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 are abound. 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.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Dissection - Storm of the Lights Bane


Do I really need a caption for this? An original jewel case pressing on Nuclear Blast of one of my favourite albums of all time. A lot of Dissection enthusiasts argue over which is best, this, or 'The Somberlain' (also featured elsewhere on this site in it's original pressing on No Fashion). For me, it's this - hands down. Some of the best melodious black/death you're ever likely to hear - some of the melodies give me chills to this day.

Krisiun - Arise From Blackness


A compilation of material from the growling boys from Brazil Krisiun here. This release combines their much sought after 'Unmerciful Order' EP, as well as tracks from their split with Violent Hate. There's also a bonus of one unreleased song, but I guess that's the sweetener for completists who already have the rest of the material. Still, a good odds and sods release featuring the band at their early feral best.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Broken Hope - Repulsive Conception / Loathing


Original pressings of the 3rd and 4th albums of infamous US death metal crew, Broken Hope (their first and second albums can be found featured elsewhere on this site). I remember these guys were always seen as pretty much seen as a 'meat and potatoes' band back in the 90s when they were releasing these albums, but are seen in a much warmer light with hindsight (I'd say it's because there was just such a huge glut of quality stuff coming out at that time to be honest). These guys used to push the gore / shock value of their lyrics to the nth degree too, putting the likes of Cannibal Corpse to shame. Good stuff.

Mgla - Exercises In Futility


Mgla, one of the shining lights of not only the Polish black metal scene, but black metal as a whole at present. These guys have been churning out excellent black metal for well over 10 years now, and 'Exercises in Futility' is their latest full length addition. Definitely one to give some time to if you're in any way a fan of the subgenre.

Swallow The Sun - Songs From The North I, II & III (Box Set)


The latest triple album release from the bringers of much misery and gloom, Swallow the Sun. Part I sees the band in their usual form, mixing weeping melodies with their usual brand of heaviness, Part II sees them stripped back to acoustic instruments, tempering the sadness without the heavy, and Part III unleashes only the gloomy heaviness - being one of the heaviest pieces of work they've released. As individual albums it works better, as I struggle to take it double albums, let alone a damn triple album. But, no-one can deny the flow of consistent quality on offer here - as is the way with the vast majority of their works.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Warfare - A Conflict of Hatred


The 4th album from Brit speed metal crew Warfare here, released on Neat Records and out of print. These guys started out with much more of a NWOBHM sound, turning slowly towards a thrashier, speed metal sound on this album. An underrated gem right here, definitely one for the 'old' sound, with true quality and songwriting.

Khors - Night Falls onto the Fronts of Ours


The most recent album from Khors here, named after the slavic God of sun and light. Featuring former & current members of the brilliant Astrofaes and Nokturnal Mortem, I found the beginning of Khors career to be the most impressive, but they are still able to pull out some excellent atmospheres and frosty cold passages to get those hairs bristling on this, their most recent album from 2015.

Wormed - Krighsu


I fell in love with Wormed's first full length album, 2003's 'Planisphaerium' - a release which quickly went out of print in it's original form and was highly sought after for a while (my copy also featured on this very site). Well, this is their 2016 album, and they're still kicking out the crazy technical brutality. If you like it brutal and chunky, Wormed might very well be your new favourite thing.

Mithras - On Strange Loops


The long awaited new album from Mithras, ordered directly from the band so one of the first 100 hand numbered & autographed copies. I think these guys are still one of the most innovative and interesting forces to push the boundaries of death metal, whilst staying true to it's core and not being avant garde. Definitely one to check out, and one of my favourite albums of 2016 so far.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Atrocity - Hallucinations


The debut album from well known Germans Atrocity here, and one of the only albums which I actually give a shit about of theirs (their sophomore album 'Todessehnsucht' is equally killer tech death - and also featured on this very blog a while ago). After these two albums, they went swiftly downhill in my opinion. This is the original press on Nuclear Blast - mixed and produced by none other than Mr early 90s DM himself, Scott Burns. Deffo one to check out.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Venom - Calm Before The Storm


Venom here with one of their lesser known (and more commercial) albums, 1987's 'Calm Before The Storm'. This is the original pressing on Filmtrax, but this album has seen many re-issues and even a few name changes throughout the years (it was also released under the titles 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Under A Spell' by various other labels, as well as an unofficial release under the title 'Metal Punk'). Until finding a copy for myself, I'd always believed they'd gone for the fully monochromatic album artwork with this - not so when you take a look a the slight bluey hues in the cover art. This album was definitely one of their more polished, very NWOBHM sounding, even with Cronos taming his vocals and the other guys providing some harmonising from time to time. I know, Venom, harmonising. Whatever next.

Aborted - Retrogore (Box Set)


Aborted's latest album here, in it's limited to 5,000 copies box set version. This comes with the usual extras (flag, bonus tracks etc), but the sweetest part of this set is the bonus EP of 'Termination Redux', which was previously only available on vinyl/digitally. These guys have really turned on the style in their last few albums, after going through a bit of a bare patch a few years ago. Glad to have em back smashing out the grimy grinding death we know and love them for once more.