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.

Monstrosity - Imperial Doom / Millennium

A classic of the death metal genre right here, Monstrosity's debut album Imperial Doom as an original Nuclear Blast pressing from 1992 and their second album Millennium from 1996 (also on Nuclear Blast). Monstrosity's quality went downhill after the loss of vocalist George Fisher to Cannibal Corpse in my opinion, but these albums stand head and shoulders above a large portion of others in terms of ferocity, catchiness and downright enjoyment stakes. A rare couple of albums which are worth the price they go on eBay for in my opinion!

Patriarch - Prophecy

The debut album from Belgian power/thrash group Patriarch here, released on Shark Records. This was released to little or no fanfare back in 1990, but to be fair it packs in some decent quality riffage into its just over 40 minute run time. Worth a look.

The Crucified - The Pillars of Humanity

The Crucified's 2nd (and final) album here. Never quite setting the world alight (Christian lyrics alert), their brand of crossover thrash was actually pretty aggressive for a crew of the indoctrinated. Worth a punt for fans of Suicidal Tendencies and Cro-Mags thrashier era etc. Ocean Records.

Infestdead - Killing Christ / Hellfuck

The early EP and debut album from one of Dan Swanö's many projects, Infestdead. This is hard hitting, powerfully produced, Christ-baiting death metal at it's most outlandish. Simplistic riffs and rhythms pound throughout, with sadistically roared vocals topping off the proceedings with glee. Both currently out of print. These are original pressings on Invasion Records.

Depression - Chronische Depression

The 10 year anniversary album from German death/grinders Depression, limited to 1,000 copies on Deadly Art Production. Features early tracks from their great number of demos and splits from the 90s, covers and original material.

Siege - Drop Dead

Mixing it up a little with some seminal hardcore punk. Siege influences ran wildly amongst not only the punk scene, but also into metal and grindcore (with the likes of Napalm Death being one of their biggest padowans). Spastic shards of riffage burst forth, feedback and anger is channeled and history is made, with 'Drop Dead' still standing to this day as one of the shining lights of the genre. An original pressing on CD by Relapse Records (as part of their Relapse Underground series).

Aborted ‎– The Purity Of Perversion

The debut album from Belgium's Aborted, in it's Belgian pressing on Soulreaper Records. The gore-filled first foray of Aborted sees their influences shine the brightest, aping Carcass and Impetigo to create a heaving death grinding monstrosity. More elements to their sound were to follow later in their career, but I still dig their style (particularly their last couple of efforts).

Living Death - Vengeance of Hell / Metal Revolution

The first two albums from German speed/thrashers Living Death. Their debut 'Vengeance of Hell' is the first CD pressing on Mausoleum Records Classix, and the 'Metal Revolution' is on ABS Classics. Decent thrash from the early/mid 80s (84 & 85 respectively), will bring a tear to the eyes of any old fogies like myself which miss the simpler days.

Gothic Slam - Just A Face In The Crowd

Gothic Slam reared their thrashy head in the mid-80s, recording two albums before dissolving in 1993. This is their 2nd album from 1989 on Epic Records, featuring some fair quality thrash - but nothing which will take your head off. Still, there's plenty for your average Bay Area thrasher to get off on. Worth a look.

Warlord - Best of Warlord

More Heavy/Power here from US old school bangers Warlord. This was the 1993 issue of their greatest hits album, featuring a solid slice of their debut 'Thy Kingdom Come' and their 'Deliver Us' EP in its entirety. Good, genuine, balls out metal! Metal Blade Records.

Wardance - Heaven Is For Sale

Power/Speed metal here from relatively unknown Germans Wardance. 'Heaven Is For Sale' was the bands only album, released in 1990 to pretty much zero fanfare on a tiny label. However, it's a solid release - and one to look out for for fans of Angel Dust or Scanner who share a similar style. An original pressing on No Remorse Records.

Mekong Delta - Dances of Death (And Other Walking Shadows)

Considered by many to be the finest release from these long running German tech/progressive thrashers, 'Dances of Death' kicks off with a near 20 minute long self titled track, giving you a good amalgamation of all the thing that make this band so popular in the underground. This is the original first pressing on Aaarrg Records, a label that released a ton of good stuff before going the way of the dodo.

