Without British metal bands such as Raven, Satan, Jaguar and Blitzkrieg there would never have been an American speed metal revolution. Blitzkrieg were formed in late 1980 out of the ashes of a band called Split Image when vocalist Brian Ross replaced former singer Sarah Aldwinckle and joined Jim Sieroto (guitar), Ian Jones (guitar), Steve English (bass) and Steve Abbey (drums). Soon enough the new born Blitzkrieg inked a deal with Dave Wood’s Neat Records. The band’s legendary »Buried Alive« single (with “Blitzkrieg” on the B-Side) was released on May 19th 1981.
Due to Brian Ross joining Satan, the original incarnation of Blitzkrieg split up in late 1981 without having recorded an album. »A Time Of Changes« was finally released posthumously in 1985. Due to Metallica having covered the song “Blitzkrieg” on their »Creeping Death« EP, Blitzkrieg reformed in 1991 and carried on releasing new studio albums on a regular basis.
»Absolute Power« was Blitzkrieg’s fifth full-length studio album all in all, their first since 1998’s »The Mists Of Avalon«. It featured 12 brand new tracks written by vocalist Brian Ross and guitarist Tony Liddle, who had rejoined the band, replacing Glenn S. Howes. Prior to »The Mists Of Avalon« Liddle had been handling the guitar on all Blitzkrieg albums. His return to the band was pretty much evident on hard-hitting, guitar-driven heavy metal anthems such as “Metallizer”, “Soul Stealer” or “Feel The Pain”.
»Absolute Power« was originally issued via Edgy Records (EDGY 115) on October 7th 2002. Edgy Records was run by former Tygers Of Pan Tang vocalist Jess Cox.
Blitzkrieg once again appeared live at the prestigious Wacken Open Air Festival in August 2002.