hex Is On...And Then Some tracklisting:

'Intro'

'Nervous Wreck'

'Damnation'

'Bewitched'

'Wet and Wild'

'Cinderella'

'Can’t Take Our Rock'

'Victory Without Pain'

'1:45'

'Take Me Away' (version 1)

'Mad for Life' (with Rowan Robertson of DIO on guitars)

'Games that People Play' (with Rowan Robertson of Dio on guitars)

'Playing in the Rain' (with Slash of Guns N' Roses on lead guitar, Keith Emerson on piano, Rowan Robertson on guitars, Phil Chen on bass)

'Black Magic' (with Steve Stevens on lead guitar, Rowan Robertson on guitars, Phil Chen on bass)

'Pay the Due' (Rowan Robertson on guitars, Phil Chen on bass, Howard Leese on keyboards)

'Take Me Away' (version 2) (Rowan Robertson on guitars, Phil Chen on bass, Howard Leese on keyboards)

'Nothing Last Forever' (Rowan Robertson on guitars, Phil Chen on bass, Henn Stone on guitars)

'Crazy' (with Chris Holmes of W.A.S.P. on guitar, Rowan Robertson on guitars, Phil Chen on bass)

'Conviction' (Rowan Robertson on guitars, Phil Chen on bass, Henn Stone on guitars)

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