Rich Ronzone

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Mental Health Counselor


I live in Illinois - U. S. A.

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Describe your way to Heavy Metal:

I remember listening to the 1st Sabbath album when it came out and it sounded so cool to me, and it still does. I loved the heaviness of it all and never stopped - the beauty and power of the music. I'll never stop enjoying it.

How and when did you become a collector?

Since the 1st Sabbath album. Now I've turned into a completist. Once I've found a band I enjoy I study all of their music and see how they progress. And I have literally heard of every release that can be had.

What kind of stuff do you collect?

I use to collect vinyl, 8-tracks, tapes at one time. Now it's onto CDr and archived, even restored if necessary. Everything is CD now.

Which styles do you collect?

I listen to all the various styles. And I seem to wander from one genre to another depending on how I feel.

How big is your collection?

It's creeping up on 7000 titles, few of which are extreme rarities.

Where do you buy?

I have purchased my music everywhere; online, retail, small obscure shops. I do not sell what I collect.

Your favourite records (by heart or value):

Rotting Christ - Khronos
Nightingale - I
Black Sabbath - Sabotage
Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Black Sabbath - Vol. 4
Savatage - Hall of the mountain king
Slayer - Reign in blood
Metallica - Kill 'em all
Robin Trower - For earth below
Manowar - Hail to England

Do you trade / buy / sell?

Trading is always an adventure, though not always possible.

Any famous last words?

I've read many books on the history of metal. And one it goes on about it's demise as a musical format. That simply won't happen. For it has never been "mainstream", and it will always have roots.