The video below is just a portion of a rare metal and punk vinyl collection I valued at approximately $120,000. I recently bought it from a private collector here in Los Angeles.
This epic record collection consisted of around 3500 12″ LPs and 1000 7″ singles. Since the start of COVID, most of the records I have been buying have all been internationally, but this collection I found locally in Los Angeles. After some negotiation with the seller, this purchase was by far my largest, which I picked up for $67,000.
The Anatomy Of A Deal
In the weeks leading up to the purchase, the seller allowed me to appraise the albums one by one (which took me over a week to do). I entered them all in notebooks. You can see an example of my appraisal below.
Albums are hot right now. Unfortunately, some collectors have an unrealistic idea of what they are worth, but as a buyer, you need to spend a lot of money to buy good collections of rare metal and punk albums. Therefore, I tailor my offers to be at least 50% of the total value as a rule of thumb. I am negotiable up to roughly 60%, but it can be higher under rare circumstances. Above 70% of the total value, the seller would make the same amount of money selling them on eBay individually.
Also, remember that even if the seller were selling it to another party that wasn’t a reseller, the buyer wouldn’t pay the total price for every album; there would be some discount.
Here are some photos from the gem vinyl in the video above. The first video is less than 20% of the collection. I will update this post or create a new one to showcase some of the records. Unfortueny, I can’t make a complete list as I did here of all of them, but feel free to contact me if you are looking for something specific.
Some of the my favorite pieces in this collection are as follows. I have timestamped some of the links to take you to exactly the spot in the video where these metal and punk LP appear.
The Testament, Exodus and Death Angel“The Bay Strikes Back” Tour has been postponed until April 2022, citing the Delta variant of COVID 19. Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick, who is a notorious Libtard, complains “The type of disruptions Kiss and other large outdoor venue tours have experienced could cause our shows to be permanently cancelled – a lose/lose for everyone.”
The guitarist continues…
“The fact that a lower budget tour such as ours is limited to indoor venues with tight backstage space only adds to the risk. It should go without saying that calling off these dates was a ‘last resort’ decision, and everyone involved would much rather this weren’t the case. However, this is the new reality we’re all in.”.
We are quite sure that by 2022, there will be another wave of COVID that will just push this tour back even further. This is the clown world we are living in. It is worth noting, all three bands seem fine with braving the pandemic for a day to play the Aftershock Festival in San Francisco.
2022 The Bay Strikes Back Tour Dates
The rescheduled 2022 tour dates are as follows.
4/9 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater 4/10 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues 4/12 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues 4/13 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues 4/15 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre 4/16 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater 4/19 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom 4/20 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall 4/21 – Austin, TX – Emo’s 4/22 – Dallas, TX -Amplified Live 4/23 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues 4/26 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade 4/27 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz 4/30 – Sayreville, NJ -Starland Ballroom 5/1 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage 5/2 – Boston, MA – House of Blues 5/3 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts 5/5 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount 5/6 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom 5/7 – Cincinnati, OH – Madison Theater 5/9 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE 5/10 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora 5/11 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall 5/12 – Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre 5/14 – Joliet, IL – The Forge 5/15 – Joliet, IL – The Forge 5/17 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre 5/19 – Denver, CO – Summit 5/20 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
Also reporting difficulties touring is Heathen, saying smaller bands like themselves were unlikely to even find a place on the touring circuit.
This is a collection of some super rare thrash metal CDs and albums from the golden age of thrash metal. I bought them from a collector in Greece. There are albums that are “hard to find”, but many in this collection are out-and-out RARE. Some examples being Slaughter “Strappado” (the original thrash metal band “Slaughter” and not the hair band and Voïvod’s “The Outer Limits” (which was the most expensive album in the collection).
There are also many albums from the 1990’s in this collection. An interesting thing about albums by even big bands like Testament that came out in the 90s is vinyl was so out of fashion by this point, many times there is only one pressing for all countries.
In this particular deal this seller go in touch with me through my Facebook page. This entire deal was made via Facebook Messanger. If you have collection like this you would like to sell, contact me, I do business in California, the United States and around the world.
Just the other day, I was wondering what happened to the San Fransisco thrash metal band Heathen. So after spinning a copy of Breaking The Silence, I decided to find out. It seemed that Heathen has being groomed for success. They were in the right place at the right time (in the Golden Era of thrash metal), they got on all the suitable tours, had big-name rock producers (Ronny Montrose) producing them, and even seemed to be getting a push from the record company?
Breaking The Silence Full Album
So what happened? Why did thrash metal success elude Heathen?
I was aware that the only two albums were Breaking the Silence (1987) and Victims of Deception(1991). Victims came out right as the thrash metal scene was wiped out by grunge, but Breaking the Silencehad a small amount of airplay and even a video for the Sweet cover “Set Me Free” in rotation on Headbangers Ball.
During the “Breaking” heyday of the band, they were plagued with lineup changes, which led to the long period between their first two records. Guitarist (and absolute shedder) Lee Atlus was the only stable member during that time.
