Archive for September 27, 2007

From Bravewords

Eagerly awaited by their fans – not only since their most recent awesome show at this year’s Wacken Open Air, British metal gladiators SAXON are scheduled to release their new double DVD, To Hell And Back Again, on 19 November 2007 (Germany: 16 November 2007, North America: 20 November 2007). To Hell And Back Again comes in a top-quality DigiPak featuring over five hours of playing time and is a perfect example of an excellent price/performance ratio. The double DVD will be released in a 16:9 image format and 2.0 Dolby Digital & 5.1 Audio sound formats.

Saxon - To Hell And Back Again (2007) 2 DVD set

DVD 1 consists of 15 chapters with lots of interesting glimpses of the band’s life between two albums, starting with the Lionheart studio recordings and continuing with heaps of clips from the subsequent tour (the tour start in Kiel, sequences from the Graspop and WOA 2004 festivals, shows in London, Glasgow, Paris, and Pratteln, among others, plus the grand finale in Prague), and scenes from the video shoots for ‘Witchfinder General’ and ‘Beyond The Grave’. Most of the 15 chapters include at least one live track, the end of DVD 1 featuring full versions of each number. Makes over two hours playing time all in all.

DVD 2 includes the official ‘Beyond The Grave’, ‘Witchfinder General’, ‘If I Was You’ and ‘Let Me Feel Your Power’ video clips, plus the brand-new, previously unreleased ‘I’ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)’ with guest appearances by Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD), Angry Anderson (ROSE TATTOO) and Andi Deris (HELLOWEEN). The song will be available as an Internet single download from 19 October 2007!

 Saxon single

DVD 2 is rounded off with live cuts from the Swiss Rocksound festival, the Rock For Asia event, and a live duet by Biff Byford and DORO PESCH (performing the JUDAS PRIEST classic, ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’). Another three hours of Saxon pulling out all the stops!

A re-release of the album success, Unleash The Beast, will be out on 19 November 2007 (Germany: 16 November 2007, North America: 20 November 2007).

Saxon - Unleash The Beast (1997) album artwork 

In addition to the eleven original songs on the album, there will be two live bonus tracks (‘Crusader’ & ‘Solid Ball Of Rock’), recorded in Germany during the 1995 Dogs of War world tour. The re-release is completed by fascinating liner notes courtesy of vocalist Biff Byford and a new booklet with previously unreleased photos.

It’s been quiet since the previous hunt was so big. All the pre-ordered CDs have come in and I’ve been going through the latest releases I’ve picked up.

9/11/07
I had no time to run to the record store but I did the next best thing: I sent my wife! I gave her a very detailed list, including where in the store they would be. I wrote the CDs down, drew a makeshift map of the store (she’s been there hundreds of times), and sent her off…..

Iced Earth – Framing Armageddon Pt.1 (2007) – $12.88: I have been in the Iced Earth camp since 1996′s THE DARK SAGA. I have been loyal and I have been waiting for a decent album of original material. In my opinion, the band hasn’t released a decent album since SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (1998). I thought HORROR SHOW (2001) was a step down and THE GLORIOUS BURDEN (2004) was awful even though Tim “Ripper” Owens was at the mic. I’m hoping the band can return to a concept almost a decade old and re-kindle some fire.

Icarus Witch – Songs For The Lost (2007) – $12.88: I bought the hype back in ’05 when Icarus Witch released the ROSES ON WHITE LACE E.P., I got into their old school vibe. I reviewed their debut full-length, CAPTURE THE MAGICK (2005), back in Jan ’06 and it was a solid album. If this new record is as good as the rest, Icarus Witch will have a top album of 2007.

9/26/07
I’ve had the flu since Sunday. It’s been passed from my wife and kids, to me, and back to my oldest daughter in a matter of a week. I’ve been out of commission since Sunday night but the weekly email from the record store made me feel a little better…..

Halford – Metal God Essentials Vol.1 (2007, Limited Edition) – $35: Rob Halford is one of my favorite Metal vocalists and Judas Priest is my second favorite band. Anything Rob or Priest does is bought right away. This release was available as a digital download initially via HalfordMusic.com but Frontiers Records picked it up and made a nice package. Two CDs, a bonus DVD, 20 page booklet, autographed insert by Rob, a beautiful digipak, and numbered (only 5000 made worldwide). I had to have it but I was too sick to run out Tuesday morning. I wasn’t sending out my wife again because I was afraid she would bring home the single disc version,  so I called the store Wednesday evening and they had one in stock.

I did what anyone else would do: I went. I was a mess, imagine this: I’m in my pajamas (AC/DC cotton shorts & a ripped Alice Cooper shirt from the Dragontown Tour), sandals, my UFO hat, sunglasses, and I smell of Halls cough drops and Vicks VapoRub. I hadn’t showered yet so I must have been a really bad sight! I was in the store 10 minutes after I called so I knew it was there. I’m a regular at the record store so they recognized me (sort of) and pointed me toward the Halford display…..only one left! I handed the cashier my credit card, scribbled what looked like my signature, and left for the sanctuary of my car…..I left the CD at the counter! I figured it out before I left the store, retrieved the CD, and drove home.

Two week Total = $61

Favorite Pick & Best Value: The Halford set (2 CDs, bonus DVD, and limited edition packaging & inserts) for $35…..it’s selling for $50+ across the Net.