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Blitzkrieg are a british heavy metal band from Leicester formed in 1980, consisting of Brian Ross (vocals), Ken Johnson (guitar), Guy Laverick (guitar), Paul Brewis (bass) and Phil Brewis (drums).

The line-ups for Blitzkrieg have frequently changed since their formation, as the line-up for their first single differed greatly to the line-up for their most recent album, Theatre of the Damned. As a result of these changes, Brian Ross is the only remaining member from their initial line-up. Blitzkrieg was formed in October 1980 after signing a record deal with Neat Records. In the early stages of their career they regularly produced gigs in England, but then later split in 1981. Brian Ross most notably went on to join Satan, another metal band, along with stints in Avenger, Lone Wolf and Unter den Linden. In 1984 Ross and fellow founding member Jim Sirotto, along with guitarist Mick Proctor (ex-Tygers of

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BLITZKRIEG A Time Of Changes album cover 3.50 | 7 ratings
A Time Of Changes
NWoBHM 1985
BLITZKRIEG Unholy Trinity album cover 3.10 | 5 ratings
Unholy Trinity
Heavy Metal 1995
BLITZKRIEG Ten album cover 3.50 | 5 ratings
Heavy Metal 1997
BLITZKRIEG The Mists Of Avalon album cover 3.10 | 5 ratings
The Mists Of Avalon
Heavy Metal 1998
BLITZKRIEG Absolute Power album cover 3.40 | 5 ratings
Absolute Power
Heavy Metal 2002
BLITZKRIEG Sins And Greed album cover 3.50 | 5 ratings
Sins And Greed
Heavy Metal 2005
BLITZKRIEG Theatre Of The Damned album cover 3.40 | 5 ratings
Theatre Of The Damned
Heavy Metal 2007
BLITZKRIEG Back From Hell album cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Back From Hell
Heavy Metal 2013
BLITZKRIEG Judge Not! album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Judge Not!
Heavy Metal 2018


BLITZKRIEG Bursting Out / Pull The Trigger album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Bursting Out / Pull The Trigger
NWoBHM 1985
BLITZKRIEG 10 Years Of Blitzkrieg album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
10 Years Of Blitzkrieg
Heavy Metal 1991

BLITZKRIEG live albums

BLITZKRIEG Absolutely Live album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Absolutely Live
Heavy Metal 2004

BLITZKRIEG demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

BLITZKRIEG Blitzkrieg Demo album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Blitzkrieg Demo
NWoBHM 1980
BLITZKRIEG Blitzed Alive album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Blitzed Alive
NWoBHM 1981

BLITZKRIEG re-issues & compilations

BLITZKRIEG A Time Of Changes: Phase 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Time Of Changes: Phase 1
Heavy Metal 2003
BLITZKRIEG The Boys From Brazil Street: 1981 Revisited (The Archives Vol. 1) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Boys From Brazil Street: 1981 Revisited (The Archives Vol. 1)
NWoBHM 2014

BLITZKRIEG singles (1)

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2.75 | 2 ratings
Buried Alive
NWoBHM 1981

BLITZKRIEG movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)



Album · 2013 · Heavy Metal
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Genre: thrash-tinged traditional metal

Originally spawned during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWoBHM) era, the British metal band Blitzkrieg are incredibly influential and yet incredibly obscure, and I am sure that the majority of metal fans of today remain oblivious of this band, although they inspired the likes of Metallica and Slayer. Of course, the band has gone through more break-ups and reunions than a provincial teenage couple, which may have had something to do with their relative obscurity. Also, with countless line-up changes, Brian Ross remains the sole original member, with his son now playing the guitar (which I think is infinitely cool). The band has remained active with no hiatus since 2002, although the line-up has gone through changes in that period, too, and in 2013, Blitzkrieg released it eighth album Back from Hell.

So, what does that album sound like? Well, the introduction is a brief piece of dramatic dialog which I honestly think is downright embarrassing, and the first time I heard the album, I really feared what would follow next. Fortunately, all my fears vanished, as the title track 'Back from Hell' turned out to be a kick-ass old school heavy metal attack, combining both energy and aggression. Many tracks on the album, including 'Return to the Village', 'We Have Resumed Control', 'V', 'Sahara', and 'Call for the Priest' are within this vein and are wholly enjoyable to listen to for anyone who has a weakness for quality traditional metal. But not all songs appeal to me. The track 'A Complicated Issue', whose lyrical content is heartfelt and honest, takes the form of a softer hard-rock tune in which Brian Ross and an Emma Baxter (probably related to the band's bassist Bill Baxter) form a vocal duo. That idea in itself is fine, but there is just something about the way it is executed that does not it well with me; it might be the fact that the vocal melodies are simply too similar with not a lot of variation and harmonies going on. But it might just be me. You should listen to this song for yourself and form your own opinion. I have seen it described as the best song on the album, so it is probably worth it. There is of course also a cover version of the Metallica classic 'Seek and Destroy' from Kill 'em All, which I think is a really nice gesture in the sense that it is admirable that an older band recognizes a younger band (okay, I guess Metallica can't really be called a younger band anymore, but you know what I mean) whom they originally inspired. On this note, it should be mentioned that, although the anchor style, as it were, is traditional heavy metal, I was quite surprised at the number of thrash metal and power influences heard on the album. This may be brought into Bitzkrieg's sound by its younger members, but it is still pretty cool that such a veteran band draws on elements from styles developed by artists who were originally inspired by Blitzkrieg and its NwoBHM peers.

Blitzkrieg prioritize authenticity over professionalism on this album, meaning that the performance is dynamic and organic rather than clockwork precise – it i in no way sloppy though. The production is raw and perhaps even amateurish to some younger listeners, but it does capture the spirit and rough sound of original NWoBHM, and, in a way, sonically transports you back to the foggy streets of the industrial British cities and towns of the late 70s and early 80s. Regardless, it does take a couple of songs for the ear to get accustomed to this type of production if you are not already used to lo-fi sound productions.

Combining traditional heavy metal with thrash metal elements, this album probably appeals to fans of both old school metal and more modern metal. In any case, given that Blitzkrieg are pretty much among the unsung heroes of the hugely influential early 80s British metal scene, listeners with an interest in heavy metal history should check out the album.

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