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.

The County Medical Examiners - Forensic Fugues and Medicolegal Medleys

This is the debut album from The County Medical Examiners, a band who've basically based their entire existence on early Carcass. Now, I'm a huge Carcass fan, so have no issue with the likes of these guys (or Exhumed, Impaled, General Surgery... or anyone else who have taken the goregrind blueprint and ran with it). This is the only Razorback Records press, and has been out of print for a long while. Good shit if you're a fan of the style like myself.

Bloodbath - Unblessing the Purity E.P

Quite surprising that this went out of print so quickly, seeing as Bloodbath already had a fairly big following upon its release. According to my research, it was limited to 2,000 units, and they all went pretty sharpish. This is the only Peaceville press of this EP from the 'supergroup' of death metal. I felt they were losing it somewhat upon it's release (I actually really enjoyed their debut and 2nd albums), but time has been kinder to it and it's definitely grown on me.

Jumpin' Jesus - The Art of Crucifying

One of the most inappropriately named metal bands in my opinion, these guys band name perhaps would've suited a jokey thrash or crossover band better. Anyhow, Germany's Jumpin' Jesus was far from that musically, these guys were all about the death metal, and they were pretty badass too as it goes. Varying levels of technicality and a thrashy edge made these guys stand out, it's just a shame they never stuck around for long after releasing this their single full length release. An original pressing on West Virginia Records/Morbid Music.

Profanatica / Masacre - Tormenting Holy Flesh / Ola de Violencia

Only the 5th release on long running French label Osmose, this 1992 release was a meeting of two sick minds on a split album which likely causes great illness if listened to for extended periods of time. On one hand we have Profanatica from the USA, Paul Ledney's black metal sicko crew, and on the other we have Deathly Columbians Masacre, who bring the violence in their own inimitable way. A great release which has it's place in extreme metal history for many great reasons.

The Accüsed - The Return of... Martha Splatterhead

Here is the debut album from crossover thrash legends The Accüsed. This has got all the balls and intensity you'd expect from a release from 1986, and to be fair the band never managed to release anything as worthwhile as this album in their storied career (though a couple of their later albums did come very close). US Combat Records pressing with alternate cover art from the vinyl.

Ceremonial Oath - Carpet

Ceremonial Oath are likely know to fans of the Swedish melodeath scene for featuring what were to become future members of such luminaries as In Flames, Hammerfall and Tiamat. Their recently re-issued (thanks to Century Media) debut is excellent in my opinion, but this is the bands 2nd album, which isn't quite as good as their evil sounding debut (this has way more melody in my opinion). With that said, this was still better than a large percentage of the dross which was churning out of Gothenburg and the like at the time of its release in 1995. At time of writing, this is still out of print. An original pressing on Black Sun Records.

Elffor - Unblessed Woods

Hailing from Spain, Elffor are pretty damn obscure even amongst a lot of black metal afficionados. However thanks to a string of releases in quick succession (all of which are of a very high quality) the bands self released albums soon became sought after by those in the know. Mainman Eöl pissed off a lot of the purists by re-recording his early works and releasing them on proper labels, but here is the original first press self released recording of his 3rd album which I was lucky enough to pick up cheap at a festival.