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BLITZKRIEG- s/t 7" (Neat Records, UK, 1981)

blitzkrieg_front.jpgblitzkrieg_back.jpgRepost from September 2006. Freshly ripped in interstellar sound quality. For more of this NWOBHM group, check the recent “Lead Weight” post.

My summer of 1977 came a bit later. I don’t recall whether it was just one single record or much rather a chain of happenings and music that opened my ears to new music (and my eyes to girls). Sometimes I think it was the first Iron Maiden LP that started it all, then again I remember how much Judas Priest’s “British Steel” sounded “new”. But maybe it was the rawer stuff from what was called The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, like the bands on “Lead Weight”, a compilation album from Neat Records. During the summer of 81, I checked out whatever was freshly released and looked un-pop. Be it the Dead Kennedys, Venom, Minor Threat, Killing Joke or else; I liked some better than the other and bought whatever I could afford (and I hated Minor Threat because of the singer). When somebody would tell me that Venom sounded like a bad punk band, I couldn’t care less, like I didn’t give a shit about AC/DC not being “cool” enough for the trendies. One or two years later, when the first storm was over, labels would become more important to me because correct labeling would signify the expert and I wanted to become one. Also, the village in which I was doomed to live, had its first few Punks hanging around. They all went to high school and had nice middle class parents. I hated them all. Living on the countryside, far away from the bigger cities, Heavy Metal was Punk.
BLITZKRIEG impressed me one helluva lot. The song “Lead Weight” still had that 70s feeling but on the same hand already sounded “modern”. The 7″ was of another caliber. Twin guitars, consequent riffing (listen to “Buried Alive” – is that so far from “Hillside Strangler” from The Hollywood Squares?) and a slightly more aggressive singing was of a quality that was unheard of. It’s strange with my taste, I sometimes think: Some old records I like because they sound like they were recorded half an hour ago. Others I appreciate because their sound is deeply rooted within a specific moment in time. BLITZKRIEG belongs to the latter category.
Everybody kept saying how rare this 7″ was, so I just thought I might try and contact the band directly. It was one of my first fanboy letters in english. I sat there for quite a bit of time really, picking word from word from a dictionary I had used years before, when I started teaching myself some english by translating AC/DC lyrics (I never had english in school or later, so blame all my mistakes and bad grammar on those song lyrics). However, to my great pleasure, I received a package a few weeks later with a whole bunch of BLITZKRIEG 7″s, autographs and some stickers. It had worked!

Here’s the complete 7″ for you – and don’t you say this is not spectacularly good!

Buried alive.mp3
Blitzkrieg.mp3


24 Comments

  1. Stevie

    probably the best nwobhm 7″! classic!!!

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    Posted on 06-Sep-06 at 09:26 | Permalink
  2. Peter - KBDRecords

    Ahh not bad at all! Except for the guitar solos wich is too wanky for my taste. But I REALLY dig the vocalist voice OUCH here came that “metal” scream HA HA :D. Well that I don’t like.

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    Posted on 07-Sep-06 at 01:57 | Permalink
  3. E.

    I will make you a headbanger, Peter!!!

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    Posted on 07-Sep-06 at 02:17 | Permalink
  4. Anonymous

    Metallica also covered Blitzkrieg on their $5.98 ep back in the day.

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    Posted on 07-Sep-06 at 08:28 | Permalink
  5. E.

    That’s correct. It was a bit strange for BLITZKRIEG I think to learn that everybody knew their song from a cover version only. The original 7″ had reportedly 2’500 copies – who knows how many copies of the METALLICA ep were sold? 2 million?

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    Posted on 07-Sep-06 at 08:36 | Permalink
  6. Anonymous

    If you listen closely you can hear the Blitzkrieg influence in early Metallica recordings, especially on Kill Em’ All there is a definite similarity between Hetfields vocals and some of the riffing etc. At least to these ears.

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    Posted on 07-Sep-06 at 08:56 | Permalink
  7. E.

    Oh yes, definately! Also the untitled first DIAMOND HEAD lp (later released as “lightnng to the nations”) has obviously been highly influential to “kill em all”. they’re all great records, couldn’t value the one higher than the other, but sometimes I find it a bit sad to see that diamond head or blitzkrieg are more or less forgotten nowadays (and again: “am I evil” got really popular when metallica covered it. i too knew it from the “creeping death” ep).

    two more severe cases of rock’n roll injustice.

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    Posted on 07-Sep-06 at 09:07 | Permalink
  8. Anonymous

    Misfits also got very popular after Metallica covered them and the price of Misfits records went through the roof.

