-The Titanic "Metal celebration" double CD on Underground Records shouldn't be a 100% official release. Underground Records is a...real underground label. Most of times it's even impossible to understand which are pro-printed CDr and official silver printed cd. Information can't be found anywhere and releases are sold through their website only.
-Mark I: a couple of years ago the band released a 7-CD box set (!!!!!!!!!) with all the surviving recordings: studio sessions, live, rehearsal. Limited to 10 copies for band members and friends only. It was shown on their blog. I tried to get a copy but everything ended in nothing. Maybe somebody in Argentina can try to get in touch with the band and ask if they can make some copy. I think they were all CD-r in any case
-Legion: The Dark Rails digipack edition of "Mind training/Por la cara" is quite difficult to find now, very very high priced. The recent re-release on Picap is a valid alternative. The problem is that Picap is not distributed well, so the only way is to order the CD directly from the label.
Picap also re-released the FUCK OFF "Hell on earth" thrashy masterpiece and all the Sangtrait CD's...really good stuff!. The previous digipack edition on Dark Rails Records is impossible to find and sold over for 100 euros or more....
Legion's first album "Lethal liberty" has been announced by Razorkill Records since a couple of years....nothing appeared yet.
Fuck Off's 2nd album should be reprinted with bonus tracks by Leyenda Recrds sooner or later
-Indonesian bands: I am going to settle down in Indonesia for some time at the end of my upcoming trip. So if you need Power Metal CD's (first two albums have been reissued on CD in 2010 and 2011. 3rd album is going to be reprinted shortly and all the other albums are available on CD), I can find them for you.
I wrote to Logiss/Log Zhelenbourg Records to place a big order, but they charged me something like 200 euros for delivery costs, bank commissions and taxes....
so I decided to go to Indonesia and buy them from local stores. It's the old story of Mohamad and the mountain....
Handy Black is not available on CD yet.
You can check here for available titles:
Interesting titles are the God Bless albums (including their "The story of" that is 1989 re-recording of their early stuff, in a very hard/metal style), Mel Shandy's CD (with some thrashy songs along with really boring rock/love ballads), Elpamas (it's a best of...their 1st tape was really good) and the 3 compilation "10 finalis festival rock-se Indonesia" with lots of unreleased songs of early rock/metal indonesian bands.
Plus there are re-releases of Edane's debut CD and the Rotor first album as well as a double official/silver printed CD containing Rotor's entire discography plus unreleased songs. They're easy to find in Indonesia but vitually impossible to find outside the country. And there are no web shops.
But I'll set down in Indonesia around next spring and I'll find them for those who will be interested.
-Japan: Zadkiel and Casbah are easily available also on some japanese punk web shps as Record Shop Answer, Record Shop Base, Record Boy...
at Record Shop base the Zadkiel CD is 1500 Y and the double Casbah's "Russian roulette" is 3150 Y....good prices. I order quite often and I always felt good with them.
If you're also into black metal, recentely the chinese label Mort Productions re-released a lot of SIGH album (including live and mini) in double CD editions with bonus tracks (mainly singles, compilation tracks and raw/pre production demos of each album)
-Pokolgep CD are not easy but also not too hard to find. If you go on the hungarian ebay or on some local metal shop you can find them quite easily.
The only CD very very hard to find from Hungary is the LORD's debut album "Big city light" and their "Valogatas/Best of" CD
-Huskvarn: can you help me to find a copy of their "On the road" CD?
-Spain: the 2 THOR albums have been re-mastered and re-released for the 25th anniversary by Sounds Metal Production.
Other interesting re-releases are the upcoming MARVEL: S/T on portuguese label Metal Soldiers Records, the TIGRES discography (available through No Remorse Records, I think) and the LEIZE early discography "Lo que faltaba" (including demos, singles and unreleased) on Leyenda Records.
-In Russia there are rumors that Metalism Records or its subsidiary Sublimity Records have bought the rights to re-press the whole Magnit/Kredo discography. I expect an excellent job as they did with Avgust.
No release date or official confirm yet...I think it will be in 2013.
-In China, criminal label Areadeath just re-released the thrashy masterpiece of SQUAD "Gallinazeous death". Needless to say I have the master, artwork and bonus additional tracks in my house, supplied by the bands. Needless to say my brother paid for copyright and remastering process and even delivery costs. Needless to say we never recevied any penny nor any copy from that son of a bitch of Wang. Needless to say my brother's credit will be totally removed from the CD booklet and his interview will be credited to Wang himself or some of his fucking friends. But if I find I and my bro are in the fuck off list, I promise in front of you all to go to his shop and kill him with my own hands.
