Blitzkrieg was formed in Leicester in October 1980, known as part of the `New Wave of British Heavy Metal` movement/genre that originated in the UK in the late 1970s / early 1980s.The band are considered influential to some of the Bay Area and US metal bands, such as Megadeth and Metallica, the latter actually recording a version of the bands title track `Blitzkrieg` on various occasions, and still sometime feature the track in their live set. The band are listed as active, Over nearly 40 years the band line-up has experienced some personnel changes and has included members of other heavy metal bands such as Satan , Avenger , Fist and Tysondog. Brian Ross ( vocals) is also a member of fellow Newcastle metal band Satan , alongside Russ Tippins , Steve Ramsey , Graeme English and Sean Taylor. 2017 saw Blitzkrieg sign for Danish label Mighty Music and release their first album `Judge Not ` for the label in 2018.
A Time of Changes (1985) – Neat Records NEAT1023
Ten Years of Blitzkrieg (1991) – Roadrunner RO93021
Unholy Trinity (1995) – Neat Records NM002
Ten (1997) – Neat Records NM010
The Mists of Avalon (1998) – Neat Records NM032
Absolute Power (2002) – Edgy Records EDGY115
Anthology (2003) – Sanctuary CMDDD523
Absolutely Live (2004) – Metal Nation MNR001
Sins & Greed (2005) – Metal Nation MNR004
Theatre of the Damned (2007) – Armageddon AMG064
Back from Hell (2013) – Metal Nation MNR013
Boys from Brazil Street Vol 1 (2014) – High Roller HRR333
Boys from Brazil Street Vol 2 (2015) – High Roller HRR405
A Time of Changes 40th Anniversary Edition (2015) – Metal Nation MNR014
Judge Not (2018) – Mighty Music PMZ256
Buried Alive c/w Blitzkrieg (1981) – Neat Records Neat10
Reign of Fire c/w Judge Not (Lest You Yourself Be Judged) (2017) Mighty Music
Demo (1980) – Independant
Blitzed Alive (1981) – Independant
Blitzkrieg was formed in Leicester in October 1980. Their first demo, made in November that year, secured them their first recording deal with Neat Records resulting in the famous Blitzkrieg/Buried Alive single & a track on the Lead Weight compilation album. The band gigged extensively in England but split in 1981. The members went their own separate ways but Brian Ross & Mick Moore stayed together to form the heart of Avenger.
The band released 2 singles on Neat: Ross then left to join Satan with whom he recorded the classic Caught In The Act album which was released by Roadrunner & licensed to Neat for the UK. After the success of the Satan album & European tours, the band’s direction became unclear & Ross decided to leave & concentrate on managing the North East band Lone Wolf (Brian performed vocals on the single Your Move). Now Ross decided that it was time to record the Blitzkrieg LP that had been planned way back in 1981, entitled A Time Of Changes: it was released in 1985 on Neat/Roadrunner with recruits from the previous bands brought in to record the album. Meanwhile, Metallica covered the song Blitzkrieg on their Creeping Death EP. In 1991 the band made a mini album called Ten Years Of Blitzkrieg for Roadrunner to celebrate their tenth anniversary, re-recording the Blitzkrieg /Buried Alive tracks together with 3 new numbers.
In 1995 Neat Records re-launched with Ex TOPT vocalist , Jess Cox , now the new owner & he immediately signed Blitzkrieg on a 3 album deal: Unholy Trinity, Ten & The Mists Of Avalon were the result (also released in Japan on Pony Canyon Records). Another boost from Metallica came when the USA rockers again covered the Blitzkrieg track on their Live Shit box set & their 1998 album Garage Inc, and the b-side of their 7″`Whisky in the Jar`
2002 saw the release of their new album Absolute Power on Jess Cox`s new label Edgy Records, to rave reviews worldwide. A spate of interviews in Europe, the UK & the USA followed with a string of festival dates in Europe (& the US) which helped push the band back into the spotlight once more. Absolute Power was released in Brazil on Hellion Records & as an LP in Sweden by TPL Records. Following the release of their double Anthology CD on Sanctuary Records the band released their first live album on Metal Nation Records (again owned by Jess Cox). Following the release of Absolutely live, the band went on to record the critically acclaimed “Sins and Greed” which was released in mid 2005.
