Blitzkrieg (band)

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Blitzkrieg - Jalometalli 2008 - 13.JPG
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 (2004–present)
Members Brian Ross
Ken Johnson
Alan Ross// Bill Baxter//Mick Kerrigan
Past members Former members

Blitzkrieg are a heavy metal band from Leicester formed in 1980, consisting of Brian Ross (vocals), Ken Johnson (guitar), Alan Ross (guitar), Bill Baxter (bass) and Mick Kerrigan (drums).

The line-ups for Blitzkrieg have frequently changed since their formation, as the line-up for their first single differed greatly to the line-up for their most recent album : Back from Hell. As a result of these changes, Brian Ross is the only remaining member from their initial line-up.


Blitzkrieg was formed in October 1980 after signing a record deal with Neat Records. In the early stages of their 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.

The song "Blitzkrieg" was then covered by popular American band Metallica on the Creeping Death EP. Metallica's drummer, Lars Ulrich commented that Blitzkrieg was one of their main influences, along with Diamond Head[citation needed]. The song was rerecorded in many different styles through the band's career, but the Buried Alive b-side version of Blitzkrieg was the recording which inspired Metallica's cover of the song for their Creeping Death EP, as the first alternate version was released on the A Time of Changes album in 1985 (a year after the Creeping Death EP was released).

Blitzkrieg started recording songs in 1990 for the release of the album, 10 Years of Blitzkrieg, in 1991. In 1992 they started recording more songs for the next album, Unholy Trinity, released in 1995[citation needed]. Blitzkrieg was highly appreciated by the public[who?] after the release of these albums, and they were even more appreciated when the album, Ten, was released in 1997[citation needed]. Ten received a good response from the public[citation needed], and was later backed up by the release of The Mists of Avalon in 1998, which also brought forward a positive response[citation needed].

Vocalist Brian Ross was then involved in a car accident, which prevented Blitzkrieg from releasing any further material. Six months later, he decided to reform Blitzkrieg and create another album. They released the albums, Absolute Power (a studio album), Absolutely Live (a live album) and Sins and Greed. On August 10, 2007 Blitzkrieg released their new album Theatre of the Damned through their record label Armageddon Music. 2013 will see the return of the mighty Blitzkrieg with the release of their new album (date tbc), which is currently in production. NWOBHM fans can expect a return to the classic Blitzkrieg sound with the powerful new line up which will take Blitzkrieg into the future.


Brian Ross
  • Brian Ross - vocals (1980–1981, 1984–91, 1992–94, 1996–99, 2001–present)
  • Ken Johnson - guitars (2002–present)
  • Alan Ross - guitars (2012–present)
  • Bill Baxter - bass (2012–present)
  • Mick Kerrigan - drums (2012–present)

Former members[edit]

Guitars :

  • Ian Jones (1980–81)
  • Jim Sirotto (1980–81, 1984–86) [born Jim Sieroto]
  • John Antcliffe (1981)
  • Mick Proctor (1984–86)
  • J D Binnie (1986–87)
  • Chris Beard (1986–87)
  • Steve Robertson (1988–89)
  • Glenn S. Howes (1988–90, 1996–99)
  • Tony J. Liddle (1989–96, 2001–02)
  • Phil Millar (1996)
  • Martin Richardson (1996–98)
  • Paul Nesbitt (1992, 1998–2006)
  • Guy Laverick (2006-2011)
  • Ken Johnson (2002–present )
  • Alan Ross (2012–present)

Bass :

  • Steve English (1980–81)
  • Mick Moore (1981, 1984–86, 1991)
  • Darren Parnaby (1986–87)
  • Robbie Robertson (1988–89)
  • Glenn Carey (1989–90)
  • Dave Anderson (1992–94)
  • Steve Ireland (1996)
  • Gavin Gray (1996–99)
  • Andy Galloway (2001–04)
  • Bill Baxter (2012–present )

Drums :

  • Steve Abbey (1980–81)
  • Sean Taylor (1984–86, 1991–94)
  • Sean Wilkinson (1986–87)
  • Kyle Gibson (1988–89)
  • Gary Young (1989–90)
  • Paul Ward (1996)
  • Paul White (1996)
  • Neil Nattrass (1996)
  • Mark Hancock (1996–98)
  • Mark Wyndebank (1998–99)
  • Mick Kerrigan (2012–present)


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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