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.

Cerebral Fix - Tower of Spite / Bastards / Death Erotica

Here we have the 2nd, 3rd and 4th albums from Brit cross-over thrashers Cerebral Fix. I believe their debut album was never released on CD format, until the band released their 'Products of Disgust' box set which compiled just about all their material (including demo material) in 2007. Out of the three albums here, I'd say 'Tower of Spite' is the freshest and thrashiest, featuring the best material on offer, though 'Bastards' is no slouch either to be honest. Not impossible to find or uber-expensive to buy even to this day, these are original pressings on Roadracer, R/C (both Roadrunner!) and Under One Flag respectively.

Transgressor - Ether for Scapegoat

Japan's Transgressor here, with their one and only album from 1992. Pretty obscure stuff, very dark with odd harmonies and doomy sections aplenty - there's a lot to enjoy here for sure. It's not up there with the very greats, but then - not many are. It has an unwholesome feel of complete wrongness about it that is oh so very right, and that's good enough for me. An original pressing on the defunct Dutch label Cyber Music.

Runemagick - The Supreme Force of Eternity / Enter the Realm of Death / Resurrection in Blood

Sweden's Runemagick here, with the unholy trilogy of albums which kickstarted their career. For those who haven't ventured near these guys before, definitely do. Some of the finest death metal you'll find, with a really doomy vibe. All original pressings on Century Media. Not impossible to find at a good price by any means, but currently out of print separately (there is however a 2 CD compilation album 'Dark Dead Earth' which compiles all three albums if you're so inclined).

Appalling Spawn - Freedom, Hope & Fury

Appalling Spawn are the band who later went on to become Lykathea Aflame, so understandably have similarities in sound (though, I'd say this is slightly 'heavier' in some ways, an even perhaps more riff-oriented than Lykathea Aflame). This is the release on the Infernal label, who were a tiny Chilean label if memory serves correctly. Great death metal again, and another title that should be on your want lists if you don't already own it (there was a 2011 discography CD that was released if you struggle finding the first press).

Lykathea Aflame - Elvenefris

The amazing Czechs Lykathea Aflame here, with their only album 'Elvenefris'. I'd love to try to describe these guys in detail, but you'd really need to hear their stuff yourself to full appreciate and understand their style. Death metal, progressive, technical, brutal, melodic, ethnic influences - it has touches of everything you could ask for. An original pressing on Obscene Productions - this was given a re-issue as a double disc edition not so long ago.

Sacramentum - Far Away From The Sun

One of the finest mid-90s black metal albums here, the debut album from Sweden's Sacramentum. This is an original pressing on Adipocere Records, but it did get a re-release in 2006 by a tiny Brazilian label, and it due a re-issue in November 2012 on Century Media. Check it out without a 2nd thought, it will blow you away. Their stuff released after this paled in comparison however, but stick with this and you won't go far wrong.

Afflicted - Prodigal Sun

Sweden's Afflicted here, a death metal band who's earlier material was a lot better than their later stuff (their 2nd album had a lot more in common with power metal, moving further and further away from their roots). This was the bands debut, which featured some good stuff (and some particularly average stuff, in comparison to their stellar demo material under the name Afflicted Convulsion). This is the original first pressing on Nuclear Blast (it was re-issued years later in digipak form by stalwart re-issuers Metal Mind Records of Poland).

Demonic - Lead Us Into Darkness / The Empire Of Agony

Norwegian black metal here, though not from one of their most famous exports. Demonic formed in 1992 too (under the moniker Demonic Manifestation), meaning they were around in plenty of time to make a splash for the 2nd wave explosion. But, alas - they failed to make much of an impact. A shame really, as there's some good stuff to be found in their material, featuring that renowned Scandinavian sparkle in abundance. Both releases here (their 1995 EP, and their only full length from 1997) released on US label Necropolis Records, who went tits up around a decade ago now.

Catasexual Urge Motivation - The Encyclopedia of Serial Murders

Japan's Catasexual Urge Motivation (beautifully shortened to C.U.M by many) are certainly a different band to many you might've come across. Touches of Mortician mixed with the grime and sickness of just about any porno-grind band you'd care to mention, but with a dash of brilliance that sets them apart from the pack. Add in some crazy drum programming and insane guitar work, and there you have the long and short of it. This isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea, but if you're in the mood for blowing your brains out for an hour and a few seconds - this is an ideal candidate. Oh yeah, the artwork. Just what the fuck is going on there? Also, try reading the tracklisting on the back cover art and say goodbye to your retinas. Original 1st pressing on short-lived German label Deliria Records, which was limited to 500 copies. It was re-issued by Razorback Records years later, but with different artwork.

The Spudmonsters - Stop The Madness

Here's the ridiculously named Spudmonsters. Not just any old Spudmonsters, "The Spudmonsters". Well, if you've come across these guys before you'll know that they pull out some fairly decent cross-over thrash. Not world beating, not mind-blowing, but still pretty tasty. This is their debut album and from what I've heard of their works personally, some of their best work (you can't fault song titles such as '10 Lbs. of Shit in a 5 Lb. Bag' can you?). An original pressing on Massacre Records (it was re-issued with bonus tracks from their Ace of Spades E.P).

Sadistik Exekution - The Magus

FUKK!! SADISTIK EXEKUTION!! AAARRRGGHHHH!! Fuzzy, angry, noisy - a musikal monstrosity of hatred and unabashed nausea. Sadistik Exekution's debut album from 1991 here, melding a krushing effervescing mess of hissing karnage kaptured on plastik. The fact that this is arguably their most accessible album says a lot too. What a bunch of kunts! This is the original first pressing on Vampire Records, pretty hard to come across these days (even the 2nd press on Osmose is out of print).

A.R.G. - One World Without The End

High quality death/thrash here from Finnish crazies A.R.G. (or Ancient Rotten Graveyards). This was the bands second album from 1991, with their 1989 debut originally only being released on vinyl (until earlier this year, where it got a long overdue official CD release on Spinefarm Records). A.R.G. split in 1994, then reformed in 2011. As of time of writing, no new material has been released by them. This is an original pressing on Black Mark Records, long out of print.

Sadness - Ames De Marbre / Danteferno

Switzerland's Sadness here, with their debut and sophomore albums. I was drawn to the debut album originally by the unusual cover art, and I wasn't disappointed by the music on offer. The band introduced a slightly more gothic edge for their 2nd album, but there was still a nice (un)healthy dosage of doom death to be heard. Both original pressings on Witchhunt Records, and Godhead Records respectively.