Welcome to Source of Steel - The Heavy Metal Museum. For the metal head who likes to own or collect physical CDs, Source of Steel is my website dedicated to the love of physical metal on shiny plastic discs. Micro-reviews, thoughts, scans & pics of my own collection and random utterances are abound. The site started out purely as a way of sharing my rarities to like-minded fans, but now (for longevity's sake more than anything) it is open to new physical music bits I've picked up, including new releases and other random shit.

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Monday, 24 April 2017

Cerebral Fix - Products of Disgust (Box Set)

The 4 CD box set release from Metal Mind combines a whole stack of material from Cerebral Fix, spanning their early more hardcore edged crossover years to their more thrashy releases that they were blasting in the early 90s. Limited to 2000 copies, this is not only packed to the brim with bonus tracks featuring all sorts of rare live material and rehearsal tracks, but also a nice fat booklet with all sorts of rare pictures and information that all major fans will revel in.

Autopsy - After The Cutting (Box Set)

This is the 2016 4 disc book set of Autopsy's 'After The Cutting',  a limited release containing an expansive 72-page book penned by US-based writer/artist Dennis Dread that recounts the band's career.  The band's EP 'Skull Grinder' is included as part of the package, plus another 3 discs of classics, demos and previously unheard rarities. The booklet is top quality, featuring stories and new pictures - all in all this is top quality package, perfect for the hardcore fan.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Liege Lord - Master Control

Liege Lord's third and final album here, 'Master Control', featured here in its first official repress from 1997 on Metal Blade. Pretty much unanimously agreed that this album contains some of their finest works, with it's soaring power metal and great speed metal riffage running throughout. There's an absolute TON of bootlegs of this album, so if you're on the lookout for one, be very vigilant to avoid those.

Otargos - Spawn From The Abyss / Fuck God - Disease Process / No God, No Satan

I first discovered the greatness of Otargos when I received a promo to review for their 2nd album, 'Kinetic Zero', and since then I've been a fan of their forward thinking black metal bombast. Their debut album on Rupture Music is also featured elsewhere on this site. 'Spawn From The Abyss' is also on Rupture Music, and limited to 500 units. It's a compilation of their early EP and demo (autographed by the band in the 2nd picture). 'Fuck God - Disease Process' is their 3rd album, again on Rupture, featured here in its 2 disc digipak form (the 2nd disc is a live DVD performance; this was also limited; this time to 1,000 units). 'No God, No Satan' is their 4th album and their first released on Season of Mist. All in all some great quality music right here.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Excruciating Pain - Thou Shall Choose

Excruciating Pain's one and only full length album here, released on the highly collectable Mexican label Avanzada Metálica. This also had a release on the JL American Records in the US. This is nothing but underground, early 90s death metal; nothing particularly spectacular or earth shattering but it serves it's purpose when the ear requires OTT distortion and growling.

Morta Skuld - Surface

The 4th (and up until recently, final) album from Morta Skuld, 1997's 'Surface'. This didn't see the band at a particularly high point of their career, instead treading water in their meat and potatoes basic death metal formula - the sign of a band running low on ideas and vigour. Thankfully, their comeback album released 20 years later had the hunger again. Whilst 'Surface' isn't overtly terrible, it certainly wasn't their finest hour. Pavement/System Shock release.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Cannibal Corpse - 15 Year Killing Spree (Box Set)

This set from long running legends of death metal Cannibal Corpse combines a 2 CD 'best of' selection, a CD of demo and unreleased material, and a live DVD of footage from multiple performances throughout the bands career. Whilst not essential to the hardcore fan who probably has a lot of this stuff already, it also contains a nice comic illustrated by their long running cover artist Vincent Locke, as well as a poster, expanded band history/biography in booklet form and a guitar pick.

Limbonic Art - Volume I-IV (Box Set)

This is the boxed set version of the first four albums from Norwegian Symphonic Black Metal band Limbonic Art. Featuring 'Moon In Scorpio', 'In Abhorrence Dementia', 'Epitome of Illusions' and 'Ad Noctem - Dynasty of Death', this covers the majority of their strongest works in my opinion. This comes as pictured with a nice extended booklet and band bio. Some may find the overt syphonia and synth work too much (and admittedly, there is a lot of it), but there's just enough spite & bite to keep me returning.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Pallbearer - Sorrow & Extinction / Foundations of Burden / Heartless

The three full length album releases to date from US purveyors of doom and gloom, Pallbearer. 'Heartless', having recently been released really caught my attention and had my revisiting their earlier material once more - so much great doom here. Although 'Heartless' has a somewhat cleaner sound, it still taps straight into your pshyche and tugs hard on the heart strings - emotionally draining, but absolutely top notch doom throughout these guys' careers.

Earth - HEX; or Printing in the Infernal Method / Hibernaculum / Primitive and Deadly

The maestros of drone here, Earth, with a cross section of their releases from the mid-to-later parts of their careers as of now. I must say, I was never a great fan of their earliest material, but the stuff they've been putting out over the last few years is much more to my tastes, mixing drone with strange, psychedelic country post-rock. Not 100% metal per se anymore, but definitely one for people with a ear for strangeness.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Paradise Lost - The Singles Collection (Box Set)

A nice little set of releases here, covering the bands early to mid-period of their careers to date. This was released in 1997, and combines the singles 'As I Die', 'Seals the Sense', 'The Last Time', 'Forever Failure' and 'Say Just Words' into one outer card slip case. I added in another pic of 'Seals the Sense' which I have that has been autographed by the whole band just for shits and giggles. A nice cross section of the bands early days - well worth picking up for completists and fans alike.

Deranged - Struck By A Murderous Siege

The 9th studio album from Swedish death metal crew Deranged here, after many line up changes and periods of inactivity, this is one of the finest releases they've put out to date in my opinion. Bludgeoning and brutal, pick squeals and downtuned mayhem is the path they follow all the way. Digipak on Agonia Records.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Necromantia / Varathron - Black Arts Lead to Everlasting Sins

A nice slice of the early Greek black metal scene here featuring two of its finest luminaries, Necromantia and Varathron. This split CD was released on Unisound Records in 1994, but it was originally only put out on vinyl by Black Power Records in 1992 - thus preceeding both bands debut albums. For fans of the early Greek sound, this is an absolute must for the collection. Other early releases from both bands are also featured elsewhere on this very site - the search function is only a click away!

Wombbath - Downfall Rising

Who DOESN'T want more Swedish death metal? Wombbath were mainly known for their grooving (and much loved) debut album 'Internal Caustic Torments' from 1993, but again went the way of many by losing their original raison d'etre with their following EP 'Lavatory' (also featured a while back on this very site). After reforming in 2014, they revisited their roots, finally releasing this - their 2nd full length album. A nice return to the old sound, and a gnarled beast of an album. 

Interment - Scent of the Buried

More beautiful Swedeath here from Interment, a Swedish band who were there releasing demo material in the very earliest of the nineteen nineties when everything was exploding in Scandinavia. These guys split for a long time before reforming and beginning to release material again. This is their 2nd official full length album release (released in 2016), and it summons the ghostly entities of early Dismember and Entombed to wreak havok and explode eardrums (naturally). This, is 100% my bag.