On we march into one of the most exciting months of the year so far. I’ve got a lowly £45 budget this month but I also have £75 of music vouchers from my birthday so if I can try and only use those then that should make up for me throwing caution to the wind last month!
We’re starting the pre-Christmas retail build-up now where a lot of exciting stuff starts appearing. There’s a lot of titles coming out this month so I’ve tried to cherry-pick the most interesting stuff and I thought I’d try something different, putting them into groups according to how tempting I think they are.
DEFINITE PURCHASES (UK Release dates in brackets)
UFO – Hot ‘N’ Live – The Chrysalis Live Anthology 1974-1983 2CD (9th Sep 2013) I love UFO and any live UFO recordings are a very good thing indeed. I already got a taster of this on Record Store Day this year.
Satyricon – Satyricon (Sep 9th 2013) After their last couple of excellent albums, this is a must. It’ll probably cost me all my Troo Kvlt credibility saying that but I’ll be having way too much fun to care.
Carcass – Surgical Steel (Sep 16th 2013) By far and away the most exciting release of the year. The one.
Anathema – Universal Blu Ray/DVD/2CD Mail Order Fan’s Edition (23rd Sep 2013) Tremendously exciting live release from this stunning band. Pre-order at Burning Shed for extra audio and bonus footage deluxeness. This is a bit of an event for EvaOverload and me. We’re going to make a real occasion of watching this at HMO Mission Control.
POSSIBLE PURCHASES (UK Release dates in brackets)
King’s X – Original Album Series (Out now) Value-for-money 5 disc set. I’ve only got the 1st two of the albums included so this is fairly tempting.
Thin Lizzy – Thunder and Lightning 2CD Deluxe Edition and Renegade 1CD Deluxe Edition (23rd Sep 2013) I really want both of these but with so much exciting new music coming out, they can probably wait. There are still some Lizzy deluxes (Nightlife and Fighting) I don’t have so maybe I should get those first.
Be-Bop Deluxe – Be Bop Deluxe At the BBC 1974-1978 (30th Sep 2013) A band I only discovered last year. This promises to be value-for-money set along the lines of April’s UFO On Air set. These BBC sets have a habit of disappearing quickly so this might be a priority.
Twilight of the Gods – Fire on the Mountain (30th Sep 2013) A band that started off as an All-Star Bathory tribute but have now recorded original material. I’m hearing comparisons to classic Manowar. Which is all I need to know really! Where do I sign up?
UNLIKELY PURCHASES (UK Release dates is brackets)
Alice Cooper – Hey Stoopid (23rd Sep 2013) Coop’s 1991 album reissued with a few bonus tracks.
Megadeth – Countdown to Extinction Live CD/DVD Deluxe Edition (23rd Sep 2013) Overrated ‘deth album gets modern-day live treatment. I love Megadeth but I just don’t need this.
Metallica – Through the Never OST (23rd Sep 2013) I can see myself wanting this Metallica live album at some point but… not now.
Thunder – Live at Donington 2CD/DVD (23rd Sep 2013) I was never a big fan of these guys but their Donington sets are highly rated so I might check this out in the New Year and see if it’s cheap.
So if all goes according to plan, the “definites” will soon be mine and I can pick from the “possibles” with what’s left of my vouchers. The real danger is that I enjoy myself too much with the vouchers and kick off a massive spending binge. It’s happened before.
As usual, let me know what you reckon. Is there anything cool that I’ve missed out? Happy hunting!