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.

Arx Atrata - Spiritus In Terra

I was super happy to receive this the other day, the newly released 2nd album from one man Nottingham atmospheric black metallers Arx Atrata, hand numbered digipak, number 1 of 500! Usually early issues of hand numbered releases are held off for friends/family/band members, so to receive number one, I am surprised and honoured. I first discovered the band when the debut album came out and I was writing for Ave Noctum, site owner Pete Woods reviewed it, and being such a huge fan of the style I figured I had to check it out. Thus, I managed to pick up the Digipak version, and I wasn't disappointed. A few years down the line and album number two has finally seen the foggy light of day, and what can I say - Arx Atrata should definitely be on the lips of any fans of the style. Their every pore billows with icy atmospheres, wonderous majesty and shivering nostalgia. Do yourself a favour and investigate their music, you won't regret it.


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