Wall of Sound Presents: The Vinyl Odyssey – Part 2

Welcome to The Vinyl Odyssey!
(October ’18 Edition)

Wall of Sound proudly presents a new monthly feature, The Vinyl Odyssey! Welcome to Part 2…..

This month we again dive into what’s hot in the world of vinyl and what’s coming this November for pre-order. We look a little more in-depth at the new Metallica re-release and a heap more bands and their wax! Again – we can’t cover everything – but if you want us to look into any upcoming vinyl, hit us up on Twitter or Instagram and we’ll do our best to provide more coverage to your specific requests and any questions on anything vinyl, suggestions on upcoming releases or re-issues.

Upcoming releases on vinyl for November……

Anthrax – Kings Among Scotland
Release Date: November 2
Thrash icons Anthrax released their DVD concert, Kings Among Scotlandback in April this year and now it gets the wax treatment as it transforms to a beautiful 3 LP set including a nice ‘etched’ side F, which is always sexy to look at! Featuring 18 tracks, pretty much a mini greatest hits album in a live surrounding, with frontman, Joey Belladonna in fine form. Personally, I love a live album on vinyl, they always sound great and this little package comes with a few variants including blue vinyl and if you’re quick an exclusive and limited run of gold vinyl from Nuclear Blast Europe.

Metallica – …And Justice For All 
Release Date: November 2
This is the one we are all excited for and to be honest, worth breaking the bank for. It’s limited, it’s numbered, it comes in a beautiful box and it is absolutely jam packed with Metallica goodies, so much so that the band even take a mammoth 9 minutes to unbox this beast for a YouTube video (see below). …And Justice for All includes (deep breath!!), the album remastered on 180-gram double LP and CD, three live LPs, a picture disc, eleven CDs (yes that’s not a typo!) + four DVDs featuring unreleased content, an MP3 download card of all audio, tour laminate, a set of four patches, a Pushead print, lyric folder and sheets, and a 120-page hardcover book with never-before-seen photos + stories. Metallica really know how to present a superb box set and collector item and sure it’ll set you back in excess of $250-$350 but if you have the coin and a massive fan, enjoy.


Architects – Holy Hell
Release Date: November 9
UK metalcore band Architects return with their 8th studio album Holy Hell and judging by first single, ‘Hereafter’ it will be a belter. The band have gone all out for their vinyl fans too, releasing a plethora of variants to track down across several distributors. Our friends at 24Hundred have been inundated with pre-orders already and have sold out three of four variants of this album and at the time of this article just announced a new variant (half black/half white) along with their last remaining variant of white in frosted clear). Check here. There is a JB HiFi exclusive pink and white splatter variant available if that takes your fancy. Sneaking around the ‘net, I found a nice white copy (I’m a sucker for white vinyl) on the Epitaph Records. Pre-order page here. Impericon Australia also have their own ‘exclusive’ variant, a gold/solid orange marbled LP, that is limited to 500, order here. I’m sure there is more too but holy hell, that’s enough variant to last awhile!

Psycroptic – As The Kingdom Drowns
Release Date: November 9
Death metal Tasmanians, Psycroptic are back with album number seven, As the Kingdom Drowns. Nerve Gas is the place for all the pre-orders,  including a sweet orange and black splatter vinyl as well as a clear vinyl with the bundle pre-order.  Chasing something a little more obscure? Impericon Australia has a 250 limited vinyl version on orange/white swirl here.

Laura Jane Grace And The Devouring Mothers – Bought to Rot
Release Date: November 9
The debut album by Against Me! vocalist, Laura Jane Grace. The band also has current Against Me! drummer, Atom Willard on board. From what I’ve heard this will be a completely different tact to Against Me!, and has a lot of Tom Petty about it. Vinyl wise, the album comes in a deluxe red vinyl available from Bloodshot Records via pre-order here. Artist First also has the pre-order available on red vinyl for just $30.  Link here.

Chris Cornell – Chris Cornell
Release Date: November 16
A cool and very respectful summation of the late Chris Cornell‘s works will come to vinyl mid November, with a 2LP package featuring a retrospective look at some of Cornell’s best work including the previously unreleased, ‘When Bad Does Good‘ and a cover of Prince‘s,  ‘Nothing Compares 2 U (Live at SiriusXM)‘. On top of the two beautiful vinyl records themselves, they’ll be housed in a gatefold jacket with a limited edition custom die-cut slipcase that showcases Seattle via the tree-line graphics on the front and various cities Chris lived in through his life on back. This album will be limited to the initial manufacturing run, though it doesn’t say anywhere what that number actually is. Included is a 12-page booklet with unreleased photos and liner notes by Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, Tom Morello, Mike McCready and Brendan O’Brien. Definitely worth a look out if you can find one at your local record store. Full track listing here. $86 at JBHiFI, order here.

