So, recently we talked about the first album you bought with your own money. Lots of cool albums you guys had picked up! That was very cool. So, I was thinking, "What about the most recent things you've bought?" So let's find out!

Here are the last five albums I bought, and they all happened to be on iTunes. You can tell me about five if you want, but three is fine. I've been a little slow buying music because of the holidays, but I'll be picking up the pace again soon! And yes, I know I'm all over the place with my listening.

January 21, 2013 - Merrow, "Awaken the Stone King"

I actually talked with this guy, Keith Merrow, in a forum years ago and did some songs with him that I really like. He's a great guitar player and songwriter, and he does tons of music on YouTube for free and gear demos. He's playing this week at NAMM with Jeff Loomis (of Nevermore fame) and Ola Englund (another YouTube genius, and guitar player for Six Feet Under). Check out his playing and his YouTube channel. Good stuff!

January 10, 2013 - Anthem, "Burning Oath"

This is a cool Japanese band I discovered only a few years ago. They've been around since the early '80's, and have a ton a great albums out. You know they're talented when the least impressive of the three vocalists who have been in the band is Graham Bonnet. Cool music, amazing band. Check them out! They're guitarist Akio Shimizu is fantastic! I like them much more than Loudness.

December 22, 2012 - Amy MacDonald, "Life in a Beautiful Light"

I saw this Scottish chick singing the song "Pride" and I really like it. It's more on the pop/alternative side of things, but it's a good song, and she doesn't have that typical pop singer voice. Check it out, it's a cool song.

December 2, 2012 - Flying Colors, "Flying Colors"

This is one of the bands that Mike Portnoy has been a part of since he left Dream Theater. He did the Avenged Sevenfold thing, and then formed this band with guitar master Steve Morse (of Deep Purple and the Dixie Dregs), bass legend Dave LaRue, pop singer Casey MacPherson and prog master Neal Morse (of Spock's Beard fame). This album is more of a pop/alternative kind of thing, but the songs are interesting.

November 28, 2012 - Cradle of Filth, "The Manticore and Other Horrors"

I've had this thing with Cradle for a long time. I don't know what it is about this band, but there's something I dig. Maybe it's the heaviness mixed with the Vaudeville sort of schlock, mixed with the brutality of their early videos. But I continue to follow this band and their releases. They were really good live the times I've seen them, and they put out pretty solid heavy music. Enjoy!