My monthly look at the new releases, reissues and back catalogue CDs, Vinyl, Box Sets and DVDs that are grabbing my attention.
January’s usually a fairly slow month in the release schedules so if I can avoid the temptation of the New Year sales it’s usually a good time to catch up with what I’ve already bought/been given over the Christmas period. But there are a couple of tempting releases to consider:
Entombed – Wolverine Blues (FDR Vinyl Edition) (20th January 2014)
The third Entombed vinyl reissue from Earache. I already picked up the previous two and, even though I’ve barely paid them any mind, I’d like to pick this up too. It’s also their supposed “Death N’ Roll” album so I’m hoping it might hit all the same spots that Carcass’ Swansong does. I’d say this is the only sure-fire purchase of the month.
Dokken – Tooth and Nail, Under Lock and Key, Breaking the Chains (20th January 2014)
Yet more remasters from the Rock Candy label. I’m not as much of a sucker for this label as I used to be and I’m not a huge Dokken fan either so my current copies of these albums should probably suffice. There are still Blackfoot and Ace Frehley reissues from this label that I would prioritise over these in any case.
Red Dragon Cartel – Red Dragon Cartel (27/1)
The long-awaited return of Jake E. Lee! Jake’s a talented guy so this is fairly intriguing but I found the preview track Feeder a bit dull even with the excellent Robin Zander contributing. So I’ll wait to hear more before parting with any cash.
Alice Cooper – Trash (27/1)
Hear No Evil reissued Alice’s Hey Stoopid last year and follow it up with a reissue of its predecessor in January. Remastered with a couple of uninteresting bonus tracks but maybe worth an upgrade if I feel flush and/or in an Alice mood. And this will be followed up with a reissue of The Last Tempation in February too.
Emperor – Scattered Ashes: A Decade of Emperial Wrath 2CD (27/1)
With the Emperor reunion this year we should probably expect plenty of tie-in releases. This looks like a basic reissue without any special bells or whistles but if, like me, you don’t have it already then it might be worth picking up. There are certainly enough non-album tracks across the two discs to make it worth owning.
Of course, if I feel like splashing extra cash there is still plenty from 2013 that I’ve still to catch up on: the front-runners being Girlschool’s Bronze Years set, Obsessed’s The Church Within reissue, Cathedral’s Last Spire and the deluxe editions of Accept’s Balls to the Wall and Metal Heart.
And that seems like the lot! Let me know if there’s anything I might have overlooked. Happy hunting!