Steven Cannon

Date of birth:

1971-06-20

Profession:

I work night shift at a convenience store and also run Vibrations of Doom Magazine, the world's longest running internet based music magazine on the internet (12 years and still going!)

Address:

Bands, labels, entities should write to me at: Vibrations of Doom Magazine c/o Steven Cannon P.O. Box 1258 Suwanee, GA 30024-0963 USA

E-Mail address:

vibrationsofdoom@hotmail.com

Homepage:

http://vibrationsofdoom.com

Describe your way to Heavy Metal:

I have been listening to metal since before I was in high school! An old friend of mine from middle school, Dane Andrews (who later fronted the Savannah, GA thrash band DOMINION, later disbanded) brought me to his house one day, his room was covered in blacklight posters, he had a deer skull on his wall, and cranked out some prime Venom, Iron Angel, Motley Crue, W.A.S.P., and Ozzy Osbourne. One of the most evil and coolest rooms I have ever seen helped to paint the image of darkness in my mind! It's been well over 15 years and metal is truly the king! As you can see from the photo, the images are just as important as the music! (Yes, that IS a vintage Running Wild tour shirt from 1990).

How and when did you become a collector?

I have been collecting mostly tapes and some vinyl since I was in high school. Much of my tape collection did not survive, but many of the vinyl recordings did. I love hearing about new bands from all over the world, and exposing people who are open minded and ready to have a revelation into the magic of the underground new styles and sounds. I have been known to collect just as much ambient, gothic, industrial, punk and hardcore as I do metal, but metal is the style that I turn to most often.

What kind of stuff do you collect?

Thanks to a few friends I've met through here, my biggest thing lately is classic metal that is both rare and out of print from the 80's only. Since most of this rare vinyl is extremely expensive and hard to obtain, right now i have over 80 CDrom burns of these vinyl recordings. Many are up on my web site.

Which styles do you collect?

There is too much music in the world to just concentrate on one style of music. As I said you are just as likely to see me cranking industrial, techno, gothic or hardcore as any forms of speed/death/thrash/black metal. I dig it all, I'm not genre picky, but I do demand that bands have some talent.

How big is your collection?

Well, that's a hard number to define, especially since record labels have been sending me CD's since 1990 to review in my magazine. I would estimate over 5,000 CD's (including cdrom burns of classic 80's metal), though no more than 30 or 40 vinyl pieces

Where do you buy?

Surprisingly, records I own like Purgatory, Deathwish, and the like were, and can still be, bought through internet record dealers. The rest were bought at a place in Savannah called Graveyard Records, which, until their closing early this year, was the only place in Savannah where vintage metal vinyl could be had (Once Mark Vaquer had in his store a Bulldozer "IX" album, a Celtic Frost "Morbid Tales" original gatefold pressing, and albums by Carnage, Axe Witch, Exorcist, and too many more to name!)

Your favourite records (by heart or value):

This is a tuff one.
1. AXE WITCH "Pray For Metal" (green vinyl EP)
2. AXE WITCH "Lord Of The Flies"
3. DEATHWISH "At The Edge Of Damnation"
4. PURGATORY "Tied To The Trax"
5. DARK AGE "Dark Age"
6. FRIENDS OF CARLOTTA "Fingerfok" (outrageous nasty techno on ZYX records, long since out of print and fetches a price tag of well over $100 US!)
7. EXORCIST "Nightmare Theater"
8. IRON ANGEL "Winds Of War"
9. GARGOYLE "Gargoyle"
10. LIEGE LORD "Freedom's Rise" (what a beautiful cover!)

Do you trade / buy / sell?

I would gladly trade, though keep in mind that 90 percent of the albums you read about listed here I only have CDRom burns of. I will always gladly trade cdr burns of anything in my possession, whether it be from the 80's or 2000. Bands like Hammeron, Salem's Wych, Hammerwitch, Rex Inferi, Battlefield and more I would have never known about had it not been for people on here, Sascha Glaeser in particular.

Any famous last words?

Just check out my music magazine at http://vibrationsofdoom.com! In addition to over 140 rare, classic & out of print metal albums from the 80's you can listen to in their entirety, I also digitize 4 songs from every CD I review every three months! Support the war on Christianity! Always remember to be open minded when it comes to music, and also remember that the best bands worldwide will NEVER be plastered all over MTV and popular "adult" oriented radio. There's more than just metal out there, but always stay true to the faith!