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.

Thorns of the Carrion - The Gardens of Dead Winter

Here we have the 1994 debut album from Ohio's Thorns of the Carrion. These guys kicked out some rather tasty doom death with a really morose, funereal nature. The crushing riffage embraces acoustic interludes and violin parts closely to its heaving bosom, bringing to mind the likes of early My Dying Bride, coupled with the crushing nature of diSEMBOWELMENT et al. After this, they released a handful of EPs, and more further full length before calling it quits. This an original CD pressing on Wild Rags.

Root - The Temple in the Underworld / Kärgeräs

What more can get you in the Christmas spirit than some pervading Czech brilliance in the form of Root (pronounced 'ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT' to fans - hahah). These are two of my favourite albums from the band, but to be fair, Big Boss and co released so many great albums (especially in the 90s) that it's hard to hold up some over others - however, that's what I've done as these two are harder to find in these particular pressings. These guys really are unique in what they do, taking the standard 2nd wave black metal vibe in their early days and slowly moulding it into their own take of epic, dark heavy metal, compounded by the excellent vocals of Big Boss. 'The Temple in the Underworld' is the original first press on Monitor Records, and 'Kärgeräs' is also a first press on the tiny Black Hole label who disappeared as quickly as they appeared in the mid-nineties (perhaps into a black hole? Sorry...).

Mystic Charm - Shadows of the Unknown

Here we have Mystic Charm's only full length album of remorseless doomy death metal. Hailing from the Netherlands. It seems a lot of people are finding this out for themselves these days judging by the price this goes for on eBay recently. An original pressing on Shiver Records, and well worth tracking down if you can find a copy.

Excrement - Scorched

Here was have the one and only EP released by the beautifully named Finnish 4-piece, Excrement. These guys started out as Apoplexy, releasing a demo before realizing their future was all about the poop. Turns out, their future was about as short lived as a turd as they split shortly after this was released in 1994, never releasing a full length record. Anyhow, fairly decent proficient death metal here, nothing too crazy or standout, but solid enough. An original pressing on Invasion Records.

Troll - Drep de Kristne

Here is the 1996 debut album from Norwegians Troll, 'Drep de Kristne' (or 'Kill the Christians' for English speakers like myself). At this point in the bands career, these 'guys' consisted of pretty much one bloke - Nagash (formally of Dimmu Borgir, and also of The Covenant - who later became The Kovenant after another band shared their name). This features prime black metal, replete with all the hissing bile against Christianity you'd expect, with accompanying keyboards (as has been a trademark of Nagash throughout his career). Don't let the mention of keyboards put you off, as this is far from some floral happy affair as you'll hear if you press play below. This is the original first digipak pressing on Damnation Records (it was later re-issued by Head Not Found with different artwork, but even that press is out of print too). The artwork is by Alex Kurtagic, who also did the art for Dimmu Borgir's Stormblast album, amongst others.