Here’s my selection of August’s upcoming new releases and reissues.
Atheist- Piece of Time (CD/DVD – 5th Aug)
Reissue of the classic progressive metal album. Unquestionable Presence and Elements have already had the deluxe CD/DVD treatment and this one seems to have been a bit delayed. Glad it’s finally here.
Gov’t Mule – Tel-Star Sessions (CD/Vinyl – 5th Aug)
This is a collection of early demos and recordings and features alternate versions of songs that would eventually appear on the band’s S/T debut and its follow-up Dose. This was the best era of The Mule for me so it’ll be good to hear more music from this point in the band’s career.
Hellhammer – Blood Insanity (7″ Single – 19th August)
Here’s a very collectable 7″ from one of extreme metal’s pioneering bands. This is a single that the pre-Celtic Frost band intended to release back in the 80s but it never saw the light of the day. Supposedly this recording is sourced from better masters than the versions that are already available the Demon Entrails set so this should be a treat for the ears as well as the eyes.
Faith No More – We Care a Lot Deluxe (CD/Vinyl – 19th August)
Faith No More’s debut album with Chuck Mosley on vocals, spruced up and featuring bonus tracks. I love FNM but I have to confess to complete ignorance of their pre-Patton releases. Time for me to get caught up. Doesn’t look as expanded as the last couple of FNM deluxes but it’s an exciting band-approved reissue nonetheless.
Tribulation – The Horror (Vinyl – 19th August)
If, like me, your introduction to this band was last years The Children of the Night you’ll welcome the opportunity to check out the band’s earlier releases. This is their debut album, a deathier/trashier affair than their current style. Looks like this is going to be a very snazzy vinyl edition so it’s pretty tempting.
Inquisition – Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith (Box Set/CD/Vinyl – 26th August)
Got to love Inquisition and their ridiculously long album titles. Try asking for this one in HMV! This album is coming hotly-tipped and that doesn’t surprise me a bit: their last album Obscure Verses for the Multiverse was top-notch cosmic black metal. Bloodshed Across the etc… should be one of the crucial releases of the year. Go for the box if you want the bonus track.
The Wounded Kings – Visions in Bone (CD – 26th August)
This band made my Top 10 Albums of 2014 list with Consolamentum and now, on their fifth album, they’re back together with their original vocalist. Heavy, slow, grinding occult doom done right. I’ve got high hopes for this one.
How We Live – Dry Land (CD – 26th August)
Reissue of one of Steve Hogarth’s pre-Marillion albums. The title track of this later ended up on Marillion’s Holidays in Eden album. It’s one of my favourite Marillion albums and Dry Land is a great track so I’m pretty intrigued to finally hear this. Has two bonus tracks too.
KISS – KISS Rocks Vegas (DVD/BR/2CD Set – 26th August)
KISS live set with bonus acoustic disc. Can’t say I’m that fussed about this but anything could happen. It’s KISS… and for me that invariably means “please take all my money”.
That’s yer lot. As always, let me know if I’ve missed anything exciting and… happy shopping.