Victim Of Deception Full Album
In 2005 Lee Atlus replaced Rick Hunolt on guitar in Exodus, which he still plays with to this day.
Reunions 2009 / 2020
In 2009 the band reunited and released The Evolution Of Chaos. Heathen toured for a few months before again being hit with more lineup changes, which lead to further inactivity.
In 2020, Heathen reformed again and released Empire Of The Blind, though the band is skeptical about how much they will be able to tour to support the album due to the glut of bands wanting to get on the road after COVID.
I decided to wait a bit to update this blog with some of my latest thrash metal finds. The collector I have been buying these from in England has been sending them to me in Los Angels 20 records at a time via DHL. Every deal I make is a bit different when I am buying heavy metal LP, CD, and cassette collections. Especially since the start of the pandemic, I have been doing all of my deals without even meeting the seller — all have been purchased generally via email. Payments are made to sellers via wire, cash, Venmo, or PayPal and I buy from all 50 states and countries all over the world.
Enough with the shop talk, let’s get on to these albums, and there are some great ones. This post is split into 3 videoswith a list of LPs below. There are links to pages and blogs on this site that have more information about the artists and releases.
UK Thrash Metal LPs Video #1
These are the albums listed in the video above and came in the first box the collector in the UK sent me.
Testament – Practise What You Preach G/VG 782 009-1
Voivod – Killing Technology VG/VG N 0058
Voivod – Dimension Hatross G/VG N 0106-1
Voivod – Nothing Face VG/VG MCG 6070
Photo Gallery Of This Collection
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The standout in the collection was three copies of Death’s “Scream Bloody Gore” (all original 1987 pressings). In addition, the was one original U.S. Combat Records pressing, one Under One Flag European pressing, and one French pressing on N.E.W. Musicdisc. The complete list of records is in the list below.
The bulk was an impressive selection of death metal CDs, including many very rare and expensive ones, also in the list below.
12” Death Metal LPs
Vice Human – Metal Attack 1985 Media VG+ Sleeve G+/VG
Cannabis Corpse – Blunted at Birth 2006 Forcefield records Bloodshot Red
Death – Scream Bloody Gore 1987 Combat VG+/VG+
Death – Scream Bloody Gore 1987 Under One Flag VG+/VG+
Death – Scream Bloody Gore 1987 N.E.W Musidisc VG/VG+
Death – Leprosy 2014 Relapse Black Vinyl
Desultor – Masters Of Hate 2012 Abyss Records 1st press limited to 100 numbered Clear Red Vinyl. (number 28/100)
Desultor – Masters Of Hate 2012 Abyss Records 1st press limited to 100 numbered Clear Red Vinyl. (number 29/100)
Devoid – Blackened Empire 1991 Skysaw Records Media (VG), Sleeve (G)
Dissect – Swallow Swouming Mass 2013 Xtreem Music limited to 100 on Black Wax Splattered In Orange
Morbus Chron – Sleepers in the Rift 2012 Me Saco Un Ojo limited 200 White vinyl
In the video and listed below on this post is athrash metal vinyl collection I just bought from a guy in the United Kingdom. All of these are LPs first pressing from the 1980s and 1990s. Since the start of COVID-19, I have more frequently been buying collections without ever meeting the actual owner, at times never even talking to them. Instead, the deals are all worked out over email. So far, so good. All of the transactions have gone off without a hitch.
Here is a video of all of the awesome LPs I picked up on this awesome deal.
Here are some photos of some of my favorite LPs from this haul. One of my favorites is the cult classic “History Of A Time To Come” by Sabbat. The 2 Bolt Thrower“Warmaster” and “Realms Of Chaos” are both excellent and very hard to find as well. The rarest and expensive album is the first press Sadus “Illusions” album that is self-released. I’m sure how many copies of that were pressed, but it wasn’t very many. It was later reissued as “Chemical Exposure” by Roadracer Records (also included in this collection). Also great was the Metallica “Ride The Lightning” 1987 reissue limited edition DMM master – super rare…I’ve never even had one of these before.
“Fistful of Metal” was the first album by New York-based thrash metal band Anthrax and the only one to feature original singer Neil Turbin and original bass played Dan Lilker (Nuclear Assault,SOD, Brutal Truth). It was released in 1984 on Megaforce Recordsin the US and Music For Nations/ Roadracer in Europe.
Full Album Vinyl Rip
I ripped this version from vinyl myself.
Fistful Of Metal Artwork
A1 Deathrider 3:30 A2 Metal Thrashing Mad 2:39 A3 I’m Eighteen 4:02 A4 Panic 3:58 A5 Subjugator 4:38 B1 Soldiers Of Metal 2:55 B2 Death From Above 5:06 B3 Anthrax 3:24 B4 Across The River 1:26 B5 Howling Furies 3:55
Bass Guitar – Dan Lilker* Drums – Charlie Benante Engineer [Assistant] – Alex Perialas Executive-Producer – Jon Zazula Lead Guitar – Dan Spitz Producer – Carl Canedy Rhythm Guitar – Scott Ian Vocals – Neil Turbin