Welcome to Source of Steel - The Heavy Metal Museum. All CD exhibits pictured are from my own personal collection. Hopefully the collector/geek in you will find something of interest between the out of print & rarities (and as of 2016, the more mainstream and available as well). The 2016 resurrection update includes larger high quality images, a slightly smoother design and an awfully 'shopped banner which actually made me laugh out loud at my own skills (or lack thereof). But hey, it's all about the DIY bitches.
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Saturday, 22 October 2016
Part of the mysterious and shrouded French underground movement of Les Legions Noires, Belketre were best known for their demo 'Ambre Zuetki Vuordrevartre' and their split with Vlad Tepes in the early/mid nineties. Mainman Vordb was involved in the movement not only for his work in Belketre, but also Vlad Tepes, Brenoritvrezorkre and Black Murder amongst others. He is renowned for shunning the limelight, even going so far as requiring personal vetting to be able to access his art and information on his personal website. This CD was a 2015 EP release, his first material to be released for the best part of 10 years, and it was equally hard to get a hold of - but I did, direct from the man himself. Naturally, it was well worth the effort!
The most recent (2015) release from Norwegian band Tsjuder here, featuring their evil brand of darkness and demon filled black metal. I remember the love these guys got upon the release of their first few albums, which waned later into their career. I still love 'em, can't beat a bit of orthodox Norwegian BM, and these guys smash it out with glee. This is the limited box version (which is still available), featuring a flag, a patch, a larger booklet and 5 bonus tracks.
Friday, 21 October 2016
2 different versions of the fifth album of Septic Flesh (or Septicflesh, as they're now known). This was their last album of the 90s, and continued to keep up the quality and standards for which they are renowned. I've always found these guys hard to categorise (nailing them with a 'death metal' tag just doesn't seem right!), as they ploughed their own route in extremity - I guess death metal is the closest approximation though. Both versions were released on Holy Records, with the top being the initial release on Digipak, and the bottom version being the 'red jewel cased' limited edition re-press they did in 2005 (limited to 1,000 copies, with bonus tracks).
The limited Digipak version of Destruction's latest album, which comes with 2 bonus songs. Destruction are my 2nd favourite of the 'big three' teutonic bands (I've always favoured Kreator!), but the consistency & quality of their work rarely wavers in my opinion (ignoring the period between 'Cracked Brain' and 'All Hell Breaks Loose' of course).
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
I found this box set at an awesomely cheap price, so figured it was worth a shot. I'm not the greatest lover of Tiamat, only really knowing of their first albums up to and including 'Wildhoney' (and not being overly impressed with what I'd heard). But, I couldn't turn down the opportunity to pick up so many of their albums to test out in one hit for what worked out as less than £1 each. To be honest, the set isn't that great and the rest of their material really wasn't to my taste either. Although it looks pretty from the outside, each of the 12 albums (and one bonus DVD) comes in a cheap, bare-bones 'promo album' styled card sleeve - no individual booklets at all. It does have a rather fat 74 page booklet separately with great photos etc, but I'd much prefer the individual album ones personally. Featuring material only from their Century Media years (including far too many live albums - 4 in total including the DVD), it does have one exclusive B-sides package 'Panopticon', it also comes with a numbered certificate stating a number out of it's limitation of 3,000 copies. It is what it is.
I've been a long time admirer of this crazy Norwegian death metal crew in all it's forms over the years. Chunky, downtuned US-styled carnage with feral growling and blasting drums - what more can you ask for? I actually think I like the band more since Tchort left - not that his presence degraded the sound, I just think they've gotten better and more assured as they've gone on.
Monday, 17 October 2016
A nice little pick from a car boot sale here, I spotted this along with a handful of other bits I thought I might like. I saw it had no booklet, but went for it anyway as it mentioned being a promotional copy (even though it has a regular back inlay). Turns out, its not meant to have a booklet - so all good. A couple of nice cuts from the bands rocking 'Nothingface' album.
