There’s not a great deal happening in the release schedules in August and, to make matters worse, a lot of what is happening just isn’t up my street. Since I prefer to focus on albums that I have a likelihood of buying, I’ll keep this one short.
There are only two big-hitters this month. First up, Accept continue their recent mean streak with Blind Rage (out 18th August.) The limited edition comes with a bonus DVD which seems to be a full 2013 concert in Chile. I’d say it would be worth buying just for that. Next up are US Doom Metallers Pallbearer. I’ve been meaning to buy their 2012 album Sorrow & Extinction since it’s release. What little I’ve heard so far has been excellent but now they are back with the follow-up Foundations of Burden (25th August) so I may have to buy both.
The remaining releases are a mixed bag. Opeth are a tricky one. They have rarely put a foot wrong but their last album Heritage just didn’t connect with me so I’m finding it hard to work up any enthusiasm for their latest Pale Communion (25th August). The one song I’ve heard sounded OK though so I might give it a go. Mastodon reissue their remixed and remastered debut album Remission (4th August) and while I can’t see myself rushing out to buy it, I reckon I’ll pick it up at some point.
Apart from the odd album here and there, I never really followed Ace Frehley’s solo career much. I gather that his last album Anomaly was bit hit-and-miss so I will probably treat Space Invader (18th August) with caution unless I hear some serious praise.
And that’s about the lot for August. It’s probably a good month for me to catch up on my listening pile and there are still releases I’d like to buy from previous months too; Agalloch Serpent and Sphere, Dread Sovereign All Hell’s Martyrs, The Nuge – Shut Up & Jam and Winger – Better Days Comin’. Plenty to be getting on with then!
Happy hunting in August and I’ll back soon with a Buying Round-Up.