In 2007 the band signed to German label Armageddon Records and released “Theatre of the Damned”, which was co-produced by Saxon frontman Biff Byford after Blitzkrieg opened for Saxon a year earlier on their UK tour.
2012 ushered a new line up to the ranks with Bill Baxter, Mick Kerrigan and Alan Ross replacing Guy Laverick and the Brewis brothers , on November 5th 2013 and after a lengthy European tour the band released `Back From Hell` on the Metal Nation Records label.2014 brought in another European trek and some festivals and in 2015 the band celebrated its 35th anniversary by re recording to be released as a 30th Anniversary reboot the debut album `A Time of Changes` on the Metal Nation Records label , this would be the first release to feature new drummer Matt Graham who replaced Kerrigan on the drum stool early in 2015.
2015 sees the 35th anniversary of the band Blitzkrieg who came into existence in 1980. Although their debut single (on Neat records) was released in 1981 , ‘Buried Alive b/s Blitzkrieg’ it was not till 1985 that the band recorded their debut album as vocalist Brian Ross was involved with his other band , Satan recording and touring their debut classic ‘ Court In The Act ‘ .
30 years on because of catalogue sale and resale ‘A Time Of Changes ‘ is lost in the vaults of corporate hell and may never see the light of day again. That said the current line up of Blitzkrieg wanted this album available to fans so they have completely rerecorded the album and added two bonus tracks . ‘Too Wild To Tame’ which should have made back in 1985, but was originally written and recorded to be the bands second single back in 1981. It was eventually recorded by another Neat records stablemate , Avenger.
The second bonus track ‘Jealous Love’ was was originally on the Unholy Trinity album but is included here played acoustically. All the classic tracks are here too on this album including many still played live today which included the Metallica covered ‘Blitzkrieg’ track . It also features guest twin guitar appearances on ‘Pull The Trigger’ by Satan’s Russ Tippins and Steve Ramsey.
Great new artwork had been commissioned for the new version too by South American artist Ivan Chacon fronting a new 12 page booklet full of sleeve notes by Brian Ross , lyrics and new photos from the past and present line up..
The album was released in Europe by the band’s long time label Metal Nation Records . It was also released in Japan by Spiritual Beast and various labels in South America to coincide with the band’s 7 date six country tour there in November 2015. There will also be a vinyl version of the album on High Roller Records by German based label , High Roller Records.
The band continued their 2015 ‘Time Of Changes ‘ 30th Anniversary tour having already headlined festivals in he UK ( Brofest / Hard Rock Hell ) , Slovenia ( Metal Days) and appeared at the prestigious Germany festival Headbangers Open Air. The South American dates will be the last for this year.
Saw more festival appearances across Europe supporting the 30th Anniversary of the `A Time of Changes` debut album, the band also toured for the first time in Japan , then the band would continue to write and prepare material for the follow up to `Back from Hell` for a possible 2017 release.
2017 and the band have been joined by new bass player Huw Holding and preparations are being made to sign to a new label , the Mighty Music label based in Denmark . Work begins on the recording of a brand new kick you in the ass album. As ever we couldn’t have done any of this without the support of our fans so a massive NWOBHM thank you to you all. \mm/
Nov 2017 the single `Reign of Fire` is released on the Mighty Music label , with good reviews from both media and fans
April sees the first Blitzkrieg album for the Mighty Music label released entitled `Judge Not ` , the release is followed by some UK/European festival dates , and the Reign of Fire European Tour that takes in ( UK , France , Belguim , Netherlands and Germany) rounds off the end of 2018