While they may never become as popular as they once were, I’ve noticed that the availability and demand of vinyl records has increased over the past couple years. Since the vast of my music hunting is done in the metal realm, I’ve personally noticed that spike is pretty large in this genre. It seems that just about every major metal release is getting a pressing run on vinyl. For some bands they vinyl format fits their sound quite well, such as the recently released Heritage by Opeth and Celestial Lineage by Wolves in the Throne Room, I can definitely see how the warm sound of vinyl would fit those albums perfectly. Some great benefits from vinyl albums include the analog audio quality, bigger and more detailed artwork, and since it is still not the most popular distribution method, something a bit more rare for fans and metal album collectors. All in all, it seems that vinyl is starting to make a comeback.
Personally I don’t own vinyl records other than a few Iron Maiden and Journey albums I came across over the years nor do I own a turntable to play them back on. However the idea of having and collecting vinyl seems really lucrative to me. Thing is, I’ve been collecting CD’s for so long now that I don’t want to break my CD collecting streak, and that adding another 20 to thirty euro/dollars onto each of my album purchases and also picking up the equipment to be able to listen to my vinyl on and creating more space for all this stuff seems a bit unreasonable at the time. But in the end, having the physical album in my hand makes me happy enough(especially when it’s one of those nice well made special edition releases) and I don’t think my CD collecting habits will change anytime soon.