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, pics of my own collection and random utterances galore. 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 metal music bits I've picked up, including new releases and other random shit.

Disastrous Murmur - Rhapsodies in Red

Debut album from one of Austria's filthiest exports. This is an original pressing on Osmose Productions.

Unbounded Terror - Nest of Affliction

Only album from one of the original death metal bands to emerge from Spain - Unbounded Terror. This is an original pressing on Drowned Productions from 1992.

Lobotomy - Lobotomy

Sweet Swedish death metal (as if you'd expect anything else!). Debut album in it's original form on Chaos Records.

Rosicrucian - Silence

Pretty much straight up thrash metal here musically, with a few death metal hints thrown in on Rosicrucian's debut on Black Mark records. Released just as the bell was tolling for thrash first time around, this missed the boat.

Furbowl - The Autumn Years

Sweden's Furbowl took death n roll and owned it. This was their 2nd (and lesser known) album, in an original pressing on Black Mark.

Ripped - Through My Eyes

Another long lost album from Lethal Records. This was Ripped's 2nd album (the first released only on tape). Obscure, weird, proggy death metal here.

Trifixion - The First and the Last Commandment

Lethal Records once more, this time with Austrian's Trifixion. No let down on the music front here, but rather the vocals. They're pretty damn terrible - seriously. I defy anyone to listen to this without getting pissed off with them at some point. If it wasn't for the stupid pitchshifting squawking, this would've been pretty good.

Sanctum - Raped Of Your Religion

Australian death metal from Austria's Lethal Records once more. This could've been great, if it wasn't for the horrific production job. Upon first listen, it's a complete car crash of an album, but given time (and patience), there's a lot to like here. Check out the OTT blasphemes on the artwork!

Pervertum - Creature of Ungod

Another rarity from Austria's now defunct Lethal Records. Pervertum play a satanic brand of black metal, the way it's supposed to be.

Cadaverous Condition - In Melancholy / "For Love", I Said

One of the weirdest extreme bands out there in their day, Cadaverous Condition were always pushing the boundaries of what was accepted in death metal. This is the bands debut and 2nd albums, both out of print, in their original pressings on Lethal Records.

Seance - Fornever Laid to Rest / Saltrubbed Eyes

These Swedes should need no introduction to the seasoned death metal fan. Seance are fucking awesome, 'nuff said. Both debut and sophomore albums released in original pressings on Black Mark.

Red Harvest - Nomindsland / There's Beauty... / HyBreed

Here are the first three albums by Norwegian weirdos Red Harvest. Their debut started out as meat and potatoes thrash, but they went onto a weird hybrid of industrial bastardized metal later on. These guys were to break big time with their following release 'Cold Dark Matter', bringing them to the attention of the mainstream.

Argentum - Ad Interitum Funebrarum

Debut album of this Mexican black metal crew, released on Full Moon Productions.

Black Sabbath - Forbidden / Cross Purposes / Tyr

In my opinion, the best of Tony Martin era Sabbath. Someone really needs to re-issue these. Original I.R.S pressings.

Necrosanct - Equal in Death / Incarnate / Desolate

A little obscurity for you. Necrosanct were a UK based Death metal band, and they released 3 albums in their career. The first album is pretty ropy, but the 2nd album 'Incarnate' was a feral beast in death metal terms - pretty damn tasty. 'Equal in Death' was released by Kraze records, 'Incarnate' and 'Desolate' were on Black Mark - all out of print.

Cianide - The Dying Truth

Classic doomy death metal here from long running Illinois crew, Cianide. 'The Dying Truth' - the bands debut - is my personal favourite out of all their releases. This is the original pressing on Grind Core records from 1992.

Oppressor - Solstice of Oppression

Debut album from US Tech death experts, Oppressor. Their best album in my opinion. This is an original pressing on Red Light Records from 1994.

Faustcoven - The Halo of Burning Wings

Yeeeeeeesssssss! Fucking Faustcoven you fucking fuckers!! This album blew me away when I first heard it. If you haven't checked it out as yet, I suggest you do. Black metal with a huge lump of doomy influences. This is an original hand numbered (to 666, no less) version on CD, released by Barbarian Wrath.

Death - Leprosy / Spiritual Healing

Had a request for these as apparently the Combat Records pressings are hard to come by. So, here they are - the 2nd and 3rd albums from the Godfathers of the genre themselves..

Altar - Youth Against Christ / Ego Art

Here's the debut and sophomore albums from anti-Christian Dutch death metal crew Altar. Both CDs in original pressings from Displeased Records and out of print.

Victims of Internal Decay - Victims of Internal Decay

Debut (and so far as I'm aware, only) album from US Death five piece Victims of Internal Decay. Pretty much as meat and potatoes as it gets, but nice to throw on for some genuine old school death metal. I remember hearing one of the guitarists of the band had one leg, hence the band going under the name of 'Death on Nine Legs'. Original pressing on CD via Red Light/Grind Core records. Not particularly hard to come by so it seems, but definitely out of print.

Revenant - Prophecies of a Dying World

This band are mainly known for - at one time - featuring Incantation's John McEntee. Shame really, as Revenant deserve to be remembered for more than being a "who also featured" band. Anyhoo, this was their one and only full length studio CD (which didn't actually feature Mr McEntee), and it was pretty damn good in my opinion. Released in 1991 by Nuclear Blast... ahh... remember those days when everything was fresh and new!

