Top Ten Metal Albums of 2020

2020 was a shit year from a lot of perspectives. In fact, 2020 was a shit year from MOST perspectives… but it was a great year for metal. With touring off the table, and even local shows an impossibility for most of the year, many musicians focused their excess energy on producing new music, and... Continue Reading →

The Ghost

Lechosa's Hot Sauce - Nashville, TN As told on their website, the story of Lechosa's Hot Sauce began when "a Spanish immigrant in search of the American dream set out to infuse his heritage and love for spicy food into a lasting legacy for the Lechosas name." Launched in April 2019 by David and Samantha... Continue Reading →

Old Man Metal’s Musings, Episode 10

Three Kings, Hell Hound and Lava Hot Sauces and New Black/Thrash Video from GraveRipper Old Man Metal combines spicy food, metal and beer on the tenth episode of his solo podcast with full ASTMO hot sauce reviews of Big Red's Three Kings, Lucky Dog's Hellhound and Volcanic Peppers' Lava sauces, including an in-depth look at... Continue Reading →

Old Man Metal Rates: 23 March 2020

Cruel Fate - A Quaternary of Decrepit Night Mares (2019) 4/5 stars Great straightforward debut from Canada's Cruel Fate. Nothing fancy; eight tracks of mostly short-to-midlength riff-heavy verse/chorus meat-and-potatoes death metal: crushing chugs, meaty power chords, and some tremolo picked riffing over tight, mostly traditional drumwork. Taken as a whole, the album has great flow.... Continue Reading →

Old Man Metal’s Musings, Episode 8

Ten FIDY Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout & Death Star Hot Sauce Review Old Man Metal tackles spicy food and great beer on the eighth episode of his solo podcast with a dive into the 2019 release of Ten FIDY barrel aged Russian imperial stout from Oskar Blues, including a discussion of the imperial stout... Continue Reading →

Old Man Metal Rates: 25 January 2020

Cerebral Rot - Odious Descent into Decay (2019) 4/5 stars First full-length slab of filthy, Autopsy-bred death metal from Seattle's Cerebral Rot. Composed of mostly mid-length tracks, with three longer ones— opener, middle track, and closer; all of them eschew the verse/chorus paradigm, opting instead for linear free-form verse. Down- and mid-tempo doomy power chords,... Continue Reading →

Old Man Metal’s Musings, Episode 7

Nephilim - My Grief/Ol'Cracker and Exhorresco Hot Sauce Old Man Metal commixes spicy food, metal and beer on the seventh episode of his solo podcast with a full ASTMO hot sauce review of Burns and McCoy's Exhorresco hot sauce, including a look at the 7-pot primo chile pepper— the infernal capsaicin-gorged hybrid offspring of a... Continue Reading →

Top Ten Metal Albums of 2019

Looking beyond the fact that 2019 was another great year for metal— I will never get tired of saying that— what is even more heartening to me is the fact that four of my Top Ten Metal Albums of 2019 were debuts; new bands just coming out of the gate put out some fantastic metal... Continue Reading →

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