'Painkiller is so metal it's ridiculous...' Aura Noir's Apollyon shows Metal as Fuck his record collection...

From 50's Norwegian pop, through jazz drummers battling it out to the glory of modern day metal - you'll find it all at Apollyon's house, plus more besides tht he doesn't really want to tell you about...


Good day to you sir - it's a pleasure to talk to you. So much of a pleasure, in fact, that we’re coming to your house tonight. What new music are you most excited to introduce us to? What are you making everyone listen to at the moment?

The latest interesting music I got was a couple of Deathhammer releases.The new album Onward to the Pits plus a split album with Nosferatu. Aside from that,I will play mostly obscure 60’s garage punk and even more obscure private recordings.

Five hours later we’ll still be there and, politely, you’ll be wanting to get rid of us – what goes on the stereo to clear the house of merrymakers and freeloaders who've outstayed their welcome?

Well, I used to work in a classic rock-/metal bar,so I know all about this.When I was alone at work with ridiculous amounts of annoying thirsty people drooling all over the bar,I would firstly blast Bonded by Blood BY Exodus,to get rid of all the straight people.Not sure if that would have worked with you though (your'e right - Piranha loving Ed.).I’m thinking you’re already tired of all the non metal stuff I will be playing.What if f I crank up the volume and narrow the selection down to shady Norwegian 50’s pop only? Either way I’m very good at this “confusing the customer”-game,and would have had you leave the house in no-time if I wanted to.

Don't worry - we're off now. After a few more questions that is. What was the first record you can remember hearing at home? Did it have any effect on where you are today?

My parents are into jazz.I have no recollection of the first record I heard at home.However I remember that I was quite into a Louis Armstrong album where he sings David Crockett and an album with a drum battle- Gene Krupa versuss Buddy Rich. The Davy Crockett part,I’m not too sure about... well, I like to spend time in the wild.I even lived in total desolation in the mountains for 6 years until just recently,only accompanied by Wolves,Bears,Mooss and Trout. Concerning the other album,I’m still very fond of drumming.I know now that Bill Ward from Black Sabbath took much of his inspiration from Buddy Rich ...and Bill Ward definitely has a drum style that I adore and draw much inspiration from... alive and wild.

And what was the first record you bought with your own money? And why?

It depends what you mean by “my own money”.The first album I went out and bought was Love Gun by Kiss (canadian pressing)..probably around 80-81,but it was hardly my hard earned money being spent at that time.Nor were any of the albums I bought up until I became a newspaper boy in 87.So the answer to your question is Testament -  The Legacy, with money from my first ever salary.I bought it because I had taped 3-4 songs that I really liked from a couple of different local radio stations.

We've all been there. Home taping wasn't killing music at all! Any records in the collection you bought because you liked the cover, only to get them home and realize you’d made a terrible, terrible error?

Before the internet it was pretty normal to buy records based on the cover, lyrics, thanks list,or a song you’d heard from a totally different album.I made numerous mistakes there, both dragging mediocre albums to the house and avoiding records that had a bad lay-out or lacked lyrics/inner sleeve.

If you didn’t answer this in question (3) what was the first record to make you think you might like to try your hand at rock n’roll yourself?

Actually I don’t think there was an album that got me into playing music, but because this is about albums,let’s say Ride the Llightning by Metallica then..or Rock’n Roll by Motorhead..as the two first songs I learned on guitar were For Whom the ell Tolls and Traitor.

The truth however is,that what probably inspired me to pick up the guitar was seeing some guys from school playing Jailbreak by AC/DC.They did it really well.( They had an Awesome guitar player that never got anywhere.The drummer was in Turbonegro up until recently.) What made me belive that I could create something myself could very well be credited to Darkthrone,as they too are from Kolbotn where I grew up.Seeing them live for the first time at the local cinema in 88 was pretty special,to say the least.I remember running straight back home playing one of the riffs off Thulcandra.

And what record is so good it makes you feel like giving the whole game away every time you hear it?

Haha,I don’t get that feeling any longer. I saved this question for last because I really can’t think of anything.However it bothers me that I haven’t mentioned Autopsy yet,so I will: Mental Funeral.

What record for you most fits the term ‘Metal as Fuck’

Probably Painkiller by Judas Priest.I don’t own it though.I prefer their early stuff.But that album is so metal it’s ridiculous.

What decade is most represented in your record collection?

80’s in my proper collection.. .the vinyls.If we count cd’s in as well,it might be nineties..but just because of all the crap albums I’ve received, Satan knows why, after I started releasing albums myself.They’re not on display though.

What would you recommend to unbelievers as the best ‘entry level’ metal record in your collection?

I generally don’t try to make people listen to metal but maybe we’re back to Ride the Lightning again..not too hard  or soft.

And what album from your collection should be in every other home in the land, apart from one of your own?

Pentagram -First Daze Here(The Vintage Collection)

I see you reaching for thosevintage Norwegian 45s - just a couple more questions. What’s the vinyl/CD split of your collection?

60/40 vinyl.Not counting all my stowed away cd’s

And finally, what record would you take with you to the next world, if such as thing exists?

Slayer's Hell Awaits...it’s the song/album that got me into all of this.