Archive for November, 2019

Adding classic Babymetal articles to the (not so old but still) Babymetal collection. Browsing eBay helps and it is great fun to do this again. I have a backlog that goes back 20+ years for the Deep Purple Family (including Black Sabbath), but I think the time has come to pick this old hobby up in ernest and get down to business all over again (after all, it goes back to the early 1970s so why quit now?). In the end, having a collection in order makes it way easier when you want to check things out, rather than having hundreds of magazines in piles that looks rather daunting. In the end, I keep some magazines intact, but the majority of the stuff goes into the collection in this way. I could probably make an absolute killing if I sold my Deep Purple Family collection today, it has to be one of the biggest in the world (and I have been known to help out for official product and TV documentaries in my day). When I discovered Babymetal in 2017 something clicked in my head and it started to be fun to do this again, and I never stopped collecting rock publications. I guess having a house now makes a difference, with a proper hobby room in place.

And speaking of Babymetal, it looks like Burrn! Magazine in Japan has had a change of leadership, and suddenly they are now covering Babymetal in a big way starting with the January 2020 issue. Burrn! pretty much ignored Babymetal for nearly a decade, even though they are way bigger than most “legit” bands over there (and in the world at large, as it happens). Good to see that Burrn! is finally giving them some respect. How long will it take for Metal Hammer in Germany and Sweden Rock Magazine to catch up?

(The Babymetal article seen here is from Japanese publication Metallion #47, a sister publication of Burrn! so I have to give them some slack – official images)

(Thank you for your support Kalle)


There is a Rainbow live CD from Cardiff (recorded on September 14 1983) titled “Taffs And Toffs” coming out soon. Exact release date depends on where you live, we get it here in Sweden this week.


The Dio remasters for “Angry Machines”, “Magica”, “Killing The Dragon” and “Master Of The Moon” will be out on CD and Vinyl on February 21. Awesome to get these on Vinyl.


Author Laura Shenton will have a book called “Dance With The Devil – The Cozy Powell Story” on Wymer Publishing in March 2020.

Black Sabbath

Posted: November 25, 2019 in Classic Rock, Cool stuff, TV & Movies

Added the 1963 horror movie “Black Sabbath” to the old collection. It was this film that inspired a certain rock band to go with that name. Pretty iconic too.

(My shot of said DVD)

Staffan Eriksson uploaded the title track from his Artomus Friendship album “A Day of Celebration” onto YouTube tonight. Friends of this blog will be aware of this project.

(My shot of Staffan, image from the video inserted)


Posted: November 22, 2019 in Classic Rock, Cool stuff

Nice to get the new Metalite album “Biomechanicals” (Green Vinyl and good looking gatefold sleeve). Really cool cover art (featuring singer Erica Ohlsson) by Darkgrove Jan Yrlund flanked by people like Hiko (layout) and Tallee Savage (bandphotos). Swedish outfit, ready to take on the world.

(My shot of said album)

I have been doing some trading with one of the biggest Deep Purple collectors in the world recently and I was told that he had discovered Babymetal through Trinkelbonker and bought the “Live At Budokan” and “Live In London” DVDs as well as the “Metal Resistance” album on the strength of my advice.

Made my day to hear it too!

Legends of WWII 2020 Calendar

Posted: November 20, 2019 in Calendars, Cool stuff

Added the Legends of WWII 2020 Calendar to the old collection. All art (and good it is) by Michael Turner.

(My shot of said calendar)