Depravity - Silence of the Centuries

It's all death metal recently. This is Finland's very own Depravity, and a fine piece of work it is too. I truly love this E.P, it's such a shame that these guys never got it together to make a full length album. For quality though, you can't get much better than this Scandinavian old school dirty mass of infection. An original press on Adipocere Records.

Impaler - Charnel Deity

Yet another gem that got lost in the underground of the early 90s. Impaler were an English death metal band, and this, their only album has that fantastic 90s feel. The 'not quite perfect' production job and the much sought after chainsaw guitar tones are all present and correct, helping to make this an excellent lump of dreary death. Released on Peaceville imprint, Deaf Records.

Morta Skuld - Dying Remains / As Humanity Fades

Painfully overseen, this is a two disc compilation of Morta Skuld's first two releases in one tasty package from Peaceville Records. Excellent early US death metal, which you should really look at investigating if you haven't done already. Usually I try to ignore these 'two album' compilation things where possible, but this has both album's full booklets and full artwork of the original releases, as well as two separate discs.

Eternal Dirge - Morbus Ascendit

Another fine slab of German death metal from Eternal Dirge. This was the band's debut album on Hass Productions, now out of print. Another one to check out if you happen to find it.

The Chasm - Farseeing the Paranormal Abysm

The Chasm should need no introduction to any death metal fanatic, so they won't get one. This is the very first pressing of their most recent album, limited to 500 copies and out of print. It came with a nice poster and some stickers. The artwork changed for the following pressings.

Vacuum - Climbing my Sky

Well here's a little obscurity for you all. Vacuum were around for a few years in the mid-nineties, managing to release a demo, this EP and a split album with fellow Czechs Hypnotic Scenery. This is the only release of theirs that I've heard before they disappeared into the annals of metal history, and it's not too bad at all.

Ignoring one of the weirdest pieces of artwork I think I've ever seen on a metal album (featuring a tsunami crashing through a huge city), Vacuum manage to encapsulate some great atmospheres into this short EP. Whilst this isn't exactly a classic release, it certainly managed to spend a good chunk of time getting repeated spins in my CD player for the old school vibes that flow so freely from it in torrents. Vacuum's refreshing blend of doom/death relies heavily on organ-like synthesizer work, and chugging guitars which bleed an unwholesome aura throughout the main body of the album. There are some great mournfully slow melodic leads couple the main riff guitar (especially in 'Withering Away'), which when laden with the growled vocal work reminds me greatly of early My Dying Bride, brimming with all the same sorrow and self destructivity as you'd expect.

So, for those people out there looking for some gloomy old school doom/death metal, you can do no wrong with Vacuum (if you can find it anywhere nowadays, of course). Just don't expect to be blown into next year by it.

Afterlife - Surreality

US styled death metal again, this time from underground Americans, Afterlife. First pressing on Grindcore/Olympic.

Jaldaboath - Hark the Herald E.P

This is pretty damn eccentric, from James Fogarty - the mind behind Ewigheit, and the early works of Meads of Asphodel. This is the debut EP, released on a 3" CD, with a paper parchment listing all the knights who fought at the Battle of Haystings. Nutty as a squirrels turd, and pretty enjoyable too luckily. Released on Fogarty's own Death to Music anti-label.

Graveyard - Into the Mausoleum

This is a fine piece of Stockholm styled Swedish death metal from...er... Spain's Graveyard. This is the original version of their demo (which was later released as an official EP), with the promo sheet I was also sent with it. Pretty awesome death metal.

Adorior - Like Cutting the Sleeping

First album by these English guys, on Head Not Found. Not bad at all, if not a little generic at times. They churn out a pretty good din though, so worth investigating.

Monastyr - Never Dreaming

Ignore the childish artwork, this is some damn good death metal. These Poles churned out the brutish death like it was going out of fashion, leaving this singular album as a prime example of what they could do. Originally released only on tape, this is the Nuclear Blast affiliated CD release from 1995. Good stuff.

Torchure - Beyond the Veil / The Essence

Got the taste for some underground German death metal? Torchure may well be worth looking into then, as they certainly have a sound of their own. Both these CDs are original pressings on 1MF records (The Essence is the US press on 1MF/Cargo), both currently out of print.

Acrophet - Faded Glory

2nd (and final) album by these US thrashers. This is an original pressing on CD by Roadracer Records (courtesy of Triple X).

Crypticus - Dedicated to the Impure

Debut album from this awesome US death metal band. This is an original press on Razorback Records, now out of print. If you look carefully, you can see it's been autographed by Patrick Bruss (vocals/guitar/bass) on the front cover.

Toxodeth - Mysteries About Life and Death

Some weird shit here. Debut album from these Mexicans, who play a really strange style of death metal, with lots of guitar theatrics and odd riffage. Weak production, but a great album none-the-less. An original pressing on Wild Rags.

Inverted - The Shadowland / There Can Be Only One

The only two releases from these Swedish death metal mutants. Pretty decent stuff, though not always consistent. The Shadowland is the better out of the two in my opinion. Both released on Shiver Records.