La Dispute – Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair
Release Date: November 9
Michigan’s post-hardcore legends, La Dispute are set to drop a remastered version of their 2008 album, Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair. Remastered with no new recordings, just better technology, the album comes beautifully packaged on double LP, with a number of variants available. A clear with brown smoke splatter can be found on the band’s website here, otherwise, dive deeper into the ‘net and you’ll uncover the motherload of merch and vinyl bundles, with various colour versions. It’s called google for those wanting locations.


Amon Amarth – The Pursuit of Vikings
Release Date: November 16
Amon Amarth release their supporting live album, The Pursuit Of Vikings: 25 Years In The Eye Of The Storm – which compliments the bands retrospective documentary. The double album is loaded with 16 tracks from 2017’s Summer Breeze Festival. Presented in a sweet gatefold jacket, the vinyl can be found on clear and black splatter, limited to just 250 copies, here. It also comes in an orange and red marbled vinyl, again limited to 250 copies via Metal Blade Records in a bundled merch option. The album for the masses comes in the usual black print and a live album, it is right up there with one of the best!


City and Colour – Guide Me Back Home
Release Date: November 23
Dallas Green aka City and Colour is also dropping his live album in November. Featuring an assortment of his back catalogue recorded on his acoustic sets across Canada, this vinyl set will feature 20 tracks across 3LPS. There is an ‘Australian exclusive’ orange variant from JB HiFi, here. A bone/orange swirl variant is available direct from Dallas’ webstore, here.

P.O.D – Circles
Release Date: November 16
P.O.D‘s tenth studio album, Circles will be released on vinyl, again, the usual black vinyl for the masses, however on the band’s website you can score an orange vinyl limited to just 250 copies worldwide if you’re quick. Order here.

The Smashing Pumpkins – Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol 1/No Past. No Future. No Sun. Black
Release Date: November 16
The Smashing Pumpkins are back with album number ten but more importantly the first to feature in the last 18 years, it’s founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin, alongside longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder. The vinyl comes in a host of variants including an awesome violet vinyl version from Warner Australia. The album also comes packaged in a box set with three singles and the full length album, again via Warner. Order here. A silver variant is available via Impericon Australia, however, no details on numbers for that variant is available at present. Find it here.


Meshuggah – Meshuggah EP,  Contradictions Collapse, None, Destroy Erase Improve, and Chaosphere
Release Date: November 30
Meshuggah fans, wake the f*%k up! This is ‘THE’ motherload of re-issues! Meshuggah have dug deep into their back catalogue, remastering and creating some new and exciting artwork for a bunch of their old EP and albums. Here is the full list;

Meshuggah EP (1989)
– LP (black) in gatefold (Limited Edition, EP)
– LP (gold) in gatefold (Mailorder + wholesale)
– LP (clear+black marble) in gatefold (Mailorder exclusive)

Contradictions Collapse (1991)
– 2LP (black) in gatefold (Limited Edition)
– 2LP (grey) in gatefold (Mailorder + wholesale)
– 2LP (clear+black/white splatter) in gatefold (Mailorder exclusive)

None EP (1994)
– LP (black) in gatefold (Limited Edition, EP)
– LP (clear) in gatefold (Mailorder + wholesale)
– LP (red/black marble) in gatefold (Mailorder exclusive)

Destroy Erase Improve (1995)
– 2LP (black) in gatefold (Limited Edition)
– 2LP (clear) in gatefold (Mailorder + wholesale)
– 2LP (white+black marble) in gatefold (Mailorder exclusive)

Chaosphere (1998)
– 2LP (black) in gatefold (Limited Edition)
– 2LP (transparent red) in gatefold (Mailorder + wholesale)
– 2LP (orange+black marble) in gatefold (Mailorder exclusive)

Nuclear Blast is where it’s at, including variants, limited editions etc etc etc –> here


That’ll do for this month, I promise they’ll be an unboxing or a video of some kind next month – some exciting releases upcoming. As always, get amongst it and support your local record store!
One final thing I will mention is The Fever 333 are giving away free signed vinyl of their EP, Made An America – hit them up on Facebook to be in the running.


Plugga @KeepnTabs73 
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Writing, reviewing, interviewing, exploring new and old heavy music. From punk to grunge to hardcore to death metal to thrash and everything in between. I've been writing in the music industry now for several years including the websites LOUD, SF Media, Tone Deaf, The Metal Review and AMNplify. I'll be the one talking about bands from the 90s all the time..... Hit me up on twitter @Plugga73

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