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Blitzkreig - Judge Not!

Judge Not!
by Craig Rider at 14 March 2018, 3:56 AM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I am proud to present to you: BLITZKREIG; signed via Mighty Music, hailing from England - performing Heavy Metal, on their 9th studio album entitled: “Judge Not!” (released April 27th, 2018).

Since formation in 1980 (as SPLIT IMAGE, and then renamed to BLITZKREIG not long after) the quintet in question have 8 studio albums behind them, I am introduced to their 9th album entitled: “Judge Not!”. 11 tracks ranging at around 51:50; the quartet deliver a solid slab of heavy-hitting Heavy Metal arrangements, developing concrete distinctions of old-school New Wave Of British Heavy Metal energy that has been proficiently amalgamated with that modern aesthetic with the technology we now possess compared to the 80s. The introductory track: “Heretic” starts things off with its instrumental opening, until “Who Is Blind” brings things full-throttle with battering savageness - equipped with hardened diligence.

Consisting of Brian Ross on vocals, the front man provides operatic complexity with elegantly juxtaposed catchiness - to high-pitched velocity. “Forever Is A Long Time” showcases a grandiose manifestation of consistently blistering relentlessness from dexterous duo Ken Johnson & Alan Ross on guitars, the riffs and solos in “Reign Of Fire” demonstrates dynamic efficiency as they rapidly swift with a bouncy crunch to it - there is an abundance of groovy executions here that supply an organic substance in which captivate one with an entertaining experience. Powerhouse drummer Matt Graham & bassist Huw Holding contribute pummeling adroitness in the song “All Hell Is Breaking Loose” which is a notably thumpy track.

Angels Or Demons” attributes with uniquely composed songwriting expertise that are all round dominate, converged with enlightening yet melodious efficaciousness in which distributes exquisite creativity. “Loud And Proud” reminded me a little of SAXON, with the lyricism undoubtedly influenced by said band - which is incredibly remarkable in the contrast of the instrumentation and musicianship. “Without You” establishes fulfilling harmonies, as well as persistently dominating with fiercely thunderous orchestrations with the sound production being ever so fluid - splendidly. “Wide Legged And Headless” crafted more salubrious hymns of unprecedented proportions, a considerably excellent record so far.

Falling Into Darkness” balanced the rhythmic characteristics with speedy thrashiness which excels with menacing enjoyment. Overall concluding “Judge Not!” with the assault of frenzied technical progression of “Judge Not Lest You Yourself Be Judged”; I am compelled to say that BLITZKREIG certainly outdone themselves with this one…If you are looking to educate yourself on some uncompromised discoveries of razor-sharp formulas of old school Heavy Metal prominence, BLITZKREIG are definitely worth the money and time - check them out!

Songwriting: 8
Memorability: 8
Originality: 8
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Heretic
2. Who Is Blind
3. Forever Is A Long Time
4. Reign Of Fire
5. All Hell Is Breaking Lose
6. Angels Or Demons
7. Loud And Proud
8. Without You
9. Wide Legged And Headless
10. Falling Into Darkess
11. Judge Not Lest You Yourself Be Judge
Brian Ross - Lead Vocals
Ken Johnson - Guitars
Alan Ross - Guitars
Matt Graham - Drums
Huw Holding - Bass
Record Label: Mighty Music


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