Hirax – Not Dead Yet (Monorail Glasgow £16 and MetalHit £4) I had been eyeing up this CD on Amazon for a while and then stumbled upon this vinyl edition in good old Monorail, scourge of my bank account! Glad I held off because the larger that Pushead cover is the better. Comes with a cool insert of photos and lyrics too.
This is the band’s debut record Raging Violence from 1985 coupled with the EP Hate, Fear and Power. Really vintage blend of Metal, Punk and operatic high/low vocals from the awesomely cool Katon W. De Pena. I also bought the mp3 on MetalHit.com for about £4 which is pretty good going too if you don’t mind buying a bunch of 1s and 0s.
Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage CD/DVD (Amazon £12) I’m well pleased with this one. Has a really layered mix of heavy and clean guitar so the melodies and riffs are well defined, even when the tracks are catastrophically heavy. It’s nowhere near as dense as, previous album, The Way of All Flesh. The live DVD that comes with this is also fantastic and the …Flesh material works so much better live than on the album.
Gojira – From Mars to Sirius (Amazon £10) I’m enjoying this band a lot so it makes sense to go back to what is touted as their breakthrough record. After a cursory listen this sounds ferociously heavy but with more warmth than …Flesh. I’ve got so much Gojira rampaging around at the moment it’s quite difficult to take it all in so I might put this on the backburner for a while and concentrate on the new one.
Hate Eternal – I, Monarch CD/DVD (Amazon Marketplace £10) Just trying to fill a few glaring gaps in my Death Metal collection with these two. Haven’t listened to either of them yet. Tut tut.
Queen – The Game 2CD (Amazon Marketplace £10) and…
Queen – Jazz 2CD (Amazon Marketplace £10) and…
Queen – News of the World 2CD (Amazon Marketplace £12) Ok, I went a bit mental here… I picked up the first 5 Queen Special Edition albums really cheap when they came out the other year but these ones seem to never end up being discounted. I basically got sick of waiting and I’m in a real Queen mood these days so I finally caved in. Don’t have much to say about the bonus EPs yet except that they seem a bit stingy! The remasters of these are great though and I’m tempted to carry on into the Hot Space/Flash Gordon/The Works era to see if there are any under-rated albums for me to discover. Don’t stop me now, I’m having such a good time.
Aerosmith – Permanent Vacation 2nd Hand LP (Missing Glasgow £4) Nice cheap copy of this in great condition. Really enjoyed listening to this on vinyl and it’s much better than I remember it (not as patchy as I remember) and it just turned 25!
Gwar – Scumdogs of the Universe (Amazon Marketplace £8) I’ve loved this album since I was a teenager. The gags really draw attention away from how good some of this is. There are some riffs here any Thrash band would be proud of, great hooks and it also has Horror of Yig which is one of the most glorious cacophonies of all time. That song alone makes it worth owning. I’ve had it on vinyl for ages but my LP is missing the superb Death Pod (basically the Gwar origin story in a song) so I bought this Russian edition.
Amount spent on purchase: £101
Amount spent in total so far: £261