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 are abound. 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.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Dawn - Nær Sólen Gar Niþer For Evogher / Sorgh på Svarte Vingar Fløgh / Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy)


I absolutely adore Dawn, they are one of my all-time favourite Swedish black/death metal bands, particularly for their amazing final album 'Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy)'. First is the bands first album 'Nær Sólen Gar Niþer For Evogher' in it's original first pressing (note the original band logo, represses matched the logo on the bands later releases). Secondly, the bands intermediate E.P 'Sorgh på Svarte Vingar Fløgh', and finally their 2nd and best album 'Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy)' - all original pressings on Necropolis Records and out of print.

Vordven - Towards The Frozen Stream


No Colours Records have released some of the best underground black metal albums in my opinion, especially when other labels were waning in quality bands in the late 90s and early 00s. Vordven represents one of these fine examples of greatness - pure black metal, hard abrasive and great - all in 1999! This was re-issued as part of a compilation of the bands material (the album was their only full length, but they had demos and an EP too). This is the original pressing of their classic album.

Acrophet - Corrupt Minds


The debut album from great US thrashers Acrophet, 'Corrupt Minds' was originally released in 1988. This is the original pressing on Triple X/Roadrunner Records, but it has since been re-issued by perennial metal re-issuers Metal Mind. As good as if not better than their more famous 2nd album - well worth checking on.

Solstice (USA) - Pray


The 2nd album from 1995 by death/thrashing Americans Solstice. This saw the band lose original vocalist/guitarist Rob Barrett to Christian Rudes - but if you weren't aware of that you wouldn't necessarily notice due to the similarities in vocal style. Although it's a great album, I don't think it's as great as the bands great self titled debut album. Solstice reformed a few years back and released their third album in 2009 - looking to pick that up soon. An original pressing on Steamhammer Records.

Znowhite - Act of God


The debut and only full length album from Chicago's Znowhite. Great thrash metal right here, with the extra bonus of Nicole Lee's great vocal performance - one of the true great frontwomen back in the 80s. An original pressing on Roadrunner Records.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Antidote - The Truth


This debut album from these Finnish thrashers is pretty good actually, much better than I was expecting. This album is highly sought these days it seems, but I managed to pick up this copy for a very low price thankfully. An original press on Shark Records.

Nausea - Crime Against Humanity


For those who're unaware, Nausea was Terrorizer's Oscar Garcia's 'other' band. This, their only full length features some pretty good stuff, but nothing compared to Terrorizer's legendary debut album. This is the repress from 2002 on Collapsed Unity Records, featuring 13 bonus live tracks (and out of print in it's own right, much like the first Wild Rags CD press). Good shit.

D.B.C. - Universe / D.B.C.


Canada's D.B.C. (that's Dead Brain Cells for the unaquainted) played some pretty good thrash metal in their days, and this release sees both their full length albums compiled onto one CD. An original UK pressing on Rough Justice records, well worth checking out for the thrashers among us.

Intense Mutilation - Safe Sex


This is the debut album from deathly/grindy/weirdos Intense Mutilation. Pretty had to categorize with ease, almost like a cross between a grinding Gwar/S.O.D combo - these guys have a weird sense of humour that is abundant in their non-PC lyrics (see 'Raghead' and understand). I don't love it as things go, but hey - I saw it and thought it was worth a blind purchase from the 2nd hand store. An original press on New Renaissance Records.

Arghoslent - Galloping Through The Battle Ruins


Well, a new year and yet more rarities for your asses - it won't let up. I've had some great finds recently, and they'll be posted up in due course. First up this year is Arghoslent's fine Galloping Through The Battle Ruins album in it's early original pressing on Wood Nymph records. Tasty death metal with their own unique slant on things as per usual. If you're looking for something completely awesome that's not your usual meat and potatoes run of the mill death metal, definitely check this out!