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.

Funeral Nation - After The Battle

A beautiful little gem here to tide you over this Christmas... the 1991 full length album from Chicagoan thrashers Funeral Nation. This is an angry fucker of an album, which buzzes with intensity, channelling Slayer and Venom, meshing them into an electrical storm of deathly thrash. Original pressing on Turbo Records, not easy to find - but so worth the hunt.

Xentrix - The Order of Chaos EP

Something I picked up from a car boot sale a few months ago for 25p, adding a little "non-essential" goodness to my Xentrix collection. This single features the lead single of their much maligned album 'Kin', where they started to... well.. not mellow out per se, but become incredibly more groove oriented and cut out their awesome aggressive thrashiness that their earlier material was loved for. Very much passable in my opinion, but here it is none-the-less. Roadracer Records.

Autopsy - Fiend For Blood EP

Autopsy need no introduction, but this is one of their great early EPs. The tracks on this have featured on re-issued versions of 'Acts of the Unspeakable', but here it is in it's original Peaceville slimcase glory.

Gotsu Totsu Kotsu - Legend of Shadow

Gotsu Totsu Kotsu here with their album Legend of Shadow. Some fine death metal from a little known Japanese band. Similarities with Defiled can be heard (they shared a band member in fact). These guys have phenomenal grooves and gnarled blasting - well worth investigating. It's just a shame their albums are pretty hard to find in the western world!

Deathrow - Satan's Gift / Raging Steel

The debut and sophomore albums from German thrash crew Deathrow here. These are the original CD pressings which were released by Displeased Records in 2008, as they never had an official release on CD before this time I believe. Their debut 'Satan's Gift' also had a censored release under the name of 'Riders of Doom' with different artwork for the easily upset US market too, but Displeased decided to release the album as it was meant to be enjoyed. Good quality, 80s Teutonic thrash. What's not to love? Go mad, and seek these out if you haven't already.

Furbowl - Those Shredded Dreams

The debut album from Swedes Furbowl, in it's original pressing on Step One Records (it was re-issued by Vic Records in 2009 with a bonus disc of demo material). At this point they were very much purveyors of the death n roll sound, much like a lot of bands who heard 'Wolverine Blues' and became obsessed with the mixture of groove and growl.

Miscreant - Dreaming Ice

Swedish death metal crew Miscreant here, with their sole full length album from 1994 on Wrong Again Records. These guys took the early At The Gates sound (their Deaf Records era) and ran with it, so you should have a good idea what to expect from their sound. It's pretty good for what it is, like many of the bands who missed the boat in the early 90s amongst the outpouring of talent that took the limelight. These guys supposedly recorded a 2nd album, but it never saw the light of day - shame.

Wombbath / Departed Souls - Embracing the Cold (Split)

A well known band from the past who has reunited for new glories, and a not so well known hungry up and comer - got to love a split album, and this album, although not showing off much material from either band, is a nice slab of gnarled death which spews diesel and shits acid. Wombbath are back showing of their awesomeness, and Departed Souls show major promise with chainsaw guitars and vocals from hell. Raw Skull Recordz.

Dark Fortress - Venereal Dawn

German black metal crew Dark Fortress here, with this most recent album from 2014. These guys have been incredibly consistent throughout the years, and this album keeps up their misanthropic awesomeness with blood drooling glee. Digipak pressing on Century Media.