122 Stab Wounds - The Deity of Perversion

So yeah, it's been a while since the last update. Not for lack of stuff to post up really, but just general business with life the universe and everything in between. Anyhow, hopefully back into it now with this little beauty on Head Not Found Records. Forming under the well worn moniker of Agony, they changed their name to 122 Stab Wounds in 1996. Although having a dubious name, they had a pretty gnarled sound which recalled mostly grisly death metal but with a definite blackened aftertaste from time to time. This was their only album before going their separate ways, worth picking up if you spot it in a 2nd hand store or the like.

Sabbat - ...for Satan and Sacrifice

Sabbat are a mainstay of the underground, not only being one of the longest running purveyors of extremity, but one of the most consistently high in quality material. Everyone should own at least one of their releases in my opinion. '...for Satan and Sacrifice' is their 1995 compilation featuring (then) new and re-recorded tracks, and as their CDs go, it's one of their most sought after (along with all their Evil Records CD releases). Good quality rabid black/thrash, as you would expect!

Miasma - Love Songs E.P.

The final release of the brilliant Austrians Miasma here, with an all too short EP 'Love Songs'. These guys were of course best known for their only full length album 'Changes' (also features on this very site, albeit the Napalm Records re-issue), which was an early nineties slice of badassery. Too short to warrant a recommendation to seek out (especially when taking into consideration the price it generally goes for these days on the likes of eBay and Discogs), but still a nice collectors piece none the less. Lethal Records.

Symphony of Grief - Our Blessed Conqueror E.P.

This is the 1995 EP from US doom/death crew Symphony of Grief. The band have been in and out of existence, but have finally reformed and released new material in the last few years. A real morbid tone about this release reminding of Incantation at times, but perhaps with more of a slow and torturous edge. Well worth looking into for a slow, crushing dose of death. An original Wild Rags pressing.

Cephalic Carnage - Conforming to Abnormality

The debut album from Colorado's very own "hydrogrind" merchants Cephalic Carnage here, in its original first pressing on Headfucker Records. Did I mention that these guys worship weed? No? Well that's pretty much the quintessence of what we have here; a ganja grinding schizophrenic blaster of an album, incorporating groove, core, sludge and doom into their sound. This was the first full length to make their mark and whilst better things were to come, this has the odd spark of creativity and has enough to hold your attention throughout. Decent!

Hyste'riah G.B.C. - Snakeworld

More obscurity here from the strangely named Hyste'riah G.B.C. (their name coming from the amalgamation of two separate bands, and wanting to use both names - Hyste'riah & God B.C!). This is old school fast paced thrash, with decent tempos and a few twists and turns to keep things interesting. Not an easy CD to find, this is an original pressing on Hellhound Records.

Pungent Stench - Dirty Rhymes and Psychotronic Beats

Finally managed to find this for a low price (hence why it was missing from my 400th post all those months/years ago - the search had been ongoing and extensive!). A nice cover, no? Anyway, you know Pungent Stench don't you? So you know what to expect on this sought after EP. More of the same gastric juice gargling vocals and shit lapping riffs! Another old school Nuclear Blast throwback...

Nokturnel - Nothing But Hatred

Here is the debut album from US death/thrash crew Nokturnel, released on the renowned JL America label in 1993. JL America had some top quality stuff (Deteriorate, Killing Addiction and Morpheus Descends, for example), but they also released some true stinkers. This falls somewhere in between, as it has it's moments as an album, but it feels a little disjointed at times. Still, check it out on YouTube and make up your own decisions.

Epidemic - Decameron

A hugely underrated and generally unknown gem right here. For any fan of Slayers 'Reign in Blood', with a mix up of thrown in Demolition Hammer, Terrorizer etc - this album will be like nectar from the Gods for you. Crazy aggression, speed and great musicianship is all here. This is the bands 2nd album, and it's not crazy hard to get your hands on, even now it's been out of print for a good while. Check it out if you dare! Original Metal Blade pressing.

