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.
Sunday, 19 May 2013
Now this is a prime slab of uncovered metal genius right here. The debut album of Dream Death is talked about in hushed tones by those who are aware of it's greatness, and rightly so. The music is a great mish mash of death, thrash and doom, and if you haven't heard it I'd suggest you go out of your way to correct that right now. This is the hand numbered re-issue on New Renaissance Records, and similarly to the Amulance album, it too is out of print. After reforming (they too were inactive for a long time), these guys have recently made a 2nd album, which is winging its way to me in the post as I type - can't wait to check that out.
Some old school US Power/Speed/Trad metal here with a vocalist who sounds a lot like Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson. Not bad at all, these guys reformed in the 00's after a long period of inactivity, but have yet to release a follow up 2nd album. This is the New Renaissance hand numbered re-issue pressing, which while isn't as much of a rarity as an original press, it is also out of print and therefore not easy to find none-the-less.
Saturday, 11 May 2013
A classic of the death metal genre right here, Monstrosity's debut album Imperial Doom in it's origianl Nuclear Blast pressing from 1992. Monstrosity's quality went downhill after the loss of vocalist George Fisher to Cannibal Corpse in my opinion, but this album stands head and shoulders above a large portion of others in terms of ferocity, catchiness and downright enjoyment stakes. A rare album which is worth the price it goes on eBay for in my opinion!
The debut album from German thrashers Warpath here, released on SPV/Steamhammer Records. These guys missed the boat when it came to the thrash boom (this was released in 1992, when the thrash love was fading very fast). Still - it has it's moments, but it's hardly a shining beacon of all that is thrash godliness.
Sunday, 5 May 2013
An all female thrash band from New York, US here and these girls most definitely have bite. Not the most technical thrash you're ever going to hear, but certainly aggressive and enjoyable. Original pressing on Metalcore Records.
Friday, 3 May 2013
Named after a Slayer song, this US death/thrash patrol released only one full length studio album 'From the Darkest Depths of the Imagination'. A great sound, with a vocalist that reminds me of Chris Reifert of Autopsy, these guys had the chops and the tone to go far, but unfortunately dissolved like so many other promising prospects. Original pressing on the short-lived Tombstone Records.
Here we have the much maligned fifth full length album from US power/speed metal crew Helstar. Released in 1995, a time when a lot of the 80s metallers had gone nu or given up altogether, these guys were still churning it, albeit to a lesser quality when held up against their early glories. Original pressing on Massacre Records, this is one of the bands hardest albums to find for a good price.
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Monday, 29 April 2013
The one and only full length release from these German progressive metallers, 'Your Last Orison' has a lot to like musically, and features members of German luminaries Deathrow and Psychotic Waltz. Interesting riffage which has similarities with the like of Paradox, Watchtower and Mekong Delta - definitely worth checking out. Original pressing on Institute of Art Records.
Saturday, 27 April 2013
The second (and final) album from US thrashers Holy Terror put them on the map as a real force to be reckoned with. Their debut had the power and force, but this was just a huge step up not just in terms of songwriting quality, but it just sounded reassuringly tighter too. Well worth tracking down if you haven't come across the name before, this album was aggressive and pissed - just the way thrash should be. Original pressing on Under One Flag.