New Releases June 1st, 2018: Ghost, Def Leppard + More

Here is a quick glance at some of the albums coming out today.

Ghost – Prequelle

As most probably know, a lawsuit brought on by former members of the band forced Tobias Forge to confirm the rumor that had been floating around for years, in which he was the lead singer and mastermind behind the band. Thanks to that lawsuit the band has retooled itself and loaded back up with a new set of players, including Forge at Cardinal Copia, and a new set of Nameless Ghouls that are known as Alchemy fire symbol.svgAlchemy water symbol.svgAether symbol.jpgAlchemy air symbol.svgAlchemy earth symbol.svg.  The lawsuit has seemed to fuel Forge to prove that his former band members (now components of the band Priest) had little to do with the band’s direction.  It seems as if he’s going out of his way to blow aways the band’s previous releases with Prequelle. If you happen to pick up the deluxe version, you’ll hear the band’s rendition of the Pet Shop Boys classic “It’s A Sin” which plays nicely into the band’s modus operandi.

Def Leppard – Volume One Box Set

This first volume will cover the band’s first four, and biggest albums, On Through The Night, High ‘N’ Dry, Pyromania and Hysteria. The boxed set will include the studio albums, B-sides and a live album already released with the deluxe version of Pyromania called Live A The LA Forum 1983. For a band that has continuously re-released their albums, in various types of deluxe packages, it makes you wonder why they’ve chosen to release this now? Also, let it sink in that three other volumes will be released down the road, no information has come out on those. Will those revolver around other releases by the band? Bootlegs? Unreleased tracks? It is a cool set for sure, hand picked by Joe Elliott himself, but to the die-hards who will more than likely be the ones pulling the trigger on this, will it get much play given this doesn’t really include anything new?  I love these albums, and the band, but this reminds me of bands releasing a Greatest Hits Volume 1, when you know that encapsulates all of their hits, and a Volume 2 is never going to happen.  Will be interesting to see what they have instore for us.

Kataklysm – Meditations

The band has been making the rounds, promoting the album these past few weeks, without including all of the videos their label, Nuclear Blast, has been releasing in preparation for the band’s 13th album. Although the Canadian band works in some new elements into this album, the formula fans have come to love is there.

Gruesome – Twisted Prayers

2015’s Savage Land surprised a lot of people, and made plenty of year end lists. The band’s second full length, Twisted Prayers is set to pick up with the previous album left off. The band is spread out among California and Florida. The band was essentially put together as a tribute to the band Death, after Matt Harvey and Gus Rios became involved in several Death For All tours.

Other releases coming out today:

Nervosa – Downfall Of Mankind

Roger Daltrey – As Long As I Have You