... I think the development of the feelings and the exploration involved with writing Scum have changed the way I think about heavy metal, and I think it has given me different ears as well. I used to buy 'landmark' albums all the time as reference material, even if I knew I hated them. I sold all of that off as I first prepared to move to Finland in 04 (ay ay ay, it's taken this long?). I think I need to revisit a lot of this earlier stuff. I'm selling off a bunch of random crap around the house to finance this little purchase... here's what I ordered that I'm going to listen to again with new ears when they arrive: BATHORY: Under the Sign of the Black Mark, Blood Fire Death, Hammerheart DIAMOND HEAD: The White Album (important to Metallica and Megadeth, they count. ) CELTIC FROST: Morbid Tales, To Mega Therion, Into the Pandemonium DEATH: Scream Bloody Gore HELLHAMMER: Apocalyptic Raids KREATOR: Endless Pain MÖTORHEAD: No Sleep Til Hammersmith (OK, I cheated getting a live album) NIHILIST: Nihilist (yeah, I complained about this in Scum but I this was el-cheapo, just what I needed) POSSESSED: Seven Churches SODOM: Persecution Mania/Obsessed by Cruelty VENOM: Welcome to Hell, Black Metal Plus some other cheapies: BLACK SABBATH: Heaven and Hell PESTILENCE: Testimony of the Ancients XYSMA: Yeah / First & Magical (hey, I'm in Finland...) All for 185 shipping included. There *are* bargains to be found in this country!