Another month, another slew of new releases and reissues for your delectation. Now, unless you’ve been some sort of mystical hermit, you’ll know that there are a bunch of Led Zeppelin reissues out this month. In fact, they should be on the shelves as you are reading this. There has been plenty said about these already so I’ll not go into any details but I thought I’d mention them as they are obviously a consideration for me this month. I’m having a bit of a quandary about them to be honest. I can’t quite decide if I even like Led Zeppelin any more. It’s entirely possible I’m just a bit bored of them these days but is it worth shelling out £40 in the off-chance it rekindles my enthusiasm? I think I’ll go softly… just try one out to start with, probably three first and if I enjoy that one I’ll buy the other two. Starting with two and then one. Hope you’re following all this?
So if I end up not spending too much money on those what else does June have to offer?
There are a few big new releases out this month. Anathema release Distant Satellites (9th June 2014 – all release dates are for the UK) a must-buy after the superb… everything they’ve ever done. Mastodon’s Once More ‘Round The Sun (June 23rd) is definitely one of the higher-profile Metal releases due this year. Personally, I wasn’t particularly enamoured with their previous album The Hunter and wasn’t fussed about High Road, the preview track from the new album. No doubt, I’ll hear more tracks once it’s released and we’ll see if those sway me. Black Metal giants Mayhem return with Esoteric Warfare (June 9th), which has been getting a mixed reception so far. But it seems like everything Mayhem does gets a mixed reception so let’s not read too much into that. Shamefully, I only have a couple of early Mayhem albums. I might need a crash course on more recent Mayhem stuff before I even bother with this one.
On the reissue front we have… bloody Deep Purple again! They seem to have something out every month without fail these days. This month we have a remastered Purpendicular (June 16th) with an extra Japanese bonus tune that I don’t have. That should be enough to tempt me to buy this outstanding album again. And there is also an individual release of the re-mixed In Concert ’72 (June 16th) that was part of the reissued Machine Head box set from 2012. It seems a bit cheeky that it’s getting a stand-alone release so soon but there you go. I’ll probably pass on it though. For reasons.
Classic Metallers Virgin Steele continue their reissue campaign with two double-disc editions, The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell Parts 1 and 2 and Invictus (both June 16th). I have never heard this band but they’ve been on my to-do list for some time. Both these albums seem to be their most well-regarded so this might be a good time for me to check them out. And continuing in a pure Metal vein, US underdogs Manilla Road reissue their first two albums together in one set as Metal / Invasion (June 13th.) I’m well up for this one so be surprised if you don’t see it featured here soon.
And last, but certainly not least, Bon Jovi reissue their classic album New Jersey (June 30th) in the now-obligatory deluxythingamabob edition. This comes with tracks from the Sons of Beaches sessions as a bonus disc and there are some videos and stuff on a DVD too. I’m absolutely certain I’ll be laying my hands on a copy of this. Ho ho.
And in case anyone’s wondering if that absolute certainty means I prefer Bon Jovi to Led Zeppelin then the answer is umm… err… Shit! I think it might be yes! How the hell did that happen?
And on that bombshell…