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.

Confessor - Condemned

Confessor were a weird bunch, and it was fairly hard to come to a conclusion as to what they wanted to achieve as a band. This album offers a good slab of strangely technical doom, and it's quite a refreshing listen - definitely worth checking out if you haven't come across it on your metal travels before hand. An original pressing on Earache from 1991.

Possession - Eternally Haunt

Possession are a decent US band who don't really get mentioned that often. Their music is a great mixture of Morbid Angel-esque death metal mixed with some thrashier tendencies. Good stuff. An original pressing on Metal Merchant from 1995.

diSEMBOWELMENT - Transcendence Into The Peripheral

Everyone is likely to have heard of diSEMBOWELMENT at some point, especially if they're into doomy death metal. This was a shining light in the world of doom/death, and still stands the test of time to this day. Growly, oppressive and punishing, this is the first European pressing on Nuclear Blast (licensed from Relapse Records).

R.I.P Cliff

Apparently today is the 25th Anniversary of the tragic death of former Metallica bass monster Cliff Burton. 25 years is a long time, I was 7 years old. A lot has happened in those years, but the memories of this guy still live on. I think that alone proves that he was a visionary of the metal world not only by using a bass guitar in ways that not many had done previously, but for the fact that he loved music. In fact, he lived music, and that shone through in his playing. Much respect, and R.I.P.

Belphegor - The Last Supper / Blutsabbath

Here are original pressings of the debut and 2nd album from Austria's infamous Belphegor. These guys are pretty hit and miss these days (mainly hit though, in my opinion), but in the early days, they were savage beasts of the death/black world. 'The Last Supper' is on Lethal Records, and Blutsabbath is on Last Episode. If the cover art isn't gnarly enough, when you fold out the inlay of Last Supper, you get one of the greatest blasphemes in metal (a "re-creation" of Da Vinci's last supper painting, shall we say).

Sickening Gore - Destructive Reality

This is the only album released by Swiss death metal outfit, Sickening Gore. These guys are seen as pretty much meat and potatoes standard death metal, but, seeing as it was released in 1994, it has a wholesome feel about it compared to a lot of stuff that does the rounds these days. Not bad at all.

Allegiance - Hymn Till Hangagud

A great album from these Swedes, originally released on No Fashion Records in 1996. Although Allegiance used to play death metal on their early demos, this, their debut album is more a Viking metal album with touches of melodic death/black thrown in. Definitely the bands best release if you ask me, so well worth checking out.

Crucifixion - Desert of Shattered Hopes

The debut album from Texas' Crucifixion. Not particularly hard to come by, but out of print at present. This is an original press on Mausoleum Records. Nice, solid death metal here.

Desultory - Bitterness

Desultory's 2nd album Bitterness doesn't quite have the same bite as their debut in my opinion, but it's still a fairly solid slab of death metal. This is an original pressing on Metal Blade.

Pathologist - Putrefactive and Cadaverous Odes About Necroticism

Czech Republic's Pathologist carried off more than just your regular Carcass clones in my eyes. Sure they sounded extremely similar, but these guys had some really sick riffs under their belts when it came down to it. Original 1st (and only) pressing on tiny Czech label M.A.B. Records.

United - Bloody But Unbowed

Good, late 80s sounding thrash from one of the best thrash bands from Japan, United. Released in 1990, this went pretty much unnoticed, which is a shame as there are some real gems here. An original pressing on Howling Bull Records.

Ethereal - Om Santhi

Here's Greece's Ethereal, with their 1991 demo which was re-issued by Unisound in 1995 as a full length album. Could've done with a little remastering in my opinion as the general sound is pretty terrible, but even through the murk there's a few nice touches to be found here.

Intruder - A Higher Form of Killing / Psycho Savant

Intruder were a great US technical thrash band, and here are their 2nd and 3rd albums released on Metal Blade, and Metal Blade/Music For Nations respectively. I just wish I could find an original pressing of their debut for less than an arm and a leg in cost.

Various Artists - The Best of Metal Blade Volume 1

A nice compilation I found a few weeks back. Although I own pretty much all the stuff on here, I picked it up for historical purposes. This has the cream of what was currently on Metal Blade at the time of release (1987), featuring tracks from the likes of Slayer, Warlord, Omen, Hallows Eve and Fates Warning. Long out of print, and pretty hard to find these days.

Throne of Ahaz - Nifelheim / On Twilight Enthroned

Grade A melodic black metal from Sweden's Throne of Ahaz. These are the bands only two full length albums. Both were released on No Fashion Records and are out of print after the label dissolved.

Creepmime - Shadows / Chiaroscuro

The only two full length albums released by Dutch progressive death metal outfit Creepmime. Really good mjusic to be found here, especially in the debut album. Both are original presses on Mascot Records.

Decrepit - Acrimonium

In its first pressing on Dismal Records, this is the sole full length album from Decrepit. Great death metal, with hints of blackness here and there. Well worth investigating.

Infester - To The Depths, In Degradation

Here's some gnarled, vile death metal which you may have come across before - the single full length album from US death crew Infester. This is the original first pressing on Moribund, very hard to find these days (though, I believe Moribund were selling the CD minus booklet recently as they found an incomplete batch in their warehouse).

Tortharry - When The Memories Are Free

Death metal from the Czech Republic here, with the debut album from the angry Tortharry. This is nigh on impossible to find, and I searched for it for a long time after having an old battered C90 tape of it from my teens which finally breathed its last breath. Original first pressing on Taga Records. Really obscure and underground, I love it.

Darkness Eternal - Dawn of the Suffering

Darkness Eternal was the one man solo project of former The Chasm live guitarist George Velaetis. This is the band's debut album, which was self released. Do not let the terrible artwork put you off (there's no two ways about it - it IS terrible looking), as this features some pretty enjoyable death metal.

