BLITZKRIEG (1980–81, 1984–91, 1992–94, 1996–99, 2001–PRESENT). Brian Ross (vocals), Jim Sirtoto (guitar, replaced by John Antcliffe, replaced by Sirtoto, replaced by Chris Beard, replaced by Glenn S. Howe, replaced by Paul Nesbitt (1992), replaced by Sirtoto (1995), replaced by Phil Millar (1996), replaced by Glenn S. Howes (1996–99), replaced by Paul Nesbitt (1998–2006), replaced by Guy Laverick (2007–)); Ian Jones (1980–81) (guitar, replaced by Mick Proctor (1984–86), replaced by JD Binnie (1986–87), replaced by Steve Robertson (1988–89), replaced by Tony J. Liddle (1989–96), replaced by Martin Richardson (1996–98), replaced by Tony J. Liddle (2001–2), replaced by Ken Johnson (2004–)). Steve English (1980–81) (bass, replaced by Mick Moore (1981, 1984–86), replaced by Darren Parnaby (1986–87), replaced by Robbie Robertson (1988–89), replaced by Glenn Carey (1989–90), replaced by Mick Moore (1991), replaced by Dave Anderson (1992–94), replaced by Steve Ireland (1996), replaced by Gav Gray (1996–99), replaced by Andy Galloway (2001–4), replaced by Paul Brewis (2005–)); Steve Abbey (drums, replaced by Sean Taylor (1984–86, 1991–94), replaced by Sean Wilkinson (1986–87), replaced by Kyle Gibson (1988–89), replaced by Gary Young (1989–90), replaced by Sean Taylor (1991–94), replaced by Paul Ward (1996), replaced by Paul “Sid” White (1996), replaced by Niel Nattrass (1996), replaced by Mark Hancock (1996–98), replaced by Mark Wyndebank (1998–99), replaced by Phil Brewis (2001–)).
Blitzkrieg is a long-running, often broken up and reformed band who matched Spinal Tap for members who came and left in the band. Blitzkrieg has broken up and reformed no fewer than four different times and had at least 32 different lineup changes since 1981. Despite the fact of the astounding number of personnel changes, the band has been regarded as a cult favorite by numerous British fans, who are apparently more tolerant of frequent lineup changes than most fans of the genre. The band started in 1981 as part of the New Wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM) and soon had moderate success with the classic “Buried Alive” single, which brought them to the attention of the British public, just in time for them to break up and several members to go off and join Satan (the NWOBHM band, not the prerequisite deal with the devil, although …). After a few years Ross decided to reform the band again, this time with a different lineup and produced music in the mid-eighties and then again in the nineties. After that it was endless tours in Eastern Europe, Russia, and other regions still starved for real metal a decade after the fall of the iron curtain. The band continues to this day with a new lineup of Brian Ross and a rotating cast of new musicians and will probably be a force in metal long after the original lineup is dead and gone. To their credit, “Buried Alive” was a great single.
Discography: Time of Changes (Castle, 1994); Unholy Trinity (Neat, 1984); Blitzkrieg (Feel The Power, 1996); Ten (Neat Metal, 1997); Mists of Avalon (Import, 1998); A Time of Changes-Phase I (Castle, 2003); Absolute Power (Edgy, 2003); Back to No Future (Step 1, 2003); Absolutely Live (Metal Nation, 2004); Gathering Storm (Street Anthem, 2005); Sins and Greed (Metal Nation, 2005); Theatre of the Damned (Armageddon, 2007).