Dominic Farley

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Software Engineer

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Describe your way to Heavy Metal:

Since perhaps 1989. My cousin first introduced me to hard rock bands like Bon Jovi and Def Leppard, and then the heavier stuff kicked in - Anthrax, Metallica, Testament, Slayer, Megadeth, Kreator and a few others.

How and when did you become a collector?

I've been collecting ever since I started getting a decent paycheck. I used to trade CDs before, but as far as building a serious collection goes, I think it goes back to 2001. Collecting CDs is a great hobby - it allows you to meet people with the same interests all over the world.

What kind of stuff do you collect?

I mostly collect compact discs. They're a lot more easy to deal with, and it's easier to tell if they're damaged or not. The compact disc will sound the same no matter how many times it is played, which definitely isn't the case with tapes and LPs. However, if an album doesn't exist on compact disc, I have no problem hunting down the LP version. Demo tapes I can get at decent prices are not out of the picture either.

Which styles do you collect?

Yes - thrash metal. It's the most aggressive type of music in which you can still put a singer. Forbidden is the perfect example. Don't take this as an insult towards death metal though - I do like quite a few death metal bands. I also like to collect 90's melodic death metal albums, especially those from the first wave of Swedish melodic death - Dark Tranquillity, Eucharist, etc. Last but not least, old-school death metal, mostly the British and Scandinavian scenes. The sinister vibe found in early 90's Finnish and Swedish death metal is just too intense.

How big is your collection?

Approximately 4500 CDs, perhaps 100 LPs, and 200 demo tapes.

Where do you buy?

Local second hand CD stores Ebay Trade forums

Your favourite records (by heart or value):

10 Most valuable: (by heart)
Forbidden - Twisted Into Form
Kreator - Extreme Aggression
In Flames - The Jester Race
Dark Tranquillity - The Gallery
Metallica - Master Of Puppets
Anthrax - Among The Living
Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss
Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath
Sanctuary - Into The Mirror Black

This changes every month though. I don't think it is sane to say a record is your favorite just because it is worth more money, so I'll pass on identifying my favorite records based on value.

Do you trade / buy / sell?

Hell yeah! I've been trading for more than 10 years, and am always looking for new traders. If you have a trade list, contact me. Mine contains a few hundred titles. I also periodically sell on eBay whenever I have too many doubles.

Any famous last words?

Too many hilarious quotes from the Lawnmower Deth "Ooh Crikey!" album at the moment. I will narrow them down later. ;-)