Wytch Hazel is an English hard rock and heavy metal band that originated in 2011.[6] The band is currently signed to Bad Omen Records.[7]

Wytch Hazel
Also known asJerusalem (2011-2012)[1]
OriginLancaster, England, Europe
GenresHard rock,[2] heavy metal,[3] folk metal,[4] Christian metal[5]
Years active2012-present
LabelsBad Omen, Prosthetic
MembersColin Hendra
Alex Haslam
Jack Spencer
Andrew Shackleton

HistoryEdit

Wytch Hazel is an English hard rock band that started in 2011.[8][9] Originally, the band went with the name Jerusalem, which of course, had already been taken.[10] Wytch Hazel began with the lineup of Colin Hendra on guitars and vocals, Josh Winnard on guitars, Cornelius Corkery on bass, and Aaron Ray on drums. In 2012, the band released their debut EP, titled The Truth, which came out independently.[11] The band released two other split releases in 2012, one titled Vol. 1, which also featured Asmovel, Eliminator, and Ascalon, and Borrowed Time / Wytch Hazel, which featured Borrowed Time.[12][13] By the time the band began to write and record their debut album, a majority of the lineup changed, with Hendra and Corkery remaining, with Winnard and Ray departing,[10] as well as Winnard's replacement Matt Gatley, also departing by 2015. Alex Haslam joined the band in 2015 on guitars, with Jack Spencer taking over Ray's position in 2013. In 2016, the band released their debut album, titled Prelude, which was released through Bad Omen Records.[4][5][14] In 2018, the band recorded and released their sophomore album, which was titled II: Sojourn, also being released through Bad Omen, and was well received.[15] In 2020, the band released their third album, III: Pentecost, which was highly praised by several reviewers.[9][16][17][18][19]

Influences, style, and beliefsEdit

Founding member Colin Hendra states that Iron Maiden is one of the band's influences.[20] Alex Haslam confirmed that other influences included Led Zeppelin, Wishbone Ash and Jethro Tull. Several reviewers compared the band to other artists like Blue Öyster Cult, Thin Lizzy, and Deep Purple.[17][18]

While Wytch Hazel's lyrical content is very much oriented by themes of Christianity of lyrics, written by Hendra, they do not claim to be a Christian band.[10] Hendra states that he is a Christian, Corkery is a Roman Catholic, and Winnard and Spencer are Agnostics.[10] The theme is very present in a majority of their songs, with many reviewers pointing this out.[10][21]

MembersEdit

Last known line up
  • Colin Hendra - Guitar, Vocals (2011–present)
  • Alex Haslam - Guitar (2015–present)
  • Andrew Shackleton - Bass (2019-present)
  • Jack Spencer - Drums (2013-present)
Former
  • Aaron Hay - Drums (2011-2013)
  • Josh Winnard - Guitar, Vocals (2011-2013)
  • Matt Gatley - Guitar (2013-2015)
  • Cornelius "Neil" Corkery - Bass (2011–2017)
Timeline

DiscographyEdit

Studio albums
EPs
  • The Truth (2012)
Splits
  • Vol. 1 (2012)
  • Borrowed Time / Wytch Hazel (2012)
Compilations
  • Surrender & the Truth (2013)[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "WYTC HAZEL: Otherworldly and magical". Metal Squadron. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  2. ^ Chantler, Chris (May 23, 2016). "New Noise: Wytch Hazel". Metal Hammer. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Mader, Mattias. "Wytch Hazel - Surrender and the Truth MLP". HRRecords.De. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Ashby, Mark (April 14, 2016). "Wytch Hazel - Prelude". Planet Mosh. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Varley, Alex (March 9, 2016). "Wytch Hazel - Prelude". The Sleeping Shaman. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  6. ^ Sword, Harry (April 26, 2016). "Axe Apothecary: An Interview With Wytch Hazel". The Quiteus. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  7. ^ Jorgensen, Eddie (April 21, 2016). "Interview: Wytch Hazel Talk New Records, U.K. Prog". Metal Insider. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  8. ^ Valish, Frank (April 22, 2016). "Premiere: Wytch Hazel Prelude Album Stream". Under the Radar Magazine. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Latta, Chris (October 28, 2020). "Album Review: Wytch Hazel- III: Pentecost". Ghost Cult Magazine. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  10. ^ a b c d e "Wytch Hazel: Otherworldly and magical". Metal Squadron. April 11, 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  11. ^ Sword, Harry (April 26, 2016). "Axe Apothecary: An Interview With Wytch Hazel". The Quietus. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  12. ^ "Vol. 1". Encyclopedia Metallum. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  13. ^ "Borrowed Time / Wytch Hazel". Encyclopedia Metallum. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  14. ^ Rockwell, Andrew. "Wytch Hazel - Prelude". Angelic Warlord. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  15. ^ a b Druhm, Steel (December 15, 2018). "Wytch Hazel - II: Sojourn [Things You Might Have Missed 2018]". Angry Metal Guy. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  16. ^ Perkins, Steve (December 30, 2020). "Wytch Hazel - III: Pentecost (2020)". Classic Christian Rock Zine. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  17. ^ a b Quorton (November 2, 2020). "New Release Highlight: Wytch Hazel - III: Pentecostal Review". Ride Into Glory. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  18. ^ a b Druhm, Steel (October 30, 2020). "Wytch Hazel: Wytch Hazel - III: Pentecostal Review". Angry Metal Guy. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  19. ^ Williams, Pete (December 7, 2020). "Wytch Hazel - III: Pentecost". Heavy Blog is Heavy. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  20. ^ Hall, Tim (April 12, 2016). "Wytch Hazel - Prelude". Kalyr.com. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  21. ^ "Colin Hendra of Wytch Hazel on Christian (Dis)content, Robin Hood outfits, and Valve Amps". Old Man's Mettle. April 22, 2020. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  22. ^ "III: Pentecost, by Wytch Hazel". Wytchhazel.bandcamp.com. Retrieved 11 October 2020.

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