Record Collectors

Record Collector: Faisal Yahu D, aka badmongo_666

Faisal Yahu D lives in Singapore where he works for a logistic company that supplies books to colleges and universities all across Asia. In his other life, he runs SlapBet and Vanilla Thunder Records with his wife. 

As huge death metal and hardcore fan, Faisal collects South East Asia vinyl releases, mostly from Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. Welcome my friend Faisal to the Record Collector club.

How long have you been collecting records?

I bought my first records in '87, it was 4 LPs the same day. I stole money from my mom, that's how I actually started. There's a couple of record stores back then that stocks a pretty good selections of import titles. I bought mostly metal and crossover stuffs. By '89 I had a sizable collection. Me and a couple friends, we would keep all our records at a friend's place we called the "club house." He has the turntable attached to the hifi with a twin cassette deck. Kinda important to us at that time cause we would transfer the record to tape and listen to em in our Walkman. I lost most of my records in the early '90s when my friend's family decided to sell the house. I got the news pretty late and couldnt save any of the records. I asked around and none of the club house members knew what happen to em. I have to start all over again and by then I've already moved away from metal and started to explore the worldwide hardcore/punk scenes. Most that I lost, I never bother to search and replace.

My current "collection" is comprised of records that I started buying in the mid-'90s. I bought most of it at the time of their release. Mailorder was a total life-changer. When record stores started closing down, mailorder just kept me goin until this present day. It's the only way to hear records from all over the globe.


Cyclops was a short-lived band that Eric Wood and Joel Connell of MITB fame did right before they started MITB. They had both been in Pissed Happy Children and Pillsbury Hardcore before that and Cyclops happened around the same time as Neanderthal and right before Charred Remains/MITB. Cyclops was around from 1989 to 1991 and released only 2 7"s, "The Second Son Of Poseidon" on Splinter recs '89 and a 1 sided 7" "Cradle Of Man's Mistakes" on Sound Company recs '91. You can really hear the more jazz/progrock oriented influences of MITB in Cyclops. Before Iceburn incorporated jazz & progrock into their sound, before MITB fused it with grindcore, Cyclops was doing it. The end-result is quite amazing. MITB would actually later re-record the track 'Me & Hitler' exclusively for the "Man Cruel" cd #Cyclops #MITB #ManIsTheBastard #PHC #vinyl #record #45s #powerviolence #7inchrecord

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Where/how do you usually find your records these days?

Living in this part of the world, there's hardly any record stores that carry the records that I listen to. Neighboring Malaysia have better stores and distributors that's worth a trip, great bargains, too, due to the favorable exchange rates. I would usually buy direct from bands, labels or distros. Discogs is good for out of print and special editions stuffs.


❤ 13 was a short-lived sludge band from New York City. They are best known as being the first band that Liz Buckingham from Electric Wizard was in. 13 began in 1990 as Thunderpussy 13, playing shows around the New York area before shortening to 13 by 1992. Although they were active since the early 90s, they never released a single album, only 7-inch splits with fellow bands like EyeHateGod and Grief as well as some compilations. 13 would break up in 1996, with Liz Buckingham joining Sourvein not long after the band's breakup, and currently in Electric Wizard since 2003. 13 last appearance on any release was the In Memory of... Celtic Frost compilation performing Hellhammer's "Triumph of Death" Today in the mail, I received the complete discography tape. Everything 13 have ever recorded. All the 7"s, compilation tracks and 3 tracks from the demo. Its not perfect but its the closest to getting everything together. They deserve an official release..and so my weekend had just started... ❤ #13 #sludge #doom #45s #splitep #Writhe #Wrong #Witch #Hollow #Bound #Whore #Plague #BlackSunday #TriumpOfDeath #Fridaynite

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What is the most you paid for a single record, where/how did you obtain it, and what was it?

I paid $150 for a copy of Bathory's yellow goat back in '96. That's the most I've paid for a single record. It wasnt easy to track a copy down. A friend of mine was ordering some used records from a guy in the US and along with his order there was a mailorder list included. I saw the yellow goat on it, told myself, if I dont picked it up now I probably wont be seeing that record ever again. Recently I paid $45 for a clear blue No Comment Downsided 7".


