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.

Toranaga - Bastard Ballads / God's Gift

Released in 1988, and 1990 respectively, these are the only two albums released by UK thrashers Toranaga (well, Bastard Ballads is considered an EP by many due to its 6 tracks, but for me it was their debut release as it was nearly 35 minutes in length). They played a nice, trad metal take on thrash (i.e, not full bulldozering like many, and with a good ear for melody). Apparently these guys were named after a character in the novel Shogun, an alias for Tokugawa Leyasu, the first shogun - but there doesn't seem to be much of that side of things in their lyrics. They reformed in the 00's, but no new material has yet to make an appearance as of writing this. Original pressings on Peaceville Records, and Chrysalis Records respectively - the Peaceville debut being one of the very first releases put out by the long running metal label.

Electrocution - Inside the Unreal

A lesser known obscurity to some, Italian death metal foursome Electrocution certainly had the chops to go far. However, as fate would have it, this would be their only full length album. Well worth looking out for none-the-less, especially if you're a sucker for early US styled death metal. Original first pressing on Rosemarys/Contempo records.

Immortalis - Indicium De Mortuis

The one and only album from Germans Immortalis, released on West Virginia Records in 1991. Good early death metal, nothing too outlandish, but a solid enough release to warrant the amount of love it gets when whispered in revered tones amongst many a death metal forum. Plenty of chainsaw riffage, some groove and a nice stack of thrashiness - well worth looking into if you've not heard the name before.

Ildjarn - Det Frysende Nordariket

Here is Ildjarn, the solo project of Norwegian enigma... err.. Ildjarn. Formally also of Sort Vokter, Thou Shalt Suffer - he even has Emperor live work under his belt. This is a compilation of his early material from the "Norse", "Ildjarn" & "Minnesjord" demos. Nice, raw black metal with a real punkish vibe at times. 1997 Digipak pressing on Norse League Productions, an old offshoot of Napalm Records.

Artillery - Terror Squad / Fear of Tomorrow

Here we have a 2-on-1 release from Danish thrashers Artillery (a little addition to my earlier post years/months ago of their most renowned release 'By Inheritance'). These guys really knew how to kick out the great thrash, and this features the bands first two albums which previously to this CD were only available on vinyl with special artwork created just for this release. An original press on the RC Records imprint of Roadrunner.

Apocalypse - Apocalypse

Here is the debut album from Swiss thrashers Apocalypse. I preferred the cover to the artwork on the LP version personally, although this one wasn't bad I guess - just a bit more OTT comic-y. Anyhow, the music is pretty damn good for any thrash fan - it was recorded in the prime of thrash, before big nasty death metal became flavour of the month. This is the Under One Flag pressing of it. Lots of bootlegs of this around, but no bootlegger has managed to copy the ingrained text you can see on the clear plastic inner ring stating 'Compact Disc MPO France 09' - perhaps labels need to start doing this more often to curb bootleggers?

Mystrez - The Indictment

Here is the 1990 debut album from Dutch progressive thrash metallers Mystrez. These guys did release two more albums, in 1999 and 2011 - so all three releases were spaced out hugely (pretty odd, so I'm presuming they split and reformed more than once - the info is a bit sketchy, but I know they did change their name to Change of Seasons for a single album in the mid-nineties). Good, chuggy thrash with a weird progressive feel to it. Original and only CD pressing on Bad Taste Records.

Disgrace - Grey Misery

The debut album from Finland's Disgrace, and the only full length release where they played death metal. Their 2nd album took a sideways move into the world of punkish rock and roll, and from then on, they never looked back to their first album for ideas. Shame, as they served up some pretty tasty chunks of fuzzy, angry death metal. This is an original pressing on the short lived Modern Primitive label.