How Tempting! – July 2013

The HMO Challenge 2013 is now in July! Wow, time flies when you’re having fun.

This month I have £50 to spend on CDs, Vinyl and music DVDs. Normally, I’d be having a wee look through the upcoming releases for the month and listing the releases that are the most HMO-friendly. But I’ve had a look and there are slim pickings this month. There’s so little in the way of new releases I’m not even going to bother listing any here.

So, at the moment, it’s looking like July could be an easy month but I’m sure to get the music-buying itch at some point so what else is taking my fancy at the moment? I’ve got gaps in my Darkthrone collection that have been bugging me for some time, lots of Def Leppard singles I’ve been meaning to get and there are still albums I’ve been wanting to get since the start of the year from bands like Pentagram, Danzig, High on Fire and Cirith Ungol so I can see this month being about scoring some cheap gap-fillers! Alternatively, there are a few Deluxe Editions out there that I still don’t have so maybe I could use this opportunity to catch up with some of those? Off the top of my head I can think of Dio, Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy ones I would like to pick up. Also, if I’m thinking ahead, August has a lot of good stuff lined up so maybe I should be making room in my budget for all the exciting stuff coming out then?

I don’t see much point in going into any more detail than that but if you have any tips about good music coming out this month, please let me know in the comments section. If I find out about any exciting bands or albums I’ll be sure to put up a How Tempting! update and let you know. Happy hunting!

18 thoughts on “How Tempting! – July 2013”

      1. All of ’em, Surrounded by Thieves is just unrelenting.

        Ever checked out Alabama Thunderpussy ? Open Fire is a great bare-chested metal LP.


  1. Ahh, the never-ending music quest vs. the budget. I hope you manage to get as much as possible for as little as possible. One of the upcoming releases I’m most curious about is The Winery Dogs’ self-titled album. That’s the group comprised of Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy. Should be a heavy shred-fest. By the way, have you ever listened to Porcupine Tree or Steven Wilson’s solo material? His recent album, The Raven That Refused To Sing, continues to be my favorite release of 2013 (it was one of the first new releases I got & nothing has topped it yet). Dark, moody, atmospheric prog with absolutely brilliant musicianship and memorable mostly-long songs. Not sure if it’s your cup of tea, but I wanted to give it a little free promotion.

    As always, happy listening!


    1. I read a review of the Winery Dogs recently that was very positive. I’m not a big fan of any of the members though, so that’s not something I’ll be picking up.

      I do like a few Porcupine Tree albums but my attention to Wilson drifted off after Insurgentes. I’ve been hearing great things about his new one so I’m fairly confident I’ll be picking that up at some point.


      1. I honestly don’t know much about Kotzen but the few things I’ve heard have been pretty impressive. As a drummer myself, it’s hard not to be in awe of Portnoy, and Sheehan is a monster on bass. I’m hoping this group is even better than the sum of its parts.

        As for Steven Wilson, I understand your hesitance after Insurgentes (which I love, but it’s not an easy listen), but his latest is really a work of genius and the equal of anything he’s done in his other projects. I can’t recommend it highly enough.


      2. Apart from Dream Theater I just don’t have much music that either Kotzen or Sheehan have been involved with so it’s just not a priority release for me. They are all great players, no doubt about it.

        I did quite like Insurgentes (and the related film), it’s more like that album marked the point where I kind of burned out on his stuff. Again, it’s just not a priority right now but when I feel back in the mood for some new Prog I think that would be a sensible place to start given the excellent word of mouth I’ve been hearing.

        Thanks for the great tips!


  2. I recommend Sabbath. Yes, it is very contrived, as to certain riffs and melodies sounding like certain old Sabbath songs. But my God is it a good listen, like water in the parched desert. I missed this band.


    1. Agreed, you could at least stream it or something, get it in your ears, then decide if it’s one to own or not. I really like it, but as I said in another comment somewhere in these pages, I’m no expert on these guys.


      1. So far, my online listening has been what’s putting me off. I’ve just not been all that impressed. But sometimes, I listen too critically when I’m listening online. So I’m worried that I’m being too harsh, given all the positive things I’m hearing.


    2. Thanks for the recommendation! You’ve definitely got me intrigued… I honestly can’t tell you if I’m going to buy it or not just yet. I might just have to buy so I can stop thinking about whether I should buy it or not!


  3. Slow months like this can also be used to discover new things. Bands you’ve heard of but been budget-constrained against trying.

    You could also go way back through your old How Tempting! posts and use it as a shopping list. Anything you didn’t buy at the time may suddenly be available to you within your budget.

    However you approach it, this month feels like it has a lot of promise for you. You’re not stuck wondering which of all the glorious discs to get, which ones to sacrifice (for now). You’re wondering where to start, and that can potentially lead you in interesting directions.


    1. This was my thinking… going back through the old posts and seeing what’s been left behind.

      I’m hoping this month will throw up some new exciting sounds… which is maybe another reason to leave Black Sabbath aside for the time being.


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