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.

Deadly Blessing - Ascend From The Cauldron

Another solid album here from a band who flew under many peoples radar when they were originally around in the mid-to-late 80s. Deadly Blessing for those who DO know are known mainly for this, their only full length studio effort. Touches of power metal, lots of classic metal riffage and touches of thrash, this hits more than it misses and is packed with quality riffage and a great vibe. This is an original re-press on New Renaissance Records, and was handnumbered - out of print.

Decimator - Carnage City State Mosh Patrol / Dirty, Hot & Hungry

These two albums from the UK thrashers Decimator deserve more notice than they got. Although a thrash band at heart, they had a great old school metal vibe about them, with touches of NWOBHM to be heard in their sound. This, coupled with the vocalists gruff voice made for a great combo, which is why I'm surprised their name isn't banded about more often in discussions about old school thrash. Anyhow, these are the original CD pressings on Neat Records.

Dream Death - Journey into Mystery

Now this is a prime slab of uncovered metal genius right here. The debut album of Dream Death is talked about in hushed tones by those who are aware of it's greatness, and rightly so. The music is a great mish mash of death, thrash and doom, and if you haven't heard it I'd suggest you go out of your way to correct that right now. This is the hand numbered re-issue on New Renaissance Records, and similarly to the Amulance album, it too is out of print. After reforming (they too were inactive for a long time), these guys have recently made a 2nd album, which is winging its way to me in the post as I type - can't wait to check that out.

Amulance - Feel the Pain

Some old school US Power/Speed/Trad metal here with a vocalist who sounds a lot like Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson. Not bad at all, these guys reformed in the 00's after a long period of inactivity, but have yet to release a follow up 2nd album. This is an original New Renaissance hand numbered re-issue pressing, which while isn't as much of a rarity as a first press, it is also out of print and therefore not easy to find none-the-less.

Warpath - When War Begins... Truth Disappears

The debut album from German thrashers Warpath here, released on SPV/Steamhammer Records. These guys missed the boat when it came to the thrash boom (this was released in 1992, when the thrash love was fading very fast). Still - it has it's moments, but it's hardly a shining beacon of all that is thrash godliness.

Wench - A Tidy Sized Chunk

A thrash band from New York, US here and these girls most definitely have bite. Not the most technical thrash you're ever going to hear, but certainly aggressive and enjoyable. An original pressing on Metalcore Records.

Silent Scream - From the Darkest Depths of the Imagination

Named after a Slayer song, this US death/thrash patrol released only one full length studio album 'From the Darkest Depths of the Imagination'. A great sound, with a vocalist that reminds me of Chris Reifert of Autopsy, these guys had the chops and the tone to go far, but unfortunately dissolved like so many other promising prospects. An original pressing on the short-lived Tombstone Records.

Helstar - Multiples of Black

Here we have the much maligned fifth full length album from US power/speed metal crew Helstar. Released in 1995, a time when a lot of the 80s metallers had gone nu or given up altogether, these guys were still churning it, albeit to a lesser quality when held up against their early glories. An original pressing on Massacre Records, this is one of the bands hardest albums to find for a good price.

R.I.P Jeff Hanneman (1964-2013)

To one of my all-time favourite riff writers, R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman of Slayer. A huge loss for metal - let's face it, this guy wrote the majority of Slayers GOOD stuff. Without his influence on my musical tastes I probably wouldn't have started this website. Further info available here.