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.

Gutted - Bleed For Us To Live

Ohio's Gutted here, with their debut album from 1994 'Bleed For Us To Live'. If you frequent metal forums, chances are you've come across these guys in an 'underground death metal gems' thread, or suchlike. These guys got quite the name for themselves after disappearing into the ether thanks to the age of the internet, and there's plenty to like about their sound. Down-tuned, mid-paced and gnarled death metal is the order of the day, with truly crushing vocals and guitar tone. An original pressing on Red Light Records, and out of print - even the band themselves released a CD-r copy of this for fans in 2007 which was remastered. Hard to find for a low price these days, more so if you can find one without a hole-punched barcode.


Nuclear Assault - Something Wicked

After 'Survive' (which is STILL perplexingly out of print), this is probably the 2nd hardest to find of Nuclear Assault albums these days. As an album, it's really not so great - more regular 'heavy' than 'thrash', the guys were well past their best and had clearly lost the will to write good material at this point in their career. They split soon afterwards, ending their first run together as a band. Still, for posterity's sake here it is! An original press on IRS Records, currently (and probably rightfully) out of print.

Mercyful Fate - The Beginning

This legendary compilation of Mercyful Fate is its early original Roadrunner pressing with the old artwork (later replaced on future pressings by a more explosive erupting volcano with much more in the way of red hues in comparison to this dark original. Featuring their great 'Nuns Have No Fun' EP, extra BBC studio sessions and a B side track, this contains one of my favourite Fate tracks - 'A Corpse Without Soul'. Gotta love the King!

Psychopath - Making the Transition

The debut (and only) album from US progressive death/thrash metallers Psychopath. Released on the long defunct C&C/Major Records, this was a tasty snap of proggy (but not always tight or technical) death metal with thrashy overtones, delivering a good blast into the ballbags. It doesn't matter that it's not polished or that the production isn't the greatest, it has a nice old school vibe with genuine riffage and that's good enough for me. Out of print, but not that hard to find for a decent price if you're patient. *Note* - The disc looks pink in the pic, whereas in reality it's a deep red - my scanner must've been having an off day!

Evoken - Shades of Night Descending

The debut demo from monolithic US Funereal doom/death crew Evoken here, in its 2nd available pressing on Adipocere Records. This pressing isn't always readily available at a good price, but the first press is extremely hard to find, being self released on Funereus Production (i.e, by the band themselves). Evoken turned into a crushing pillar of uncompromising doom, and although they got better as their career progressed, this still shows good signs of what was to come. Well worth checking on any of these guys material if you've not heard their stuff before.

Darkthrone - A Blaze in the Northern Sky

Well, here is a piece of black metal history. This is the original white disc first pressing of Darkthrone's 'A Blaze in the Northern Sky' on Peaceville Records, limited to the very first run of 3,000 units. This was Darkthrone's first foray into the world of black metal and their 2nd album overall (if you don't count their shelved 2nd album 'Goatlord', which only saw the light of day years later). An icy shard of 2nd wave black metal which helped to spawn a million clones.

Crusher - Undermine EP

In addition to their debut full length album featured earlier on this site, here is the final EP release from French death metal crew Crusher. Nothing which will turn your life upside down, but a nice slice of early 90s european death metal played the way it's meant to sound, with nods to Benediction, Bolt Thrower and the like. An original press on Semetary Records.