Title: Opus Diaboli
Label: His Masters Noise
Here is a really nice boxset celebrating 13 years of Watain, the boxset wich supposedly was going to be released April 25 just arrived a couple of days ago to my surprise, the regular DVD edition will be out on May 7. The boxset is a really nice one containing all kinds of stuff, first off the concert DVD, more about that one later, the complete 13 years celebration show on two Cd’s and also on two Lp’s, a nice book with pictures from the bands career, four postcards and also a handsigned (by all five members) certificate of authenticy. The boxset is limited to only 1000 copies, and i got copy number 37.
The DVD is both liveclips from the 13 years anniversary show in Stockholm mixed with interviews with singer Erik, i think that these kinds of DVD’s are, well, let say that about the interviews yes they are fun to watch the first couple of times but after that you wish they were put as extras instead of integrated with the live clips. I personally would have preferred a full on concert DVD. The disc itself is really good, nice filmed and you really get that live feeling, and to be able to watch it in my hometheatre on a 112″ screen in a really darkened room gives more of a feeling of being there than to watch it on a Tv in the livingroom. The only negative i think is the sound, you have option between 2.0 (stereo) and 5.1, but it is a bit low mixed so i had to turn up the reciever alot to get a satisfying volume and i would also liked to have a bit more compact sound.
Overall this is a really nice boxset and a must for any Watain fan out there!
Death’s cold dark, Malfeitor, Storm of the antichrist, Four thrones, Devil’s blood, Reaping death, Lawless darkness, Total funeral, Stellavore, On horns impaled, A fine day to die, Waters of ain.
Artist: Blind Guardian
Title: A Twist In The Myth
Label: Nuclear Blast
Here is a really nice limited edition of the Blind Guardian album A Twist In The Myth from 2006, this version was sold out on pre-orders long before the actual releasedate. Limited and numbered to 1000 copies and a nice oversized boxset wich reminds a little of a book or something. Other than the album in a digipack version with bonustrack you also get a nice oversized booklet, a handsigned photo, a guitar pick, a wax candle and siegel.
The first single from this album was “Fly”, and the first time i heard it i must say i wasen’t that convinced, i really like all the albums the band have done except for the album they released prior to this one, A Night At The Opera, so i was a little worried that A Twist In The Myth would sound similar to that one, and the first single didnt do it for me. After i got the album and had the chance to listen to it a few times i would say it was really good, still like the album. I think that Blind Guardian, who are a power metal band if anyone have missed out on that, have a really high standard on their discography, and it’s more or less only the A Night… album which i dislike.
This will never end, Otherland, Turn the page, Fly, Carry the blessed home, Another stranger me, Staight through the mirror, Lionheart, Skalds and shadows, The edge, The new order, Dead sound of misery
Artist: King Diamond
Title: Decade Of Horror
Label: Massacre Records
This vinylboxset was released by Massacre Records back in 2001 to celebrate King Diamond’s 10 years (decade) on the label. The boxset is pretty basic hardcover paperbox with nothing special in it at all. The boxset includes picturedisc versions of the albums that King Diamond had released on the label up until then. The Spiders Lullabye, The Graveyard, Voodoo and House Of God. The boxset was limited to 1000 copies, and is a pretty nice addition to your collection i think.
About the albums isn’t too much to say, it’s not King Diamond’s brightest period in his career and of these albums i think that The Spiders Lullabye are by far the best one. If you are not that familiar with King Diamond’s music i can tell that all of his albums are concept albums, they all they their own story, so if you might not like the music , check out the lyrics to the albums, each one is its own horrorstory.