Christos Thomas Vlamis

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Date of birth:

1975-08-22

Profession:

IT Consultant / Systems Engineer

Address:

Athens, Greece

E-Mail address:

cvlamis@gmail.com

Describe your way to Heavy Metal:

Practically forever. My father used to be a fanatic 60s-70s rock / hard rock collector, so the sound was familiar. After I began buying the Greek "Heavy Metal" magazine (R.I.P.), back at '85 when I was 10 years old, the a more metal-conscious craze started to gradually built up...the rest belong to history.

How and when did you become a collector?

I've been buying Heavy Metal albums in all forms since the very beginning ('85). The reason quite simple: the sheer selfish indulgence brought by the immersion into the spirit of authentic Heavy Metal and the exploration of its innermost delicate secrets. In other words: It's a virus!

What kind of stuff do you collect?

Stopped buying tapes and vinyl after the advent of CD and stopped collecting CDs after the mp3/mp4 revolution. Nowadays mostly mp3s/mp4s of >=192kbps quality (trying to build the largest Heavy Metal PC Jukebox in history). CDs and vinyl are still welcome, but only for rare, exquisite and worthwhile cases.

Which styles do you collect?

80s traditional Heavy Metal (=my fuel) 80s US Power 70s Hard Rock NWOBHM Epic Metal and Epic Rock (from all eras) Doom Metal (with epic overtones, screw stoner) Old Skool Thrash (those bands with less punk and more metal influences) 80s Death (really minimal stuff worthy of attention) Why? Simply putÂ…the music back then was characterised by MEANING and immense EMOTION. Heavy Metal is perhaps the last and most authentic music revolution ever to have taken place (okok, I'm sentimental and biased!!)

How big is your collection?

1254 original cassette tapes 500+ vinyls 3500+ CDs 3500 albums in mp3s (strictly 192kbps and above) 50 VHS Tapes + 35 DVDs (band biographies, lives, video clips etc)

Where do you buy?

Records Stores, Bazaars, Internet, wherever...and whenever I can afford the time.

Your favourite records (by heart or value):

By Importance and Lyrics:
Black Sabbath - Heaven & Hell
Judas Priest - Painkiller
Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast
Manowar - Into Glory Ride
Candlemass - Nightfall
Accept - Restless & Wild
Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry
Saxon - Wheels of Steel
Metallica - Ride the Lightning
Running Wild - Port Royal

By Heart:
Warlord - Deliver Us
Omen - Battle Cry
Anvil - Metal on Metal
Virgin Steele - Guardians of the Flame
Manilla Road - Crystal Logic
Cirith Ungol - King of the Dead
Brocas Helm - Black Death
Heavy Load - Stronger than Evil
Armored Saint - March of the Saint
Watchtower - Energetic Disassembly

Although rarity really means nothing to me, take 20 instead (random order - NOT FOR TRADE AT ANY PRICE):
S.A. Slayer - Prepare to Die MiniLP
Amethyst - Outside of Nowhere 12"
Black Knight - Master of Disaster
Sinister Angel - Sinister Angel 12"
Medieval Steel / Culprit (split)
Black Fate - Commander of Fate LP
Adramelch - Irae Melanox LP
Sabre - Keepers of the Sword LP
Graven Image - People in Hell Want Ice Water 12"
Taist of Iron - Resurrection LP
Solar Eagle - Solar Eagle MiniLP
Death Metal (Collection) - Noise Sampler LP
Dark Knight - Dark Knight MiniLP
Slauter Xtroyers - Winter Kill (LP)
Wikka - Wikka MiniLP
Street Child - Street Child 12"
Stonehenge - Wings of Steel 12"
Paradoxx - Plan of Attak 12"
Crush - Kingdom of the Kings LP (Greece)
Mysto Dysto - The Rules have been Disturbed LP

Do you trade / buy / sell?

Nowadays I have decelerated my pace, restricting mainly to buying and downloading.

Any famous last words?

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi