A monthly look at the CDs, DVDs and vinyl (old and new) that threaten to bother my budget. Part of the HMO Challenge to cut my music spending by half.
The last two months were a hella drag thanks to my stingy £50 spending limit. Thankfully, the budget is finally increasing… to a whole £80! Maybe I can actually come in under budget this month? As usual, the evil Music Industry is doing its utmost to part me from my cash. Let’s look at this month’s temptations.
Good old Saxon have done a great job of clawing back respect with a slew of quality albums. Hopefully this one will continue their run of form. It also has a song on it called Standing in a Queue which sounds like refreshingly British subject matter for a song! I’ll probably buy this on sight.
Maiden finally get round to issuing this classic home video on DVD. Not only that but they are finally releasing the full set-list (taken from two nights at the Birmingham NEC in 1988) as a live album too! There’s no two ways about it… these are both getting bought. This is “first-day buyer” stuff. And it’s not out until the last week of the month so it could be a budget-buster if I’m not careful!
180g vinyl reissue of a seminal Death Metal platter. I’ve wanted a copy of this album for a while but I always felt a quality reissue was overdue so I held off. As usual, my Heavy Metal Intuition did not fail me. Praise Odin! A strong contender if the price is right. These might not be around for long.
Not a new release but I’ve been enjoying the Crystal Logic album immensely since buying it in 2012 and I think it might be time to add another album of theirs to my collection. This one seems well regarded and is the follow-up to Crystal Logic. Glasgow’s Monorail usually has a copy in stock so this one might be hard to resist this month.
Darkthrone – The Underground Resistance
I’ve held off buying this one so far but I’m not sure how much longer I can resist. See what I did there?
And here’s a “bubbling under” list. While less pressing than the albums mentioned above this is still stuff I could easily convince myself into buying at any point! You can see why £80 is a stricter budget than you might imagine. Decisions!
Def Leppard – Any pre-Pyromania singles
Manowar – Defender 12”, Battle Hymns MXII, Thunder in the Sky EP and Dawn of Battle EP
Skyclad – The Answer Machine, Irrational Anthems, Oui Avant Garde a Chance and Vintage Whine
Pentagram – Relentless and Day of Reckoning
Girlschool – The Bronze Years
Satan – Court in the Act
Let me know if there are any exciting releases I missed and join me later in the month for the March 2013 Buying Round-Up to see what new items have been added to the burgeoning HMO Vault.