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.

Mortuary Drape - Into the Drape E.P.

These Italians certainly had a chilling, occult feeling about their black metal. No more so than on this, their very early EP from 1992 (pre-dating their classic debut album 'All the Witches Dance'). Five tracks in just under 20 minutes, this is short, sharp and to the point. An original CD pressing on Decapitated Records, a tiny Greek label that would later change it's name to the more recognisable Unisound Records.

Kazjurol - Dance Tarantella

600th post, another milestone which I never thought I'd see. Cheers! Whether these Swedes meant to mis-spell Tarantula (seeing as said spider appears on the cover), or whether they were referring to a dance popular in Italy, I'll never know. I'm opting for the former. Anyhow, these guys could thrash with the best of them, and this was their one and only full length album, standing proud amongst a slew of demos and EPs between 1987-1991. This is an original Active Records pressing from 1990, long out of print but one to track down for the thrashers.

Erosion - Thoughts

This is the second album from German thrashers Erosion. These guys got washed away in the huge blast of thrash in the 80s, and when releasing stuff through the 90s (this was the first of three full length albums they put out in the 90s) people were more interested in more extreme music and thus, it was missed again. As it turns out, they have a decent feel about them on their debut and this album, nothing particularly original or outlandish, pretty much meat and potatoes thrash metal. An original pressing on We Bite Distribution.

Chastain - Mystery of Illusion

The debut album from Chastain here, in its Roadracer Price Killers pressing. Gotta love that old school artwork, reminds me of some of the true greats of US heavy metal (particular stuff like Omen or Manilla Road). Good stuff, well worth checking out if you're a fan of the style, and I definitely prefer it to what I've heard of their later material.

Mysticum - In the Streams of Inferno

A late addition to my Mysticum collection (other parts of which are merely a search away on this very blog) is the very first pressing of the bands debut album 'In the Streams of Inferno'. I'd already owned the 2nd press with the alternative cover artwork, but was happy to find this lurking under a pile of pop music in a 2nd hand store. For those who don't already know, this is what bad dreams are made of. Mysticum are the masters of industrial sounding black metal. If you're a black metal fan, check this out without a second thought. Full Moon Productions.

Neolithic - For Destroy the Lament

This is the 1996 debut album from Poles Neolithic, a band who not only featured Orion (the bassist of Behemoth/Vesania) on their 2nd album, but one who also went on to form the equally unknown band Black River with the majority of their members after splitting. These guys were OK, nothing too special. They started out as a doom band, before bringing more gothic and progressive elements into their sound. I'd been told this was well worth looking into, but as I'm not so much into gothy/vampy styled metal, I don't officially love it. Still, it only cost me a couple of pounds so it's no biggie. This is out of print and is an original pressing on Adipocere Records.

Internal Decay - A Forgotten Dream

The one and only (well, only so far as they reformed in recent times) album from Swedish death metal crew Internal Decay. This isn't your usual Swedeath a la Dismember and Entombed, instead these guys tried something different with some decent groove and keyboard work to give a more ethereal, creepy atmosphere. Anyhow, this is a really enjoyable album which is highly sought after these days in this original Eurorecords pressing, so check it out.