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.