Saxon have announced plans to re-release two classic efforts alongside a collection of bonus material.

Heavy metal forerunners Saxon are ushering in the new year with two new entries in their catalog with UDR Music, and while it may not be the anticipated follow-up to their formidable 2013 studio album ‘Sacrifice’ that longtime advocates have been waiting for, they still have something worthwhile in store for their diehard fans. The band have released new details surrounding a pair of reissues from their archives, which are being prepared for repackaging alongside new recordings and archival material.

The date to mark on your calenders is February 23, which is when the members of Saxon will first issue ‘Heavy Metal Thunder – Bloodstock Edition.’ Just as the title implies, the album is centered around the band’s 2002 ‘Greatest Hits’ effort of the similar name, which initially paired eight re-recorded tracks from the limited edition pressing of Saxon’s 2001 studio album ‘Killing Ground’ with selections from such seasoned releases as 1980’s ‘Strong Arm of the Law’ and their sophomore record ‘Wheels of Steel’ from the same year.

Not ones to keep interested fans waiting for the finished product, Saxon will also re-release the 2003 double-disc live rarity ‘The Saxon Chronicles,’ which originally compiled footage from the band’s appearance at the 2001 Wacken Open Air Festival with a choice collection of original music videos, interviews and exclusive on-tour documentaries. For this reissue, the effort will also feature a bonus live CD which was recorded more than thirty years ago, titled ‘Rock’n’Roll Gypsies 1989 Live.’

As these releases prepare to hit the shelves, Saxon is currently scheduling dates for their upcoming United States tour. We will continue to report on new details as they surface.