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.

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.