Kostas Liapakis

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Date of birth:

1972-06-14

Profession:

Private Employee

E-Mail address:

irongrul@yahoo.gr

Describe your way to Heavy Metal:

Since 1983. I listened to "Piece Of Mind" and was instantly hooked. Although over two decades have passed since then (and I have "matured"...), today the fire is burning stronger than before!

How and when did you become a collector?

I had been buying records since the beginning, but the real outbreak started several years later- when I acquired my own income. I do not collect just for the sake of it, the only reason I do it it's because I love the music

What kind of stuff do you collect?

Mostly Vinyls and CDs, old stuff as well as new releases

Which styles do you collect?

I am keen on almost all genres, but I'm really into 80's metal (classic, epic, nwobhm).

How big is your collection?

Around 1800 titles (vinyls, CDs and tapes), including some copies and promo CDs. Also a few DVDs and 7´´.

Where do you buy?

Local record stores, and occasionally via the web.

Your favourite records (by heart or value):

Although there are a lot of rare records in my collection (recently I went to a second-hand store and found out that a record that I own is sold for 300 euros nowadays...), I never cared about an album's value or rareness- it's the content that counts! Thus, the albums mentioned below (couldn't write down only 10, sorry dudes!) stand out for me purely by heart:

HARD ROCK (Top 15)
AC/DC- High Voltage
DEEP PURPLE- Machine Head
UFO- Phenomenon
RAINBOW- Rising
RUSH- Hemispheres
URIAH HEEP- The Magicians Birthday
WISHBONE ASH- Argus
DUST- Hard Attack
ASHBURY- Endless Skies
SCORPIONS- In Trance
BUDGIE- Bandolier
CAMEL- Mirage
PAVLOV´S DOG- Pampered Menial
THIN LIZZY- Jailbreak
WHITESNAKE- Ready An´ Willing

NWOBHM (Top 10)
IRON MAIDEN- Iron Maiden
ANGELWITCH- Angelwitch
DIAMOND HEAD- Lightning To The Nations
PRAYING MANTIS- Time Tells No Lies
DEMON- The Unexpected Guest
SAXON- Strong Arm Of The Law
ELIXIR- The Son Of Odin
CLOVEN HOOF- Cloven Hoof
SARACEN- Heroes, Saints & Fools
INCUBUS- To The Devil A Daughter

HEAVY/POWER/PROGRESSIVE/EPIC METAL (Top 35)
IRON MAIDEN- Powerslave
IRON MAIDEN- 7th Son Of A 7th Son
BLACK SABBATH- Heaven And Hell
METALLICA- Master Of Puppets
JUDAS PRIEST- Painkiller
MANOWAR- Sign Of The Hammer
QUEENSRYCHE- Operation: Mindcrime
GARGOYLE- Gargoyle
FATES WARNING- Parallels
MOTORHEAD- Ace Of Spades
BLACK SABBATH- Paranoid
RIOT- Fire Down Under
KING DIAMOND- Abigail
MANILLA ROAD- Crystal Logic
ACCEPT- Restless And Wild
CANDLEMASS- Nightfall
HEAVY LOAD- Stronger Than Evil
DREAM THEATER- Images And Words
HELLOWEEN- Keeper Of The Seven Keys Pt I
CIRITH UNGOL- King Of The Dead
CRIMSON GLORY- Transcendence
WATCHTOWER- Energetic Disassembly
VIRGIN STEELE- Guardians Of The Flame
OLIVER MAGNUM- Oliver Magnum
DICKINSON- Accident Of Birth
ANGRA- Holy Land
HEIR APPARENT- Graceful Inheritance
SLAUTER XSTROYES- Winter Kill
SKYCLAD- A Burnt Offering For The Bone Idol
NEVERMORE- Politics Of Ecstasy
FIFTH ANGEL- Fifth Angel
OVERLORD- Overlord
SAVATAGE- Edge Of Thorns
SHADOW GALLERY- Carved In Stone
HITTMAN- Hittman

THRASH/DEATH/BLACK/ATMOSPHERIC METAL (Top 20)
SLAYER- Reign In Blood
METALLICA- Kill 'Em All
SLAYER- Show No Mercy
POSSESSED- Seven Churches
SEPULTURA- Arise
CELTIC FROST- Into The Pandemonium
MORBID ANGEL- Altars Of Madness
EXHORDER- Slaughter In The Vatican
DEATH- Spiritual Healing
SODOM- Persecution Mania
MY DYING BRIDE- The Angel And The Dark River
ATROPHY- Socialized Hate
KREATOR- Coma Of Souls
VOIVOD- Nothingface
ANATHEMA- Alternative 4
PARADISE LOST- Draconian Times
THERION- Theli
ENTOMBED- Left Hand Path
DEICIDE- Deicide
SAMAEL- Blood Ritual
As you can see, I am pretty traditional...

Do you trade / buy / sell?

Just buying!

Any famous last words?

"Hope leads to quiet desperation, when reality obscures the dream Makes the mind a grave of memories, that wander like the lonely breeze..." (Dedicated to Maria Kal., the love of my life)