Well, not really Christmas shopping but rather spending my newfound dosh on some music.
Firstly there's Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks. I was really disappointed with it since I heard the free stream they did. I started to like it a good while longer than usual for a NIN record. And I still hate the Everything song (to me it's this album's version of All The Love In The World from With Teeth, I still skip that track). Overall it's pretty good but it's not a patch on previous stuff. I thought Year Zero and The Slip were absolutely brilliant so this slight change in sound is a bit disappointing, especially when Welcome Oblivion was so good. Still, being a big NIN fan I had to get it. Doubt I'll bother with the normal CD or vinyl versions though.
Secondly there's Sound City - Reel To Reel. Dave Grohl bought the mixing desk that was used to record a lot of classic albums and asked other musicians who had played on the desk to join him in celebrating the studio and desk. Pretty good album but suffers from disjointedness which was to be expected. To me this is a mellow all-stars album like Probot was a metal/thrash all stars album. The documentary DVD is much better than the music, shame the documentary was only 90ish mins long.
Alice In Chains. Brilliant band. Depressing most of the time but absolutely fantastic. After seeing Duvall's live performances on youtube I realised that I never got their live album from the Layne days. Decided to pick up the Essentials double album at the same time because it was only a fiver. Disappointed there's no Down In A Hole on it, but really glad that God Smack is. Surprised to see What The Hell Have I on there. I thought that was only on the Last Action Hero OST (which I sadly no longer have). Nothing really needs to be said about AiC.
Cradle of Filth - Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder. I kinda lost interest in CoF after Midian (I think, the one with the Cthulhu Dawn song). But I still kept an interest (Nymphetamine was a great tune). Decided to buy this to see if I can get back into them. Not listened to it yet. Favourite previous albums were Dusk And Her Embrace (A Gothic Romance (Red Roses For The Devil's Whore)) and Cruelty And The Beast (Beneath The Howling Stars). I doubt this album is as good as those two, but here's hoping it's better than Damnation And A Day and Thornography.
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories. I really liked the two singles (if they were, they were played on the radio a lot) Lose Yourself To Dance and Get Lucky. The album as a whole was a bit disappointing but it was still pretty good. Have to give it a few more spins to it.
Pantera - Cowboys From Hell, Vulgar Display Of Power, Far Beyond Driven, The Great Southern Trendkill and Reinventing The Steel.
Shockingly I've only ever owned the double Planet Caravan CD single and the F**king Hostile remix promo 12". Loved these guys so I couldn't pass up owning all these albums for less than a tenner. Classic thrash metal for those who aren't too keen on Metallica, Megadeth or Sepultura. Really looking forward to listening to these again.