Blitzkrieg (band)

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Blitzkrieg
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Blitzkrieg at Jalometalli 2008 in Oulu
Background information
Origin Leicester, England
Genres Heavy metal
Years active1980–1981, 1984–1991, 1992–1994, 1996–1999, 2001–present
Labels Neat Records (1980–1985, 1995–1998)
Roadrunner Records (1991)
Edgy Records (2002)
Metal Nation (2004present)
Website www.blitzkriegmusic.com
Members Brian Ross
Ken Johnson
Alan Ross
Huw Holding
Matt Graham

Blitzkrieg are a heavy metal band initially from Leicester formed in 1980. The current line-up is Brian Ross (vocals), Ken Johnson (guitar), Alan Ross (guitar), Huw Holding (bass) and Matt Graham (drums). Brian Ross is the only remaining member from the band's founding.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Leicester City and unitary authority area in England

Leicester is a city and unitary authority area in the East Midlands of England, and the county town of Leicestershire. The city lies on the River Soar and close to the eastern end of the National Forest.

Brian Ross (singer)

Brian Ross, also known as Brian Smith is an English vocalist, who is best known as the frontman of heavy metal bands Satan, from 1983 to 1984, in 2004, and since 2011, and Blitzkrieg, from 1980 to 1981, from 1992 to 1994, from 1996 to 1999, and since 2001.

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History

Blitzkrieg was formed in October 1980 after signing a record deal with Neat Records, a label that was signing many of the bands involved with the new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM) movement. In the early stages of Blitzkrieg's 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 Pan Tang), bass player Mick Moore (of Avenger) and drummer Sean Taylor (Satan/Blind Fury, ex-Raven) then decided that it was time to record the Blitzkrieg album that was originally planned to be released in 1981, A Time of Changes. It was later released in 1985.

Neat Records

Neat Records was a record label based near Newcastle, England. The label was established in 1979 by David Wood, who was the owner of Impulse Studios in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, England. After musician Conrad Lant began working at the studio in 1979, he convinced the studio to begin a label for rock and metal bands. The Neat label only had two other releases by a club band called Motorway and an 11 year old girl singer named Janie McKenzie, so the label decided to employ Lant as Artist liaison and invite bands to contact the studio. The label quickly signed a number of bands and the Neat catalogue began to grow quickly with EP releases and subsequent albums. Conrad Lant {aka: Cronos] later also signed to the label with his own band called Venom, and releasing several prominent singles and albums up until 1985. Another key figure in the establishment of the label was Steve Thompson. Thompson was house producer at Impulse at the time and helped set up Neat, became the A&R manager and produced all the initial recordings, as well as managing the publishing arm, Neat Music. The label was sold in 1995 to Sanctuary Records.

The new wave of British heavy metal was a nationwide musical movement that started in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s and achieved international attention by the early 1980s. Journalist Geoff Barton coined the term in a May 1979 issue of the British music newspaper Sounds to describe the emergence of new heavy metal bands in the mid to late 1970s, during the period of punk rock's decline and the dominance of new wave music.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north-northwest. The Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.

Blitzkrieg released 10 Years of Blitzkrieg in 1991. The released Unholy Trinity in 1995. The album Ten was released in 1997. The Mists of Avalon was released in 1998.

Ross was then involved in a car accident, which temporarily kept Blitzkrieg from playing. After he recovered, the band released the albums, Absolute Power (a studio album), Absolutely Live (a live album) and Sins and Greed. On 10 August 2007, Blitzkrieg released their album Theatre of the Damned through their record label Armageddon Music.

Blitzkrieg is the seventh track from Metallica's 1998 album Garage, Inc. second disc. It was written by Ian Jones, Jim Sirotto and Brian Ross, with a length of 3:36.

Originally released by Blitzkrieg in 1981 as a B-side to the "Buried Alive" single, Metallica had already released their version on 1984's "Creeping Death" single (aka Garage Days Revisited).

Metallica have played this song live 82 times. The first time was March 14, 1982, in Anaheim, CA.

Metallica American heavy metal band

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

Members

Former members

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Discography

TitleReleased
Buried Alive / Blitzkrieg[Single], 1981
A Time of Changes 1985
Ten Years of Blitzkrieg [EP], 1991
Unholy Trinity1995
Ten[1991 EP + new songs], 1996
The Mists of Avalon1998
Absolute Power2002
Absolutely Live[Live album], 2004
Sins and Greed 2005
Theatre of the Damned 2007
Back from Hell2013
A Time of Changes 30th Anniversary2015
Judge Not2018

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