OK, the silly season is over. Time to get back to the serious business of spending all of our money on ourselves! I thought I’d have a look at this month’s upcoming new releases – well, the ones that appeal to me anyway. As is usually the case in January, there’s not a huge lot going on so I’m inclined to save my pennies. Release dates are for the UK as always.
Rainbow – A Light in the Black 1974 – 1985 (5CD/1DVD Box Set – released 26th January 2015)
A bumper collection of Blackmore and his (many) Merry Men. At around £45 it’s not cheap but not bad value either. Seems to be fairly loaded with rarities so this is probably one for the Rainbow collector/completist, which I can’t say I am. It’s one I might keep on my wishlist and treat myself if it goes cheap but otherwise I honestly think that I could manage without it. At the risk of being controversial, I think the only Rainbow album that I couldn’t be without these days is Difficult to Cure. Mostly because of the keyboard solo in Spotlight Kid. Mostly.
Inquisition – Into the Infernal Regions of the Ancient Cult (Ltd Edition – released 26th Jan 2015)
Mmm, you can’t beat going into infernal regions. This is the first full-length album from the US Black Metallers, repackaged with a new cover and leather packaging by Season of Mist. I enjoyed the latest Inquisition album Obscure Verses for the Multiverse so I could go for this. Just wish BM bands would shorten their titles though. They’re a bummer to remember and type. What’s wrong with just calling your album Pump or Load? Actually, just remembered the new Voices album is called London. Further proof that their album rules.
Napalm Death – Apex Predator, Easy Meat (Released 26th Jan 2015)
I’ve not paid much attention to Napalm since way back. But I do like the cover and title and I enjoyed a live video of them performing a new song Dear Slum Landlord. So this could be a dark horse purchase this month.
Venom – From the Very Depths (Released 26th Jan 2015)
Pains me to say it, cause I do love the early Venom stuff, but I can’t muster up much interest for this. I have some of their recent albums and they’re fairly unremarkable. Unless I read reviews that rave about this I’ll probably stick with Welcome to Hell thanks.
Extreme – Pornograffitti (2CD Deluxe Edition – released 19th Jan 2015)
Kick it Kevin! Do something Kevin! Here’s where I fess up and admit that I’ve hardly ever paid any attention to this band. But I know a lot of people really rate them, and this album in particular. So I could be cajoled into starting here. The bonus disc looks fairly comprehensive in terms of B-Sides and whatnot too but I’m probably not the best person to ask.
And that seems to be about it for January unless I’ve missed something. I’m being pretty selective here but, even then, none of the titles above are causing a twitch in my wallet-finger. If there’s anything enticing that I’ve missed I’ll do an update. As usual, let me know what you’re hunting down this month and tell me if there’s anything I’ve missed or should have missed.