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.

Agressor - Towards Beyond

This is the 2nd album from French death/thrashers Agressor on Black Mark Records. There are a lot of bootlegs of these guys early material (their first three albums in particular), but this is an original pressing which I stumbled across in a 2nd hand store. Great music from a band not particularly well known in the metal community, so definitely one to check out.

Harter Attack - Human Hell

Harter Attack was the main project of Rich Harter, hailing from New Jersey USA. Appearing in the thrall of the US mid-to-late 80s thrash wave, they were very close to Nuclear Assault (in fact, Dan Lilker and Glenn Evans both helped to write some material here) and had a great thrashing vibe as you would probably expect. They pumped out this album in 1989 to decent acclaim, but unfortunately never managed to follow it up with a sophomore release (though, they did reform in 2011 - so watch this space!) . This is an original CD pressing on Metalcore Records, long out of print and worth tracking down.

Belial - Never Again

Belial's early material is held in generally high esteem, and quite rightly so. They went pretty strange towards the end of their career, adopting a more punkish rock vibe for their final album '3'. 'Never Again' however was their debut full length from 1993 - and it's well worth looking into for fans of extremity with huge hooks. This is an original pressing on Lethal Records (it was re-issued years later on Galgenstrang/Funeral Industries, but with completely different cover art).