George Chatzikostis

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Date of birth:

1977-01-26

Profession:

Full-time warehouse worker in a computer peripherals company, part-time English-Greek translator

Address:

Lykoudi Emm 14 - 16 111 41 Ano Patisia Athens Greece 00 30 6974431856

E-Mail address:

cygnousx2@hotmail.com

Describe your way to Heavy Metal:

20 years ago, metal was very popular in my country. However the media attention was focused on the commercial/hair genre, leaving little room for anything else. Thankfully, a friend started lending me dubbed tapes of bands such as Iron Maiden, Helloween, King Diamond, Manowar,etc, hence the true path was revealed to me...

How and when did you become a collector?

My eye turned to collecting about a year ago, when I bought the Mercyful Fate EP (2nd edition) for 50 Euros, the largest amount of money I had ever spent on a record - until then, that is. It all went downhill since then. I collect because I enjoy the hunt, whether that means going through piles of records to find what's hidden in there, or spending considerable time on line.

What kind of stuff do you collect?

I collect vinyl, and tapes I also buy CDs,just to enjoy the music. I don't hunt them down.

Which styles do you collect?

I focus on NWOBHM, Doom, US private releases, Italian and Eastern European scene. I just find them more interesting than anything else.

How big is your collection?

Approximately: 600 vinyls 1200 CDs 200 tapes

Where do you buy?

Anywhere I can find them! Ebay, shops, small distros, other collectors, you name it!

Your favourite records (by heart or value):

I won't bother you with any classics (which are to many, by the way). However, the following vinyls combine killer music and are not easy to come by:
ARIA - Blood for Blood
ASHBURY - Endless Skies (personally signed!)
BLACK HOLE - Land of Mystery
BROCAS HELM - Ghost Story demo
CASSLE - Midnight Fantasy (shaped single)
PAUL CHAIN VIOLET THEATER - Detaching From Satan
PAUL CHAIN VIOLET THEATER - Highway to Hell
PAUL CHAIN VIOLET THEATER - In The Darkness
PAUL CHAIN VIOLET THEATER - Opera 4th (clear vinyl)
PAUL CHAIN - Ash (violet vinyl)
CRUSH - Kingdom of the Kings
DESOLATION ANGELS - s/t (Thameside & Brazilian)
GEHENNA- En Busca del Valle de Gehenna
HYKSOS - s/t
MENTAL POWERS - Fantasy
MERCYFUL FATE - Nuns Have No Fun (Second edition)
NORTHWIND - Mythology
SPITFIRE - First Attack
WINTERHAWK - Revival
WITCHHAMMER - 1487
VALKYRIA (RUS) - s/t Yes, I love Paul Chain's music...

Do you trade / buy / sell?

Buying, but I don't rule out either selling or trading.

Any famous last words?

Have no fear, I am a Greek metalhead in his thirties! Trust me, I know what I am doing.