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On disc: Blitzkrieg

- Buried Alive (single 7"e;) - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars
- Ten - Volker Raabe - 7 stars
- Theatre Of The Damned - Philip Thelen - 8 stars

Theatre Of The Damned

Theatre Of The Damned
(Armageddon Music - 2007)

was founded in October 1980 in Newcastle, England and exists for 27 years! These days only singer Brian Ross is still active, he's the only original member. The guys were part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. And that's what they still do! The new songs sound like they were written in the 80's and after the 3 song it seems to me that I heard it all before... But still the songs are catchy and I think that many metal fans who like this kind of music, will be interested in the oldies - even as NWoBHM isn't trendy. But okay, enough about this...
The album has beside new songs as a bonus the re-recorded versions of Armageddon and Blitzkrieg. Okay, I'm too young to be able to compare the new versions with the originals, but the sound is great and you feel like you are back in the 80's. But that can be said also about these new ones: My Life is My Own, Devil´s Spawn, Theatre Of The Damned and Tortured Souls.
For fans of NWoBHM sounds this is a must, everybody else should check them out... But the album doesn't offer much variety and so its a bit too long with it 12 tracks... Listen to: Theatre Of The Damned, The Phantom, Together We Are Strong, Armageddon and Blitzkrieg.

8 stars

Philip Thelen
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)



(Neat Records - 1996)

With the release of Unholy Trinity the NWoBHM legend Blitzkrieg could bring joy to the insiders a few months ago. Now the British band is releasing the follow-up which is called Ten. The melodic songs are on the same level then the ones from Unholy Trinity. Only the bad production and the old-fashioned sound can be a problem for them, but their compositions can convince the listener easily!

? stars

Claudia Ehrhardt



Buried Alive (single 7")
(Neat Records - 1981)

Around 1980 in Leicester (England) the band Blitzkrieg was founded. Their first step into public view was the single Buried Alive, even if later on the B-side became more known.
Buried Alive is a riff-based track with short lead guitar parts and a catchy hook. Singer Brian Ross also adds some high screams here and there. The track is up-tempo and breaks keep it interesting.
The B-side is the same named track which got quite known when Metallica covered it early in their career. But when you listen to the original you can hear the quality of the song and that Metallica just made it more heavy. And the vocals of Hetfield are more aggressive. Blitzkrieg singer Brian Ross later left to join Satan. Actually Blitzkrieg is the bands most famous song, but somehow they never really made it.
The single is a collectors item and has the vintage sound of the early 80's.

7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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