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.

High On Fire - The Art Of Self Defence / Surrounded By Thieves

The first two album from High On Fire here, the band formed by Matt Pike shortly after the dissolution of doom-meisters Sleep. Plenty of similarities between the two bands to be heard, and as you might expect, top quality sludgy stoner doom is in bongfulls on these albums. Smoked out, hazy lazy doom all the way. 'The Art of Self Defence' is the original Man's Ruin Records press (re-presses had different artwork), and 'Surrounded by Thieves' is the Relapse digipak version.

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