Last World Records is run by Paul Folk and I have known him since my
print zine days and when I saw that he was up and running his label again and he
was in several bands back in the day I knew it was time to do an interview with
this long time metalhead, so here we go:
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
Hey brother !!!! I was born in Cumberland MD and grew up there
(although Iím still growing up a little each day).
What sort of teenager were you and were you heavily into music back
Music was (and is) everything. Itís 95% of my day listening or thinking
about music. I was a metal head teenager lol
So what were some of the early bands you liked and how did you get into
underground metal music?
Early on Stuff like Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Dio, ext.... then
discovering Venom and Bathory started a whole new level and that started the
itch to find more extreme and got me into the underground and tape trading and
Before we start with the label, letís talk a bit about the bands your
in. What bands are you in and what do you do in them and how long have they been
around or were around.
I play guitar (and sometimes vocals ) with Exterminance, formed in 1990
but earlier under other names lol and been on and off for many years. I play
guitar in Bittered formed end of 2014 which is a metalish grindish band. I play
guitar and share vocals in The Human Race Is Filth formed 2017 which is a crust
grind band. I play guitar on Split/Cross formed in 2018 which is a hardcore
punkish grindish band. And there is a huge list of defunct bands I could write a
book on them lol
Out of all which is your favorite and why?
Well they are all like my children so I can not pick a favorite lol but
really everyone involved with the bands are truly great people and friends that
I enjoy being around.
Ok fair enough. How was the scene down your way in the mid 80ís and the
rest of the decade? What are some killer shows you remember seeing or even
Iím from mountain Maryland where there is a lot of talent but back then
not much of a scene and I was too young to drive to the nearby scenes in DC and
Pittsburg lol. The best shows from my early memory then were Deceased anytime in
DC and Doomwatch and Eviction in Pittsburgh. Though I could list all the great
bands from those eras and places but these were the Kings at the time. Lots of
killer shows. I have played killer shows but not super killer lol.
So when did you decide to do a record label? Did you have any idea what
you were doing when started it up?
Around 92 I just wanted to do distro to have some obscure things for my
friends and at shows. After a while I decided to release some stuff for trading
purposes and to support bands that I like what they are doing. Never knew and
still donít know what I am doing. I just enjoy supporting music.
Did you ever do any tape trading or read many fanzines back in the day?
Absolutely, I had a small short lived zine as well back in the day. I
miss the zine days and tape trading! Met a lot of cool people that way. I wish I
had everything from then but I donít 😞
Me too. Now how did you come up with the name Last World Records?
At the time (and itís been a while)....well actually Iím not exactly
sure reflecting now.
No worries. Now what was the first band you put out? Did you contact
them or did they contact you?
Morbius and they were and are my pals and I thought and still think
they are one of the best death metal bands ever! I contacted them and they were
all about it! ! Still love the album I put out for them as one of the best ever!
Was this a full length? On CD or. cassette or both?
Full length CD and I only did CD for it , it had already been recorded
and was available to release. At the time CDís were new and not everyone was
releasing them. Recently Lost Apparitions Records re-released it in an awesome
new package it deserved.
Where did you get them pressed and how many copies. How did you get the
word out about the label early on?
Pressed 1000 copies with a company I believe called Erika and traded
with labels worldwide and the word got around thanks to mail flyers and zines.
Donít you miss the days of sending out mail with flyers and having pen
pals all over the world?
Yes sir I do and miss it dearly , getting the mail then was great
because you didnít know what you were gonna get. And though still have friends
all over everything is electronic and links lol, I miss putting stuff in the
tape player and seeing what it was.
Totally agree. So how successful at the time was your first release? Did
that lead to you wanting to put out another and I assume you were doing the
label all by yourself. What did your parents think of all this?
The first release and second I had enough credit card credit limit to
do them so they were a few months apart. I had a list of what I wanted to do
quick for sure. Success financially wasnít there at all but success in doing and
enjoying what I was doing was there. I have a partner now and at times someone
else would commit as well then back out or disappear so some releases I wanted
to do I wasnít able to which kind of bothered some at the time but I was doing
it without financial success or backing and just doing it for the love of
underground music and trading and building up my personal collection of music at
the time. My parents were already kind of blown away a year or so prior that my
band was selling demos overseas and playing shows out of town by playing death
metal, doing the label and taking over the basement and having friends over to
help package CDs, 7 inches, and tapes was just a small step up so they were
supportive, not sure exactly what they thought though.
Now what about this short lived fanzine. How many issues did you put out
and around what time period and what led to it folding and what sort of music
did you cover in it?
Yes, it was called Struggle and I did it with Greg from the band
Compression, it was a lot of fun at the time. It was probably around 93, or 95 I
think, memory is a bit fuzzed, we prob did maybe 10 issues give or take a few.
We covered metal and hardcore and were fortunate enough to interview a lot of
great bands at the time directly through labels like Century Media, Metal Blade,
Relapse, Earache ect. That time period they were interviews over the phone, I
probably still have some recordings somewhere that I should sample with music
sometime lol and like most things it never really folded but personal lives got
busy and next thing you know itís a thing of the past.
