Witchfynde were formed in Derbyshire in 1974 and released Give 'Em Hell as their first single in 1979. They were one of the forerunners of NWOBHM and probably owe most of their early success to the airplay TV gave them on FRS. They mixed hard rock with prominent use of satanic elements, thereby setting the template for many metal bands of the 80s. AllMusic states: "Despite displaying a wealth of heavy metal influences, their music was characterized by a strange duality, as prone to embracing downright dumb pub rock workouts as it was to indulging in high-concept songwriting reminiscent of '70s progressive rock." Exposure during a tour with Def Leppard in 1980 helped offset the fact that they were experiencing difficulties with their record label, Rondelet, who withdrew funding. This precipitated Bridges leaving and being replaced by Luther Beltz, who worked with the band on their third LP Cloak And Dagger. However, this was released on a small label which subsequently went bankrupt. Their new deal with Mausoleum fared little better, and after a fourth LP, Lords Of Sin, they split, only to reform in 1999 due to renewed interest in their work.