Celestial Season - Forever Scarlet Passion / Solar Lovers

Dutch doomy death-meisters Celestial Season here, with their debut and sophomore albums. Before adopting a more stoner sound in their albums after these two, these guys were pretty good death/doom here with a great ear for melody (though, the stoner could still be heard somewhat in Solar Lovers). Both original pressings, the debut on Adipocere and the 2nd album on Displeased.

Imperator - The Time Before Time

Poland's Imperator were a mixed bag. I'd say this, their full length album was the best of the small amount of material that was released by them. Packed full of great riffery, for me - they just struggled making decent 'songs'. Still, I don't want to be too negative, as this is still a more than worthy album. This is the re-press from 1997 on Pagan Records.

Infernal Gates - From the Mist of Dark Waters

Pretty tasty melodious death metal from Sweden's Infernal Gates. This was the bands single full length album release which came out in 1997, on the impossibly tiny Swedish label X-Treme, who only released a handful of albums before going bust. Out of print, but definitely worth a look.

Paramaecium - Exhumed of the Earth

The hard to find first pressing of this impressive debut album from Australia's Paramaecium. If crushingly powerful doom/death is your thing, then you could do a lot worse than to check these guys out. Good shit indeed from Witchhunt Records.

Nuclear Assault - Survive

The hardest Nuclear Assault album to find on CD these days. 'Survive' is arguably the best album by the band too, which makes it all the more strange why this should be unavailable to buy anywhere due to its long 'out of print' status. I guess it's a licensing thing. Anyhow, this is an original UK pressing on CD, by Under One Flag from 1988.

Nightfall - Parade into Centuries

This is the debut released from Greek melodic death/doom monsters Nightfall. I'd say this is easily the best material the band ever produced. An original pressing on Holy Records (the first CD release on the label, no less).

Vomiturition - A Leftover

Released on Invasion Records, Vomiturition's only full length album has seen a resurgence in interest over the last few years. It's OK I guess, but was totally ignored at the time of release. Pretty much bog standard death metal with a lot of groove, not bad to stick on if you're in the mood. I must admit I do love the arcane, foreboding artwork though.

Decameron - My Shadow

The only album from Sweden's Decameron, on No Fashion Records. Pretty solid, with some catchy hooks. One of lesser known bands on the great No Fashion label, but don't let this put you off checking it out. Oh yeah, who needs fancy cover artwork when you can have a photo of the band on the front(!). Jeez.. so vain :).

Incubator - Symphonies of Spiritual Cannibalism

Here's Germany's Incubator, with their debut album 'Symphonies of Spiritual Cannibalism'. Pretty weird, experimental death metal here which took me a long time to get into. However, I've heard some of the guys later releases, and this almost sounds like pure death metal in comparison! An original pressing on Morbid Music (A Division of West Virginia).

CIA - In the Red

Here's Glenn Evans' (Nuclear Assault) offshoot 'solo' project CIA, with his debut In the Red. This is similar at times to Nuclear Assault, with a fair range of thrash (and, unfortunately, a really bad ballad). An original press on Combat.

Slammer - The Work of Idle Hands

The debut album of Brit thrashers Slammer, released on WEA. Slightly better than their 2nd release (also scanned here last year), but both are full of great, thrashing fun.

Messiah - Choir of Horrors

If you don't know about Switzerland's Messiah, you certainly should. This, their 3rd album, took a different sounding turn to their unpolished, grimy first two releases, turning up the production and musicianship to smash out some excellent death/thrash. Smoking riffs ahoy! This is an original press on Noise Records.

Babylon Sad - Kyrie

This is a weird, obscure but ultimately great release. Switzerland's Babylon Sad had a mixture of Death/Doom which had a particularly 'progressive' air about it, as well as the occasionally 'rock' moment. Not mindblowing, but certainly worth seeking down for something a bit different. Released on Massacre Records.

Grief - Come to Grief

Feedback laden, sludgy doom from the infamous Grief. This was the bands 2nd album, and seen by most as their 'Pièce de résistance'. This is an original pressing on Century Media from 1994.

Wolf Spider - Kingdom of Paranoia

This is the 2nd album from Polish thrashers Wolf Spider, an original pressing on Under One Flag from 1990. Great, technical thrash here, well worth checking out.

Benediction - The Grand Leveller / Transcend the Rubicon

Benediction should be known to most casual death metal fans. Generally seen as Bolt Throwers little bro (much as Dismember are seen as Entombed's little bro), these are two of the bands finest moments (their 2nd and 3rd albums respectively), in original pressings on Nuclear Blast.

Hexenhaus - A Tribute to Insanity / The Edge of Eternity / Awakening / Dejavoodoo

The discography from Sweden's Hexenhaus. Some great stuff here, and all albums are pretty hard to come by (discounting dodgy bootlegs which are all over the likes of eBay). Good thrashy moments, with a dose of traditional metal. First presses in all cases, released on Metal Blade, Active, Active and Black Mark records (in order of release!).

Metallica - The $5.98 E.P

The first pressing of an E.P from a little known band from the US... Wonder what these guys are up to these days...? :-)

Order From Chaos - Stillbirth Machine / Dawnbringer

The brainchild of Pete Helmkamp and Chuck Keller, Order from Chaos produced some of the gnarliest, crushing, hateful black death you could want for in the 90s underground. This is the bands first two full length studio albums, released on Wild Rags & Shivadarshana respectively (both out of print at present).

Pariah - Blaze of Obscurity

This is the 2nd album from UK thrash/heavy metal band, Pariah. After they released this album they split, and a couple of members went on to play in folk metal godfathers Skyclad (though, they did reform to create a 3rd album in the late 90s). An original press on Steamhammer.