Meshuggah's latest album here, the creators (whether they like it or not) of 'djent', and all the bands that spawned in its name. I can't say I'm a huge fan of this onomatopoeic genre, but I do have a soft spot for Meshuggah themselves following them from their proggy, almost Metallica like beginnings. Twisted polyrhythms, bellowed growls and guitar's tuned so as to register on the Richter scale as is usual with these guys, with a killer production job that pushes it all in your face for a claustrophobic atmosphere.
Sunday, 16 October 2016
A highly sought after set here, featuring two individual digipaks of Peste Noire's pre-album demo material, a sticker, a patch, and separate booklet all housed in a hard card shell box. As with most of Peste Noire's stuff, I picked it up directly from the band's website - otherwise you'll pay through the nose to scalpers. Pretty much zero marketing or fanfare upon release (again, standard for the band) this was limited to 1,000 copies. A good insight to the embryonic ages of one of the most refreshing and controversial bands of the modern era of black metal.
This is one album I left far too late before checking out, even though I'd heard good things about it through reliable sources. I wanted to check it out, but was waiting for the right price - found it cheap, so decided to give it a whirl. Talk about a return to form! I loved early Godflesh (Streetcleaner, and their self titled EP in particular), but got a little jaded with their later albums before their original split. This, the 'reformation' album absolutely rocked me back on my heels. Killer, primal, crushing and coldly clinical, Justin Broadrick and co have combined all the elements that made thousands fall in love with their sound in the first place, and connected them together here for an absolute stone monolith of an album.
The most recent release from long-running and consistently excellent pagan black metallers Kampfar. These guys are seriously underrated in my opinion and deserve to be talked about in revered tones a lot more than they are. If you've not checked these guys out (or only heard their earlier works in their Malicious Records era as a couple of my friends had), they definitely deserve a once over for their top tier sweepingly passionate black metal. This is the digipak version which comes with a free patch
Saturday, 15 October 2016
I think (in fact, I'm pretty sure) that this is the only Avanzada Metálica release in my collection. It is such a sought after label for collectors, once featuring such ancient classics as Morbid Saint's debut, and Dark Half on their roster, this was a much less known US band who kicked out a nasty sounding style of death metal. I was never 100% sold on the vocals, which at times sounded pretty drunk and bellowing, but the music is good enough to warrant repeated listens. I bought this dirt cheap off Discogs a few years ago, and it came still sealed in cellophane. I've still not had the balls to open it. "The disc might not even be inside" says the evil devil in the back of my mind. Urgh! What a pretentious asshole collectors can be huh? To be fair this is the only CD where I've acted this way, I'm much more of a buy to actually listen to music rather than a "hold with rubber gloves and keep in an airtight container out of sunlight at all times" sort of guy.
The infamous Cradle of Filth here, loved and hated in equal measure (though, maybe not quite so equal - they get a LOT of hate - haha). This was one of the albums which was seen as their best, their 2nd full length from 1996, before they went fully mainstream. Comes in a cool coffin shaped box, limited to 10,000 copies. At one point I managed to find three of these in the same shop, all being sold off cheap. I kept the one in best condition, one went to a friend, and the other went on eBay. I'm a sucker for ltd edition packaging versions of albums, so it was nice to find an older one just waiting to be picked up.
LG Petrov and his not so merry men continue their journey under the Entombed A.D moniker, after the huge fallout and lawsuit which ensued following them continuing under the name Entombed. Decent death metal here, with enough of interest for even the most ardent of naysayers. Catchy but gnarled riffage is the order of the day, and they serve it up with aplomb. This set comes with a bonus cassette tape of their 2015 demos, pin badges, a digipak of the CD and a patch.
Friday, 14 October 2016
A dose of old school death metal from Wisconsin's own Phantasm. Both CDs are compilations of their early demo material, never actually releasing an official full length album - but the quality was enough for them to get quite a name for themselves back in the day.