David Demarest

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Date of birth:

1971-07-04

Profession:

I am seller in a Video Club in Geneva

Address:

DAVID DEMAREST Avenue dumas 19B CH-1206 GENEVE SWITZERLAND

E-Mail address:

Metallion@freesurf.ch

Describe your way to Heavy Metal:

I began to listen to Hard Rock Music when I was 10 years, around 1980/81. At those times, there was far more metal on Radio and TV in France than nowadays ... I remember my mother (yes ! ... you read well, my mother !) put on all the juke-boxes she found in bars & Clubs the Heavy stuff there was : Def Leppard, Trust, Status Quo, ... There were plenty of Radio Emissions which played Heavy Metal at those times, even on professional Radios : Salut les Tympans Feles ! (in French in the Text), Bonjour l'Enfer !, ... For that beginning, nobody really inspired me to listen to that music because that music were on the radio everytime coupled with pop music, etc ... There were less intolerance for Hard Rock / Heavy Metal music that nowadays I remember. But I seriously became a fan, listening near exclusively Heavy Metal stuff, only in 1985, when a school friend lend me a dubbed tape where there were WASP, TWISTED SISTER, VENOM, DEMON EYES, VULCAIN, TOKYO BLADE, KILLERS (F), ACCEPT, etc.. extracts on it, and then the Demon of Metal bites me forever. I still possess that tape. It's a relic of those good old times when I discover Metal, it's a CULT tape for me !!!

How and when did you become a collector?

Paradoxally, I began my collection very, very late. Lack of time, lack of money ...what is the reason why exactly ?? I don't know, maybe both ! I was a student, so I had not very much time, and from 1991 until 1995, I was the guy in charge to find Concerts for the French Band LONEWOLF. We have released 2 Demos (1991 & 1994) and a 7" called Holy Evil - The dark ages, maybe some of you know it. I must say that all my money was for that band, so no much money too ... Well, I collect since 1994, and since 1998 I am into obscure stuff. I must thank Manos KOUFAKIS very much for make me discovering the deep obscure stuff of my favorite music in his fantastic STEEL CONJURING Magazine ...

What kind of stuff do you collect?

I collect Heavy Metal from all other the World !! But mainly US, European & (recently) South American Stuff !!! (ALVACAST & BLOKE are GODS !!!). I have a particular LOVE for GREEK Bands !!! (HAIL NEKTARIOS !!!).

Which styles do you collect?

HEAVY METAL, HEAVY METAL & EXCLUSIVELY HEAVY METAL !! Mostly 80's Stuff, BUT THERE ARE SOME 90's STUFF WHICH ARE RIPPERS !!! (SARISSA & CRUSH RULES !!!). My MEGA-Favorite Style : EPIC HEAVY METAL !!! Nothing is better on Earth than EPIC HEAVY METAL !!!

How big is your collection?

Not very big at that time : 200 LPs, some 7" and tons of Tapes including Rare Demos ! I am into tape-trading since 1990.

Where do you buy?

Mostly by trades with other dealers or Fans. I have no fear to buy some if prices are still human.

Your favourite records (by heart or value):

My 10 most valuable records (in terms of money) :
1. DARK KNIGHT (US) : Dark Knight EP 1984
2. SALEM'S WYCH (US) : Betrayer of Kings 1986
3. ALVACAST (Uruguay) : Al Borde del Abismo 1987 Orfeo Rec
4. THOR (Spain) : Thor 1987
5. CROM (Spain) : Steel for an Age 1987 Snif Rec
6. POKOLGEP (Hungary) : Totalis Metal 1986 Start Rec
7. OVERLORDE (US) : Overlorde EP 1987
8. DARK NOVA (Greece) : The Dark Rhapsodies 1993
9. CRUSH (Greece) : Kingdom of the Kings 1993
10. SARISSA (Greece) : Sarissa (Demo 1987 - Reedition CD)

My 10 most valuable records (in terms of Heart) :
1. CRUSH (Greece) : Kingdom of the Kings 1993
2. DARK NOVA (Greece) : The dark rhapsodies 1993
3. SARISSA (Greece) : sarissa 1994
4. SARISSA (Greece) : Demo 1987
5. GUARDIAN ANGEL (Greece) : Travelling into the winds or eternity (demo 1990)
6. TYRANT'S REIGN (US) : Year of the Tyrants EP 1987
7. VIRGIN STEELE (US) : Invictus 1998
8. MEDIEVAL STEEL (US) : Medieval Steel EP 1984
9. RELLIK (US) : Remember the Future EP 1986
10. OMEN (US) : Battle Cry 1984

Do you trade / buy / sell?

I am, of course, interested in trades. I am also interested in buying if prices are human. don't hesitate to send me your sell List if you've got one. If I sell some stuff, be sure it will be Human prices !

Any famous last words?

I am still into tape-trading. I am mainly interested in Demo & Unreleased Stuff. I am searching people in tape-trading too. I know most of you are not interested in tape-trading and want only original items. I understand that, but I find pityful that some people deprive themselves of SOME REALLY GREAT STUFF which was still unreleased before and available exclusively on demos. WHY SHOULD I DEPRIVE MYSELF OF HEARING THE GREAT 1ST DEMO of HAVE MERCY, for example, with her 5 UNRELEASED Trax, far better than on their EP ??? And Why should I deprive myself of the MEGA stuff I have on tape, just with tape-trading : DREEMWYCH, FRIGID BITCH, DEFENDER (NL) Demo, ADX Demos, DAMOCLES Demo, EXCALIBUR (F), DEATHSLAYER, BLACK KNIGHT Demo w. UNRELEASED Trax, L.A. (Dk), JACK HAMMER (US), BLACK EVIL (I); etc ...etc ... I DON'T WANT TO LIVE WITHOUT THOSE TAPES !!! Who wants to trade tapes with me ?? (Address below)