This new edition offers slightly different artwork in a drawing of a wolf opposed to the classic photo of a wolf on the original release. I personally prefer the photo, but this looks pretty cool. The blue colored vinyl helps add atmosphere to the packaging as well, though the focus on cold and snow for an Australian band always seemed head-scratchingly opposite to me. The photos are all high gloss and the liner notes detailing the writing process of the album and the band's early days are also value-adders that make this release worth picking up. Not to mention the huge poster of the cover art!
Anyway, the sound quality is good but quiet so you'll have to crank this beast for maximum head-banging effect. The mix sound like a cleaner version of CD mixes I've heard in that the instruments don't all sound blurred together cacophonously (or is that ca-coffin-ously?), however the guitar blasts through super-filthy and loud in comparison to the rest of the mix. That is perhaps my favorite thing about this version, the guitar sound. Totally dirty and rockin' blackness!
*Review and photos copyright The Samnambulist, 2015*