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.
Thursday, 19 September 2013
This is the 2nd album from French death/thrashers Agressor on Black Mark Records. There are a lot of bootlegs of these guys early material (their first three albums in particular), but this is an original pressing which I stumbled across in a 2nd hand store. Great music from a band not particularly well known in the metal community, so definitely one to check out.
Thursday, 5 September 2013
Harter Attack was the main project of Rich Harter, hailing from New Jersey USA. Appearing in the thrall of the US mid-to-late 80s thrash wave, they were very close to Nuclear Assault (in fact, Dan Lilker and Glenn Evans both helped to write some material here) and had a great thrashing vibe as you would probably expect. They pumped out this album in 1989 to decent acclaim, but unfortunately never managed to follow it up with a sophomore release (though, they did reform in 2011 - so watch this space!) . This is the original and only CD pressing on Metalcore Records, long out of print and worth tracking down.
Monday, 2 September 2013
Belial's early material is held in generally high esteem, and quite rightly so. They went pretty strange towards the end of their career, adopting a more punkish rock vibe for their final album '3'. 'Never Again' however was their debut full length from 1993 - and it's well worth looking into for fans of extremity with huge hooks. This is the original pressing on Lethal Records (it was re-issued years later on Galgenstrang/Funeral Industries, but with completely different cover art).
Thursday, 29 August 2013
Pretty long title huh? Almost in Bal Sagoth territory there! Dripping's only full length studio album so far is one of the better examples of brutal death metal with a lot of flair and a whirlwind of hatred. Macabre Mementos Records released this back in 2002, but it soon disappeared from circulation and has become sought after by fans and eBay scalpers alike. Worth checking out!
Sunday, 25 August 2013
Two albums from one of the very earliest blasts of extremity to make it out of Sweden. Merciless were renowned for their no nonsense deathly thrashing approach, with their debut album 'The Awakening' being the first to sign on Euronymous' Deathlike Silence label way back when. Both these albums are essential in my opinion, with their later self titled fourth album not quite recapturing the magic they had early on. These are the original CD pressings on Active Records, and No Fashion Records respectively.
Sunday, 18 August 2013
Here are four albums from Asphyx's less critically renowned period. Their debut and sophomore albums always seem to get the plaudits when it comes to discussions of the highlights of their career, but there's still a lot of quality to be found in these albums too (particularly their self titled album, and 'Embrace the Death' which was originally planned to be their debut album but shelved). All releases are their original pressings on Century Media Records, and were out of print until a couple of years ago when the label decided to do the right thing and re-issue them (albeit with different artwork).
Thursday, 15 August 2013
This is the West Virginia Records re-issue of the one and only full length album from German thrashy deathsters Accessory. It was originally self released by the band, but then given a link to better distribution channels by this pressing. Decent music, but nothing as spellbinding as any of the classics in the genre. After these guys split the members went on to form another band, Colour Trip, who had much more of a hardcore edge to their sound - pretty weak in comparison to their stint as Accessory from what little I've heard.
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
Another slice of obscurity here with Havoc, from Washington USA. Ignoring the overly Christian lyrical stance, this is some decent US heavy metal with touches of power. Father Jones (1992) was their only full length release, before they disappeared altogether a couple of years later. Only pressing on B&N Records, not particularly easy to find these days.
Friday, 2 August 2013
The one and only full length album from Wisconsin's Accursed here, featuring strange and feverish black/death metal with a lot of odd touches of synth and a cold gothic atmosphere. These guys split up soon after it's release (1995), and are yet another band to feature in the 'where are they now' file. Original press on Visceral Productions (another label to have fallen by the wayside over the years).
The debut album from Decrepitaph, delivering a nice hit of Razorback styled deathly horror. Strangely hard to come by these days, but if you're patient enough you can still pick it up for a decent price. Original press on Razorback Records.