Welcome to the penultimate month of the HMO Challenge 2013! Impressively, I managed to resist all but one of November’s new releases (yes that means no Saxon)! Unfortunately, I bought a whole bunch of other stuff instead, catching up on some of the titles I had missed from previous months. It’s a big haul this month so, without further ado, let’s take a look!
Hell – Curse and Chapter (CD/DVD Edition) (£12 – HMV Glasgow)
Bought this fairly late in the month but I’ve enjoyed my initial listens a lot. It feels more immediate and less busy than their debut. The packaging is gorgeous but getting the discs and the booklet out of the thing is a total pain in the arse! The live DVD is worth the excellent value too in case you’re wondering.
Humble Pie – Performance: Rockin’ the Fillmore (The Complete Recordings 4CD Set) (£27 Fopp Glasgow)
A bit of an extravagance but I’m glad I bought it (it seems to be going up in price already too). It sounds amazing, has an interesting booklet and great performances. There are many multiple versions of the same songs here so I’m going to take it slowly, a disc at a time.
In Solitude – Sister (£10 – HMV Glasgow)
I’m absolutely blown away by this album and it may well prove to be the album of the year for me. It’s the sound of a band finding their own unique voice, a dark blend of Goth and Metal. Love the image on the cover too. Reminds me of The Exorcist.
Deep Purple – Perfect Strangers Live (2CD/DVD Set) (£14 – Fopp Glasgow)
I gave the DVD a cursory viewing. It looks like great fun. Even Blackmore seems to be enjoying himself here! Unfortunately, I’m just not in a Purple mood right now so this has been squirrelled away for a rainy day. And these things just aren’t the same without Simon Robinson’s liner notes either!
Primordial – To the Nameless Dead (£6 Amazon)
Primordial – The Gathering Wilderness (£10 Amazon Marketplace)
Primordial – All Empires Fall (2CD/DVD Set) (£14 Amazon)
Ok… went a bit mad for Ireland’s Primordial this month. I’d never heard them before but after loving Twilight of the Gods’ debut (with whom they share vocalist) and an encouraging recommendation from Burning Fist, I decided to check them out. I’m not sorry I did because these are incredible. It’s always exciting to add an amazing band to the library.
Anthrax – The Greater of Two Evils (2CD Version) (£7 – Amazon)
I’ve been on a massive Anthrax kick all November and decided to try this collection of re-recordings of Belladonna-era Anthrax with John Bush on vocals. I love both singers but I don’t usually like albums of re-recordings. Yet, despite my scepticism, it’s actually hugely infectious and John Bush is on great form. Wish I’d bought it sooner. It also has a bonus CD with 3 extra tracks.
Accept – Blood of the Nations (Mexican Edition?) (£8 – eBay)
I’ve never got into these guys but I keep hearing good things about their recent albums and gigs so I decided to listen to this. The Ltd. Digipak edition that featured the bonus track (Time Machine) has got a bit pricey in the UK so I bought an import from a US seller. On its arrival I was disappointed to discover it wasn’t the digi-version. Luckily it not only included Time Machine but also a hidden extra track Land of the Free! Wiki reckons this is a Japanese-only track but Discogs leads me to believe that this is the Mexican edition of the album. But, at any rate, it’s a fine album and justifies the praise.
Phew! Another binge of a month takes me well beyond my monthly target of £40. Traditionally, I tend not to spend much in December but I have to admit that the HMO Challenge goal is now spectacularly out of reach! However, I can’t say I regret any of this month’s purchases and if I stop shopping in December, at least I’ll have plenty to listen to!
NOVEMBER 2013 TOTALS
Amount spent on purchases: £108
Amount budgeted: £40
Amount over/under budget: £68 Over!
HMO CHALLENGE 2013 TOTALS
Amount spent on purchases: £783
Amount budgeted: £595
Amount over/under budget: £188 Over