A late NWOBHM entry. Blitzkrieg broke up in the early eighties before ever recording a full-length LP (they did manage to release a single). Singer Brian Ross went on to a few other bands (most notably: Satan), but then reformed Blitzkrieg post-Satan to record the Blitzkrieg album that never was. Indeed, had this very collection of tunes been recorded and released in 1981, we may just be talking about a bona fide NWOBHM classic here! But in 1985 A Time Of Changes was kind of like a frozen burrito chipped loose from the back of the freezer and microwaved back to life. That is to say, A Time Of Changes would have tasted much better in ’81 (while still comfortably within its expiry date). By 1985, the NWOBHM was pretty much on life-support. However, a frozen burrito can still be tasty, even well beyond its use-by date (yes, I am sticking with this burrito analogy despite my better judgment). So… yeah, I guess what I am saying is A Time Of Changes is an unfrozen, frozen burrito.
A Time Of Changes (Neat Records) features a very strong first half, highlighted by the “classic” tune Blitzkrieg (famously covered by you-know-who, and the A-side of that early single I mentioned above), as well as the almost 38 Special-ish tune, Pull The Trigger. The absolute highlight of the album, however, has to be Armageddon, a song that fuses the dire sense of impending oblivion conveyed by Blitzkrieg with the sheer catchiness of Pull The Trigger. Great f*cking song! All my fondness, I should mention, comes despite of, and not because of, the voice of Brain Ross. It is one I find to be rather ordinary and plain of character (Nice high scream, though.) I think I’m in the minority though. Seems quite a few people love Ross’ voice. I thought he was the weak link in Satan, though I will say I like him a little better here.
As for side two, it is not quite as great as side one. Hell To Pay and Saviour are rather ordinary rockers. A Time Of Changes is decent. Vikings is the best thing on side two. Great atmosphere conveyed on that one.
When all is said and done, A Time Of Changes is a winner. This record belongs in the collection of any NWOBHM fan, even if it arrived tardy for the party. My score: B+