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.

Sepultura - Morbid Visions

The classic debut of Sepultura here, on (correct me if I'm wrong), it's first American pressing on CD. Originally released on vinyl by the lauded Cogumelo label, this also had an outing in Europe on Shark Records - all way before Roadrunner picked it up and reissued it a shitload of times. This is the sort of stuff I live for as a collector, such a plain & boring back inlay, you can tell it came at a time when CDs were a relatively new thing.

Ancient - Svartalvheim

Another album which has been featured previously on this blog (if you have a search, the 2nd edition on Listenable is also here for your perusal). This version however, is the very first pressing on Listenable with the fire-breathing artwork and different layout, disc & backsleeve. Ancient aren't mentioned much in terms of the very best of Norwegian BM, with this album being released in 94, they kinda missed the first real big fleet of albums from the 2nd wave. Still, this is an enjoyable enough album as it is, probably their strongest material overall.

Azrael - There Shall Be No Answer...

Another slice of obscure rarity here, with Swiss death metal band Azrael and their only full length album 'There Shall Be No Answer'. This is a great (mostly) undiscovered gem, featuring a wholeheartedly old school approach to death metal, mixing in the US and European styles to great effect. Not original by any means, but far from triggered drums and overproduced plastic DM as you can wish for. Good stuff, gets quite a bit of play from yours truly.

Osculum Infame - Dor-nu-Fauglith

A late Merry Christmas to you all, you filthy animals. But more importantly, hope you're all experiencing a happy new year so far. Kicking 2017 off with another rarity here, with French black metallers Osculum Infame. This is pretty hard to find these days, even though Mordgrimm stuff was generally in pretty good supply in the 90s. Perhaps there's 100s of 2nd hand shops throughout the world with racks stuffed with these? eBay and Discogs prices would say not. Haha. Worth picking up for fans of authentic, orthodox BM. Killer!