So it’s time for the last How Tempting post of 2013 and the final month of the HMO Challenge. I’ve got a £45 budget to aim for this month and, to be honest, most of that budget has already been spent! I found out about a few exciting new albums that slipped under my radar earlier in the year, not appearing in any of my previous How Tempting posts. Just for a change, I’d like to preserve a bit of mystery so I’ll leave you to guess what these might be before revealing them in my final Buying Round-Up of the year later in December.
Outside of these catch-up purchases things are pretty slim on the new release front. There are only a handful of December releases that are likely to tempt me. There’s the “Full Dynamic Range” vinyl reissue of Entombed’s Clandestine. If you remember, I bought the FDR vinyl edition of Entombed’s debut LP Left Hand Path earlier in the year so, although I haven’t listened to that as much as I would have liked, I am keen to buy the follow-up even if it’s not a massive priority.
Deep Purple’s Now What?!, originally released back in May 2013, is given a couple of silly-season reissues in December. There’s the reasonably-priced “Gold Edition” with a couple of bonus studio tracks and a live disc. And there is a Box Set too, which adds about £20 to the price tag and throws in three singles, a T-Shirt and some other knick-knacks. The album has been received well so I ought to want one of these… but I’m not really sure I do.
We also have The Almighty’s Blood, Fire and Love and Live, a cumbersomely-titled repackaging of their Blood, Fire and Love and Blood, Fire and Live albums. See what they did there? Anyway, I was never a huge fan but I did have a few albums back in the day and could be convinced to check this out. I’d probably wait for the price to drop a bit though.
Last, but not least, is the reissue of The Obsessed’s The Church Within. This highly-regarded Doom album has been out of print for some time and will be a must-buy for me within the next couple of months. I’m a big fan of the Doom genre and my appreciation always reaches a peak in the winter months!
So until next time, I hope you all get your hands on some exciting music this month. Please let me know if you think there are any crucial 2013 albums that I might have missed. And if I don’t manage another post before then, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!