MAY BLITZ
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May Blitz is a British heavy rock power trio that was active in the early 1970s.

The group was formed in 1969 by bassist Terry Poole and drummer Keith Baker, the rhythm section of the blues-rock trio Bakerloo, both of whom left the group when guitarist Clem Clempson departed to join Colosseum. Jamie Black joined the group on vocals and guitars but both Poole and Baker left this group as well before it recorded anything, Poole joining Vinegar Joe and Baker Uriah Heep. Black then added fellow Canadian Reid Hudson on bass and Tony Newman, who had played with Jeff Beck, The Hollies and Sounds Incorporated, on drums.

After some time playing pubs in the UK, the group signed with Vertigo Records (in the US they were on Paramount Records - not generally known for releasing hard rock) and released their debut album in 1970. A second album followed early in 1971
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May Blitz
Proto-Metal 1970
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MAY BLITZ 2nd of May

Album · 1971 · Proto-Metal
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Although the big-boned mama is still hanging out on the album cover on this second release by MAY BLITZ she learns the art of keeping company with bird-headed folk as to take the emphasis off of her voluptuousness. Just like the visual art theme, also do we get a continuation of what's inside, namely more heavy proggy bluesy psych although a bit heavier at times with a little more expansion into other sounds.

The opener “For Mad Men Only” continues where the debut left off complete with that signature bass sound. On the 2nd track “Snakes And Arrows” we get some really cool fuzz guitar and some interesting electronic effects. On the 3rd track “The 25th of December 1969” we get some folk rock alternating with groovy bass dominated sections. “In Part” has a surprise accompaniment by a flute but eventually turns into an even more surprising and out of place drum solo. I do like drum solos but was this one necessary? The rest of the album continues the heavy psych with songs becoming slightly weaker (but always pleasant) by the time we get to the end.

This second album doesn't disappoint as it ramps up their sound a tad. Most reminiscent of Captain Beyond before they existed but there are obvious influences from both Hendrix and Sabbath but never too much so. The band was clearly open to experimentation and I have to say that it pays off for the most part with only scant few head scratching moments. Sadly their only two albums came and went without much success so the band called it quits but became a cult classic.

MAY BLITZ May Blitz

Album · 1970 · Proto-Metal
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A feel-good album of the first degree conjuring up a mix of the best of what heavy psych had to offer from the 60s and injected some seriously hard rockin groovy riffs to create the perfect recipe for some seriously addictive progressive blues rock that has the stamina to deserve the added tag of proto-metal.

MAY BLITZ formed in 1969 in the UK and quickly imploded leaving Canadian Jamie Black (Lead guitar and vocals) to replace those missing in action and recruited fellow Canadian Reid Hudson (bass, vocals) and Englishman Tony Newman (who was the drummer for Jeff Beck and the Hollies). After touring the pub scene they scored a record deal with Vertigo Records (also of Black Sabbath, Colosseum, Uriah Heep, Gentle Giant and Cressida fame).

This album really rocks! Every track on here is every bit as good as the best hard rock of 1970 you can think of with progressively complex yet catchy groovin melodic riffs and knock-yer-socks-off drum rolls with a beefy bass to boot. Everything comes together perfectly from the very first track “Smoking The Day Away” to the echo-and-effect laden closer “Virgin Waters.” Pay no attention to the hilarious cover! It's really what's inside that counts! And you can count on some high energy hard rock that perfectly balances the formula of heavy prog, bluesy psych with a groovy and even slightly funky edge. In the vein of Captain Beyond but two years prior.

MAY BLITZ May Blitz

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From the stable of Vertigo Records who had Black Sabbath, Juicy Lucy and Uriah Heep just release thier debuts May Blitz was next in line halfway through 1970 with Tony Newman on drums from the Jeff Beck Group on the recording of Beck-ola and two Canadians from Vancouver Island, guitarist/vocalist James Black and bassist Reid Hudson who tripped and smoked thier way over to the UK looking for "stardom".

The vibe of this freaked-out psych proto heaviness of the album is captured on the opening track, "Smoking The Day Away",a haunting, massive doom down pour with a roach blues riff and a acidic solo with drums and the boom bass smoldering and bubbling below and connecting with nature chemically."I Don't Know" is a fusion of boggy blues smacked out with psych and eventually jacks up the juice of a jazz fusion firing together in unison. "Dreaming" is a cool, laid back body stone of a number.

Side two starts out with "Squeet" all over the wall..." One can only imagine where and when these lyrics came from as this track is all about heavy, a psych/blues twisted with a jazzy jam as "Tomorrow May Come" slows down the palpitations only to be ripped out of your mellow state from the "Fire Queen", which places one in pure protoness prison to finding yourself washed up on the stoned shore with "Virgin Waters".

One of the top five proto-metal releases of 1970 and essential of the genre. A stone slab of heaviness.

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