A huge New Release Tuesday today for the Heavy Metal faithful in the U.S. New releases from Saxon, Black Sabbath, Manowar, Primal Fear, Shadows Fall, Threshold, Onslaught, Dew-Scented, Solitude Aeturnus, Static-X, and David Lee Roth all graced new release store displays across the country…..
…..all subject to availability!
I knew that this was going to be a big day so my ban on Newbury Comics was lifted. It’s the only game in town so I had no choice. The Monday e-newsletter had some great sale prices for everything on my list, the only thing standing in my way was how many copies they ordered. My list was simple: the deluxe CD/DVD versions of the Saxon and Manowar, the new Sabbath, Primal Fear, and Diamond Dave’s Spanish version of EAT’EM AND SMILE.
Manowar – Gods Of War (Deluxe Edition CD/DVD) – $17.99: “Death to false Metal!” That was the warcry I was trying to teach my 3 yr old daughter as we walked into the record store and noticed only the regular version of GODS OF WAR on the rack. As my blood pressure began to rise with thoughts of a shutout, Sabrina knocked half the rack over, revealing the deluxe edition behind the other 10 copies of the regular. I give Manowar credit, they may not be the best band, or the most serious, but they certainly give definite bang for your buck. The deluxe edition is a leather bound book encased in a metal slipcase that has a raised Manowar logo. Inside is a very elaborate booklet full of photos, artwork, and Greek lettering. At least I think it’s Greek, pardon my ignorance if it’s not. The full booklet is in this lettering and you need to use the letter-key on the last page to translate it. I think it’s brilliant that a band would go through so much to create an interesting package. I’m sure a full translation is online somewhere already. I hope so because I have no idea what is on the DVD and I don’t really want to transcribe everything.
Black Sabbath – The Dio Years – $11.88: I’ve always preferred the Dio years to the Ozzy years and I was on this new compilation for the three new songs. I would have liked to have been able to get a boxed set like the Ozzy years had but that plan was scrapped months ago. Nice to see plenty of copies in stock today, hopefully the casual fan will see that there was more to Black Sabbath than just Ozzy Osbourne.
Primal Fear – Metal Is Forever (The Very Best Of Primal Fear) (2 CD) – $9.99: I still say that vocalist Ralf Scheepers should have gotten the Judas Priest gig over Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, the man is Rob Halford II, a true Metal singer. I have been a fan right from the start and Primal Fear hasn’t disappointed me yet. I have all the albums and the DVD so the reason for picking this up was the bonus disc of covers that were used as B-sides on several tributes and singles. I know I bitch about covers but these are not part of an actual album, they are B-sides. 16 tracks in all with the band using at least two songs from each of the six studio albums. The booklet also has a timeline-ish feel with many pictures of the band over the years.
Masterplan – MK II – $9.99: “Good things come to those who wait”…..the boycott is officially lifted! My online order for this album was delayed so I cancelled it late last night. I figured I would check to see if a copy made it’s way from the Newbury Comics warehouse to North Attleboro. Nothing under ‘Misc M’ or ‘Masterplan’. As I was walking toward the counter, one of the regular clerks came up to me with a copy. This guy was behind the counter the day I got shutout, he went out of his way to order it for me and was waiting for me to come in again. Now that’s service and a pleasant surprise!
Total – $50
Not a bad day of shopping. Unfortunately, the new Saxon album wasn’t in but my spies in the store told me one copy was to be delivered Wednesday morning. The price for the CD/DVD deluxe edition is $10.88, just another reason to go back in the AM. Saxon is one of my Top 5 favorite bands so THE INNER SANCTUM is a mandatory purchase. I passed on the Spanish version of EAT’EM AND SMILE for $9.99. Even though it’s been a collectible for twenty years, and the completist in me wants it, why would I listen to it when I don’t understand Spanish? Diamond Dave in Spanish = a great conversation piece, just not a smart buy. Of course, there is always tomorrow!