What a great month it has been for releases. You can clearly notice that the winter and Christmas are coming: just before the end of the September – December season there has been a lot of releases; just in time for the holidays or just in time to give the fans the possibility to play, listen or read through the winter break. I have also enjoyed November on that area.
It already started strong in the gaming world. Firstly the big release of Modern Warfare 3, which I don't have a lot with but I do understand it was a big day for the fans, something which also became clear because of the queue's of campers (pun intended) who could be found before the shops on the night before. After that of course Skyrim was released, something which the fans, of which I am one, have looked forward to for years. And thanks to the announcement of it in December of the year before we also got eleven months to eat ourselves up while we had to wait. The suspense among the fans was discharged on the eleventh and immediately or in the weeks that followed all over the internet covered songs or home made clips or artwork were uploaded which merely showed how happy they were with the release. And of course as final big title (as far as I have followed it) a new part in the Assassin's Creed series was released, which I still haven't been able to start on.
It was also a good month in Metal country. Among others a new The Devils Blood arrived and also finally a new Dragonland. For me personally however there were two albums which I really looked forward to, and I also discovered that a new album of New Keepers of the Water Towers, a stoner band, was released (in April already even), but I could only hear that for the first time this month because they are just a small band and therefore their release unfortunately didn't got any attention on the news sites. But the albums I really looked forward to both belong in the symphonic/power genre: Nightwish' Imaginaerum and Theocracy's As The World Bleeds. The album of Nightwish unfortunately is a bit of a let down after all the high expectations, but still it is an album that is lovely to listen to and thus I really look forward to the movie with the same name they are making. I also had high expectations of the album of Theocracy, but they did manage to live up to them. In fact, they even managed to surpass my expectations and if I think about and list all the releases this year which were important for me (Within Temptation, Amon Amarth, HammerFall, Symphony X, Myrath, Sparzanza, Machine Head, …undoubtedly forgot a lot more) real quickly I think only the fantastic album of Myrath surpasses it as best album of 2011.
It was of course also a great month for books with the release of Inheritance, but I already said enough about that yesterday
Altogether it has been a busy month to keep track to. Probably now there is time to breath again, because traditionally March is the next big month for the release of games and albums. Thus December shall become a calm month for releases, but with the holidays and hopefully snow that month shall become nice as well!