So we mosey on into month 8 of the HMO Challenge. I’ve got a meagre £40 to spend this month and a few interesting things that have been released lately or are about to drop in the next few weeks. I’ll need to be on my best behaviour.
Blackfoot – Strikes, Tomcattin’, Marauder and Highway Song Live A much loved band of the Heavy Metal Overlord, these remasters of the band’s greatest run of albums are long overdue. No bonus tracks and I just bought all these on vinyl last year so these can wait until I’m feeling more flush.
Newsted – Heavy Metal Music Jason’s debut solo album comes hot on the heels of an acclaimed EP and some great reviews. I’ve been kind of indifferent about what I’ve heard so far though so I’m not hugely tempted.
Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals – Walk Through Exits Only I shouldn’t be interested in this as I haven’t followed Anselmo’s career outside Pantera. But I saw the promo for Bedridden and there was something compelling about it and the reviews have been intriguing too. Possibly a wild-card purchase if I have a bad day at work!
Out 12th August 2013 (UK Release Date)
Quartermass – S/T Deluxe Edition (CD/DVD) I’m throwing this in for all the Purple/Rainbow fans out there. The album that featured the original version of Black Sheep of the Family, covered on Rainbow’s debut. Comes with 5.1 mix on DVD. Anyone heard this album? I’m curious.
Accept – Metal Heart/Kaizoku Ban – Live in Japan Here’s another Accept reissue after the recent Balls to the Wall deluxe. I’ve yet to get into these guys and I think I’d rather start with Balls to the Wall or Restless and Wild… this could be one for the future though.
Coheed and Cambria – Afterman Ltd. 3 Disc Live Edition I’ve discovered that not being a first-day buyer all the time has its advantages! Here are the last two Coheed studio albums packaged together with a bonus live disc. I’d lost interest after Year of the Black Rainbow but could be tempted back by this value-for-money package.
Out 19th August 2013 (UK Release Date)
Fleetwood Mac – Then Play On I’m a big lover of Fleetwood Mac. This is the last Peter Green album given a long-overdue reissue and a fully restored tracklisting. And it’s only £6 on Amazon so this is a sure fire purchase and an important gap filled!
Watain – The Wild Hunt Black Metal champions Watain return with easily one of the most anticipated releases of the year. A definite purchase but maybe deferred to September if money gets tight. Some research into the various editions might be required too.
Manowar – Lord of Steel Live Live EP from the Kings of Metal. I told myself I wasn’t fussed about this and then had the song Lord of Steel in my head for two whole days. You know I’ll buy this. I know it too.
And that’s the gauntlet of tempting releases this month! Let me know if there’s anything I’ve missed and I’ll let you know if I missed it on purpose.
And here’s a quick list of remaining items of interest from previous posts. In rough order of temptation, any of these could still find their way into my shopping basket.
Raging Slab – Assmaster (Reissue with bonus tracks)
Cathedral – The Last Spire
Ghost – Infestissumam
Deep Purple – Now What?! (CD/DVD)
Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
Dio – Finding the Sacred Heart Live in Philly 1986 CD and DVD
Girlschool – The Bronze Years
Satan – Life Sentence and Court in the Act
Accept – Balls to the Wall (Reissue with bonus tracks)