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How To Spot A Fake Yellow Bathory LP (BMLP-666-1)

Bathory- Bathory LP 1984 Black Mark Production BMLP 666-1

The self-titled Bathory LP (Bathory – Bathory LP 1984 Black Mark Production – BMLP 666-1) with the “yellow goat” album cover is considered one of the “holy grail” scores for heavy and black metal record collectors the globe over. But, unfortunately, it is also one of the most counterfeited records out there because of its value. So let’s find out how not to get fooled into buying a fake, or if you don’t have thousands to spend — what a replica is worth.

Why Is This Album So Valuable?

The first album from Bathory is a landmark album from the metal genre. While it sounds recorded in a garage, it became the template for countless black metal bands afterward. The first thousand copies were pressed independently on Quarthon’s Black Mark Productions with a gold-colored goat on the front cover before being picked up by Combat and Under One Flag for broader distribution. The first press with a yellow goat can fetch $5,000 or some for an authentic copy.

FUN FACT: The original goat was supposed to be gold, but due do budget issues, the fledgling Black Mark Productions label had to settle for yellow.

How To Spot A Fake Bathory Album

The iconic artwork for this album is very simple. Therefore there are some very convincing knockoffs available in various markets. Listed below are the main things to be looking for:

  • Examine the dead wax or the “runout matrix” on the album. It is the engraving in the vinyl after the playing surface. The engraving in a real copy should read as follows on Side A (“Darkness”): 840905GP with BMLP 666 1 A PD-CR Pentagram image] [666 image in pyramid shape] and then on Side B will have this etching 840905GP BMLP 666 1 B PD-CR [Cross image]
  • The most prolific bootlegs came out in Europe in the mid-1990s. The most common runouts are 666-1, or you may see some copies with nothing in the dead wax at all.
  • Most of the original pressings came with a printed inner sleeve. However, these can also be faked. Also, some authentic copies may be short an inner sleeve if the original owner lost it.
  • If the album looks “too new” you should look more carefully. Remember that this album came out in 1984 and is 37 years old at this point. You should expect to see some wear.
  • If the color looks “wrong”, it is likely a fake. This is a common problem among cheap bootlegs.

Marketplace Safety

Despite how rare this album is and eBay’s policy to not allow the sale of counterfeit albums, there always seem to be 2-3 copies available for $2200-$2500 at any given time. Most likely, they are not authentic, but here is how you stay safe if you want to spend big money.

  • Contact the seller and inquire about the runout matrix. If they don’t respond or refuse to provide it, you should hard pass. You can also request they provide pictures, though they can be difficult to see.
  • Whether on Discogs or eBay, look for a reputable seller that has many reviews and a lot of items for sale — not someone who could pack up and disappear overnight.
  • If the seller does not accept returns, you should not buy from them.

Album Artwork

As I said, this iconic album artwork is quite basic. Here are some pictures from one of the common European bootleg pressings. Notice how tough it is to tell if it is fake or authentic.

How Much Is A Yellow Goat Bootleg Worth?

If you want to have a yellow goat Bathory, but don’t feel like forking out two grand, it is totally understandable. If you can get past the moral dilemma of not paying the Quarthon estate, you can get replica copies for 50 bucks, sometimes less.

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The Top 10 Most Expensive Metal CDs Of 2020 We’ve Encountered

top 10 metal cds most expensive

This list is compiled from CD acquired while buying metal CD collections in the year of 2020. It is by no means a comprehensive list of every metal CD out there, these are just ones we have first-hand experience with. The values we had assigned is is based what we have sold them for and is not an aggregate.

1. Urn ‎– 666 Megatons CD 2006 No Sign Of Life ‎– NSOL001

1. Urn ‎– 666 Megatons CD 2006 No Sign Of Life ‎– NSOL001

Urn ‎– 666 Megatons CD 2006 No Sign Of Life ‎– NSOL00 – the special edition from this Finish thrash/black metal band that includes the DVD is RARE. Urn was a cool proto-Black Metal sound similar to “Show NoMercy” era Slayer – the full edition which includes a live DVD is almost impossible to find and goes for north of 100 bucks on a regular basis.