In any case it's the only time where I suggest to download this album instead of buying the original CD. ADP should be boycotted. Wang is pure scum only. Don't buy this CD if you support legal labels and clear things.
The Assassin (刺客) Box Set from Taiwan (刺客: 典藏 1985-2006) is very very hard to find. Despite the title, it contains only their 3 Lp from 1993, 1994 and 2001 as well as some recent unreleased tracks. Plus there are 2 DVD full of videoclips, excerpt from live shows, interviews and interactive material.
It's very hard to find but you can order it to their music label at a quite high price:
http://www.jingo.com.tw/jingoweb_sub/we ... px?id=8928
it's sold at 1200 taiwanese Y and the original price is 1800 Y (almost 60 euros...fuck).
It's allowed to deliver from Taiwan to Europe or USA (while it's totally forbidden to deliver from Taiwan to mainland China) so you can try to order it. But it's quite expensive.
I found it on sale on other chinese webshops too (http://www.cdhome.com.cn/shopinfo.asp?ID=25755
at a very reasonable price (less than 20 euros) but I guess it's just a cd-r + dvd-r copy or maybe a bootleg made for chinese market only as original taiwanese imported products are forbidden in China.
The problem is that it's forbidden to send CD and DVD outside of China: unless you don't have a government licence, postal officers will confiscate them. You know that they must check the content of every parcel sent inside and outside China (there's no privacy law or protection in China) and CD and DVD can not be sent outside of China.
You can also find it on Taobao (the chinese Ebay) but 90% of times sellers sell fake copies, CD-r or just disappear with money.
The Assassin Box Set is really a nice item from one of the early taiwanese bands (Taiwan does not belong to China, by the way).....I hope to find it somewhere once I will cross China.
-No particular news from Latin America except upcoming brazilian titles by portuguese Metal Soldiers Records (Alta Tensao, Angel Butcher, Mammoth, Metal Pesado, Sadom, X-Rated, Zenith, Zona Abissal and some unknown MX output) and a re-release of HOLOCAUSTO's "Campo de exterminio" on Cogumelo with additional Bonus DVD filmed at Festival De La Morte in 1987.
Rumors say of new digipack edition of RATOS DE PORAO's early album in portuguese language released for brasilian market only (Brazil, Anarkofobia, Descanse em paz)....we'll see...
VODU's "Final conflict" re-release is announced by Die Hard Records since 2010 but still nothing surfaced.
-Portugal is in a very good and active moment as a lot of old bands are announced to be re-released soon, both in CD and Vynil: Harum, V12, Valium, Afterdeath....
-Romania: cult hard rock veterans IRIS released their complete discography on CD, under the serie "Colectia de aur" (Gold Collection) with remastered and restored sound. The serie is on Roton Records (licensed by Elctrecords) and for the first time we can also hear their first 4 album previously available on shitty vynils only, their most hard rock ones. 21 CDs with external cardbox. A really good job.
This 21-CD collection is available also in an impressive Box Set including everything: studio Lp, Live Lp, Cover Albums and Mini. it's really cheap...32 euros for 21 CD !
Single editions cost more. I got only the first 4 albums, the most heavy ones.
You can find them here:
http://www.discomania.ro/index.php?main ... gories_id=
-In Finland some old (and forgotten) bands have been recentely re-released.
Cult thrasher A.R.G. re-released their first 2 albums (including mini, ep and singles) on Spinefarm Records and SANTA LUCIA's "Arktista hysteriaa" has been re-pressed by renewed Poko Records including every single and B-Side.
Santa Lucia's CD is easily available at Aantila chainstores in Finland for 7 euros...
-Last but not least: from ICELAND the old Hard Rock/NWOBHM-influenced band START re-released theyr debut (and only album) "En Hún Snýst Nú Samt" (1981) with 5 bonus tracks. Lp songs are not bad and there are nice british metal influences here and there. Bonus tracks are really boring but in general it's a nice issue for one of the very first - if not the first - "heavy" output from Iceland....it's quite easy to find from some local webstores but hurry up because it's printed in limited quantity.