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.

Trouble - Trouble / The Skull / Run To The Light

Masters of doomy goodness Trouble here, with the masterful Eric Wagner and co laying down the doomy misery through their 80s period. They went on to have a more psychedelic/stoner vibe as they continued on into the 90s and beyond, but I've always prefered their early days best. Pictured are the first three albums, with all bar the self titled debut CD & DVD reissue on Escapi Music released on Metal Blade, with a compilation of the first two albums in one set.

Weakling - Dead As Dreams

The sole album from Weakling here, 'Dead As Dreams' still holds up as one of the finest pieces of USBM for me nearly 20 years since it was created. Long, mesmerising songs (no track is less than 10 minutes in length), and an unhealthy fixation on war and spite. This isn't an easy album to digest by any means, but a rewarding one. Tumult Records.

Sleep - Volume One

Daddies of 90s stoner doom Sleep here, with their debut album 'Volume One'. I picked this up in the mid-nineties, and realised that of late it's not easy to find on any physical format. With the band reforming and creating music once more, hopefully their back catalogue will get a much needed re-release for those that crave it. Tupelo Recording Company.

Winter - Into Darkness / Eternal Frost

Classic doom/death here from New York's Winter. This is the Metal Mind re-issue from 2008, which combines their debut and EP into one beautiful digipak, numbered and limited to 2000 units. For fans of soul scouring, slow and doomy death metal, this is not one to miss out on - but if you're a fan, no doubt you will already know of its greatness.