Stephen LaRocque

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Date of birth:

1970-12-30

Profession:

Programmer/Analyst

E-Mail address:

stevel@trifin.com

Describe your way to Heavy Metal:

True Metal in 1983, but liked the heavy music of Ozzy, Kiss, etc. around 1980

How and when did you become a collector?

Because metal is my religion!

What kind of stuff do you collect?

All - but preferably CD. Any time an album is reissued on CD - the vinyl is purged from my collection.

Which styles do you collect?

NWOBHM, power, epic, thrash. Preferably the golden years of 1979-1981 (UK) and 1983-1986 (rest of the world where there was an explosion of bands/styles. Most else after 1986 (with a few exceptions) was repeating the work of their prececessors.

How big is your collection?

10,000 items

Where do you buy?

Anywhere

Your favourite records (by heart or value):

By heart Bands only as I find almost the entire catalogues of these artists to be mandatory listening.
Iron Maiden
Yngwie
Steel Prophet
Helstar
Warlord
anything with Kai Hansen
Fates Warning (with Arch)
Brocas Helm
Manilla Road
Lord Weird Slough Feg
Hammers of Misfortune
Zed Yago/Velvet Viper/Jutta
Adramelch
Angra
Angel Dust
Candlemass (and other Leif Edling projects)
Paul Chain/Death SS
Manowar
Heavy Load
The Dictators (borderline metal)
Jeremy (South Korea's best band)
Mago de Oz
Masterplan
Motorhead
Rage
Satan/Blind Fury/Pariah/Skyclad
Sieges Even
Spastic Ink
Tank
Storm Warrior
Venom
Tierra Sanga
Accept/UDO
Virgin Steele
Anthem
Sabbrabells
X-Ray
Loudness (old)
Double Dealer/Concerto Moon/Norifumi
Shima
Deep Purple
Rainbow
Blackmore's Night
Thin Lizzy
Blue Oyster Cult
Budgie
Dream Theater
Jag Panzer
Onmyo-za
Queen
Riot
Sabbat/Metalucifer
Sacred Blade
Savatage (and related)
Michael Schenker (most)
Uli Roth (all)

Do you trade / buy / sell?

Both

Any famous last words?

Never bow to trends and keep the metal alive!