Drunken State - Kilt By Death

Glaswegian thrashers here Drunken State, with their one and only album 'Kilt By Death' (yes, they went there). Pretty much as obscure as you'll find a thrash rarity, and as it goes the album is pretty good fun as thrash albums go. An aggressive guitar tone with a vocalist who sounds more like Blaze Bailey/falsetto Anselmo than any thrash vocalist, adding more of an epic tone to their sound. A strange but pleasing album, certainly one to look out for - an original press on Heavy Metal Records, and not the easiest to come across on your daily travels.

Broken Hope - Swamped in Gore / Bowels of Repugnance

One of the earliest purveyors of extreme guts and gore, Broken Hope were a pretty simplistic affair as a death metal band. No frills, heads down, severe musical torture - in a good way! Featured here are the bands first two releases, both in their original first pressings. Later pressings of their debut album on Metal Blade had different cover art, but this is the original Grindcore press. Good shit, if you're into the style.

Master - Master / On the Seventh Day God Created... Master / Collection of Souls

Paul Speckmann's Master were (and still are) one of the very first death metal bands to crawl out of the US, yet in my opinion they don't get half the recognition they deserve. Here we have their first three albums, all in original pressings on Nuclear Blast. Their feral debut finally getting a release in 1990, years after it was written (label issues), then followed by the seminal 'On the Seventh Day..' and also the crushing 'Collection of Souls' to finish the unholy trinity of death metal purity. No frills, but plenty of bile - well worth seeking out if you haven't done so already.

Cannibal Corpse - Hammer Smashed Face EP

Cannibal Corpse's most famous track? I'd say so, but there are so many classics from their early years to choose from. This is the original first press uncensored version of the 'Hammer Smashed Face' Ep, released by Metal Blade. Later censored pressings decided to go for a red background with a skull/candle combo, but this has the oh so offensive and realistic (yeah right - cartoony more like) smashed up face. Via hammer, no less.

Brutality - Screams of Anguish

Here we have the debut album from Tampa's Brutality. With a name like Brutality, you might guess what sort of music could be encapsulated within the plastic shiny disc, but think again. Brutality did have the gut busting crushing death metal of course, but they also wrote a lot of atmospheric pieces which were interspersed throughout this album. The furiousness at times reaches 'Altars of Madness' levels though, so don't approach this thinking it's some walk in the park. Brutality meant business, and they proved their worth with this album. An original press on Nuclear Blast.

Powermad - Absolute Power

Powermad were great back in the day, and it was a shame that they only managed to release one full length in their original stint (they reformed, so album number 2 could arrive one day!). Great thrash mixed with some touches of power metal that would sit as comfortably with fans of Megadeth as it would Queensryche. An original pressing on Warner/Reprise. It's scans like this one which really shows me how dusty the unreachable underside of my scanning platen has gotten over the years!

Realm - Endless War / Suiciety

Here we have the two albums from Milwaukee's Realm (originally released in 1988 and 1990 respectively). For the uninitiated, what we have here is some technical thrash metal with speed metal overtones, and it's probably some of the finest quality stuff you are likely to find (seriously). These two albums rip, so you must hear them if you haven't already checked these guys out. Original pressings on Roadrunner/Roadracer Records. A LOOOT of bootlegs of these ones around, so make sure to check the matrix font style against these (if you click on the images and zoom, you should be able to roughly make them out).

Dethrone - Let The Day Begin

HAPPY NEW YEAR FOLKS! Let's hope 2014 is a good year for us all. What better way of kicking off 2014 than with a nice little rarity? Well, here we have Dethrone's debut album from 1989. Finnish thrash of a decent quality, with plenty of neck breaking tempos and a gritty outlook. However, the album is let down by a flat production job which is a shame. As it goes, this is one of the hardest albums to find on the Under One Flag label (for a decent price at least, it does appear on eBay from time to time). Worth a look for the thrash aficionados amongst you all! Gotta love that artwork too, reminds me of the old Fighting Fantasy game book covers I used to read as a kid.