I grew up with thrash in the 80s, most of the bands are awesome but Bathory is the one that stood out among the greats, well em and Voivod ofcourse. The first 4 albums defined the black metal genre perfectly. I didnt go anywhere near Hammerheart, bought it when it was released and was utter disapointed, traded it later. Maybe I didnt get it at that time, I havent heard it again since. That being said, the first 4 Bathory lps are fuckin crucial! It should be in every metalheads collection! Oh! And fuck the reissues! They sound like shit, only the first press are real......�� #Bathory #BloodFireDeath #Yellowgoat #TheReturn #Underthesignoftheblackmark #blackmark #ori #1stpress #vinyl #record #blackmetal #deathmetal

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If you had to pick one record label you feel had/has the best track record of quality releases, who would that be and what are some key titles you love?

This is a hard one. During the early days, Earache Records was one of the most influential labels for me. Mosh 1-21 are essentials. But no labels that I know of are that consistent when they have been going on for a long time. Most kinda lost it after a few releases. Deep Six Records is the label for me right now. They have Infest, No Comment, Extortion, Manpig, Lack of Interest, To the Point, Weekend Nachos, Terminal Nation, Low Threat Profile. The Exit Unit 7" and Infest No Man's Slave are my personal favorites.

Of everything in your current collection, what is your most prized record and why?

My mom's Beatles records. When I was young, she would listen to em all the time. When she became a born again, she pass it to one of my uncle to dispose but he kept it instead. Few years ago, he came over to my place and saw my collection. He told me he still kept the bag of my mom's records. My mom is 74 and still a firm believer in God, she doesnt know that I inherited her record collection. 

Is there anything that frustrates you about the current record collecting scene?

24 hour flippers, man! They cant wait at least a week before they start selling. I also hate it when someone tries to sell me some mediocre record for a ridiculous price. I'm very patient and am no hurry to own a certain record if I know its gonna be a pain in the ass to find. I will wait for the right price before I dive into it. Also people that buys records for the sake of filling up their shelves, which usually ends up with lots of fillers. 

Which records are still on your want list that you've had a tough time tracking down through the years?

Around here the regional releases, alot of them '80s and early '90s releases, are available only on cassettes to the public. Only the radio stations have the vinyl versions. So when CDs took over vinyl during the '90s, the stations got rid of their records. These records landed in junk collectors hands. In the beginning it were selling for $5-10 a piece. Nowadays, you cant get them at that price. Most goes for around $200, and they don't even have proper covers, just the cassette cover pasted unto a blank jacket. There are selected '80s regional rock and heavy metal LPs on top of my want list. Some are reissued recently and most of these reissues suffers from bad mastering or the lack off it. Only the radio station vinyl are the real deal. Apart from those, I'm also looking for these:

  • Bathory — s/t on Banzai records
  • Infest — 7", LA Riot or Elvis covers
  • Infest — No Man's Slave LP Sinatra sleeve
  • Little Princess — Song Collection 7"
  • Noothgrush — Black Sabbath 7"
  • Never — 2-track demo tape
  • Crystal Princes (SG) — Warlord cassette album

#28recordslater, Day 12, Thrashed Some thrash metal releases from Singapore, Indonesia but mostly Malaysia, that's where the metal underground scene really thrive. ANTACID (M) - 'Atomik Thrashing Acid' lp, VAULT (M) - 'War Fuckin War' lp, ORACLE (I) - 'No Truth No Justice' lp, BLOODSTONE (S) - 'F.T.W' lp. Some 7"s as well, SARJAN HASSAN (M)/HIRAX (US) split, ATOMIC DEATH (M) 'Re-Atomation', VAULT/APPARATUS split and HEAD KRUSHER (I) s/t. The Antacid lp released by Heavy Metal Forces, Germany. The rest are on regional labels. #28recordslater #day12 #lp #45 #vinyl #record #vinylchallenge #thrashed #Februaryrecordchallenge #recordchallenge #Febrecordchallenge #Singapore #Malaysia #Indonesia #Thrash #ThrashMetal #thrashed #Vault #Bloodstone #Oracle #Antacid #Hirax #SarjanHassan #AtomicDeath #HeadKrusher #Apparatus #Feb45s

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