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.

Vicious Rumors - Soldiers of the Night / Digital Dictator

California's Vicious Rumors debut and 2nd albums here, both on Roadracer/Roadrunner records (the debut being on of the labels now sought after 'Price Killers' releases). Really great, old school US speed/power/heavy metal.

Venom - Temples of Ice / The Waste Lands

Well, you'll likely know of Venom, but perhaps not of these two albums from the more shady parts of their discography (the two hardest of their albums to find these days, or so I've been reliably informed). These albums are pretty rocking, but aren't a patch on Venom's seminal early years. Both are original presses, with Temples of Ice on Under One Flag, and The Waste Lands on Music for Nations - two great and long gone labels.

Golem - The 2nd Moon

A great underground band right here, Germany's Golem had a sound which reminds me of mid-to-late period Carcass. An original first press on Ars Metalli, and long out of print with the collapse of the label years ago. This was the band's 2nd album, and is well worth investigating in my opinion, especially for Carcass fanatics such as myself - good shit.

Accuser - Repent

Germany's Accuser here with their last album that resembled anything like their early thrash days, 1992's Repent. An original pressing on Our Choice/RTD (there are a hell of a lot of bootlegs doing the rounds at cheap prices on eBay of their releases, and this album in particular). After this album, they went down the route of 'the groove' which so many others did come the mid-90s and the rise of the likes of 'Chaos A.D.' and 'Burn My Eyes' that were seen as the way forward by many.

Pestilence - Malleus Maleficarum

The mighty Pestilence's debut album, Malleus Maleficarum. Pestilence had a much more thrashier edge on this album in comparison to other releases, and I love it. An original pressing on Roadrunner Records.

Bluuurgh... - In My Embrace

Gotta love the name of this Dutch band, although it always has me checking the spelling when referencing them (remember - THREE 'u's! - haha). Quite a mixed bag musically, bits and pieces remind me of fellow dutchmen Asphyx, and others are full on thrash - plus there's a load of other weird shit thrown in to make a really eclectic mix. An original pressing on Witch hunt Records.

Death Strike - Fuckin' Death

It's that busy man Paul Speckmann again, in one of his many offshoot bands from Master. Death Strike only released one album, and what an angry bitch of an album it was too. Music to destroy stuff to! This was recently re-issued by Dark Descent records, but this is an original pressing on Nuclear Blast from 1991.

Atrocity - The Art of Death

This is the second album from US death/grind merchants Atrocity, The Art of Death. As it goes, these guys sound nothing like the German Atrocity (during any era!) - this is nothing too special musically at all in fact, but a decent enough listen if you're in the mood. An original press on Metalcore Records, out of print for quite some time.

Massacre - From Beyond / Inhuman Condition E.P

Kam Lee's Massacre should really need no introduction to any death metal fan. So, here is the band's classic debut album and EP which followed, both original pressings on Earache Records. Recently re-issued in a single disc set together, and also with a blue cover in the early 2000s.