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.

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!