Brian Ash

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Describe your way to Heavy Metal:

Since 1977, when I first discovered KISS. That was all it took. Then I was on to AC/DC, Judas Priest, Maiden, etc. After this, I got heavily into underground metal such as Celtic Frost, Venom, Possessed, Cirith Ungol, Mercyful Fate, etc.

How and when did you become a collector?

I started collection really in 1984 when I was in high school. I still have all the LP's I bought then at an indie record store that carried all the great imports from Germany, U.K. etc. Great days!!

What kind of stuff do you collect?

Vinyl only now. It is the ultimate format, and the artwork and posters, etc that come with them are unsurpassed in the cool factor!

Which styles do you collect?

Mostly classic metal, NWOBHM, thrash, power and the like. Very little black/death stuff, although early stuff like Venom, Bathory, Possessed, C. Frost I love!

How big is your collection?

1200 LP + 100 7". 1500 CD

Your favourite records (by heart or value):

Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath
Mercyful Fate - Melissa
Celtic Frost - Morbid Tales
Agent Steel - Skeptic Apocalypse, Unstoppable Force
Hellhammer - Apocalyptic Raids
Judas Priest - Sad Wings of Destiny
AC/DC - Highway to Hell, Powerage
Iron Maiden - Piece of mind
Venom - Black Metal
Malice - License to Kill
Candlemass - Nightfall
Pentagram - Pentagram
Lizzy Borden - Visual Lies
Metallica - Ride the Lightning
Possessed - Seven Churches
Coroner - R.I.P.
Kreator - Coma of Souls

Medieval Steel - S/T
Forgotten Child - S/T
Tyrant's Reign - Year of the Tyrant
Celtic Frost - Morbid Tales testpressing
Venom - Black Metal Pink bubblegum
Exidus - "Reaper" 7"
Minotaur - 7"
Gotham City - Black Writs

Do you trade / buy / sell?

Yes, on ebay or Discogs.

Any famous last words?

Metal will always live in the hearts of the diehards like myself - you know who you are!! \m/ \m/