Who can doubt Blitzkrieg’s influences on the early days of heavy metal, notably the stylistic movement that showcased the next phase of Birmingham’s pounding metal–the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM).
Blitzkrieg formed in Leicester, UK in 1980 and soon released three demos. The single “Buried Alive” was released in 1981 and the B-side track, “Blitzkrieg”, is arguably the band’s most well-known song. The track was covered by Bay Area icons Metallica on their “Creeping Death” single and later included on Garage Inc. as well as the re-release of Kill ‘Em All. The band have released eight studio albums and recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of their pivotal full-length debut ‘A Time of Changes’. Earlier this month the band announced a new record deal with Denmark powerhouse label Mighty Music.
Eric Compton talked with guitarist Ken Johnson about the new label deal, the band’s recording plans for 2017 and if NWOBHM ever really went away…[Full Interview Link]
The announcement that follows is a direct press release from Mighty Music record label. Mighty Music was founded in 1997 from the ashes of the fanzines Nagual and Emanzipation (Both created in 1991). Mighty Music have released over 100 albums with bands from all over the world.
Mighty Music is proud to welcome the legendary NWOBHM band BLITZKRIEG to the family.
BLITZKRIEG formed in 1980 and besides the legendary album “A Time Of Change” from 1985, the band is known for the close connection to METALLICA. METALLICA recorded the song “Blitzkrieg” on the 1984 “Creeping Death” single plus the 1998 “Garage Days Inc” album and has performed the song on a regular basis live.
BLITZKRIEG‘s latest album is “Back From Hell” from 2013, which was released both in Europe and in Japan. BLITZKRIEG has been touring actively the last years with a new strong line-up, playing festivals like Sweden Rock, Metal Days and Hammer Fest. On top of that the band has toured both South America and Japan.
BLITZKRIEG are currently writing material for the new album and will be entering the studio in the late summer of 2017. The first single is expected to be released in late 2017 and the album in early 2018.
Founding member and singer Brian Ross comments “We can’t wait to get started on our new album, which we should be doing towards the end of the year. This is a new, fresh start for the band in many ways”
Michael H. Andersen, CEO Mighty Music/Target Group “It’s means a lot to me and Mighty Music to be able to sign bands I loved since I was a kid and one of them is BLITZKRIEG. We will be working hard on getting this band up in the major leagues of heavy metal again where they deserve to be“.
Brian Ross – vocals
Ken Johnson – guitars
Alan Ross – guitars
Huw Holding – bass
Matt Graham – drums
Blitzkrieg welcome to the fold a new bass player. Huw Holding has joined within the last couple of weeks and we are happy to have him on board. Our thanks go out to Bill Baxter who has left to concentrate on his career with his band Druganaut. Bill goes with our best wishes for his future exploits.