Sold 10/1 $159.00

2. The Black ‎– The Priest Of Satan CD 1994 Necropolis Records ‎NR 003

2. The Black ‎– The Priest Of Satan CD 1994 Necropolis Records ‎NR 003

The Black ‎– The Priest Of Satan CD 1994 Necropolis Records ‎NR 003 – this CD has been re-issued several times including more recently on Osmose Productions – if you can find the original on Necropolis Records it can be worth a pretty penny

Sold 9/11 $99.95

3. Swans ‎– Swans Are Dead CD 1998 Young God Records ‎– YG03

3. Swans ‎– Swans Are Dead CD 1998 Young God Records ‎– YG03

Swans ‎– Swans Are Dead CD 1998 Young God Records ‎– YG03 – although The Swans are not technically a metal band, it is quite common to see their brand of gothic rock to be turning up in collections we buy. Original pressing of their CDs are very hard to come by and re-issues aren’t that common either, making most every CD in their catalog quite valuable.

Sold 8/8 – $79.95

4. Ingested – The Surreption CD 2012 Siege of Amida Records

4. Ingested - The Surreption CD 2012 Siege of Amida Records $99.95

Ingested – The Surreption CD 2012 Siege of Amida Records – I will be honest when I first saw this one I thought it might be a fluke, but upon some investigation copies of those are really scarce and sell for north of $100 on Discogs on a monthly basis. It is also worth noting that Ingested sounds like a $99 per CD band, they play some ridiculously tight technical death metal and are one of my new favorites.

Sold 12/29 – $99.95

5. Xibalba – Ah Dzam Poop Ek CD 2005 Guttural Records ‎– CDGR002

5. Xibalba – Ah Dzam Poop Ek CD 2005 Guttural Records ‎– CDGR002

Xibalba – Ah Dzam Poop Ek CD 2005 Guttural Records ‎– CDGR002 Mexico – the original pricing from Mexico only list eight tracks, there are later reissues, but if you can find the first one it is quite valuable.

Sold 7/11 – $74.99

6. Baphomet – Death In The Beginning CD 2012 Sevared Records ‎– SR-216 $74.95

6. Baphomet – Death In The Beginning CD 2012 Sevared Records ‎– SR-216 $74.95

Baphomet – Death In The Beginning CD 2012 Sevared Records ‎– SR-216 – Includes the advance tape from 1990. Many songs were subsequently renamed includes the “Boiled in Blood” live 7″ as a bonus.

Sold 9/10 – $74.95

7. Devourment ‎– Molesting The Decapitated CD 1999 United Guttural UGR 005

7. Devourment ‎– Molesting The Decapitated CD 1999 United Guttural UGR 005

Devourment ‎– Molesting The Decapitated CD 1999 United Guttural UGR 005 – I was actually surprised that this one didn’t sell for more, this is the original version of this death metal classic from this brutal Texas-based outfit. Beware, there are many bootlegs floating around of this release.

Sold 8/9 $74.95

8. Suffocation – Effigy of the Forgotten/Pierced from Within CD 2003 Roadrunner

8. Suffocation - Effigy of the Forgotten/Pierced from Within CD 2003 Roadrunner

Suffocation – Effigy of the Forgotten/Pierced from Within 2x CD 2003 Roadrunner (2 From The Vault Series) – almost all of the CDs from Roadrunner’s discontinued “2 From The Vault” series fetch a pretty penny. Some other big ones to look for are Obituary and Exhorder.

Sold 7/7 – $74.95

9. Ancient Wisdom – For Snow Covered The Northland CD 1996 Avantgarde Music

9. Ancient Wisdom - For Snow Covered The Northland CD 1996 Avantgarde Music

Ancient Wisdom – For Snow Covered The Northland CD 1996 Avantgarde Music – this CD from this summer obscure but extremely talented Italian progressive black metal band is extremely hard to find, not to mention the music is amazing. These guys should’ve been much bigger!

