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Unholy Trinity - Blitzkrieg

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Blitzkrieg / Audio CD released 1997-10-01 at Neat Metal

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      23.02.2008 20:54
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      Blitzkrieg's second album (1995).

      Leicester-based Blitzkrieg were a comparative latecomer to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene in the early eighties, and only released one album during its heyday, 1985's appreciated but relatively unknown 'A Time of Changes.' Ten years later, for some reason or other, the band reformed in a very loose sense with singer Brian Ross and drummer Sean Taylor reprising their roles with newcomer Dave Anderson on bass and Tony J. Liddle on guitars, the most talented member of the band who joined at the end of the eighties.

      It seems that Blitzkrieg was still operating as a live outfit in the interregnum between albums, which perhaps explains the density of 'Unholy Trinity,' an album packed with material that sadly feels significantly overlong at seventeen tracks compared to the typical NWOBHM average of eight or nine. While it would be a shame for fans to miss out on some of the extra material, especially those who waited ten years for this release, casual listeners are likely to become a little fed up as the sound inevitably becomes repetitive after the half-way point.

      The big question here is whether an album released in 1995 could possibly possess the same spark as NWOBHM released in heavy metal's golden era, and while I haven't heard the first Blitzkrieg album for comparison, this is a very accurate and authentic reproduction of the generic NWOBHM sound similar to Saxon or Grim Reaper with a bit of Judas Priest thrown in for good measure, and certainly more authentic than the albums other old-timers were releasing during the same period, for better or worse (mostly the latter). That said, there's nothing particularly special about this album, and obviously there's an issue of how relevant it is in a decade where the metal world was ruled by grunge and those annoying, youth-angst-nu-metal bands, but I see it as a welcome fresh of breath air. Even the production values are kept a little behind modern standards to add to the experience, though I suspect this was less a creative decision and more out of necessity...

      The songs themselves are all incredibly predictable and repetitive, but are a hell of a lot of fun, and equal or superior to many of the old bands, excluding the big-name acts that managed to stand above the rest and are still surviving today. Brian Ross' vocal melodies are surprisingly accessible, almost poppy on occasion, but he's still capable of reaching the high notes, and on no occasion is the music permitted to descend into ballads, the love songs instead opting to follow the commercial style of Judas Priest's similar endeavours. Liddle's guitars are clearly the strongest point, indulging in all manner of potentially cheesy and overwhelmingly cool solos and harmonies with himself, though his chugging riffs elsewhere are rendered a little weaker by the production values. He even gets the fun instrumental 'All Hallow's Eve' to show off his abilities, and it's notable that the primary song here to rekindle the NWOBHM flame, 'Take a Look Around,' appears to be a song left off of the previous album.

      Overall, this is a fairly mediocre release that's still incredibly entertaining for fans of classic British metal, with consistently enjoyable songs even if there are very few that really stand out, something that isn't helped by the sheer quantity. 'After Dark' is a fairly secretive vampire song that only reveals its true colours at the end, the title track features a dark section with demonic spoken word similar to early Manowar, and 'Countess Bathory' is one of the less successful songs on that theme that I've heard, but this is still classic NWOBHM that sadly arrived far too late for anyone to really notice, even less than they noticed its predecessor.

      1. Hair Trigger (Pull the Trigger Part 2)
      2. Struck by Lightning
      3. Taking Care of Business
      4. Field of Dreams
      5. Take a Look Around
      6. After Dark
      7. Crazy for You
      8. Zip
      9. Unholy Trinity
      10. Calming the Savage Beast
      11. The Wraith
      12. Easy Way Out
      13. All Hallows' Eve
      14. Countess Bathory
      15. Jealous Love
      16. House of Pleasure
      17. Return of the Zip

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Hair Trigger (Pull the Trigger), Pt. 2
      2 Struck by Lightning
      3 Taking Care of Business
      4 Field of Dreams
      5 Take a Look Around
      6 After Dark
      7 Crazy for You
      8 Zip.
      9 Unholy Trinity
      10 Calming the Savage Beast
      11 Wraith
      12 Easy Way Out
      13 All Hallowes Eve
      14 Countless Bathory
      15 Jealous Love
      16 House of Pleasure
      17 Return of the Zip

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