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    Posted on 07-Sep-06 at 09:44 | Permalink
  9. Anonymous

    Correction: Blitzkrieg was on the Creeping Death 12″ not the $5.98 ep my mistake, sorry about the momentary brain freeze.

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    Posted on 07-Sep-06 at 11:12 | Permalink
  10. Anonymous

    great to see a punk with taste!
    forget the blitzkrieg lp (time of changes). it’s nothing compared to the 7″. you will be disappointed!

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    Posted on 10-Sep-06 at 04:23 | Permalink
  11. E.

    You’re quite right, brother in metal. In the meantime I mamaged to get a copy of the LP on soulseek and now I know why I didn’t keep it … A real letdown. They even mangle a SATAN song.

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    Posted on 10-Sep-06 at 04:33 | Permalink
  12. Turd

    would have never beleived punk and hc people would love this. saw BLITZKRIEG many times live in the early days of nwobhm and it always was a mjaor blast! to me there was only band infleshing the nwobhm monicker more and that was ANGEL WITCH.

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    Posted on 16-Sep-06 at 05:24 | Permalink
  13. JONAS

    LINKS ARE DEAD! PLEASE, RE UPLOAD

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    Posted on 10-Mar-07 at 20:27 | Permalink
  14. Mike

    So i just downloaded Lead Weight, jammed the Blitzkrieg track and remembered how bad ass they were. I searched for more and came across this post from a long time ago but the links were broken. 20 minutes later it’s reposted! THat’s fuckin Sweet. Thanks!

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    Posted on 29-Mar-08 at 11:11 | Permalink
  15. Sean Hogan

    “I didn’t give a shit about AC/DC not being “cool” enough for the trendies”

    Absolutely, I’m all about NO guilty pleasures…the ultimate “punk act” is to not give two shits what other so-called punks think about you for “daring” to listen. I can’t think of too much more that’s MORE juvenile than judging people for liking other sorts of music.

    And Killing Joke is the SHIT…just got a shirt of the first LP!

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    Posted on 29-Mar-08 at 16:51 | Permalink
  16. Fernando

    Metallic KO!!! Thanks very much for this re-upload (btw, why dont you repost EVERYTHING? haha) and the monster HM comp! I think I’m listening to more HM than ever because of this blog, ouch. You must have böses Gewissen, ha. But some HM had always a place in my heart, like yeah AC/DC, Motörhead, early Maiden and some (well, plenty) more. And Tygers of PanTang’s Crazy nights!

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    Posted on 31-Mar-08 at 04:30 | Permalink
  17. Javi

    Man, I Adore 1982-1986 era Metallica, but after hearing Diamond Head, Holocaust or this incredible gem, they seem a lot less revolutionary, for sure.
    It’s awesome how songs like “Blitzkrieg”, Am I Evil?” or “Death or Glory” influenced so much the the masterpiece “Kill’em All”.
    I Love this post. Your site’s the fucking best, after somethingIlearned demise.

    Take care.

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    Posted on 02-Apr-08 at 09:09 | Permalink
  18. howardx

    awesome! i still have my original copy!

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    Posted on 08-Apr-08 at 14:05 | Permalink
  19. norge

    your site is the best music on the net I swear! I’ve NEVER come across a blog with so much to learn from. eternal thanks!!! and this 7″ must be the best record I heard in my life. I’m literally crying as I type this and play “buried alive” in the background. love from norway

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    Posted on 11-Jan-09 at 07:54 | Permalink
  20. ??
    I thought this was no NO FUTURE RECORDS.

    geez. a lotta godamn comments for this one.

    thanks again comrade(s)

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    Posted on 26-Jul-09 at 12:18 | Permalink
  21. elliott

    friggin love this. was looking for metal and i found this. thank you for this one.

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    Posted on 15-Nov-09 at 12:55 | Permalink
  22. Kount Jizznack

    A deffinate classic. Good stuff.

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    Posted on 16-Jun-10 at 21:46 | Permalink
  23. fozmann

    Hi, I have a copy of the 7″ Blitzkrieg Buried Alive c/w Blitzkrieg complete with an autograph from Brian Ross, its been in my collection since I was 15 (a long time) which I received from a local radio station in Newcastle upon Tyne England – I actually met Brian Ross on a bus and got his autograph!

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    Posted on 07-Nov-10 at 17:47 | Permalink
  24. charliefin

    Whilst Blitzkrieg is a pretty good tune the intro is somewhat reminiscent of Hocus Pocus by Focus… so I’m wondering if it focus spawned blitzkrieg

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    Posted on 29-Apr-11 at 16:14 | Permalink

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