Sold 6/6/ – $69.95

10. Amebix – No Sanctuary: The Spiderleg Recordings CD 2008 Revolver USA

10. Amebix - No Sanctuary: The Spiderleg Recordings CD 2008 Revolver USA

Amebix – No Sanctuary: The Spiderleg Recordings CD [Digipak] 2008 Revolver USA – although this one might fall more into the crust punk genre, Ambix is still quite popular among the metal crown. This gym was in wider distribution on Alternative Tentacles but if you can find the original it’s worth quite a bit.

SOLD 11/11 $66.95

GALLERY OF TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE CDS

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Arcturus ‎– Constellation LP 1997 Nocturnal Art Productions ‎ECLIPSE006 – 1st Press Rare

Arcturus ‎– Constellation LP 1997 Nocturnal Art Productions ‎ECLIPSE006

The Arcturus “Constellation” was released in a very limed run of just 500 copies in 1997. The first 500 copies are hand-numbered, and includes a black and white poster. The first pressing copies of this album are very rare and go for north of $300 on Discogs. From time to time, you can pick up a copy on eBay, but not often.

Arcturus’s style is quite different from most Noweiegen black metal bands. It includes elements of power metal, has some early keyboard/symphonic influences. This release featured Garm on vocals and Samoth on guitar, which was the line-up that recorded the “Constellation” mini-album. It was released on Nocturnal Art Productions in 1994. Samoth left the band in 1995 after an arrest for church burnings. Here is a selection from Youtube…

Arcturus ‎– Constellation Full Album

Track List and Info

Arcturus – Constellation
Label: Nocturnal Art Productions ‎– ECLIPSE006
Limited Edition, Numbered
Country: Norway
Released: 1997
Genre: Black Metal

Tracklist


A1 Raudt Og Svart
A2 Wintry Grey
A3 Naar Kulda Tar (Frostnettenes Prolog)
A4 Du Nordavind
B1 My Angel
B2 Morax
B3 Morax (Anno 1996 Ev)
B4 Outro (Radiant Star Befallen)

I buy metal collections like this and if you know anyone who has rare albums like this for sale I am always in the market!

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“The Hardship Of The Scots” by Darkthrone – Best New Metal Song of 2019

This is my pick for best metal song of 2019 – I’ll have to admit I hadn’t listened to Darkthrone since “The Cult Is Alive”, so it took me a minute to catch on to this one even though it’s been out for a minute – check it out if you hadn’t already!

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WHAT WAS THE VENOM ASSAULT EP SERIES?

The Venom Assault series by Venom seven of the original records – American Assault, Canadian Assault, French Assault, Japanese Assault, German Assault, and Scandinavian Assault. These mini-LPs were released between 1985 and 1988. Each EP consists of studio and live tracks, and the occasional interview.

Listen To The Venom Assault EPS on Youtube

New 6 Disc CD Box Set

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Possessed ‎– Revelations Of Oblivion – Sold Out Everywhere But Here!

Possessed - Revelations Of Oblivion

There are ONLY 500 COPIES of this to be released and it just so happens I have 10 OF THEM (9 NOW) and can sell them for a reasonable price. This is not some SHADY drop shipping when you place an order and the eBay vendor orders it, marks it up and sends it to you 20 days later. I have a whole box of there that are brand new, in factory shink, and ready to go out the door!

See proof below…

NEW POSSESSED ON VINYL SPLATTERED

500 Copies Limited Release On Blood Red Vinyl! I Have 10 Of Them!

Possessed Revalations of Oblivion on blood red vinyl limited 500 copies!
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The Venom Box Set – “Here Lies Venom” 1985 Combat Records

venom box set combat

We got a few copies of the very rare and hard to find Venom Box Set that was issued by Combat Records in 1985. Click below to check it out.