finally released by Sun and Moon rec (Romania). Totally sick live
performance, from the GD last euroepan tour in early 2012. Raw and crude
outraged sound like Mayhem´s Live in Leipzig/ Sabbat´s Live at
Listening extreme musics since 1990, I’ve started by collecting CD !
There was boxsets everywhere in my bedroom… At that time, we used to have a good distro in
Le Havre, named PUTREFACTION RECORDS. They produced MORTEM for example. It made
me think about all those metal bands coming from nowhere ! How can Mortem be
supported by a little distro in Le Havre ??? What ? There was correspondances,
letters, demos, promo stuffs ???? Time has changed now and of course PUTREFACTION
RECORDS has closed down ! From that moment, I sold most of my CDs and
restartedmy metal studies. I wrote to
many bands and several months later, I received at least several answers.
trading and bought original LP nears the bands. Finally, my relation with Black
Metal changed in 2004 when I met Nocturno Culto before the SATYRICON/DARKTHRONE
live in Wacken Open Air (Many will say that it wasn’t Darkthrone but Nocturno
Culto and gnagnagna, just go fuck yourselves !).
Back in France,
I started investigating black metal history band by band.
I travel to
Norway as soon as possible and I’ll return in Oslo in coming February.
My collection is
made of several cd, many lp and rarities.
There is the
Mayhem world : early shirts signed by Euronymous and Dead, signed Lp, promo
tape by Dead, letters, documents, demos, Maniac stuffs, … Slayer Mag promo
Emperor, Immortal, Burzum, Mortiis, Dimmu Borgir, Ancient, Watain, Amon Amarth,
Darkthrone of course ! Satyricon, Enslaved, …
I also used to
have LLN stuffs but sold everything. I had Mutiilation signed demos, LLN
recruitment letters, Belketre demos, …
My collection is
displayed by lot or handmade presentations to protect the tapes, records.
items are :
My Peter Beste
book signed by many friends but I still need to complete the missing signatures
from Taake, Gorgoroth, … The book has spent a year and a half in Norway and
Enslaved returned it to me just before Hellfest 2012. I’m thinking about taking
it with me in Oslo in february and let it again for a year or something like
that. Funny because when I went to Hellfest last june, I saw a guy with the big
version of Peter Beste book whereas I’m using the small one in collector box…
At least there are competitors ;-)
demo 2nd press by Euro with mini typed letter promoting Merciless
and Leipzig + org flyers.
Dead’s own tape
for live in Leipzig. The letter once folded is the tape cover.
My aim is to
feel good in my extreme world. At a time, I wanted to create a BM museum
(unrealistic!) and today I only want to have in a near future a dedicated room
where there can be a little dust, an old sofa and my vinyl/tape deck player.
Rarities would be everywhere around on the walls. I imagine having a break on
the sofa listening to music while raining outside… Ah ! Maybe a little fridge
would a good idea for the beers !
Today I try to
aim at small things. Last months, I’ve stopped all relations with bands through
social sites, no more facebook but just simplicity ! Can look like Egoism but
as Fenriz wrote me on a LP : “First rule of posers is to let music come
second!”. For years, collection came first and music second… and I had decided
to change that !
In some rare
occasions, I appreciate to share a little with other metal fans. Even this
“interview” will be the last. Ahaha who cares ? Potential buyers ? There is
nobody around… Le Havre is invaded by rap, techno, … musics… Living in Le Havre
doesn’t provide a lot of Metal opportunities since Wolverine, Fatal and
Vickings&Celts ended up their short
How did I get
rare or promo stuffs ?
My first answer
would be “luck” maybe…
I have been in
touch with a first artist who introduced me to other ones, etc… Trading also !
I got many stuffs directly from Mortiis which permitted me to study the roots
of Emperor for example.
Also going to
Norway every 2 years give me opportunities.
Also look for
old metal fanzine owners and try to contact them… In the 80’ et 90’, they were
receiving so many promo stuffs. Sometimes (I got this luck…), all the stuff is stocked
in parcels for years and you can try… I got many things like that; buying 100
euros a big parcel made of tons of flyers, letters, posters, boxsets, lp
Also when you
receive the parcel at home, that’s x-mas before x-mas !
Well ! Ok ! It
depends of the bands of course !
Scandinavian bands in general will appreciate a true letter, not a poor mail.
It remember them so many things and mention in the letter your email address
for lazy contacts or broken bands ;-) .
reality. Handwriting will tell them more on who you are and often they will
respect your effort. Adapt your communication depending of the bands’ age and
pay for shipping.
festivals, wait in the queue, don’t ask for anything and just shake their hands
and wish them a good show ! Then contact them by mail, they will remember you !
A last example,
more and more bands have their own shop. For some of them, the band is really
doing the work behind so just ask, discuss, … give a call… (Try with Ancient,
Watain, … ;-))
Let you imagine
other scenarios, I can’t reveal everything after all !
For sure, don’t
ask directly !
I have one since
august. It’s not complete but I will continue a little.
Nobody reads it
ahahahah ! But we must let a trace of some demos, rarities for what we think
could contribute as a little piece of metal history…
Here it is for
the interview and sorry for the delay. I hope you enjoy the Behemoth promo lot
as I did before.