Blitzkrieg (heavy metal band)


Blitzkrieg at Jalometalli 2008 in Oulu
Background information
Origin Leicester, England
Genres Heavy metal
Years active 1980–1981, 1984–1991, 1992–1994, 1996–1999, 2001–present
Labels Neat Records (1980-1985, 1995-1998)
Roadrunner Records (1991)
Edgy Records (2002)
Metal Nation (2004present)
Members Brian Ross
Ken Johnson
Alan Ross
Bill Baxter
Matt Graham
Past members Former members

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), Bill Baxter (bass) and Matt Graham (drums). Brian Ross is the only remaining member from the band's founding.


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.

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.


Brian Ross

Former members

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Title Released
"Buried Alive" 1981
A Time of Changes 1985
Ready for Action (EP) 1985
Ten Years of Blitzkrieg 1991
Unholy Trinity 1995
Ten 1997
The Mists of Avalon 1998
Absolute Power 2002
Absolutely Live 2004
Sins and Greed 2005
Theatre of the Damned 2007
Back from Hell 2013

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