While I work up a couple of new reviews and agonise over my end-of-year lists (yes, it’s nearly that time!) I thought I’d use this Noise-some Notes post to just take a look at some of my recent purchases and some cool stuff due out between now and Christmas.
Avatarium’s The Girl with the Raven Mask was picked up as soon as it hit the shelves. Their debut was a masterpiece so I’ve been looking forward to this immensely. It’s not disappointed me. Satan’s Court in the Act reissue got picked up immediately too. It’s a classic NWOBHM album that has been out-of-print for some time. The lack of bonus tracks is a little disappointing but, since the Listenable label seems to have the rights to all things Satan these days, I hope they have other releases planned. Metal Blade just reissued Riot’s Thundersteel too. I’m not sure it adds anything to previous editions but I didn’t have the album and wanted it so it was a no-brainer purchase.
On the bargain front, I picked up the Visigoth album The Revenant King at HMV for just £4. It’s a bit hit-and-miss but they’re called Visigoth and it’s got a song on it called The Dungeon Master so that’s got to be worth four quid surely? Anathema’s new live set A Sort of Homecoming was a good buy at just £14 for a CD/DVD set too. I just picked it up yesterday and still haven’t watched it yet. Waiting for the right special time to sit down and watch it with EvaOverload. Liverpool Cathedral is a spectacular choice of concert venue so it’s sure to be a feast for the eyes and ears. The Def Leppard Classic Rock fan pack was the ultimate bargain though, as EvaOverload was kind enough to buy it for me. Even if it didn’t turn out to be the best, I still had fun listening to and reviewing it.
The big new album is Danzig’s Skeletons. It’s due out on Nov 27th as the Evil Elvis returns with his long-awaited covers album. I can’t possibly consider a “Best of 2015” without hearing it. It would be unethical. There’s also the new Paradise Lost live album Symphony for the Lost, out on Nov 20th. It looks like a great value package along the same lines as the Anathema release. As you might expect from the title, there’s an orchestra involved.
Fans of straight-up, savage death metal will want to check out the debut album from Obscene Entity, Lamentia. It’s due out on Nov 27th but I’ve been lucky enough to get an advance copy. A review will be up soon but I can tell you now, it is mighty. And December has another big death metal release too, as Horrendous line up Anareta, the follow-up to their acclaimed 2014 release Ecdysis.
But as usual, the main focus as we near the silly season is on reissues and classic acts. I’m most excited by the Queen live album A Night at the Odeon, released on Nov 20th. Last year’s Live at the Rainbow album was stunning and this release is bound to be similarly impressive. I’ll take all of this stuff they’ve got. And in a similarly classic vein there’s the Ritchie Blackmore Story set that I’m very excited about too.
Anthrax fans can dust off their old Bermuda shorts in celebration of the Spreading the Disease deluxe (out Nov 20th) and also a deluxe edition of S.O.D’s Speak English or Die just a week later. Spreading the Disease comes with a bonus disc of live tracks and a set of rhythm tracks so I can get some quality Joey Belladonna karaoke practice in. I don’t have much info on the S.O.D. release but I gather it’s going to come with demos.
And the expanded editions keep on coming. Mayhem’s Live at Leipzig (Nov 27th) is due with extra live recordings from their seminal period with Dead. The Dictators Go Girl Crazy (Dec 11th) celebrates its 40th Anniversary with added alternate takes and remixes. And The Allman Brothers Band’s Idlewild South (Dec 4th) gets the deluxe box set treatment with surround sound mixes, the Live at Ludlow Garage album attached and a smattering of extra tracks.
And that’s about it. As always, let me know if there’s anything exciting due out soon that I might have missed. I’ll be back with some more reviews soon so, until then, happy hunting!