So with each release did the label grow more and more? Were you pressing
up more copies of each release and did sales grow in time?
It grew more in popularity at the time and the distro side of it grew
with more releaseís but never pressed more than 1000 of anything at anytime and
never knew if sales were up or down ect, never kept any books or anything, no
tracking anything whatsoever. I only felt any kind of success financially if
some place bought 100 of something at wholesale and paid upfront but that was
rare. It was either trading or net 90, consignment type of stuff.
Do you have any idea how many releases you have put out over the years?
Around 15 so Not a whole lot considering when it all started as active
and Iím active on and off over some years. This year is the first back to full
time active status for a while.
What led to you sort of backing off on the label so to speak for a bit?
As I moved out of my parents and started being a semi responsible human
I lost the time and extra money so basically working full time, raising kids,
family, traveling ect.
Did you still follow the scene? Did you like the whole grunge era or
Pantera style era of metal music?
Never stopped following or being involved in the scene, was always
playing in bands and hosting shows and going to shows. The fringe era and
panthers style error was interesting but during those times I was still more so
into the death metal, hardcore, and grindcore scenes so I didnít pay much
attention to much outside of that anyhow.
Favorite 5 bands and why.
Thatís tough for only 5 and then depending on the day lol but Iíll
start with the early influences, Iíll start with Black Sabbath, basically
because they are the best and heaviest ever and true pioneers, even through
different stages and vocalists every album rules and is hugely influential still
to this day, they are timeless. How about Iron Maiden, early pioneers that was
easily acceptable in the early 80ís and my first metal concert was Iron Maiden
on the ďPowerslaveĒ tour, totally amazing concert and I remember it like
yesterday, and every one of their albums are purely genius. Then some DRI, I had
heard them early on but once Crossover came out it, it changed the music world
and created a truly crossover from punk hardcore skate kids into metal fans of
sorts. And their albums are brilliant and every time I saw them live they were
fantastic and brilliant. Venom took me to the dark side, first time I heard them
I couldnít believe how truly dark their sound was, it was a little unsettling
lol. Venom started the true crave inside me for darker music and they created a
genre of music all by themselves. And Clutch, Clutch has been really a ground
breaking band and one of the hardest working bands there ever was. Plus, they
are local to my neck of the woods and always inspired me to work hard and be
creative without worried about whatever one else is doing, extra bonus they are
from my backyard here in MD so always looked up to them.
Thoughts on the following
Thrash metal - Nuclear Assault, one the greatest bands no matter what genre of
band you compare them too. To me they are the best Thrash metal band. I like
plenty of others but when I think of trash metal thatís all I think about ha ha.
The band Possessed of course , true pioneers! My introduction indeed.
Venom Venom Venom , again pioneers !!! these great bands (Venom & Possessed)
write a song with the word metal and it kicks off a new genre lol.
Are any of your releases sold out or have any been re-issued?
I wouldnít say sold out even though I have no more copies, more so
traded away for others to sell lol. If something sold out I would repress it,
but I havenít released anything that there is a huge demand for.
Have you seen any of your stuff on sites like EBay and if so what were
Yes and for Exterminance and Morbius CDís I saw them for over $60 on
eBay at different times over the years. Seems silly to me and they prob arenít
selling lol I do I have the original pressed Exterminance CDs for $10 and have
about 40 left so if anyone is interested hit me up lol.
So now recently you sort revived the label of sorts. What led to this?
My best friend and I have been talking about it for a while and decided
to go ahead and pull the trigger; we have more funds and time availability and
there is a lot of good music out there we wanted to help push and promote,
hopefully leads some to the next level. And really itís a whole lot of fun.
Was there any bands back in the day you could have worked with that you
did not and now regret not working with?
Not that I remember really, I only regret not being able to do more
with the bands I was working with then, Morbius as an example put out some great
stuff afterwards on other labels, still one of my favorite bands from the
earlier days !
How did you come up with the label name?
Canít really remember sadly.
Any goals for the label this time around and would you consider a 7Ē
release or full length vinyl release?
Yeah I wanna do more vinyl and we do have a 7Ē ep coming out in the
fall itís just about ready to go to press soon. And have a cassette release
coming out in November and a few other releases planned so hope to finish the
year out strong with a bang.
What are some of the biggest challenges/obstacles you face this time
around with the label?
Obstacles really are just getting people Interested enough in a band /
release to want hard copies of anything. Today itís really about the collectors
for hard copies of anything, most music is downloaded or streamed.
Does the whole way things are done now with so many social media outlets
amaze you now in some ways?
It is amazing but itís caused so much flooding of crap and makes it
harder to promote in some ways. Back in the day you had to go get copies made
somewhere and cut them up and mail stuff everywhere, now itís easy for even the
lazy to promote but there is just so much out there itís easy to get lost in the
Please plug any websites or social media sites you have and feel free to
plug any releases coming out in 2019 and beyond.
Thanks brother. Just find us on Facebook. We have some new stuff coming
out this week and plenty more the coming months!
Horns up for the interview. Any last words to wrap this up?
Just thanks for your time and you totally appreciated and you lived and
understand what it was like long ago lol.