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.

Ihsahn - Arktis.

The new album from former Emperor main main Ihsahn, in it's limited edition Digibook format (now deleted). Other than the card book & booklet, the only difference between this and the standard version is that it has a near 10 minute bonus track. Being a huge lover of all stages of Emperor's career, I've always followed both Ihsahn and Samoth's separate projects closely. For me, Ihsahn's have been hit and miss - sometimes a little too proggy/jazzy for my tastes. Arktis. however, hits the spot perfectly. Great twisted riffs, a claustrophobic and at times unwelcoming vibe - overall the sound is hard to classify as anything other than pure 100% Ihsahn.

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