Welcome to Source of Steel - my metal collectors page. All CDs have been scanned from my own personal collection. Hopefully the collector/geek in you will find something of interest between the out of print, hard to find or just plain obscure. No download links to be found here (and please don't ask!). For my full collection, please refer to 'The Armory' below in the index. Also, I've a stack of old reviews (album & live) from my earlier reviewing days in the 'Critical Assessment' & 'Observed Carnage' sections of the index.
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Been a while hasn't it? Apologies for the lack of radio contact. Been pretty busy with that pesky thing they call 'life'. But now, it's time for an update, and what a way to kick things back off again. Misery - A Necessary Evil, original press on Velvet Urge Records. The debut full length from this Aussie death crew, and for me - their best release (that's usually the way, isn't it?). Really dark death metal, well worth a punt if you can find it.
Friday, 20 June 2014
A classic of the death metal genre right here, Monstrosity's debut album Imperial Doom as an original Nuclear Blast pressing from 1992 and their second album Millennium from 1996 (also on Nuclear Blast). Monstrosity's quality went downhill after the loss of vocalist George Fisher to Cannibal Corpse in my opinion, but these albums stand head and shoulders above a large portion of others in terms of ferocity, catchiness and downright enjoyment stakes. A rare couple of albums which are worth the price they go on eBay for in my opinion!
The debut album from Belgian power/thrash group Patriarch here, released on Shark Records. This was released to little or no fanfare back in 1990, but to be fair it packs in some decent quality riffage into its just over 40 minute run time. Worth a look.
Friday, 6 June 2014
The Crucified's 2nd (and final) album here. Never quite setting the world alight (Christian lyrics alert), their brand of crossover thrash was actually pretty aggressive for a crew of the indoctrinated. Worth a punt for fans of Suicidal Tendencies and Cro-Mags thrashier era etc. Ocean Records.
The early EP and debut album from one of Dan Swanö's many projects, Infestdead. This is hard hitting, powerfully produced, Christ-baiting death metal at it's most outlandish. Simplistic riffs and rhythms pound throughout, with sadistically roared vocals topping off the proceedings with glee. Both currently out of print. These are original pressings on Invasion Records.
The 10 year anniversary album from German death/grinders Depression, limited to 1,000 copies on Deadly Art Production. Features early tracks from their great number of demos and splits from the 90s, covers and original material.
Mixing it up a little with some seminal hardcore punk. Siege influences ran wildly amongst not only the punk scene, but also into metal and grindcore (with the likes of Napalm Death being one of their biggest padowans). Spastic shards of riffage burst forth, feedback and anger is channeled and history is made, with 'Drop Dead' still standing to this day as one of the shining lights of the genre. An original pressing on CD by Relapse Records.
The debut album from Belgium's Aborted, in it's Belgian pressing on Soulreaper Records. The gore-filled first foray of Aborted sees their influences shine the brightest, aping Carcass and Impetigo to create a heaving death grinding monstrosity. More 'core' elements were to follow later in their career, but I still dig their style (particularly their last couple of efforts).
The first two albums from German speed/thrashers Living Death. Their debut 'Vengeance of Hell' is the first CD pressing on Mausoleum Records Classix, and the 'Metal Revolution' is on ABS Classics. Decent thrash from the early/mid 80s (84 & 85 respectively), will bring a tear to the eyes of any old fogies like myself which miss the simpler days.
Gothic Slam reared their thrashy head in the mid-80s, recording two albums before dissolving in 1993. This is their 2nd album from 1989 on Epic Records, featuring some fair quality thrash - but nothing which will take your head off. Still, there's plenty for your average Bay Area thrasher to get off on. Worth a look.