6. Witchfynde – Stagefright (1980)
Not nearly as well known, or as loved, as their Give ‘Em Hell debut, Stagefright is an experimental curio that divides opinion but is a fascinating slice of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal history nonetheless.
Unfairly dismissed in some quarters as a sophomore disappointment, Stagefright is an album that mixes mood and melody with mystery and menace and is perfectly designed to invoke chills.
Whether Witchfynde purposefully sought to confound expectation and produce a record that separated them from the N.W.O.B.H.M pack is up for debate. What is clear is that Stagefright is a weirdly effective, wilfully obscure and often confusing release; challenging but also rewarding in its twisted take on Hard Rock’s standard behaviours.
You may not love Stagefright the first time you hear it but you’ll certainly return to it and we guarantee this is one album that will creep under your skin; a slow-burn classic of the genre and no mistake.