We liked how this Gift Guide thing came off,
so we decided to run it again in our January/February
issue, to offer a place for like-minded folks to highlight
what they’re working on and releasing as of late. When you
shop at these places, please tell them that HM Magazine sent ya!

Note to Mom...

Guitar Praise

(1) Guitar Praise ™
Grab the guitar and jam with the band!
Rock out to over 50 songs from top Christian artists,
including tobyMac, Relient K, Skillet and more!
Includes wireless guitar controller and CD-ROM game
with 4 levels of play per song.
Onscreen lyrics reflect Christian values.
For Windows and Mac computers. [www.guitarpraise.com]

Neal Morse

(2) Neal Morse
Prog’s reigning solo artist returns with
Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy for a mind-blowing
fusion of prog-rock opuses and melodic anthems.
Download the free single, “Lifeline” at
Distributed by Sony, Metal Blade, and SPV.

Monty Python's Flying Circus

(3) The Complete Monty Python’s Flying Circus Collector’s Edition
Irreverent, silly, poignant; but most of all, side-splitting.
The fan of the show can’t get a collection any more complete
and comprehensive than this one. This is an upgrade from the
boxset released a couple years ago, which included the
Hollywood Bowl concert and previously unreleased German
television episode. To make it even bigger and better this
time, they added collections from Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle,
Michael Palin, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, and Terry Jones,
which feature candid interviews where the actors reveal what
was memorable about the skits that they like quite a bit.


(4) 300 Limited Collector’s Edition
For those that loved this epic and heroic movie,
here is a special package that loads all the extra
content from the 2-disc Special Edition
(including an Easter Egg with original test footage)
and adds a bonus disc with a documentary
(To The Hot Gates: A Legend Retold) about taking
the ancient legend through a graphic novel and then
onto the big screen. This package was the first DVD
we’ve had that has included an iTunes-ready digital
copy of the film, allowing the mind-boggling film to
stare at me from my iPod’s video screen. In addition
to all this, there’s a 52-page hardcover art book,
a cool 3D lucite display with motion film images
and collectible photo cards.


Comrades 2020

Becoming Comrades

The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.


Photo by Quinsey Sablan

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HM covers from over the years

HM Magazine Turns 35

In 1985, Doug Van Pelt photocopied a letter-sized sheets of paper, bound them together, and handed them out in person on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It's all digital now, but, along the way, Van Pelt stirred up quite a few waves, played some seriously heavy music, and made a few friends along the way. Here: A quick look back at the magazine's 35-year history with Van Pelt and new owner, David Stagg.


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Employed to Serve

Forward Under a Dying Sun

Most of these days, the sun rises and sets on a world that feels like it's dying. Across the pond, where Employed to Serve calls home, they're learning how to support their latest record a year into its release. HM contributor Andrew Voigt recently sat down with Justine Jones to learn more about the band, marrying your bandmates, and their outside shot at touring with Rammstein.


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