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.

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