Following the huge success of Stallion, High Roller Records is proud to announce the debut mini-album of Germany's newest heavy metal sensation Blizzen. Andi Heindl (guitars), Marvin Kiefer (guitars), Daniel Stecki (vocals, bass) and Gereon Nicolay (drums) formed the band in February 2014. In April of the same year they issued a three-track demo to download freely from the internet. In October 2014 Blizzen appeared live at the „Manilla Road festival“. Now it's time for the first official release on High Roller Records entitled »Time Machine«.
“We have been influenced by classic metal and thrash metal from the eighties,” states singer/bassist Daniel Stecki. “But also classic rock from the sixties and seventies. If I go through the A-Z of bands having influenced us I'd start at Anthrax and end with ZZ Top. There'd be at least one band per letter in the alphabet. Iron Maiden, Tank, Diamond Head, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy – those were also bands that have influenced us quite heavily.”
So the title of the mini-album »Time Machine« (featuring a lightning bolt on the album cover which looks exactly like the one from Raven's »Wiped Out« album) is to be taken literally after all? “I guess you could say this”, laughs Daniel. “Our debut is a travel back in time to the glory eighties, a time in which all our heroes put out their best records.”
Just listen to the opening riff of “Gone Wild” and you will instantly hear where Blizzen are coming from, classic Jaguar springs to my mind. “Yes, that might be true”, says Daniel. “Jaguar are definitely one of the bands we adore. I have just listened to their new album »Metal X« and I must say it is really, really good.”
There is a good chance that some people will describe Blizzen as the “new Stallion”, a description Daniel has no problem with: “That'd be a big honour for us. Stallion are not only a fantastic band, they are very nice people as well. In general though I don't think that we are the 'new Stallion'. Our style is a bit different from theirs, to be honest.”
Blizzen will be playing the warm-up show to “Hell over Hammaburg” in 2015 and they have already started work on their first full-length album: “We have finished eleven songs. There are a few more to come but the material for the album is almost complete. Our live set at the moment is 45 minutes long including one cover version, namely 'Iron Maiden' by Iron Maiden.”