Judge Not

1. Heretic
2. Who Is Blind
3. Forever Is A Long Time
4. Reign Of Fire
5. All Hell Is Breaking Loose
6. Angels Or Demons
7. Loud And Proud
8. Without You
9. Wide Legged And Headless
10. Falling Into Darkness
11. Judge Not Lest You Yourself Be Judged
12. School’s Out (CD bonus track)

Brian Ross – Leads Vocals
Ken Johnson – Guitars, Keyboards
Alan Ross – Guitars, vocals in “Without You”
Huw Holding – Bass
Matt Graham - Drums

A Time of Changes (1985)
Ten Years of Blitzkrieg (EP 1991)
Unholy Trinity (1995)
Ten (1996)
The Mists of Avalon (1998)
Absolute Power (2002)
Sins and Greed (2005)
Theatre of the Damned (2007)
Back from Hell (2013)
A Time of Changes: 30th Anniversary Edition (2015)
Reign of Fire (EP 2017)


Recorded at Downcast Base HQ, Newcastle by Phil Davies
Mixed Jonas Haagensen at Hansen Studios

Released 2018-04-27
Reviewed 2018-05-07

mighty music

Judge Not says Blitzkrieg when they offer us their new album, another one in a long story of NWOBHM-music that stretches back all the way to 1980. Forever is how long they have been around, even though they have split up and reformed several times over. Musical dinosaurs who refuse to lay down and die, and one has to admire their tenacity to keep going even though only one of the dinosaurs remains since the first era. Personally I don’t really have that much relation to the band, I bought a vinyl back in the early 2000, played it once and thought it sucked and hasn’t played it since. The thing I recall from that vinyl is that the artwork is more or less as amateurish on this album as it was on that vinyl. But what about the music, it is as bad as well?

Uncreative and unexciting are words you can use to describe what you get from Blitzkrieg, the band perhaps mostly known for Metallica having covered their song Blitzkrieg. NWOBHM, heavy metal according to the format completely without novelty, it feels dated the same day it is released. The vocalist sounds like a typical heavy metal vocalist and the songs feels like typical heavy metal songs with the power chords, choruses and all of that, and the album feels too familiar and new albums that does feel old already on release day is never a good thing. Not much in terms of variation either, and it is an album that doesn’t really bring us anything of fresh thinking.

Not the most exciting album I have ever heart, not that it is bad or anything it is just so dreary that I quickly loose every interest to play. It feels kind of like their track called Forever is a Long Time, the best track also points to this album’s main problem – forever is a long time and it will no longer interest you after a while. NWOBHM has been around almost forever now and it was a long time since anything really interesting came out of that particular combination of letters. Perhaps Blitzkrieg were relevant in 1985 or something but despite them being seriously dated I think this album will do well as people are insanely boring and most of them always turns to familiar stuff rather than finding new and exciting things, and this is as familiar as it gets. A nostalgic journey that has me thinking of that phrase: “welcome to Jurassic Park!”

Kind of have to say though that Victorius release Dinosaur Warfare is a much better Dinosaur choice and like most (if not all) bands from the NWOBHM-era it feels like it would have been better to let the fossils remain lost and forgotten. And that is really the conclusion of this album as well, from a critical standpoint I can’t really see why anyone would want it but there are many people who likes stuff that sounds exactly like everything else in a genre so if you like the NWOBHM combination of letters it might be an album to look at.




Label: Mighty Music/Target
Three similar bands: Tygers of Pan Tang/Satan/Avenger
Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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